Harlem EatUp Ate

Tue, May 19, 2015 by

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Street BirdBeating the crowds is hard in NYC. Just when you think you have the inside line, the back door or the loop hole figured out you’re usually met with hundreds of other NYers who figured it out too. Not the case with my latest plan of attack for the first annual Harlem EatUp. Truth be told this plan was great for beating the crowds but very poor for experiencing the festival. You should check out the insta and some of these stories for better festival happenings. See, I was in Harlem a week before the event. I dabbled along the bustling Frederick Douglass Blvd. poking my head into every new restaurant, cafe, butcher and bakery I could find. And, there’s quite a few. Of course, I missed out on…

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Ascending Arequipa

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 by

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Arequipa, Peru 3When I left you last on this Peruvian adventure I had just grabbed our handmade chocolate and was heading to the bus station. Ant and I had booked ourselves an overnight bus to Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city and the home of some of the countries most majestic peaks and canyons. Rather than fly we opted to use our sleep time to travel and booked ourselves on Cruz del Sur’s double decker sleeper bus. When booking, we upgraded ourselves the, $11US up charge, VIP seats. Although we only planned on sleeping on the $43US per seat trip, it seemed like a no brainer. We boarded the bus at 7:30pm and that’s the last thing that went right for the next 10 and a half hours…

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Forked with Ricky Montalvo

Wed, Apr 22, 2015 by

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Ricky Montalvo

Ricky might have more stamps in his passport than I do. An intrepid documentarian and traveller, Ricky sees life frame by frame. We met back at Yahoo! and have been friends ever since. His brand of story fits perfectly with my desire to tell them. Through the years he’s made visual storytelling his craft covering everything from the Olympics to his 2 1/2 year old son to “my hair”. When it comes to food, he’ll make a story of that too. Although, his usually starts with a cocktail. He’s a great guy to have at a dinner table because he’s sure to tell a tale and also snap the moment. Sometimes it’s one in the same. He’s that fast. We sat down in Greenwich Village on one of his recent NYC stopovers. Check out what he had to say about TV dinners, tortillas and fatherhood.

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Puking in New Orleans at 40

Thu, Apr 16, 2015 by

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IMG_2683 7“They’re firah baals”, one of my new Louisiana friends yelled over the 80’s cover band deep in Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. The 9 of us downed the cinnamon whisky shot, made the obligatory wrinkle face and got back to the slam dancing. I wasn’t supposed to end up on Bourbon street this trip. I wasn’t supposed to do shots. And, I definately wasn’t supposed to ride a mechanical bull. Luckily that…

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Forked With Ben Long

Mon, Mar 16, 2015 by

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Forked with ben longBen Long and I have bumped uglies more times than you can count. Before you get ahead of yourself understand, that’s what happens when you share a tiny kitchen with a fellow chef. When not sweating over sauces and meat in a kitchen together we always plan for our next dinners and collaborations. We’ve spent hours discussing international gastro trip itineraries, food focused hotel ideas and creative recipe presentation styles. Ben’s supper club, SPICE, is just his moonlight (for now). His day job, as an executive for Live Nation, is just as interesting. It whisks him to all ends of the globe with likes of Lady Gaga or the latest, You Tuber, turned pop-sensation. Needless to say we get along swimmingly from the start. Right now he’s in the middle of a slew of dinners that run over the next couple of months. Here’s the latest from his creative, flavor filled brain. Also jump on the list. If you have trouble, let me know. I know a guy ;) We sat down a few months back, just before old man winter crushed NYC. Check out what he had to say about being from the earth, cucumbers and laughing while chewing.

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Plus a Beer For the Kitchen

Fri, Mar 13, 2015 by

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Odd DuckShitake doughnut, popcornA year ago this week we dropped a bright blue firetruck in the middle of Austin and ordered the entire menu at Odd Duck. Which, as you’ll understand after you scroll through the food porn below, quickly jumped to number 1 on the “Must-Eat-While-in-Austin” list. So, as this years SXSW festivities ramp up, I decided to post this most glorious post-event dinner that solidified a bond for the team last year with hopes that Odd Duck might do the same for a few lucky teams this year. When they ask if you’d like the whole menu just say yes. Then ask a a couple people to shout out their favorites and double up on those. Then glance down to the very last item on the menu and double up on that. Hell triple up on that. They deserve it. Click to the jump for the Food Porn cascade.

