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Truffle Oil and Other Epicurean Delights near The Ashley at Urbani

May 27, 2015 2:45 pm

One of Urbani's taglines implies the shop's name is synonymous with truffles, and fans of the wild mushroom can find truffles presented in a variety of ways at the store's nearby West End Avenue location. Urbani's been open there since 2010, and it remains perhaps the best place near The Ashley to find truffle oil, truffle salt, truffle butter, truffle honey, and other truffle-inspired products.

Truffles themselves gained popularity with the rise of French cuisine in the 17th century, according to the Wikipedia article on truffles. They do grow naturally, and they're often hunted with trained dogs or with "truffle hogs." They can also be farmed, but the Wikipedia article notes that doing so is still a relative rarity.

Their pungent, distinctive flavor might be the primary draw for chefs: truffles are widely used in dishes like risotto, and truffle oil can be added to season a dish at the end. This list of ten uses for truffle oil from Eatlovesavor.com, for instance, suggests serving it on polenta or white pizza or even adding a touch of it to flavor popcorn! Want to try cooking with the mushroom itself? This link from Yummly.com gathers a number of interesting truffle recipes to try.

If you find a recipe you like, Urbani's likely to have the right truffle-ingredients on hand. Visit the store's website to find out more before visiting its Upper West Side location.

10 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10023

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 25, 2015 12:54 pm

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day as we remember the many heroes who have served our country.

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Crafts, Food, and More near The Ashley on May 24 at the Livable West Side Festival

May 20, 2015 11:00 am

Save the date! Sunday, May 24 sees the return of the annual Livable West Side Festival to the area near The Ashley. This is the 28th year the Festival's been held, and this year it happens starting at 11 a.m. on Broadway between 72nd and 86th Streets.

If this year's event is anything like those of prior years, it promises to be a destination for fans of tasty food and fun crafts. Past years have seen hundreds and hundreds of craft vendors along the path, making it a great place to find unique gifts for others and even a little something for yourself.

There'll be food on hand, too, like sweets from Brownie Heaven NYC and pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches from the Come 'N Get It Gourmet BBQ Trailer.

Want to check it out? The 28th Annual Livable West Side Festival takes place on Sunday, May 24 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.!

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