Drinks and More…

photoEvery time I have ordered a drink since arriving in Thessaloniki if I am not ordering it with a meal the same thing always happens…after you get your drink you get a glass of water and a snack, in one case potato chips, in another I got 4 crunchy sesame covered bread sticks served with a small bowl of olive tapenade and the most adventurous snack so far was spicy corn chips (a la Doritos) with a spicy sweet Thai dipping sauce. To be clear when I say adventurous I don’t mean successful still I never look a gift horse in the mouth and even though it seems all I do in Greece is eat it is a very nice gesture to make your  you can spend more of your night drinking by giving you a snack and some water to keep hydrated.IMG_0392The only thing I can say is that all three of these drinks were either at my nice hotel (The Met Hotel) or at a nicer bar so you are paying around 6 Euro for a drink.  Still I think it’s a great  tradition that takes the bowl of popcorn and free pizza slices at happy hour at the dive bars I drink at in New York and makes it personal and less time constricted.  My favorite was the tapenade and bread sticks because it was based in local cuisine.  I’m so obvious sometimes.IMG_0072

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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: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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