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Lowlife Brings High-End Dining to the Lower East Side

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 09:11 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Power duo Hugh Crickmore, former partner of Mas (farmhouse), and chef Alex Leonard, of two Michelin-starred Blanca, teamed up to open Lowlife on the Lower East Side.

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Officially open to the public on Monday, the 70-seat restaurant showcases a thoughtful approach to seasonal ingredients. The à la carte menu, which draws inspiration from Japanese culinary techniques, features refined dishes—including lamb tartare with mint and shrimp salt, borscht with raw cream and trout roe, and yakitori-style chicken grilled on a robata—all elegantly plated, though the setting is casual and comfortable.

Leonard is embracing more complex techniques and flavor combinations, while allowing the ingredients to shine. Much of the kitchen’s produce hails from an organic Catskills farm owned by Crickmore’s brother, breads are sourced from Roberta’s in Brooklyn, and the chef makes his own vinegars, pickles, kimchee, freshly-churned butter, and cheese in-house.

With beautifully presented modern fare, a wine list focused on natural and sustainable winemaking, and a mid-century-modern-inspired interior, one thing is certain about this Stanton Street newcomer: there’s nothing lowlife about it.

Lowlife, 178 Stanton Street, 212.257.0509, | Image: Melissa Hom for Grub Street

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Think Outside The Bomb: Jägermeister Revisited

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 08:12 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

cocktailJägermeister. A spirit synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll, college kids, shot machines and the notorious Jäger Bomb. But there’s much more to this complex, century-old herbal liqueur than you may realize. Jäger is having somewhat of a “second evolution” and has been popping up on both cocktail and food menus across the country.

“We’re seeing more placements on cordial listings in higher tier restaurants, as well as cocktails coming out from top bartenders nationally,” shares Todd Richman, Corporate Mixologist for Sidney Frank, the US importer of Jägermeister (and the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail Best American Brand Ambassador winner). “Jägermeister is distilled with 56 different herbs, roots, flowers and fruits. And when you mix it with something else containing one of those ingredients, it completely changes the flavor profile.”

Whether used as a base or a modifying spirit, Jäger has become a go-to among many of the country’s top bartenders. Sean Hoard of Portland, Oregon’s Teardrop Lounge cites that “the incredibly balanced flavor profile” makes Jägermeister “a particularly fun product to work with.” While Sean Kenyon, owner of Williams and Graham in Denver, Colorado, says “Jägermeister is a truly versatile liqueur; excellent on its own, but it’s true beauty is in cocktail applications. As a complementary ingredient, it adds complexity, aromatics and subtle sweetness to cocktails.”

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More and more frequently, prominent chefs have been dabbling with Jäger’s flavor complexity and versatility in cooking. Celebrity chef Chris Santos recently created an entire five-course menu of Jäger-infused grilled BBQ fare at his NYC hotspot Beauty & Essex, and debuted an exclusive dinner featuring six spirited courses paired with specialty cocktails during last week’s Tales of The Cocktail festival in New Orleans. Santos also showcased several Jäger-fueled dishes—including Jägermeister-Kissed Chicken Skewers, the Ultimate Charred Jägermeister Burger, and Black Cherry & Jägermeister Baby Back Ribs—on the menu at his other popular restaurant, The Stanton Social.

So don’t be surprised if you come across Jäger on the menu during your next night out. Dare to give it another try?

Images courtesy of Jägermeister

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Lighten Up, America! Cookbook Giveaway

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

There’s nothing like the comfort of your favorite foods. And America has a rich history of standout dishes that are loved by the masses. Cooking Light’s latest book Lighten Up, America! is a celebration and discovery of regional American cooking, which encourages you to indulge in the foods you crave most.

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Contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, embarked on a journey across the country—from Maine to Alaska—to ensure this collection includes the nation’s most beloved fare. Dig into recipes for all your regional favorites, from Chicago hot dogs to Memphis barbeque to Florida’s famous key lime pie.

Want to have your cake and eat it, too? Absolutely! Ranging from breakfasts to desserts, the 150 dishes in Lighten Up, America! have been recreated to be lower in fat, sodium and calories than their traditional preparations, but are still packed with mouthwatering flavor. So, you can savor the country’s most crave-worthy cuisine without the guilt.

Hungry to dive in and get cooking? Grab yourself a copy here (available on October 22nd) or enter my giveaway below for the chance to win an advanced copy!
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What’re your tips for putting a healthy spin on favorite regional dishes? Share your secrets for the chance to win an advanced copy of Lighten Up, America!

Just comment with your ideas below, on Facebook, or tweet me @ThisGirlCanEat—and be sure to use hashtag #LightenUpAmerica.
I’ll be picking a winner next week. Best of luck!
Images courtesy of Cooking Light

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