DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA:
It may be the worst kept secret in town but we hear that our
friends at Restar Hospitality Group – the folks who
have brought you Mac’s Steakhouse, Pomodoro, Bistro
Cassis and lots more of the fine fun restaurants in our area
and beyond – are in the market for a top notch Argentinian
Chef. We also know that the forme Collage at 23 Wall Street
was on the market. If you put dos and dos together, what do
Fabio and Piero have up their sleeves? Buenos suerte caballeros.
COMPETITIVE EATING: Sonya “The Black
Widow” Thomas may be the best competitive eater in the
world. Pound for pound, there is little doubt. Though not
as well known as Nathan’s Famous champ Kobayashi, Thomas
probably holds more competitive eating records than anyone
else. Last year she earned well over $50,000 doing her thing.
Even though eating contests normally have prizes from $1,000
to $5,000, Thomas has raised the bar and now attracts offers
of $20,000 prizes. The 100-pound, 37-year-old Thomas holds
the world record for chicken wing eating. The Black Widow
has downed 8.31 pounds of Vienna sausages in 10 minutes; 46
dozen oysters - that’s 552 - in 10 minutes; and 44 Maine
lobsters - 11.3 pounds of meat from the shell - in 12 minutes.
She leaves the men wondering. Thomas holds records for 65
hard-boiled eggs in six minutes and 40 seconds; 167 chicken
wings in 32 minutes, and 80 chicken nuggets in 5 minutes.
One day she ate 21.5 grilled-cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes
to win a title in San Diego; the next day she downed 35 bratwursts
in 10 minutes to win in Wisconsin. When not traveling to eat,
the Black Widow manages a Burger King. Nuff said?
ROYAL KEBOB: The foodie blogs rave about
Royal Kebab on Jericho Turnpike, west of 110, describing the
cuisine as very interesting Indo/Pak food. The chat makes
us drool. The Chapli Kebab, shaped like a burger, is very
spicy and pan fried, yielding a very thick “crunchy,
gooey savory, sweet” crust. The Gola Kebab is a highly
seasoned sausage shaped kebab of ground beef. Both the goat and
chicken qorma are delicious and “different from the
usual cashew yogurt curry.” The Behari Kebab consisting
of shredded meat marinated in mustard oil and papaya
then grilled over charcoal is “charred, crusty, sour,
salty, but also mushy.” Others recommended the Saag
and Tandoori shrimp.
HOT STUFF: Are you looking for excellent
sauces, salsa, and chips? If so, you will want to check out
My Favorite New Mexico Foods (MFNMF), which recently blew
judges away with their authentic, all-natural New Mexican
food line. In just seven days, My Favorite New Mexico Foods
took home seven awards in a food tasting contest circuit,
which ran from California to New Mexico. Of all their specialty
products, the most acclaimed were their “Red Chile Sauce”,
“Gulf of New Mexico Spicy Seafood Salsa” and “Taco
and Dipping Salsa” that features only New Mexico green
chilies and jalapenos. Their only retail outlet in New York
is not so far in Ronkonkoma, “The Hot Sauce Shop is
at 189B Portion Road just behind Ralph’s Italian Ice!!
For directions call 631-467-ZEST. The Foodies just ordered
a sampling of their goodies online at www.mfnmfoods.com. Their
website even offers intriguing recipes including a low carb
“Beach” Breakfast of Red Chile Sauce and shredded
cheese atop eggs and Canadian bacon. Try it yourself –
MIX, MINGLE, BLEND: At Morton’s Steakhouse
in Great Neck, discover how the best wines are blended to
perfection. Complete with a wine kit and expert to guide your
every move, this Meritage Wine Blending Seminar seminar will
feature Franciscan Oakville Estates Magnificat as well as
Morton’s signature hors d’ oeuvres. Friday Sept.
15 from 6pm 7:30pm. $45 pp, plus tax & tip - 516-498-2950.
QUESTION: What does 453.6 graham crackers
make? Answer: 1 pound cake
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