Archive for August, 2009

From Little Russia by the Sea…with love!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Little Russia By The Sea - Brighton Beach

This weekend, I stepped off of the subway, and into another world…literally. I, along with a gaggle of women, visited Brighton Beach, Brooklyn on Saturday night for an unconventional bachelorette party at The National – a Russian supper club where English is scarce, and the vodka is French.

Russian Cold Appetizers

A display of cold appetizers awaits us.

Russian Smoked Sturgeon and Lox

Smoked sturgeon and lox.

When we were seated at our table for 18, a traditional Russian spread was already waiting for us. A bevy of cold appetizers ranging from Russian potato salad, smoked sturgeon, lox, grilled vegetables, chicken liver pate, pickles, eggplant, assorted salads, and beef tongue. Even in this brave group of women, the beef tongue was met with cringes and “no thank you’s,” until our intrepid friend Jennie manned up, and chased it quickly down with pumpernickel and vodka – a scowl on her face.

Russian Beef Tongue

The infamous beef tongue!

Almost full already, the food kept coming, and miraculously found space on the table. More cold appetizers – pancakes with salmon roe, more fish, more salad. Then the hot appetizers – roasted potatoes, chicken-filled pirozhki (like a dumpling, pierogi or knish), grilled white fish, and stuffed roast beef.

Russian Chicken Pirozhki

Getting stuffed – chicken pirozhki amid a table full of food!

And, oh wait, there’s more!!! A few hours into dinner, dancing, and live music, and there were more hot appetizers to be had! Just when we thought we couldn’t eat another bite, the waiters served us a beautiful bread bowl filled with beef stew that was out of this world. All the while, straight vodka was the beverage of choice, and our requests for water were lost a bit in translation.

Russian Bread Bowl filled with Beef Stew

Bread bowl with beef stew.

Happy birthdays were sung to those from one year to 50. Anniversary dances were made with grandkids running circles round. And then, the stage show began. White suits and mesh leotards accented by wigs, hats and feathers. Salsa prevailed in the Carnivale theme that didn’t seem out of place, even though every other bit of chatter was in Russian.

Beef Tongue - Traditional Russian Meal

Beef tongue, later in the evening, remains mostly untouched!

Dinner was served as we watched, a collection of chicken and pork kebabs, stuffed chicken breast…and french fries (a little random, but completely appreciated!). The evening finished with more dancing and singing, as well as cakes, pastries and coffee. For those six hours of solid eating, I felt as if I had been transported to Russia, and all I did was drive up the turnpike. It’s amazing how food can do that – in concert with language, song and vodka, of course!

Balinoff Vodka

We asked why the vodka was French, but the Russian speaking waiters didn’t quite understand our question. The response? “It’s for fun.”

**Thanks to all the ladies that donated their food pictures!!!

“If I Had A Million Dollars…”

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Today, I’m gazing longingly at a new addition to my dream vacation list – the CuisinArt Resort & Spa, a Greek inspired resort in Anguilla. Brought to you by the man that founded CuisinArt, the resort boasts organic gardens and a hydroponic farm, partially housed in an 18,000 square-foot greenhouse, which supplies its restaurants and spa with everything from lettuce and tomatoes to chervil and bok choy.It’s foodie mecca meets ultra-lavish Caribbean vacation. Not too shabby.

Of course, it will cost you, which is why it’s on my dream list for now. But, according to e-newsletter Tasting Table, the resort is currently running a summer special that makes things a bit more reasonable. A girl can dream…

A Behind-the-Scenes Peek!

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Phew – last week is a bit of a blur – a marathon of Roadshow related activities. Yup, it’s that time of year again. The clock is ticking as we count down the days to the annual Innovation Roadshow®, which is just over two months away (or 68 days).The Roadshow Committee met with our global technical department for final tastings on all of the concepts that will be shown at this year’s Innovation Roadshow. And while I can’t reveal anything that we’ll be showing (so sorry!), I have to say that we’ve once again outdone ourselves.

Not only are all of the products super tasty, but we’ve got some great concepts too! After all of the products were reviewed, we went into photography mode. Committee members Denis Blais (senior account manager) and Danielle Durso (marketing coordinator), as well as Kelly DeFusco (senior food technologist, bakery & cereal) took over our board room, along with photographer, Anthony Sinagoga for an intensive photography session, styling for this year’s 27 booths!

Below are a few shots we snapped over those days, just to give you a few behind-the-scenes peeks!

Innovations Roadshow Photo Shoot Ingredients

All the necessary ingredients for the perfect shot.

Denis’ magic notebook - his sketches for each shot.

Denis - Food Photographer - Innovations Roadshow

Denis and Kelly  - Innovations Roadshow Food Prep

Anthony and Danielle - Food Photo Shoot Strategy

Kelly  - Photo Shoot Prep Techniques - Sheen on Tartlet

Danielle Prepping Food Photo Shoot Checklist - David Michael Flavors

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Hey, that’s not a chip, it’s my folder!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

On a quick lunch-time shopping trip to Target today, I found the coolest thing! Terracycle has partnered with Frito-Lay to make back-to-school supplies for little tikes out of old chip bags. Determined to break a certain 12 year-old’s “cool kids don’t recycle” theory, I picked up some Wavy Lay’s folders for the nieces and nephew, and a Rold Gold pencil case for myself (why should they have all the fun).

School Supplies from Old Chip Bags - Pencil Case

My awesome pencil case!

 How To Make A Pencil Case from an Old Chip Bag

Terracycle itself has a cool story, but the products are even cooler. Beyond the composters, rain barrels and natural cleaners, they have a number of fashionista-friendly accessories made from repurposed food packaging – Capri-Sun lunch box, Oreo messenger bag – the list goes on!

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We’re all a Twitter!!!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Find David Michaels Flavors on Twitter @DMFlavors

David Michael is the first flavor company on Twitter –!

Our “tweets” are a great resource for trend info and articles, and even the occasional recipe.

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