New York Best Coffee and Cafes

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CAFFE DANTE
Macdougal Street GREENWICH VILLAGE
New York
100 YEARS OLD Next YEAR 2015
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NEW YORK’S BEST ITALIAN CAFFE
BEST ART in a CAFE

Caffe Reggio

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photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
CAFFE REGGIO
Macdougal Street
BREENWICH VILLAGE
New York
For Great Art in a Cafe, You Can’t Beat CAFFE REGGIO
in GREENWICH VILLAGE .. Caffe Reggio Boast
a Painting from The SCHOOL of CARAVAGGIO
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a RENAISANCE BENCH From a MEDICI PALACE

Florence, Italy
Le COLOMBE
LAYFAYETTE STREET
Near ASTOR PLACE (8th Street)
East Village, NY
GREAT AMBIANCE & GREAT COFFEE
A Winning Combination!
STUMPTOWN COFFEE
at
THE ACE HOTEL

WORLD’S PRETIEST BARISTA
STUMPTOWN COFFEE
GREAT COFFEE & GOOD LOOKING BARISTAS
And A Great Hang in The Lobby

of The ACE HOTEL
photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke


ABRACO ESPRESSO
NEW YORK’S BEST CORTADO

and

BEST OVERALL COFFEE
If A Bit Much on Attitude at Times …


PORTO RICO COFFEE
BEST COFFEE in NEW YORK
WHY The HELL Would ANYONE Be DUMB
Enough to Buy COFFEE BEANS at STARBUCKS  For $12.95
When YOU CAN BUY NEW YORK’S BEST COFFEE
For 5 DOLLARS LESS At $7.95 a Pound?
Guess Some People are Just Plain DUMB ???
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The Bourbon Old Fashion

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An Old Fashion and New Orleans. Two things I Love dearly. And drinking Old Fashions in New Orleans and Bourbon Old Fashions to be more specific is a favorite pastime of mine, especially at such fine Bars as Napoleon House, The Long Bar at Tujague’s, or at Arnaud’s and Galatoire’s.
The first thing i order from my waiter at my beloved Galatoire’s is a Bourbon Old Fashion. They make them perfectly here, muddling an Orange Slice with sugar, Maraschino Cherry, Soda, and Angostora Bitters before filling the glass with Ice and adding my Bourbon. The waiter brings my Old Fashion and I’m in Heaven. I’m at Galatoire’s in New Orleans. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the World. I have my drink, sitting in the main dining room looking the menu over. “Oh Bliss.”
    What to have for lunch. Shall I get a Gumbo, Raw Oysters, or Oysters Rockefeller to start? Decisions, Decisions! And my main Course? Trout Almondine, Shrimp Clemenceau, or Filet Mignon topped with Fried Oysters and Hollandaise. Think I’ll go for a Cup of Gumbo, followed by the Oysters Rockefellor, and Trout Almondine for my main. They should go with my Bourbon Old Fashion quite nicely.
    What, “No Wine with Your Meal,” you ask. knowing what a Wine freak I am.
“No, not in New Orleans my friends.” I do not drink Wine in the Cresent City. It’s all pretty much Cocktails when I’m down there, maybe a Beer or two, but no Wine what-so-ever in New Orleans for me. Hey it’s the way to go in New Orleans. That’s what you do down there, Cocktails are preferred throughout the meal over Wine. And that’s fine by me. It just seems to go better. My Bourbon Old Fashion and all the fine Creole Cuisine. I Love it.
So, if you’re ever down there, in that wonderful city on the Mississippi, New Orleans, go to Galatoire’s, Antoine’s, Arnauds’s. Order yourself a nice Lunch or Dinner, and don’t forget to get a couple Bourbon Old Fashions to go with your meal. It’s a match made in Heaven, Creole Food and an Old Fashion in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Do it.”
 
 
 
 
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New York and The $3 PBR Pabst Beer

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New York and the $3.00 PBR, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer has been a God-Send to many New Yorkers. As you all know, the US Economy has been in the Shitter for the past 5  years or so.

Many people are out of work, and many who are working, are taking home Half-as-Much Money or more of what they used to make. People have had to buckle down and give up or curb many things they enjoyed previous to the current state of our economy, which is in almost a Depression Era State.
Yes, everybody says that we are not in a Depression, we’re in a recession. Those are the Rich and Well-Off, The 1%-ers  talking. To many, the state of our Union and their feelings are of Depression.
So, because of the Terrible State of our Economy you have given up eating out 3 times a week, you buy less clothes, spend less on Entertainment and any number of things. You haven’t had a vacation in the past two years, maybe more. You’ve given up a lot. We all have.

