Red, White and Baby Blue!

Beaches, BBQs and booze.  That’s the typical agenda for celebrating our nation’s holiday over this long weekend.  But in all the hype, we often overlook that – for various reasons – not everyone gets to down several hot dogs and bottles of beer. This year my ability to eat and drink has been slightly curtailed.…

TBT: Feast of the Seven Fishes

This was originally posted in 2012, which would turn out to be my last Christmas with my mother.  Although we usually had some sort of seafood when I was growing up, we’d been trying to do the Feast of the Seven Fishes over the last several years.  For this occasion, I took care of all…

Chilling Out in Charleston and IOP

When trying to plan a last minute getaway, the first consideration is the weather.  Any place where the forecast calls for little chance of rain and warm weather works for me – and, of course, good food.  With those caveats in mind, we ended up booking an impromptu 3 day weekend trip to the Charleston…

Ramping Up Your Risotto

Ramp week would not be complete at EDA without a risotto recipe!  Since I’ve been a little busy lately (trying my hand at cheesemongering), I had to throw last night’s dinner together with what was on hand.  Scallops and ramps came from the Greenmarket over the weekend.  Fresh chives came from a friend’s backyard.  Crab…

Paradise in Phu Quoc

After hiking through rice patties and the jungle, sleeping in stilt houses and on trains (admittedly, there were a couple of decent hotel stays in between), we were ready for a little luxury.  And in Vietnam that doesn’t have to cost too much.   We wanted a beach escape without being badgered.  And since we’d planned…

Celebrating Sustainable Seafood In NYC

On Tuesday the NY/NJ Baykeeper held its 2nd Annual Oyster Benefit at the Scandinavia House.  The stars of the event were the excellent Montauk Pearl oysters from Montauk Shellfish Company.  Gordon shucked furiously trying to keep up as the guests slurped down the briny goodness. Fortunately I don’t have to head out to the Hamptons…

Restoring Our Oysters

I’m an avid fan of oysters – especially super fresh, local ones.  If there’s a $1 oyster happy hour in NYC, odds are I’ve been there or at least know about it.  These days, the focus of these happy hours isn’t just about luring in drinkers with cheap oysters as bait.  Instead, the goal is…