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Mercato

Mercato

If you live in New York you’ve probably heard of Schaller and Webber. It’s an old-fashioned German butcher shop but really more than that. In addition to fresh cut meat they also have a variety of wursts and smoked meats, quite a few salads, and imported European groceries and beer.
It’s on the Upper East Side and we live on the Upper West Side, so it isn’t close. We still manage to shop there at least every 6 weeks. Since CORVID 19 we’ve been using a service called Mercato for some of our shopping. You order on their website and they arrange purchases at the best independently owned food stores in New York and delivery it to you within a day or so. So, here’s our most recent delivery that made a great dinner.Mercado

Mercado

MercadoMercado


Mercato’s website here


Schaller and Weber’s website here

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Curious Ingredients

Curious Ingredients

I came across this article in PLAIN. I’ll let it speak for itself.

“. . . We’re absolutely enamoured by the latest print campaign shot by London-based photographer Annie Collinge for Luncheon Magazine. Titled Table for One, the food-themed shoot revolves around a quirky character posing as various fruits, vegetables or snacks… or is it the other way around? “

Curious IngredientsThe complete PLAIN article here.

 

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Quarantine Garden

An interesting article about seeds from Gastro Obscura – 

Quarantine GardenStrawberry Spinach

These 7 Companies Ship Unique Seeds for Your Quarantine Garden

BY REINA GATTUSO

“In 1944, at the height of World War II, 20 million home gardeners across the United States dug deep to support the war effort. As the country poured the bulk of its resources into the conflict, Americans grew Victory Gardens to bolster the domestic food supply. . .”Quarantine GardenBitter Gourd


See the whole article here.Quarantine Garden

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Seven O’clock Thank You

My posts have been a little irregular for the last two weeks. It had nothing to do with the corona virus. Two weeks ago I spilled a glass of wine on my keyboard. You should try  to never do that. It killed my laptop. The was nowhere to quickly get it  fixed or buy a new one.  Bridget had an old one which I’m now using and although it took a while to gather all of the programs I needed to produce them, Reveries and Recipes blog posts are back. (Although I’m still having trouble with the new post notification email.)

Every night at 7 pm New York opens its windows and with 2 minutes of applause and cheers, thanks the medical and other essential  workers.

The 7pm thank you the medical professionals.

Posted by Robert Iulo on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Forks

FORKS

Caterina De Medici introduced the fork to the French in the 1500s when she became queen of France.

There are all kinds of forks . . .

FORKS

tuning forks,


FORKS

bicycle forks,


FORKS

garden forks,


FORKS

bar forks,


FORKS

pitch forks,


FORKS

 and forks in the road.


. . . but since this is a food blog, here’s what I’m talking about.

FORKS

This is from an interesting article in Italo-Americano about forks .

Italian Inventions: The Utilitarian Table Fork

by MARIELLA RADAELLI 

“In most western households, forks are a basic part of a table setting — unless you’re all eating is soup. The relationship Italians have with the fork is certainly crucial. How could we eat spaghetti without one? When I was a kid, my dad spent hours teaching me how to twirl my fork so that not a strand of spaghetti hung down as I lifted that incredible tool to my mouth. He also taught me you don’t use a fork and a spoon to eat pasta. Twirling spaghetti against a spoon is for children and at a certain point I had to grow up . . . “

Complete article here.

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What They Eat in a Week

Here’s an interesting article from My Modern Met by JESSICA STEWART.

Interview: Kids Around the World Photographed Surrounded by Their Weekly Diet

The revolution in diet and sameness of what kids around the world are eating—ultra-processed packaged foods, empty calories. The children I met have distinct personalities and diverse hobbies, yet they’re often eating in eerily similar ways. Compare the diets of Paulo from Sicily and Isaiah from Los Angeles.

The complete article and great pictures here –

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World’s Rarest Pasta

World’s Rarest Pasta

I came across an interesting pasta article by Chris Colin, originally published in Saveur and republished in PocketOn the Hunt for the World’s Rarest Pasta.

On the Hunt for the World’s Rarest Pasta
“Delicate and impossible to replicate, su filindeu (or the “threads of God”) is a pasta made of hundreds of tiny strands by a single woman in a hillside town in Sardinia. She’ll make it for you too—if you’re willing to walk 20 miles overnight.”
The complete article here –  On the Hunt for the World’s Rarest Pasta

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Bike MS New York City 2019

Bike MS NYC 2019

Bike MS New York City 2019

I’ve been doing the Multiple Sclerosis ( #BikeMS ) charity bike ride every year since 1999. They have a few different routes you can take – 2 of them go from the starting line on 48th Street and the West Side Highway through the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey but my favorite starts at the same place and goes around the 30-mile border of Manhattan island.
Bike MS NYC 2019It’s still dark when we start to lineup. They serve a breakfast of protein bars, bananas and water. I have coffee at home. The sky is just starting to brighten when we take off downtown toward  Battery Park. NYPD keeps all the roads closed so it’s just you and about a 1000 other cyclists.

After we make the turn at the southern tip of Manhattan the sun is coming up over the East River. Bike MS NYC 2019Then it’s straight up the FDR and Harlem River Drives to a rest stop at Inwood Hill Park at the northern tip of Manhattan.

Inwood Hill is a great location – including bike repair, porta-sans, water, protein bars and apples. I usually make a stop about a mile before at the Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace on 207th Street for a ham and egg sandwich and coffee to go.Bike MS NYC 2019

Bike MS NYC 2019

Bike MS NYC 2019

Bike MS NYC 2019


From Inwood Hill it’s a little over 10 miles to the finish on Pier 92-94 with it’s beer garden and hamburgers.Bike MS NYC 2019

Bike MS NYC 2019

Bike MS NYC 2019

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The West 97th Street GreenMarket

West 97th Street Greenmarket

West 97th Street Greenmarket

There are greenmarkets all over New York City and mine is the West 97th Street Greenmarket. You can get baked goods, meat, seafood, eggs, honey, seasonal produce and more throughout the year and it’s all local.

West 97th Street Greenmarket

From flowers to seafood.

West 97th Street Greenmarket
One morning’s shopping – semolina bread, corn, peaches, apple pie, mako steaks, blow fish, and black fish filets.

West 97th Street Greenmarket

West 97th Street Greenmarket


From their website:
Greenmarket was founded in 1976 with a two-fold mission: to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers, and to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer. . .

West 97th Street Greenmarket

West 97th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenue

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