Summer Sampler–some of the best bites in NYC

Chef Annette Tomei

Eat & Tell with Annette Tomei

Sorry about the unintentional summer vacation from writing Eat and Tell! Though I’ve found it best to keep a low profile of late, there have been a few notable moments to share. Summer kicked off with a change of address that has changed my home eating habits for the better. (Champagne and condiment diet no more!) Shortly after the move, came the much awaited arrival of new niece “Thalia the Beautiful” aka TB. Read more

Eat, Drink and be Fat and Drunk!

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“Eat, drink, and be fat and drunk!” This is the saying on a magnet that has been on my refrigerator since the 80’s; it is also the battle cry of a group of girlfriends – including yours truly – who love to live life to their fullest. Read more

Of Fundamental Importance–the basics of being a chef

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For the past several weeks, I’ve been making notes of fun spring-like things to write about for the month of April, but in NYC winter has been very much a part of the present and near future. Besides, my mind and time have been occupied with other things all together.

A recent opportunity to return to my culinary alma mater (the French Culinary Institute) – as a professional this time – has sent my mind straight back to Lesson One. Read more

Reading, Writing, Food and Sex: things to do during a blizzard

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… Or, what I did in the short, cold month of February!
Not unexpectedly, the month of Valentines, offered several inspiring moments ripe for Eating and Telling. First, there was the huge snowstorm that silenced NYC for a whole Sunday, but did not hinder the die-hard brunch fans from their Bloody Marys and blueberry pancakes. Read more

Secret Loves–the best food indulgences

Chef Annette Tomei

Eat & Tell with Annette Tomei

Is it true that everyone has a dirty little secret? Any diva worth her imported, hand-harvested, sea-salt probably has a few! The really juicy ones are certain to be secret loves… the little “bad for you” indulgences that we daydream about and treat ourselves to when we’re feeling particularly good (or bad, as the case may be). Read more