Category Archive for 'Restaurants & Bars'

My Pyjamas

This Was Then Most of what I know about food I learned in Spain.  After all, Spaniards eat just about anything that trots, swims, sprouts, crawls, flies, or germinates.  (Nearly anything, at least. They aren’t fond of corn or hot peppers.)  That isn’t a revelation.  Most of the world’s great cuisines began as peasant food, […]

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As a child of the post-war New York sububurbs, I don’t remember when I first heard the simple but evocative advertising slogan “Castles In Spain”. In that time before five TV channels became five hundred, those three words summoned images of chest-thumping knights in armor, chest-heaving ladies-in-waiting, dramatic jousts with trumpets announcing deadly competitions, and […]

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Discomfort Food

Ferran Adrià has a lot to answer for. The mega-star Catalan chef holds court at his restaurant El Bulli in the village of Roses off Spain’s Costa Brava and in his laboratory near Barcelona. Yes, his lab. Adrià closes the restaurant for six months a year to fiddle endlessly with foodstuffs so he can bring […]

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We often reflect with pleasure on our breakfasts on the open-air roof terrace of our hotel in Istanbul, looking down upon the Blue Mosque on one side, the Haghia Sophia on the other, and Topkapi Palace and the Sea of Marmara just beyond.  (That’s the so-called New Mosque down there on the left.) The meals […]

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Up here in the Hudson Highlands, about an hour’s drive north of New York, lies an underutilized cultural resource that deserves a great deal more attention than it receives. The founders provided us with a 500-acre estate of wildflower meadows, tailored forests, and rolling hills, and placed within it the monumental works of some of the […]

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Eating Out: Manhattan

On our way to take in a flamenco festival at City Center, we stepped into Alfredo’s (4 W. 49th St., 212-397-0100) for cocktails. The staff is accommodating and drinks are complemented by plates of peppery marinated olives and chunks of Pecorino cheese. When the mood strikes, they pass around slices of paper-thin margarita pizza. Huge blowups […]

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Even if you’ve never been there, you surely know the Piazza San Marco (right), with its signature basilica and campanile.  They’re as familiar as the Eiffel Tower and London’s Tower Bridge, and the city they symbolize has drawn visitors for centuries. If you have ever seen the 1955 movie, Summertime, starring Katherine Hepburn and Rossano […]

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Short Summer

The very first crimson leaves start drifting down in late August in New England, although it takes until mid-October for the full-on foliage spectacular. Those couple of months are a good time to commence a series of daytrips to take in the show.  Ridgefield is showplace Connecticut, with a history harking to early Colonial times […]

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Secret Eats Of Little Rhody

“Four all the way, extra sauce, and a coffee milk.” Every Rhode Islander knows what that means, and can also rattle off a half-dozen other local treats ingested in quantity since birth. Those would be stuffies, jonnycakes, doughboys, clam cakes, cabinets, clear chowda, snail salad…and New York System hot weiners. This “system” has nothing to […]

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Kansas City is burnishing its reputation as a major cultural center of what bi-coastal sophisticates unfairly demean as “flyover country”. They should make time for a stopover. K.C. isn’t just barbecue, stockyards, and jazz anymore. Downtown, industrial loft buildings are being recycled into housing, retail, restaurants, and entertainment and sports venues. They complement the handsome […]

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