CHOW Tour
Two CHOW editors on a caloric extravaganza exploring innovation, novelty, and deliciousness.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Food-Dork Mecca in Brooklyn

Tom Mylan, one of the cofounders of the Brooklyn Kitchen, has described it as a "clubhouse" for the burgeoning Brooklyn artisan food scene. Housed in an old brick factory in Williamsburg, it's equal parts retail shop, butcher shop, and classroom. Upcoming courses include how to make fresh mozzarella, how to pickle and jam, making home-brew, and improving your knife skills. It's also quite a piece of eye candy, from the tattooed, thrift-store-fashionable people working and shopping there to the carefully curated new and vintage kitchen goods for sale. Check out our slideshow to see what we mean. (more...)
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Fatty ’Cue: No Revelations, Just Good Food

Fatty ’Cue: No Revelations, Just Good Food
Fatty ’Cue, a Southeast Asian–meets-American-style barbecue joint in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is subterranean and sweaty. Loud ’60s R&B on the stereo. A tiny space, dark, and raucous. A place you could see yourself getting really drunk in, happily, while eating a small mountain of ribs. Opened this year by Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab fame, the restaurant was talked about endlessly by the Brooklyn food-nerd scene. Its style can be summed up as fish sauce meets pit smoker. (more...)
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

How Does the Top Chef Sandwich Stack Up?

How Does the Top Chef Sandwich Stack Up?
We had heard about Xie Xie sandwich shop from our food editor, Jill Santopietro, before we ever saw owner Angelo Sosa on the latest season of Top Chef. But since we had seen him winning challenges on the show, it did add a little extra pressure for the Asian-inspired sandwich joint to kick some ass. (more...)
Monday, July 19th, 2010

Earl Grey Ice Cream from a Truck

Earl Grey Ice Cream from a Truck
While en route to something totally unrelated to eating ice cream, my cab dropped me off right in front of the adorable pastel-yellow Van Leeuwen ice cream truck, which a number of people had told Lessley and me about before the CHOW Tour. Their deal: making the ice cream truck over into something better than Mister Softee. (That means using hormone-free local milk; biodegradable cups and spoons; and no stabilizers, unnatural emulsifiers, or preservatives.) (more...)
Monday, July 19th, 2010

Getting Educated at WD-50

Getting Educated at WD-50
Wylie Dufresne has often been called a molecular gastronomist, and has just as often objected to the term. When I spoke to him on the phone the other day, he said he saw himself and his Lower East Side restaurant, WD-50, as being kind of like a cooking research facility. "Continuing the education about learning about food" was how he put it, for the benefit of chefs everywhere, "even the red sauce guy on the corner." (more...)
Monday, July 19th, 2010

Avocado Parfait Perfection at Spot Dessert Bar

Avocado Parfait Perfection at Spot Dessert Bar
We barely spotted Spot, the dessert bar off of St. Marks where Pichet Ong creates Asian American fusion desserts, ice creams, and bubble teas. Located below street level, it's a pretty small place, with wood paneling that is evocative of a Wild West saloon, artificial turf in the entryway, and a ton of college-age kids loudly getting a sugar fix. (more...)
Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Flea Market Food in Brooklyn

Flea Market Food in Brooklyn
No food-focused trip to Brooklyn would be complete without a stop at the Brooklyn Flea, a Saturday outdoor flea market that has become ground zero for the Brooklyn artisanal food scene. It's held in a schoolyard in Fort Greene. Residents Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler started the flea two and a half years ago, says Demby, as a spot for vendors, including those traditionally parked at the Red Hook Ball Fields. (The much-loved vendors have ongoing issues with permits and the city.) Antiques dealers, crafters, and other food vendors followed suit, and the Flea suddenly became a kind of testing ground for everything from start-up candy makers to kimchee-topped-hot-dog sellers. (more...)
Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The 7 Biggest Food Trends We’ve Seen (So Far)

Now that we're a good way into this CHOW Tour, we've started to notice some food trends that just keep coming at us. Here's some stuff we're beginning to see repeat: (more...)
Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Far-Out Belgian Food

Far-Out Belgian Food
Seriously craving a decent beer list after the beer wasteland that was LA, we decided to have our first dinner in NY at Resto. Described as serving creative Belgian food, with a deep selection of Belgian beers, it’s in a more mellow, shaded block of Midtown Manhattan. We’d read that they do a lot of fun beer pairing dinners and whole animal feasts. (more...)
Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Nouveau Tapas Face Off: Degustation

Nouveau Tapas Face Off: Degustation
We liked daveena's idea of comparing Degustation in New York with the Bazaar in Los Angeles, since both are doing nouveau tapas with a molecular influence. And daveena's initial thought that "Genovart's food is less elaborate but more soulful than Bazaar's" turned out to be pretty much on the money. (more...)