Meal in a Mouthful: Recharge Your Holiday Shopping Batteries

One evening when leaving the main branch of the New York Public Library I was peckish. Passing the food booths at the Bryant Park Holiday Market. I looked for a little something to hold me, and I found not just one but three little somethings at the Arancini Brothers pop-up shop. Arancini are  Sicilian fried rice balls, named for the oranges they resemble.

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The Thanksgiving Sandwich: What's Missing, What Remains, What's Left over

So, during last week’s repast at my sister Carol’s house, every time I put something aside in a Tupperware, I announced loudly that I was saving it for my Action Bronson Thanksgiving Leftover sandwich, to the point where my niece Olivia remarked, “I think you’re more focused on your sandwich than on the dinner.” Hmm. Was I?

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Blocky City, Suburban Campus, Toney Town: We Eat in Connecticut

After 28 years together I know that the Chef and I are able to find the most exceptional food in even the most discouraging or lackluster surroundings, because it matters to us.  This snack journey is a testimony to that. I had accompanied the chef on a work junket to UConn in Storrs, Connecticut with a stop in Hartford on the way in and Litchfield on the way out. All three places presented dining challenges, but here are some worthy finds.

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You Want Potato Chips IN your Grilled Cheese?

Step into Earl’s Beer and Cheese off of Park Avenue and you enter a restaurant kitted out like a Catskills hunting lodge. Vintage illuminated rural scenes are set into the wall, and a stuffed buck presides over you,  a little unsettlingly, as you dine. Also unsettling, in a different way, is the presence of ground up potato chips in my gorgonzola and ginger fig preserve sandwich ($8.00), but Earl’s Beer and Cheese has a canny knack for making the improbable ingredient the crowning touch.

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