August 8, 2010 NEWSLETTER
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☛ In This Issue
PALM BEACH POLO AND OTHER DIVERSIONS by John Mariani
NEW YORK CORNER: The Breslin by John Mariani
by Brian Freedman
Man About Town: Stockholm--What Goes On Under the Midnight Sun by Christopher Mariani
PALM BEACH POLO AND OTHER DIVERSIONS
I do not play polo but I've been close enough to it via my
brother who for
many years played in a very rough-and-tumble version of it in New
England where I
learned that with a huge galloping animal beneath you, it is not
a sport to
be taken lightly. Strength is among the first
agility, then finesse, all tied into the instincts of a horse with its
in pursuit of a wooden ball around a field filled with other horses
why the human beings on their backs are so intent in knocking the thing
Colony, which since 1947 has been a crucible of Palm Beach social
life, done up in British
Colonial architecture and recently treated to a $12 million facelift,
with all its 90 guest rooms, suites, (right)
to 21st century standards of posh
luxury. The principal restaurant here is the Colony Steakhouse,
as much a draw for its swank bar and "ladies lunches" as for its USDA
beef. The Palm Court, adjacent
to the pool, is for casual bistro-style dining. Top entertainers
fill the season at the Royal Room cabaret.
The original L’Escalier, a grand room in size, is
now more intimately configured without compromising that
grandeur. No walls have been added, only subtle dividers. The
principal dining area now seats 32, with oversized armchairs, deep
banquettes, tables set with Versace china, Christofle silverware,
and an array of Riedel crystal. The service staff is among the
finest you'll run across in the U.S. And master sommeliers
Virginia Philips and Juan Gomez are there to guide you to just about
any wine in any range from any region imaginable, chosen from a 1,400
label, 25,000 bottle collection. Or they can match wines to what you
choose to eat. "Whatever you wish" would be worth inscribing above the
portals at L'Escalier.
101 N. Clematis Stree
West Palm Beach
of St. Tropéz, and right off the first sip
rosé wine and the first morsel of Chef Julien
Grémaud's terrine of foie gras, you'll swear Pistache is as true
form as any bistro in South Florida. Managing partner
Thierry Beaudraiseda, from Bordeaux, seems to know everyone and aims to
and regulars alike with a bonhomie that is as much a part of the draw
here as the wonderfully evocative bistro décor and outdoor
its red awnings and rattan chairs. Inside it is as cozy as it is
amiable, casual in a genteel way, genrous in its hospitality.
maybe ask directions, and you'll get to Dolce
de Palma, a highly personalized restaurant run by the ebullient big guy
Chef Anthony de Palma, whose simple objective is to feed you and make
you feel happy. It's difficult not to in this cheery,
red-walled place with the tiny open kitchen up front and a patio
outside. He also runs a gelateria, so don't overeat before dessert.
Palm is open for breakfast and lunch Wed. and for dinner Wed.-Sat.
Appetizers run $4.50-$18, main courses $14-$34.
201 East Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida
Whaddaya wanna eat? You want red chile tacos. Got ‘em. Cheeseburger? Done. Beer-battered fish. Here you go. Whatever you feel like eating and drinking, The Office’s menu probably has it on there somewhere. But it’s also got Maine sea scallops wrapped in Serrano ham with Spanish rice and a romesco sauce, along with “Pork and Beans” made with a slab of Niman Ranch pork belly, barbecued butter beans, and crispy leeks; and braised short ribs with potato puree and a sinus-clearing horseradish sauce. To wash it all down there are 45 boutique beers on tap and 200 wines.
The Office, with its outdoor tables and bar and an interior that evokes a Kennedy Era décor of polished Brazilian walnut shelves loaded with art and design books, an ethanol fireplace, a vintage Underwood typewriter, and leopard-patterned carpets, is trying wincingly hard to be very hip but somehow it’s succeeding on Delray Beach’s main drag. Women with sparkly tans way too early for springtime and guys in Ralph Lauren golf shirts and salmon-colored shorts pack the room or hang over the bar, while hard rock blasts from the speakers. Expensive tight tank tops, t-shirts, ripped jeans, and gold mules rule. Margaritas vie with magnums of Veuve Clicquot, and you’ve got to try the two Florida beers on the list—Monk in the Trunk and Holy Mackerel.
