Sandwich Style

BltringForget diamonds. Nothing says true love like a BLT sandwich... that your lady can wear on her fingers. The BLT Ring is composed of five individual rings -- a bacon ring, a tomato ring, a lettuce ring, and two bread rings -- that stack together to form a sterling silver BLT sandwich. $150 at The Grateful Palate.

 


Sandwich Style

BltringForget diamonds. Nothing says true love like a BLT sandwich... that your lady can wear on her fingers. The BLT Ring is composed of five individual rings -- a bacon ring, a tomato ring, a lettuce ring, and two bread rings -- that stack together to form a sterling silver BLT sandwich. $150 at The Grateful Palate.

 


Baby Blogging Interlude: Birthday Brunch Edition

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It's been a while since this site left the confines of the food universe and engaged in some unabashed baby blogging (nearly a year since the last post, in fact), but Anya just celebrated her first birthday this past weekend, so we're due for an update.

What's Anya up to now? She's crawling, pulling herself up, and walking with assistance and along furniture. She lets out a definitive "mow" when asked, "what does a cat say?" and makes a fine improvisation of her father's belch (bad table manners, daddy), and she is currently obsessed with "Old MacDonald." She has also been sucked into the vortex of Teletubbies and Boohbah, though her favorite part of each show seem to be the opening credit sequences, which go on forever.

We started experimenting with solid foods at around six months, beginning with baby food and various forms of mush (rice cereal, oatmeal, etc.), but we've slowly introduced the foods we eat, and before long, she's begun to develop her own tiny palate.

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Perfect Your Panini

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Jason and Jennifer Denton, the founders of New York's 'ino and 'inoteca, have published what may just be the cookbook release of the year (well, at least for us paninologgers). Simple Italian Sandwiches contains instructions for making the couple's renowned bruschetti, panini, and tramezzini, along with recipes for aperitifs, antipasti, and salads. $14.93 at amazon.com.

 


Perfect Your Panini

Simpleitaliansandwiches

Jason and Jennifer Denton, the founders of New York's 'ino and 'inoteca, have published what may just be the cookbook release of the year (well, at least for us paninologgers). Simple Italian Sandwiches contains instructions for making the couple's renowned bruschetti, panini, and tramezzini, along with recipes for aperitifs, antipasti, and salads. $14.93 at amazon.com.

 


Agenda: 10/11 to 10/17

COMING UP

The Gourmet Institute
GourmetinstituteGourmet magazine will present its annual "behind-the-scenes" weekend of panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, and wine & spirits tastings. Featured chefs include Dan Barber, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Gabrielle Hamilton, Eric Ripert, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, among others. The event kicks off with a gala dinner at Buddakan on Friday, October 20, and continues through Sunday, October 22. $1,350/person (888.308.6133).

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2007 Zagat Survey Rankings

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While San Francisco and Bay Area residents are still freaking out over the new Michelin rankings (as one blogger put it, "I just about puked on my keyboard reading that shit"), media attention (at least here in New York) now turns to the 2007 Zagat Survey restaurant rankings of New York City restaurants, which were officially released today.

Compiled from reviews supplied by 31,604 diners, there's a myriad of data to pore over, but at first blush, the biggest news looks to be Annisa's climb from 24th place last year into the top 10 this year in the best food category. Chef Daniel Boulud can now count two of his restaurants in the top 10, while Nobu and Gotham Bar & Grill dropped off the list compared to the 2006 rankings:

2007 Top 10 Food Rankings
(2006 rank)
1. Le Bernardin (1)
2. Daniel (2)
3. Sushi Yasuda (5)
4. per se (3)
5. Peter Luger (Brooklyn) (8)
6. Gramercy Tavern (6)
7. Café Boulud (13)
8. Bouley (4)
9. Jean Georges (9)
10. Annisa (24)

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Allium Express

Garliccard

Inventor and former chef Herman Rasmuson and designer Lisa Flodin have created the Garlic Card, a minimalist grater patterned on the design of a credit card (the embossed letters scrape away bits of garlic as you rub the clove along the card). We don't really recommend that you add the Garlic Card to your wallet, but for hardcore gastronomes, this might just be the perfect travel accessory. $5.99 in assorted colors at Stacks and Stacks.

 


Allium Express

Garliccard

Inventor and former chef Herman Rasmuson and designer Lisa Flodin have created the Garlic Card, a minimalist grater patterned on the design of a credit card (the embossed letters scrape away bits of garlic as you rub the clove along the card). We don't really recommend that you add the Garlic Card to your wallet, but for hardcore gastronomes, this might just be the perfect travel accessory. $5.99 in assorted colors at Stacks and Stacks.

 


Press Sighting: Olive Magazine

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Back during the summer, I wrote a travel feature on dining and food in New York City for Olive magazine, published by the BBC.

The article has just arrived on newsstands in the October issue of the magazine, which is enlivened by some fantastic photography.

Unfortunately, the article is not available online at the Olive website, but you can find the print edition of the magazine in the U.S. at many Barnes & Noble stores.