Vegetarian Dishes Abound at Aladin, Indian Bistro

Manchurian Cauliflower, photo: Chuck Dorris

Manchurian Cauliflower, photo: Chuck Dorris

contributed by Katy Morris

Celebrated Chef Kausik Roy, a culinary expert who has mastered the intricacies of authentic Indian cuisine and has been successfully satisfying the palates of East Village and CT diners for years, has opened the doors of his newest eatery in Fairfield County, Aladin Indian Bistro. When crafting the menu, Continue reading

Indulging in Truffles, Creamy Pasta and Vino in Northern Italy

view from Villa Concetta

I had this image of myself romping through the Italian woods, slim jeans (always slimmer than the true pic)  tucked securely into knee high, waterproof boots, hugged by a warm sweater that I wouldn’t mind getting smeared with shmutz and the company of barking, highly trained dogs alerting our very own trifolau (truffle hunter) to the exact spot where these lumpy tubers would be pried free of the moist soil with an ecstatic yelp of ECCO!

I flew off to Northwestern Italy to hunt truffles and taste the magnificent, Nebbiolos, Barolos and more lovely reds than I can clearly recall. Continue reading

It’s Truffle Season, finalmente. Here’s What You Should Know

tartufi at Brezza

Contributed by Katy Morris

Now that it’s truffle season you may want to know what all the fuss is about. For sure, it’s best to be educated before you consider finishing a dish with shavings of these precious nuggets. That’s wine connoisseur David Lynch (above) checking out the goods before buying them  from a truffle hunter in Alba.  To read more about the many options for vegetarian and kosher friendly pasta and fish preparations in Lombardy, stop back on Thursday to read about Liz’ truffle and wine adventures in Northwestern Italy. 

But first, here’s the scoop on truffles:

 

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Veggie Tales at City Grit: The Experience

Sarah introduces menu

City Grit is not a restaurant and not an underground supper club. So, what is it? And how do you find out what’s cooking? And most importantly, how do you join the party?

 City Grit is the brainchild of Sarah Simmons, a North Carolina native, recently named one of America’s Greatest New Cooks by Food and Wine Magazine. She launched City Grit in 2011, in the heart of NoLita, NYC, as a culinary salon that brings both well known and lesser known chefs to the basement kitchen of an old brick schoolhouse to  strut their stuff. Guests dine at tables on the first floor of the schoolhouse which serves as a showroom for handcrafted furniture by day and morphs into informal dining areas by night.

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Portabella Mushroom Pizza Satisfies that Craving

Bette's vegan portobello pizza and some cheesy

There’s something about ‘shrooms that speaks of Autumn to me. Perhaps it’s their meaty heft and deep, rich flavors.  Yet somehow, I didn’t mind feasting on these when we ate them in Bend, Oregon this summer. These vegetarian, gluten-free mushroom pizzas  are simple to whip up and would be a blast for teens to take charge of.   Continue reading

When Vegetables Star at Le Verdure, Eataly

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Written and photographed by Marla Cohen

I work only doors away from Eataly, a slightly intimidating Italian food emporium that is a cross between an Old World food market and a three-ring circus. Whether you are seeking a sit-down lunch or hunting for an obscure ingredientEataly probably has what you’re looking for.

Not only can you find slivers of young pecorino cheese (yes, it’s under three months old), lobster mushrooms and dainty tiramisu snacklets that can fit in the palm of your hand, but you can also dine there — in a variety of styles. Eataly includes seven restaurants and one, Le Verdure, offers a menu solely comprising vegetarian and vegan offerings. Continue reading

Mediterranean Flavors Sparkle at The Cleveland

dusk on Cleveland patio

On my first visit to The Cleveland we scored a table on their beautiful back patio. As the skies darkened over SOHO/NoLita we appreciated being snugly cocooned from the busy neighborhood.

 Co-owners Paul Shaked and Hudson Solomon are in their mid-twenties and bring a youthful energy and a bit of Brooklyn vibe to their restaurant. Their chef, Tal Aboav, came from Balaboosta’s kitchen via Israel. His Mediterranean inspired ingredients and menu choices often point straight back to his roots.

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Crisp, Cool and Impressive

Well Traveled Fork veggie wraps (1)

While I was in Bend, Oregon a few weeks ago, Chef Bette Fraser of the Well Traveled Fork cooked up a couple of magnificent meals for us and our house guests. We had more than a few stipulations including gluten and dairy free, kosher, and vegetarian.  No problem!  We started with this impressive summer appetizer one night and I knew I had to share this recipe. Continue reading

Culinary Walks Link Travelers to Local Foodways

Devil Lake (cause it's cold as the devil)

Devil Lake (cause it’s cold as the devil)

While I was planning for a mid-summer break in Bend, Oregon I became jittery about the food scene there. Everyone I mentioned my trip to asked, “ Why not Portland? Isn’t that where the cool food scene is?” 

 I began to worry about finding innovative, vegetarian eats in this little sister of a city (80,000) in the high desert along the snow-capped Cascade mountains. But I was yearning for clear, dry days and cool nights so we set aside 10 days to explore the landscape, both natural and culinary. Continue reading

A Meditative Meal

By Hannah Kaminsky

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Not so far from the maddening crowds of Manhattan midtown, there sits an oasis of tranquility, hidden in plain sight. Prompted to remove your shoes before entering the dining room itself, this simple gesture simultaneously suggests that all other extraneous distractions be left at the door before proceeding. Adhering as closely to tradition as an entirely vegan Korean restaurant can, the experience of dining at Hangawi is almost as noteworthy as the food itself.

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