Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures
I don’t know about you, but right now, I have way too many farmers’ market strawberries and rhubarb in my freezer and I need to make way for the fruits coming into season this week. Spring and summer came early in Minnesota this year, and the rhubarb was amazing—sweet and long, tart and red.
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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures
My buddy Karl Benson has cooked this recipe for 15 years, but it took me 10 years to even taste it. Once I did, I was sold. I hope you don’t wait as long as I did to found out how stubborn and how wrong you can be. I think he got this recipe from his Swedish family, or from cooking one night at home with his friend Marcus Samuelsson, the famous chef, and experimenting a little bit.
Noma's Rene Redzepi is About to Host his 2nd Annual MAD Food Camp.
It's food festival time!! Well, it's always food festival time these days; but some big hitters are coming up, so take note. Next week it's the 30th Anniversary of Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. And just a few weeks later, over in Copenhagen, comes MAD2 from René Redzepi of Noma; it's his second now-annual MAD Food Symposium, aka Food Camp. Plate online said it really well: Redzepi can do pretty much anything he wants these days. He can appear on the cover of Time magazine, he can tweet out moose head photos as potential dinner ingredients. And he can host the MAD Symposium and have it quickly becomes the gold standard of chefs conferences.
If you missed the first MAD Food Camp—and you're in the food world—take note of the festival, taking place July 1 - 2. Some of the A-list chefs who have already RSVP’d yes for MAD2: Ferran Adrià, St. John’s Fergus Henderson, Mission Street Chinese’s Danny Bowein, WD50’s Wylie Dufresne, Pujol’s Enrique Olvera. Here’s what René has to say: “There will be a great collection of people; it's going to be an exciting couple of days. We already have a few new surprises in store for those coming!” Here’s what Momofuku's Dave Chang, who may or may not somehow make an appearance has to say: “At Mad festival you don’t know what’s going to happen. Last year, there was a family meal. René had Michel Bras making vegetables, Magnus Nilsson cooking oysters, Ben Shewry preparing an egg dish. And the food critics were the sous chefs. It was an extraordinary spread.”
For more details, go to: www.madfood.co
Date: July 1 – 2, 2012
Location: Refshaleøen, Copenhagen
Ticket price: Approximately $350 (includes entry on two days plus breakfast, lunch and drinks on both)
How to purchase the few tickets that are left: contact Ali Kurshat Altinsoy at email@example.com
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Bizarre Foods host and F&W contributing editor Andrew Zimmern discovered mind-blowing Filipino chicken near San Diego.
National City, CA: Tita’s Kitchenette
“Food from the Philippines has not caught on in the US with the same fervor as other South Asian cuisines. But it’s starting to, thanks to large expat communities in towns like National City, just outside San Diego. It’s home to Tita’s Kitchenette, a point-and-order cafeteria owned by the same family for 20-plus years. At any one time there are two dozen dishes available. You meander down the line, tray in hand. Remember back in grade school? Here, the lunch ladies are Filipino grandmas, and everything they cook is exquisite—the sweet potato-shrimp fritters are as good as any I have ever tasted outside of the Philippines. But the grilled meats are the best. Golf ball-size nubbins of chicken and pork are marinated in a soy-lemon-pineapple bath, then grilled in small batches so that nothing sits for longer than a few minutes. They’re ethereal: treacly and tart, tangy and smoky. Tita’s opens at 6 a.m., and lunch is available early for people who need to grab something on their way to work.” 2720 E. Plaza Blvd. Ste. E; 619-472-5801.
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New York City’s top chefs are setting their sights on Toronto, opening outposts of their popular restaurants in three of the city’s hottest new hotels.—Amy Rosen
Daniel Boulud: Yorkville
Daniel Boulud exports his signature French flavors to Café Boulud at the Four Seasons.
David Chang: Financial District
The Momofuku chef’s newest restaurants will open at the Shangri-La, which debuts in August.
Scott Conant: King West (photo)
At his Scarpetta offshoot at the Thompson, Scott Conant offers great pastas and salads.
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Critics weigh in on which restaurant will join the famed Danish spot, and reigning number one restaurant in the world, Noma, on the pilgrimage circuit.
Benu, San Francisco (left)
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer praises Corey Lee’s breathtaking East meets West modernist cuisine (Lee makes a mock shark’s-fin soup using thin strands of hydrocolloids).
Melbourne’s Ben Shewry serves “emo” cuisine, built on personal memories and foraged foods. “It’s the best expression of Oz’s terroir,” says The Age’s Matt Preston.
Ángel León’s umami-packed risotto with plankton makes him “the René Redzepi of the sea,” says F&W correspondent Gisela Williams.
Fäviken Magasinet, Sweden
A modern primitive dining experience—aged meats hanging in the dining room, fried lichen on the plate. Time’s Lisa Abend calls Magnus Nilsson’s food “intensely perfect.”
Noma, Denmark (left)
“Noma’s the next Noma, isn’t it?” says the L.A. Times’s Jonathan Gold. “Redzepi is writing symphonies while everyone else is playing chopsticks.”
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It takes more than grand gestures to impress hotel dweller Paul Carr.
A knock on one’s hotel-room door at 10 p.m. rarely bodes well. Unless, that is, one is staying at a particular five-star hotel in Las Vegas, in which case it heralds a man struggling under the weight of a gigantic chocolate garden, with flowers, trees and shrubs—an over-the-top take on the pillow mint. As a person who lives in hotels, I’ve watched the arms race of room service with interest. The latest trend is über-personalization, in which hotels provide extras tailored to each guest. As an example: I recently spent a night at The Lanesborough in London, failing to stump my butler with a spiraling list of requests. Could the chef prepare a deep-fried quail? Of course. How about a partridge wrap with a diamond cocktail stick? For a price. I opted for a chicken sandwich. It arrived alongside a small chocolate cake, the words Happy 30th Birthday iced on the top with a single lit candle. I hadn’t told anyone it was my birthday. Creating a chocolate garden is no doubt impressive, but far harder is delivering a personal touch without fanfare. No diamond cocktail stick required.
Paul Carr chronicles his hotel adventures in his book The Upgrade.
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For National Picnic Day on Monday: a chef-curated basket for a cause.
Central Park picnics just got fancier: Alice Waters is now customizing baskets for Mandarin Oriental NY guests. She selected the assortment at left; a portion of the proceeds supports her Edible Schoolyard program. mandarinoriental.com.
In Alice Waters’s Picnic Basket:
- Local Artisan Salumi
- Eco-Chic Bamboo Cutlery
- French Radishes
- Rustic Pizza Bianca
- Thyme-Grilled Quail
The April issue spotlights tech toys for foodies. Here's a fantastic site for wine lovers.
© Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd
Using Google Earth technology, wine importer Frederick Wildman and Sons offers 3-D interactive tours on its website, tour.frederickwildman.com, stopping at iconic regions around the world (like Puligny-Montrachet, above). Some include commentary from winemakers like Rioja’s Baron de Ley.
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