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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: "Homemade Cronuts", The History of Cel-Ray and Another Market in the Meatpacking District

  • Alyssa takes on New York in 36 hours! After brunch, we went to Greenwich Village for a food walking tour! A coworker of mine recommended Foods of NY tours, and I’m so glad I took her recommendation. For just over $50, we got to walk and talk with our awesome tour guide Bari.

  • City Restaurants Multiply, Despite High-Profile Closures: The industry, despite higher rents, a more demanding clientele and additional layers of red tape, including a letter-grade health-rating system from the city. The number of permits for restaurants, bars and cafes rose more than 27% to 23,705 at the start of fiscal year 2015 this July from 18,606 in fiscal year 2006, according to the city Department of Health.
  • Restaurant Cocktails That Aim Too High: New York City’s restaurants are in the midst of an epidemic of not-goodness. Sit down in any new dining room, and you are handed a cocktail list. Each drink on this document will have one ingredient you have heard of and seven that were apparently named after distant planets.
  • Where to Splurge on White Truffles in New York: In addition to humble, hearty produce like apples, pumpkin and squash, autumn is known for a decidedly more luxurious ingredient — White Truffles.  And the supremely delicate, highly prized, and intoxicatingly aromatic fungi have arrived in New York early this year (warm and rainy weather conditions in Northern Italy produced a bumper crop), with prices down to a mere $1,000 a pound. 



  • Famed Graffiti Artist 'Cost' Arrested in Greenwich Village: A graffiti artist who was a major player in the city's street art world in the 1990s was arrested in Greenwich Village last week and is now facing a felony charge, police said.  Adam Cole, 45, was nabbed by an officer who had been tracking him for months, after noticing his wheat paste posters popping up in the neighborhood earlier this year, police said.

  • Bubble Tea, No bursting the drink’s popularity: Call it tapioca milk tea, bubble milk tea, boba  (pronounced “ball [without the L sound] bah”) or zhenzhu naicha (“jen jew nigh cha”) . Within the last 30 years, the drink has spread from its native Taiwan to Chinese communities throughout the world.

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