Yes, on this holiday we think about love, but also, naturally, food.
Up all night to get lucky? Of course you are. Come Valentine’s Day, who isn’t? Well, we tend to think the way to their heart is through their belly.
Being treated to dinner is always a great gift; being treated to a mind-blowingly delicious meal at a widely-lauded restaurant opened by a disciple of Tokyo’s infamous sushi master Jiro might be the greatest gift ever.
File this lovely ceramic vase under something I wouldn’t think to buy myself, but desperately want: ergo, it makes an ideal gift.
Some are year-round tea drinkers, others take a more seasonal approach: in other words, when the temperature drops, out comes the kettle.
A fact: this French carafe and glass set has long been my regular go-to gift.
For all the earth mothers and urban woodsmen in your life, the wares lovingly crafted by Williamsburg-based design outfit Nightwood make for an amazing gift.
Byredo, the Stockholm-born fragrance brand founded by Ben Gorham, has since their inception released a steady stream of impossibly elegant, thoughtfully conceived-of perfumes (my personal favorite: Gypsy Water).
The new book by Rene Redzepi, acclaimed chef of Copenhagen dining mecca NOMA, may just be the ultimate gift for the food obsessive in your life.
I can say unequivocally that I love everything that Fort Standard, the studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings, makes.
For the regular sipper, a great bottle of booze always make a fantastic gift.
As far as kitchen accoutrements go, I’m a sucker for anything brightly hued. And Swiss brand Kuhn Rikon’s paring knives most definitely fit the bill.
If you’re anything like me, you have yet to buy a single holiday present. So for all my fellow procrastinators and binge shoppers, today I kick off twelve days of gifting ideas. First up, a cookbook for the adventurous home cooks in your life.
Serve tacos out of a vintage VW van and they will come. Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, a massive garage turned lively taqueria, has proven that to be true. And, as of this fall, you can chase that set of barbacao tacos with one of three signature mezcals
Can a cast-iron pot full of vegetables warrant an almost fifty dollar price tag? When they are in the hands of critical darling chef Paul Liebrandt formerly of the much-acclaimed Corton, they surely can.
The last time I was at Roberta’s was about a month ago. Michele (Gather co-founder) and I were invited by the wonderful Michael Harlan Turkell to be guests on his weekly radio show, The Food Seen, broadcast live on the Heritage Radio Network from a cabin-like booth in the middle of the restaurant’s dining room.
Onetime (and long-time) chef at San Francisco foodie mecca Chez Panisse, New York Times City Kitchen columnist, and author of one of the most beloved (and a personal favorite of this writer) cookbooks ever, A Platter of Figs, any recipes that David Tanis doles out I eagerly scoop up.
There are those brisk fall and winter evenings when the destination is none at all and your sanctuary is a warm meal. It’s those nights-in that we had in mind when we asked two musicians we currently have in heavy rotation to design the ideal accompanying dinner playlists. Think of it as music you can retreat into.
A basement in London’s Soho might well conjure up all manner of elicit connotations referencing the area’s former guise as a hub of naughtiness and antics best kept behind closed doors.
For those that came of age in the late eighties and early nineties, Dirty Dancing was a sleepover staple as essential as popcorn
When it comes to all things kitchen and cooking-related I’ve always paid close attention to my Italian grandmother. And that extends beyond me hovering behind her back making mental notes while she’s cooking osso buco or rolling out dozens of meatballs; I also take note of what’s in her fridge. That observation led me to […]
Who better to dream up a summer dinner mix for our film issue than writer/director/hardcore music enthusiast Cameron Crowe? Best of all, he made it a double. Both mixes can be streamed via Spotify or right here.
You had me at hello? Well, Sorella, the unassuming Lower East Side Italian sharing plates restaurant had me at pate de fegato.
Remember when juicing used to refer solely to steroid-driven muscle-pumping? Yup, I barely do either.
That Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, the women behind Canal House Cooking, have developed a cultish following is no surprise.
