*Also published in the Montclair Times
Outside, the smell of wood burning fireplaces, the hum of generators and a haunting sense of déjà vu filled the damp air. Trees stood shattered or lay uprooted across yards and roads, while phone and power lines hung dangerously low. Inside, eighty percent of Montclair homes were dark and cold, while the refrigerators, ironically, were warm.
In the aftermath of Frankenstorm, residents scrambled for blankets and batteries, while Montclair restaurateurs gathered staff, organized deliveries and opened their doors. In a food-town, like Montclair, it’s easy to take these open doors for granted.
I've had a life long affair with butter. I love to smear it, spread it, melt it, brown it, and most especially, I love to make it!
But, as any butter enthusiast knows, your butter is only as good as the cream you made it with. The better your cream, the better your butter!
I recently received a personal delivery of Five Acres Farm milk and cream, being told that Five Acres cream makes "the best" butter.
In the most simple definition, a gastropub or gastrolounge is a dining establishment that serves both high-end food and beer.
Gastropub is derived from the words: gastronomy, love of the art or science of food; and pub. Nary 20 years old, the term has evolved from its origins and has become so much more - even taking on uniquely American characteristics.
The first gastropubs appeared in London in the early 1990's when young chefs, tired of traditional pubgrub, offered food of a higher caliber. During the “cool Britania” era of Tony Blair all things British found their way to America bringing the new Mini, Doctor Who, Colplay, and Gastropubs to colonial shores. The most recognized of the early US gastropubs is the Spotted Pig in Manhattan.