Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo

Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo

New York is not Vienna, but the past few years have seen a pastry transformation in the city. First came the cakes with deep frosting [think Magnolia Bakery]. Then the cupcakes and the macaroon [or macarons depending on your spell checker]. There are stores aplenty...
Green Mesquite: Barbeque in Austin

Green Mesquite: Barbeque in Austin

We’re in Austin, Texas for the weekend to visit family and enjoy that great Texas tradition of barbeque. If you stop a couple on an Austin street and ask where to go for the “best barbeque” you’ll probably get two answers, maybe three, and – on rare occasion – trigger...
La Camelia for Great Chile Rellenos in NYC

La Camelia for Great Chile Rellenos in NYC

  Foodies come in many styles. There are the omnivorous, curious types who will eat anything from anchovies to beetles — plus the rest of the alphabet. There are discriminating types, ones who have favorite cuisines and rarely stray. Say, someone devoted to...
Tanoreen: Magnificent Middle Eastern Food

Tanoreen: Magnificent Middle Eastern Food

“We need to do it,” I said. “Leave Manhattan?” Suzen was concerned. “Yes,” I said and waved the car keys. Like many New Yorkers, we tend to stay far too close to our local neighborhood and miss the treasures in other parts of the...

A Very Disappointing Bakery Experience

“You are just negative about everything.” Suzen was vehement and her hands were on her hips, a bad sign. “I am not, Suzen,” I responded. “I simply report on the world as it is.” “And for you it always half empty.”...

A Tale of Two Restaurants: Austin, Texas

How do you know if a restaurant is great even if you can’t eat there? Last weekend in Austin we went to Barley Swine, where Chef Bryce Gilmore has created an astonishing food palace. We met him a few weeks ago in New York City when Food and Wine had him shooting a...