Sunday, October 19, 2014

NYCWFF Day 3: A Bloody, Jamaican Crazy, Stacked and Fit to be Thaied Smoke Revival

The Jamaican Crazy Bloody Mary created by Robert McShea is a hangover starter. Photos by Yours Truly.

IT has the makings of a curative: Yellow Heirloom Tomato Puree, Agave Nectar. One is sure of it: Lemon, Mango Chip. Perhaps, though, Yours Truly is being a little naive: “Bloody Jerk” mix, Prawn, ABSOLUT Citron.

Still seduced by mango and lemon, I venture the question burning my lips like those Jamaican spices on the rim of the cup, “Is this a hangover cure?”

Robert McShea regards me as if he is explaining that 1 +1 = 2. “It's a hangover starter.”

Perhaps, too, the name should have been a clue about the origins of the “Jamaican Crazy.” It is the libation that the barman and assistant General Manager of The Duck Dive in San Diego, Calif. has concocted for the “'CHOPPED' Best Bloody Mary Brunch perfected by ABSOLUT.”

Jamaican Crazy is one of the Bloody Marys in the running for “Best Bloody Mary in America.” Alas, it did not attain that distinction – it would go to David Wakefield's "A Bloody Beaux Thai" – but it is delicious and innocuous-tasting. Further, it is clearly only a take on the famous drink with its bright mango coloring. As the saying goes, it's all good.

Is it bad form for Robert Irvine's (Restaurant: Impossible) Smoked Expresso Rubbed Brisket Sandwich to have won the
Stacked: A Sandwich Showdown 
presented by Martin's Famous Potato Rolls hosted by Restaurant: Impossible's Robert Irvine?
In any case, clearly there was something special about the lineup of Expresso dry rubbed smoked beef brisket, grilled onions, taleggio cheese, horseradish aioli and crispy pickled jalapenos on a Martin's hoagie roll ... The whole is quite yummy; the beef so tender and succulent, it almost felt liquidy.

There is lot of good at the 2014 Food Network New York City Wine&Food Festival on Saturday, the busiest day of the four-day bacchanal. That includes Stacked: A Sandwich Showdown presented by Martin's Famous Potato Rolls hosted by Restaurant: Impossible's Robert Irvine and Riesling Revival hosted by Eric Hemer Celebrity Cruises® Wine Seminars hosted by FOOD & WINE.

Today – LAST DAY – for two good causes: Food Bank For New York City Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign, there is more good stuff.

Offerings include: Down-Home Country Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood, Chocolate and Whiskey Pairing, Anolon Cookware presents The Art of Pasta Making, Oktoberfest, Dale's Dim Sum Party and the second and final Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite

Meanwhile, the “'CHOPPED' Best Bloody Mary Brunch" has also presented an opportunity to catch up with one of its chefs and former “CHOPPED” champ, Dinah Surh. (

The effervescent DS dished on her brunch dish, Korean Sweet and Spicey BLT w/Pinenut Mayonnaise: “I just love everything having to do with bacon.”

On her “CHOPPED” (hosted by Ted Allen) victory earlier this year: “When Ted Allen announced that, 'Dinah you are the chopped champion', I was just on top of the world. I felt Iwas in the moon. I was so excited that I did a horsey dance!”

And some things she would do with $1 million if she is the overall victor in a major cooking contest next month: “I would love to start a food career and publish a cookbook.” (See video above).

Eight is enough for the Riesling Revival hosted by Eric Hemer Celebrity Cruises® Wine Seminars hosted by FOOD & WINE. What say the experts about some of the wines:
2010 Villa Maria Riesling Cellar Selection (New Zealand), “Forthright.” It says, “I'm great, drink me”;
2012 Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling (New York), “green apples, peach”;
2010 S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett (Germany), “Old World,” “honey,” “All the things you want in a Riesling.”

Yes siree, Saturday is a good day at NYCWFF.

Visit to learn more about the 2014 Food Network Wine & Food Festival, including schedule, tickets and venue.
Visit to learn more about Food Bank For New York City;
Visit to learn more about Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign.

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