Across from Georgetown Cupcake on the other side of M St., sits the chocolate shop J. Chocolatier. It’s a wonderfully cozy little shop, with exposed brick, beautiful chocolates perched in glass displays, and soft lighting. The weather around DC appears to have gone south in a hurry, but if you’re munching on a chocolate and sipping something hot at J. Chocolatier, things aren’t all bad.
Here’s a video I shot with owner Jane Morris to to show you what the shop is all about. I recommend that you get there soon and treat yourself to a chocolate.
Possessed with a cast iron stomach and an inimitable willingness to eat anything, not much fazes Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods.” Yet I distinctly remember the episode where one food practically brought him to his knees; it was durian, a fruit he described as tasting like “completely rotten, mushy onions.”
If the taste of durian is unpleasant, the smell is supposed to be even worse. In fact, durian is banned in some public areas of Malaysia and Singapore due to its offensive odor.
The Korean supermarket near my parents’ house in Lexington, MA sells durian. Naturally, I wanted to try it. Actually, I wanted my family to try it while I filmed their reaction. We took the spiky durian out to the ping pong table (far removed from the main part of the house), my mom put on rubber gloves, a cleaver was unleashed, and I shot this quick video with my parents, sister, brother-in-law and nieces.
Either we chose a mild durian, or the durian legend is overblown. Not only did the thing taste okay, it smelled okay, too. See for yourself.
According to recent statistics, over 20% of Westchester’s residents are 60 years of age or older, with seniors ages 85+ representing the fastest growing segment of the population. For seniors who are unable to cook, finding a way to eat can be difficult; restaurant meals and take-out are expensive, while supermarket frozen dinners are a nutritional wasteland.
Enter Top Chef Meals, which prepares and delivers affordable, nutritious meals to homebound residents, including seniors, the disabled and those on fixed incomes. I’d read about it earlier this year in Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester 2010″ issue — it was named “Company With a Heart.”
I was happy to shoot this video, so you could see what Top Chef Meals is all about.
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If you’re a kid, you’re not doubt putting the final touches on your Halloween costume and dreaming of candy. If you’re an adult, chances are you’re going to a Halloween party in the coming week (and possibly planning a costume of your own).
At Riviera Bakehouse in Ardsley, the holiday affords the bake staff a chance to open up their imaginations and unleash their creativity. Halloween cakes are a big deal at Riviera, for good reason: they’re pretty amazing.
Liv Hansen was kind enough to let me invade the bakery and shoot this video of her creating her Halloween cakes. What a treat. It’s a true joy to watch exceptionally talented and creative people at work, and hopefully I was able to capture some of Liv’s artistry.