I usually have on hand several different kinds of rice, each with a different use. A look at a variety of rice in the pantry and its uses. I'm not much of a rice eater at home, but when I have it out, I always enjoy it.
I want people to walk out of the restaurant not feeling heavy and full, but vibrant and restored, says new Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony. Grub Street reports butter and animal fat use to be used sparingly, "Vongerichten-like combinations of juices and herbs" will appear in their stead. What's he think he's operating, a Jamba Juice?
Trend alert from upstate New York: A supermarket food bar that's more like ordering at the bar of a nice restaurant. "Your place is set with real silverware and glassware. A server brings your food to you, beautifully presented on white plates." You pay after you eat and no tip is required. Will this trend reach NYC? Probably not, we all know no New Yorkers go to the supermarket, they eat out and get delivery.
Until the 19th century the average Japanese had never eaten beef or butter and it was only with the American Occupation after World War II that white bread was introduced into the daily diet. Now trendy Japanese are reverting to the old diet and Tokyo's filling with cool vegan cafes.
A lentil & pomegranate salad recipe accompanies The Department's lovely pomegranate photo.
Researchers found that hollow cellulose fibers knocked off a cloth or paper towel used to dry a Champagne flute act as bubble-formation, or "nucleation," sites. "Glasses wiped with a towel show 'an excess of effervescence,'" so your bubbly will be even more bubbly.
Lately I've been enjoying milkshakes, especially black and whites and chocolate malteds. But it seems they often come with whipped cream, which I don't like. Over at Serious Eats, I asked Milkshakes: should they come with whipped cream on top or not? If you have an opinions, please sshare it. I'm curious if this is more common than I thought.
Häagen-Dazs is running a contest for a new flavor on their site. "Post an original entry — whether it's a story, video, photo or artwork — depicting your dream ice cream flavor combination now through February 9, 2007." Annoyingly, the site loads a giant video and wants to launch pop-ups to tell you all about this contest, so consider yourself warned if you click through. Still, it would be fun to enter.
I have it on very good authority that that delicious Häagen-Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding ice cream I wrote about will be going into the regular flavor rotation due to its popularity. Yay! Except that I ate too much of it and am kind of burned out on it right now.