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Soft-shell crabs ... yummmm

Fresh, alive and moving soft-shell crabs at Fairway market at $3.99 each ... fry with canola oil, ginger, scallions and white pepper ... over a bed of white rice ... a cool glass of champagne ... wow ....

There may be no bad way to prepare soft-shell crabs but when you put those fried crabs on bread, you have a take on the New Orleans poor-boy.

"Summer’s for Soft-Shells, With a New Orleans Riff," by Mark Bittman, The New York Times, May 30, 2007

Soft-shell crab - from Wikipedia

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Posted May 30, 2007 02:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Cooking & Food Prep   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)


Very best Italian is Mercato, Red Hook, NY

The Vetri web site smartly advertises that quote, along with one attributed to Mario Batali that says Vetri is “possibly the best Italian restaurant on the East Coast.” (I love the way these sorts of quotes are all essentially the same, with tweaked qualifiers and altered geographic parameters.)

"The Fertile Territory Beyond Our Own," by Frank Bruni, Diners Journal, May 23, 2007

The very best Italian is Mercato in Red Hook, NY... the chef is Francesco Buitoni, a six generation member of the famous Italian pasta family ... born in New York City ... but his parents are from Rome, Italy ... definitely worth a detour from the Taconic State Parkway ... delicious pasta and risotto dishes...

Mercato, 61 East Market Street, Red Hook, NY, 845-758-5879

"The Chef's Voice: Francesco Buitoni of Mercato Tivolio," AboutTown, Spring 2005

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Posted May 29, 2007 01:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Italian   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"Germs and the City"

“Public health” (in the literal sense) now seems to be one thing, and--occasional lurid headlines notwithstanding--not a particularly important one, while “health care” is quite another.

We will bitterly regret this shift, and probably sooner rather than later. As another Victorian might have predicted--he published a book on the subject in 1859--germs have evolved to exploit our new weakness. Public authorities are ponderous and slow; the new germs are nimble and fast. Drug regulators are paralyzed by the knowledge that error is politically lethal; the new germs make genetic error--constant mutation--the key to their survival. The new germs don’t have to be smarter than our scientists, just faster than our lawyers. The demise of cholera, one could say, has been one of the great antisocial developments of modern times.

"Germs and the City," by Peter Huber, City Journal, Spring 2007

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Posted May 27, 2007 06:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Design for the Other 90%

On view in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, this exhibition highlights the growing trend among designers to create affordable and socially responsible objects for the vast majority of the world's population (90 percent) not traditionally serviced by professional designers. Organized by exhibition curator Cynthia E. Smith, along with an eight-member advisory council, the exhibition is divided into sections focusing on water, shelter, health and sanitation, education, energy and transportation and highlights objects developed to empower global populations surviving under the poverty level or recovering from a natural disaster.

Design for the Other 90% is an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

The Q drum

"The real stars of the show, though, are the stories behind the designs." microscopiq, May 17, 2007
They don't need a handout. What they need is an opportunity.
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A poor person actually only cares about one thing: making more money. If they have more money, they can get ahead, take their family out of poverty.
-- Martin Fischer, Kickstart International
The introductory video also provided an opportunity to explore an additional range of themes that may not be as apparent, running through the exhibition and this area of design: open source options, leapfrog technology, economic impacts, community building, testing and end-user research, low-cost innovations, social enterprise, humanitarian entrepreneurship, improved democracies and multiple calls to action.

"In Their Own Words," Design for the Other 90% blog, May 14, 2007

Design for the Other 90% (web site), an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum through September 23, 2007. Cooper-Hewitt, web site, 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY, M-Th 10 am - 5 pm, F 10 am - 9 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun Noon - 6 pm. $ Admission fee.

