Loft 610 review plus food news

Last week Loft 610 Executive Chef Ben Ackland and the staff invited us to stop in and sample items from the Midtown Crossing restaurant’s revamped bar and cocktail menu. We started with a flight of the bar’s signature cocktails (available for $2 per shot on Thursday nights, if you want to sample them). All were variations on the martini, and most were on the sweet end of the spectrum. Their signature martini, the Loft610 — a Bombay Sapphire-based martini with lemonade, green tea, cucumber and strawberry — was a dead ringer for a Jolly Rancher candy, for example, but their Manhattan Loft — a variation of the classic bourbon-based martini that added a touch of lemon — was a...

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Soda under fire from FDA

First it was high fructose corn syrup you had to worry about when it came to drinking soda. Now it’s the caramel coloring, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a public advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Last week they urged the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of the coloring that’s added to colas and other soft drinks. “In contrast to the caramel one might make at home by melting sugar in a saucepan, the artificial brown coloring in colas and some other products is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures,” the agency said in a press release. “Chemical reactions result in the formation of...

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App-etizer for chocolate lovers

* Would-be chocolatiers have a new weapon in their arsenal via the latest iPhone app from master chocolate-maker Jacques Torres. His new app, MrChocolate, offers a virtual tour of his Brooklyn chocolate factory/retail outlet, a chocolate glossary, and the history of chocolate, all for free. An upgrade will get you access to how-tos, techniques and recipes. * If you’ve been avoiding eggs for health reasons, the USDA just gave you the okay to start ordering omelets again, though not on a daily basis. The agency randomly sampled eggs from across the country and found that commercial eggs now have 14 percent cholesterol and 64 percent more vitamin D than was previously thought. Despite that...

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You say tomato…

* Believe it or not, spring will return and things will start growing again. Now is the time to start looking for a community-supported agriculture group. Tomato Tomato, an indoor farmer's market near 156th and Center, is having its yearly sign-up for the general public on March 1. Many other local farms start signups at this time of year as well. * Chef Paul Kulik of The Boiler Room has been invited to serve a dinner at the James Beard House in New York City on March 30. Patrons purchase tickets to dine at the house as a fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation, named for the renowned American chef and food writer. Being invited to be a guest chef is an incredible honor. Visit...

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Suhsi returns to O Dining

O Dining, located on the edge of the Old Market at 10th and Farnam, will not only be returning sushi to their menu, they’ll be upping the presentation as well. Over the next few weeks, the restaurant will install a kaiten sushi bar, a rotating conveyor belt that allows customers to pluck whatever sushi dish catches their eye as it slowly moves past them. The plates are color-coded, so when it’s time to pay your server simply tallies the number of each color and presents you with the bill. Look for it in mid- to late March. * One of the most buzzed-about books this year is Gabrielle Hamilton’s Bones, Blood and Butter, a memoir that fellow chef Antony Bourdain, among others, have been...

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New wine from George Paul Vinegar

* George Paul Vinegar released its raspberry and Brianna vinegars in late January. The company, which is located in Cody, Neb., and makes artisanal vinegar, sold out of its first batch of raspberry vinegar back in 2009. This is the first run of the Brianna, which is made from Nebraska-grown white wine. The company is offering a free bottle of its apple-cider vinegar on orders of three or more bottles until March 1. George Paul Vinegar is available online at georgepaulvinegar.com or to purchase at Whole Foods or La Buvette. * eCreamery is offering assistance to home chefs. The online and retail ice cream store is selling pre-packaged mixes of four of its ice cream flavors, including vanilla...

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