Eating Competitions around NYC Celebrate Uniquely American Pastime

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Dining-kimchi-contest The eating competition is one of those American traditions you can’t quite explain without coming across as an apologist for obscene overconsumption. And while the Major League Eating circuit—yes, an actual organization that considers eating competitions sporting events, which has gone so far as to get airtime on one of the many ESPNs—is an easy [&hellip
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The Seven Pretentious Words to Avoid When Describing Wine

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure “You’re a writer, huh? What kind of stuff do you write?” “Oh, a little of this,” I said, staring at my shoes, knowing exactly where this conversation was headed, “A little of that.” “Like what? What’s one of the things you get paid to write about?” “Wine.” My single-word answer was followed by an unconscious [&hellip
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Cozy French Cuisine off Madison Avenue

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

m1 Table d’Hôte is your standard neighborhood spot—if your neighborhood spoke French One of the great joys of city life is the neighborhood restaurant. They’re friendly, comfortable, conveniently located—usually on a quiet side street—and the food is good but not complicated, skillful but not demanding. They’re the kind of place you can return to several times [&hellip
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Open Your Mind About Oaky Chardonnays

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure-150x60 Don’t follow the mob when it comes to this aging process I want to get it out on the table: I am just as confused as any of you are by many of the popular trends in wine today. And it isn’t just the often hilarious terminology (I could write an entire post on that), [&hellip
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Get a Room: The Hotel Americano is so delightful you may not want to leave

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

The Americano is so delightful you may not want to leave   The words West Chelsea and Beautiful People are enough to strike fear into the hearts of most of us mere mortals—not just those of average self-esteem, but also the pretension averse, the perfume allergic and the food lovers. These are not places you [&hellip
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Grappa 101

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

Obsessing over the uniquely Italian wine It goes without saying that Italy is a wine-obsessed country. It makes perfect sense that they are; every area of Italy is a wine-producing region. Every single one. And it’s all, for the most part, really great. In addition to the culture being centered around wine, there is a [&hellip
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Cold Facts About Ice Wine

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure Extreme flavors and price mark it as a cut above “No, you are not spending $65 on that teeny, tiny bottle of wine,” said my wife, arms crossed, hands on hips. “You don’t understand,” I said, cradling the bottle like it was a baby, “it’s ice wine!” I left without my ice wine that day, [&hellip
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Summer, When a Young Man’s Fancy Turns to Thoughts of…Spice?

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Dwell OTDT, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Dining-Zabb Elee salad I don’t know if you noticed, but it got real hot real fast last week, catapulting the city from genuine springtime directly into the gaping maw of summertime. It’s a well-worn trope that when the going gets hot, the hot eat spicy foods. It’s well-worn, sure, but if you’re like 98 percent of the Western [&hellip
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Where’s the Beef? And Other Food Festival Questions

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, Summer Guide, West Side Spirit

Big Apple BBQ(mt) A survival guide to summer food fests   This past weekend, The Great GoogaMooga, the chefs-as-rock-stars food festival that had many bemoaning the end of civilization and the rise of the foodie monster, took place in Prospect Park with some 75 vendors and 40,000 attendees. The first day of the two-day event ended with chefs, [&hellip
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Summer Guide: Wine Country

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, Summer Guide, West Side Spirit

316390_2616599176773_1308916826_3178449_434399943_n It’s no secret that the East End of Long Island is an epicurean’s paradise. There is a close connection between our food and our dinner table, and quite a few tables wouldn’t be complete without a nice glass of wine. Fortunately, Long Island has that in the barrel, so to speak. The majority of our [&hellip
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