Taking place June 19 to July 5 at IFC Center and Japan Society in NYC, the New York Asian Film Festival features over 50 films, shorts, and special events, and more than a dozen guest filmmakers.
New York Times says it's "one of the city's most valuable events", The
Village Voice says it's the "city's favorite volcanic pulp-film
festival", and Time Out New York's stated "paradise is found at the New
York Asian Film Festival."
The New York Asian Film Festival packs together over 50 of Asia's biggest, best, and most bizarre films, and whether you're a serious cinephile or just looking for something cool to do, you've got to check it out. Skim through this year's films right here.
The New York Comic Con and the New York Anime
Festival, supporters of the event, are raffling off a pair of tickets to both YOROI
SAMURAI ZOMIBE and 20TH CENTURY BOYS – PARTS 1 AND 2.
YOROI SAMURAI ZOMBIE features a unch of rotting, samurai zombies who
rise from the grave and go after a happy little family on their
vacation. Throw in some heavily-armed crooks on the run and a gaggle of
mentally-unbalanced cops and garnish with hard-rocking horror action. For a pair of tickets to the June 26th screening at 9:45 PM
at IFC Center, just click here to enter before the midnight June 21. We'll be picking the winner on June 22.
Imagine the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy with giant robots and religious cults instead of wizards and orcs and you've got 20TH CENTURY BOYS. It's the story of a gang of seventh graders in 1969 who hide in their secret clubhouse and listen to T. Rex while making up stories about saving the world from super villains. Flash forward to the future and their imaginary stories are coming true, and the broken down salarymen and convenience store managers they've become realize they've got to come together to save the world. For a pair of tickets to the 11:45 AM double feature on July 4 at Japan Society, click here to enter before the end of June 30. We'll be picking the winner on July 1.
Japanese actor Eiji Okuda and director Sion Sono will be making an
appearance at Kinokuniya Bookstore (1073 Avenue of the Americas) on
July 3 at 4:30 PM.
Both Okuda and Sono will be in NYC as guests of the New York Asian Film Festival, and they'll be at Kinokuniya to speak about their careers and their work together on their newest film, BE SURE TO SHARE, which will receive its World Premiere on Sunday, July 5 at 8:15 PM at Japan Society. The film is being co-presented as part of Japan Society's JAPAN CUTS Festival of New Japanese Film.
Seven new handcrafted white, milk and dark chocolate flavors have been introduced into award-winning Norman Love Confections' (NLC) 2009 product line complete with 36 flavors and its new ultra-premium dark chocolate line titled BLACK.
New 2009 flavors include: Banana Nut Bread; Chocolate Pretzel; Creole Truffle; Honey Toffee Truffle; Key Lime Shell; Passion Panna Cotta; and Toasted Almond.
Chocolatier and founder of NLC Norman Love explains that through a collaborative process, his team works to put together identifiable single flavors stemming from American foods and beverages.
"Regardless of the new flavors we focus on making each piece of premium chocolate perfect with the freshest ingredients," Love says. "We also try our best to transfer the flavor profile with an aesthetic. Americans eat with their eyes, so delivering a visual wow factor in addition to the taste wow is critical
The 2009 new flavors focus on comfort foods and popular American dishes. "Many of us have memories of our mom or grandmother as a child from the kitchen," Love states. "Who cannot recall the fresh baked smell of banana nut bread?"
Following is a description of the newly unveiled 2009 flavors:
Banana Nut Bread: A rich banana ganache with roasted walnuts and a touch of vanilla.
Chocolate Pretzel: A fun and flavorful pairing crunchy baked pretzels and rich dark chocolate.
Creole Truffle: A 49% dark Venezuelan Chocolate made from Criolo beans and blended with cream and butter.
Honey Toffee Truffle: A buttery vanilla toffee ganache made with Tasmanian Honey and blended with Swiss milk chocolate.
Key Lime Shell: Classic and simple, made with fresh key lime juice and the feeling of a little Florida sunshine with each bite.
Passion Panna Cotta: A light buttermilk ganache layered with passion fruit and vanilla jam covered in white chocolate.
Toasted Almond: Roasted almonds blended into a Swiss white chocolate ganache and accented with a touch of amaretto and Kahlua.
All of NLC's regular assorted boxes are available in 10-, 15-, 18-, 25- and 36-piece boxes starting at $22 for the 10-piece box (prices do not including shipping and applicable taxes).
For those visiting NLC's chocolate salon in Ft. Myers, Florida, they can indulge in a piece of luxury for as little as $1.50.
