Travel Recipes The Delights of Duluth & Quadberry Crumble Pie

The Big View Ah, Duluth… So much easier to say than, say Keegewaquampe (though in truth, the Chippewa kind of had first dibs on naming rights). Mum and I met up in Minneapolis and pushed north to take in the promised delights of the Lake Superior region. And delight there was. We were only there overnight, so I won’t be revealing any state secrets here, but I will say that if only famed Kentucky Representative J.

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The Pizza Oven on a Flat-Bed Trailer
The Pizza Oven on a Flat-Bed Trailer

I cooked with Dave Sclarow at Tabla back in the day. He was always a handy guy and a solid cook (he’s now running the kitchen at Lunetta in Brooklyn), but he recently got in the NY Times and various other publications for what essentially amounts to something of a novelty act: he built a wood-fired pizza oven on a flat-bed trailer. Voila! It’s porta-pizza! Actually, it’s kind of a brilliant way to bring an enormous wood-fired oven to the people, wherever those people happen to be.

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Travel On Swordfish Heads & Side Trips

Invariably, travels take people to some big destination city. After all, that’s where the airports are, and said destination city is probably chock-full of wealth and wonders, museums and mausoleums. But there’s something infinitely charming and memorable about the little side trips on the way to and from those destination cities. Is the delight of the small locale wrapped up in its lack of options? Are they winsome because big cities offer predictable experiences and guidebook-ready hot spots, while little villages and tiny towns pop up into your world with no expectations at all?

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Seeking Out the Heavenly Slice
Travel Seeking Out the Heavenly Slice

We came, we saw, we ate pizza. That’s how you roll in Rome. Carb-heavy. Pasta with every meal. Pizza on every corner. But if you’re lucky, you’ll find slices that are worth the trip and the caloric load. Not far from The Beehive, where we stayed, we discovered a good neighborhood pizzeria on Via Merulana. (I was a bit tired at the time, but I believe the place in question was Cecchini Vincenzo E C (SNC) , Via Merulana 203.

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Recipes Travel All-American Road Trips: Denver

The Big View Flanked by mountains and ringed with highways, it’s easy to get lost in Denver’s strip malls, chain restaurants and outer-ring developments, but once you find your way to Colfax Avenue, you’re on the road to dining with the locals. I was suffering from a dreadful cold on the trip, so we didn’t get out to the bars at all, but there were a couple of spots that came highly recommended by my buddy Alex (a former Denverite):

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Travel Supping Outside on the Lower East Side

Dear Miss Ginsu , It’s so beautiful this week, I really can’t justify going indoors. Can you recommend any good restaurants with outdoor seating on the Lower East Side? -Sun Seeker Dear Sunny , Have you considered enjoying some impromptu take-out in one of this city’s fine park spaces? Sadly, the spots you source seem a scanty selection! And, frankly, I want them all for myself. But in the spirit of generosity and good karma, I offer up what I know:

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A Guide to the Guides

I find that as marketers and advertisers become increasingly more savvy, it becomes increasingly more difficult to parse the difference between the authentic rave and the shill. On a recent trip to Baltimore, mom and auntie and I stopped at a Maryland tourism center conveniently set up in one of the roadside rest stops along the turnpike. The brochures, of course, were legion . And you have to expect that in that environment, 97% of the material is going to be marketing and maybe 3% is going to be made up of legitimately helpful advice and maps.

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Five Favorite NYC Soups: A Cure for What Ails You

Just about everyone I know has a cold right now. They snuffle, they sniffle, they choke and cough. And I know what they need. They need soup. For those of us without the foresight, fortitude or free time to make and freeze quick stock for quick soups (and yes, I often find I’ve left my freezer lacking at exactly the wrong time), New York City provides many delicious options. (Thanks, New York!

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Recipes Wild Rice for Breakfast? Hell, Yes.

A while back, I wrote a piece detailing a few favorite food spots in Minneapolis. (And to be honest, I really need to do a follow-up.) As I peek in my website search results, all kinds of readers hit that page, but it’s not guidance on where to eat you’re looking for… ya’ll want to find a recipe for the Mahnomin Porridge featured at that favorite creepy brunch spot, “Hell’s Kitchen.

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A Tale of Three Ramen

Like a lot of American kids my age, I grew up with an imposter. Fool that I was, I loved it with an unreserved passion. To my great shame, I still distinctly remember turning down countless opportunities for actual food in favor of plastic pouches of pasty-white ramen noodles. Oh, how strange it now seems. I was held in a spell, rapt in blind adoration of a bunch of airy white bricks that magically transformed in hot water.

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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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