by Nicole Moore
I’ve never tried Turkish Food so I was excited to visit MarMara , a new Turkish restaurant on the Upper East Side that serves a large menu of casual fare. At first glance, the menu appeared similar to other Mediterranean spots I had visited before. The usual suspects, kebabs, hummus and lamb were all there. I asked the manager what sets Turkish cuisine apart and he explained that the food is a mixture of influences from the East (hummus) and West (spices). It’s a hodgepodge cuisine more notable for the depth of its offerings versus specific standout dishes.
My guest and I started with the hummus, which was probably the best part of the meal. Super fresh and slightly chunky, the hummus had a homemade, nutty taste with the tahini flavor bursting through. Next was a cold appetizer made with an artichoke heart braised in olive oil and lemon juice and garnished with carrot, potatoes and peas. The dish tasted fresh and alive, like springtime on a plate.
Although there are about 19 days left until 2011. I figure it can’t get any worse or better than this year top 10 celebrity dos and don’ts. So here’s a run down of the hot mess antics of celebrities this year.
1. It’s raining babies this year with pregger celebs like Mariah, Pink, Alanis Morissette, Penelope Cruz and more.
2. Everything Jersey. From reality shows the Jersey Shore to Jerseylicious and Housewives of NJ, I can’t get enough of the stereotypical drama. See you next year Situation.
3. Oprah’s talk show is gone after 25 years and she’s moving on to her new network OWN! No matter what you my think of Ms. Oprah that’s one bad…(watch your mouth)
4. Do get your game on like Christina Milan and make that money honey (even though it’s really not a “real” job).
One day at an afterwork event, this guy at the coat check turned and said “Hey, its been a long time.” He was definitely my type tall, athletic and darkskin—YUM. Therefore, the odds that I had dated him were kind of high. After looking around a bit he says “You don’t remember me.” I responded, “You remember me?” “Yes”. I stood there and went through the whole process from the “Damn you look familiar” to “what H.S./College did you go to?” but nothing rang a bell. He told me he went to NYU, for undergrad; I went to Hunter; Brooklyn Law for his JD; Baruch for my M.A. –he’s a lawyer and I’m in Communications– I stood there looking at his fine @$$ like dude, who the hell are you!
I was drawing a total blank but my home skillet knew exactly who he was, after I gave her the info.
“Girl, I just ran into this guy who looks so familiar and claims he knows me but I have no idea who he is and he’s not telling.”
Choza Taqueria: Not Just Your Typical Fast-Food Taco Joint
By Miss Jane
Upon first entering the fairly new location for Choza Taqueria, there’s the usual set up for a taco spot: fresh ingredients, buffet-style behind a Plexiglas wall, with servers scooping out the meat, sauces, and condiments of the customer’s choice; a cash register at the counter; tables and chairs set up nearby; photos of stacked cans, fruits and veggies.
But don’t get this mixed up with any other popular taco spot: the ingredients and flavors are what make Choza stand out among the rest.
The Madison Avenue eatery, which has another location in downtown Manhattan’s Open Air Café, offers tacos made traditionally Mexican–with a gourmet flair.
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1. Skating in Rockefeller Center—The Christmas tree has been lit and it takes you back to being a kid but if your gravity-prone, just sit back with a cup of hot coco and watch your kids skate with glee.
2. December 1, 2010 – January 9, 2011, celebrate the holiday season by walking through a Gingerbread wonderland at Le Parker Meridien New York! The architectural desserts are all created by local bakeries, trucks and restaurants, and all proceeds benefit City Harvest. Visit www.parkermeridien.com.
3. In February, ring in the Lunar New Year with a dragon! Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, is one of the City’s loved cultural celebrations. Bring the family to witness the dazzling dragon troupes wend their way through the streets of Chinatown. For more info, go to www.betterchinatown.com
4. Experience Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil is a winter adventure that takes the whole family by storm! 30% on children’s tickets. Visit: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com
5. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is now playing.
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6. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a great destination for kids. CMOM emphasizes early childhood education, creativity, health and world cultures with exhibits like Little West Side and Ancient Greece, lifestyle workshops, programs and performances, children have fun while learning about the world. For more info visit: www.cmom.org
The other day I was on the phone with my friend in Chicago who informed me that I don’t know how to play the game. Here’s some of our convo:
Him: “It’s all a game.”
Me: “What do you mean?”
Him: “Men say things to get a reaction out of a woman and you always react. That’s just how you are.
Me: “No I don’t.”
Him: “Then when a guy no longer what to play the game–he will say “we’re just friends.”
Me: “I think I play the game.”
Him: “No you don’t.”
I guess he would know since we dated for a while before becoming friends and we don’t play the game–anymore. Hmm, does that mean–he was running game on me?!
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas fast-approaching, it’s hard not to overspend on friends and family members, but your bank account demands you stop and think twice about that new Wii or Xbox games, loads of clothes they may never wear and non-budget-friendly gift items for the kids and significant other.
This year, I informed my family that only the kids (thank goodness I have a small family) are getting gifts this year. Why, because I can’t afford to hit up my account for every family member or friend I would like to give a gift to and honestly in this economy, can you really blame me? But if this route doesn’t work for you, then try one of these
A Bit of Purity in Gramercy Park
Who would have that that raw and vegetarian could be so filling? Pure Wine and Food is a vegan’s dream come true. Take about taking purity to the next level, this Gramercy Park establishment uses Tensui water filtration system for all water in the restaurant and ‘raw” meaning nothing heated over 118 degrees. If that hasn’t caught your attention then maybe the dishes will. All menu items are free of dairy and eggs with organic ingredients and flavors said to rejuvenate the body, mind and planet, Pure Wine does just that with dishes served up such flair you forget there’s no meat involved!
Every year as we prepare for the holidays and making our list and checking it twice, the same dishes tend to grace our tables on Thanksgiving. Usually, it’s because of our culture and the familiarity of turkey, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese and in the household of Jamaican families like mine—curry goat, rice and peas and jerk chicken. But there are times when one wants to try something a little different. Instead of turkey, how about short ribs or nix the pumpkin pie and go crustless. Sometimes it takes culinary skill and bravado to mix up the holiday menu, while still pleasing your family and friends.
To help you out this year, I asked a few top chefs to give us some of their favorite non-traditional menu ideas. Here are a few mouth-watering suggestions:
Rich Vellante, executive chef at Legal Sea Foods suggests a side alternative entrée: Cioppino (so named as fisherman would ‘chip in’ their catch to the collective pot) with lobster, scallops, shrimp, calamari, littlenecks, mussels and scrod in a light tomato broth with a side of jasmine rice
8 each littleneck clams
2 oz olive oil
4 oz firm whitefish
4 oz cleaned sea scallops
2 lb mussels
8 oz cleaned squid
½ C white wine
24 oz cioppino sauce
2 T fresh basil
6 pieces shrimp 16/20
1 whole chicken lobster
4 pieces garlic bread