Babajan Is an Exemplary Melbourne Cafe. But What Does That Even Mean?

New York has its pizza, Paris its baguettes, Tokyo its ramen bars. Melbourne has cafes. Australia is celebrated for its cafe culture, but that is one of those phrases that obscures the meaning behind it. What is “cafe culture”? Why does it matter? Does it matter? You can get good coffee in almost any city in the world these days. And what differentiates the cafes of Melbourne from anywhere else’s? It is tempting, when considering this question, to tell you about the cafe that serves a breakfast degustation menu. But…

The Grape From Manchuela – The New York Times

“I think I was more right in introducing syrah than people who introduced cabernet sauvignon,” he said. “My biggest responsibility is not to bobal, it’s to Manchuela.” Still, bobal is the most distinctive variety the region has to offer, and in the right hands, as at Bodegas Ponce, the wines can be fascinating. The tannins are firm, yes, but the grape also has great acidity and freshness and can transmit the nuances of terroir. “Serious bobal has been made only over the last 20 years,” Mr. de la Serna said.…

At Cafe Dushanbe, a Chef Stays True to His Tajik Roots

Noodles are hand-pulled and beautifully pliant in lagman, a soup so heavy, it almost qualifies as stew. Okroshka, a cooler summer soup, is made with the same yogurt as in kurut, although here the salt has subsided; crisp radish and dill lend brightness, and a quail egg, chopped, a hint of cream. Best of all is morkovcha: a seemingly ordinary heap of julienne carrots, wholly in thrall to garlic and vinegar, with a dusky, snaking trail of cumin. It’s a distant heir to Korean kimchi, evolved from the traditions of…

Tastes of Tajikistan in Brooklyn

The nations of Central Asia share many dishes, but there is one that belongs to Tajikistan alone: kurutob, made of shredded fatir (multilayer flatbread), salad and a dressing of kurut, salty sun-dried yogurt balls dissolved in hot water. Cafe Dushanbe in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, may be the only restaurant in New York that serves it. Source link

Building a Table for All: The Ascent of Queer Food Culture

Big Gay Supper Club beckons guests out of the city to Megan Jo Collum and Jess Emrich’s property in New Milford, Conn., for homespun barbecues, potlucks and performances. And Babetown, a roving party for queer women, as well as trans and nonbinary people, sold out its first dinner in September 2016 in 48 hours. It is run by Alex Koones, 29, whom Ms. Alpern, of Queer Soup Night, credits with being one of the first to ignite the current dinner party craze. On a recent Monday night, Ms. Alpern could…

Make Something Spontaneous – The New York Times

Hi! Sam’s off in the desert, and this is Tejal, filling in. My friend L. was in town the other day — hand-painting lettering on huge sheets of glass for a restaurant — and he stopped by my place kind of unexpectedly just as I was wrapping up work. Perfect, I thought, rummaging through the fridge to figure out what we could cook, scheming the 20 excruciating minutes that lay between us and dinner. L. could shuck peas while I grilled garlic scapes. And then we could blanch those peas…

6 Keto Recipes To Help You Survive Summer

If you haven’t heard about keto, you may be living under a rock. Perhaps you’ve heard about the ketogenic diet from the newest cookbook table at your local bookstore, or maybe you saw the recently released Netflix documentary “The Magic Pill” profiling the diet. It’s also possible you’ve been following @KetoGuido (yes, it’s that Vinny from “Jersey Shore”) on Instagram. And yet if you still aren’t completely sure what keto is, know that you’re not alone. Keto: The short version Ketosis is basically when your body burns fat for fuel. It’s technically…

A Delicately Sweet and Floral Coconut Pudding for the Summer

You can split a hairy, brown coconut in two with a machete, if you’ve got one lying around. The force of a well-aimed throw against concrete will sometimes do the trick. At close range, you can clobber away at it using the blunt side of a cleaver and plenty of muscle, and it will, eventually, fracture all the way around the middle so that you can get to the sweet-smelling water inside and the firm, fatty meat. On a recent Friday morning in her kitchen in Brooklyn, Von Diaz was…

That’s entertainment! How to keep the kids happy on a budget | Food | Life & Style

Getty Baking with the kids can be both fun and cheap It’s almost that time of year again, when school’s out for summer and the kids are excited for six weeks off.  But when the initial elation eventually wears off, your children can quickly grow bored and that’s when your wallet starts comes out.  Researchers commissioned by frozen pizza brand Goodfella’s found that days out, food and drink and visits to soft play centres mean parents part with over £50 a week to keep their kids happy and entertained.  Mums…