For those of us who came of age in the nineties the love story of Clarence and Alabama was totally irresistible.
While my backyard Brooklyn garden has experienced a bit of an, er, rough patch this year thanks to a ridiculous surplus of rain, the one vegetable seemingly unaffected is the arugula.
Two iconic counterculture films, three decades apart (Easy Rider was released in 1969, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998) about free-wheeling dudes who hit the open road on the hunt for real America.
Two best friends, a ’66 Thunderbird and the wide-open road—when Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) took off from their Arkansas homes the goal was an escape from their mundane lives (and the tiresome men in them).
I admit, little about David Lynch’s bizarre road trip love story Wild at Heart makes me hungry.
Growing and fine-tuning my home bar (ok, the double kitchen cabinet where all the booze lives) is high on the mission list for fall.
I thought I’d have a little fun with the cast members.
What is truly radical about the brand of hospitality Hedgebrook doles out is in its impact.
At the other end of the marooned on a deserted island movie spectrum from “Lord of the Flies” is “The Blue Lagoon”
The dusty roads and near-deserted beaches of rural Mexico serve as a backdrop for this provocative story about class, politics, friendship, human nature and, of course, sex.
The 1990 version may have starred Balthazar Getty, a major crush for many who came of age in the nineties, but as far as fear factor goes, it has nothing on the original 1963 film.
After a brief hiatus I am back and focused once again on replaying the movie moments that inspired the recipes in our current spring/summer edition of Gather.
So terrified was I by a childhood viewing of “Jaws” that the sight of those rows of dagger-like teeth and cold, menacing eyes still manages, all these years later, to send a shiver down my spine.
Real estate ogling just may be one of my favorite pastimes so for me onefinestay is pure eye candy.
There really couldn’t be a better time to highlight this Sidney Lumet classic—today the temperature in New York climbed to the highest point of the year.
It’s hot. Blazing hot. So pretty much anything frozen tastes especially good right now.
Got a bbq or dinner party on the schedule this weekend? Or just planning to find yourself a shady spot to drink beer and eat watermelon and wile away the afternoon? Either way, some summer-ready tunes are definitely in order. And we have something that fits the bill courtesy of director/ editor/ legendary musichead Cameron […]
It’s that time of year when the green market is a veritable treasure trove of extraordinary fruit and veg
That rising temperatures can drive people to crazy behavior is a well-known fact.
In this week’s peek at the movies that made it into the current “Rough Cut” edition of Gather I present you with one that features what might be the most memorable T-shirt ever worn on the big screen.
With the landmark (and long-anticipated) decision by the Supreme Court this morning to strike down DOMA
Happy first day of summer!
Last night we lost a legend. The sad news from Rome of James Gandolfini’s passing came as a huge blow for fellow fans of the powerhouse actor.
Today, another anecdote that we couldn’t fit in the issue from chef Richard Kuo, executive chef at New York’s Pearl & Ash
To celebrate our current spring/summer film-inspired “Rough Cut” edition every week I will be posting clips from the movies that inspired the recipes and our contributors.
Happy National Doughnut Day!
There are amazing neighborhood restaurants—those places that you’ve come to rely on for simple but great food mere blocks from your abode
This is not a cookbook. No, rather, Cook it Raw (Phaidon) is an art tome of the finest order, wherein the subject is food and the chefs around the world who are elevating it.
It’s a miserable rainy day in New York
Just as the arrival of warmer months heralds shifts in our wardrobes, so too does it affect what’s on our plates
Last summer while road-tripping (and, frankly, eating my way) through Portugal and Northern Spain I made countless food and drink discoveries. Like, for instance, it’s never too early for a plate of Serrano ham. That there is a particular joy that comes with sitting down to a lengthy dinner at 10 pm. That sea urchin […]
Brothers Danny and Kieran Clancy are best known for their electronic music night, krankbrother, showcasing some of the world’s best DJs in locations as disparate as rooftops, boats, mountains, and beaches.