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Cosmic Cusco

Mon, Mar 9, 2015 by

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Cusco, PeruPicking up where I left off last, What seemed like a simple picture I snapped of a hanging pig head and a young vendor was actually more about what happened on the other side of the lens.

As the sun set on the day, Tony and I made our way to a square near the center of town to hook up with astronomy group tour. Upon arrival we met Tom and Sandra, a couple, as the coincidence begins, from NYC. Tom a native of Queens and Sandra a Peruvian living in New York. Minutes later two men approached and interrupted asking if we were waiting for the astronomy event. Immediately I recognized one of the men from New York. Although he lived in San Francisco. Here’s were it gets so coincidental that I had to think hard about James Redfield’s views.

“I don’t think that anything happens by coincidence… No one is here by accident… Everyone who crosses our path has a message for us. Otherwise they would have taken another path, or left earlier or later. The fact that these people are here means that they are here for some reason”…”
― James Redfield

Six months earlier I was late to dinner with my wife. While she waited in the Turkish restaurant on 34th street the two gentlemen at the table next to her engaged her in conversation. When I arrived…

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Curious in Cusco

Mon, Mar 2, 2015 by

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Chicken Gallina in Cusco, PeruThey scare you to death about the altitude shift in Cusco BUT they neglect to tell you about the death defying commercial airline flight path decent. After an eventful corkscrew up over the Andes high peaks and then down into the puma shaped valley that is Cusco, Ant and I sipped our obligatory cocoa tea while watching the standard South American baggage claim chaos. Luckily neither of us have ever been effected much by oxygen deprivation, aggressive air flight or a conveyor belt vomiting cardboard boxes for 40 minutes. The coca tea was as much a placebo as a passer of time until our backpacks were finally on the baggage belt. Collected, we met our fixer, Anthony Herrera, just outside the small, cement terminal. “Mr. Anello” scribbled in black ink across an old postal envelope and his large Pre-Colombian Peruvian smile made him immediately spottable amongst the myriad of signs and guides.

Minutes later we were barreling around the main roundabout in Anthony’s miniature automobile. This was our first note of the Peruvian tourist symphony. A few minutes after that we were inside the glass doors of our hotel sipping more coca tea and listening to Anthony outline the plans for the next few days. We’d be spending a day in Cusco but then heading to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu (a separate post for sure) then return for another few days in Cusco…

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Forked with Matthew McGregor-Mento

Tue, Feb 17, 2015 by

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Matthew Mcgregor-MentoTrippple M and I go back. So far back that the first thing we worked on together was an ad campaign that used digital ad space as the medium and Adobe flash as the editing platform. This is way before YouTube was even an idea let alone possible. From then until now we’ve collaborated, co-worked, hired, bossed and moonlighted together on numerous occasions making for the kind of creative relationship that you have with a box of Crayola 64 crayons. No matter what the challenge you know you’ve got yourself covered. If you have a creative need ask him to sharpen a crayon. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Check out what he had to say about the East Village, soup and hated foods on the jump.

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All About That Broth, no treble

Fri, Feb 6, 2015 by

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Broth BowlThis is the perfect day for this story. There’s nothing like a hot broth to warm up your insides and kickstart your depressed winter soul as that mercury barely edges past 20 degrees. I am also about to get crazy over my love for Panera Bread. Last time I did something like this it was a KFC obsession. This runs the opposite end of the spectrum with Panera’s goal to be as good for the body and this planet as possible. That’s not so much on the Colonal’s to-do list.

It was just over a month ago when I had a sneak peek at Panera’s new broth bowls. In a small kitchen in Little Italy, Chef Kish shared…

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