Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Bits & Morsels

The vast selection of fresh fish at Milos.

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Going Greek. Simply put, Milos is an inspirational place to dine. And just as simple is their approach: Greek cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, mainly vegetables and fish. My favorite way to start the festivities at Milos is with the Milos special; a heavenly composition of crispy zucchini and eggplant with dollops of Tzatziki. Tzatziki is a creamy dip made of yogurt, cucumber, and garlic.

At Milos you don’t order fish as much as you select it. In the back of the restaurant is a fish counter like you would see in a fish market offering a comprehensive selection of whole fish displayed over mounds of ice. The gimmick at Milos (as some would call it) is that all of the fish are sold by the pound, hence, at 'market price.'

Dining at Milos.
Yes, the food is expensive but you are paying for top quality fish, delivered daily from Greece and other locations. My favorite dish at Milos is the Loup de Mer for two. The fish, mild and refreshing, is simply grilled and dressed with lemon juice. I prefer the whole fish rather than a filet because the essence of the fish resides in the bones and skin. For dessert I like to get the fruit plate or the warm loukoumades. Loukoumades are essentially Greek style donuts dressed with honey and spices.

One of the things I appreciate most about Milos is that I am never stuffed at the end of the meal, making it not only a delicious experience, but a pretty healthy choice as well. If one of your new year's resolutions is to eat healthier, let a meal at Milos inspire you and hopefully set the tone for 2008!

Milos, 125 West 55th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). (212) 245-7400.
Clockwise from above: Milos Special, paper-thin zucchini, eggplant, and saganaki cheese, lightly fried; Grilled vegetables with yogurt; Loup de Mer for two.
Loup de Mer, cooked perfectly and ready for eating.
Fresh fruit of the season.
Loukoumades: dough fritters with cinnamon and thyme-honey syrup.
If you are planning a trip and food plays an important role, then fly on United Airlines. In a recent investigation United Airlines was ranked as having the healthiest food, getting kudos for offering a snack box filled with healthy munchies in snack-size portions. American Airlines was ranked as one of the unhealthiest for selling junk food such as large containers of potato crisps and candy bars. [NBC]

It’s in the bag. Business is booming for people in the non-plastic bag business. Businesses, which make tote bags to be used as alternative to plastic bags, are thriving. Plastic is a horror for the environment and San Francisco just put a ban on wasteful plastic bags. This is great news and reflects the growing environmental awareness in today's society. [SFGate]

Most people know that soda is bad for you, but many assume that diet soda is harmless. While diet soda has no calories, drinking it can still lead to weight gain. When drinking diet soda many people feel like they are making a healthy choice and they are free to over compensate with high calorie foods ("I can have that extra slice of pizza because I just had a diet-coke..."). There is also research being done to explore the possibility that diet soda actually stimulates the appetite. These are two good reasons to cut back on the stuff in 2008.

Till we eat again,
Jordana Z.

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