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Dinner at Benjamin Steakhouse (Midtown East, NY)

[Translate] When chef Arturo McLeod left for midtown Manhattan after two decades at Peter Luger’s, he was thinking big when he opened Benjamin Steakhouse in 2006. A grand, soaring double-height with a high ceiling, brass chandeliers and rich brown leather on the seats inside the Dylan Hotel. Portions also come big, of course, with hefty cuts of prime rib eye, filet mignon, and New York sirloin, plus porterhouse prepared Luger-style for two, three, or four. The beef is dry-aged for at least 28 days in the house’s special aging box. The steak comes lightly seared, its subtle savory seasoning the..

Father’s Day Gift Suggestions (2015)

[Translate] I’m keeping this year’s Father’s Day gift ideas on the short side this year since I’m working on several things that keeps me from going to the distance I usually do with gift guides. But sticking with the norm of what fathers do like, here’s my favorite three things I would give to my dad. The heritage French mustard brand, Maille had created a handsome gift set containing a trio of delicious flavored mustards ($40) — Cognac, black olive and blue cheese. These robust mustards are fantastic with anything from sandwiches to grilled fish and meats. (more…)

Very Good Brunch at Upland (NYC)

[Translate] Recently, we had a very good brunch Upland. This place would appeal to everyone from the carnivore to the salad lovers; a meal with the parents to coworkers; power lunches to having brunch with friends. The atmosphere is spacious, inviting in its casual-chic way, and the back wall of shelves filled with what looks like large jars of preserved lemons that give a golden glow is pretty striking. The food is by Justin Smillie, the former chef of Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria that brought national attention, does not disappoint. It is fresh, vegetable-forward, and packed with packed with..

National Rotisserie Chicken Day & A Giveaway

[Translate] **EDITOR NOTE:** Many thanks everyone for entering the contest. The winner is commenter “Nancy.” Today, June 2nd, is the first National Rotisserie Chicken Day. Since roast chicken is a typical go-to dinner item since it’s cost-effective and delicious, so why not take the day to celebrate this roast bird? I tend to cook my bird simply, as in take a clean chicken, drizzle some olive oil all over the chicken and sprinkle liberally with salt, pepper, finely grated lemon zest (of a whole lemon) and fresh thyme. Roast it at 350 degrees F until it’s cooked through (about 45..

Mother’s Day Brunch at Ristorante Morini

[Translate] This past Mother’s Day, I took my mom and the rest of my family to Ristorante Morini. We planned to go to the Metropolitan Museum and see the new China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition. This exhibition is worth your time. To view the gorgeous, sumptuous gowns and the various ancient Chinese objet d’art that was once a household or personal item. It is a very visual, stimulating exhibition and it does inform the lay viewer how Chinese art inspires the Western fashion designers. Going back to the food, Ristorante Morini is a few blocks away from the Met,..

Many Uses with KitchenAid – Blender, Pasta Maker, and Convection Oven

[Translate] KitchenAid Convection Digital Countertop Oven & Diamond Blender; Pasta Excellence Set Our friends at KitchenAid sent me their amazing household products of the Diamond Blender, Countertop Digital Convection Oven, and Pasta Excellence Set (pasta stand mixer attachments since I own their Artisan Stand Mixer). Since spring is finally here and how can’t you not feel inspired to cook and bake anything? Strawberries are one of the ingredients that are prominent in spring and for breakfast, I like making smoothies besides my cup of coffee. It’s quick and easy for my busy mornings shuffling to work. I made batches of..


Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

[Translate] Mother’s Day is nearing — 2 weekends away (Sunday, May 10th)! For those who are trying to decide what to give to your mom on her special day, ranging from chocolates (filled and in vogue bean-to-bars), wines, artisan beers and spirits (she might not be your typical mother and like the hard stuff), other sweets (like French macarons) and savory snacks (like cheeses and crackers): These items are not listed in any particular order, except by category. For ease of navigation, here’s the links to jump: Chocolates, Confections & Desserts Wines, Beer & Spirits Coffee Other Food Items Cookbooks..

7th Annual New York Culinary Experience (2015)

[Translate] Mis en place for Chefs Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonette’s class This year’s 7th Annual New York Culinary Experience took place this weekend on April 11 and 12th. It was co-hosted by Gillian Duffy, culinary editor of New York magazine and Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of International Culinary Center (ICC). The New York Culinary Experience is the only culinary event that gives food enthusiasts and aspiring cooks the chance to enjoy an intimate weekend of hands-on master cooking classes and conversation with more than 30 of the most prominent chefs in the world. Seared scallops dish by..