Now when it comes to socializing, going out for a few Beers or Cocktails with some friends, you’ve had to cut back on that too. But hey, you gotta draw a line somewhere, and everyone is entitled to a few drinks to unwind every now and then, and to be with friends. Yes times are bad, people are hurting, you need your friends more than ever. And having a few Beers or Drinks is one of the most common adult ways to do so. It’s natural and part of everyday life. You should be able to have two or three drinks or beers and not have to spend a small fortune doing so. You should be able to have 2 beers for about $10 including tip, and about $16 for tow drinks including tip. That’s reasonable. That’s what most people pay around America, and even less. But we don’t live in America, we live in the greatest City in The World, New York, and Cocktails and Beers here can be oh-so-dear. “Expensive!” Expensive as Hell, “Ridiculously Expensive.” It’s absurd and outrageous, with many places thinking it’s normal and OK to charge $16.00 or more for a measly little Cocktail made by a friggin so-called “Mixologist.” Ha! 

It’s not OK, what’s a person to do? So yes, we live in New York, and having a couple cocktails here can be a costly undertaking.. What is a Poor Working Guy or Working Girl to do??? Well Boys and Girls, let’s Thank God for that great thing of wonder and the Bars and establishments who so graciously and kindly serve it, The $3.00 PBR, That’s right, a $3.oo Beer in The Land of The Over-Priced $16.00 Cocktail, Manhattan, New York, NY….. It’s quite Sad, Greedy too, not to mention “Ridiculous Ludicrous and Insane.”

Yes, Thank God and let’s thank the Kind-Hearted proprietors who serve $3.00 PBR’S or any Beer for just $3 or $4 in a New York Bar. You are doing your fellow man a public service and we thank you for that. Whoever you are, you are to be commended, and Shame-On-You, all those places that serve $14 PLUS Cocktails. “RIP-OFF” !!! Wish the masses would Boycott these places and patronize places like Blue & Gold Bar, 7B, and anyplace who has a heart. Bars that serve 3 and 4 Dollar Beers.
I just have to say, it’s great to go to a place like Blue and Gold Bar on East 7th Street and know that you can have 3 or 4 Beers for just $12 to $16, accounting for a Buck a Pop for the Barkeep. Now that’s pretty good. I have had the best times hanging at Blue & Gold with some friends. You sit at the Bar or get into a nice comfy booth, drink your Beers ($3 PBR’S), relax, listen to the Music, Chit Chat, and just enjoy, and it’s not going to cost you The Shirt Off Your Back.
Yes, you can have 4 Beers, tip included for the price of 1 Rip-Off Drink at one of those Rip-Off Joints. And if you are Dumb enough to have four drinks in one of those places, guess what it’s going to cost you? About $75 my friend.

Well, do the Math, and if you can afford $75 for only 4 drinks, God Bless You. And if you can’t, you’ve got an alternative. Right, your local $3.00 PBR Joint. They’re a God-Send.

 Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 Copyright 2008 Daniel Bellino Zwicke

PLACES To GET A $3.00 PBR in NEW YORK

BLUE & GOLD BAR in the East Village, on East 7th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Blue & Gold has long been a favorite of mine ever since I lived in the East Village from 1982 to 1994. It’s just a cool ol normal old style bar with a pool table, standard 50’s 60’s Bar Decor, and Best-of-All $3.oo PBR’S and $6.00 Cocktails. I love it.

7B   a.k.a. The Horseshoe Bar, also in the East Village, a bastion of cheap and fare prices in Manhattan and Land of The $3.00 PBR and other $3 and $4 Beers.  7B  is located on the corner of Avenue B at 7th Street, hence the name “7B”  … The nickname Horseshoe Bar comes from the shape and dimensions of the bar, “Horseshoe Shaped.” The bar has been the setting of numerous movie shoots, including the scene in Godfather II when Frankie Pantangeli (Frankie 5 Angels) goes to this bar for a meeting with the Rosato Brothers, and Danny Aiello raps a Piano-Wire around his neck. A scene from Crocodile Dundee and other movies as well ….  But Best of all, at 7B they serve $3.00 Beers, cheap drinks, and they have a photo and sell Potato Chips and Pretzels which practically no bars in Manhattan ever do any more. And this is a good thing when you get the munchies from the Beer. Glory Hallelujah, thank God for 7B .. 

