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rcammarota

I am a graduate of Institute of Culinary Education in Pastry and Baking Arts. After a short career in the restaurant industry, I realized I wasn't cut out for it. I spend my time experimenting in my own kitchen.

  • Location: Bronx, NY
  • Favorite foods: Anything nut based, whether savory or sweet, it doesn't matter. I love all types of nuts.
  • Last bite on earth: Bun Ho Hue while sitting on a little stool on a corner in Hue. By far my favorite soup I have ever had. I dream about it everyday

Win VIP Tickets to the Sweetlife Festival on April 28

"My gal is red hot" by Ronnie Hawkins.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

matzoh ball soup!

Win Tickets to the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 9, in NYC

ABC Kitchen should win!

Cook the Book: Quick and Easy Korean Cooking

love me some japchae

Win Tickets to a Hot Pot Master Class

If I'm not making it at home..definitely would pick Grand Sichuan on Lexington.

Enter Fleisher's Best Meat T-Shirt Idea Contest

Meat: Everybody's doing it.

Cook the Book: 'The Sriracha Cookbook'

I put sriracha on basically everything. But my favorite is on scrambled eggs.

Vietnamese Street Food: Bánh Cuốn

I am almost certain I ate at the exact location 3 weeks ago when I was in Hanoi.
So good!

Daily Slice: Focaccia at Eataly

My office just had some for our holiday party, not even two hours ago. The mozzarella/prosciutto was so good. I highly recommend.

Authentic Vietnamese

Wow great site ravenouscouple! love it, probably going to make the curry chicken pot pie this week.

cool, I'll check out Pho Tay Ho soon.

thanks for all the advice!!

Gadgets: The Beater Blade

I have a Beater Blade and have been using it since December. I love it.

My one problem it is when I am making an icing. I have to keep my mixer on the lowest setting when I add my confectioners sugar, otherwise it will kick the sugar right out. My walls have suffered sugar explosions a few times. But once the sugar is incorporated its great.

Definitely worth the investment.

Weekend Giveaway: 'How to Cook Like a Top Chef'

Blindfolded taste tests are great!!!!

Cook the Book: 'The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto'

In high school on my senior trip to paris. I was instantly in love.

Going Pro: Opinions on the Institute of Culinary Education?

I went to ICE for pastry. Yes it is expensive, but I absolutely loved the instructors. They are hands on and teach you every step of the way. I'd agree the curriculum could use an update. I took one or two recreational courses on running my own business, helpful, kinda.
I definitely think ICE is a great stepping stone, but it is by no means the finish line. I did my internship at a Michelin Star restaurant, and I felt like I had to learn all over again. The chef at the restaurant told me I should've given him $10,000 and he would have taught me everything I needed to know. I definitely felt I learned more from him than I did in my year at ICE.
Sorry ICE, I love you guys, but classroom and in a kitchen are totally different things.

Cook the Book: 'Farm to Fork'

Raspberry my grandmother grew in her back yard. She would send me outside to pick them, hardly any ever made them into the house. So delicious

Cook the Book: 'The Boozy Baker'

Blue moon cupcakes with orange brandy icing. I made them for Memorial Day. SO yummy!

Video: The American 'Ethnic' Food Section at a German Grocery Store

I lived in Germany for a while when I was in college. I used to go to the supermarket and buy "American" flavored Dorritos, which are cool ranch flavored to us. I would get them any time I felt home sick, dorritos were the only American thing the local supermarket carried outside of coke.

Equipment Shopping: N.Y. Cake & Baking Distributor

I really hate this store. With a passion. The owner is so rude. The prices are WAY too high. It annoys me that they have a corner on the cake supply market in NYC. Which in itself sucks, because when you are really in need of some bizarre cookie cutter or a silicon mold, they are the only place to find it. Don't be surprised if you hear the word "NEXT" being screamed a half a dozen times while you are there.

Cook the Book: The Perfect Finish

orange chocolate mousse cake, so rich and creamy and its gluten free.

Any GOOD food in the Bronx?

Thanks for the heads up.

Baron Ambrosia. I definitely need to check this guy out. haha

Food in Yankee Stadium

Nothing particularly good. If you want some terrible heart burn, try the garlic fries.
Best bet, stick to the hot dogs.

Win Tickets to This Weekend's NY Brewfest

Arcadia Brewing Company!

City Island NYC - Help!

The Black Whale has an excellent brunch. There is usually a line to get in, so go early. It is all you can eat, and if you are there more than one hour chances are the food will be completely different from when you first got there.

You might be a foodie if...

When your coworkers ask you "so what are you making tonight?" in hopes of there being leftovers.

When you have 5 different types of flour in your cabinet because you found a recipe you just had to try.

Tet Celebrations in NYC

I know NYC does not have a huge Vietnamese population, however I am very interested in participating in a Tet celebration. Does anyone know where there is a Tet event in the next two weeks?

Authentic Vietnamese

I'm going on a culinary tour of Vietnam in December, completely on a lark. But I don't really know much about Vietnamese food. I'd like to get a better understanding before I head over. Any suggestions on a good authentic Vietnamese restaurant in NYC?

I'm looking for something more than just Pho

Agriculture/Farming in NYC

I need advice from all of the foodies out there. I work for a nonprofit which encourages open dialogue with the international community about timely topic such as environmental policies and urban planning. In November, I will be hosting 4 people from German who work in the agriculture industry. These people hold various positions such as farmers and state representatives of farmers.
I need to arrange meetings for them to meet with their counterparts here in NYC. I'm looking for suggestions on different and exciting organizations who farm in an urban area. I have already reached out to a few organizations, but no success just yet. I'm open to any suggestions as long as it is within the NYC limits.
Thanks for the help guys!

Looking for a good food book

I'm on this, "I want to read every book about food possible" kick lately. Problem is, when you search on amazon for books about food, you get cookbooks. I want to know ABOUT food, not how to cook it.
Any suggestions?

Any GOOD food in the Bronx?

I live in the Bronx and I have always been disappointed by the lack of good food. Any time I read a food blog about the Bronx and where to eat, it mentions Arthur Avenue and City Island. My logic is there has to be other good places to eat. My area is over run with Chinese, Pizza and Diners. I need some else.

What else is there?

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