Cold Weather Favorites

December 7, 2011

With the cold weather approaching, I shot some of my favorite meals to warm up to. Anyone who’s spent time in Syracuse can tell you how Pastabilities’ Hot Tomato Oil could quite possibly be the best dipping sauce that exists. I always try and bring some extra back with me whenever I visit the area. Other favorites for those cold days include my father’s homemade chicken noodle soup and Wegman’s chicken potpie for a quick pre-prepared meal that tastes just as delicious as if you made it yourself.

Pastabilities' Hot Tomato Oil and Sun-Dried Tomato bread

 

Chicken Noodle Soup

Wegman's Chicken Pot Pie

 


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Picnic at the Falls

September 16, 2011

You don’t feel much more freedom than driving along the wide open roads of South Iceland’s countryside. Passing through one of the few small towns, consisting of a mere two or three buildings, we stumbled upon a farmers market that had fresh pastries, veggies and homemade breads. Perfect for an afternoon picnic at at the foot of the waterfalls. With limited supplies it was more of a random food sampling than lunch menu, but you don’t need much to satisfy your tastebuds with that kind of scenery. Fueled up we were ready to explore the glaciers.

Happy Friday!

Kleinur, Iceland's answer to doughnuts and Kryddbraud, their answer to a cinnamon spice bread

Traditional Icelandic flatbread with fresh tomatoes from the market

Skogafoss

Pizza-style pastry

Cinnamon glazed pastry

The Kneaded Bread

June 20, 2011

Quite possibly one of the best places around to get fresh bread, this local spot is a must stop for anyone driving through Port Chester. My friend, Leslie, who happens to be a long time favorite customer at Kneaded Bread, brings me by here every time we’re in town, and I end up spending the days following loading up on carbs. They also have great pastries and sandwiches.

Fresh bread

Provolone Bread

Country and Provolone bread

An assortment of breads

A Daytrip to Italy

March 13, 2011

Well almost. At least as close as I’ve ever come to Italy without actually hopping on a plane. A few friends and I ventured to Arthur Ave in the Bronx on Saturday. I have heard great things about the authentic food selections available, but have yet to make the trek uptown. And it was well worth it. We quite possibly may have eaten enough in that one afternoon and evening to compensate for an entire week’s worth of food. Hence why this post has an overabundance of photos, I couldn’t bare to leave anything out. After carting back as many bags as possible, we prepared a meal of some of the best cheeses, meats, calamari, pasta and desserts.

Fresh Bread

Cosenza's Fish Market

Oysters on the half shell. We only bought 3 rounds. They were that good.

Casa Della Mozzarella. After purchasing 2 1/2 pounds of cheese, they gave us more fresh mozzarella in case we couldn't wait until we got home. Amazing,

Biancardi Meats behind the scenes where all the prep goes down

Biancardi Meats

Borgatti's prepping some fresh pasta for us

Arthur Ave Market

Provolone, Mozzarella, Sliced ricotta cheese, bread and tomatoes topped off with fresh basil from the farmer's market

Focaccia and fresh mozzarella

Canolli from Egidio's

Tomatoes and Ricotta

Frying up some calamari from Cosenza's