Archive | July, 2011

A Toast to Harry Potter! Butterbeers anyone?

12 Jul
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe is Harry Potter for the last time.

The final installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is three days away from debuting into box office history, but unless you are fortunate enough to be at the Harry Potter Theme Park in Orlando, FL you won’t be able to celebrate with a butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks or Tom’s famous pea soup at the Leaky Cauldron. Luckily for us die hard Harry fans we can make our own pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes, and licorice wands with the help of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook! There are over 150 recipes from the movie that can easily be prepared by wizards and muggles alike.

Let us know if there are any restaurants out there that will be getting in Hogwarts spirit and offering Harry Potter themed menu items and we’ll be sure to pass on the info! For now we’ll leave you with the latest Harry Potter 7 trailer, we certainly can’t watch it enough!

Take it To-Go, While It’s on the Go! Restaurant Inspired Food trucks.

12 Jul

mobile food truckFood trucks have become a staple among the fast food options in the cities of New York and Los Angeles. Since the popularity of food trucks has only grown over time, a few restaurants have hit the streets to offer their meals on four wheels. Let’s take a look at where restaurant cuisine meets this foodie phenomenon.

In New York:

Calexico

  • Food Truck Location: Worth Square 21th Street & Broadway
  • Cuisine Served:  Mexican, Tacos, Burritos, and Quesadillas
  • What It’s Going to Cost You: $3-$10

Restaurant Locations:

  • Calexico Greenpoint – 645 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
  • Calexico Red Hook – 122 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY

Taim

  • Food Truck Location: Location Changes, Follow Them on Twitter @TaimMobile
  • Cuisine Served: Falafel & Smoothies
  • What It’s Going to Cost You: Under $10

Restaurant Locations:

  • 222 Waverly Place, New York, NY

Rickshaw Dumpling Bar

  • Food Truck Location: Location Changes: Follow Them on Twitter @RickshawTruck
  • Cuisine Served: This One’s a Little Obvious! Dumplings!
  • What It’s Going to Cost You: $6-$8

Restaurant Locations:

  •  Rickshaw Dumplings Bar Flatiron: 61 West 23rd Street (Between 5th and 6th Ave) New York, NY
  •  Rickshaw Dumpling Bar Lexington: 459 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

In Los Angeles:

Sasoun Bakeries

  • Food Truck Location: “The Hungry Nomad” – Location Changes, Follow Them on Twitter @nomadtruck
  • Cuisine Served: Armenian/Lebanese
  • What It’s Going to Cost You: $3-$8

Bakery Locations:

  • 5114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
  • 625 E. Colorado Street #A, Glendale, CA
  • 1700 W. Glenoaks Blvd #C, Glendale,CA
  • 18135 Sherman Way Blvd, Reseda, CA (Inside Jon’s Marketplace)
  • 7134 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA (Inside Jon’s Marketplace)
  • 3438 Foothill Blvd #A, La Crescenta,CA

Border Grill

  • Food Truck Location: Locations Change, Follow Them on Twitter @BorderGrill
  • Cuisine Served: Mexican, Mainly Tacos & Quesadillas
  • What It’s Going to Cost You: $3-$7

Restaurant Locations:

  • 1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV
  • 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA

Komodo

  • Food Truck Location: Location Changes, Follow Them on Twitter @komodofood
  • Cuisine Served: Street Food with a Gourmet Twist
  • What It’s Going to Cost You: $3-$10

Restaurant Locations:

  • 8809 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90035

So next time you hit the streets for a bite, let us know where your favorite food truck is!

Parlez-vous Français? No? But You Can Still Eat It!

11 Jul

Bastille Day July 14thCelebrate Bastille Day, by dining out with the French! The French national holiday is officially observed on Thursday July 14th, but many French restaurants in the United States are offering special deals on select menu items all week long. Pre-fixe menus are often featured so Bastille Day is a great opportunity to have a romantic evening out and sample classic French cuisine. Famous French delicacies like escargot, duck confit,les cuisses de grenouilles (frog legs), boeuf bourguignon, and soupe de poisson may not be for the faint of heart, but if you your palate is adventurous then French food is a must try!

Boeuf Bourguignon

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille and marks the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille, (which was a prison) was stormed by civilians in order to gain ammunition so they could ward off an attack by the royal militia. The seizing of the Bastille was the catalyst to the uprising against the monarchy and the eventual birth of the First Republic in 1792. Bastille Day is celebrated in France with Europe’s largest military parade in Paris, communal meals, and firework displays. So, whether you are accustomed to French cuisine or want to step out of your regular dining routine, make a reservation at a French restaurant this week in honor Bastille Day! Need further convincing? Watch this clip:

Meet the (Top Chef) Masters

11 Jul

Bravo TV's Top Chef Masters LogoBravo’s Top Chef Masters, a spin-off of the hit show Top Chef, is a reality show where 24 world-renowned chefs compete against each other in weekly challenges. Now that Top Chef Masters has wrapped its third season let’s take a look at who has won so far and where you can stick your fork in some of their delicious food!

Season one winner- Rick Bayless.

