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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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Get the Scoop at New Amsterdam Market’s Ice Cream Fest and Book Signing

From Ice Cream: A Global History (Reaktion Books) by Laura B. Weiss. Photo: Image Source/Rex Features.

Ice Cream Fanatics: The New Amsterdam Market’s 3rd Annual Ice Cream Sunday is Aug. 19. If you’re in NYC, stop by for ice cream from some great purveyors—plus, I’ll be signing (and selling) copies of my book, Ice Cream: A Global History.

The event’s from 12pm-4pm. I’ll be perched in a booth amongst the ice cream folks signing books from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Probably won’t have a whole lot of time to sample the ice cream. So…I hope someone brings me a few tastes.

Here’s who’s scooping and the scoop on tickets, hours, etc.

Gabrielle Carbone of THE BENT SPOON

Joseph Roselli of DREAM SCOOPS

Amy Miller of EARLY BIRD COOKERY

Tracy Obolsky of ESCA

Keren Weiner of IL BUCO & IL BUCO ALIMENTARI & VINERIA

Ashley Whitmore of MARLOW & SONS

Fany Gerson of LA NEWYORKINA

Catherine Oddenino of LUCA & BOSCO

James Distefano of ROUGE TOMATE

Forbes Fisher of STEVE’S ICE CREAM

Ben Van Leeuwen of VAN LEEUWEN ARTISAN ICE CREAM

TICKET INFORMATION

EARLY BIRD ADMISSION $30 – Starts 12pm

(10 Tasting Tickets, redeem for 10 miniature cones)

GENERAL ADMISSION $20 – Starts 1pm

(8 Tasting Tickets, redeem for 8 miniature cones)

At the door: $35 for Early Bird and $25 for General Admission

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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How to Pick a Wine Store

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By Ron Blumenfeld

People have been making wine since they discovered that fermented grape juice was an appealing alternative to water.

It’s hard to know how wine tasted thousands of years ago. But the wines we enjoy today are usually quite drinkable and often delicious. And wine’s gone truly global, with a huge range of price points and styles.

The paradox: how to find wines you like amidst all this plenty. The fact is that most of us could use a little help, and wine stores can be one place to find it.

At one end of the spectrum are the wine supermarkets like the national chain Total Wine or the rapidly-expanding BevMo!, with outposts in California and Arizona. Both outfits offer massive choice and good prices. Still, generally, when it comes to choosing a wine that will suit your taste and pocketbook, you’re on your own. That’s fine if you know exactly what you want, or if the occasion calls for a well-priced “mass market” wine (like big beach parties or BBQ’s where wine is not a focus).

You’ll have a very different shopping experience at a place like West Side Wines, located on Columbus Avenue and 83rd Street. (West Side Wines stocks bottles Domaine des Bories; I’m a part-owner.). It’s just big enough for the owner, Andy Besch, to offer a personally-vetted international selection, favoring smaller producers, often from lesser-known regions. He devotes no floor space to mass-market wines, and isn’t influenced by wine ratings. He sells only what he likes, and loves to send customers home with wine they didn’t expect to buy.

Then there are stores that offer a little of both—some mass market selections and some hand-picked ones. You may be confronted with stacks of wine at the door, but further inside is often a more intriguing selection, and a wine geek who can’t wait to tell you about it.

Explore wine stores until you find one (or two) that you can call your wine home. Make yourself—and your wine tastes—known. Ask questions. Stick to your favorites, but from time to time, let knowledgeable salespeople guide you outside your comfort zone.

Ron Blumenfeld is part owner of French vineyard Domaine des Bories.

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The Georgetown Cupcakes that Ate New York

 

by Chef Renee Marton

I’m so over cupcakes, but at the urging of my friend Ming, I trekked to Soho to taste Georgetown Cupcake’s treats.

I may be sick of the sweet round morsels, but these cupcakes were very tasty. I sampled just two—vanilla with coconut butter cream frosting and chocolate banana with a chocolate frosting.

We checked out Georgetown Cupcake—decorated in what seems to be the de rigeur cupcake color scheme of pink and more pink—one early weeknight. We were the only customers in the place.

Both the vanilla and the chocolate banana, priced at  $2.75 apiece, were very tasty if a bit too sweet. They were moist and fluffy, with a generous swirl of frosting. Uniformly creamy and smooth, the frostings are made from butter cream and cream cheese. A little salt in the icings would have lent these cupcakes greater dimension.

After Ming took a bite, she declared that the cupcakes were topped with too much frosting. Some folks, of course, would say that there’s no such thing as too much frosting when it comes to cupcakes.

Georgetown Cupcake
111 Mercer Street (between Spring and Prince)
New York, NY

212 431 4504

Monday – Saturday

10am – 9pm

Sunday

10am – 7pm

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Hidden Vintage New York Hotel Menus Unearthed

I found these spectacularly beautiful menus from The New Yorker Hotel when I was on assignment for Interior Design magazine. Joe Kinney, the hotel’s chief engineer informal archivist, has over the years amassed scores of menus, door hangers and other hotel memorabilia, most of which date from the 30s and 40s.

To see more of menus, go to Big World Magazine.

To read my New York Times story about the entire collection, click here.

One of the New Yorker Hotel’s collection of menus from the 1939 World’s Fair.

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