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Bob Vila on Restoring Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban Home

By March 8, 2014 no comments Permalink

Credit: Getty Images Bob Vila is a television icon. For nearly 30 years he hosted the programs – This Old House, Home Again, Restore America, the eponymous Bob Vila – that turned home restoration into an American pastime and made the cottage industry big business. What many people don’t know about the Home Improvement inspiration (and guest star) is how he’s…

Petite Crevette, the House of the Flying Lobster

By January 31, 2014 no comments Permalink

On a mild night in January, Neil Ganic, wearing a white chef’s coat, his signature porkpie hat tilted low, greeted customers at his restaurant, Petite Crevette. The room appears to be the foyer or staging area of a larger place, but this is pretty much it: maritime curios, tight tables, original artwork and framed photos…

Guanciale Comes to America

By January 30, 2014 no comments Permalink

Credit: Katherine Frey / The Washington Post / Getty Images Hog’s have faces that only a gourmand could love. Though still rare in America, cured porcine jowls have long imbued great Italian dishes with an intense earthy saltiness. The cut, known as guanciale adds more flavor to dishes like bucatini all’Amatriciana and spaghetti carbonara than…

WhistlePig Creates Classic American Rye

By December 15, 2013 no comments Permalink

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Rye, the backbone of the original recipes for the Manhattan, Sazerac, and Old-Fashioned, spent much of the last few decades losing ground to bourbon and Tennessee whiskey. Now, the most American of liquors – George Washington distilled the stuff at Mount Vernon – is having a resurgence, thanks to a modern mix of…

Where the Hunt for Mamaliga Ends

By October 15, 2013 no comments Permalink

A Restaurant in Brooklyn Offers the Food and Feeling of Moldova In the heart of old Brooklyn, on a prosaic stretch of Coney Island Avenue that runs through Midwood, among auto body shops and fast-food joints and commerce catering to Orthodox Jews, you will find what looks like a village house in the old country,…