What To Eat And Drink

What To Eat And Drink

What to Drink: Sommelier’s Nightcap

By Jeannette Park | May 24, 2012

Branden McRill
Photo: patruby

Photo: patruby

While the job of a sommelier isn’t easy (developing wine lists, suggesting pairings, training staff), our own Branden McRill knows how to make good use of his downtime. When he’s not mixing it up as Beverage Director of the Marcus Samuelsson Group, you can find Branden doffing one of his natty bowties and settling in with this recipe for Sommelier’s Nightcap, his take on a rye sour. And when it’s just easiest to pop a bottle cap? “I love any Belgian-style white ale like Leffe, Hoegarden or a Southhampton Double White.”  Read More

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Take Time to Smell the Rosé

By Dylan Rodgers | May 24, 2012

Photo: Evil Yoda

Photo: Evil Yoda

When thinking wine, the big question always seems to be “Red or White?”  Before you just blurt out a response in reflex, assess the situation.  What time of year is it?  Are you eating or just drinking?  If eating, what food are you in the mood for?

The answer to each of these questions gets you a little closer to the perfect wine for your situation, but there is a way to supersede the inquiry all together:  simply ask for a rosé.

The stigma about rosé as a spring and summer wine is purely dogmatic winery. Description: http://stg.marcuspopfood.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif‘Connoisseurs’ that suggest this seasonal restriction have probably never tasted a good rosé during the winter for fear of breaking the ‘rules’ of wine that have no more to do with wine than manners have to the taste of the food.

The rosé is by far the most versatile wine on the market.  Read More

What To Eat And Drink

What To Eat Now: Fish Tacos

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 24, 2012

Photo: Neil Williams

Photo: Neil Williams

If I had to name one of my all-time favorite food to find while I’m on the West Coast, it would definitely be fish tacos. We may be a far ways away from the sun-soaked areas of California where fish tacos reign supreme, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own fish tacos to enjoy.

Perhaps the versatility of fish tacos is what makes the dish so enjoyable, considering all the different kinds of toppings, condiments and spices you can use to enhance your tacos. Additionally, you can switch up the specific ways you cook your fish as well – coat the fillets in breadcrumbs and bake, pan-fry for a nice crispy crust or let it cook on the grill and get some nice char – whatever it be, they’re bound to be good.

First things first – be sure to pick the right fish. Using a flaky, soft, white fish is very important for fish tacos. Aim to look for a nice, firm tilapia, snapper, cod, mahi mahi or catfish. Even shrimp, lobster, or scallops make for a great alternative to a fish taco. Cilantro, avocado, cabbage, lime and jalapeno are all worthy toppings for the tacos – the flavors are bright and ingredients are healthy and one of my favorite combinations. Read More

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Spicing Up Your Meals: 4 Must-Have Spice Blends

By Saira Malhotra | January 30, 2012

Photo: Clyde Robinson

Photo: Clyde Robinson 

This week, Monica Bhide, Indian food contributor and cook book author, reminded us of the power of spices. Like a palate of colors, spices can change the mood and tone of dishes entirely, even if the rest of the ingredients are exactly the same. Imagine dry rubbing a chicken with Chinese 5 Spice, Garam Masala or Cajun spice mix. The experience would be different and it would beg for an entirely different set of condiments, side dishes and beverages to compliment.

We are always tired of eating the same thing-different day but the solution isn’t far either. Purchasing different cuts of meats or vegetables that we have barely heard of let alone know what to do with, can lead to a discouraging experience if things don’t quite work out. But imagine what just a few different spice blends could do.

Throw in a little Ras-el Hanout and then allow your mind to drift to Morocco Read More

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