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Truffle Season and Barolo

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Tartufo

WHITE TRUFFLES

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NEBBIOLO
  
The Grapes of BAROLO & BARBARESCO
 
 
BAROLO
  
A Bottle of GIACOMO CONTERNO BAROLO 1967
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Tagliatelle Pasta with white Truffle
and a nice bottle of BAROLO or BARBARESCO is one of life’s greatest Treats 
 
 
 
 
 

 
The WINES of BAROLO & BARBARESCO
 
 
Watch The Video
 
 
 
 
 
A BAROLO WINE CELLAR
 
 
 
 
  
Pouring a Glass of BAROLO
 
 
 
  
 
One of The Greatest of All BARBARESCO Wines
 
 
BARBARESCO Santa Stefano – CASTELLO Di NEIVE
 
 
From the Great ITALO STUPINO
 
 
“The KING of BARBARESCO”
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ITALO STUPINO in NEW YORK
The Owner of Castelo di Neive
with a bottle of his famed Barbaresco 
with Author DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
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SUNDAY SAUCE
 
by DANIEL BELLINO “Z”
 
 
 
 
 
 
BAROLO GIUSEPPE RINALDI
 
 
 
 
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RAOS New York Italian

 

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Founded in 1896, starting as a saloon, family owned – 4 generations in. From the famous NFL Manning brothers throwing a football outside of the restaurant which is on East 114th street to Sting and Bon Jovi both being in the restaurant and by the end of the night singing Sinatra’s famous “New York” hit together and with the entire restaurant, to topping it with Sophia Loren walking in and the always noisy restaurant dropping silent. This place is home. We walked in, greeted with such kindness by the owner, Frank Pellegrino (with no reservation I might add as they do not accept them – however they are somehow booked for 2015), we fell back into the era circa 1930 and I felt like I was a main character in Goodfellas – it was amazing. I am still unsure how it happened, starting with some drinks with Dee behind the bar – who comes across as the friend you grew up with – followed by our dreams coming true as we were told a table is being set for us. Dining and having the seafood salad, calamari (duh), meatballs, lemon chicken, broccoli rabe, vodka penne, of course a bottle of wine and topping it with lemon cello courtesy of the down to earth, classy, stylish Mr. Pellegrino – it sure was one of the best nights in New York City. To get a seat here is unheard of, the tables are allegedly each given to certain family’s for life and theirs whenever they want them. The generous, kind owner Frank, makes you feel like he’s your uncle Frank seating you at his birthday party. He was born on East 114th street in Harlem – his wife of 40+ years also is from the same area – he keeps tradition alive in numerous ways. This is an establishment you will find no where else. (Well, you can try in Hollywood and Vegas as they opened there too 🙂 but I’m confident it will not be as original as the Harlem location. 

 

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Frank Pelligrino Sr.

R.I.P.

 

 

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Tabasco Hot Sauce

 

The KING 
 
of
 
HOT SAUCE
 
 
 
 
TABASCO PEPPER MASH AGING
in JACK DANIESL OAK BARRLES
On AVERY ISLAND, LOUISIANA
DID YOU KNOW?
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1.  That TABASCO Bottle Is an Old Cologne Bottle from the New Orleans Glassworks.
2.  Invented in 1868 by Edmond McIlhenny, originally from Maryland.
3.  About 720,000 bottles are bottled a day and sold in 165 countries around the World.
4.  Tabasco is aged in used Jack Daniels Bourbon Whiskey Barrels ..
5.  1/8 Ounce Bottles of Tabasco  with Presidential Seal are served on Air Force 1
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VALENTINA HOT SAUCE
 
 From
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO
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Valentina has become my favorite Hot Sauce of the past 3 years or so .. I picked it up at a .99 Cent Store one day, a 12 oz. bottle is just $1.49, average price of Tabasco is about $3.99 for a 5 oz. bottle .. It would cost me about $9 for the same amount of Tabasco or more than 7 times more expensive .. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Tabasco and like its taste once and a while, it’s definitely distinctive and a good deal hotter, but now by-far my most preferred Hot Sauce by far is VALENTINA from Mexico .. It’s not too hot, which for my personal taste I like ..  And the spices they use in it has a real nice flavor. And yes, Tabasco and some of the other brands are too dam expensive. Be creative, and don’t always follow the crowd. Basta!
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Before I started up with VALENEtINA I was using CRYSTAL HOT SAUCE from Louisiana for a while .. I like Hot Sauce from Louisiana and as we all know Tabasco can be a bit expensive as compare to Crystal and Valentina and some others, Crytal is way cheaper than Tabasco, but it is also a lot less hot and not as florvorful.  I did notice that in New Orleans Crytal is pretty popular and I saw it on many a restaurant table sometimes along with Tabasco and other bottles. I don’t use Crystal that much any more since I discovered my fave, Valentina … Sometimes I will have in the house; Tabasco, Valentina, and Crystal, and will mostley use Valentina, and Tabasco and Crystal here-and-there …  
My favorite is on Scramble Eggs with buttered Peas on the side for Breakfast or a lite lunch .. Sometimes when I make FRied Eggs I like to douse on a bit of “Maggi Seasoning” with Valentina as well. These make for some super tasty fried eggs. Try em!
Crystal Claims To Be Louisiana’s # 1 Hot Sauce
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SECRET RECIPES

SECRET KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe
 
SHAKE SHACK Burger Recipe
 
RECIPES USING HOT SAUCE
 
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MAGGI ‘S

It’s a SECRET SAUCE

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Use just a little drop of Maggi Sauce when pan-broiling a Steak
and making a Pan Sauce, by deglazing pan with a little Red Wine, reduce wine by half,

turn heat off, add a couple drops of MAGGI’S, add a knob of Butter, swirl in the pan, pour over your steak, and Voila, you’ve got a tasty little sauce. Bon Appetite !