Besides food, the other topic that occupies much of my waking writing hours is beauty—it’s been my primary beat for over a decade.
It was Yvette Van Boven’s first book, 2011′s “Home Made”, that introduced the world to the Amsterdam-based restaurant (Aan de Amstel) owner’s singular approach to food: carefree, passionate, and, most importantly, fun. Her fans, myself included, appreciate her easy-breezy recipe writing style and whimsical illustrations; both can be found (along with gorgeous images by […]
It was Root that first wooed me.
Or rather, Rosewater Driftwood.
Gather Journal March’13-Spring Mix-The Beagle
I spent this past New Year’s in the Bay Area with my family, and my mom suggested we make a big dinner for Three Kings Day which happens a week into January.
It just might be nature’s most perfect food. Gratifying on its own and an essential component in so many recipes, the egg is the epitome of delicious simplicity.
Today was set to be a doomsday for super-sized sodas in New York, and a victory for our very own health-minded Mayor Bloomberg.
Some might disagree, but for me the best cheesecakes are less about the light-as-air fluffy interior than the sweet, crumbly goodness that is the traditional graham cracker crust.
To put it simply, margaritas just make me happy.
They had me at the baguette.
Gather Journal Feb ’13 V-Day -Anders+Kendall Playlist
In honor of last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony, I thought there was no better time for a little food-related music to start the day.
I have usually found that cookbooks tend to fall under a few different umbrellas.
If you have yet to try Calliope, the unassuming and entirely excellent restaurant on a busy corner of 2nd ave in New York’s east village I can’t encourage you enough to go.
Three new reasons to make a mid-week restaurant date in February.
Fact: I’ve never watched the Super Bowl.
The name pretty much says it all.
There is no one more befitting of the title green fragrance pioneer than Mandy Aftel.
Obesity, that is. The country’s leading beverage purveyor is releasing a television ad today about just that. Well, sort of.
After a great many years of unwavering tequila devotion, I’ve recently begun to discover the magic of mezcal (aka, mescal).
Our greatest hope with Gather is that it motivates people to cook.
There is a lot of goodness to be found on the menu at Yunnan Kitchen, the excellent new small-plate restaurant focused on the cuisine emanating from China’s Yunnan province.
We count ourselves big fans of Tyler Brule, the man behind the growing empire that is Monocle.
I’m a sucker for fancy soap.
I’ve long thought fans of McDonald’s’ McRib to be a hardcore bunch.
A group of my dear female friends and I have a yearly holiday tradition
I’ve historically never been a big fan of the diffuser as a home scent solution.
Lamb is one of those meats that I rarely, if ever, cook at home.
Target has experienced big hits (Missoni) and major misses (Kirna Zabete) with their designer collaborations, and their latest holiday collection (strangely also available at Neiman Marcus) frankly has a bit of both.
There are certain dishes that will always taste like home to me.
I have had a great many brands’ candles land on my desk over the years and I can say with absolute certainty that nothing looks quite like the one by eco-brand Lite+Cycle which takes the idea of recycling to a whole new level.
I count myself a longtime tattoo appreciator, and no greater is my fandom than when the design happens to involve my first true love—ahem, food.
At the end of every holiday we always end up with two things: the overwhelming feeling that some kind of detox is imminently necessary, and a dearth of ingredients collected for the many new recipes we attempted.
The cookbook shelves are crowded with bibles devoted to intense dissections of various regional cooking styles (Italian, French, American etc). But until this month’s release of The Lebanese Kitchen (Phaidon), that corner of the Middle East was one still ripe for further exploration.
You could say my mother wasn’t a Hostess fan; in fact, she probably, if asked, wouldn’t have a clue what it even was.
We’ve got a sweet idea for how to celebrate National Pickle Day.
Staring at the Atlantic Ocean from a sorting platform in Katama Bay, Massachusetts it’s easy to lose yourself in daydreams of devoting all your time to important matters like whether it will be lobster or clams for dinner.
