NJ Dining: Nouri Market and Fattal’s Bakery

August 23, 2009

Nouri Brothers Market & Syrian Bakery
999 Main Street, Paterson NJ

Fattal’s Bakery
975 Main Street, Paterson NJ

As I mentioned in my posts about Al-Basha and Al-Safa, the strip of Main Street in South Paterson known as “Little Arabia” or “Little Damascus” is filled with many restaurants and businesses that cater to Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians and other ethnic groups from the Middle East that call Northern New Jersey home. Two of the best grocery stores on that street are Nouri Brothers and Fattal’s Bakery.

Nouri Market Paterson NJ by you.

Nouri Brothers Storefront on Main Street in Paterson

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A 2009 Big Apple BBQ Block Party Montage

June 13, 2009

Website: http://www.bigapplebbq.com

Big Apple BBQ Block Party Montages by you.

The 2009 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, held in New York City’s Madison Square Park, was a blast as ever. This year Rachel and I only went for a few hours on Saturday, but it was more than enough barbecue to last us for a while! You can still catch the second day on Sunday if these photos are making your mouth water (click for slideshow of full size hi-res photos).

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A Cooking League of Their Own

June 5, 2009

Photos and text by Rachel Nash Perlow

OTB’s friend, Christine Nunn of Picnic Caterers, isn’t just a fabulous chef — she’s also a member of the Junior League! Christine was recently in charge of a social event for the Junior League of Bergen County. The ladies thought they were going to have an evening of cocktails and a cooking demonstration. But Christine had a little trick up her sleeve. The ladies (and a few gentlemen) arrived at Maverick Cuisine, a kitchen design firm to the stars with a fabulous demonstration kitchen,  to find that they were actually going to be doing the cooking!

What a turn out!

Fans of Food Network’s “Chopped!” will recognize the concept. Present the competitors with a market basket of ingredients which they must use in their dish, and be ready to present it to the judges in an hour. However, along with some mundane ingredients, like chicken breast, cheese, eggs, and various fruits and vegetables, each team was also thrown a curve ball. One had a bottle of Bosco chocolate syrup, another had Kraft Dinner. One unfortunate team was given canned kippers. I think this was Christine’s private joke on me, as I had denigrated them to her just the week before. My apologies, Team Kippers, you didn’t stand a chance!

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New York Dining: Fire + Ice

May 31, 2009

Fire + Ice
Level 4, Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack NY

Web Site: http://www.fire-ice.com

I usually go out of my way to avoid mall food — this goes without saying in that I go out of my way to avoid malls in general, because I hate the entire experience of having to fight for parking spaces and then schlepping around and being exposed to screaming kids and families that look and behave more like throwbacks to their Cro-Magnon ancestors rather than modern humans.

More often than not, the food in most shopping malls is more expensive than what you can get at a regular local restaurant or diner and of considerably less quality. I also hate the gimmicky-ness of most mall restaurants.

But sometimes it’s unavoidable that you have to eat in a mall, particularly if it’s a timing issue, such as when you want to go see a movie, which are increasingly becoming attached to large shopping complexes.

Recently I had a chance to eat at Fire + Ice, one of the newest additions to the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, which sports an AMC theater multiplex as well as a SONY IMAX.  While I wouldn’t call Fire & Ice a destination dining location, if you’re going to be heading out to a movie, it’s not only one of the most reasonably priced venues at the mall but it can also be a relatively healthy place to eat, as well as an entertaining experience.

Fire & Ice, Palisades Center Mall, Nyack NY by you.

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Gary Wiviott, Please Let Me Back in the Program

May 23, 2009

gwiv-lowslow by you.

Gary Wiviott’s new BBQ book published by Running Press (which he authored with food writer Colleen Rush) is based upon his popular web-based course on how to master the Weber Bullet smoker in 5 easy lessons. Unfortunately, because I decided to skip ahead to Step 3 after Step 1, he threw my ass out of the program.

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Go Foie Yourself

April 19, 2009

The Making of the "Foie You" by you.

The “Foie You”, a croissant sandwich prepared especially for our friends at Farm Sanctuary. The “Foie You” can be purchased for $24.00 at Picnic Caterers in Emerson, NJ. This is a limited time offer and you must order the sandwich by noon Thursday the 23 st of April for pick-up on Friday  the 24th. All profits from the sales of the  sandwich will be donated to the Center for Food Action. The sandwich will be offered weekly via special order until demand subsides.

Like other industries, the restaurant and food business is no stranger to being targeted by extremist groups which have some bizarre notion that the animals which are being used for foodstuffs and other products  have the right to be treated like human beings. Typically, however, these organizations, such as PETA, are more likely to spend their energies on large food distribution and manufacturing entities, and not on individual restaurants and small businesses. However, this is not always the case.

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Dim Sum RAP!

April 3, 2009


YUM DUM CHA! SIC GO BAU!

Ok, admit it, it’s catchy.

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NYC Dining: Myers of Keswick

February 7, 2009

Myers of Keswick
634 Hudson Street, Greenwich Village, New York

Web Site: http://www.myersofkeswick.com/Home.html

Greenwich Village, particularly the West Village, is one of my favorite parts of the city. Filled with odd curio shops and specialty stores, it’s a fun place to shop when you need to buy something as a gift for a friend with very discerning tastes. One of the places I encountered recently that I think epitomizes sort of the “Wow, I didn’t know they had a place like this in New York”  feeling of the West Village is Myers of Keswick, which is a British-stlye butcher shop and grocery store that looks like it got ripped out of the middle of central London.

Myers of Keswick, West Village, NYC by you.

Myers of Keswick Storefront, at 634 Hudson Street.

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Videos: Conch Salad in the Bahamas

December 28, 2008

liveconch by you.

Click on the photo to watch Conch Salad being made on Grand Bahama Island.

Conch Salad was one of my most favorite things to eat during our trip to Grand Bahama. I shot the above video while visiting Big Daddy Brown’s Conch Stand in the Port Lucaya Marketplace, as well as at Barbara Walker’s Conch Stand in the Freeport Vendor Market.

I found another really great video by Frank and Meg, who unlike myself, clearly know what they are doing when it comes to video editing (and own superior video equipment) and who apparently visited Freeport only a few weeks before we did.


NYC Dining: La Maison Du Chocolat

December 13, 2008

La Maison Du Chocolat
63 Wall Street, New York New York.
(212)952-1133

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Web Site: http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.us/us/en/commerce

Even though my foodie lifestyle has changed drastically since September of 2007, and since being diagnosed as a borderline Type II Diabetic, I still have a huge weakness for chocolate.

Diabetics of course can’t eat a lot of sugar, and we have to be very careful about foods that are high on the glycemic index. For all practical purposes, I’ve cut out all processed sugar from my diet. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still have the occasional treat. So If I’m going to have chocolate, it had better be the good stuff. And for me, that’s very high grade dark chocolate, with a very high proportion of cocoa solids in it. It has to be so intense that even a small portion will stop all cravings pretty much instantly.

And so it was on a rainy, cold night in December that I was walking down Wall Street and sighted the downtown New York City branch of La Maison Du Chocolat, one of the world’s finest European chocolatiers. I looked in the window and stopped dead in my tracks.

La Maison Du Chocolat Wall Street by you.

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