Air fryer Catalonian-style chicken wings with allioli.

Even though it’s been nearly seven years(!) since we last were in Caldes d’Estrac and eating at El Taller, I still think about their signature roasted meats served with a ramekin of allioli made completely from scratch. (By that I mean they made the emulsion only using some garlic, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil…

Lavender-lemon chicken wings, inspired by Rachel Khoo.

When we lived in New Haven, we lived around the corner from the local culinary institution known as Archie Moore’s. We’d go there all the time to have some beer, eat some burgers, and shoot the shit with the bartenders. (Our US congressional representative would hold informal constituent meetings there!) They have a few other…

Chicken wings with garlic and sherry, Spanish-style.

A very silly problem in the life of a food blogger is that in your quest to try lots of food, you end up neglecting favorite recipes until you make them randomly and then berate yourself for not making them sooner. Having arrived home after a little jaunt a few weeks ago, I was on…

08.06.11: dinner and a movie (tapas and Talk to Her/Hable con ella)

I’ve been slowly making my way through the Pedro Almodóvar library, and one thing I’ve found that even in his most straightforward of films is that he always manages to include at least one good WTF moment that changes the whole path of the narrative. There’s always this element of the unbelievable, but to spin an…

02.06.11: dinner (chicken wings with homemade barbecue sauce)

In order to understand what we were attempting here, I need to comment that my restaurant in the area is Dinosaur Barbecue. Without spending the next fourteen paragraphs waxing on about the merits and wonders of this place, I will simply say that if you want good, fun barbecue in NYC, look them up. I…

11.13.10: dinner (new Mexican antojitos)

Alright, here it is. I love antojitos. I think the term technically applies a certain type of fried Mexican fritter, but I have a book the wife bought for me last Christmas that extends the term to all Mexican small plates/snacky offerings. And I love them. Love love love them.