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Slow Food at Sprig Fights Fast-Food Culture

New York, N.Y.  In a sea of steaks, burritos and grab-and-go food in busy Midtown East, there is a beacon of the Slow Food movement, serving healthful food in an elegant, inviting environment. For nearly two years, Sprig Restaurant has served consistently superb New American cuisine that celebrates artisanal goods, seasonal produce and local distributors. [...]

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Going Nuts in Style: Coconut Water in India

Mumbai, India.  How much can one do with something as regular as a coconut in the peninsular region of India that is rich in its tropical vegetation? While most south Indian cuisines prefer to use it as an active ingredient in their styles, very few have thought about utilizing the coconut water. Certainly no one [...]

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Margo Patisserie Café: Love in the Form of a Croissant

Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When I think of love on this particular Valentine’s Day 2011, I think of Margo Patisserie Café, situated on a dreamy block on Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The story of this place has all to do with love. The love of baking and entertaining, the love of eating bona fide French baked [...]

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Madhur Jaffrey Releases Indian Flavors in New Cook Book

New York, N.Y.  By deconstructing age-old techniques and reducing the number of steps in a recipe, as well as helping people understand the nature of each spice and seasoning, Madhur Jaffrey’s new recipe book enables anyone to make seemingly exotic Indian dishes part of everyday cooking. Tweet

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Finding Nirvana in New York City: Delicious Restaurant with a Heart

By John Lee, edited by Jim Luce. Photos by John Lee.   Recently I met up with Creole singer Mayer Morissette, Maggie Metayer, and Jim Luce to dine at Nirvana, on Lexington Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets.  What a treat on a cool autumn night!   Upon arrival, we were ushered upstairs to the main [...]

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Astoria's Delicious Green Curry Thai Restaurant

With lunch specials priced at $8.00 and dinner specials priced at $10 ($12 for shrimp), the total bill elicits almost as much joy as the authentic flavors and beautiful plate presentation. The appetizer selection promises to provide something that will appeal to any true lover of Thai cuisine with traditional dishes such as Thai Steamed [...]

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If It Is Astoria, It Must Be Opa! Forty Years of Greek Cuisine with Perdika Zevlakis

Astoria, N.Y.  Since 1969, the year man walked on the moon, Opa! Souvlaki Restaurant of Astoria, Queens, has been Greek to its core.  It is run by the Greek community’s Elaine Kaufman, Perdika Zevlakis.  Astoria itself has become more diverse in those 40 years, but the legendary Opa! lives on – as if a time capsule for the neighborhood’s new [...]

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