Posts for May 11, 2012

Tertulia’s New Late-Night Hours; Musicians Headline New Food Truck

• Satisfy your late-night cravings at Tertulia this evening, with new later hours. Starting today, the bar will be open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, serving a selection of Seamus Mullen’s embuditos, quesos, tostas, and bocatas. More of an early riser? Tertulia has also just opened its outdoor patio for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. [Grub Street]

• Latin flavor hits the midtown food truck scene with Blend Latin Fusion’s blackboard specialties. The Long Island City guys offer simple tacos, burritos, bowls, and Cuban sandwiches, best washed down with homemade lychee lemonade or passionfruit iced tea. [Midtown Lunch]

• Still searching for a pair of coveted tickets to the Great GoogaMooga? Until May 16, the Wines of Alsace will be awarding two pairs of tickets to their Limerick Challenge. Complete the last line of one of the two limericks on Facebook or Twitter with #AlsacePoem. [Grub Street]

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Fat People More Likely to Die in Car Crashes Than Skinny People

This guy's a goner.

We all know that far too many Americans are overweight, and that with all those extra pounds come all kinds of calamities. As if heart disease, diabetes, gout, and impotence weren’t enough to worry your plump little head about, here’s some more bad news for fat folks: They don’t survive car accidents quite as well as skinny people. Researchers at University of Buffalo — who wondered why morbidly obese people are 56 percent more likely to die in car accidents than people of normal weight — released a study at yesterday's annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Atlantic reports. In it lies the reason why chubby drivers die more frequently than their more slender counterparts.

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Shaun Hergatt’s Lesson on the Perfectly Poached Egg

Last week over at the New York Culinary Experience, hungry students (who weren't busy with Torres or Jean-Georges) learned how to make the perfectly poached egg with Hollandaise sauce by Shaun Hergatt of SHO Shaun Hergatt. There's aeration, emulsification, and butter in a gun. Not bad for a simple something.

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Oops! Raw Milk Sickens Ten People in California

Bad moos for raw foodists

People were up in arms when federal agents raided Venice's Rawsome grocer last year, seizing wads of cash and destroying thousands of gallons of raw milk product. The controversy even attracted the attention of The New Yorker's Dana Goodyear, who asserted these verboten products were being treated as the new marijuana. Well, there seems to be mounting evidence that the stuff is a bit more dangerous than your average doobie. According to today's story in Food Safety News, at least ten people in California were infected with Campylobacter — whose symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever — after drinking Fresno County–based Organic Pastures' raw milk. The products are now under quarantine.

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Hugh Acheson Signs Second Cookbook Deal With Clarkson Potter

Here's to the Hughnibrow.

Coming off his two James Beard wins this week, the ridiculously likeable Hugh Acheson has also signed a second book deal — "organized by seasonal ingredients, and focused on produce easily-sourced at farmers' markets, CSAs, and within the local community" — with Emily Takoudes at Clarkson Potter for publication in fall 2014. Congrats!

Michael Chiarello’s Mother’s Day Plans: Two Masseuses

"In addition to hiring two masseuses for my wife and several of her friends, I'll be preparing vitello tonnato and whole-poached California King salmon with olive oil-poached asparagus and watercress and caper aioli." —Michael Chiarello to Food Republic on how to give a good Mother's Day. [Food Republic]

What to Eat at Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Terrace Redo, Opening May 18

A lovely spot for a cocktail and some pancakes.Photo: Courtesy of Gramercy Park Hotel.

At this point, Maialino, on the ground floor of Gramercy Park Hotel, is so popular that it's practically a New York institution. Now Danny Meyer will renew his focus on the hotel's rooftop bar and café, Gramercy Terrace: On May 18, the Union Square Hospitality Group–operated space will reopen with a newly welcoming attitude, reworked menus, and a brand-new Stumptown coffee bar.

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LIC’s Sweetleaf Coffee Expands to Williamsburg

BK bound.

One of the best espresso shots in Queens is crossing Newton Creek to Williamsburg. On Monday, Sweetleaf, the prized Long Island City coffee shop, is opening a new location on Kent and North 6th where it will do battle with other serious pours like nearby Toby's Estate Coffee and Blue Bottle. Owner Rich Nieto's weapon of choice is his trusty La Marzocco Strada EP, broken in at the LIC shop and ready for action. Beans will hail mainly from Ritual, Heart, and Stumptown, though Nieto plans to bring in "guest" beans for special runs once they're settled in the new digs.