What distinguishes The Office from the other out-of-the-box eateries along the strip is the cooking of chefs Larry La Valley and Francy Deskin’s commitment to taking the basics of American prole food and giving them just enough twist to put them on a par with the best contemporary kitchens turn out, whether it’s fried green tomatoes and a green onion aïoli or cheddar-and-jalapeño-laced corn bread with maple pecan butter and pimiento cheese.
know that restaurateur David Manero has more units of The Office on his
but for now, this is the place you want to hit in Palm Beach County for
time and a good meal at a good price.
Appetizers run $9-$18,
main courses $12-$28.
NEW YORK CORNER
16 West 29th Street (near Broadway)
Friedman have been among New York foodies
favorite downtown innovators ever since opening the minuscule
Spotted Pig, where just to get in was a triumph of some doing. A
seafood restaurant didn't work out quite so well last year, but The
Breslin is booming, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located near
the Flatiron Building, The Breslin, in the Ace Hotel has a familiar
look, since that look can be traced to any number of antique bars and
pubs in New York opened at any time since 1890. It has the requisite
dark wood and
leather, the rough floorboards, tin ceiling, a
Schlitz Malt Liquor sign, and lots of
animal motifs, not least the pig, which figures large on the menu here.
The cocktails have names from music albums, like Coldplay's "Rush of
Blood to the Head," and the place is very very loud, even during the
Open weekdays for
breakfast, lunch, and dinner; weekends for brunch and dinner. Dinner
NOTES FROM THE WINE CELLAR
Difficult to Pronounce,
Delicious to Drink
by Brian Freedman
a long time now, grape oracles have been predicting the rise of Greek
the American market. The main stumbling blocks, they tend to say, are
public’s lack of familiarity with the country’s wines and regions in
and with the names of the varietals in particular.
To completely abuse a phrase, my personal Greek wine paradigm was shifted at a lunch I attended this past spring at NYC's Marea restaurant, which featured the wines being brought into the country by Cava Spiliadis and its charismatic, passionate head George Spiliadis. In particular, I was floored by the wines with which winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou has a hand, specifically, Domaine Biblia Chora and his eponymous Domaine Gerovassiliou, (below) as well as by Domaine Katsaros, the three of which provide not only an excellent introduction to the range of Greek wines being produced today, but also a great deal of pleasure.
What made these wines so special and so full of promise on these shores was the fact that they did not pander. In a world where extending hang time to pump up sugars and therefore alcohol, over-extracting, and clobbering juice with new oak is often the most tempting way to appeal to reluctant wine drinkers here, these wines were generally content to simply be what they were. This is not to imply that they don’t see any oak or that some of them aren’t on the more powerful end of the spectrum. Rather, it’s to say that the winemaking seems to have been at the service of the juice, of the land in which the grapes originate, and not the other way around. The result, then, was a collection of wines that spoke of their unfamiliar origins while still being somehow familiar. They were challenging yet approachable, balanced, and thoroughly food-friendly.
One of the most surprising aspects of the wines was their freshness, pronounced acidity, nd balance. Most consumers, after all, tend to assume that the wines of Greece will reflect the stereotypically hot climate of the country, and as a result find their footing on riper, more alcoholic ground. The best wines, however, were thoroughly balanced, expressed their terroir very clearly without the often obscuring overlay of super-ripe fruit and alcohol, and didn’t seem to be aiming for an overtly international style. The wines of Domaine Gerovassiliou come from the 56 hectare estate vineyard in Epanomi, 25 kilometers southwest of Thessaloniki. The Mediterranean climate of Epanomi means that native varieties like Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Limnio, Mavroudi, and Mavrotragano do quite well there, as do the more familiar Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, and Merlot.
