Food Crawl: Jersey City – sausages, craft beer, tartines

Some call it the sixth borough of New York City; others, the other Williamsburg. But who cares what anyone calls Jersey City. What matters to food lovers is that this rapidly changing municipality of more than one-quarter million has become arguably the most exciting, most innovative, most delicious restaurant destination this side of the Hudson.In this old port city, the second most populous city in the Garden State (Newark holds first place), are some of Jersey’s best pizzas, creamiest ice creams, most delectable hard ciders, strongest cups of coffee, most delicious sandwiches and most wonderful dumplings.Credit for this culinary explosion? Cheap rents, locals eager for ingenious chow and creative chefs hankering to cross the river to slice, dice, chop and bake in a burgeoning city that is said to be the most diverse in the nation. Sure, food fans can still get a good bowl of steaming hot pho, a hefty plate of crispy tostones and a hearty pants-busting torta in Jersey City, but now they can also get handmade artisanal pizzas, American hard ciders, spicy elk meatballs, homemade Earl Grey ice cream and craft beer on tap or (now hot!) in cans."Jersey City is unique," says Dan Richer, chef and owner of Razza, a highly venerated pizzeria on Grove Street serving delectable artisan thin-crust wood-fired pies. "When I opened Razza five years ago, there were a handful of places around. Now there are so many awesome restaurants here, and so many more in the works. There's no reason to leave the neighborhood."The 31-year-old Richer, who was recently nominated for a James Beard award and for the first Garden State Culinary Arts award, agreed to be our guide to where and what to eat in Jersey City. We figured that if Richer can get the attention of top-notch food experts in the food world (a James Beard award is likened to an Oscar in the restaurant biz), he Continue Reading

Global soul food hits Fountain Square

Pork ribs marinated in cognac or bourbon, garlic, soy sauce and hoisin. Steam-roasted, basted with the marinade along the way and then lightly smoked. Charred outside, tender insider but clinging to the bone.This is chef John Adams’ kind of soul food. It’s not American. These ribs are Cantonese-style, a preparation named char siu, some might say “Chinese barbecue.” Adams plans to serve it at the global soul food restaurant he and partners are developing in Fountain Square.Adams’ plans to serve family-style meals at the 80-seat Marrow, opening mid-October at 1106 Prospect St. Imagine a table laden with serving dishes, an international feast with your friends.“Soul food (in America) shares a same kind of culinary language as a lot of Asian cultures: rice, leafy greens, really hot condiments, fish, different types of barbecue, using funky parts of the chicken cow and pig,” Adams said. “And (American) soul food, it is kind of a melting pot of so many different things.”Adams’ global soul food interpretations may mean Vietnamese-style whole, fried catfish. He mentions curry macaroni and cheese made with coconut milk and grilled paneer, a fresh Indian cheese. Expect pho rich with bone marrow. A Malaysian-style marrow dish tosses roasted or boiled marrow bones in red curry chili sauce. They might be served with straw for sucking out the marrow.The name Marrow is about more than the food or the roasted marrow-bone-washed rye barman and beverage director Steve Simon (currently at Broad Ripple Tavern) stirs into the restaurant’s signature Old Fashioned. Marrow is deep down in all of us, “the essence, what’s inside our bones. It kind of speaks to the offal, it kind of speaks to the soul,” Adams said.Adams previously worked the kitchen at nearby Fletcher Place’s Bluebeard when that restaurant opened in 2012. Within a year, Bluebeard earned a James Beard Award nomination for best new Great Continue Reading

Local chefs launch experimental food trailer

Two local chefs recently left the restaurant world to open their own experimental food trailer.Nick Glenn and Ruebin Sandberg, who cooked together at Jefferson Street Pub and Jolie's Louisiana Bistro, launched Live Action Deli in late October."The concept has always somewhat been in my head," says Glenn. "This is finally it — live, in action."The funky food truck — which has the hip hop duo Outkast and mythical creature Bigfoot painted on it — got its name from random things said while Glenn, Sandberg and their friends converted the box trailer into a portable restaurant.Live Action Deli's ever-changing menu currently consists of tacos, sandwiches and the sushi beaurito, a sushi-burrito hybrid.Homemade, Creole-spiced chips come with entrees, and dessert options, such as homemade fig cake, are rotated regularly."I love the creativity I'm allowed on the truck," Glenn says. "We don't want to ever get stale on creativity."One sandwich on the menu is filled with chicken and sausage gumbo and potato salad. Another is filled with pulled pork chili, Colorado sauce, pepper jack cheese, cilantro mayonnaise and fresh red onions.Taco options include pulled pork with cabbage slaw and jerk mayo and shredded chicken in chipotle sauce with pickled red onion and chopped cilantro.Then there's the burrito-sized sushi roll with sweet and spicy krab, fruit and vegetables."When in California, also in New York, they had sushi burrito food trucks, and now they seem to be all over social media," Sandberg says. "So I decided to put it on our menu to see how it will do here. We can’t ignore our Louisiana culture so we put a gumbo sandwich (on the menu.)"Glenn's favorite menu item is the jerk taco. He's especially proud of the jerk seasoning blend he's spent two years perfecting.But even that might go away to make room for new creations."Our current menu is not in stone, and we don't plan on keeping it long," Continue Reading

19 bites of Acadiana food and drink news

Can't get your fill of new food news? This roundup of recent dining scene developments in Acadiana is for you.From Bread & Circus' new pizza menu to Louisiana's secret menu item at Sonic, here is the dining and drink news you may have missed.Don't miss a thing by liking "Grub City" on Facebook to keep up with all of the Hub City's food news and a chance at winning some cool giveaways.The Lafayette-based restaurant group that owns Romacelli Bistro e Vino and POUR Restaurant and Bar announced Monday a growth plan that includes statewide expansion of its current concepts and the introduction of a new steakhouse concept.In addition to operating Romacelli and Pour, Double R Restaurant Group is the largest franchisee of Another Broken Egg Cafe with 25 locations in the southeast.The group's new, high-end steakhouse concept will include a "lively bar with premium steaks and a vibrant atmosphere." Although still in the development phase, the steakhouse is planned to open in River Ranch in Lafayette.Double R plans to open new locations of Romacelli in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Monroe, Gonzales and Central and new locations of POUR in Youngsville, Monroe, Gonzales and Central in the next three years.Panda Express recently opened in the Ambassador Town Center anchored by Costco.The fast-casual Asian restaurant offers a variety of entrees such as orange chicken, honey walnut shrimp and Shanghai Angus steak with sides, such as chow mein, fried rice, egg rolls, spring rolls and pot stickers.Panda Express' dining room is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The drive-thru window is open 30 minutes later than the dining room each night.Find Panda Express at 4531 Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Lafayette. Learn more by visiting or by calling 337-273-2868.A new subscription box service could offer Continue Reading

Santiago, Chile: Protests add resonance to a fascinating city full of funky nabes and great food

“Chile is finally waking up,” says 26-year-old Gonzalo Rozas, who works for the hip, Santiago-based record label, Armatoste. “We’ve been asleep for way too long.” The effects of Chile's long slumber, as well as the stirrings of its emerging character, can be seen and felt everywhere you go in Santiago. Downtown, they’re busy raising the Gran Torre Costanera, a gleaming new tower which, when completed later in 2012, will be the tallest building in South America. Over in Park O’Higgins, the city hosted the first ever international Lollapalooza rock festival back in April (with a follow-up planned for spring). And in the Bella Vista district, a short walk from the Providencia apartment where Rozas and I talk, locals revel in what has become one of the most dense and free-wheeling bar scenes in all of Latin America. Here, in Rozas’ apartment, I hang with his musician friends, drink beer and discuss cool new Chilean bands (the Suicide Bitches, a fave). More beer turns the talk serious — to the country's shifting dance of left- and right-wing governments, which lends context to events that have started to have the look and feel of something revolutionary. As luck would have it, the day I arrived in Santiago the place was exploding with an escalating and seemingly unstoppable wave of student protests. Since June, young people have taken to the streets, in part, to howl about the near bankruptcy of government funding for higher education, as well as what they see as feeble quality of the service for many. It’s a galvanizing issue in the country, inviting an outpouring of sympathy from older generations as well. Official government figures peg the protesters in the tens of thousands, but the dissidents claim upwards of 150,000 at certain events. The current, right-center government of President Sebastian Pinera hasn’t taken it lightly. During my stay, the army fired tear gas throughout the city, Continue Reading

11 best food, drink events in September around Phoenix

As we near fall, the temperatures slowly begin to drop, which means festival season is here. September is filled with eating and drinking events for fans of craft beer and wine, Mexican and spicy foods, as well as bar crawls. Here are our top picks this month.See works by some of Phoenix's talented up-and-coming artists, creators and photographers, while indulging in delectable chocolate treats. Guests also will enjoy body painting, music, portraits and face painting. The event is for ages 21 and older. Details: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14-15. The Monorchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. $10-$20. the Valley's diverse dining scene through this fall promotion, featuring three-course meals for $33 or $44 at top restaurants, including Nobuo at Teeter House, Marcellino Ristorante, Lon's at the Hermosa and Beckett's Table. Each restaurant will feature its special Restaurant Week menus. Diners are encouraged to make reservations.Details: Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 24. For participating restaurants in metro Phoenix and Tucson, go to sixth annual festival in downtown Chandler will feature more than two dozen restaurants serving many types of tacos, which can be purchased a la carte, along with beer, margaritas and aguas frescas. The event also features mariachi bands, ballet folklorico, tequila tastings and taco-eating competitions.Details: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. $8-$12 for general admission, $75 for VIP. 602-276-2499, To celebrate National Guacamole Day on Sept. 16, the founders of the Arizona Taco Festival present this avocado party, in its second year. Enjoy unlimited samples of guacamole prepared by local chefs from restaurants such Continue Reading

Food lover’s guide to Dobbs Ferry

When it comes to exciting food destinations in the Lower Hudson Valley, Dobbs Ferry is at the top of the list. One of Westchester's most creative chefs, David DiBari, owns two restaurants here. It boasts not one, but two of the county's top destinations for cocktail culture. And a brand-new nose-to-tail butcher, Campbell Meats, will open its doors here in the coming weeks.Still, it's also a place where you'll find a kid-friendly spot for lunch, a hip spot to go on Friday with friends, dazzling waterfront dining at brunch and a swanky night cap to end a date night. PODCAST: lohudfood Lover's Guide to Dobbs Ferry OPENING SOON: Campbell Meats, a new butcher in Dobbs Ferry That's why we've chosen to feature the village with our first ever lohudfood Lover's Guide, where we highlight the spots that food insiders know and love. You know, the kinds of places we tell our friends about.Of course, it's impossible to name every great drink or dish in Dobbs Ferry, and these are just a few we chose to showcase. We mention a few other great spots to explore -- Sushi Mike's, Tomatillo, Sam's, to name a couple -- on this story's companion video and podcast.But if you ask us about the must-hit foodie spots in Dobbs Ferry, this is our list.Chef-owner David DiBari prepares simple, delicious food with pristine ingredients. He’s a huge proponent of nose-to-tail cooking, and especially gifted with roast pork.Open since 2009, The Cookery has gained a loyal following for DiBari's unique culinary style. He blends comforting Italian with funky new American in a way that’s both exciting and familiar (like pork osso bucco and roasted bone marrow with beef cheek marmalade). If this restaurant were in the East Village, you’d never get a table. The scene is lively and undeniably hip, and consequently sometimes unreasonably loud.What to get: The menu is heavy on appetizers, and we love the duck fat potatoes, in-house Continue Reading

14 must-haves for your holiday spread from New York’s best specialty food shops

New Yorkers do everything big - especially holiday food. Throughout the month of December, home cooks from Broadway to Brooklyn to the Bronx will cater to tradition and whimsy with juicy, standing rib roasts, wheels of creamy, fresh cheeses and baskets of sweetened and fried breads. But you don't have to be an aspiring Martha or a wannabe Emeril to turn out a moist, whole-poached salmon or stuffed capon (that's a castrated rooster, to the uninitiated) for this year's feast. Gourmet goodies on the go are now the norm for boutique operations, as well as for larger markets. "We cut the meat to order, we season it, we marinate it - we do everything but stick it under the broiler!" laughs Pino Cinquemani, the Sicilian butcher who runs Pino's Prime Meat Market, the 100-year-old meat mecca on Sullivan Street. Bonnie Langer, the catering manager at Fairway, ensures that you won't even have to touch the oven dial. Her full-service catering operation turns out festive, family-friendly eats - brisket, mini-crabcakes, grilled filet mignon platter - that are buffet-ready.   ‘Tis the season of (over)eating with this cornucopia of luscious food offerings from some of the city's top food shops. 1. Murray's Cheese: Artisanal Charcuterie & Cheese BoardManhattan's premiere cheese shop, Murray's, is in on the gig. Pop into the Bleecker Street store and ask for Cielo to whip up a board of their rarest cheeses and finest artisan meats. Salami bathed in Barolo, anyone? Don't knock it until you've tried it. Then, nibble it again with a bite of La Tur. Just don't hit the cash register without your Pralus Infernal Bar, the "ultimate in chocolate-hazelnut." The chocolate's not for the buffet - it's for you once the guests leave. Greenwich Village, 254 Bleecker Street, (212) 243-3289; The Market at Grand Central, 73 Grand Central Terminal, (212) 922-1540 2. Joe's Dairy: Fresh Mozzarella Stuffed With Olives and Salami "Hi, doll. What'll be?" You're Continue Reading

New York’s summer food crawls: Pick a neighborhood and sample gelato, hot dogs, Greek food and more

For New Yorkers, lazy summer days are for easy grazing. And neighborhoods are teeming with casual eateries that fulfill our warm-weather cravings. And since no one wants to sit still for a heavy meal, this is the perfect time for a walking tour of the city’s best new snacking spots. Call it the New York summer food crawl. Just remember to recruit several friends (the more you bring, the more you all get to taste) wear practical shoes … and consider sporting some stretch pants. THE BRONX ITALIAN PICNIC I f you’ve never made it to the Belmont section of the Bronx for a day of stuffing yourself Italian style, a summer afternoon is the time to do it: Grab a few provisions and head to the enormous green expanses of nearby Bronx Park. Start at CALANDRA CHEESE (2314 Arthur Ave., near E. 186th St., 718-365-7572), which specializes in fresh cheeses like creamy house-made mozzarella (which also comes smoked and dried) and ricotta. While you’re getting tubs of those, check the menagerie of animals (made of mozz, natch) hanging in the windows. Next, stop in at the CALABRIA PORK STORE (2338 Arthur Ave., between E. 186th St. and Crescent Ave., 718-367-5145) for some of their house-made sopressata, available in sweet or spicy for $12.99 a pound. And if you don’t yet have enough cheese, their creamy, chili-smeared wedges of Calabrasa cheese ($9.99 a pound) are just as addictive. Then, make your way to MADONIA BROTHERS BAKERY (2348 Arthur Ave., between E. 186th St. and Crescent Ave., 718-295-5573) and grab a loaf studded with cheese or black olives, a ring of lard bread speckled with pork and black pepper and a box of the place’s famous cannoli for dessert. End at TEITEL BROTHERS (2372 Arthur Ave., between E. 186th and E. 187th Sts., 718-733-9400) a massive special-ty foods market crammed into a notso-massive space. This is the place for sticky-sweet dried apricots, hunks of tangy aged Parmigiana and a tub or two of good Continue Reading

Vacationing on Cape Cod means exploring its old New England towns in search of good food and fun

Cape Cod has beautiful beaches, of course. But vacationing on the peninsula in southeastern Massachusetts also means exploring its old New England towns in search of good food and fun. Turning off Route 6, and winding down narrow lanes, the town of Falmouth nestles on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod. Here, there’s lots of great shopping, and places to grab a bite. Locals gather for breakfast or lunch at Pickle Jar Kitchen (170 Main St.;, and eat blueberry muffin French toast and substantial sandwiches. Another popular spot here is Bear in Boots (285 Main St.,, a new gastropub with a piano built above the bar that serves up summertime favorites like lobster rolls and mussels and fries, and has fun weekly events like trivia on Thursdays, and live music every Friday and Saturday. Take a guided tour of Falmouth Museums on the Green, and learn about the history of the town, of the Cape, and what life was like there in the 1700s. It includes a walk through the Federalist home and surgery of Dr. Francis Wicks, which is wonderfully preserved and packed with original artifacts. It’s a shame that the nearby Palmer House Inn doesn’t do tours. Guests at this superior B&B are surrounded by Victoriana and other antique knickknacks. In North Falmouth, Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s restaurant, Red’s, named for onetime Celtics coach, Red Auerbach, is filled with his personal memorabilia, and overlooks Old Silver Beach . This summer, every Tuesday night, the hotel will hold an “Old Silver Beach Shore Dinner” (tickets required), offering a set menu of either a clam bake with Maine lobster, steamer clams, mussels, native sweet corn on the cob with poached baby potatoes; or, a barbecue alternative with meats, fresh-baked corn bread, and Cape clam chowder. To finish? S’mores, of course. The Mid-Cape’s center is Continue Reading