Friday, October 26, 2007

Bits & Morsels

Spigolo's Burrata with radicchio salad.

"Bits and Morsels" by Jordana Z, is an ongoing collection of information from the world of the foodies and foodblogs:

I don’t know what it is, but there is something about Spigolo that sets it apart from every other neighborhood restaurant. Located on 82nd and Second Avenue, Spigolo is genuinely warm and refreshingly small in that you can actually have a conversation with your dinner partner without having to yell.

Obviously, there's a lot of good food in New York, but it's hard to find restaurants that really make you feel welcome. Every dish on the menu is solid but my favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth ricotta gnocchi. And for dessert, the chocolate soufflé tart is a happy sendoff, and a nice take on the boringly overdone melted chocolate cake.
Clockwise from top left: Spigolo's earthy-toned canopy; Romaine Caesar with parmagiano crostini and a quail egg; Wild Striped Bass topped with Olive caponata and served over vegetables; Chocolate Souffle tart with pistachio semifreddo; Warm donutes with caramel ice cream; Ricotta Gnocchi; Chef Scott Fratangelo.
The original Rachael Ray. We are all going to dearly miss Peg Bracken, author of The I Hate to Cook Book. She died last Saturday at age 89 in Portland, Oregon. The book was  first published in 1960 and emphasized speed and convenience in the kitchen. She utilized canned and frozen foods in a way that was revolutionary. [The New York Times]

Spanish food at Blimpie? More than most fast food franchises, Blimpie permits franchise owners to really customize their shops and menus. One Blimpie sub shop in midtown has attracted quite a following for their authentic Spanish food. Along with the typical grinders, you can also munch on roast chicken with plantains and yellow rice. The  Midtown Lunch blog, which has tough standards, really enjoyed the food. [Midtown Lunch]

Looking forward. In less than two weeks Brio 89 restaurant and wine bar will be opening at 1725 Second Avenue at 89th street, which will be the sister restaurant of Brio, located on Lexington and 61st which has been open for 17 years.

The new restaurant will serve Mediterranean food with an emphasis on Southern Italy and it will be open late. The space is unique in that it is a corner spot, which usually would be reserved for a bank. This is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. [Brio]

Check it out. I was pleasantly surprised this weekend to discover the Greenmarket at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The market runs through November and is set up on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays. It’s apple season so when you go to the market, buy some Honeycrisp apples, which are at its peak. The market also sells produce, honey, pies, and maple syrup.

Vietnamese food is popping up on menus all over the world. On Monday October 29th, the Asia Society will host a panel to discuss the evolution of Vietnamese cuisine. The Panelists will be: Bobby Chinn, chef and restaurateur, Bobby Chinn Restaurant, Hanoi, Vietnam; Andrea Nguyen, writer, teacher, and Author, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen; KT Tran, chef and restaurateur, Saigon R; and Corinne Trang, food consultant and author, Essentials of Asian Cuisine. If you have any interest in the food of Vietnam, this event is not to be missed. [The Asia Society]

Till we eat again,

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