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The Good Eats at Smorgasburg: Umame Nuts

By Diana Tsuchida | September 24, 2013

Umame Nuts

Umame Nuts

Taking seaweed to elevated heights from its association as wrapping for sushi or a simple salad is no easy feat. But Li Liang has embraced the sensory power of this ocean greenery. He is the owner and creative force behind Umame Nuts, a name he’s coined for a healthy snack inspired by Shanghainese and Taiwanese street food. Each Umame Nuts blend is a textural experience, as they are blended with tai cai seaweed, organic brown rice crisps, tapioca syrup and a small amount of cane sugar. The umami, or fifth taste (other than sweet, sour, bitter, salt), naturally occurs in the seaweed. Natural glutamates creates the savory note in Umame Nuts. No MSG and absolutely nothing artificial is found in the recipe. The company has already garnered recognition and acclaim, having won the grand prize at the Entrepreneur Challenge & Competition, a prestigious platform that showcases Taiwanese American entrepreneurs who are engaging and inspiring the community. Read More

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The Good Eats at Smorgasburg: Jack’s Chedbred

By Diana Tsuchida | May 31, 2013

cornbread, jack's chedbred, smorgasburg, jack sorock

cornbread, jack's chedbred, smorgasburg, jack sorock

How does a Midwestern jazz pianist turned lawyer then cornbread baker find himself selling the Southern staple at Brooklyn’s most competitive flea market? Ask Chedbred founder Jack Sorock and he isn’t quite sure himself, but he can trace the fixation back to a bed and breakfast spot in Colorado called the Baldpate Inn where his family vacationed every summer. The culinary cornerstone of each visit was a rich, indulgent cornbread that nearly bordered on dessert and though Sorock sees this as the recipe to beat, he’d rather not try. It touts two cans of creamed corn with twice as much fat, sugar and cheddar cheese as his own recipe. But sheer determination and countless tastings led to a recipe that tastes unmistakably close to the same nostalgic blend of textures without needing a triple bypass. Read More

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Sweet Chick’s Cocktails Make a Classy Splash

By Diana Tsuchida | April 9, 2013

Sweet Chick

Sweet Chick
Sweet Chick, the hip new comfort food joint in Williamsburg is moving far beyond their reputation of bacon and cheddar waffles and Old Timey picnic tables salvaged from Bed­-Stuy. The cocktail experience at Sweet Chick fully stands on its own, or at the very least, has gotten people to talk about the menu which is full of droll names like the “Tiger Woods Y’all” and “Purple Drank.” But bar manager Cinthia Rooney’s concoctions pack a serious punch balanced with the right finesse. Read More

Health & Wellness

Diary of a Juice Cleanser

By Diana Tsuchida | January 7, 2013

Tiny Empire

If the holiday season didn’t kick your health conscious ways to the curb, clearly you didn’t have a good time. Or, you’re much stronger than the rest of us.

But with the New Year brings a need for rejuvenation, often from the inside out. And for you, dear readers, I’ve completed such a rejuvenation via a juice cleanse and reported back on the results (someone had make sure it was delicious). As a first time juicer it wasn’t all smooth sailing upon the liquid diet seas. While seasoned cleansers may scoff at the mere 120 hours of me trying not to stuff my face with tortilla chips, here are my brief highs and lows of my first cleanse, made possible by Anthony Spadaro and his Tiny Empire line of organic cold-pressed juices. Spoiler alert: it was all delicious and I lived to talk about it. Read More

Health & Wellness

This Juice is Worth the Squeeze

By Diana Tsuchida | December 20, 2012

Tiny Empire


Nestled between busy restaurants on North 6th Street and the beaten path of Bedford Avenue lies an organic health oasis called Tiny Empire. Walk in and find yourself facing a rainbow assortment of fresh-pressed juices and healthy dessert options of açai bowls and chia seed pudding. Face the counter and get thoroughly confused on what to order as you decide between earthy, delicious blends like raw cacao, blueberries and maple syrup or kale, coconut meat and bee pollen smoothies. Read More

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Tis’ the Season for Snacking: Best Eats of the Holiday Markets

By Diana Tsuchida | December 12, 2012

Max Brenner

You’re braving the cold, maneuvering through the crowd and shopping for someone other than yourself (allegedly). The very least you can do is treat yourself to a little indulgence to keep your pace up amidst the holiday fever. From sweet snacks to comforting bowls of soup and crispy Italian rice balls, it’s no easy feat to narrow your culinary choices down at the three big holiday markets in Union Square, Bryant Park and Columbus Circle. But who said you can’t try them all? Though there are many, here’s a roundup of my favorite eats at the UrbanSpace markets. Read More

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MOMA Gets Back to Basics with Common Senses

By Diana Tsuchida | November 27, 2012

MOMA Common Sense Exhibit


An innovative exhibit from the MOMA (now concluded) offered an interestingly pre-modern sense of art, communal play and sustainability, making it hard to tell if you were in Midtown Manhattan or a trendy Brooklyn basement art gallery. But what “Common Senses” strove for, and overwhelmingly succeeded in, was a reinvigoration of our senses through purely naturalistic ways. It was a call to simplify and retreat to the essentials of family, community and sustainable consumption. What’s more, they let people actually touch the stuff on display. Read More

Who To Know

Hamptons Hospitality: Chef James Carpenter of The Living Room

By Diana Tsuchida | August 13, 2012

James Carpenter of Maidstone

James Carpenter of Maidstone

Sitting down with Chef James Carpenter is a delightful mid-morning interlude before what is sure to be a sweltering afternoon ahead. He treats me to a glimpse (metaphorically, unfortunately) of his enviable gig at the  boutique hotel c/o Maidstone in East Hampton where he plays executive chef at The Living Room, a restaurant flush with Scandanavian flair in architecture, decor and food. Read More

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Elegant Eugene: Atlanta’s Culinary Star

By Diana Tsuchida | July 23, 2012

Restaurant Eugene

Restaurant Eugene

The roots of Chef Linton Hopkins’ upscale Restaurant Eugene, aptly located on Peachtree Road, run deep. Named after his grandfather Eugene Holeman, James Beard award-winning owner Chef Hopkins is a 6th generation Atlantan who grew up visiting farms, and learned early on that excellent cooking goes hand in hand with bringing fresh food to the table. Restaurant Eugene’s new American cuisine touts a steadfast commitment to sustaining the folks in their own backyard, made only more apparent with the number of farms listed on their website. The highest quality livestock and optimal seasonal produce make the cut for their innovative and fluctuating menu. Diverse dishes include early summer zucchini to Georgia Mountain trout to meats of the most adventurous nature (think sweetbreads and sorghum glazed pork belly). Read More

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