Rick Bayless

  • Claim to Fame: Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and XOCO, franchise Mexican restaurants located in the Chicago area.
  •  Latest Venture: Bayless published his sixth cookbook on Mexican cuisine, Fiesta at Rick’s in 2010.
  • Also Noteworthy: Bayless created the Frontera Farmer Foundation; a nonprofit organization that promotes and funds small, sustainable farms serving the Chicago area. The Foundation’s goal is year-round interchange between  farmers and consumers,  in which seasonal local agriculture provides the foundation for sustainable regional cuisine.

Season two winner- Marcus Samuelsson.

Marcus Samuelsson

  • Claim to Fame: Aquavit in NYC, chef and co-owner of the hit Scandinavian inspired restaurant.
  • Latest Venture: Red Rooster which opened in Harlem in 2010 was the venue for a fundraising dinner for the Democratic National Committee attended by President Barack Obama.
  • Also Noteworthy: You can taste his food at C-House located in the Affina Hotel in Chicago, or the more casual burger joint Marc Burger in Chicago, IL and Costa Mesa, CA.

Season three winner- Floyd Cardoz

Floyd Cardoz

  • Claim to Fame: Tabla (closed December 2010 after 12 years)
  • Latest Venture: North End Grill is set to open at the end of 2011. This new collaborative effort with longtime parner, Danny Meyer will have a seafood focus, quite different from the Indian inspired Tabla
  • Also Noteworthy: If you happen to be a Mets fan, Cardoz is the consulting chef at El Verano Taqueria at Citifield. 

(Restaurant) Location Is Everything

8 Jul

Get your restaurant listed on Restaurant Row! Restaurants that are centrally located to attractions and conveniently placed along heavily trafficked areas have less work to do in terms of positioning themselves in the marketplace in order to attract diners. The business practically creates itself because people are travelling to that area anyway and everyone has to eat. But if you aren’t located on prime real estate in terms of foot traffic, major tourist attractions, or otherwise convenient to consumers you will lose out on a lot of business because people don’t know you’re there. “If you build it, they will come,” is a great idea in theory, but the reality is that many restaurants don’t make it because marketing is not something that most restaurant owners have time for or know how to manipulate to their best advantage. So now that you’ve built it, how do you get people in the door?

 Create an online presence for yourself . . . FREE! Restaurant Row allowRest Row Icons restaurants to display complete listings about their restaurants and control the content, even upload menus and photos and update information as seasons change. Even if you already have a website, why not increase your web presence by twice as much if you can do it at no extra cost to you?! Adding your restaurant to our listings is quick and easy and you can always go back to update information as needed. Already listed with us? Take control of the content displayed about your restaurant, just contact us to find out how.

No matter what your address is, make sure your restaurant is on Restaurant Row!

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Restaurant Week, Where Art Thou?

7 Jul
Restaurant Week

Keep chefs busy, book a table for Restaurant Week. Coming to a city near you!

Restaurant Week is a glorious time for foodies. For one week (and often much longer) participating restaurants offer special pre-fixe menu deals for lunch and dinner. Restaurant Weeks are going on virtually all year round, all over the United States, but catching them is sometimes easier said than done. For example New York City’s observance of this foodie phenomenon starts next week, on Monday July 11th.

It is amazing that the sponsors of these events haven’t gotten together to put up a site that lists the dates in all the participating cities around the country (hint, hint!) Especially since Restaurant Week doesn’t only happen in major US cities like New York, Miami, Chicago, or L.A. Smaller cities like Hartford, CT, Norfolk, VA, and Providence, RI get in on the action as well. And sometimes there is even a Restaurant Week celebration that is organized by region or state, hello Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Where restaurants located in different cities and small towns all over a specific county or other geographically outlined area offer special “Restaurant Week” pre-fixe menus.

For those of you who don’t know, the pre-fixe menu is a beautiful thing to behold. It is usually made up of three courses: appetizer, entrée, and dessert all for one set price not including drinks. Most restaurants offer a few selections for each course and if they have wine pairing options even better! It’s a great way to sample a lot of food for less money and definitely take advantage of the sommelier’s wine pairing suggestions to enhance your meal.

Here is a list of some upcoming Restaurant weeks:

 This is a great idea for a date night just get your reservations in early because these great deals do sell out! And review the restaurant afterwards, it’s only polite!

Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day and Give ‘Em the Bird!

6 Jul
southern fried chicken

July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day!

Heat up your deep fryers folks, today is National Fried Chicken Day! The choices are endless, from fast food giants like KFC and Popeye’s to famous southern cooking specialty restaurants like Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality or P. Diddy’s Justin’s. You can even find fried chicken for breakfast like at one of our favorite restaurant chains, Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles.

Traditional southern fried chicken is definitely a diet splurge, with most servings containing anywhere from 550 to 1,000 calories in just the chicken alone! So if you want to celebrate and still be a bit more health conscious practice some portion control and cut it up for a fried chicken salad. Or be creative and get the southern fried chicken sliders from The Cheesecake Factory

Want to make it yourself? There are countless recipes and tips online on great sites like www.allrecipes.com and we found this great heart healhy “fried” chicken recipe alternative on the Kitchen Mirror and no there’s no tofu!

So however you like your fried chicken, wing, leg, breast, take out or homemade one thing is for certain: fried chicken is “finger lickin’ good” fun! Don’t believe us? Just ask Roscoe!

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