A first look at the food and atmosphere at Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s new TriBeCa restaurant, Bisutoro.
I miss my wife. We kind of work opposite schedules as of late. My week is full of after-school concerts and meetings, teaching private lessons during the evening, and spending a couple nights at the church for a photography community group I co-lead with Tyler and helping out with our middle school youth group. Weekends are typically wide open. Asheley pretty much has the exact opposite schedule.
We get to spend a few hours a week together, maybe even get to eat a meal together once or twice. Other than that, it’s me kissing her goodbye as I leave early for work and she is trying to get some sleep after working a late shift at the hospital. Oh, and texting. That’s how we communicate the vital info to each other since who knows if we’ll remember to tell the other the next time we’re actually face to face.
Sometimes the whole opposite schedule thing is nice. I get to develop recipes, photograph, and blog without feeling like I’m neglecting Asheley. But honestly, I miss my wife. So when she purposely asked for a weekend off a few weeks ago, we made it a point to just spend the entire time together. It was amazing.
The people on over at the New York City Wine and Food Festival were nice enough to grant Shared Appetite (i.e. me) access to their annual signature event, the Grand Tasting and Culinary Demonstrations. Big thanks to you, NYCWFF.
As you already know, Asheley and I are big fans of the festival. We go every year to two events, typically one smaller more intimate cooking class or seminar, and then a big tasting event like this one or this one. They are always a lot of fun and we consider it money well spent. Some people spend their hard-earned dollars of fashion or gadgets, others on their children and other responsible stuff, and us, well, it’s typically food-related.
I’ve been wanting to check out what this gigantic Grand Tasting & Culinary Demonstration event was all about for a couple of years now. It always sounded like a bunch of fun. Lots of food vendors, both local and national, handing out samples of their products, as well as a full day of cooking demos and book signings by a long list of celebrity chefs. All-day, all-inclusive. Sounds great, right?
Well let’s take a look around, shall we?
A photo recap of the New York City Wine and Food Festival’s Pizza Making 101 with Jim Lahey, featuring his revolutionary no-knead dough recipe.
First off, can we agree to call the New York City Wine and Food Festival “NYCWFF” from here on out. My fingers and wrists thank you. So every year I look forward to the day when the schedule of events is released for the annual NYCWFF. It’s totally like Christmas morning. So many classes, talks, seminars, and tasting events… what to choose, what to choose?!
It’s kind of overwhelming for someone who wants to go to pretty much every event.
An arsenal of wood-fired pizza ovens took over Pier 92′s gigantic rooftop overlooking Manhattan’s picturesque West Side this past weekend for the NYC Wine and Food Festival’s Sunday Slices, a walk-around tasting event hosted by Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman and Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell.
And team Shared Appetite was there. And by team, I really mean just Tyler, myself, and our two beautiful wives. Tyler is a well-known pizza fanatic, so much so that he is literally building a wood-fired oven in his backyard as we speak. I’m not complaining, though. Those things can cook a pizza in 90 seconds. It’s pretty awesome.
Apparently your secrets are safe with me. This one was really tough to keep for so long, but now that it’s out in the open (it’s even ”Facebook official”), I can finally share with the world…
Our great friends Steve and Valerie are engaged! Asheley and I are beyond thrilled for them. They are both really amazing people all on their own, but together, well, they are extra amazing.
I was really honored and blessed to be with Steve to offer my support and stand beside him as he went through the nerve-racking (and ladies, it is nerve-racking) adventure of purchasing the ring. The piece of jewelry to end all jewelry.
We ended up going to the same jeweler where I found Asheley’s ring just a couple years back. Can you believe she still remembered my name? That lady has some serious memory. Anyway, since we were already in the city, it only made sense that some food had to be involved. And it was tough not to tell you about all the food, because I love sharing NYC’s good eats with you. But I know you understand this was for a good cause.
Umami Burger. It was kind of like a love at first sight, err taste, for me. We first met under a sky full of gray in a lush, open field at The Great GoogaMooga Festival this past May. There were hundreds of other people around and tons of other food to choose from, but our eyes locked. There was a definite indescribable chemistry. But it was only a fleeting moment. A brief meeting, then gone.
When Asheley and I went to San Francisco this past summer, I made it a point to reconnect with the one of several Umami Burger locations throughout California. As that Truffle Burger was placed down in front of me, it was like no time had passed at all. We picked up our beautiful relationship right where we left off.
And now, finally, we no longer have to try to navigate the whole “long distance” thing. Umami Burger has found it’s way to NYC’s Greenwich Village, and it’s here to stay.
I wish I could say that I’m well-versed in the current wildly-popular ramen culinary scene. But I’m not. The only real experience I’ve had with it, embarrassingly enough, are those lousy packets in the supermarket that promises an authentic experience with the simple phrase just add water! Oh, you too?
When Asheley and I got to spend last Saturday with our friends Steve and Valerie in the city, we knew ramen… like, real ramen… had to be a stop on our day of eating adventure. Steve mentioned that this new place Bassanova Ramen had just opened a few weeks ago. To Chinatown we went…
So you’ve probably already heard how the new cool thing to do is to eat at a restaurant and then wait a month before telling everyone about it, right? Oh wait, no? Yea, so listen. Apparently I forgot to tell you about my amazing birthday lunch at Del Posto way back at the very end of July. Oops.
Asheley and I love to celebrate our birthdays with a fancy schmancy dinner. You may remember back to Asheley’s birthday when we splurged big time on a meal at Eleven Madison Park. And you’re probably thinking, wait, why didn’t you go to dinner at Del Posto? Why lunch?! Well, because 1) on the night of my actual birthday we were invited to the NY Botanical Gardens for an event called Family Dinner with Mario Batali’s Chefs and 2) I’m going to let you in on a little not-so-secret about the amazing lunch deal at Del Posto…
No longer will it be necessary to check twitter in order to try to find the moving target that is the massive empire of mobile Belgian waffles… err, excuse me, wafels. Wafels & Dinges officially has a permanent home! The surprisingly spacious real estate on the corner of Avenue B and 2nd Street in the East Village has a modern, clean, and inviting look. And it smells delicious.
Here are some first look photos of the new place…
It’s cronut mania up in NYC. People are getting in line way before the sun rises in hopes of scoring the hottest item in the food world. Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel has become an overnight celebrity since his half croissant, half doughnut took Manhattan by storm this past May. His cronuts have been featured on the Today Show, Jimmy Fallon, and pretty much every other local news outlet. A cronut black market has emerged, and many imitators have soon surfaced. Want more cronut info? Check out his Cronut 101.
And no, I have yet to have a cronut. Tyler and I are thinking of taking the early morning cronut pilgrimage sometime soon. We’ll see. But this past Monday Asheley and I made a late-morning stop in the bakery during my birthday weekend celebration. I knew cronuts would be long sold out, but I’ve heard about some other irresistible treats from the genius mind of Dominique Ansel that, frankly, should be celebrated just as much: