Monday, September 26, 2011

Hill Country: Dry Aged Barbecue

Dry Aged Barbecue
I am not sure what this says about the economy but Hill Country was running a special on Saturday night offering a 30 day dry aged USDA Prime grade prime rib that they smoke alongside their wonderful brisket, ribs and sausages. Either Hill Country's butcher is having a fire sale on their prime dry aged beef (which seems highly unlikely considering how expensive and scarce prime beef is these days) or steakhouses continue to suffer and lose market share to cheaper alternatives. Before the crash in 2008 it would have seemed inconceivable that beef this good would be served at a barbecue joint, there was just far too much demand from high end steakhouses.

Photo of the Day: Sliced Steak at Pietro's

Pietro's  232 E. 43rd St, Manhattan, NY 212 682 9760

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Return to White Rose System, Linden, NJ


I had the good fortune to find myself at White Rose System in Linden, NJ last week. I was there to be interviewed for a TV pilot George "Hamburger America" Motz is filming for the Travel Channel. George brought me in because my initial review of White Rose and subsequent Guide to New Jersey Sliders, both published on A Hamburger Today,  had brought national renown to the humble little restaurant on the other side of the tracks.        

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Steak in Umbria

I just spent a relaxing week lounging by the pool in a villa in Umberia. And while I made occasional forays to local restaurants and pizzerias I cooked and ate in far more than I ever do at home in NYC. A quick trip in to the town Umbertide provided a bounty of local produce from the small outdoor market in the square and a variety of meats from Macelleria Rinaldi on Via Roma.

I purchased several pounds of the local style pork sausage that is sold throughout the region - it is porky and salty without a hint of fennel. It would probably be unfamiliar to most Americans as "Italian sausage" but to me it tastes exactly like Umbria.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Two Days Eating In and Around Siena, Italy

This post was written two years ago and for some reason I completely neglected to publish it. Having just returned from Italy again I will have some new posts in the coming weeks but thought I would start with this blast from the past:


A few years ago I was at a holiday party, decked out in one of my favorite suits - a bespoke tailored pin stripe affair from Mark Powell of London, England and unfortunately it caught fire. I was sitting a little too close to a candle and the super 120 wool ignited in fairly spectacular fashion, at least according to the man that extinguished the blaze that left a good sized hole on the back of my jacket.

Despite the tragic circumstance, at least from my wardrobes perspective, it was a fortuitous meeting for me. It turns out that my savior - Francesco - owns the Palazzo Ravizza, one of the oldest and finest hotels in Siena, Italy.

Siena is a city that I have had a long love affair with since visiting several times as a child. One of my most vivid memories is of watching the Palio - the chaotic bareback horse race that circles the central Piazza del Campo and that dates back to medieval times. But I have other memories - eating plates of spaghetti in cavernous brick cellars, munching on crisp slices of street pizza while walking in the shadow of the Duomo. And the gelato, oh the gelato!