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Learn How to Make DUDES COWBOY CHILI

TACOS and BURRITOS all Using TABASCO SAUCE in The Recipes

ABIDE in IT !!!
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DiFara Pizza Dom DeMarco

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DiFara Pizza 
 Dom DeMarco
The MASTER
 
“Yes,” Eating Pizza Made by The Maestro DOM DeMARCO
Is a Religious Experience !!!
 
Much has been said of the now famed Pizzeria (DiFarra Pizza) on Avenue J in Brooklyn, New York the Capital of Thee Best Pizza in the whole United States of America, bar-none, even Manhattan. Brooklyn lays claim to the Top two Pizzerias in the country, the top of the list 1 and 2, number 1, The Best and number 2, the second best. Well no, I don’t know if I should put it that way, as it sound s as one is better than the other, which is not ht e case, as they are both equally good, equally Great and equally the Best Pizza and the Best Pizzerias in the United States, though they are are little different than one another. The Pizza at both Totonno’s on Neptune Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York and Di Farra Pizza on Avenue J in Brooklyn are both otherworldly specimens of some the Finest Pizza on other and the Undisputed Best Pizza in America.
Wow, got off on a tangent about both Di Farra and Totonno’s when I just intended to talk about Di Farra Pizza, Dom DeMarco the Maestro of Di Farra’s and the Religious experience that it is to go there, watch Dominic masterfully make Pizza after glorious Pizza (without the help of anyone else), to watch in awe and anticipation and Salivation til you finally get yours (after about a hour or hour and a half wait), you hold it in your hand like a precious baby, and then to sink your teeth into it, savoring each wondrous bite after the other. “Yes,” it is truly a religious experience, that is, if you are a great lover of this wonderful invention, created in Napoli, spread throughout the the Italian Peninsular and then across the Atlantic to America from Italian Immigrants where Gennaro Lombardi opened the First Pizzeria in America on Prince Street in New York City some 100 years ago or so.
Back to Di Farra and Pizzaiolo Extraordinaire, Mr. Dominic DeMarco. It is Dominic that makes Di Farra what it is, it certainly isn’t the Pizzeria itself which is ultra plain and even appalling to some. Mr. DeMarco’s pizzas are just about as close to absolute perfection in the Pizza Making World, a world in which New York City excels and has only one rival in Naples, Italy and the whole of Italy itself. Mr. De Marco has the magic touch, with perfect dough, the perfect balance of ingredients, tomato and other ingredient ratio to cheese, and this include Mr. Demarcos judicious use of Olive Oil which is right-on and a little magic touch that whoever complains about it, just does not know there Pizza and Italian Food on a whole. We Italians love our olive oil. And those who complain are unaware that it is a condiment that adds the final last touch to many dishes before they are eaten. Dominic knows this and should not be discourage against his generous use of it by those who do not understand the proper essence of the Italian Table. So please, keep your traps shut, if you don’t like it don’t eat it, this countries finest examples of the Pizza Art.
And on to the religious experience of Di Farra, Dom DeMarco and the mans artistry with Pizza. There is nothing quite like it in the entire Pizza World. There does not exist, to my knowledge any place in the world that has an elderly man making a hundred plus Pizzas a day in a place that has endless lines, day and night. Pizza that are so perfect, words can not describe People line up for greatness and artistry, and for a couple of slices of the most marvelous pizza this side of Naples, and to watch this passionate little old man work his heart out, not getting, not allowing anyone else to make a pie at his beloved Pizzeria. The man is elderly. He’s worked his whole life. He makes such a magical thing that people line up each and every day to see him and eat one of his many masterpieces. With business like this, he could hire to other Pizzaiolos to help him, doubling or tripling his business and and financial intake. He could hire two guys and make pizza aloing with them, or sit back and get three guys to do it. At his age, he’s entitled to. But know, Dom DeMarco loves what he does, he loves his Pizza, each and every one that passes that counter and into thousands of appreciative hands. The man feels that no one else can make a Pizza the way he does and wants to serve to his customers. No one else who has his skills, his passion and love for the Pizza, thus he does it all himself. And this my friends is the reason that going to Di Farra’s to watch Dominic the maestro in action, all by himself while hundreds of people line up every day, waiting an hour and a half to two hours just to get a Pizza (not just any old Pizza mind you). “It’s a Religious Experience.” Truly! A show and there is nothing like it in the World, Dom DeMarco, a man and his Pizza, America’s Best, and something to rival that other World Pizza Capital, Napoli.
 
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
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