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--!> Eater is asking some of the best chefs in the country to flex their muscles in a cooking competition we like to call The Macaroni Project. The challenge: Turn a generic box of macaroni and cheese into a masterpiece. North End Grill...
--!> Eater is asking some of the best chefs in the country to flex their muscles in a cooking competition we like to call The Macaroni Project. The challenge: Turn a generic box of macaroni and cheese into a masterpiece. North End Grill's Floyd Cardoz is the first chef to work his magic on the mundane box of mac and cheese. In the coming weeks, other chefs will try their hand at the challenge in the hopes of winning the title of Macaroni Master of the Universe. Hit play on the video above to see Floyd thrown down the gauntlet. · All Videos by Eater Moving Pictures [~ENY~]
37 minutes ago
Steak Frites in Union Square is closed right now, and the vital signs do not look good. The gates are down, and last week the team appeared to be clearing out the interior. As one tipster noted, there was no liquor behind the bar. The re...
Steak Frites in Union Square is closed right now, and the vital signs do not look good. The gates are down, and last week the team appeared to be clearing out the interior. As one tipster noted, there was no liquor behind the bar. The restaurant's Facebook and Twitter is silent on the subject, but its OpenTable listing is inactive and the phone just rings and rings. Longtime readers may remember that this is the same Steak Frites that relocated to one of New York's cursed restaurant spaces, then shuttered, then re-relocated back into its original Union Square space. · All Coverage of Steak Frites [~ENY~]
43 minutes ago
This is our neighborhood go-to sushi bar. We were the very first customers at Takao when it first opened and we have been going ever since. We just let Takao do “his thing.” From upper right corner – marinated jellyfis...
This is our neighborhood go-to sushi bar. We were the very first customers at Takao when it first opened and we have been going ever since. We just let Takao do “his thing.” From upper right corner – marinated jellyfish with cucumber, Abalone, Japanese tiny shrimp with caviar, Blue Crab with Spicy Mayo Sauce Spanish Mackerel with scallions, ginger, carrot and daikon Japanese fresh scallop, uni, shaved summer truffles, pink peppercorns Dish presented Matsutake mushrooms, shrimp, Ginko, Pickled Ginger, Japanese lime Tempura of a Natto Roll, Tempura Green Onion Grilled Yellowtail with mushrooms  soy reduction sauce Toro Sushi Not pictured – Salmon Skin Hand Rolls Uni Squid Hand  Roll For the freshest fish, for the most interesting preparations – the is THE place to go. Filed under: Southern California, Takao - Brentwood
about 1 hour ago
Contrary to popular belief, the best hangover remedy is not Mickey D's. According to Chinese researchers, it is ... Sprite. Yes, that soda no one ever drinks. The scientists studied 57 bevera...
Contrary to popular belief, the best hangover remedy is not Mickey D's. According to Chinese researchers, it is ... Sprite. Yes, that soda no one ever drinks. The scientists studied 57 bevera...
about 1 hour ago
Slice founder Adam Kuban just created a Foursquare list of his 46 favorite pizza restaurants in New York City. The list spans all five boroughs, and it includes famous pizzerias as well as a few places that you might not know about. [Fo...
Slice founder Adam Kuban just created a Foursquare list of his 46 favorite pizza restaurants in New York City. The list spans all five boroughs, and it includes famous pizzerias as well as a few places that you might not know about. [Foursquare]
about 1 hour ago
She may even debut her new eye makeup line soon. Food Network viewership was foundering prior to the day executives announced they wouldn't be renewing Paula Deen's contract, Bloomberg reports, and numbers haven't recovered since. June ...