minerality and acid balance that seem to be the hallmarks
wines. I particularly enjoyed the Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia
its intriguing notes of chalk and persimmon, all of it carried on a
delicately waxy texture that provided substance without overwhelming
The Domaine’s Viognier 2008, too, was an unabashed winner, its highly
character rich with everything from charred peach and smoke to ginger
Brian Freedman is
a food, wine, and travel writer, wine consultant, and speaker. He
writes the blog UncorkLife.com for Wine Chateau, is restaurant
critic for Philadelphia Weekly, South Jersey Magazine, and Suburban
Life Magazine, wine columnist for Affluent Magazine, and contributes to
a number of other publications, including Philadelphia Style Magazine.
MAN ABOUT TOWN
by Christopher Mariani
Stockholm--What Goes On Under the Midnight Sun
Celebrating Easter in the Russian Orthodox tradition is quite a unique experience. I should know, since I've been attending it all my life. Our whole family gets together on the eve of Easter, helps to prepare the evening food’s, and then around 11:30 pm we all head to midnight Mass. The meal does not begin until our return from Mass, and all food is served room temperature, including roasted smoked ham, Russian potato salad, carrot and red pepper salad, pickles, and my favorite dessert in the world, cyrnaya pascha, very similar to a Italian ricotta cheesecake but made with farmer’s cheese instead.
Oh yeah, and the vodka! How could I forget the vodka! Staying true to our Russian heritage, it is only right that during the celebration we drink Russian vodka, which my mother usually flavors with lemon or orange rinds and softens with a touch of glycerin. Tradition requires toasts throughout the meal accompanied by the consumption of a jigger as we all say “na zdarove”--to your health! By the end of the night, or should I say the morning, the few who have not made their way to the couch sit back at the table with a vodka-induced smile and a belly full of food.
It is always tough to break tradition but after a recent trip to Stockholm ,where I tried Sweden’s Kanon Organic Vodka, I might have to introduce the family to a great non-Russian spirit.
I arrived in Sweden and took a 20-minute Arlanda Express train (much more convenient and economical than a taxi) directly into the city of Stockholm, where I walked half a block to the Nordic Light Hotel (left), a trendy spot with a vibrant lobby, beautiful rooms, and a lively bar and lounge. Once settled in, I ventured into Stockholm and walked along the city’s beautiful waterways, over the charming bridges connecting the islands that make up the metropolis, and stared in amazement at the remarkably untouched architecture found around every corner. The city’s buildings are full of living history and culture because Stockholm was one of the few cities spared the destructive bombing of WWII. The buildings are all of similar design and proportioned in size, not many over seven stories tall.
As I passed through one of Stockholm’s busy pedestrian-only streets in the city’s section called Old Town, I was hit with the tantalizing aroma of ice cream waffle cones being pressed at the Café Jäärntorget (below). There a young Swedish girl sat in front of the waffle iron and slowly poured the mix and closed the lid as the buttery, sweet scent filled the street. Before trying the café’s wonderful ice cream and cone, I walked directly across the street to a small eatery with outside seating called Restaurang JT (below), where I tasted the chef’s traditional Swedish meatballs, köttbullar med gräddsås, a bit overcooked and dry, but full of flavor thanks to the cream sauce and side of lingonberries. Prior to having the meatballs, I ordered the källarmästartoast, a very common Swedish appetizer, consisting of tender fillet of beef, topped with crispy thick bacon and Béarnaise sauce served over two pieces of white toast. I also ordered prawns mixed with dill mayonnaise, a staple in Swedish cuisine, that was very appetizing. The chef insisted on my trying the reindeer roast with morel mushroom sauce that had a great gamy flavor and surprisingly tender for meat with so little fat. During my meal I tried one of Sweden’s local beers called Nils Oscar God Lager (5.3% alcohol) that had a great full body flavor and medium amber color.
