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Snapshots From the Third Annual Saveur Summer Barbecue in NYC

Last night Ed and I headed over to the Third Annual Saveur Summer Barbecue at the 79th Street Boat Basin. It couldn't have been a nicer day for it to happen. The weather was perfect, the sky was clear, the sunken stone patio protected us from the light breeze coming off the hudson, and we had over 15 chefs surrounding us with smoke, flames, and food. More

Congratulations to the Winners of Saveur's 1st Annual Food Blog Awards

Congratulations to the winners of Saveur's 1st Annual Food Blog Awards! If you haven't read these great food blogs before, it's time to get started:

Best Baking and Desserts Blog: David Lebovitz
Best Wine Blog: Good Wine Under $20
Best Food Photography: Smitten Kitchen
Best Regional Cuisine: Homesick Texan
Best Special Interest Blog: La Tartine Gourmande
Best Culinary Travel: Cafe Fernando
Best Individual Post: Smitten Kitchen
Most Innovative Video Content: Food Wishes
Best Kitchen Tools and Hardware Coverage: Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn

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2010 Saveur 100: Reader-Generated for the First Time

[Image: saveur.com] Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland brings his magazine to the huge food lovers' conversation the rest of us have been participating in for years with his magazine's first-ever reader-generated Saveur 100. The list's a little less quirky this year, but it's still fun to go through and see how many you are familiar with. Props to our friends at Hot Doug's and the Astor Center. And who knew that former Peristyle chef-owner Anne Kearney had opened a restaurant, Rue Domaine, in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio? Serious eaters in Dayton must be thrilled.... More

The Saveur 100 Is Out

I love leafing through The Saveur 100. I can spend many fun-filled hours mulling over the magazine's choices. It just made it to my mailbox, and as usual, is filled with mostly thoughtful, surprising choices, with a few puzzlements thrown in for good measure. My Favorite Thoughtful, Surprising Choices Number 8: Les Blank, the Bay Area filmmaker who loves food and music in equal measure. Rent or buy Spend It All, Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers, or A Well-Spent Life. Last year, after a 20-year absence from the scene, he released All in This Tea, in which he follows a tea enthusiast through China.... More

The Pie Bank: I Love the Idea

What is a pie bank? A delicious invention of Saveur's Larry Nighswander. The best news for us pie lovers? The account he set up at Millie's Restaurant is still active, and there are slices (of banana cream pie) yet to be ordered: "So, if you're ever in Middleport, Ohio, look up Millie's Restaurant; it's at 39239 Bradbury Road; phone (740) 992-7713. If you enjoy banana cream pie, feel free to stop in and order a slice out of our "pie bank." I'm there.... More

Real Hawaiian Food

Forget seared ahi steaks, mango salsa, and Pacific Rim Cuisine; Kaui Philpotts grew up in a sugar plantation on Maui and knows what real Hawaiian food is: I ate impromptu picnics of fried shoyu (soy sauce) chicken neatly wrapped in waxed paper and musubi (perfect triangles of seaweed-wrapped white rice, like giant sushi) with my friend Lei on the steps of the VFW Hall in Wailuku after hula class. I ate tripe stew and day-old poi (the steamed and pounded corm of the taro plant), saimin noodles with bright pink fish cake, "plate lunches" of beef stew and chicken cutlets with sticky rice, and the Portuguese fried doughnuts called malasadas. I ate Spam, for heaven's sake, with musubi, eggs,... More

Savoring Saveur Shrimp

Has anyone else noticed how much better Saveur is now that its former editor in chief Coleman Andrews has taken his globetrotting ways to Gourmet? New editor in chief James Oseland is doing a terrific job. The magazine is more readable, more relevant, and just plain fun. The March issue featured a terrific multifaceted feature on shrimp. Who doesn't love shrimp? The big shrimp section includes great recipes for barbecued shrimp from Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace, shrimp chowder from Sam Hayward from Fore Street in Portland, Maine, and stir-fried shrimp with snow peas from my friend Ed Schoenfeld, AKA "Chop Suey Looey."... More

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