She may even debut her new eye makeup line soon. Food Network viewership was foundering prior to the day executives announced they wouldn't be renewing Paula Deen's contract, Bloomberg reports, and numbers haven't recovered since. June 21, 2013 will forever be known as the dawn of the Deenosaurs, most of whom criticized the Food Network for abandoning the embattled celebrity chef. Will Paula be getting back on the air? Maybe. It seems that Cybill Shepherd's Law & Order: SVU Deen-inspired tour de cringe was just the warm-up to the cringe payload about to arrive in the form of Deen's E! True Hollywood Story, which debuts October 14. It features friends, family, and frenemies alike, including Deen's son Jamie, who says,"If we were any closer, we'd share underwear." Great. We'll pretend we never read that, and let the comeback begin! Since Dumping Paula Deen, Food Network Ratings Have Continued to Slump [Bloomberg] Paula Deen gets support in 'E! Hollywood True Story' special [UPI] Read more posts by Hugh MerwinFiled Under: paula deen, food network, paula deen enterprises, paula deen scandal, true hollywood story
about 1 hour ago
Matt and Allison Robicelli, the do-good husband-and-wife bakers behind Robicelli's are opening a brick and mortar bakery to sell their cult favorite cupcakes. The couple announced on their blog today that they'll open the new bakery out ...
Matt and Allison Robicelli, the do-good husband-and-wife bakers behind Robicelli's are opening a brick and mortar bakery to sell their cult favorite cupcakes. The couple announced on their blog today that they'll open the new bakery out in Bay Ridge, which they chose over "some trendy neighborhood like Carroll Gardens, or GreenSwope, or Wickvesant," because it's their home turf, and "to remind people that there's beautiful things happening in all of Brooklyn." This is not the first shop for the Robicellis: they closed down the original four years ago to focus on their wholesale business and their children, and also had a container shop at the short-lived Dekalb Market. But now that both the kids are in school, they've decided that the time is right again. They haven't revealed the exact address yet, but the new spot is set to open in a few weeks. · Robicelli's [Official Site] · All Coverage of Robicelli's [~ENY~] [Photo: Official Site]
about 2 hours ago
Learn more about Decadent Creations here. What I Think: While shopping at my local New Seasons Market, I found this cute little box of macarons on the bakery shelf.  The packaging was almost as alluring as the contents:  the box is a pre...
Learn more about Decadent Creations here. What I Think: While shopping at my local New Seasons Market, I found this cute little box of macarons on the bakery shelf.  The packaging was almost as alluring as the contents:  the box is a pretty French blue, and it’s been wrapped in twine.  Really cute with a very French sort of appeal to it. It didn’t take me long to start in on these treats.  I could think of little else on the way home except those macarons in the grocery bag!  I did take a moment to read the label and I found that Decadent Creations is a local bakery in Beaverton, Oregon.  I like supporting local businesses, so I felt even better about this purchase.  (I always feel a little guilty when I buy treats for myself, and knowing that I’m supporting a local business … lessens the guilt just a little bit.) The macarons are delicately crisp on the outside and light and airy on the inside.  The creamy filling adds the right amount of decadent sweetness.  These seem to just melt in my mouth.  So delicious and … yes … decadent.  They named their bakery appropriately! There were three flavors in this box:  2 pistachio macarons, 2 lemon lavender macarons and 1 salted caramel.  The pistachio macarons were very sweet and it was a little difficult to discern the nutty pistachio flavor through all the sweetness until the finish, then the pistachio nuttiness came through.  The pistachio macarons were good … but my least favorite of the three. The lemon lavender macarons were delightful!  The lemon comes through prominently as soon as I bite into the crackly crisp shell of the macaron, and the lavender pops through as I continue to eat and allow the flavors to move across the palate.  I like that the lavender is delicate here.  It’s just the right amount of lavender to add a hint of sweet, floral contrast to the tangy lemon notes … but not so much to overpower the confection and give it a soapy taste. The salted caramel macaron was by far my favorite.  Oh my goodness.  Perfection!  The caramel is sweet and creamy and luscious, and there is just the right touch of salt to cut through that sweetness to keep it from becoming cloying.  I only got one Salted caramel macaron in my box of five macarons, and I found myself wishing that all five of them were the salted caramel!  They’re so good! My Final Thoughts: These were delicious.  At $6.99 for a box of five, they’re a little spendy, but, macarons ARE a little difficult to find and when you do find them … the price I paid is comparable for what I’d pay elsewhere.  These were a little bit of heaven.
about 2 hours ago
Hidden in Plain Sight is a new series in which we take a new look at an established restaurant. In our lust for newness and our obsession with "bests," the fantastic unsung places that make up ...
Hidden in Plain Sight is a new series in which we take a new look at an established restaurant. In our lust for newness and our obsession with "bests," the fantastic unsung places that make up ...
about 2 hours ago
Some years ago I went regularly to yoga classes in San Francisco led by this yogi Pete Guinosso. Pete was more of a coach figure than a spiritual leader, and he’d make me laugh out loud on the mat. Many people go to yoga for a calm...
Some years ago I went regularly to yoga classes in San Francisco led by this yogi Pete Guinosso. Pete was more of a coach figure than a spiritual leader, and he’d make me laugh out loud on the mat. Many people go to yoga for a calming, zen-like experience, but I have a hard time keeping it together without giggling at yoga and like being alert to work on my form – so this higher energy environment was the perfect fit for me. Pete’s teaching style was fun, athletic, and he was an insightful guide. As someone with a lot of disconnect between brain and body (to the great consternation of my weight lifting coaches), Pete was always able to make suggestions that clicked for me, allowing me to really dig into my poses and get the most out of my practice. Once a week, Pete led a Candlelight yoga class, about as close to zen as I could get without feeling weird about things. The studio was warm, dark, and cozy, and we’d settle into deep poses with nothing but the light of flickering candles around us. It took me years of yoga that I didn’t like all that much to find this class that I loved, and I was deeply sorry to leave it when I moved out East. So lately – me and yoga? We’ve been having a rocky relationship. It’s easy to feel like giving up when you are forced to move on from something so comfortable and right. Since then, I’ve had a hard time finding a class that I love. I went to a dozen classes at Prana, but I don’t do so well with hot yoga, and could never find a time that stuck. And then there was the class where I had less than six inches between me and my neighbor, and he kept on flinging sweat in my direction, so by the end of the hour I had a puddle on my mat that wasn’t my own. After that delightful experience, I sanitized the mat in bleach, rolled it up, and couldn’t compel myself to go back. But I guess times are changing, that’s what the fall does for me – opens me up to new experiences. On Monday morning I woke up before sunrise to head into town to try a new class with my coworker Elyse. Our team does a lot of extracurricular fitness in the mornings – there are the resident golfers, the 40-mile-ride-before-9 a.m. contingent, the gentlemen who do speed work on the track, the November Project stadium climbers (and Summit Ave. summiters), and I’m always up for a little peer pressure to get some early morning workouts in. Cara Gilman, a Boston yogi who happens to be married to one of my coworkers, was leading a free class at Back Bay Yoga, with my fave lunch spot sweetgreen providing breakfast, so I thought it’d be the perfect chance to ease myself back onto the mat. Oh, this class!! We spent a lot of time opening the shoulders, working the upper body, and practicing balance. While my flexibility will take some time to return to where I once was, I felt strong and energized throughout – a world away from the last few classes where I spent a lot of time curled up in child’s pose. Afterwards there was yogurt, granola, pumpkin bread, cider, and $5 free credit to sweetgreen – so, pretty much the best reason to wake up before 7am ever. Next month? I’ll be back for sure.  That’s me on the left with Cara and Elyse, post-yoga, but pre-coffee. The matching sweatshirts? No, we didn’t plan that. Have you found a yoga class you love? Back Bay Yoga 364 Boylston St Boston, MA backbayyoga.com Sweetgreen 659 Boylston St Boston, MA sweetgreen.com
about 2 hours ago