Why Is This Omelette Smiling? Lonnie and I have been loving the excellent quality grass-fed meat we get from Happy Hooves Farm for over a year now. Pork, beef, chicken, you name it, it’s great. They have inspired me to cook better and more often. This time around, along with the quality beef we got, we [Read More…]
We love sushi. It’s one of the highest expressions of seafood artistry and flavor. Asahi is fairly new to Westcott St., and we really liked their sushi! The urbane sushi merry-go-round thing is just so hip and great fun – the choices move past you on a conveyor belt for your viewing pleasure, and if [Read More…]
Lonnie and I wanted to go out on the town last night, and she had the great idea of going to Bittersweet. We decided to get a little dressed up for the occasion, as recent days of sweltering heat had enforced many days of sweaty casual attire.
Blood, Bones & Butter How about that gruesome, attention-getting title? Chef memoirs are all the rage these days, with the Food Network having made chefs cool. The first one for me was Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, which I read twice. Gabrielle Hamilton, a notable New York chef and owner of the restaurant Prune, has entered [Read More…]
Everyone’s all excited about Greek yogurt, and it’s selling like crazy. There’s even a factory not far from where I live that has been revived solely by making it, and that’s great. [Gee, if the Greeks sold nothing but Greek yogurt, maybe they wouldn’t need a bailout!] But all this seems way out of proportion to [Read More…]
Like many diners recently, we don’t do a fine-dining splurge that often, but we made a visit to Gentile’s this week. It had been a long time since our last visit, and it was great to be back. The calamari appetizer was so good, it was almost enough to make me weep with joy. The [Read More…]
Usually I’m too much of a snob to review chain restaurants, but this one is interesting. I had heard about their emphasis on fresh ingredients and positive reviews here and there. They are expanding so rapidly that there are two in the Syracuse area already. I tried out the one on Marshall St. on the [Read More…]
Get this – a woman who put a garden in her yard has run afoul of the law! Cities often lag well behind positive practices for a variety of reasons. But Oak Park is impressively clueless, and probably qualifies for some kind of award. As I understand it, the whole thing stemmed from a neighbor’s [Read More…]
We were on a brief excursion out of town, and decided to treat ourselves to staying at the Hyatt. They have completely revamped the restaurant in their Rochester location. It was pretty nice before, but now they have completely overhauled it. I’m not always the biggest fan of modern architecture, which can be trendy and [Read More…]
Lonnie and I don’t write a whole lot about beer, liquor, or bars here. In fact, I think the last time I went on and on about beer was the stellar European selection at Eva’s Polish restaurant in Solvay, the place that we’ve personally introduced to more people than any place in town (although New [Read More…]
We’re in the middle of Syracuse Dining Week, when many restaurants offer discounts to entice diners to venture out in the February cold. It’s actually longer than a week this year (good call!). Earlier this week, we looked at the impressive list of offerings from a variety of restaurants, and L’Adour’s special menu looked the [Read More…]
Last week I had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants. I got a pesto dish that I’ve had many, many times, and it tasted fine, as usual. But then the very next day, I had a very strange metallic taste in my mouth. No amount of toothbrushing or water drinking seemed to get rid [Read More…]
I love good fish. But I don’t cook it that much, partially due to concern with how tricky fish can be to cook, and how easily it’s ruined, as compared to cooking other foods. And who wants to ruin something that’s somewhat expensive to buy?
We do our best to find new places to eat, but Syracuse isn’t the biggest town, and our dining budget is not astronomical, so we often return to several old favorites. Of course, I suppose that’s obvious to any regular reader of this blog. But we do have a new favorite place we keep returning [Read More…]