Hello, summer! There's a lot happening in food and drink sphere so let's get right to it.
Here’s a collection of my favorite happenings this week, from summer-ready kitchen tools to fab new cafes and fun foodie reads. Enjoy.
Three cheers for chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero, who’ve brought much-needed coffee and more – namely, breakfast, lunch, and a place to sit and work or chat or chill without feeling like you’re getting side eye if you stay longer than ten minutes – to Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. It’s the pair’s first non-Spanish restaurant. (They’re the chefs behind beloved tapas and pintxos spots Txikito, La Vara, and El Quinto Pino.) Not only is the food tasty and the space inviting, the prices are on point, too, with nothing on the menu over $12.
Tok-sel Lima beans at Mayan Café
Chef Bruce Ucán is the best Mexican chef you've never heard of. Responsible for introducing regional Yucatecan cuisine to Louisville, Kentucky, his restaurant’s Tok-Sel Lima beans are a favorite among diners and one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. Seriously.
This helpful guide to eating, drinking, and generally being in the know wherever you go is the latest app from iTunes. Its technology allows for real time notifications and updates as to which bars, restaurants, happy hours, and other meeting spots are trending in your area.
Four words: Perfect summer beach read. Narrated by a 22-year-old newbie New Yorker whose life is transformed when she spends a year working in “the best restaurant in New York City,” Sweetbitter evokes the volatile, dynamic, and hyper-urgent world of restaurants – at once enchanting and punishing – with striking accuracy. The result is an entertaining novel that highlights the beauty of food, wine, and friends, and the wisdom that comes from experience.
Stella Artois Cidre
This isn’t a new product or a trendy redo of a popular hipster beer. Rather, it’s a Belgian twist on European cider beers that I’ve been seeing, along with Rosé, on a lot of New York restaurant tables this summer. Here’s why, IMO: It’s beer-like without without being heavy; it’s sweet without being sticky; and it’s a perfect companion to savory brunch dishes and replacement for champagne. Because, let’s be honest: champs is nice but you never really drink more than the tiny sip that follows the toast.
I love this juicer! It’s great-looking – reminds me of something my grandma would have had in her kitchen in 1964 – and, thanks to its single lever and stable base, it produces real, naturally-sweet juice quickly and easily. Bonus points: A stainless steel strainer separates seeds and pulp from the juice as it’s squeezed.
A Latin American wine guide published every year since 1999, Descorchados is essential reading for oenophiles. Its summary of the latest happenings in the Latin American wine scene, from large wineries to small-scale artisanal producers, includes coverage of 3,500 wines from 400 South American wineries and features summaries and maps of top wine regions, introductions to new winemakers, and hundreds of tasting notes.
If you’re the kind that likes ice cream in a cup but loves ice cream in a waffle cone, pick up this fun kitchen tool in honor of National Ice Cream Month. It’s got a cone rolling form so you can shape uniform cones easily and a color control dial that adjusts for your preferred texture and color. Bonus points if you have kids: they’ll love eating ice cream from homemade waffle cones.
This new line of all-natural, no-cal (you read that right) cocktail blends turns even the lamest barmen among us - I’m talking about myself here - into a master mixer. Born of a need for alternatives to boring vodka and soda without any added sugar and artificial ingredients (one of the product’s co-founders is Type 1 diabetic), Be Mixed’s single serving bottles of Ginger Lime, Cucumber Mint, and Margarita flavors pair well with fresh fruits, herbs, spices, and more.