Apologies to those of you who tried to pay a visit to'Serge the Concierge' between Thursday, April 17 and early Wednesday, April 23...
TypePad, the publishing platform we have used since March 2005, was the victim of repeated denial of service attacks....From what I gathered some internet bandits use that kind of tactic to extract a ransom from companies by attacking them.
Not sure if that was the case in this instance.
Bottom line, because of these attacks, we were mostly inaccessible for readers for 6 days.
We will try to make up for lost time.
In coming days, we should pay a visit to Food Book Fair in Brooklyn on Saturday and a tasting of Wines from Corsica is on our calendar for Wednesday next week.
In the meantime, there is plenty to explore in hundreds of pieces already published...
3rd Annual Food Book Fair comes to Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, April 25-27, 2014
If I was free at that time, I would love to attend Food and the Midwest panel discussion on April 25 (Noon-1 PM) featuring Amy Thielen, Author, The New Midwestern Table, David Tamarkin, Editor, Middlewest Magazine,Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Emily Elsen, Co-founder, Four & Twenty Blackbirds...
The Food Book Slam sessions from 10 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday (April 26) sound great...Second session (11:30-12:30) includes Rawia Bishara, Olives, Lemons & Za’atar whose recipes i shared, Ava Chin, Eating Wildly, Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, Under the Table, Tom Mylan, The Meat Hook Meat Book,Warren Bobrow, Apothecary Cocktails.
Also of interest Cookbooks + Chefs + Art presented by Phaidon "Are cookbooks meant for beauty, function or both? Our kitchen reading might provide inspiration, though it doesn’t always lead us to traditional forms of cooking" on Saturday, April 26 (12:30 to 1:30 PM).
The pairing of Buvette and gastroteque conflicts with childhood memories of my paternal grandfather and fellow blue collar workers going to la buvette to play cards and down a chopine of wine, a place frequented only by men.
I have not read yet either The New Midwestern Table or Buvette...
There is no English language edition yet of Vietnam Exquis, une cuisine entre Ciel et Terre" (Editions de la Martinière- April 3, 2014) by Linh Le with photographs by Isabelle Rozenbaum, yet I could not resist asking Linh to share a couple of recipes from the book.
A drink first, with my English adaptation of French recipe:
After a parade and talks and workshops, DC Emancipation Day (April 16, 2014) concludes with 'Message in the Music', a free concert at Freedom Park...kick off was at 4 pm.
"The official DC Emancipation Day Concert, “Message in the Music” will begin at4pm at Freedom Plaza and feature Brian Lenair (4pm to 5pm), followed by performances by Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaughn, Arrested Development, MC Lyte, Doug E Fresh and more..."