San Francisco is for Nom Nom Nom
San Francisco is for Nom Nom Nom

I’d been pretty convinced of New York’s status as the finest food city in the States, but a few experiences last weekend have shaken that conviction a bit. Out in San Francisco, I spent a fast-paced, food-focused weekend hosted by Foodbuzz, an online community of bloggers and food lovers. Most of the activity was based around the Ferry Building, which is like a gastronomic Disneyland, especially on Saturdays when the farmers’ market takes place there.

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Autumn in New Amsterdam: Tasty!
Autumn in New Amsterdam: Tasty!

I just spent all my allowance on food. But honestly, you would’ve done the same, right? It was a beautiful autumn day in New York, and there were rows and rows of tempting food vendors at the New Amsterdam Market. I attended the market for the first time in June last year, and it’s just gotten bigger and better in the interim. If you’ve not been, the New Amsterdam is kind of a cross between the Brooklyn Flea, the Union Square Farmers Market and the food markets at Essex Street and Chelsea.

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A (Modern) Jazz Age Cocktail:
Recipes Travel A (Modern) Jazz Age Cocktail:

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Say you find yourself standing on an uninhabited island among gaily costumed picnickers with a cocktail in your hand, a dance floor and orchestra before you, a pie contest to your left and the Dorothy Parker Society just behind you. Never fear. You’re probably not dreaming. You probably didn’t fall into a time warp.

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Recipes Brooklyn Food Conference and a Beautiful Sesame Bean Salad

The call went out. And the foodies poured in. The people who pickle and the people who vend kitchenware. The people who grow community gardens and the people who grow kombucha. The Slow Food people and the Just Food people. The vegans and the grass-fed meat vendors. They came, they spoke and they distributed their recycled paper brochures. Disappointingly, the workshop I really wanted to attend (Permaculture : an introduction to ecological design systems fro sustainability) was stuffed to the walls with folks pouring out into the hallways of John Jay High School.

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Regarding the Abuse of Peeps

I don’t know what my coworker Suzy Hotrod has against marshmallow Peeps. For the past couple of years, we’ve done an Eastover potluck (Easter + Passover dishes), and this year, we made it a St. Eastover potluck, incorporating St. Pat’s day in the mix. Last year, Suzy made a Peeps Fondue, dunking the poor things in a bath of thick, rich chocolate lava. This year, it was Peeps S’mores, their little pink and yellow bodies crushed between slabs of graham cracker.

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Bee Sweet: A Bake Sale to Benefit Bees

What: A bake sale to benefit bee research (items containing honey encouraged!) When: Earth Day: April 22, 2009 Where: At work, at school, out on the street Who: You, perhaps? And anyone else who’d like to contribute. Why: Thanks to dedicated research, honey bee populations seem to be on the mend, but the specter of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) still looms. Funding for more study will help our tiny pollinators thrive.

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Inside Google with the Girl Geeks

Maybe this is just a crazy quirk I have, but I’m always curious about what it’s like to eat in the cafeterias and restaurants that loom behind closed doors. For years, I’ve had great wonder about what it’s like to dine at Google. A couple of my friends/co-workers who were hired on at their New York office told wild tales of all the wonders to be enjoyed… Celebrity chefs! Afternoon tea!

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The Year of the Ox

Happy New Year! As of yesterday, we’ve embarked on the year of the ox according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and the Chinatowns here in NYC (and across the globe) will be awash in red and gold for the next three weeks. The ox (or water buffalo… take your pick) is supposed to represent prosperity through fortitude, hard work, self-sacrifice and thrift. An appropriate set of values for the coming year, don’t you think?

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Barbecue for a Thousand People
Barbecue for a Thousand People

It’s not every you get to play with 600 pounds of meat and a smoker the size of a Humvee. I’m going to back up for a second and tell you this: Every year at work — and this is a food company, mind you — we’ve eaten the same classic American cookout menu: Burgers, hot dogs, chips and watermelon. I mean it’s good, but we’re a food company… shouldn’t we make more ambitious food?

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Visiting the Brooklyn Flea: Fresh Cannoli and More

[to Rocco who has killed Paulie in the car] Miss Ginsu: Leave the cannoli. Take the gun. Oh yes… let me add my voice to the massive city-wide swoon over the brilliant new Brooklyn Flea. Part craft fair, part food festival, part reliquary of the bizarre, the Flea is my new favorite Brooklyn tradition. From pulp fiction to papusas, the Flea offers something for just about everyone. The roomie and I spotted a black leather analyst’s couch, the jawbone of some large mammal (a horse?

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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