That evening, I met the founder of Sweden’s Kanon Organic Vodka, Peter Hjelm, a charming gentleman who was nice enough to take me on a tour of Stockholm by way of water on his personal boat. As we passed the beautiful islands that make up Sweden’s archipelago, I sensed the romance in the air caused by the royal wedding of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westlingust just one day prior at the Storkykan cathedral, as I saw couples kissing in far-off seaside gazebos. Peter and I slowly cruised along as I had my first taste of the Kanon Organic Vodka poured from a lovely light blue wooden casing. The vodka was smooth with a very gentle finish, uncharacteristic of most moderately priced vodkas.
Peter also introduced me to a very traditional sailor’s cocktail known as café kask, made with a mixture of Swedish coffee and vodka. The interesting part of the café kask is how the drink is proportioned. A "real man," as Peter put it, will place a Swedish coin, a krona, at the bottom of a mug and slowly pour dark coffee until the coin cannot be seen, then vodka is added to lighten the drink until the coin reappears; the final step is to top off the drink with more coffee until the coin again disappears. The drink packs a shot of caffeine with a hefty amount of vodka, immediately reminding me of the Italian espresso and Sambuca drink, without the sweet licorice flavor of course. As I went to make two more cocktails, Peter said, “no, thank you” as he was reluctantly abiding by the new BWI drinking law that forbids boat operators in Sweden to drive under the influence after consuming more than one alcoholic beverage.
As we continued to sail, the islands we passed were covered with beautiful green grass, tall spruce, elm and birch trees, storybook-style houses and random camp tents set up along the water as families were enjoying the Swedish law allemansrätten, which translates into “all man’s right.” The law states that all land in Sweden is public, even land that is privately owned, and any family may camp for one night on another man’s property as long as the camp site is set 100 yards from the property owner’s house.
For dinner that evening we pulled along a charming wooden dock that led us to one of Stockholm’s yacht clubs called J Nacka (below), where I began my meal with an order of the fish soup, a bit salty, common among many appetizers in Sweden, along with a piece of steaming hot bread that I covered with Swedish butter, always whipped and mixed with either dill or parsley. For our main course we shared the “mess,” a mixture of succulent whole shrimp in the shell, two pound lobsters split in half, delicate sweet pickled herring, and baby shrimp mixed with homemade mayonnaise and dill. The meal was as refreshing as Sweden’s crisp cool air and light breezes, and around 11:30 pm when our meal ended, we walked back to the boat under the baby blue and silver sky that glistened off the still water and headed home for the night.
The distillery is gorgeous with original cannons placed throughout the property and is surrounded by open fields and Swedish mansions that sit far off in the distance.
The distillery tour began as we put on white lab coats and entered the first of three sections that immediately reminded me of the aroma I encounter every time I walk into Arthur Avenue’s Madonia Brothers’ bakery, as the naturally grown wheat was being mashed at a high temperature in preparation for the fermentation process that would soon follow. Johansson explained that all the wheat used to create the vodka is nationally certified organic wheat and is part of the NOP, National Organic Program. The approved local farms do not use any pesticides to kill the local wildflower and do not use additives or unnatural fertilizers. The distillery itself only requires ten workers to operate it and can produce up to 10,000 liters of vodka per day. The distillery also has tremendous history: in 1580 the Akers Iron Foundry was started by King Karl XI to produce cannons for the Swedish military, while the distillery was used to produce vodka that would be given to the cannon factory workers as incentives to work harder and faster. The amount of daily production would reflect the numeric coin received at the work day’s end that would be exchanged for a specific amount of vodka. Just about two hundred years later the Kanon distillery became a royal distillery under King Gustav III, who banned the production of vodka by anyone who did not work on royal grounds. After the enlightening tour of the distillery, we headed to the Gripsholm Inn where Johansson not only showcased tremendous hospitality and a wealth of knowledge but impressed me with his ability to speak fluently multiple languages; he also play the guitar, a true renaissance man.