From the thin, crispy Neapolitan style pizzas to the traditional pasta dishes, the fare is classic Italian served up in a rustic and charming decor rich with the ripe colors of the Mediterranean palette.
Entering the little restaurant, with its flower-filled boxes lining the outdoor seating area, you might imagine you were walking off the piazza for a late lunch or supper. The dining areas are in two separate rooms and in some restaurants, this might seem awkward, but in Savoia, the design lends to the feeling of dining in a little farm house.
To the right of the entrance, there is a small bar showcasing the nice selection of Italian wines and beers available. Just beyond the bar is a back room with two rough hewn wood communal tables.
Servers speak Italian if you do and are attentive without hovering.
We loved the Artichoke and Calamari Fritter ($11.50), Baked Vegetables with tomato, mozzarella and parmigiano ($8.50) and the classic Margherita pizza ($12.50). Try the cheese plate for dessert with its trio of traditional cheeses, the mushroom-flavored Sottocenere al Tartufo, the picquant Goat Pepato Rosso, and the mild and smoothly salty Pecorino Paglia e Fieno ($11).
Owner Costantino Nazzaro, originally from Naples, immigrated to the United States in the 90s. A businessman with a love of politics, Nazzaro sold Italian specialty foods before opening his restaurant in 2003. He followed up the success of Savoia with the more Americanized pizzeria Reginella (193 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn 718-522-2880), which opened in January 2009.
Cash and American Express only. Open for lunch and dinner; brunch on weekends. For more information: www.savoirestaurant.com.
Tortilla chips with olives and capers, breakfast cheese and organic blood orange soda are among the 11 finalists for the 2009 sofi Award for Outstanding New Product of 2009.
The sofi Awards, presented by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, honor the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year in 33 categories. “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.
Finalists for Outstanding New Product 2009 are:
* Belle Chevre - Belle & The Bees Breakfast Cheese
* Chex Finer Foods - Laurel Hill Tortilla Chips - Olive and Caper
* Clotho Corp. - Haddrell's of Cambridge Rewarewa Honey
* European Imports Ltd.- Cucina Viva Roasted Red Tomatoes
* Grafton Village Cheese Co. - Grafton Duet
* Koppert Cress USA - Mustard Cress Single Retail Unit
* New England Herbal Foods - Danielle Fruit Chips - Roasted Coconut
* Sonoma Syrup Co.™ - Acai Black Currant Superfruit Syrup™
* The Gracious Gourmet - Dilled Carrot Tomato Tapenade
* Theo Chocolate - Theo Limited Edition Collection
* Vinnedge Distributing Inc.- Vergnano Italian Organic Blood Orange Soda
A national panel of specialty food experts tasted and evaluated 1,997 products over five days at NASFT offices in New York this spring.
They selected 128 finalists across 33 categories, including Outstanding Chocolate, Cheese, Snack Food and Olive Oil. The last two groups of finalists were selected earlier this month, for Outstanding New Product and Outstanding Product Line.
The finalists will be judged by attendees at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. Gold winners will be announced at a special ceremony Monday, June 29 hosted by noted chef Ming Tsai.
Perfect for casual entertaining. Stoneware. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
Manufacturer's suggested retail: $239
Clearance price: $99
, dollar store finds, more local fruits and veggies, less red meat, and home-cooked meals over take out---these are some of the cost-cutting measures I've adopted during this long recession.
I like the challenge of saving the most money while getting the best food for my small family.
However, there are two things I won't stint on: good dark chocolate and fine spices. The right spices and marinades can dress up economical meals, enriching flavor and enhancing texture. I consider it a double win if I can find reasonably priced fine spices and herbs.
Awaken Savor's fine spice and herb blends offer exotic and enticing tastes from around the world at prices that don't break your budget.
One of my favorite Awaken Savor blends is Ras el Hanout , a rosy-hued rub which includes saffron stigma, mild paprika, cumin, ginger, coriander seed, cassia, turmeric, fennel seed, allspice, green cardamom seed, whole dill seed, galangal, nutmeg, rosebud powder, bay leaves, caraway seed, cayenne pepper, clove, mace, cubeb pepper, brown cardamom, lavender flowers, orris root.
Its subtle yet intense aroma, which reminded me of the Chicken Tikka Masala I had enjoyed for years at my favorite restaurant in Seattle, Cedars on Brooklyn, compelled me to prepare a home-cooked version.
