Absinthe Tasting

Czech Impressions: Absinthe, Part 4

As we’ve previously discussed, there is a long tradition of herbal spirits in Czech Republic, and absinthe has been a subset of that tradition for well over a century. We’ve visited the world’s oldest distillery turned Czech alcohol heavyweight, and the rural beekeeper obsessed with the Green Fairy. Now comes the moment of truth: what are […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2016

The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2016

Seven restaurant reviews this year, not too shabby! Believe it or not, there was some (loose) method to my madness: I continued the Kosovan series started last year, spread to other regions of former Yugoslavia, compared a couple of pierogi joints, and visited some Czech restaurants. I didn’t feel like going to Brighton Beach, yet […]

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London - Bob Bob Ricard

London Restaurant Report: Bob Bob Ricard

In addition to my New York restaurant reviews, I’d like to share with you my thoughts on random Eastern European restaurants I visit during my various trips. These posts may not always have the depth of my traditional reviews, so I won’t provide any ratings. I’m also unlikely to write about a place if it’s […]

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Happy Holidays 2016!

Happy Holidays 2016!

Happy Holidays! It feels like Thanksgiving and its first round of holiday recipe recommendations was just yesterday, but as is now the tradition, I’d like to share with you my favorite recipes exclusively from this year’s posts, with a focus on the festive and/or decadent. This certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t like the other dishes I […]

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Eastern European Food - Stuffed Capon with Butternut Squash Paprikas and Chanterelles

Stuffed Capon with Butternut Squash Paprikás and Chanterelles

A long, long time ago, back in 2012, Daniel Humm’s roast chicken for two at the NoMad was all the rage in foodie circles, “talked about more avidly and incessantly than any other new restaurant offering in town” according to The New York Times. All of a sudden, the most boring protein of the restaurant […]

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Czech Republic - Žufánek Distillery

Czech Impressions: Absinthe, Part 3

Let’s continue our visit of Moravian absinthe distilleries and head to Boršice. What, you aren’t familiar with Boršice? Population 2,255, firmly anchored in the middle of nowhere, a one-hour drive from Brno? Brno, which you may know from the cult Czech film, Boredom in Brno? Well, you should be, because it’s the home of the Žufánek […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Americans and America-dwellers! I’m taking a week off but I don’t want to leave you without anything to cook when kicking off of the holiday season, so here are a few ideas from my previous posts (many of the older pictures probably suck; I’ll try to update them in future Throwback Thursdays). Let’s start […]

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Thousand Island Mallard Duck, Cabbage, Mushrooms

Thousand Island Mallard Duck, Cabbage, Mushrooms 2+2+2

It’s duck season again, and I’m back at the West View Lodge for a weekend of wing shooting. You may remember that I had some reservations about the amenities on my previous trip. Well, this time, Captain Bill really did give me his very best room. It’s located in a section of the building I didn’t […]

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New Rochelle - Dubrovnik Restaurant

Restaurant Review: Dubrovnik, New Rochelle

A note about my restaurant reviews: New York City counts many Eastern European restaurants scattered across the five boroughs, most of them ignored by restaurant critics and diners alike. I intend to visit as many as I can and report! New Rochelle, dating back to 1688, is New York State’s seventeenth largest city. It’s been named […]

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