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Roy Choi, a Korean-American chef who earned his place among world class chefs releases his first book, part memoir and part cookbook entitled L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food. Kicking off this momentous occasion with a bang, the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo is hosting Mr. Choi in conversation with the one and only Anthony Bourdain: chef, author, and host of the Emmy award winning series Parts Unknown.
A French pastry chef and a Brazilian vegan pastry chef walk into a bar.
This could be the start of an odd food nerd joke, but in actuality, it is the story of the marriage of renowned pastry chef Francois Payard and his lovely and talented wife, Fernanda Capobianco, both of whom currently own and operate their individual bakeries on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
On Monday night, October 27, we had the privilege of watching the couple discuss their individual growth as chefs, how they feel about desserts, how they feel about veganism, and of course, who does the cooking at home, during the dual book launch at the magnanimous Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo. Their playful dynamic was enchanting while Capobianco discussed her debut in print with Vegan Divas Cookbook, and Payard's fourth print release, entitled Payard Desserts.
The quirky and loveable Jamie Shupak has dabbled in a little bit of everything. She joined NY1 news as the channel's first traffic reporter in May of 2010, she wrote a dating column for Complex Magazine, she started her very own food blog, has written her own e-book, and most recently has launched her own healthy cooking web series on ulive.com. With so much on her plate (and we're not just talking about the yummy dishes she cooks) she found time to speak to us about all her endeavors. Check out our interview with her below!
Nobody enjoys dieting. For many, dietiing means eating food that tastes like styrofoam in guinea pig portions to fit into a pair of jeans. The deprivation backfires as soon as your short-term goal is accomplished. You want to feel full and happy, and eat delicous food without obsessing over a number on a scale or how your clothes will fit. But at the same time, nobody enjoys feeling bloated after eating an oversalted dish wieghed down with fat. We live in a supersized world of food, where portions are far too distorted.
Fortunately, the editors at Cooking Light understand these problems well. Health is so much more than counting calories: it's about having a holistic experience, begining first and foremost with the tastebuds. If it doesn't taste good, we don't want to eat it. Many classic American dishes are loaded with fat, sugar, and come with starches like rice and potatoes. These simple sugars taste amazing, but have no long term benefits. With obesity and co-occurring diseases such as diabetes type 2 on the rise, knowing what foods are good for us and which ones cause damage, if eaten in excess, is essential to maintaining a healthy weight . Cooking Light contributing editor and chef, Alison Fishman Task, traveled over 200,000 miles across American and back again, and sampling traditional American fare (apple pie, shrimp and grits, lobster rolls) to the more unusual (bear meatloaf, boar nachos) and everything in between. And now these delicous recipes, fattening feasts in their original form, have been modified to be cooked and eaten every day.
There are lots of valid reasons to become a vegetarian--it's a great way to get more nutrients in your body, for one thing. You can never go wrong with a fruit-and-veggie-based diet! Many vegetarians choose their lifestyle to protest cruelty to animals and the way meat is produced; still others are against corporate management of food (Monsanto, anyone?). Whatever your reasons, you can have diet that's balanced, healthy, and delicious.
Over the years, vegetarianism has dealt with a bad reputation for not being enough to sustain someone, but that is not the case. Eliminating meat does not mean you have to get rid of taste, flavor, or feeling full. Eating seasonable fruits and vegetables, along with nuts, beans, and noodles can be one of life's simple pleasures. You'll soon forget what it was like to eat that tough steak or greasy burger.
Lucali Pizzeria: The first thing that hits you is the smell; the aroma of baking bread permeates the air from a block away; flames licking at dough rolled so thinly you wonder how it doesn’t slip through into the fire of the wood burning oven, the lighting is dim, the air is warm, and Frank Sinatra is quietly crooning in the background, lulling you into a dreamlike state. Suddenly, the aggressive hostess jolts you awake by informing you that the wait is an hour. You are snapped back to reality for the hour that you traipse around Carroll Gardens, procuring the cash and the bottle of wine you forgot to bring, all the while itching to get back to that really great dream you were just having.
There are certain attractions that you just can’t miss when you visit the city of Chicago, and The Art Institute of Chicago is definitely on that list. The museum holds over 300,000 works of art created by artists from various genres and cultures. What many people do not know is that the museum is known not only for the artistic treasures that visitors can look at, but also for the culinary creations available in the café. Joonbug got the chance to sit down with Meg Aldrich, one of the pastry chefs at The Art Institute and ask her about her experience at the museum.
Tucked away on the streets of the East Village lies Giano, a more than worthy Italian restaurant that has withstood the test of time for over five years. Italian owners Paolo Rossi and Matteo Niccoli turned this space into a romantic, rustic spot with brick walls, candlelight, and even an outdoor seasonal garden. If you aren't instantly charmed by the decor, the food will sure do the trick.
In the age of Yelp and similar open-source forums, restaurant recommendations must often be taken with a grain of salt. Particularly, when you’re in a new city, you often have no way to test the veracity of online claims. Is it really worth checking out this bistro over that one, or are the reviewers over-hyping? Is the service in that sushi restaurant actually terrible, or did someone just have a bad day? If you don’t have a personal, word-of-mouth connection, your only non-Yelp option is to turn to an anonymously compiled and far too vague directory that often leaves you with less information than you want or need. This is especially true when it comes to high-end dining, which is a central part of many epicurean's travel experience, and indeed might even be the reason for their trip. Travel guides like Fromer’s or Lonely Planet might offer slightly more information than the average directory, but they often lack an informed understanding of fine dining, and tend to gloss over it in their food-related suggestions.
It is the month of September, and whether you’d like to admit it or not, summer-lovers, the air is getting crisper, leaves are dancing to the ground, and fall is imminent. Autumn-romantics: rejoice!
Along with this glorious season brings the bustle of back to school. Don’t lie, even if you’ve been out of the classroom for years, you know the utterly blissful feeling of a brand new box of unused, perfectly narrow-tipped colorful crayons, a fresh, un-doodled planner, and pencils, sharp with erasers still intact. Yes, and a new pair of sweet kicks. This feeling of a clean slate, a new beginning and a fresh start is one that is comforting and reminiscent of a simpler time. You might not be breaking out the new zippered AND Velcroed Trapper Keeper, but LUSH Cosmetics has a way you can feel new and young again while getting so fresh and so clean (clean).