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Reading the Fish Wrap: See, Reviewing Isn’t So Subjective

Turn your gaze away from the Sandy tribute in the New York Times dining section and read instead the Washington Post’s review of the new Logan Circle gastropub Drafting Table. Tom Sietsema’s take is very similar to mine. His title …

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Drink the Results With Mario Batali

From an otherwise lame feature from the New York Times Magazine, the One Page Magazine, there is some advice for the day’s drinking from Mario Batali, the expert in all things consumed and alcoholic: For election night, I have a …

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Reading the Fish Wrap: Vote for…Carrots!

Let the vegetable scramble begin. Thanksgiving has very few open slots–in my household they exist only in sides and desserts. The last couple of years brussels sprouts have been the “it” vegetable side. This year, the big carrot lobby won’t …

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Cheers to Many Many More!

East Coast readers of the New York Times can only see this storm as the perfect opportunity to actually read the whole paper. An extra day! But in case you dawdled as much as ever I’ll draw your attention to …

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Reading the Fish Wrap: Turkey Tomes

Thank you, Washington Post for at least giving readers a guide to buying fresh turkeys in the area this week. Not one mention of the most important food holiday of the year in the New York Times though it is only a month away now. The cooking magazines have been rolling in, a bird perched on each cover. Let the planning begin!

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When the Tastemakers Have Questionable Taste

Readers of this blog know that I have mixed feelings about chef Jose Andres. I’ve found most of the restaurants in his D.C. empire to be unremarkable and have had actual bad meals at Jaleo and America Eats. But I get that he’s playful and creative, and my first meal at minibar was truly exciting. But the second one slid back to the ho-hum that I’ve come to associate with his projects.

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Reading the Fish Wrap: Animal Farmers

Learn more about your supper’s personality this week with fascinating pieces on tasty animals in the New York Times and Washington Post. Jeff Gordinier writes about the California woman who farms most of the fresh snails in this country. Apparently …

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The Perfect Pizza Pie

So here’s a puzzler. Someone else in my household received a teaser copy of Cook’s Illustrated last week. I say “teaser” because it seems to have been created for promotional purposes alone. It’s got no month designation and strangely has a persimmon cover, similar, but different, to that on the November/December cover. Like I said, it’s puzzling. Especially since I do subscribe to the publication. For more insight into the oddity that is CI, read Alex Halberstadt’s profile of its bizarre founder/editor Christopher Kimball in the New York Times Magazine Food and Drink issue. This is the only piece worth a look in an otherwise dull issue and then only if you are already familiar with CI or Kimball. Charming fellow–enjoys making people uncomfortable and his mission seems to be taking the fun out of cooking. His magazine aims to find the definitive technique for any given recipe and tends toward hyperbole–the perfect pizza pie, for example.

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I’ll Drink to Music City

When I decided to visit Nashville I knew I wanted to try some of the restaurants I’ve been reading so much about–Music City is Food City the headlines go. So after consulting Bon Appetit and Food & Wine and discovering I needed more than three weeks advance to get into The Catbird Seat, I booked at City House in Germantown. We had a good meal and outstanding cocktails in a bright, buzzy, happening space which I will get to, but these out-of-town forays always leave me thinking foremost about the District’s fare.

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For the Sam Sifton Fan Club

A little light reading for the weekend if you miss Sam Sifton’s food writing. He’s the subject/author of this week’s New York Diet at Grub Street. Turns out he likes: 1. making breakfast, but not eating it; 2. the turkey …

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