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Nolita: Astor Center Class on the Elements of Flavor

Want to understand what you’re tasting, and why? Take Renee Marton, CCP and Margaret Happel Perry’s class at the Astor Center. The Elements of Flavor Each class will be prefaced by a detailed examination of the physiological process that governs your taste experiences (to be repeated briefly at the beginning of each subsequent session). There [...]

Food Trends: Ofal and Cotton Candy

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has compiled a list of some of the food trends they think will have traction in 2008. Among them, a return to traditional candies, like cotton candy, and a broadening interest in ofal, which of course is already big among New York chefs. Also, weird spice parings may be in, like [...]

Grammercy Restaurant: Spice for Great Thai

I don’t know whether it was schmoozing with good friends, or the well-seasoned tasty food, but Spice on University Place in Flatiron hit all the right notes last night. It’s best to go early to this spare eatery-it also has branches in Chelsea and on the East Side- because even at 6 pm, the place [...]

Hell’s Kitchen: International Grocery

On the far west side of Manhattan, there are still a few vestiges of the New York that used to be. For example, if you saunter into the International Grocery on the west side of 9th Avenue between 40th and 41st streets—after you’ve inhaled fumes from the buses barreling into the Port Authority across the [...]