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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Seamus Mullen's Herbed Lamb Meatballs with Rich Tomato Sauce

  
         Seamus Mullen’s name would give you no clue as to this particular chef’s specialty.   Chef Mullen is the chef/owner of two wildly popular and critically acclaimed restaurants specializing in modern Spanish cuisine.  The first, Tertulia in Greenwich Village (359 6th Avenue, NYC 10012 Tel: 646-559-9909) has the stars to prove it.  The second one, El Comado, is located in the Gotham West Market, a food court unlike any other in the city.  For one thing, it’s at 600 11th  Avenue, a neighborhood so far west in Hell’s Kitchen, the owners of the apartment building above it conceived the place as a way to draw tenants.   Otherwise these poor souls would have to walk blocks before they found anything to eat.  Instead, they can go downstairs to 8 highly original food destinations.  

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dinner in Burma: Shrimp Curry and Smoky Napa Cabbage From Naomi Duguid's "Burma: Rivers of Flavor"

        
         I am insanely jealous of Naomi Duguid.  This writer, photographer, cook and traveller has made a career out seeing of the world and bringing it home in cookbooks.  What a dream job for a foodie with wanderlust!  Duguid has written six books about Asian cooking alone and this year came out with “Burma: Rivers of Flavor” (Artisan 2013).  The book won the International Association of Culinary Professionals (ICAP) 2013 award for Culinary Travel for Naomi and her co-author Jeff Alford.  Burma, or Myanmar, is a country steeped in mystery.  An ancient civilization, it became a British colony in the 1800s and only gained independence in 1948.  Unfortunately Independence heralded the arrival of one of the longest civil wars ever recorded.  In fact, it was untouched by the outside world for generations and really has only opened up in 2010. As a result, it is one of the least-developed countries in the entire world.