Earlier this week we got a whiff of chocolate, but it wasn’t from a heart-shaped box. Rather, it was from a flask—one of those little glass flasks with the typewriter-written labels from Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn. In time for the biggest chocolate buying day of the year the city distillery released a chocolate-flavored whiskey, available in Manhattan at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop. (We’d get on getting one stat, if we were you, since we hear Park Ave is already going through their second case.)
It might not be the most bitter winter in recent memory, but in February fresh produce is still pretty scarce even when it’s 62. So in recent weeks we’ve been happily guzzling a slew of picked-in-summer-and-minimally-processed local produce products like this tomato juice from Migliorelli Farm. (So good we couldn’t even keep it long enough to take a photo.) The Tivoli, N.Y. grower–find them at dozens of Greenmarkets citywide–also has tomato sauces (three for $15 last time we went by) and frozen vegetables like kale, corn, mustard greens and Brussels sprouts.
Last weekend I had a few seriously inspiring days at the annual winter conference held by NOFA-NY, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. The sessions were fantastic, and I just love being around men holding babies, women talking about carcass weight, everyone knitting and yes, people bringing their own garlic to slice onto salad. Here are some photo highlights (with captions) from my trip.
If you don’t have a place to escape to within this crazy city, Alison Schneider wants to introduce you to Haven’s Kitchen.
Chances are high most of you still need to snap up a few things for Mom and Dad to put under the Hanukah tree–heck, we still need to snap up all of them–and years of holiday procrastination has taught us some valuable last minute gifting skills. Here’s a few of our favorite go-to food gifts when time is tight:
Captured in cordials, souvenirs of summer can warm chilly nights.
How a Harlemite built her wine business one bottle—and one customer—at a time.
Bemelmans’s book could best Bourdain’s.
Dig this helpful guide from the folks at GrowNYC, the non-profit group behind city Greenmarkets. It’s a list of which of their farmers citywide are selling turkeys, plus how to order them and where you can pick them up. Don’t forget the butchers at Dickson’s Farmstead Meats in Chelsea Market or your mail-order friends at Fleisher’s and Heritage Foods USA. (The latter will probably let you order from their new Heritage Meat Shop in Essex Market, too.)
He lies awake at night on the Upper East Side and reads cookbooks
Behind a Greenwich Street door whose plaque simply reads “Cookbooks.”
Along with the country’s trendsetting fashion designers, Manhattan is also the birthplace of what’s now de rigueur in any best-dressed kitchen