Liquid gold: A fresh-pressed look at Kalamata olive oil
May 30th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Olive oil, a key ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, has been touted as the panacea in the fight against heart disease, and demand for some types of oil is starting to rival that of a fine bottle of wine.

Besides being high in healthy monounsaturated fats, a report in the February issue of Archives of Neurology says that olive oil is one of those good fats that may even protect the brain.

Bob Bauer, President of the North American Olive Oil Association, says the significant growth in the consumption of olive oil usage is not a fluke. In 2011, 599 million pounds of olive oil were imported, compared to the just 64 million pounds imported in 1982.
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September 21st, 2011
08:00 PM ET
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Normally a table for four at New York's storied "Elaine's" restaurant required nothing more than a reservation. That hard to get table known as "Table Number One with Four Chairs" is no longer available following it's sale Tuesday at auction for $8,750, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $400- $600.

Doyle's Auction house hosted the auction featuring the contents of not only the famed literary and celebrity haunt, but also personal artwork, books, memorabilia, furniture, decorations, fashion and accessories that the legendary owner, Elaine Kaufman who died in December 2010, collected or was given.
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August 17th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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A table for four at New York’s storied “Elaine’s” restaurant is available and no reservation is required. However securing that hard to get table and its four chairs from the iconic Upper East Side restaurant will probably cost you several hundred dollars. Tables, chairs and other items from the now-shuttered famed literary and celebrity haunt will be going up for auction on September 20th.

Doyle’s Auction house will host the auction featuring the contents of not only the restaurant, but also personal artwork, books, memorabilia, furniture, decorations, fashion and accessories that the legendary owner, Elaine Kaufman who died in December 2010, collected or was given.
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Elaine's – last call for a New York classic
May 18th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
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New York City iconic dining destination "Elaine's" will soon be serving its last meal.

The restaurant which has been celebrated in cinema, song and literature is going to close its doors on May 26th according to spokeswoman Cynthia Carway.

Though never highly regarded for its cuisine, Elaine's restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side was often the destination for the country's power elite from media and politics to entertainment and law enforcement.
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December 8th, 2010
07:00 PM ET
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As a native New Yorker, many of my fondest memories involve eating pizza. I recall my first bite - that joyous blend of aged mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and spices - more distinctly than I do my first kiss in the back seat of my sister’s boyfriend’s car. Whenever I’m asked to name the one thing that I could eat for rest of my life, my unhesitating answer is always pizza. For New Yorkers like me, the simple corner slice is iconic.

Growing up across the street from Brooklyn’s Pisa Restaurant in the early 1970’s, my friends and I found warm comfort in two doughy, oil-secreting slices and a fountain soda for what now seems like the impossible sum of $1 dollar. We considered the cook and pizza maker, Dominick (a short Italian guy who looked like Lou Costello) and Sammy (who could have easily passed for Donnie Brasco with glasses), our distant cousins.

But then something went horribly wrong. It’s hard to pin a day or a moment in time but suddenly getting a slice of pizza became a dizzying endeavor. Simple pepperoni or sausage suddenly became passé; you could suddenly get every imaginable topping. And forget about the cost - all of a sudden, a single slice at many shops was approaching $3. Even the highly regarded mom and pop operation Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn, voted as the best slice of pizza by various publications, was charging $5!
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Food Trucks on the Green
September 17th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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Will New Yorker’s call it "Vendors on the Green"?

Beginning October 15th, vendor foods trucks will occupy the space where the fabled iconic Central Park restaurant Tavern on the Green once operated.

It's come to this: from filet mignon to tacos, homemade soups and dumplings. Four food vendors will occupy the space where the Tavern's Crystal room once stood.

On Thursday, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation announced that the outdoor terrace facing the Sheep Meadow will begin featuring offerings from Ladle of Love, Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, Rickshaw Dumpling Truck and Van Leeuwen Artistan Ice Cream.
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