The Gripsholm Inn (below), dating back to 1609, is the oldest Inn in all of Sweden. The inn is a very upscale bed and breakfast with beautiful antique décor and classic wooden floors and ceilings standard throughout the entire inn. The rooms are darling and seem right out of a Victorian trimmed dollhouse. The town itself looks exactly the way it did 500 years ago and most likely will remain so for the next half-millennium, with the exception of the new cars, which are few of to begin with. The locals are lovely and very content with their peaceful lives as they fish for fun and take long walks with their loved ones around the surrounding placid lakes. I will never forget waking up the first morning and taking a walk along the water’s edge to hear only the sounds of a light breeze and the quacking of a small flock of ducks teaching their young to swim.
That evening we dined at the Inn, where I had a chance to try a wide array of vodka cocktail mixtures created by Stefanie Marco, Kanon’s professional mixologist, who is enthusiastic, well-educated, and best of all has a firm understanding of what makes a good cocktail. While I sat on the outside patio, I tried Stefanie’s cucumber mint aperitif. Throughout our five-course meal there was one drink that trumped all, the Kanon Smoking Full Body, made with strained blackberry puree, vodka, fresh lemon juice, and Veloce cordial, served in a cloche glass with freshly vaporized rosemary. The aroma from the rosemary was delightful and paired perfectly with the lamb tenderloin surrounded with rosemary jus.
The following day I headed back to Stockholm in search of one more terrific meal, so I headed to Vassa Eggen, located on the southwest corner of Stockholm’s Scandic Park. I dined outside at a terrace table where the street was bustling with cars, yet I did not hear a single car horn, quite a pleasant absence, since I've lived in New York my whole life. I began my meal with an order of that Swedish pickled herring that I simply could not get enough of. The herring was served warm, the fish very fresh, and the dish had just the right balance of sweet and salt. I ordered two entrees only because I couldn’t resist, and of course they were both heavy dishes that required a long walk afterwards to help digest. The first was Vassa Eggen’s tender veal brisket (left) served with an amazing garlic puree. The veal had plenty of flavor, was soft enough to cut with a fork, and had just the right amount of fat, which melted with each bite. I also had to try the black blood pudding served with sautéed apples and thick slices of bacon. The pudding itself was a bit lackluster, but the flavor from the bacon was a nice accompaniment. After such a hearty lunch, I took a walk through Stockholm’s Sofo, a section of the city that mirrors NYC’s Soho. Sofo is a shopper’s paradise with great stores, fun little cafés, and a sea of young beautiful Swedes enjoying their vibrant city.
The last night of my trip, I attended Kanon vodka’s mid-summer night launch party at Stockholm’s hottest outdoor lounge, F12. The party was celebrating Kanon’s new label that was designed by Thomas Mastorakos. The party was a blast and everywhere I turned, I was looking at a tall, 6’0 foot, blond model with gorgeous blue eyes and a body that even swimmers would envy. Sweden is beautiful in every aspect, and Stockholm is an incredible city that combines the essence of Venice’s waterways, NY’s shopping scene, folkloric architecture, and Scandinavian beauty all in one.
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Austrian brewers of Walder Senn beer have invented a new beer laced with cheese that promises a "positive and healthy" amorous response after drinking it. Chief brewer Heinrich Hommel explained how the ingredients and lower alcohol won't detract from lovemaking: "Our aim was to get rid of the cheesy taste of the whey while keeping its nutrients and positive ingredients - the lactose and the vitamins which help keep men healthy," he said.
WAIT TILL YOU SEE
HIM KNEAD BREAD!
"It’s certainly possible that Andre Natera,
the new chef at The Fairmount's Pyramid Restaurant & Bar, has his
of drinking Old Crow with hookers and losing his Mustang in an
match. I should have been tipped off by my excited
server's lengthy description of the salad, which involved 'the chef
with oil' and 'the chef hitting it with mint.' In this server's
chef pummeled every dish."--Hanna
"The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar," Dallas Observer (July 2010)
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Nana at the
Hilton Anatole in Dallas,
TX, Executive Chef
Anthony Bombaci is extending his "Summer Savings Menu,"
a three-course dinner for $45 pp. On Sept. 3 Friday
returns featuring a trio of rustic Italian small plates paired with
Italian wines. The flight costs $20 pp. Call 214-761-7470. www.nanarestaurant.com.
* On Aug.
