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This past weekend, after I finished regaling a small group of people of my Le Bernardin experience and how amazingly sublime and astonishingly inspiring it was, someone commented that it’s hard to imagine spending that kind of money on great food, when a burrito from the corner taqueria can be as equally good. Well, not […]

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a cabbage to call my own

My niece and nephews are so proud of me… I also make jarred beets, whole onions, and corn relish.  Um, um, good.

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NY, belated

I know it’s been almost a month since my last NY trip and there are a few other highlights I’d like point out. What can I say. A trip to New York isn’t a TRIP to New York (at least for me) without getting my pastrami on at Katz’s. Absolute heaven between two slices of […]

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Eric the Great

5:20 PM: Jim and I show up at Le Bernardin (previously known as Restaurant X) ten minutes before our 5:30 reservation. The hostess informs us the table is “not quite ready” but it will be only a few minutes. 30 seconds later, another hostess tells us our table is ready and asks us if we […]

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food snobbery

One month ago, I called Restaurant X in Manhattan to make a dinner reservation, exactly one month to the day-their maximum allotment of time to take reservations. I thought I had the advantage, being on the west coast, getting in the call at 9:00 PM PST while most people were theoretically sleeping on the east […]

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the bone

Ever since I opened up a friend’s copy of the book, My Last Supper, I have been obsessed with this one photo.  I was hoping for a similar shot of Tony’s pal, Eric Ripert, but no such luck. Next week when I’m dining at Le Bernardin, maybe I’ll mention my disappointment to Chef Eric.  Yea, […]

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tease: \ˈtēz\

to tantalize especially by arousing desire or curiosity often without intending to satisfy it. “Guess where I am,” Jim texted me today.

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a bite of heaven

Whenever I’ve journeyed to New York, I generally make sure to do two things: 1. Go to The Met 2. Have a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Delicatessen. Since my favorite exhibits at the museum are closed for renovation UNTIL 2009 (yes, I just screamed), that leaves me with Katz’s as a must-do. Happily, of course. […]

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Found: one silk purse

It was only a few weeks ago that I re-read Michael Ruhlman’s The Soul of a Chef, where Thomas Keller extolled the gastro-virtues of all parts pig. While I’m a huge fan of bacon, I never quite happily immersed myself in other parts swine outside of the crispy breakfast strips. I grew up repulsively watching […]

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the cover

The one thing I do miss whenever I visit New York, is the one thing most people in California take advantage of. Not the warmth of the sun on a winter day. Not fresh avocados to make guacamole for your Super Bowl party. Not the availability of 90 pt wine for $20 bucks. But those […]

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