Bert Randolph Sugar, boxing’s greatest historian, insisted that I try a true New York delicacy: a pastrami sandwich at the Carnegie Deli. He actually wanted to show me where a picture of him was hanging on the wall. We sat down practically beneath it.
To successfully make one’s own mayonnaise has always seemed to me to be the pinnacle of foodie-ness. I mean, with Hellman’s out there and everything, why would you bother with something so fussy? All these recipes warning you to drip the oil in one drop at a time or you’ll lose three organic eggs and [Read More…]
It happened at four o’clock on a sunny afternoon. Two young women were sipping coffee under fluffy clouds and a startlingly blue sky. Café Kubal was nearly empty when David and Lonnie Chu, a fifty-ish couple from the historic Eastwood neighborhood in Syracuse, NY, walked in and saw it waiting for them: The Black Beast.
Three years of braised red cabbage is never enough, but there are added health benefits to using that cabbage instead for making and eating your own sauerkraut. It’s a super-easy super-food that provides beneficial live bacteria and a host of other gut-friendly elements. Those who are allergic to milk products will be pleased to know that [Read More…]
Spinach planted last fall that simply overwintered, ready for tonight’s salad. And the asparagus is over a foot tall already! Whoopee! It’s spring!
With farmer Della’s permission, I’m reprinting this wonderful announcement that she recently sent her customers. We’ve been getting all our meat from her for the past four or five months and really love it. What’s more, we think Della is simply an angel. Hi Y’all. A few weeks ago I offered a reduced reservation [Read More…]
We saw them in Canada long before they came to the States, dozens of Tim Hortons running around. Yeah, we’re grammar geeks totally put off by the lack of apostrophes on their signs. Someone must have stolen them for use at the end of plural noun’s. We’d never been in one, not until this morning. [Read More…]
In brief, this is how I drastically improved my health and lost 25 pounds: Consulted with Chris Kresser, L.Ac., and followed his instructions: Stopped eating all grains Stopped eating all refined foods Ate basically all the fats I wanted from these three sources: olive oil, coconut oil, and organic heavy cream Ate lots of fresh [Read More…]
Creamy just-ripe avocado with crunchy, healthful Hawaiian black lava salt. Perfection on a midwinter day.
This has to be the wackiest winter we’ve ever seen in Syracuse. It feels like North Carolina, not northern New York. I’ve been walking past the garden, thinking about the garlic nestled down in the dirt, the asparagus that will be some of our earliest veggies, and the parsnips, getting sweeter by the day.
When Dave and I were at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair in September, we noticed that a new Indian restaurant had opened up just around the corner from Westcott Street, Taste of India at 124 Dell Street, Syracuse. But it wasn’t until yesterday that we took the opportunity to try it out when driving through [Read More…]
Just got this in today’s email: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Syracuse, NY January 16, 2012 What do a Norwegian liquor, the island of Bali, fish cookbooks, and Syracuse’s own Better Brittle all have in common? Each were chosen as part of the Saveur 100. Every year Saveur Magazine scours the planet for the best meals, restaurants, [Read More…]
Over the summer, I lost 25 pounds by following a grain-free diet and eating the right supplements as instructed by my excellent doctor, Chris Kresser. (Contact me if you want to know more about that.) Chris really does his research and his blog posts are invariably excellent. A few weeks ago ago he posted one [Read More…]
I just have to let everyone know what’s up at Sparky Town, 324 Burnet Ave at Catherine, one of our favorite restaurants. This just came into my inbox: Sparky Town News! Mon-Thu, 11AM-8PM – Fri, 11AM-10PM – Sat, 8AM-8PM Thank You! All of us at Sparky Town want to thank you for your support. We [Read More…]
Syracuse suffered a terrible loss upon the sudden passing of Linda “Sparky” Mortimer, owner of Sparky Town cafe and restaurant. But her legacy lives on in the wonderful people who continue to serve some of the best food and coffee in town.