Archive for April, 2011

antique oyster knife

photos: m&j

Recent obsession: our amazing new antique oyster knife from a dealer we love in California. Constant obsession: oysters!

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vintage camera

photo: m&j

It’s amazing the way these “modern” machines were built nearly a century ago – they even folded up right inside their own attached leather cases – the beauty of form and function is quite evident to this day … What a stunning birthday gift – thank you, B!

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Culinary trip to the North Fork

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A recent weekend trip to the northern tip of Long Island revealed the most delightful assortment of culinary treasures – An artistically (and humorously) decorated lunch truck in the parking lot of an upscale  organic eatery in Southold that offers take away gourmet lunch fare at its finest and a bakery in Greenport specializing in stunning and super tasty cookies, and other assorted baked goods, beautifully wrapped gourmet chocolates as well as amazingly artful fashion-design-inspired custom cakes …

The North Fork Table & Inn – a high end eatery started by some former Gramercy Tavern folks worthy of a long drive for a more formal evening or celebration worth savoring!

The Lunch Truck (in the back parking lot of The Inn) – with the same chefs as the North Fork Table & Inn, this quirky lunch truck is the best deal for high end take-away for miles. We recommend the lobster roll, of course!

Sacred Sweets – started by two ladies who are also best friends who gave up their old careers for the dream of making edible art together in this lovely seaside community.  Not only are their creations unbelievably beautiful, but the flavors at Sacred Sweets are extremely gourmet and original, as well  – with the likes of cardamom, merlot, black peppercorn cherry and vanilla ginger topping the list of our absolute favorites.

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HBO’s Mildred Pierce

® HBO Films, 2011

We love a tasty tabletop sequence and Tod Haines has begun this stunning new  HBO mini series with quite a doozy – all propped out with period 1930s kitchenware and chocolate cake and lemon meringue pies looking quite pretty and delicious – thank you HBO, once again, for your amazing taste in film!

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80 years of food photography

A group exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery on West 24th Street with food shots from the likes of Irving Penn, Ansel Adams, Paulette Tavormina and Julie Blackmon … most inspiring! Through May 14th.

NYT Dining: Food loved by the camera http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/dining/30art.html

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flower art

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/fashion/31FLOWERPOWER.html

Emily Thompson’s design studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn cultivates a truly inspired, wild and sculptural look of floral curiosities that are being compared to looks created by the great British floral innovator of the 1930′s, 40’s and 50’s – Constance Spry – using edibles, weeds, preserved beetles and unconventional containers like vintage tea cups or soup tureens to keep it all feeling so special. http://www.emilythompsonflowers.com/

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baked fontina

photo by David Sawyer

This recipe from the wonderful Red Cat Restaurant in Chelsea is a quick, simple way to enjoy fondue without the fondue pot and will have your guests oohing and ahhhing over the savory, gooey chees-y goodness. We suggest accompaniments of crusty bread for dipping and also steamed broccoli, green beans, roasted potatoes and granny smith apples if you want to turn the appetizer into a meal – fun stuff!

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Good-bye Sidney Lumet

photos courtesy: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/04/10/movies/20110409-LUMETFILMS.html

Today marks the passing of one of the world’s all-time great directors. Sidney Lumet – a true New York filmmaker and an amazing talent – whose work will be loved and appreciated always …

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Best birthday cake ever!

photos: m&j

Who doesn’t love a pretty, girly cake on her birthday? But when that cake is so fresh, so moist, so subtle in its sweetness, so perfect in its textural consistency that it is a true work of dessert art – that is a birthday cake worth taking a man-sized slice of  (and worth going back for a second slice or two after everyone’s gone home!)! Amy’s Bread never ceases to impress with their uncanny ability to bake their never-cloying, adult flavored layer cakes that need sweet icing to balance the subtlety of their truly perfect flavors. In this case, delicious yellow cake with a very subtle coconut flavor, silky pastry cream filling, coconut custard frosting – all topped with shredded coconut. Yum. Yum. And double yum. J – you are the absolute bestest!

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The New Canal House Volume 6 is out!

photos: thecanalhouse.com

With this new edition focusing on the grocery store and all it has to offer this Spring – we’ll be cooking up a storm at home – thank you once again, Christopher and Melissa, for your inspiring recipes, beautiful photography and wonderful laid back charm!

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