Archive for September, 2007


The Ultimate Kitchen Nightmare

September 28, 2007


I watched Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares last night, and I could barely keep my food down. Rat traps, cockroaches everywhere, green meat, and rotten veggies… blech. I seriously thought I was going to throw up. But it got me thinking: How does a restaurant in midtown Manhattan get away with this? I know that NY’s a big place and there are too many restaurants to keep tabs on, but this was an egregious mistake on the part of the NY Health Department. And I think more than anyone, they should be embarrassed and ashamed. I’ve actually considered calling the Health Dept lately—there’s a teeny, tiny restaurant at the end of my block that is disgusting. They are infested with rats. I can’t walk by without seeing at least 6 of them scatter across my path. And they basically throw their garbage down into the cellar for the rats to feast on—no bags, no cleaning, no nothing. So, should I do it? I’m morally conflicted. I don’t want to be a tattle-tale, but it’s food and it could seriously make someone sick. What’s the right call?

PS—there’s some talk over on the YumSugar boards about the hottie, Vikas Khanna, that Ramsay brought in to turn the Purnima Restaurant around. They’ve also put up a poll about whether you’d consider eating at Purnima now. Tough question. It’d be hard to turn down Vikas’ food, but even harder to get the image of those cockroaches out of my head.


Swapping Lit

September 27, 2007


Laura is hosting a book-swap—what a fun idea! The plan is to sign-up to send out at least two really great books that you are currently enjoying. The books can be cookbooks (that’ll be me—I’m thinking about swapping the two books above), romance novels, children’s books, autobiographies – pick your poison (as Laura says). She’ll try to match people up accordingly based on interests and assign swap partners Wednesday of next week via email. (It will be up to you and your partner if books need to be returned or not). If you’re interested in participating, email Laura at with the following information:

Mailing address
Email address
Blog or Flickr account
Favorite section of a bookstore
All time favorite novel
A book that was way better than it’s movie version
Would you be willing to ship internationally? Y/N

I have a ridiculous amount of cookbooks in my apartment, and I could definitely use some new ideas and inspiration. So I’m ready to swap!


What’s Next: The Wine Keg?

September 27, 2007


I just read on YumSugar that an Argentinean wine company, called Iron Wine, has started to sell wine in cans. I love this idea! I’m a big fan of wine-in-a-box—maybe because I’ve bought a bottle of wine gone bad a few too many times. Which brings up another question I have:

If you buy a bottle of wine from a wine store, and it’s completely bad when you open it for the first time, can you return it? Or is it part of the risk you take in choosing to buy wine, that sometimes you’ll have to accept the loss of a bad bottle (sorta like you have to accept you’ll occasionally lose clothes at the dry cleaners)?

It’s a question I’ve grappled with for some time now. I’m always too embarrassed to return anything, but it infuriates me nonetheless. The whole wine in a can idea would be a nice departure—plus, it’s really the perfect size for a single glass of wine. I really like the idea of being able to buy smaller portions since I can never finish a bottle before it goes bad (OK… sorta a lie, there). But, alas… it’s not available in the US, yet.


Perilla Open for Brunch!

September 26, 2007


I just got an email from Perilla that says, starting Sunday they’ll be open for brunch! I bet it’ll be amazing, and I wish I could go. Here’s what the email said:

On September 29 we’re starting brunch here at Perilla. It’s one of our favorite things about New York – waking up late on Saturday and Sunday, reading the paper, having a cup of coffee and our favorite brunch food. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, but Harold’s having some fun in the kitchen, offering Cinnamon Challah French Toast with Rum Raisin Maple Syrup and Whipped Sweet Butter; Poached Organic Eggs with Chive-Buttermilk Biscuits and Pork Sausage Gravy; and even his take on a Cuban sandwich, with Pork Belly, Swiss, homemade Pickles and Tater Tots on the side.

It’s a great time of year in the city, and we’ll constantly be changing the menu to reflect the season’s ingredients (look for some apple pancakes made with fresh Upstate apples later this fall).

Oh, Harold. Why won’t you just marry me and cook me breakfast every morning? If anyone goes, tell me how it is!

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I Ate Caviar Last Night

September 26, 2007


And you know what? It really is salty. I got the 5-star treatment at a press event for Usher’s new perfume (not half-bad, might I add). But mostly, I just wanted to show-off my close-up pic of the dapper crooner. PS—Martha was there!


Now That’s Using Your Melon

September 26, 2007


I love these really fun watermelon sculptures that I saw on flickr—what a weird talent. Ram Food Art.






What Do You Eat for Breakfast?

September 25, 2007

I love this photo compilation that J sent me—the photographer is Jon Huck and he took pics of people and the breakfasts they eat. Mine would be sad: Heart to Heart cereal and horrible, office, instant coffee. But at least it’s not beans!

That’s not breakfast!



Photojojo! is doing a Breakfast thread of their own if you want to join the fun.