I have visited San Francisco many times over the years, and, on each of those visits, spent many hours eating my way through various corners of the city.
Since my longtime boyfriend is a native Buffalonian – or rather, suburban Buffalonian; he’s actually from a picturesque little town outside the city – I have made many a pilgrimage to our state’s far Northern reaches to see his family.
Ah, the random food holiday.
I’ve only had the distinct pleasure of eating at Animal in L.A. once but considering it was with my little brother who shares my proclivity for over-ordering, it was a seriously gluttonous, and entirely delicious affair.
San Francisco-based food photographer Michael Lamotte’s blog From the Source is a gorgeous visual ode to the locally-sourced goods he comes across in and around his Bay area home.
I’m still not sure if it’s a curse or a blessing but on my daily commute through New York’s Northern Dutchess County I pass an excellent orchard called Migliorelli Farms.
As you may have noticed, despite the fact that there are no longer channels devoted to playing them around-the-clock, we still have some hardcore music video love around these parts. And when videos happen to feature anything food or drink-related we get particularly excited.
This summer my obsession reached its peak when I decided to attempt to grow shishitos myself.
PFC. That is what they are, in my humble opinion, doling out at Pies ‘n’ Thighs, my hands down favorite place for fried chicken in New York (though I will confess to the occasional Popeye’s trip too).
A few years ago on a trip to Italy, I discovered a slightly sweet seltzer made by Schweppes called Gassosa, and I haven’t seen it since. A recent find in my local snooty-food mart brought back memories, so I had to try this Gazzosa.
Oh avocado toast how I love you, let me count the ways.
Maraschino cherries. Jalapeno. Cough syrup. Milk. Honey.
At the peak of crab season every year New York restaurant Back Forty invites diners to roll up their sleeves, pick up a mallet and dig in; and every year I happily oblige.
Having the opportunity to consume fresh-caught scup, striper, blue fish, mussels and quahogs on a regular basis, thanks to a family cottage near Buzzards Bay and a father-in-law who loves to fish (father-in-common-law, to be accurate), is a privilege I try not to lord over my fellow city-dwelling friends too hard.
Nowadays symbols of American consumption like Starbucks and McDonalds can be found the world over.
Historically music videos have not exactly been known to provide an accurate lens into the lives of the characters in them—after all, if we were to take their stories as truth all the “business women” I know are wearing clothes that are not nearly tight or short enough.
J&B Whiskey has a long and varied history.
A rich, spicy broth topped with a heap of cumin-laced lamb, cilantro and red onion, swimming with X’ian’s signature chewy hand-ripped noodles—this velvety soup will cure whatever ails you. FIORELLA Multiple locations, see xianfoods.com.
I love anything that requires little in the way of cooking tools, and when said dish also happens to incorporate two frequent greenmarket purchases (kale and, when in season, Meyer lemons), I’m sold. Such is the case with this, one of my favorite Food52 recipes.
Plum purists be damned! After a quick stop this weekend at Pacific Green Grocers (151 Court St., Brooklyn), I am officially on the pluot train.
In upstate New York Wegmans may be a longstanding grocery institution, but the Rochester Public Market has in recent years become just as much of a destination.
More than clothes, more than decorative trinkets, the keepsakes I like to amass while traveling are of the food variety.
This glorious mess of grease and salt—pastrami, eggs, Swiss, pickled green tomatoes, and durkee sauce on sliced pumpernickel to be exact
There’s a lot I appreciate about Elaine Benes: her prudish fashion sense (think demure granny floral dresses and brogues with ankle socks), her quick wit, her pioneering hair pouf (Snooki who?), and her singular dancing abilities among them.
Skate Jackson Pollock. My college art major self was completely enthralled with the dish before I even got the opportunity to taste it.
There are amazing neighborhood restaurants—those places that you’ve come to rely on for simple but great food mere blocks from your abode, but that you wouldn’t necessarily trek to if they weren’t so close by.