nora on 07/04/2014
Chiles en Nogada

Edible History: Chiles en Nogada

The other night I was having dinner with my boyfriend at the wonderful Mexican restaurant Mesa Coyoacán in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My boyfriend is the only other person I know who is as obsessed with Mexican culture and Mexican food as I am. We could talk about the history of urban planning (or lack thereof) in […]

Maddy Douglass on 05/25/2014
Le Marais Croissant | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Kitchen: Oh la la, Le Marais Bakery

What do you get when you leave a Frenchman in California for too long? A Frenchman in desperate need of a good croissant. The San Francisco Bay Area may be known for having some of the country’s best bread, but baked goods worthy of a Parisian palate continue to be the El Dorado for which […]

Kate on 04/18/2014
Balinese Rujak Abbott & West

Recipe: Balinese Rujak

Dining in Bali is a singular experience. In a sense, it’s not a huge food culture; the same meal is generally eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you don’t mind the lack of variety, though, the flavors are fascinating, a classic Southeast Asian blend of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty with fresh tropical fruits, […]

nora on 01/28/2014

Recipe: Lemon Cream Flag Macarons

I must admit that before I moved to New York, when I heard the word macaron my point of reference was not the delicate and airy French cookie, but the dense, heavy coconut hockey puck called the macaroon. I have since been enlightened to the heavenly world of French macarons, which are a sweet meringue-based […]

nora on 12/10/2013
Mexican Torta

Recipe: Mexico City Milanese Tortas

One of my favorite Mexican cookbooks is Nancy Zaslavsky’s A Cook’s Tour of Mexico. Not only does she expertly know her way around the kitchen, but for food history buffs, she provides great insight into the culture of every dish. So when I wanted to find the perfect recipe for D.F. Tortas, I knew exactly […]

nora on 11/26/2013

Recipe: Thanksgiving Cranberry Relish

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, no surprise since it centers on food and family tradition. I am always so excited to try out new pie recipes or stuffing concoctions, although I have yet to join the masses in deep-frying my turkey. Our family has one holiday recipe though, that we never, ever mess […]

Kate on 11/22/2013
Pumpkin pie history | Abbott & West Productions

Edible History: Pumpkin Pie

When Americans (of both the US and Canada) think of the most American holiday, Thanksgiving, we don’t just think of family, friends, and all the things we’re grateful for. We also think of the meal, with its staples like roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie and pumpkin pie. The part […]

nora on 11/20/2013
Oregon Hazenut Torte

Recipe: Papa Haydn’s Oregon Hazelnut Torte

Papa Haydn’s Restaurant in Portland, OR serves up an amazingly decadent Oregon Hazelnut torte and now you can too! Ingredients: Chocolate Torte: 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate 7 eggs, separated 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup ground hazelnuts Hazelnut Praline: 3/4 cup butter, room temperature […]

Kate on 11/15/2013
Smorrebrod recipe | Abbott & West Productions

Recipe: Smørrebrød

It’s officially cold in New York, and, as I usually do when faced with the onslaught of winter, I’m trying to pretend I’m Scandinavian. Okay, maybe I’m not blonde and I sort of wither away without the sun, but I do think they’re on to something with their tasty cuisine. Danish open-faced sandwiches, smørrebrød, are […]

Mari on 11/12/2013

Road Snapshots: Lapland, Finland > Nordkapp, Norway

In an effort to chase the midnight sun, we did an express 24-hour road trip (10am-10am) that took us from Lapland, Finland to Nordkapp, Norway and back. The sun never set. We saw a reindeer migration, I got bitten to shreds by mosquitoes, went for a dip in Arctic waters, and when we finally made […]