14 in New Orleans, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum will
host Jay Henrickson as he discusses the history of Herbsaint, part of
their month long series "Absinthe Minded," with lectures every Saturday
in August . $10 pp. On Aug. 21 journalist Todd
Price discusses the cultural influence of absinthe
and its presence in art and literature. $10 pp. Visit http://www.southernfood.org
* On Aug. 19 in New Orleans, Cafe Adelaide will host its, "We Live to Eat," Dinner. Bar Chef, Lu Brow will pair a cocktails with Chef Chris Lusk's cuisine; Neil Gernon and Monica Bourgeois of Vending Machine Wines will be on-hand to taste and discuss their new wines from Napa Valley. $55 pp. www.cafe Adelaide.com or call 504-595-3305.
Aug. 19, Hush Denver
will partner with Restaurant
Avondale and Sous Chef Patrick Funk for an ‘Eat Outside the
Jet Center in Eagle, CO.
Welcome reception with passed appetizers, 5-course
dinner with wine pairings. $100 pp, incl. tax and tip. www.hushdenver.com/reservations.
Aug. 19, Hush Denver
will partner with Restaurant
Avondale and Sous Chef Patrick Funk for an ‘Eat Outside the
Jet Center in Eagle, CO.
Welcome reception with passed appetizers, 5-course
dinner with wine pairings. $100 pp, incl. tax and tip. www.hushdenver.com/reservations.
Aug. 19 Café Adelaide in New Orleans, LA, will host a “We Live To
& cocktail dinner. Bar Chef Lu Brow and winemakers Neil Gernon
Bourgeois of Vending Machine Winery will lead guests through the
& wines paired with a 4-course dinner by Executive Chef Chris Lusk.
Call 504-595-3305. http://www.cafeadelaide.com.
* On Aug. 20 in Arlington Hts., IL, Le Titi De Paris will highlight the wines of Russian River Valley with a 6-course menu from Chef/Owner Michael Maddox. $85 pp. Call 847-506-0222.
* On Aug. 23
in Santa Monica, CA, Mélisse
Restaurant hosts Chef David Kinch of Manresa as part of their
Guest Chef Series. $150 pp. $20 from each meal will benefit
Olympics. Visit www.melisse.com or call
* On Aug. 25 in New York, NY, El Porron presents a tapas festival special in honor of the annual Tomato Fight in Spain taking place that same day. Designed for two, each person will receive a glass of wine of their choice plus a hearty selection of 6 tapas will be served for the two to share. $80 for 2 ppl. Call 212-207-8349.
*On Aug. 26 Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, LA, will host a “We Live To Eat” wine dinner. Commander’s Palace Wine Guy Dan Davis and Lynn Fritz of Lynmar Estate will lead guests thru a 3-course menu by Executive Chef Tory McPhail. $65 pp. 504-899-8221. www.commanderspalace.com.
* On Aug. 31 in Larkspur, CA, Left Bank Brasserie hosts “Goat Night: A Head to Tail Event” at which a variety of a cuts of goat's meat will be served. Call 415-927-3331; www.leftbank.com.
Healdsburg, CA, Simi Winerywill celebrate
the newest release of the
2007 Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
with a party to taste, sip and
dance to New Orleans Jazz among the towering
707-473-3236. Wine Club Members $10, General Public
* On Aug 28
near Prosser, WA, the Walter Clore
Wine & Culinary
Center hosts the annual Legends of
Washington Wine Hall of Fame Gala. Bill Powers and David Lake
honored. Celebrity Chef, Dave Martin, caters, and wine has been
crafted by Milbrandt’s Gordon Hill. Tix and sponsorships
available at http://www.theclorecenter.org
From Sept. 4 – 5 in West Sussex,
England, more than 150 varieties of tomato
will be on display at the Totally Tomato
Show as competitors compete for the spot of tastiest tomato and
the tomato growing competition. Growing tips, cooking demos and
tastings. £7.50 for adults, £3.50 for children,
£7 for seniors over 60
and £18.50 for families. Call +44-0124-381-8210.
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