Conch in the Shell

IMG_2381There used to be a fish place in Miami that had the best conch chili – it was probably the best chili I’ve ever eaten and I would never have imaged you could even make chili with Conch meat.  Normally sold just as meat (no shell included) I thought these were a unique find, siting in a plastic tub on Grand street.

I’m going to be lazy this weekend.  Yesterday was Neil and I’s 26th anniversary – we went to the rooftop bar at the Wyeth Hotel and then to my new favorite place Reynard  (it’s kind of the Odeon/Markham of right now) and is the restaurant in the hotel – which is owned and run by the folks behind Diner and Marlowe and a must visit (if only for cocktails).

Have a happy Memorial Day Weekend – I’ll be checking in with at least one recipe that will be good for all those parties you’ll be throwing.   Enjoy!


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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