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Fresh Broccoli Rabe

While visiting my parents over the Easter weekend, my mom took me out to the garden to help pick broccoli rabe that had started coming in…

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I was surprised there was so much of it already, and turns out there were two kinds growing there. One was planted, which our neighbor Mr. Bassani had simply thrown out seeds for in hopes something would sprout, which you can differentiate by the bigger blossoms and longer leaves…

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The other was the wild variety, with rounder leaves and multiple blossoms…

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Both kinds went home with me and went into a pasta dish tonight…

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Fried up simply with garlic and olive oil, tossed over fusilli with Italian sausage…

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The first of many dishes I hope to make with vegetables we’ll be planting in the coming weeks!

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Ravi Restaurant, Dubai

I was told by several people that if I wanted one of the best meals in Dubai, all I had to do was get in any cab in the city and tell the driver, “Ravi”. They’d know where to go.

So that’s what me and a few friends did one night. And sure enough, 15 minutes later we ended up here…

Which is where we had one of the two best meals of the entire trip! And the best Pakistani food I’d ever tasted!!

As all the outside tables reserved for sidewalk seating were unfortunately full, we sat inside the small but comfortable establishment…

The menu was a bit of a mystery to us, with only two or three words we recognized on it, so we put ourselves in our server’s hands and told him to bring us a selection of the house specialties. He was happy to oblige, but had one question… “Spicy OK?” We told him “yes” but to keep levels in more of a medium range, which we were glad we did once we started eating. Here’s a look at the delectable dishes he brought us…

We started with chicken tikka…

Not boned and cut, but grilled whole then butchered!

Haleem, which is a lentil stew…

Chicken achar handi, which was tongue-numbingly but tasty…

My favorite dish of the evening, the mutton jalfraizi, another spicy Pakistani curry…

Served with all-you-can-eat nan again…

And a cold yogurt sauce to help with the burn…

All this for just 16 dollars!

So next time you’re in Dubai, remember that the magic word for the most memorable of meals is “Ravi”!

RAVI RESTAURANT

Al Dhiyafa Rd.

Dubai, UAE

+971-4-331-5353

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Taqueria Tehuitzingo’s Pozole

I knew from past experience their tacos are outstanding.

I discovered their new tortas are also amazing.

Now I can share that Tehuitzingo’s pozole is incredible as well!

This is no small bowl of soup…

Pozole verde de cerdo…

Maize madness…

Packed with a porky punch…

The pozole also comes with a side of two tostadas…

All this for eight bucks!

What excuse do you have to not go and try Tehuitzingo’s now?

TAQUERIA TEHUITZINGO

578 9th Ave.. off 42nd St.

New York, NY 10036

646-707-3916

http://www.tehuitzingo.net

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Craft 260, Fairfield, CT

As Two Roads Brewing is a considered a retail outlet and has to close at 9pm per Connecticut state law, we needed to find somewhere else to grab a few more beers and some grub last Friday night. My friend Mark wisely suggested the brand new Craft 260 beer bar and bistro a few miles down the road. Here’s a quick look…

They’re currently running 12 taps at Craft 260 with a nice selection of craft beer, in both style and region…

However, I was even more impressed with their food menu!

Nachos topped with smoked and pulled chicken thighs, a Vermont white cheddar sauce and house made chimichurri…

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As a wing guy, I can assure you their buttermilk fried chicken wings are pretty incredible! These were the agave sesame wings, but the stand out flavor was the sriracha buffalo…

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Crisped Brussels sprouts with local apple, toasted pecans and gorgonzola cheese with a warm bacon & dijon vinaigrette…

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For dessert I went with a whiskey, Kahlua and espresso stout cocktail…

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Yet another reason to hop on Metro-North and make the one hour trip to this sleepy seaside town that’s quickly becoming Connecticut’s new culinary capital!

CRAFT 260

260 Post Rd.

Fairfield, CT 06824

203-955-1745

http://craft260.com

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The perfect candy for Easter yesterday… the new Hi-Chew Mini from Japan!

It’s the pretty much same concept where the candy companies here take their popular soft chew brands, say like Starburst, and turn them into jelly beans. However, with these Minis they capture the original Hi-Chew flavors perfectly inside the thin candy coating!

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