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What to Eat on Acme’s New Brunch Menu

New Nordic hot spot Acme has rolled out brunch, happening every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. The bleary and beautiful can feast on Mads Refslund's Euro spins on classic weekend-morning dishes, including a Danish omelette with bacon and tomatoes served in a skillet, a grilled romaine salad, or various sweet options including his beer-and-bread porridge and Danish doughnuts. See the lineup below and have a drool over the photos in our slideshow.

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Amy Sacco, Bungalow Name Eighty-Sixed From LDV Hospitality’s Plans for the XL Space

Dreams of a Bungalow 8 return have hit a huge snag. The Post has it that Community Board 4 has prevented LDV Hospitality (upon threat of liquor-license difficulties) from involving Sacco or using the "Bungalow" name in their redo of the former XL space at 357 West 16th, next to the Dream Downtown. So now LDV, best known for Scarpetta, needs a new concept for that space, probably not one involving cosmos. Bungalow nostalgists needn't despair completely, however: Since LDV bought the concept and name from Sacco, they may well resurrect it somewhere else — if any neighborhood in the city will let them. [Page Six/NYP]

Infographic: What Really Happens for People Who Appear on Next Food Network Star?

A few of the "stars."Photo: Jesse David Fox

On Sunday, Food Network will roll out its eighth season of Next Food Network Star, the reality competition that purports to take members of the general public and transform them into food-television celebrities. That means Food Network has been doing this for seven years running, more than enough time for us to look back and assess just how successful the show has been at, you know, actually creating stars. So, we looked at exactly what's happened to every person who has ever been a NFNS contestant and turned that data into an extremely scientific, yet still very easy to read, chart.

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Stephen Starr Has Officially Dropped His Paris Commune Plan

Thanks, but no thanks.

Stephen Starr tells Grub Street that after months of drama and neighborhood opposition, he's decided to cut his losses and walk away from the shuttered Paris Commune space. In March, Community Board 2's SLA Committee rejected Starr's proposal — which would have expanded occupancy at the spot from 80 to 137 seats — and Starr had offered to present a new, scaled-down version of his proposal this week. Then he changed his mind.

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Sofia Vergara Scarfs Twinkies at the Plaza; LiLo Plays D.J. at Sway

The girl loves her Twinkies.

Celeb dining in New York wasn't all pretty this week. Joe Bastianich snubbed Le Cirque's Sirio Maccioni in his new book, then offered a masterful non-apology. Rihanna partied too hard at SNL and the Met Ball and needed an IV drip to nurse her back to health. And our favorite voluptuous Modern Family star pounded some Hostess cakes post-breakup. All this and more in our weekly roundup of celebrity dining.

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Mugaritz Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz on Sensitivity, War, and the Pleasure of Discovery

Aduriz.Photo: Dave Ratzlow

Most conversations with chefs turn quickly to food, or their restaurants. But during a walk along the High Line yesterday with Andoni Luis Aduriz, the man behind Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain, the chef wanted to discuss the effect of war on humans. “Normal people kill children, neighbors take each other’s eyes out,” he said in Spanish, through an interpreter. “The context turns them into monsters. If a person in a specific context can become desensitized, then why can’t we create a space where people can become more sensitive?”

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Sarabeth Levine Makes Steel-Cut Oats With Strawberry-Mango Compote, Healthy Cookies With Shredded Wheat

"I was so happy to throw off my shoes and eat dinner from a tray while watching Dancing with the Stars."Photo: Melissa Hom

Last week, Grub turned up the music with Courtney Love's leg rubs and P├ętrus parties, so we thought now would be a good time to take a nice, deep breath with the comforting foodstuff of Sarabeth Levine. Owner of the super-popular Sarabeth's restaurants, where every good New Yorker has experienced a morning-after brunch, beautiful baby shower, or well-rehearsed breakup talk, Levine has created an institution for caffeination, celebration, "chocolate chubbies," and crazy cups of tomato soup. She's a woman who adores food and wants to "eat every delicious-looking thing" she sees, but is also a Weight Watchers loyalist, resulting in a healthy, wholesome diet of everything in moderation ... including moderation. Read about Sarabeth's steady stream of coffee intake and how she prepares orange pork tenderloin at her cottage out east in this week's New York Diet.

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