Before we left foggy San Francisco, I searched the Chow boards for some interesting fare for our family trip to NY. I came across a response from the great “Kathryn” to “Top Food Recs in the West Village.”
Kathryn wrote, “I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333."
So I checked it out and thought it was the perfect thing for the family. I knew it would keep my adventurous palate happy, my husband’s pocketbook overjoyed, and a great food experience for my 12-year-old daughter. We started about 10 am or so and finished up at about 1pm. We followed all the recommendations, except for we took the nicer streets (less cars) and we added Sugar Sweet Sunshine based on a213b writeup, “3 Week Chowfest; Help!!!” http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/611116. If you have the time you really should read his WHOLE 3 week review. I had just a few days and a husband and daughter to keep happy, so I couldn’t indulge in many of his picks, but am so happy we added Sugar Sweet Sunshine to the list.
In addition to our tour, we went to 5 Napkin Burger (messy and quite delicious) and Bar Boulud. I am still seething from our snobby service at Boulud. The food was phenomenal but the service was appalling. I was tweeting the whole time and @rickGresh (a chef in Chicago) tweeted back, “every time I've been to boulud its the same, palm beach was the worst!” and “yep, worst service of my life, and both palm beach and bar b was the same manager! So sad, daniel deserves better!”
Check out our slideshow of the tour. Foodies eat with their eyes!! The last 2 slides are not from the NY tour, but I had to include them: The fantastic cupcakes at Crumbs Bakeshop in Huntington.
I had the great fortune to be invited to Danish Lunch at Lars and RoseAnn Kronmark’s home last Sunday in St. Helena. The day was absolutely perfect. Perfect food, perfect wine (which is technically illegal for a Danish lunch), perfect aquavit, and most importantly, great conversations and friendly people. After looking at the pics, I am sure you will want some herring. Thank you, Lars and RoseAnn for an incredible day.
Hi-LAR-IOUS! Last night I attended a “Sommelier Smackdown” between Chris Blanchard, of Cuveé Restaurant in Napa, and Rob Renteria, of Martini House in St. Helena. For those who think wine people are all stuffy, this evening would have blown their minds. We laughed hard and often from the antics, the banter and the fun of it all, while Chris and Rob tasted and commented on three courses of pairings. In fact, my friend Leslie “The Beer Drinker” Liberatore, recorded my sister’s and my laugh (in stereo) from the hilarity of it all. Check out my short video recap of the night.
Angela Camacho, a certified sommelier and author of a best selling wine tool, The Wine Wheel®, shares her obsession with wine and food.