This fragrant, soul-satisfying dish is fast enough to make on a weeknight. If you don’t have lemongrass, don’t sweat it — the ginger, garlic and spices make it flavorful enough, though lemongrass does add an herbal-meets-citrus element that’s like nothing else. And if you don’t have fresh ginger, powdered works too — though you will sacrifice some fresh flavor. (For a vegetarian alternative, see below.)
I stared into the refrigerator during the recent cold spell and thought to myself, “I have nothing in the house.”
It’s been a tough year for Basil, the upscale pizzeria turned Mediterranean restaurant that credits itself with bringing Kosher fine dining to trendy Crown Heights. First they sued a competing pizza restaurant, Calabria, for violating the halachic law of “hasagat givul,” which literally means boundary infringement and refers to unfair business competition that seeks to harm. Then they were stripped of their kashrut certification in what Basil called “a big misunderstanding.” Now they’ve been reborn as a Mediterranean restaurant. Are they kowtowing to Calabria, allowing Calabria to retain the stranglehold it has on the niche world of Crown Heights Kosher pizza? Is the reopening also a rebranding, now that vocal manager Clara Perez has left her post? Does the Jewish world really need another kosher Mediterranean joint? In the kill or be killed world of New York restauranteurs, can the food triumph?
Now that the holiday season has come to a close, you may be noticing that the seemingly endless amounts of treats and indulgences over the past couple of months have started to take their toll. Whether your pants are feeling a bit snug or your energy levels have totally tanked, it may be time for a detox.
Just when we thought 2017 had slunk off for good — let’s face it, the year stunk in myriad ways — word arrived about the closing of Caplansky’s, a nouveau-deli pioneer and beloved Toronto hangout. In a Facebook post, owner Zane Caplansky said that the eatery never recovered from a 2016 landlord-tenant spat that temporarily shuttered the restaurant. Two satellite locations remain open. “Moving forward, I hope to grow the franchises and wholesale aspects of the business,” Caplansky told the Forward.