“Read Gogol’s Dead Souls,” Ms. Ezersky ordered me over tea. “It’s the bible of Russian food.” I still haven’t read it yet, but know, at least, that the narrator travels the Russian countryside, feasting in villagers’ homes along the way. What I did do was speak with James Beard award-winning Portland chef Vitaly Paley about […]More
Rachel Safko writes about niche markets and is consulted for expert research in consumer trends, most recently featured in Forbes. She covered developing markets at a major global investment firm for a decade, with previous experience as a literary and nonfiction editor in book publishing. Her features on food, culture, economics and luxury have been published in award-winning newspapers and magazines, with recent work in Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn about dealers who source rare tea and ceramics from Asia. More about her experience as a financial writer covering the developing economies can be found on Linked In. She hosts soirees in New York like this fika and is a food and drink specialist at IfOnly--cited by Bloomberg, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal for combining unique luxury experiences with philanthropic causes. Private events and consultations can be booked with her there, with a portion of proceeds donated to the Edible Schoolyard Project.
It’s said that Cleopatra drenched her ship’s sails in jasmine to announce her arrival in Rome and seduce Mark Antony. Imagine the extravagance of it: today, average estimates suggest that it can take as many as 10,000 jasmine flowers to make one gram of absolute; a pound of that would sell for $1000 or more. […]More
The early autumn, blustery Wuthering Heights-like weather in New York right now has me in what I can only describe as a Russian mood. I’ve been dreaming about hunting for forest mushrooms in the Russian tradition but the best I could do was score a bag at Kalyustan’s the other day (they have a forest […]More
I love the mood in New York just before Independence Day–half the city has fled but the streets are still brimming with people ready to relax and have fun. We have some great parks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg with lots of sprinklers and fountains turned on in summer (water balloons are a big thing with […]More