Looking back and ahead to 2010…..


Cheers to 2010!  The holidays slipped away quickly and I finally have time to sit back reflect on the festive times and hopes for the new year.   Christmas Eve brought Gastronomeg, Jason and little Charlotte to the city.  We had a perfect throw together dinner on Christmas Eve at Gastronomeg’s parents pied-a-terre on the upper west side.  The small studio is  conveniently located around the corner from Salumeria Rosi, Fairway and Citarella.

I brought pasta puttenesca, a traditional recipe from my days cooking at the Pink Door in Seattle, thanks Jackie!  For some reason I make it almost every Christmas, first because it is so yummy, and second I usually have all the ingredients at home.  I find the holidays full of baking, caking and chocolate making and never get to the store for real food.  I’m sure there must be a papal penalty for serving the most un-holy pasta on the most holy night……..

We were joined by Jason’s sister Charmayne and husband Roberto.  Besides the pasta we had salumi and cheeses, roast chicken and an escarole salad.  Charlotte snoozed away in her portable crib in the walk-in closet.  It was great catching up with some Burgundy and Sagrantino.  We covered all the bases…………

Carlita’s 2009 vinartculture favorites:

–       Gastronmeg’s goodbye Manhatten lunch at Filidia.  A 3-course lunch at Lidia Bastianich’s mothership restaurant is a fantastic deal at $29.99.  A classic old New York setting in a brownstone on east 58th.   Impeccable service with many of the same pasta dishes from the evening menu.  Don’t miss the pear and pecorino ravioli.  My roasted peach and beet salad was amazing.  Chef Fortunato Nicotra continues to push the envelope with classic Italian dishes, minimal and elegant.

–       La Esquina Taqueria taco’s, my favorite is the chorizo with potato.  Authentic taqueria’s are few and far between in the big apple but this little corner stand in Soho is the real tortilla.  Taco trucks are great but I need a place to sit and taco’s don’t travel well.  La Esquina has a row of stools and tables outdoors for that perfect lunch or afternoon taco fix.

–        Company pizza and salads, a great combination, usually order the special pie which is an inventive combination of seasonal ingredients.

–        Ribollita at Pepolino, this Italian spot just south of Canal is so authentic from food to décor.  I come here whenever I want to be transported back to Tuscany.

–       Joe the art of Coffee– As a former Seattlite I am overjoyed that artful coffee has finally made it to the Big Apple.  New Yorkers left their blue and white deli cups for Starbucks and now they are making the next leap up thanks to Joe, Stumptown, 9th St. Espresso……

–        Anything at any of David Chang’s restaurants.

Recession wine favorites of 2009 –

–        White: Commanderie Quincy, a refreshing minerally white, a stones throw from Sancerre for half the price.

–        Red:  Argiolas Perdera-100% Monica, round, soft, great with food and on its own, I love it with a slight chill in the summer months.  Year after year this winery puts out natural, consistant great value wines from indigenous Sardinian grapes.

–        Inwood Farmers Market

–        Sharon Horvath: Parts of a World at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, luscious paintings of various imagined spaces full of texture and color.

–        Spectrum Squared at Bussaco Restaurant Wine Bar in Park Slope- Ok, a little self promotion is what the web is all about, up through February, abstraction/color based paintings by four artists.  While your there have the bison and wild mushroom bolognese with fresh farro pasta.  Bravo to Bussaco for putting out great food, wine and rotating art shows in their impeccably designed space!

–        Tart flambe, liverwurst and a glass of chassalas at the bar in the Modern, a great afternoon treat after taking in the galleries.

–        Sour Cherry Crisp at Yura, a bakery catering outfit near one of my jobs on the upper east side.  This bakery does consistently good old fashioned baking.  Where else can you get sour cherry crisp!  Other favorites include farm cake and an exquisite lemon tea loaf.

–        The Highline

–        David Dunlap at the Cue Foundation

–        And did I mention Salmaria Rosi……..

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  1. […] place to shop for wines, anywhere, in 2009 and forever anon goes to Chambers Street Wines. When we visited NYC briefly on Christmas Eve, we’d had them deliver a case and a half of wine uptown to the apartment…. I […]

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