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A Sea of Red

Only three pictures today but they epitomize the transition to summer. Strawberries Heirloom tomatoes Radishes Have a great weekend, folks.

Blue Hill Washington Square

Opened in 2000, Blue Hill Washington Square is the creation of Chef Dan Barber. The restaurant occupies a landmark speakeasy dating from Prohibition, just a stone’s throw away from Washington […]

Saturday at USGM

RAMPS!!! — a/k/a Allium tricoccum or wild leeks. I’m one of their biggest fans. McIntosh apples from upstate New York Tulips Daffodils Spring has definitely arrived.

Recent Meals

I haven’t been posting lately because there hasn’t been much to post about. Sorry. A piece of broiled fish, a bowl of steamed rice and a plate of salad is […]

Szechuan Gourmet

A new year finds me having to deal with a new job. I’m really looking forward to it. Sorry for not posting … haven’t been cooking as much. Or more […]

A Hearth Pictorial

No new pictures this time around — because I haven’t been to Hearth in over a year, since the economy tanked. That being said, I’ll probably stop in sometime in […]

Saturday Market

You can definitely tell that autumn is on the threshold. There’s a chill in the air; carpe diem while you can. Yellow plum tomatoes Golden nugget potatoes Apples

Postcards from the Shire

This blog will have its three year anniversary in a little over six weeks so I thought I’d pull some of my favorite food photography in the intervening period. You […]


I didn’t feel like going to Redhead tonight I went to Minca instead. Minca was one of the first ramenyas to open in New York City. It retains a devoted […]


I had dinner tonight at Katz’s Delicatessen. Katz’s is part of a triumvirate of famous Jewish delicatessens here in New York City, the other two being the Second Avenue Deli […]

Salt of the Earth

Mixed heirloom beans stewed with Canadian bacon and aromatic vegetables You might think it’s strange that a blog with the word “spam” in its title would feature pictures of great […]

Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2008: Day Two

Ed Mitchell, pitmaster and owner of The Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina St. Louis-style ribs with pickled okra, courtesy of Blue Smoke For additional coverage and loads of pictures, please […]

Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2008: Day One

If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll probably want to skip this post. 🙂 Garry Ubon, pitmaster and owner of Ubon’s in Yazoo, Mississippi Shake Shack For additional photos of this event, […]

Gramercy Tavern

Chilled nettles soup with asparagus and pickled ramps 2007 Txakoli Getariako, Txomin Etxaniz, Basque, Spain Seared scallop with spring minestrone (green garlic, cippolini onion, fava beans) Sable, potato and leek […]

Spring Rain

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful […]