Cultural Twists to Traditional Classics

By admin | February 9, 2012

Photo: Rachel Lovinger

Photo: Rachel Lovinger

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Today the words ‘traditional cooking’ are getting kicked under the table and traditions from one culture are being reinvented to showcase the diversity of all types of food. It’s no wonder food trucks are serving up Korean Fried Chicken or restaurants popping up in New York City that divulge in the sophisticated nature of French and sushi all wrapped into one. Your Italian grandparents may threaten to disown you after they discover you no longer like the homemade thin-crust pizza and instead have opted for a Hawaiian pizza at your favorite pizza joint. But not to worry, after reviewing these strange, yet captivating twists on traditional cuisines, your grandparents may just cave and taste test the sophisticated foie gras sushi on their next outing.

French Sushi: We all know how sophisticated French cuisine is, and how minuscule and uniquely crafted sushi can be, thus why not combine the two to create somewhat of a masterpiece when it comes to traditional cooking twists. The Sushi Shop, located on Madison Avenue in NYC has reinvented how prestigious the two traditional cuisines can be. The take on this joint is to encompass foie gras laced in sushi, embellish fish tartars and creatively craft unique dishes for all the delicate palates out there. Read More


Be sure to check out my Los Angeles Foodspotting guide and win a signed New American Table Cookbook

By mahir | September 21, 2010

For all the foodies in Los Angeles, be sure to check out my LA foodspotting guide. Currently the guide includes 5 items. The complete guide will have 10 items. The first person to spot all 10 items will receive a signed New American Table. Some of the items that are included in the guide are the Prosciutto di Parma, rucola, tomato & mozzarella Pizza from Pizzeria Mozza, Sushi from Matsuhisa, and 3 more must try dishes.

More guides to follow for foodies in San Fransisco, Chicago and everyone who wants to explore Ethiopian cuisine around the states. If you’ve missed my New York guide click here.

Comment and give me your thoughts or if you have a request for a city guide.


Featured Recipe

More Recipes

Meet the Team

About The Team

Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger