*i’m a man on fire
walking through your street
with one guitar
and two dancing feet
only one desire
that’s left in me
i want the whole damn world
to come dance with me
for whatever reason, when we’re sitting together for dinner here at HQ, the conversation inevitably turns to strange things people have eaten (or seen eaten on tv). granted, it’s usually late nights while on deadline and there is no accounting for where those conversations wind up. but i’ve noticed that even people outside our offices will gravitate to this topic. whether it’s because they are gourmands wary of the unthinkable or they are foodie voyeurs, the capacity for morbid curiosity can drive a man to wonder about monkey’s brain slathered in worcestershire sauce, topped with an egg over easy and fresh cilantro (i just made that up)..
if you’re looking to exercise your sense of adventure, exotic meats is a good place to start your research. everyone knows where to find a great steak, but there is life beyond cow. in response to our hipster über-foodie tendencies, and perhaps a little in objection of them, writer niko krommydas and photographer matthew furman set out on a gonzo eating adventure. they visited restaurants chic and shabby, meat emporiums, turkey farms and one southern inspired ginjang kind of place. niko wrestled with an alligator, speared a wild buffalo, swamped for frogs and poached an ostrich. whether or not this is true, consider his resulting story your escort to these exotic meats and others.
for slightly more traditional guidance, we called on some old friends. the chefs and restaurateurs of local fame who you’ve seen in pulse over the years got together (almost) to discuss pressing questions like where they eat, their favorite NYC spots, what they order, how they gauge a good restaurant and what they cook at home. you’ve seen them in our monthly who’s cooking segment, last year’s lauded nighthawks cover story and now serving: success profiles (2010). this time, they divulge their secrets in gourmets dish and individual pop-ups throughout this issue. you can find more of their secrets and profiles at lipulse.com.
speaking of outstanding restaurateurs, there are a few families in the business who seem to do no wrong—the throngs remain devoted no matter how many venues they open. maybe part of it is that when your business is a family affair, your success is shared. just like your name. and your customers are buying into your family every time they make a reservation. family affair is my segment focusing on three broods everyone knows by name. the fly on the wall interviews will give you the backstories as if you were hearing them first hand from gillis and george poll, tony scotto and guy, john and jerry (and mamma) lombardi themselves. like the different members of each clutch, their businesses are very different, shaped as much by their legacies as by their stylistic motives. you may have enjoyed their restaurants already, but you’ll get a whole new appreciation for what they do after you get to know them a little on these pages.
in an unintentional nod to the church, we have two segments focused on bread and wine. the daily bread follows the history of bread making across the continents to highlight some loaves that are delicious accompaniments to any meal, or make for great meals unto themselves (a little bread, fruit, wine…). bonused in are the easy recipes that will transform your next dinner table (and copious more online at lipulse.com). red hook winery is an exploration of this brooklyn-based winery that uses long island grapes (naturally) and two winemakers to create bottles that are as unpredictable as their labels. as a companion piece, notes from the wine snobs’ notebooks is a quick reference for pairing local wines with food.
and there’s plenty for dessert in this issue. the fashion, art and music pages surely won’t disappoint. just check the menu in our table of contents. bon appetit!
*i wanna see our bodies burning like the old big sun
i wanna know what we’ve been learning and learning from
* “man on fire” by edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros