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Friday, September 27, 2013

The Weekly Roundup: White Truffles, Bib Gourmands, Dickson's Classes

  • Foods of New York Tours, Social Media: It's time to celebrate--this week, we hit major milestones in our social media fan figures! We now have:
    • Facebook: Over 2,800 fans
    • Twitter: Over 1,000 fans
    • Intsagram: Over 100 fans
  • Best Trip Choices, "The Village, Tasty and Charming": "I have found the best-ever chocolate chip cookies. That is my opinion after a three-hour walking tour in New York’s Greenwich Village operated by Foods of New York Tours." 

  • White Truffle Season Has Officially Begun in NYC: White truffle season is finally upon us. Those funky, absurdly expensive fungi have been plucked from the rich Italian soil, packed up, and shipped to some of the best restaurants in the city. 
  • Michelin Guide Announces NYC's 2014 Bib Gourmands: The Michelin Guide has released its "Bib Gourmand" picks for the forthcoming 2014 dining guide. These are restaurants that the guide highlights for excellence on a budget (defined as two courses and wine or dessert for $40 a head). Include Dim Sum Go Go, Murray’s Cheese Bar, and Havana Café.
  • It’s survival of the flick-est at New York Film Festival: “Captain Phillips’’ is one of at least three films with survival themes at this year’s New York Film Festival, where sex, fantasy and comedy are also well represented. Here’s a quick look at some high-profile titles at the Lincoln Center festival, which runs from Friday night through Oct. 13.

  • Burger King Introducing a Lower-Fat French Fry: Burger King has come up with a fry that it says delivers about 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than the fries sold by its archenemy McDonald’s. Burger King says that 70 grams of its new fries, named Satisfries, has 150 calories, while the same amount of McDonald’s fries has 226 calories.
  • New York Seeks to Delete Phony Online Reviews: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is trying to dismantle what he calls a system of creating false online reviews for products and services. On Monday he announced that he has settled cases with 19 companies that included $350,000 in penalties. The fake plaudits are sometimes called "astroturfing," a reference to the synthetic grass used on sports fields.


  • Upscale West Village Thai Restaurant Betel Calls it Quits: According to a message on its answering machine, Betel Bar and Kitchen, the three year-old West Village Thai restaurant, has shuttered as of today. The restaurant's original owner, Australian chef Adam Woodfield, earned some early buzz for his upscale Thai street food, but he left earlier this year and was replaced by chef Foone Greene. 

  • The Mr. Fix-It of Greenwich Village: Best to try his base of operations: a small stoop across the street from the Blue Note jazz club on West Third Street near Avenue of the Americas, where he can often be found roosting between jobs and scrounging up beer money by laying out an overturned yellow hard hat with a sign reading, “Leprechaun Relief Fund."
  • Dominique Ansel Unleashes Pinecone Pastries on NYC: Pastry chef and Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has unveiled his latest pastry creation: the Gingerbread Pinecone. According to reps from his NYC bakery, the new pastry is "a moist nutmeg cake filled with speculoos mousse and ginger caramel cream," and judging from the picture above, it is a beauty.

  • You asked and now they’re here – Classes at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats!: Classes will be taught by one of our resident meat guru’s and will range from whole animal demos to hands-on, lab-style classes.  Each class will come with complimentary beer and wine as well as Dickson’s house-made charcuterie to snack on.  If you see a class you want to take, sign up! Sizes will be kept small (~12 per class) and will sell out fairly quickly.


  • NYC Dumpling Festival and 10th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest Announced: Time to get your dumpling on. Tang’s NYC Dumpling Festival is headed to Sara D. Roosevelt Park and bringing the 10th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest with it. This year boasts a bigger prize ($2,000) to the person who can stuff the most balls of doughy goodness down their gullet. Last year’s victors David “Tiger Wings n Things” Brunelli and Floria Lee put away obscene numbers to secure the title – 74 and 46 respectively.


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