February 26th, 2008

Après Ski Fondue

After an introduction to the sport, I don’t think I’m en route to becoming a champion skier, but I may well take the prize for top après ski enthusiast! During a dream weekend in Vermont, spent skiing Stratton and Okemo Mountains, the Italiano and I cuddled up in front of a roaring fire, built for four in the winter […]

February 23rd, 2008

Two-Faced and Terrific

I’ve been working on my Italian a lot lately. I’ve also been practicing my language skills… The other night I wasn’t out with the Italian, but I was still craving some, so after a meeting with potential Dinner Belle clients in the East Village, Erin and I decided to hit up the new spot on 7th St., Giano. Honestly, we chose the spot […]

February 21st, 2008

What to Read…

Bon Appétit’s recent makeover is worth mentioning and the mag’s upcoming television special on Food Network is worth DVRing. I’ve subscribed to Bon Appétit for at least six years, and this past October I faced a question of conscience when my renewal slip came in the mail. Truth be told, Bon Appétit had fallen off my radar. […]

February 18th, 2008

Chinatown is Nuts

Alright, I don’t love Chinatown. In fact, let me just say it, I borderline hate Chinatown. And I won’t even qualify this statement with any political correctness. I certainly don’t hate Chinese people. And I particularly love Dim Sum, but… Here are my reasons for Chinatown angst: too crowded and the fish smell. From whichever direction you approach, forget it. Canal Street stinky. […]

February 14th, 2008

Winter Citrus Cocktails

We finally had our first snow!  Our first official taste of deep winter dropped, though I’ve been tasting winter citrus for several weeks now.  Blood oranges, Meyer lemons, and pink grapefruits are the three gems in winter fruit’s crown.  They make for gorgeous breakfast bowls, zippy marinades and dressings, add a juicy sucker punch to […]

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