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Posted May 23, 2007 10:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye , Central Park , Museums and Art , Notes to a Friend , Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Davidburke & Donatella

I had a wonderful lunch at Davidburke & Donatella ... lobter bisque without the heavy cream but with Thai lemongrass, Alaskan King salmon with beets and string beans and a Tropical mango sherbet and fruit medley ... delicious glass of NZ sauvignon blanc ... with an old friend from London...

Davidburke & Donatella, web site, 133 East 61st Street, bewteen Park and Lexington, 212-813-2121 [MenuPages | Openlist | NY Mag | Gayot | Citysearch]

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Posted May 21, 2007 03:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Restaurants   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Chennai Gardens ... Met roof garden

Roger: That was a very good buffet lunch to-day... thanks for coming up-town to Chennai Gardens for their $6.95 all-you-can-eat, very Kosher, South-Indian vegetarian ... all the dishes were so freshly prepared and the breads were so flaky ... and the dessert of rice pudding laced with rose water was delicious ... a great lunch for Tuesday to Friday ... 27th Street between Park & Lexington Avenues ... a bottle of Kingfisher beer for $3 ... what a great deal ...

At the MET museum, the roof garden is open ... opening day showed the art work of Frank Stella, monumental sculptures ... and the view of Central Park ...





Chennai Gardens, 129 East 27th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues, 212-689-1999 [MenuPages | NY Mag | Village Voice | NYT]


Met Roof Garden Cafe, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, on the fifth floor, entrance by the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Galleries, 212-535-7710



Posted May 16, 2007 10:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday lunch around Lincoln Centre - Nougatine

For Saturday lunch around Lincoln Centre, I would suggest Jean George - Nougatine at 1 Central Park West ... 3-course prix-fixed at $24.07... a great value for excellent French cuisine ... with a Thai touch ... very healthy and spa-like cooking ... go early and you need no reservations ... otherwise, it is great fun to sit at the bar and enjoy lunch ... you can watch the whole lunch scene ...

Nougatine, 1 Central Park West, 212-299-3900 [NY Mag | savory new york | MenuPages | Yelp]

Posted May 8, 2007 01:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Chicken Eating Spiders ... and fried spiders don't taste like chicken

By day Martin Nicholas is an ordinary guy. But by night he becomes the Spider Man, a nickname he's earned because of the hundreds of spiders which share his tiny flat in Bracknell. Martin has circled the world seeking out the most enigmatic individuals of the 35,000 spiders known to exist...the tarantulas.

Now he is in Peru searching for a contender for the title of Biggest Spider in the World, currently held by the 11 inch Venezuelan Goliath Birdeater. Martin's quarry is an un-catalogued species. It is called the Chicken Eating spider because eye witnesses claim to have seen it dragging chickens into its burrow on the edge of jungle clearings. Estimates put it at around 10 inches from one hairy foot to another.

"On the hunt for 'The Biggest Spider in the World'!", BBC Science

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Posted May 7, 2007 10:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Monet exhibition, through June 15, 2007

A New York gallery is offering a new look at the Impressionist master Claude Monet, exhibiting works never before seen by the general public in the most comprehensive retrospective in New York for 30 years.

"NY exhibit offers new look at Monet," by Daniel Trotta, Yahoo, April 23, 2007

Slideshow here

Claude Monet: A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff, Wildenstein & Company, web site, 19 East 64th Street, April 27 to June 15, 2007, Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Admission $10, $5 students/seniors, no advanced sales.

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Posted May 2, 2007 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Manhattan School of Music Musical Theatre Ensemble - NOT to be missed, May 17-19, 2007

A great annual event at the Manhattan School of Music ... May 17, 18 and 19, 2007... Musical Theatre ... music of Stephen Sondheim ... not to be missed, free and no tickets required ...

Manhattan School of Music Musical Theatre Ensemble, 601 West 122nd Street, northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street, John C. Borden Auditorium, 7:30 pm, May 17, 18, and 19, 2007, Concert Office: 917-493-4428. Directions

Posted May 1, 2007 05:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)