Monthly Archives: January 2014

Recap: Madrid Fusión 2014, Day 1

Yesterday marked the first day of Madrid Fusión, the original international culinary summit. This year the focus is on how traditional and street food inspires some of the top chefs in the world, shaping their techniques, the ingredients they use, […]


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Barista Albany – A Judge’s View

The New York State Capital Region is rife with young enthusiastic culinarians doing good things with food and beverages. This was readily apparent at the recent Albany Wine and Dine For the Arts benefit event organized by Michelle Hines Abrams […]


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Mmmmmm, Coffee….

I have always liked coffee, though my tastes and priorities have changed and evolved over the years. I started drinking coffee as a child in the ’60’s. Then the coffee I drank was awash with milk and sugar. I couldn’t […]


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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 6 – Tertulia & El Colmado

What’s in a name? Seamus Mullen has much too Irish a name to be one of NYC’s top Spanish chefs – or does he? His name may be patently Irish, but if his food is any indication, his soul is […]


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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 5: El Quinto Pino

El Quinto Pino is one of several restaurants owned and run by Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero, a husband and wife team that have been instrumental in securing a positive reputation for Spanish cuisine in NYC. In addition to El […]


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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 4: Boqueria Soho

The Boqueria restaurants have been successful not only in bringing delicious Spanish dishes to NYC with two locations in lower Manhattan, but also to locations outside of New York including Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong! The restaurant offers a blend […]


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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 3: Casa Mono

A small restaurant with plenty of old wood and an open kitchen, Casa Mono transports the diner to Madrid. I could easily picture the space on a small Madrid side street with customers coming in and out to taste their […]


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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 2: Toro

Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette have been cooking Spanish cuisine for some time at Toro in Boston. It is an intimate space that elicits congeniality and festivity. The Toro space in NYC, opened this fall, can not be described […]


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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 1: Manzanilla

Spanish food in NYC has never had it so good. The city is currently awash with a plethora of restaurants serving excellent Spanish inspired fare. In this article, I highlighted some of the very best, who are doing it mostly with […]


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Spain and the New York Table

Back in 2006, Spain was riding high in the gastronomic world. elBulli was at its peak and Spanish restaurants in Spain were the darlings of the culinary cognoscenti. It was a golden age for Spanish cuisine. The culmination of this […]


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