Playing with Fire and Water
Connecticut-based blogger foodplayerlinda introduces readers to her world with "Cooking, elementally, is controlling heat and moisture. The great cooks are masters of fire and water. Me, I'm still playing...welcome to my playground."
And what a fun playground it is. She happily experiments in her culinary sandpit, creating innovative flavor combinations such as Peanut Butter Miso Cookies and Curry Cake, and freely crosses cuisines, jumping from mortadella mousse ravioli to sendai miso.
This is a real treat to read. There are detailed descriptions of dishes, such as a Sticky Toffee Foie Pudding being "brandy-soaked cubes of foie gras embedded in moist cakes redolent of dates and muscavado, an arabesque of sticky sweet brandy-spike sauce -- it is the stuff of baroque fairy tales." Big beautiful photos -- check out the time-lapse effect in Flowering Teas -- showcase the creative presentation of dishes (see the glorious sunrise effect of a 2008 entry for Citrus Pave). Come join us in her playground.
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Best Ethnic Food Neighborhoods in AmericaThis article originally appeared at The Daily Meal, posted by Allison Beck
Sure, it'd be nice to score a table at the city's hottest restaurant when in town for a long weekend, but some of the most memorable meals can be had for a lot less cash and a much more adventurous ambience. For that, we look to the many deeply entrenched ethnic neighborhoods across the country for that authentically garlicky Polish sausage or that plate of gnocchi alla Romana good enough to pass muster in Rome.
From New York to Los Angeles (and everywhere in between), everyone has their favorite hole-in-the-wall spot for those must-have Greek gyros or memorable Korean barbecue. Yet, there are many ethnic neighborhoods that have fallen under the radar — ‘til now. We’ve paired up six of our favorite ‘hoods for good ethnic food (and where to go, of course) and paired them up with their lesser-known sibling.
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