I also prepared chicken breasts, marinated in olive oil and pomegranate-infused wine vinegar with a pinch of salt (a habit I haven't totally dropped), and then grilled for a quick lunch with steamed jasmine rice and greens.
Za'atar is a peppery, smoky traditional Middle Eastern blend of thyme, oregano, basil, savory, whole dry marjoram, ground sumac berries, sesame seeds, orange peel, and hyssop.
Za'atar is something of an aquired taste. However, I enjoyed Awaken Savor's version much more than Penzey's Fine Spices blend, which I used a few years ago and found to be a little bitter.
I whipped up a simple olive oil and lemon juice based marinade with a pinch of salt and chopped chives. There was enough to divide for use on grilled tilapia filets one day and baked chicken breasts the next. The blend has a multi-layered flavor which enhanced both the poultry and fish.
I approached Texas Tear Dropper meat rub with some trepidation. A fiery blend of chipotle, cayenne, aleppo, chiles, black peppercorns, wasabi, and mustard, I had been warned it was HOT. However, after marinading a London Broil in the rub with red wine vinegar and a little olive oil and grilling it to medium rare, I found the spice-infused meat extremely flavorful with just the right amount of heat. It also has a strong and delicious aroma.
All Awaken Savor blends are salt free; I added a small amount of salt to two of the marinades I prepared, but you can easily do without. They are all natural and each product comes with a recipe card that includes the origin of the blend.
Awaken Savor products are available at www.awakensavor.com, and at many fine food stores.
Even if The Food Librarian roots for the WRONG team, I love her spirit.
And these are some pretty awesome Jello Treats despite being the WRONG color.
But they're in the Finals and the Knicks aren't.
So I guess NY sports fans have a whole off season to dream up something appealing to eat that's royal blue and orange.
Get busy, Kinickerbockers fans. Making an edible in that palette is not going to be easy.
I get a secret thrill from creating the invitations, shopping for decorative accents, and thinking about who to invite.
Nothing is more titillating than planning the menu - unless it's the actual shopping. The suspense of shopping is a treat all its own. Will the price be right, the product fresh and lovely? Or will there need to be last minute substitutions because all the avocados are harder than my thick head?
Preparing the food can seem like a bit of a chore, but when the last plate is garnished and guests are tucking in to a beautiful plate, there is nothing better.
These days, however, I have less time for the DIY treatment. So, I've been looking for ways to save time, enjoy entertaining, and - of course - stay within my budget.
I decided to see what the folks at Fresh Direct could whip up for me on short notice for Father's Day. You might be inspired too.
And you can even order the wine too.
GRILLED FARM-RAISED SALMON $64.99/ea
served with lemon wedges, steamed asparagus and a dill cream sauce
BABY SPINACH & BLUE CHEESE SALAD BOWL $29.99/ea
BUTTER-GLAZED BABY CARROTS $5.99/ea
ALMOST PERFECT MASHED POTATOES $6.99/ea
CHANNING DAUGHTERS ROSATO DI CABERNET FRANC
CROTEAU FARM VINEYARD 2008 750 ml $18.99/ea
This North Fork Long Island vintage is a pale, copper-colored Cabernet Franc-based rosato, crafted with fruit from the Croteau family's dry-farmed vineyard The grapes are grown exclusively for this rosé
Appealing wild-strawberry aromas lead to supple textured berry fruit flavors and a luxuriously soft, lengthy finish.
CLASSIC TRIO CHEESE PLATE $79.99/ea
This platter is made up of Stilton, Ewephoria's sheep's milk gouda, and The Epoisse — a cheese famous for its rich, penetrating aroma and washed in Marc de Bourgogne, a fiery spirit made from the leftover pressings of Burgundy wine grapes. Accompanied by Nairn's oatcakes and a bounty of dried cherries, raisins, dried pears, walnuts, pecans and fresh grapes.
CHOCOLATE LOVERS' PLATTER approx 30 pcs $24.99/ea
Dense fudge brownies, rich double chocolate chunk cookies, creamy white and dark-chocolate chunk cookies, Bruce's chocolate rugelach, Asher's milk chocolate almond bark, Asher's dark chocolate almond bark and Asher's almond-butter crunch, finished with a garnish of fresh, sweet strawberries.
Pair with ALTHEA PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE NV 750ml - $16.99/ea
Grand total: $303.89, plus delivery.
orry but you still have to do the dishes.
And you thought big nose, full body referred to your face and figure... The deal brokers at Groupon are offering a wine class so you never have to wonder about these things ever again.
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