If it weren’t for the fact that Winter is around the corner, Autumn would be my favorite season. There’s just a slight chill in the air while still a few gorgeous, sunny days with beach potential. This time of year, my thoughts turn more to cooking and comfort foods. This is probably because each October my husband and I attend the international food show, Anuga. This year, it was in Cologne, Germany. On the way we actually snuck in two beach days in Mallorca, Spain first. After all the stress of opening our new store in Industry City, we were due for a little sunshine and a lot of fresh-caught seafood with local wines. The best thing about the area we stay in in Palma is its delicious local seafood. You just pick from the case and tanks and they cook it for you with extra virgin oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. The catch of the day is always amazing and simply prepared. No wonder Spain is famous for their bocarones! The grilled razor clams and the scallops in shell tasted as incredible as they look. And I can’t say enough about the squid in its ink…!
This Sunday September 29 will be our 45th Atlantic Antic, one of the largest street festivals in NYC and arguably the one with the most diverse food selection. Though I date myself by admitting it, I have been at each and every one. I was only 7 for the very first Atlantic Antic and as I have grown so has the festival. Even with all the other competing events in NYC, the Atlantic Antic is a must-do. This giant party is almost always the last weekend in September, and in all these years we have been lucky enough to never get rained out. The weather this weekend looks like it'll be perfect again!
For years my husband Pat and I have been saying if we ever bought a vehicle for a pop up food truck, it would be a tuk-tuk. On all of our travels we’ve seen tuk-tuks used for any number of purposes, and they’ve always stood out for their cuteness and versatility. It was one our first purchases for our IC location and we are thrilled to be using it outside our space. This all-electric vehicle has zero emissions, making it perfect for indoor or courtyard popups and environmentally friendly. When we first started this tuk-tuk venture we thought we would move it around campus once we opened (we’re still planning on doing that). Since we have been so delayed it has become our semi-permanent home on campus right outside our door.
While the construction process has been much longer and more arduous than we were expecting, we are finally entering the home stretch. After months of electrical and engineering questions and issues we worked through, as well as a multitude of architectural changes in the drawings, we were finally in the position to start stocking the shelves. While the stock is only just arriving, most had been ordered months ago, so it has been a lot of fun remembering what we actually ordered as it arrives and is put on the floor.
Summer in New York City normally means steamy hot days with sunshine. This summer has started off a bit grey and cooler, so when a recent weekend started shaping up nicely my thoughts turned to BBQ and backyard entertaining. I am one of those people who perks up considerably in the sunshine.
I love the smell of grilled foods mingling with the aromatic scents from my blooming herb garden. This year I have added purple sage, golden oregano and lemongrass to my traditional spicy oregano, mint, English thyme, rosemary, zaatar and cilantro plants. I also bought 5 different kinds of basil because I love the colors and textures. My husband Pat is a terrific gardener and spends hours making sure it blooms for as long as possible.