In the 1970s, the Italian-American restaurant dish that announced “we have moved beyond red-sauce Italian” was Pasta Primavera, a combination of pasta, cream and vegetables. It was when your local Italian restaurant became a “ristorante.” Le Cirque in New York City made the dish famous, but it became a nation-wide menu staple soon after that.
Hoo-hah! Big news! I am getting into bed with Languedoc-Roussillon! I have long been fascinated by the wines, the red wines in particular, of this vast territory in south-central France.
And…as you perhaps know…I made the decision a year ago to start working on wine imports (I’ll STILL be wearing my journalist hat at the same time, of course!). I was just gettin’ tired of seeing the kinds of wines I love for food…so little available in the U.S.! So I grouped the hard-to-find, food-lovin’ wines into ten categories.
Santa Barbara, Tacos…and Julia Child: How America’s Most Famous French Chef Caused a Mexican Food Sensation
Julia Child, ever-reigning goddess of French gastronomy in America, passed away in 2004 at 91 years of age. But almost a decade later she is still stirring food passion, and still stirring up food controversy.
Ask any Mexican restaurant owner in Santa Barbara, California, and you’ll get an earful.
Tacos on the street in Mexico are one of that country’s great gastronomic delights. Most typically, each taco is made from 2 soft and warm corn tortillas, folded together, filled with a little meat and salsa. A little further north, in the world of Cal-Mex, predictably, things change. The tacos are stuffed a little fuller, they’re less greasy and more salad-like.
With so many Sunday-night offers from restaurants these days–special menus, special atmospheres, special wallet-friendly prices–I’ve been Sunday shopping for my fave. At last…two days ago…I found it!
It’s at the New York outpost of one of my favorite chefs on the national scene, Charles Palmer. Charlie grew up in upstate New York, lives in California now, with outposts all over the country…but maintains his high-end New York City showcase, Aureole.
About David Rosengarten
Journalist, television personality, and cookbook author, David Rosengarten has covered great food products, restaurants, wines, gastronomic travel destinations, and related subjects for over 25 years...
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