Monthly Archives: March 2011

El Empiezo de Empellón

I must admit, I went to Empellón with and still have mixed feelings about the place. I mean, Alex Stupak is (or was) one of the very best Pastry chefs on the planet, let alone New York City! Sure, I […]

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The Sorcerer and His Apprentices: Ferran and His Stagieres in NYC

Though the book, The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià’s elBulli has just been published, it is already slated to be the basis for a Hollywood movie and why not? Lisa Abend’s story focuses on the […]

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Sunday Photo – Early Spring in North Country Woods

Editor’s Note: Photo taken by Lawrence Sconzo earlier this week in the woods behind our home. To me this photograph heralds the arrival of spring as the heavy snows of this past winter recede and the ground begins to open […]

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Lunch at Aldea with Michael Talalaev

I had lunch the other day at Aldea, the first time I had been back in a little while – at least just to eat from the regular Aldea menu. Reports from my earlier meals can be read here and […]

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Japan – A Regret and a Hope

I have had a lifelong fascination with Japan: the country, its culture, its history and its food. Right now one of my greatest regrets in life is not having visited this amazing nation before its recent catastrophe and its aftermath, but […]

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The Glories of the Grand Central Oyster Bar

I can’t believe that in all my years living in and coming to New York City and in all my years as a lover of oysters, clams and assorted seafood, I had never before eaten at the Grand Central Oyster […]

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Sugar Season

The days are lengthening with warm temperatures in the afternoons and cold at night. The copious snows of the winter are melting and the sap is rising in the wonderful sugar maples in the woods around northeastern New York. This […]

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A Chat with Magnus Ek

While at Oaxen Krog this past August, I had the opportunity to chat after dinner with Chef Magnus Ek. Here is a bit of our conversation.
JS: How did you evolve over your 16 years at Oaxen Krog? Did you start […]

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Thinking Green: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It’s St. Paddy’s Day, the sun is shining and the snow is melting. It is a day to think green! Hopefully, and especially in light of recent world events, we can all continue to think, be and act green every […]

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Identitá Golose 2011 – Part 3: Mehmet Gürs

Turkey intrigues me. I haven’t been yet, though my son, L.J. has and loved it. It represents a mix of the exotic and the familiar, the east and the west, a combination that I find particularly fascinating. Mehmet Gürs is […]

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