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Looking for a great "chef's tasting menu" for $50 dollars or less in manhattan

If you're into Indian food, Suvir Saran's Devi ( has a 3-course lunch menu for $25, a 3-course dinner menu for $45, and a 5-course chef's tasting menu for $65. They serve regional Indian food and have recently added some Indian-American fusion dishes to the menu -- their masala fried chicken is pretty delicious!

Jul 02, 2008
Kara Zuaro in Manhattan

Farm Fresh for All

Yeah, but you gotta be careful with all those greens. When I first joined a CSA a few years ago, I was going to town on all the delicious spinach and kale and broccoli rabe that came with my first spring share -- I ate more greens in a week than I'd ever eaten in my life and couldn't figure out why I was feeling so bloated... A word to the wise: CSAs are wonderful, but introducing too much fiber to your diet too quickly can cause some uncomfortable gastric side effects!

Jun 30, 2008
Kara Zuaro in Features

Ode to a Cereal Filler

Ha! And King Vitaman (#23) is totally terrifying... who was the marketing genius behind that one?!

Jun 27, 2008
Kara Zuaro in Features

Who Died and Made You a Blogger?

Geez, of course you don't have to be ugly to be a food blogger! But the fact is that blogs are growing out of so many magazines -- and forcing many writers to post photos of themselves. No matter how cute they are, some writers don't want to do that. I don't mind putting my face next to my words, but I am nervous about the future. Is it possible that applying for a blogging job may someday require sending a resume, writing sample, and head shot?

Jun 27, 2008
Kara Zuaro in Features

Good News for Urban Gardeners

Thanks for the positive feedback, Ian. I'll definitely be looking for more food-related gardening articles that we can mention on the Grinder. I'm itching for spring, too!

Mar 20, 2008
Kara Zuaro in Features

Anthony Bourdain's Rockin' Holiday Special

Yeah, I think it's going to be a pretty awesome holiday special. Did anyone catch the Cleveland episode, featuring Marky Ramone? That was my favorite No Reservations moment.

Sep 21, 2007
Kara Zuaro in Features

A Watched Pot Never Boils

I have a Cuisinart Electric Teakettle ($79.95 at Williams-Sonoma), and I love it because it looks like a pretty Windsor Whistling Teakettle ($115) -- but it's less expensive, doesn't take up room on the stove, and shuts off automatically when the water boils, rather than whistling loudly and waking everyone up when I make my early-morning tea.

Sep 21, 2007
Kara Zuaro in Features

Woman, Bake Me Some Pie!

Technically speaking, The Grinder is CHOW's "food media" blog. We simply point out what other people (bloggers, journalists, TV personalities, etc.) are saying about food. So, as much as I would have loved to hit the test kitchen and try out some of these pies, that's just not what we do here. Of course, if anyone has sampled Patty Pinner's pies, please let us know how they are -- I'm curious, too!

Sep 10, 2007
Kara Zuaro in Features

Gourmet Next Door

I'm on Union Street between Smith and Hoyt, and the whole block is blocked off with cones -- and there are signs on every tree saying that "Gourmet Next Door" is filming here tomorrow (8-20). Is that Amy's new show?

Aug 19, 2007
Kara Zuaro in Outer Boroughs

Mixology Monday Finally Arrives

Late-breaking news: You can check out a schedule of upcoming Mixology Mondays <a href="> -- the next one is on Monday, September 17, the host is <a href=";&gt;Coc... Nerd</a>, and the theme is FIZZ.

Aug 15, 2007
Kara Zuaro in Features


This is my favorite simple summer cocktail. If you can't find Squirt, you can also use Fresca or grapefruit/toronja-flavored Jarritos. Sometimes I rub a little salt around the rim of the glass, too.

Aug 08, 2007
Kara Zuaro in Recipes