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The Breslin: Home of the Famous Lamb Burger

July 23, 2014 11:02 am

If you’re the foodie type who likes a throwback meal reminiscent of 19th century England, add The Breslin to your list of must-have meals in New York. The creation of chef and owner April Bloomfield, an expert in British gastropub cuisine, the menu here is hearty, earthy, and emphasizes meat. Most diners venture to The Breslin for the renowned lamb burger topped with feta and served with thick cut fries and cumin mayo for dipping. Another favorite is the pig’s foot for two, but it will easily feed more.

Although The Breslin is perpetually busy, especially on weekend nights, the restaurant doesn’t accept reservations. That is, unless you're part of a large party that wants a seat at the chef’s table for a three-course meal featuring a whole roasted suckling pig carved table-side. If you’re just in the mood for the famous lamb burger, the wait passes quickly in the bar, where you can order a cocktail designed for the serious drinker who appreciates the stately and bitter flavors of rye, bourbon, and gin. The ambiance fits the food here: the decor echoes a rustic English pub, and the lighting borders on too dark.

The Breslin
Ace Hotel
20 W. 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 679-1939


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Culinary Terms for Gourmet Recipes

July 16, 2014 11:01 am

It’s fun to try new recipes in the kitchen, but that fancy new dish may involve a few cooking techniques that make you scratch your head. Here are a few helpful definitions of some kitchen terms that you might encounter in a gourmet-style recipe.

  1. Crème Fraiche. Crème fraiche is a sort of sauce with a tangy, sharp flavor. You can purchase it in most high end grocery stores, or you can make your own using 1/2 cup of whipping cream and 1/2 cup of sour cream. Cover the mixture and let it sit for at least two hours to thicken.
  2. Fillet. If the word is used as a verb, fillet means to remove the bones from meats like steak or fish. As a noun, this is the piece of meat after the bones have already been removed.
  3. Glaze. A glaze is a thin coat of sugar syrup that’s applied before cooking. After cooking, the glaze turns to a hard finish that’s almost to the point of cracking.
  4. Gratin. Gratin is literally the French word for “crust.” This is usually used for oven-baked savory dishes, which are prepared in a shallow, oval-shaped gratin dish and covered with a browned crust of breadcrumbs or cheese.

Glossary of Basic Cooking Terms [Les Petites Gourmettes]
Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [UMN]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes & Gardens]
Culinary Terms [About.com]

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Sip an Espresso at Stumptown Coffee Roasters

July 9, 2014 11:02 am

You’ve probably had a cup of joe from Seattle’s most famous coffee brand, but Portland-based roaster Stumptown Coffee also offers tasty coffee. This up-and-coming coffee shop brings its laid-back Pacific Northwest vibe to Manhattan with a location inside The Ace Hotel.

From a simple coffee to cappuccinos, it's all here. Although sizes are a tad smaller than Starbucks, loyal customers prefer the smooth flavor at Stumptown. In addition to coffee, you'll find a handful of sweets, but nothing to stave off hunger pains.

This location can be quite busy, and there is almost always a line. Friendly and efficient baristas keep the wait to a minimum. If you want to enjoy your beverage sitting down, head to the lobby for plush seating. Stumptown Coffee Roasters is cash-only.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
20 W. 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 679-2222

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