One of the reasons I so love traveling in Europe: the ease and naturalness with which wine is treated at all levels of society there. Europeans seem to know, intuitively, that during a meal you have your bread, your butter, your fish, your produce, your meat, and you have your wine. No ceremony needed!
Though well under the radar, Thessaloniki is one of my favorite foodie cities in Greece. Part Riviera, part South Beach, part Cambridge, it’s the country’s second largest metropolis and the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Poised at the northernmost edge of the Aegean, Thessaloniki boasts a great seaside vibe. The Times Square of the Gods! Join me as I share my secret Grecian love in this week’s DRTV video.
The foie gras name game is designed to be as confusing as possible (the governing theory being that your confusion is cash in their bank). If you can solve this Gascon Rubik’s cube, however, you’ve got some serious chow in your near future…as well as all the info you need to make a good shopping choice. (Eat it on the way to your MENSA meeting!) Those who don’t have hours to untangle the web of mystery should know that I was always the kid who pulled the stickers off and matched up the colors in a flash. So, in the true spirit of gamesmanship, here’s the straight talk on all things foie gras, as you’ll see ‘em represented on labels in the stores.
For those who love a good bargain…and for those who love good Chinese food…how about mixing a little insanity into this equation? Like the best Chinese dumplings in New York for the most insanely low prices?
First things first. To know this insanity, you have to trek down to Eldridge Street, in a non-central part of Manhattan’s Chinatown. But it ain’t hard at all. You take the B train or the D train to the Grand St. station. Walk up the stairs. You’ll be on Chrystie St. Now, looking east across the street from the station, there’s a long slip of a park/playground, running south to north (parallel with Chrystie).
10/15/12 – 10/21/12
Nice to be home…and to start contemplating the joys of holiday season. Never too early to prepare!
Tuesday, October 16th, Weekly Feature:
The Cheapest Path in New York to Gastronomic Satisfaction
Yes, I’m talking ’bout a street where you can sate yourself with good food for a buck…..or go crazy for two bucks! Easy Street? Kinda. But it’s called Eldridge Street, and it’s in the growing maze of Manhattan’s Chinatown in New York City. This is dumpling heaven!