Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: The NYC Year In Meat 2015, Urban Female Farmers and The Unexpected Doughnut Project Flavors
- The Year in Meat 2015: Eight Meaty Masterpieces in NYC. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 was the year of the sheep, but I didn't end up eating any new lamb or mutton dishes (which is not to say that I didn't eat plenty of older ones). On the other hand, there where many brand new beef, pork, and even chicken dishes that I found captivating this past year. Here are eight meaty masterpieces for you to sink your teeth into.
- The $15 Fast Food Minimum Wage Decision is Legal, State Board Says After Industry Appeal: A state board upheld Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order to raise minimum wage for fast food workers to $15-per-hour — rejecting an appeal from the National Restaurant Association, the AP reports.
- National Restaurant Association Files Suit Over NYC's New Salt Warnings: The National Restaurant Association and New York City are at odds again. After the NYC Board of Health passed a new rule requiring major restaurant chains to label foods that are particularly high in sodium, the NRA on Thursday followed through with its threat to sue the city before the New York Supreme Court.
- New York Dining Was Better Than Ever in 2015: Eater's critic looks back at the year in dining.
- Urban Farms: The New Frontier for Female Farmers. Vanessa Hanel is a twenty-nine year old female farmer living in the heart of grain-and-cattle country in Calgary, Alberta. Hanel didn’t grow up on a farm, but developed a passion for agriculture in her early twenties. After sowing her first handful of seeds in a community garden plot, she grew hooked on growing food and, eventually, farming.
- Applebee’s and IHOP Will Eliminate Soda From Their Kids’ Menus: Two major casual-dining restaurant chains are shaking things up: Both Applebee's and IHOP — owned by the same parent company, DineEquity — say they're purging soft drinks from their children's menus. Health groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest are already praising this as a responsible move toward "making soda for kids a thing of the past."
- A Protein In The Gut May Explain Why Some Can't Stomach Gluten: A study from Giovanni Barbara and his team at the University of Bologna, Italy, suggests that gluten sensitive individuals may harbor high levels of a molecule called zonulin that is linked to inflammation.
- Pork, Salt, Air, and Time: The Long Road to Prosciutto di Parma. "Prosciutto di Parma is a simple product," Giovanni Bianchi says in a lilting Italian accent. "It's nothing but pork, sea salt, air, and time."
- Harold Dieterle and Alicia Nosenzo Close Perilla in the West Village: Perilla on Jones Street closed for good after service on Saturday night. Last month, chef Harold Dieterle announced plans to shutter his first restaurant with partner Alicia Nosenzo, as well as their Thai establishment Kin Shop. Harold and Alicia also closed their third restaurant, The Marrow around this time last year. Kin Shop's final service was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
- DOUGHNUT PROJECT: THIS WEST VILLAGE BAKERY IS MAKING YEASTED TREATS IN UNEXPECTED FLAVORS. The Doughnut Project specializes in small-batch, traditional (yeasted and fried) doughnuts with a true point of view based on seasonal, unexpected flavors. “We’re influenced by cocktails,” says Polizzotto. "And the ricotta cheese and beet glaze doughnut was actually inspired by a salad!”
- By Chloe Expands to Soho, Wells Reviews 'Food Whore,' and More Intel: Veggie burger restaurant By Chloe is expanding to 240 Lafayette Street in Soho next year. That space previously housed an outpost of 16 Handles. Another location of the vegan fast casual restaurant is slated to open near the Flatiron in a few months, too.
- There's A Story Behind Every Mosaic At Greenwich Village's Peculier Pub: Some of the world's most whimsical artistic interpretations aren't found in the city's best museums but rather hidden inside a longtime Greenwich Village pub, where depictions from the Sistine Chapel, Edvard Munch's "The Scream," and van Gogh's "Starry Night" share space with antique beer cans and currency from across the globe. At Peculier Pub, the high art medium is the mosaic.
- We tried NYC's best brownie according to Foursquare — here's the verdict: The brownies from Fat Witch Bakery are said to be some of the best in the city, according to Foursquare. The bakery, which is located in Chelsea Market, serves all kinds of flavors, from PB&J to pumpkin. We tried three of their most popular flavors: original, caramel, and blondie.
- THESE NOODLES SPEAK ITALIAN: MILAN'S CASA RAMEN CHEF TAKES OVER RAMEN LAB. Last week, Luca Catalfamo packed a few T-shirts and left Milan — where he lives and where he runs Casa Ramen, one of that city’s few ramen shops — for New York. The Italian chef settled in an apartment just above Ramen Lab. He’s in town for a three week pop-up at Sun Noodle’s standing-room-only experimental noodle counter in Nolita, which began the first night of a Casa Ramen takeover last Tuesday.
- The Top 10 Places to Eat Well and Cheaply in 2015: Kopitiam; In Malaysian tradition, a kopitiam, or coffee shop, can be the heart of a neighborhood, however humble its size or décor. Kyo Pang, a native of Penang, opened this minuscule storefront in a rapidly changing Chinatown — the artfully bohemian Dimes is next door, the comfort-food mecca Pies ’n’ Thighs down the block — wanting to honor the memory of her grandfather’s kopitiam.