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A bit of Canadiana invades NYC

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on January 4, 2010 by amulgandhi

After the successful launch of Tim Hortons into Manhattan this past July, when they simultaneously opened 9 locations, there comes another Canadian success story with the opening of T-Poutine.  Thierry Pepin, a native of Quebec has an impressive resume which includes being an actor and a successful model that has graced the pages of GQ and Esquire.  Pepin who now lives in New York City has opened T-Poutine in order to bring a bit of Quebec culture to NYC.  With hopes of capturing the late-night munching crowd Pepin  has a diverse menu that goes beyond just the traditional poutine.  Some of the more interesting dishes includes the “Morning Glory”, which consists of applewood smoked bacon topped with Sunnyside Up egg and a homemade gravy and the “Pot Pie” that combines chicken and peas.

The Morning Glory

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More on the Neapolitan Pizza debate

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on December 13, 2009 by amulgandhi

An article appearing in The Telegraph has sparked the interest of the boys at Slice a few days after my original post regarding the issue.  The debate is an interesting one as the pizzerias throughout Naples aren’t even entirely sure about what is considered an authentic Neapolitan pizza as some believe that the size regulations are irrelevant, while some feel that bufala mozzarela isn’t the best cheese to use, which has sparked a debate over the legitimacy of the VPN.  Will people flock to only VPN approved pizzerias from now on?  Most likely not and going to an unapproved pizzeria will most definitely not spoil your experience, so the EU ruling essentially has protected a single perspective on what is considered to be an authentic Neapolitan pizza.  Below is a video that foolishpoolish linked in the comments section of the Slice article, which discusses at greater lengths the debate about authentic Neapolitan pizza.

A fight to preserve Pizza Authenticity

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on December 10, 2009 by amulgandhi

Pizza has evolved and transformed globally as each country and culture has their own take on what a pizza should be.  The Margherita pizza is one of the most traditional and basic pizzas on the planet, but the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (The True Neapolitan Pizza Association) with the backing of the European Union have claimed that the Pizza Napolitana will be granted the Traditional Specialty Guarantee that is guided by the regulations laid out by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.  This ruling which was made yesterday essentially disallows any pizzeria in Europe to claim to sell authentic Neapolitan pizza without adhering to strict preparation guidelines and undergoing inspections.  The guidelines outlined by the AVPN are:

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The Perfect Roast Chicken Search Continues

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on November 28, 2009 by amulgandhi

Continuing with my theme of the perfect roasted chicken I recently came across Heston Blumenthal’s research on how to create the perfect roasted chicken on his BBC series In Search of Perfection. Blumenthal uses his expertise with molecular gastronomy to roast a chicken that sustains its moisture, while providing a crispy skin.  He conducts a lab to find the best chicken, which leads him to Lyon, France and goes through the various steps that need to be taken in order to create the perfect roasted chicken.

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A Ranking of Poulet Rotis in Paris Part Deux

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , , on November 23, 2009 by amulgandhi

One of my recent posts questioned the quality of poulet roti at the famous Chez L’ami Louis, which once had high praise from a handful of food critics.  Alexander Lobrano has recently created an updated list of the best roasted chicken in Paris and he has kept Chez L’ami Louis off the list.  He has listed L’AOC as the best poulet roti in Paris, which was ranked 17th overall on Le Figaro’s list. Lobrano had the following to say about the poulet roti at L’AOC:

This inviting auberge spins on the axis of a winning formula—serve only products with an official Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. The poulet aux pattes noire de M. Barreau comes with crunchy sautéed potatoes, and it’s a beauty. Don’t miss the ewe’s milk cheese made by Benedictine monks at the Abbaye de Belloc in the Basque Country. 14 Rue des Fossés St Bernard, 5th

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Gourmet Burgers Newest Trend in Toronto

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on November 19, 2009 by amulgandhi

Gourmet Burger shops have been popping up all around Toronto for the last few months with promises of providing customers with gourmet toppings such as rosemary mayo, avocado and caramelized onions with an expanded meat options that include organic beef, lamb and turkey for an affordable price.  Gourmet burgers in Toronto is not a new thing as Mark McEwan has been serving gourmet burgers at the Bymark restaurant for years, but for the hefty price of $37.

Today, the Toronto Star’s Amy Pataki wrote an article Ranking Toronto’s gourmet burger joints with Oh Boy Burger taking the reign as Toronto’s best gourmet burger.  She goes on to say about Oh Boy Burger:

Open Since: Nov. 12, 2009
Beef: Premade Leavoy Rowe patties developed by chef Paul Boehmer from AAA and Prime ground chuck
Price: $7.50 for 8-oz Oh Boy Burger, $3.25 for onion rings
Atmosphere: Haute barn with open kitchen, exposed lightbulbs, loud Michael Jackson and friendly counter service
Licensed: Pending
Minutes to order: 13
Served on: Square wooden plate
Burger: Squirtingly juicy, as tender as the finest filet mignon, well-timed on grill and nestled with picture-perfect garnishes into soft, eggy Ace Bakery sesame bun — only a missing dash of salt keeps this burger from perfection
Onion rings: Frozen McCain Beefeater thick-cut rings emerge from deep fryer blessedly greaseless and fantastically crisp, with melting sweet Spanish onions inside
Signature burger: Oh Boy Classic, $7.50, is a basic burger with roasted garlic mayo
Overall score (out of 4): 3.5

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A ranking of Poulet Rotis in Paris

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on November 15, 2009 by amulgandhi

After looking at the Observer’s 50 Best things to Eat, I decided to focus on one aspect which is the Poulet Rôtis (Roasted Chicken), which is a staple in many Paris restaurants.  Le Figaro, a French publication wrote a piece on the top spots where Poulet Rôtis is served.  This article is dated back to 2007, but it is interesting to see if these establishments have lived up to the fame they received from this article.

Outside of the famous Chez L'ami Louis

The top place for Poulets Rôtis according to this article and also the Observer’s 50 Best things to Eat is Chez L’Ami Louis, which will run you approximately 80€, but will definitely leave you stuffed as they give you the whole chicken in two servings.

Although the chicken was once the glory of this bistro, it seems that their International publicity has gotten the best of them with recent reviews claiming subpar service and underwhelming food. Julot, a french native and a foodie that often posts on Chowhound has broken down what makes a good “roasted chicken” and why L’Ami Louis has it right, but the question is have they lost their magic?  More on this in the next post.