Last weekend in New York City, the Czech Center held the 15th edition of its annual Czech Street Festival. And unlike certain other street fairs better left unnamed, this one was actually interesting.
Ingredient Matcher is a new web site (and app) that offers to compare a list of ingredients you already have to its recipe database, in order to figure out what you can cook for dinner without having to go to the store. It’s so new, in fact, that it hasn’t even officially launched yet. While […]
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! Taam Tov, in Midtown West, is probably the only Uzbek restaurant in Manhattan. More precisely, they […]
Shashlyk po-karski (Kars-style shashlyk) is a rather mysterious dish. Every time I’ve ordered it in restaurants, I’ve been served either a rack of lamb or individual grilled lamb chops. What made either version specifically from Kars, a Turkish town that once belonged to medieval Armenia? Why not call it chalakhach, another dish of mysterious origins that […]
I’ve recently posted the last installment of my Azerbaijan Adventures, so it’s time to say farewell to the Caucasus (for the time being, at least), and look back at all I have distilled over the past three years. Like a goat jumping over the snowy peaks of the Caucasus, I have traveled through Georgia, Armenia, […]
A few months back, I reported my giant catch of delicious, bright-orange-fleshed lake trout from Lake Ontario. Although I usually avoid freezing fish, that time I had no choice. This gave me plenty of trout to use, to try and perfect this ballotine recipe. There are many sources of inspiration for this recipe…
Labor Day’s already over, a week behind us, and you probably think you’re done with barbecues until next year. You’ve spent the past two (three?) months reluctantly pigging out with wrinkled beef franks and shoe-sole patties prepared by self-proclaimed Grill Masters who swear by their kerosene-soaked charcoal briquettes. You’ve hung out in 100+ temperatures next to a […]
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! There aren’t too many Georgian restaurants in New York / the US / the West, and […]
I’ve talked about my turkey hunts with Wayne a few times. There was the spring gobbler I killed last year, and the hunt-turned-fishing trip last May. All in all, I’ve known him for about 3 years, and was planning a couple of fishing and hunting trips with him in the coming months. Wayne passed away unexpectedly […]
Last Sunday, I embarked with my little family on the journey to Brighton Beach, just to attend the Annual Brighton Jubilee Festival, in its 37th edition. My advice to prospective visitors in future years: don’t go.
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