Category Archives: New York City

Indonesian Food Bazaar in Queens Serves Up Lots of Delights

There are several Indonesian food spots in Queens, but what better spot to try out a variety of dishes than an Indonesian food bazaar?

A few weeks ago, we trekked out to Long Island City to the Masjid al Hikmah mosque. About a dozen booths were planted around what looked to be the mosque parking lot. Down the center, was a long table. That’s where we sat after roaming the booths and sampling several dishes. Our favorites? The fried tofu, a rice noodle and fish soup, and the fabulous fish cakes. Best to eat those the second they emerge from their bath of boiling oil.

Photos by Laura B. Weiss

 

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Smorgasburg Feasting

by Laura B. Weiss

Who cares if there’s a half hour wait for barbecue or pint-sized cheesecakes? You’ve gotta love Smorgasburg for the scene, the food and the gorgeous views of the skyline. Extra bonus: if you’re not a Brooklynite and coming from Manhattan, take the ferry back from Williamsburg to Midtown. On a gorgeous day, the ride matches the food.

Photos by Laura B. Weiss

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Recipe: Indian Pudding for Thanksgiving

Indian Pudding may be the ugliest dessert every created. But it’s also one of the most delicious–especially if you top it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Concocted from corn meal, molasses, eggs and spices, Indian Pudding has long been a Thanksgiving staple. Read my story on Saveur.com about how this baked pudding came to be and click her for a recipe by Ed Brown, chef-owner of Ed’s Chowder House in Manhattan.

Photo: Saveur.com.

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Pastry Chefs Vie for Top Honors in NYC Desserts Faceoff

Paco Torreblanca puts olive oil to use in lieu of butter. Photo: StarChefs.com.

How sweet it is. The winner of the The 3rd Annual StarChefs.com International Pastry Competition taking place now in New York will walk away with a $5,000 cash prize. But first, the 20 chefs vying for top honors in the annual pastry contest have to get through two elimination rounds in order to make it to the finals Oct. 2.

A host of pastry luminaries have been tapped to judge the flour faceoff. “Top Chef Just Desserts” star Johnny Iuzzini will lead a team that includes Alex StupakJeffrey SteingartenElizabeth FalknerStephane Treand, and Michael Laiskonis.

I’ll be live-tweeting the final round Oct. 2, which pits two pastry chefs against each other. Follow me at @Foodandthings.

Click here for daily updates.

Here’s a brief summary of each day’s events:

Pre-competition, September 29: Pastry training and prep for Round 1.

Round 1, September 30: Pre-dessert competition–20 chefs compete for 10 spots to advance to Round 2.

Round 2, October 1: Plated dessert competition–10 chefs compete for three finalist spots and prizes and advance to the final round.

Round 3, October 2: Finalists create three corresponding desserts, each showcasing a different technique–1 pastry chef wins the grand prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Event: Drink Booze and Hear About Ice Cream Sodas

 

 

 

Photo: Hamilton Conservation Authority via Flickr.

Yes, I know, summer’s over. So what am I doing talking about ice cream? I should be talking about pumpkins. Or maybe turkeys.

Well, ice cream’s one of those treats that people love 24/7, 365 days a year. So even though it’s almost Halloween, I’m doing two events in the coming weeks where I’m talking about ice cream history and reading from my book Ice Cream: A Global History.

The first is in San Francisco Oct. 9 at Omnivore Books on Food. The second, part of the reading series Drink.Think, is in New York, where I’ll be part of a group reading about drinks, mostly alcoholic—except I’m reading about the sweet and innocent cream soda. (See below for details.)

 

 

 

Here’s the info.  Hope to see you there!

Omnivore Books of Food, San Francisco

Oct 9, 2012

6pm-7pm

3885 Cesar Chavez Street San Francisco, CA

415 282 4712

Drink: Think, New York, New York

 October 16, 2012

The bar will be open starting at 6pm – the reading starts at 7pm

Obra Negra, below Casa Mezcal

86 Orchard Street

212 777 2600

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