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In Park Slope, a Chicken Shwarma Sandwich Deconstructed

Miriam, the self-styled “modern Israeli” place in Park Slope, does something different with chicken shwarma. Grilled chicken strips are arrayed over a toasted pita and served with sauteed spinach, tahini, and amba (Iraqi mango chutney). ... READ MORE

Si-gol-jip Korean B. B. Q. Restaurant

Si-gol-jip is an unassuming, no-name place with a stellar kitchen, says Melanie Wong. Porthos agrees: the food is excellent, the best on El Camino. Stand outside and give it a sniff–the aromas are very inviting, always a good sign. Gool Jun (oyster READ MORE

Katsu-Hama Revisited: The Art of Fried Pork Cutlets

Katsu-Hama is serious about its katsu. The only restaurant in town to specialize in Japanese-style fried pork cutlets, they offer only a short menu dominated by katsu. They tout their high-quality meat, organic eggs, carefully selected frying oils, even b READ MORE

New Nightspot for Tea Totallers

Java junkies have always had their pick of the litter when it comes to round-the-clock access to their caffeine fix of choice. Now tea lovers can start sippin’ past midnight, too. ... READ MORE

Vegetarian Samosa Haven

If you notice that the flavors of most dishes at Samosa House (formerly Bharat Bazaar) really stand out from the competition, it’s probably because they roast their own spices. All these spices are also available for purchase in their store, says *shrenry READ MORE

Ideal Omelette Pan

The ideal omelette pan, says Ernie Diamond, is a French steel crepe pan sold by Williams-Sonoma. It’s about 8 inches in diameter and is just the right size for three eggs. ... READ MORE

Flat Iron Steak

Flat iron steaks are a cut relatively new to the consumer marketplace. They’re cut from the chuck blade, and named because their shape resembles the old-fashioned flat irons used before that newfangled electricity thing. They’re very tender, with robustly READ MORE

Huitlacoche

Huitlacoche is also called corn fungus or Mexican truffles. It sounds and looks disgusting; the kernels turn into bulbous grey lumps in the infected corn. But nevermind the fact that it looks like something went and died on your corn–it’s actually reall READ MORE

Mango Splitter

A mango splitter is a gadget that’s said to make fast work of slicing a mango, easily manuevering around the elongated mango pit, which can be a challenge with a knife. ... READ MORE

Balsamic Begone

Balsamic vinegar: flavor enhancer or pushy plate bully? Bloggers debate the merits of the must-have must. READ MORE