Let your FOIE FLAG fly!

The California ban on foie gras will be in place this July. Food lovers all over the country need to pay attention, because it’s the first state-wide ban on foie gras in our country. It sets a dangerous precedent, and it’s a wedge that animal rights activists will use in their campaign against these artisanal products and meat in general. Sure, it’s foie…

Umami Dearest…

Umami (pronounced /oo-mäme/) is a relatively new term. It’s a Japanese loan-word referring the fifth taste, completing the revamped five-taste model alongside salty, sweet, sour and bitter. The mysterious word which as of late has been popping up frequently in food writing, blogs, restaurant menus, and cooking shows, describes a taste you are no doubt…

Time Out NY: Best New Burgers 2012

Time Out New York released their Best New Burgers feature last week. We were super excited to see this years picks – not only because we’re serious burger connoisseurs but because several of our chef friends made the cut. Chef David Malbequi from Prima Strada and Chef Chris Rendell of Whitehall Bar + Kitchen both…

We Have a Wiener!

Charcutepalooza, The Year of Meat. Who could imagine that a single cookbook would inspire a nation to preserve meat competitively for a year?  If it’s Michael Ruhlman’s classic book “Charcuterie” and Cathy and Kim, then Charcutepalooza is the result.  A year ago, they threw down a challenge to a few dozen fellow food bloggers.  Make…

frère et soeur

We were very lucky this December to have three generations of Daguins in New York for the holidays; Ariane’s parents, her daughter Alix and for the first time in several years, her brother, Arnaud. Now and then… deux of a kind! Arnaud is a Michelin-starred chef and proprietor of an upscale auberge called, Hegia. Located in…

The Art of the Feast

Open the latest NY Magazine to behold a mouthwatering Christmas Feast with classic recipes by Chef April Bloomfield and a gorgeous edible tableau, featuring a creamy feathered  D’Artagnan pekin, arranged by food stylist Alison Attenborough. Beautiful. Click here for more photographs (but be warned, holiday spirit may ensue…).

In the Kitsch-en with Phyllis Diller

Here’s some food-lover’s fashion inspiration from a 1977 issue of Bon Appetit. This spread features comedienne, Phyllis Diller, cooking up some meaty goodness in her own retro kitchen. We are loving the dress – it’s meat-chic! We’re sure Ms. Diller’s shift is one-of-a-kind but if you’re in the market for your own carnivorous clothing, etsy…

Le Marathon des Leveurs de Coude

Ariane & Alix just returned from a whirlwind three day trip to Paris for Le Marathon des Leveurs de Coude, or marathon of the elbow benders. The marathon is wine tasting competition that celebrates French wine, the joy of rugby and serves as a tribute to the beloved French author Antoine Blondin. In this annual competition, teams of…