Sunday, July 22, 2007

'bits & morsels'

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

Kate Hemphill and Alex Harris
Chat Noir, located at 22 east 66th street, is very much a reflection of its’ client base which is primarily locals. My first visit to Chat Noir was for a party to celebrate the jewelry of Alex Harris. Considering it was a Thursday night in July, the restaurant was bustling.

My ensuing visit entailed a low-key dinner with a friend. I had the salad of haricot vert, artichokes and Parmesan cheese, the branzino with corn flan, and the apple tart tatin, which was delightful. I don’t know if it was the seamless service, the consistent food, or the warm vibe, but we left the restaurant on a real high.

Chat Noir has a genuinely comfortable atmosphere inside and offers a lovely outdoor setting (which is great for people watching and dining with your dog), making it the perfect neighborhood bistro. I look forward to dining there again. [Bistro Chat Noir]
Chat Noir, the perfect neighborhood bistro.
Haricot verts, artichokes, and Parmesan cheese.
A cappuccino to top off the meal.
Salmon on a bed of tomatoes.
Branzino with corn flan.
The best apple tatin outside of France.
Eating fish these days is pretty controversial. Blue fin tuna is on the endangered species list and mercury levels in fish are rising. A relatively low risk fish is the sardine. It’s small, low maintenance, and packed with vitamins and fish oil. Check out these very artistic photographs on [La Tartine Gourmande]

Grilled Sardines with marinated fennel and radish salad.
It’s in the bag. Bringing your own canvas tote to the supermarket has become very hip. Bag designer Anya Hindmarch has released a $15 tote bag with the message, “I am not a plastic bag.” When 20,000 of the bags went on sale at Whole Foods, people were literally fighting over them. Check out Chez Pim for some alternatives to the coveted tote. [Chez Pim]

You know the rent is high when McDonald’s can’t cut it. The McDonald’s on 57th and 6th has lost its lease. This does not bode well for other smaller scale restaurants. [Grub Street]

If you are going abroad and you want to get a grasp on the currency of your destination relative to the dollar, check out the Big Mac chart. It's an index of the prices of Big Macs in other countries in comparison to the U.S. [The Economist]

Tis the season for ticks. Last week when I was in Connecticut I found some ticks on my dog Zabar, and so I thought it would be helpful to offer some tips to keep your pet tick free. Also, if you're like me and your dog sleeps on your bed, then listen up, because you definitely don’t want the nasty critters in bed with you. It's important to be vigilant and check for ticks because they may carry diseases that can infect your pooch. Lyme disease is very common but also very treatable with early detection and antibiotics.
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If you find a tick on your dog, do not remove it with your hands(!) but tap it with a hot match or a cigarette. This will startle the tick and it will loosen its grip on your dog. Then remove it with tweezers. Be sure to remove the whole tick. If you think that you did not remove it fully and that the head is still attached, contact your veterinarian.

If you are going to be in an area with tall grass and trees, treat your dog with Frontline Plus. Every three weeks I put Frontline on Zabar’s neck. If possible, apply it 3 days before the dog gets groomed or 3 days after. Frontline usually does the trick but to be extra cautious, put a Preventic collar on your dog, which will last 2 – 3 months.

Don’t forget to spray yourself with bug spray. I like to use OFF but anything with DEET is fine. Just don’t use the human bug spray on your pooch, as it is harmful.

Till we eat again,
Jordana

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