'Jenni Ferrari-Adler' on Serious Eats

And, Finally, the Lobster Rolls

Editor's note: Jenni Ferrari-Adler is guest-blogging on Serious Eats this week about her vacation in East Hampton, New York. Follow along: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday According to numerous blogs, magazines, and a July article in the New York Times, this summer's hottest Hampton restaurant is Tutto Il Giorno, which opened in May in Sag Harbor, New York. Scott Conant of the New York City restaurants L'Impero and Alto is the consulting chef. By all accounts, the food is excellent. The Times reviewer praised the food but found the service unaccommodating to the point of rudeness. Propelled by excitement and trepidation (would I be poisoned for my unfashionable purse?), the 30-seat restaurant's no-reservations policy, and theater tickets to The Lady... More

Ice Cream and Chocolate Coke

Editor's note: Jenni Ferrari-Adler is guest-blogging on Serious Eats this week about her vacation in East Hampton, New York. Follow along: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Whenever I dine in one of the newer restaurants out here, I think of all the vanished restaurants that once inhabited the same space. Saracen used to be Sapore di Mare which used to be Charlotte’s Pond. The Laundry is now The Lodge, and the original Laundry has moved toward Amagansett. Wednesday night, my mother and J. and I go to The Lodge at 9 p.m. without a reservation. Despite it being August in the Hamptons, we’re seated immediately. Between the drizzly weather and the red-brick warmth of the dining room, we crave winter... More

Fried Eggplant and a Donut Robot

Editor's note: Jenni Ferrari-Adler is guest-blogging on Serious Eats this week about her vacation in East Hampton, New York. Follow along: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday After the movie, still feeling a little burned by our meal at Wei Fun, J. and I head to Sam's Restaurant. Sam's is one of the few places that's been in the town of East Hampton for as long as I've been coming out, circa 1985, which is exactly what it looks like, and, better yet, sounds like. We go 12-inch, half-pepperoni, half-eggplant, garlic, and green olives. The eggplant ends up being breaded and fried, as in eggplant Parmesan, making me the fool who tried to be healthy and skip pepperoni only to eat... More

Fortune Cookies and Ice Cream

Editor's note: Jenni Ferrari-Adler is guest-blogging on Serious Eats this week about her vacation in East Hampton, New York. Follow along: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Wei Fun in East Hampton, New York, is sleek, chic, and very white. Despite the number of frosted glass tables that look available, we're asked to wait 20 minutes at the bar area where there are three HDTVs. One doesn't work. One shows sports. Maybe on the weekend it's a genuine scene, but tonight the atmosphere of coolness seems strained. We are with my longtime friend, Barrett Foa, who is currently playing a Nazi stormtrooper in The Lady in Question at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. This is not the first time... More

The First Meal of a Vacation

Editor's note: Jenni Ferrari-Adler is guest-blogging on Serious Eats this week about her vacation in East Hampton, New York. Follow along: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday The first meal of a vacation sets the tone. Here, lobster rolls. What is it about lobster roll—the combination of luxurious lobster with humble mayonnaise and celery—that is so joyous, the embodiment of summer vacation? For some reason they fill me with nostalgia, even though I ate my first one as an adult. Sometimes my husband and I walk to Brooklyn Fish Camp in Park Slope, a bit of a cheat, because even if the lobster rolls there are awesomely tasty, when you leave you're still in Brooklyn, headed home, and with work in... More

Cook the Book: 'Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant'

So much of eating is communal in nature. It's one of the great pleasures of food beyond its mere flavor or the simple fact that it fuels the body. Cooking for, or eating out with, friends or loved ones gives us a chance to share a beloved dish or a favorite restaurant. But as much as we all look forward the act of sharing something we love, we've all faced the prospect of dining or cooking alone. As the title implies, Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant celebrates the single-place-setting moments that occur all too frequently these days. The book's editor, Jenni Ferrari-Adler, has collected essays and stories from 26 food-loving authors who revel in, rather than revile, taking... More

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