Post by: Daniel Vickers

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24 Hours of Jazz in New York

11 May , 2017  

There’s just something about the marriage of Jazz and New York that is perfect. Everyone knows that Jazz was born in New Orleans. Many also rightly associate it with Kansas City and Chicago. But New York played an important role in the story of Jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Sara Vaughn. These are […]

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Little Italy: Old and New

6 Apr , 2017  

Restaurant Recommendations Rubirosa Il Cortile Peasant Recipes Lamb Bolognese Grilled Shrimp Puttanesca With Polenta Linguine Carbonara If you haven’t been to New York’s Little Italy the images the words conjure in your mind likely fall into one of two groups: Red sauce with gooey mozzarella, checkered tables clothes and strains of ‘That’s Amore’ wafting through […]

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Lamb Bolognese

6 Apr , 2017  

There’s nothing like a rich, powerful Bolognese, especially on a cold winter’s night. But don’t shy away from it in the summer. This recipe uses lamb, but you can easily use duck, veal or another game. The pork just provides a nice, fatty balance to leaner meats. This recipe works really well with a meaty […]

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Linguine Carbonara

6 Apr , 2017  

This dish is often served with fettuccine in America and Spaghetti in Italy. I like a compromise of linguine for the fact that it isn’t as wide, but still has the meatiness of a thicker noodle. Guanciale, which is a spice-rubbed, cured pork cheek, is traditional here, but this easy, comfort number is just as […]

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Grilled Shrimp Puttanesca With Polenta

4 Apr , 2017  

Puttanesca is normally paired with pasta. But here I’ve paired the classic, pungent sauce with grilled shrimp and creamy polenta. The addition of balsamic vinegar isn’t traditional, but I like the rich, tartness that it adds. This dish makes a great, hearty lunch or a light dinner. You’ll definitely want some good bread to sop […]

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Patatas Bravas

23 Feb , 2017  

Few things are more quintessentially Spanish than crispy potato chunks topped with spicy, smoky tomato sauce and a creamy aioli (or alioli as they call it in Spain). These are great served with toothpicks for utensils as an appetizer, or combined with cheeses and cured meats to create an easy tapas spread. They also make […]

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Spanish Beef Stew

15 Feb , 2017  

This Catalan Beef Stew has so many of the flavors of Spain, from the roasted peppers, the green olives and smoked paprika to the pop of citrus provided by the orange juice. This hearty stew is great on its own with bread, but can also be served over velvety potato purée or polenta. Ingredients 4T […]

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Amsterdam: The Food

13 Feb , 2017  

Restaurant Recommendations The Pancake Bakery – Pancakes Moeders – Traditional Brasserie de Groot – New Dutch Restaurant De Luwte – Modern Razzmatazz – Modern On my first trip to Amsterdam, I hadn’t done much research about the food scene beforehand, since it was a fairly last minute trip. And so it was that I arrived […]

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Aix Deux

9 Feb , 2017  

Restaurant Recommendations La Cintra – Brasserie Chez Laurette – Brasserie, Seafood Bistro des Philosophes – Modern French Just en Face – Modern French La Tomate Verte – Modern French Cafe l’Horloge – Café Recipes Gambas and Seared Scallops Provencal Endive Gratin With Ham My second visit to Aix-en-Provence has endeared me to it even further. […]

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Endive Gratin With Ham

7 Feb , 2017  

This gooey, hot dish gets an extra kick from salty ham. It’s perfectly accompanied by a nice leafy green salad with a tart vinaigrette and a crunchy baguette. It also pairs nicely with dry white wine or rosé. Servings: 2 Preparation Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 6T Unsalted butter 2 T flour 1 T Dijon mustard […]