Category: LIFESTYLE

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: SAVANNAH, GA

Savannah was founded in 1733 by British general James Oglethorpe who would go onto form the colony of Georgia. Civic officials are fond of saying that Savannah was the first planned American city. In the historic district, there is a park plaza every two blocks, and there seems to be a house of worship alongside spectacular mansions.

FOOD FETE – SUMMER 2013

Concurrent to the Fancy Food Show taking place at the Javits Center a few blocks away, the annual Summer Food Fete event featuring a more manageable array of food purveyors presenting their latest creations to food journalists was staged, and it included some exhibitors who had booths at Javits and some who did not. ‘Manageable’ is a relative term, however, as due to its timing to take advantage of the convergence upon the big event at Javits the number of brands represented was far more than Food Fete events staged at other times of the year – whereas previous iterations have had from 15-20 or so exhibitors, the event on July 1st totaled over 60 firms. Accordingly, the time frame for the event was a three-hour period instead of the normal two hours, and I regret not having budgeted time to account for the greater number of brands on hand and getting there earlier; arriving an hour into the event, I was unable to stop by all of the exhibitors’ tables to see what all was being presented.

2013 UNICA: PERUVIAN TOURIST GASTRONOMIC FAIR/PERU TO THE WORLD EXPO

The phrase “meat and potatoes” brings to mind a stereotypical middle-American diet, the sort you might associate with football players, deer hunters, and civil servants like policemen, firemen and the various branches of the military. Few Americans, however, are aware of the fact that the second part of that combo are not only truly of the Western Hemisphere in their provenance, but that the part of the Americas that they originated in is below the Equator – Peru, in fact. After being domesticated some 7,000-10,000 years ago, the potato has truly become an international food staple, having been introduced to regions outside the Andean origins of cultivation four centuries ago. Today, Peru still boasts a staggering variety of the edible tubers, some 3,000 of which (of approximately 5,000 varieties worldwide) are found there alone.

2013 SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW TOP 10 DISCOVERIES

The foodie contingent is out in droves at the annual International Fancy Food Show annoying vendors as they avow themselves to be “Food Bloggers” and want to take pictures of everything with their fancy electronic gadgets. As one vendor commented, “We all eat food, what makes them think they’re so special?” Nothing much except they’re over-educated, under-employed liberal arts majors or new moms going stir crazy with toddlers underfoot.

2013 MOTHER’S DAY GIFT & TRAVEL GUIDE

It is impossible to express one’s love for the woman who raised us and made us who we are today through one day of recognition and a gift. Nonetheless, we should all put a little thought into a thank you even though mom will probably say that it’s not necessary.

2013 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS

The most-awaited event on the culinary calendar is once again in view. The James Beard Foundation Awards will be celebrating the finest achievements in the culinary arts with two events, on May 3rd and May 6th. The awards on Friday, May 3rd at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway at 36th Street) honor writers, journalists, graphic artists, restaurant designers, broadcasters, and people in broadcast media in more than 30 categories related to the culinary arts, and will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 PM to be followed by a catered dinner coinciding with the Awards program beginning at 7:00 PM. The host of the affair will be Ted Allen, a 2012 James Beard Award winner, and further details regarding information about the event and tickets can be had by calling (914) 231-6180.

WINTER TRAVELS IN QUEBEC

Considering that I am the sort of traveller undeterred by the cold – I made my first visit to Sweden in the month of December – when I had the opportunity to journey to Quebec during the waning days of this winter, I was eager to go. I had only been to Montreal in the Province previously, and while I love that city and its at once cosmopolitan and locally distinctive character, I had never experienced the landscape or countryside that has shaped and molded the Francophone domain of our neighbor to the north.

FASHION WEEK 2013 – MORE THAN JUST CLOTHES

New York Fashion Week is starting to resemble Super Bowl week. Just as football is almost an afterthought during the week leading up to the NFL’s big game, so it is that designers showing off their latest wares for the marketplace are a minuscule part of the NYFW proceedings.