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Co·mes·ti·blog (kə-ˈmes-tə-blȯg): A comestible weblog of eating, drinking, and (dubious) taste
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The Ukrainian East Village Restaurant is reminiscent of what one could have encountered at a modest hotel for foreign travelers in Kiev some fifty years ago. Perhaps the most significant characteristic of this community gathering place in "Little Ukraine" is its palpable sense of authenticity. The kitchen serves up well-prepared, real home cooking. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2022 at Comestiblog
Beware of what some try to feed you in 2018. A toast to the New Year? Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Comestiblog
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Comestiblog
Lay and lie: Why do most Americans say "lay" when they really mean "lie?" This will lay down the rules, lay to rest any confusion, and allay concerns about laying and lying. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Comestiblog
Queens Taste is always superb. Thanks for your kind comment, Evelyn.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2017 on Queens Taste 2016 at Comestiblog
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Please let me know how they turn out, Evelyn. Thanks for your comment!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2017 on Omni's Flavors of France Recipes at Comestiblog
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Queens Taste 2016, hosted by the Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council, was held at the New York Hall of Science on 3 May. The rain and chill did not deter the roughly 600 foodies who sampled the celestial offerings of more than 50 restaurants, beverage purveyors, and dessert makers during the fifteenth anniversary of this gustatory showcase—a yearly event in which to meet and eat, as well as schmooze and booze. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Comestiblog
Five Alive: Cooks kickin' it in Queens. The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Entrepreneur Space in Long Island City on 30 March 2016 with a lively networking party that featured spicy, savory, and sweet food samples from some 30 vendors. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Comestiblog
For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet For auld lang syne. Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Comestiblog
Hoping your holidays are nice, a little naughty, and sweet. Comestiblog. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Comestiblog
Amherst Farm Winery's Cranberry "fruit-infused grape wine" (12% ABV) has found a place on my Thanksgiving table the last several years. Tart and bright, this cute little wine really does taste of cranberries—an ideal pairing with roast turkey and all its accompaniments. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Comestiblog
Thanks so much for your comments, Dee. Recently, Johnny Costalas and I reminisced about the pre- and post-9/11 days at his café. While much has changed across the street from Essex World, Johnny remains as dedicated, vibrant, and, of course, as avuncular as ever. Again, thanks for sharing your comments, Dee.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2015 on Unsung Heroes of 9/11 at Comestiblog
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National Cheesecake Day at Junior's. On July 30, 2015, dine-in guests who order an entrée at any of the four Junior's locations will receive a slice of cheesecake (any variety) at half-price. (One slice per guest.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Comestiblog
Happy Bastille Day! While la fête nationale is celebrated every year on le 14 juillet in France, FIAF's annual street fest took place on the 12th in la Nouvelle-York. Here is a sampling from the 2015 Bastille Day on 60th Street. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Comestiblog
The Cake Lounge, Little Ferry, New Jersey. When I received an invitation to try this brand new restaurant, I wasn't sure quite what to expect. Walking past Palermo's Cafe & Bakery, and ascending the steps to the floor directly above it, I assumed this would be an intimate evening spot for desserts, drinks, and live music. Ah, but this charming place turned out to be so much more than, well, a cake lounge. Eclectic is perhaps best way to describe this contemporary Italian restaurant… Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Comestiblog
Queens Taste 2015, hosted by the Queens Economic Development Corporation, was held at the New York Hall of Science on 12 May. More than 600 hungry foodies rocketed their way to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to sample "the best food on the planet" at the thirteenth edition of this annual meet-and-eat event. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Comestiblog
Andrew, you clearly have outstanding taste! Thanks so much for your kind comment.
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Paulette Tavormina: Bodegón at the Robert Mann Gallery in Chelsea. Her splendid tableaux of fruit, bread, and meat, alongside rustic pottery and cookware, are a veritable feast for the eyes. Inspired by Spanish painter Luis Meléndez (1716–1780), Tavormina's still lifes represent a deliciously balanced interplay of colors and textures against a contrasting black background. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Comestiblog
BZ Grill, Astoria, NY. Whether the concept of serving Greek street food in a restaurant setting is intentional or not, it is executed superbly at bZ Grill. Don't look for casserole-style main courses like moussaka or pastitsio here. Such items, as well as seafood platters, roasted chicken and lamb, and other typical Hellenic restaurant dishes, are conspicuously absent from the menu. The variety of Greek and Cypriot meat offerings is by no means austere, however. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Comestiblog
Wishing you all the special treats and guilty pleasures of the holiday season. Greetings of the season, Comestiblog Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Comestiblog
François Payard's Louvre elevates the Yule log to a veritable art form. This rich, decadent bûche de Noël delivers the sort of complexity not normally found in such a confection. The various levels of hazelnut, chocolate, and cake—each with its own flavor and texture—are coated in an exquisite dark chocolate glaze, and embellished with macaron "mushrooms." Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at Comestiblog
Johnny's Reef on City Island in the Bronx is gritty, simple, unpretentious—and a relic. Most of all, however, it's good. With sweeping views across the Sound to Long Island and a distant Manhattan skyline, this seaside cafeteria continues to draw hungry seafarers and landlubbers alike. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Comestiblog
Red Barn Goat Cheese in Stonington, Maine sells some of the finest fresh chèvre it has been our pleasure to sample. Made with milk from Anglo-Nubian goats, it hits all the marks: a tangy sweetness embodied in a texture that is neither too dry nor too moist. And it's available with a wide variety of harmonious seasonings. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Comestiblog
Buck's Restaurant in Brooksville, Maine was once a very pleasant restaurant. Alas, an ill-mannered hostess, a minimally trained waitress, misspelled menu items, and a food-flecked wall constituted an unsavory recipe that left a bad taste in our mouths. What a pity the management has become so uncaring and apathetic. Unless it undergoes a drastic reorganization, Buck's will not see my bucks again. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Comestiblog
Cloaking simple meaning in pompous diction can be both confusing and exasperating. One such intrusion into restaurant argot is the incipient use of the word "temperature" to express a degree of cooking. Merriam-Webster has yet to include doneness within its full definition of temperature. Nevertheless, the familiar question, "How would you like that cooked?" is being smoked out in favor of "What temperature would you like that?" Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Comestiblog