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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Weekly Roundup: Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Restaurants, NYC Vendy Awards and History of the Sundae AND The Cannoli

  • April Bloomfield Will Open Salvation Burger in October:  Salvation Burger, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s second collaboration with the Pod hotel chain (the first was Salvation Taco), just might be the burger joint to end all burger joints.
  • Transforming Food Waste into Cutting Edge American Cuisine:  Americans waste tons of food—about 70 billion pounds a year. In fact, an estimated 25 to 40 percent of the food that we grow, process, and transport in the U.S. is never consumed.  These stats have become an obsession for Dan Barber, executive chef and co-owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the Michelin rated restaurant in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Walk through his kitchen with him, and he'll point out food waste that you never even thought of—everything from organ meat to the liquid in a can of garbanzo beans. 
  • A Crustacean Crawl Through City Island:  City Island is one of the best not quite kept secrets among New Yorkers — a quaint fishing village improbably situated on the far-flung banks of the Bronx.  And for landlocked urban dwellers, hoping to make the most of the final, fleeting weeks of summer, it’s an ideal weekend day trip; requiring an hour or less drive to Long Island Sound, or a simple subway ride on the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park.
  • A Very Brief Tour of the Met Through Food:  To celebrate the recent 140th birthday of New York’s most magnificent museum, we selected some of our favorite food-related pieces in the Met’s collection.

  • The Mystery of San Marzano…Tomatoes that is.
  • Take the Cannoli: One Pastry’s Rise From Sicilian Treat to Iconic Dessert.  Cannoli were lionized, if not invented, in Sicily. They and other pastries were typically associated with annual Christian rites. Cassata, a ricotta cake in the disk shape of the sun, was an ode to Easter and spring’s renewal. A ricotta-cream cake with a candied cherry on top called Minne di Sant’ Aita resembled women’s breasts and was served on Catania’s February festival day commemorating the martyrdom of St. Agatha.
  • America's Best New Restaurants 2015:  For his annual Hot 10 list, Andrew Knowlton dined at hundreds of restaurants, traveled thousands of miles, and devoured something like a million calories—all in search of the country’s best new places to eat. Here are the breakout spots you should be planning your next trip around.
  • The Barely Legal History of the Ice Cream Sundae:  While the exact history of the ice cream sundae is contested, one theory points to a crafty legal loophole. Blue laws are religious laws that once banned (and in some states continue to ban) certain activities on Sundays, from selling liquor to visiting a neighbor’s house to “misbehavior” of any kind. One such law in the late 1800s forbade the sale of soda on the Sabbath.


  • Dante Review on  Dante is a new restaurant that’s not entirely a new restaurant. This space on MacDougal Street was home to Caffe Dante for over 100 years, only to recently close, much to the dismay of many Village residents 

  • Smashed Cucumber Salad Takes Manhattan:  Smashed cucumbers have long been found at local Chinese restaurants, like Xi’an Famous Foods. But this summer, they are suddenly everywhere: At Mr. Bowien’s Mexican-influenced restaurant Mission Cantina, dressed with an intensely flavored, lime-, cumin- and oregano-spiked sesame paste; at the new Untitled at the Whitney, in a dish of soba noodles, baby turnips and tuna tartare; at the Ippudo ramen restaurants, where the cucumber is lightly smashed and dressed with sesame oil and garlic.

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