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The Best Summer Treats: Joseph Leonard’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on May 16, 2013
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“A good fried chicken comes down to being seasoned all the way through the meat. Ours is more than an 11 herbs and spices recipe.”

Come see a behind-the-scenes peek into the prep work and concepts behind some of the unique foods offered at The Great GoogaMooga food and music festival this weekend in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Meet the cast at Joseph Leonard, a West Village neighborhood restaurant claiming to have perfected the fried chicken sandwich. This one’s got quite the crunch too. I hope you’re hungry… Enjoy! I’ll see you at the festival.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy eating!

The Best Summer Treats: Northern Spy Food’s Egg Begley, Jr

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on May 15, 2013
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“We’re planning on selling close to 3500 egg sandwiches in 3 days.”

Come see a behind-the-scenes peek into the prep work and concepts behind some of the unique foods offered at The Great GoogaMooga food and music festival this weekend in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Meet the cast at Northern Spy Food, a farm to table restaurant in the East Village, serving up a soft yolk packed, eggy chimichurri sandwich bomb for those looking for a delicious, meatless option. I hope you’re hungry… Enjoy!

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The Best Summer Treats: Landhaus’ Bacon Sticks

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on May 14, 2013
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“I like to make food worth lining up for. It’s too much work to make food that’s just average.”

Come see a behind-the-scenes peek into the prep work and concepts behind some of the unique foods offered at The Great GoogaMooga food and music festival this weekend in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Meet the cast at Landhaus, a farm to sandwich operation in Brooklyn, serving up high-quality, herb infused, melt-in-your mouth, thick cut bacon on a stick. Enjoy! I hope you’re hungry…

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The Best Summer Treats: Jeepney’s Chori Burger

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on May 13, 2013
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“When it comes to Filipino food, everything’s gotta be BIG.”

Today, I’m kicking off a week-long food. curated. collaboration series with the fun folks at GoogaMooga!

Come see a behind-the-scenes peek into the prep work and concepts behind some of the unique foods offered at The Great GoogaMooga food and music festival this weekend in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Meet the cast at Jeepney, a super-creative Filipino gastropub serving up a burger you won’t believe – it’s one part jungle fever and one part FUNK. I hope you’re hungry… Enjoy!

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On Why We Cook, Chef Sung Park: To Break Taboos and To Create

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on May 2, 2013
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“I wanted to make upscale food more accessible, because that’s the way I want to eat.”

Meet Sung Park, the chef and owner of Bistro Petit in Brooklyn, a tiny, unassuming, 10-seater restaurant entirely devoted to unique, bold-flavored Korean French cuisine. Yes. You read that right: Korean French cuisine. Chef Park specializes in the novel – breaking taboos and creating new possibilites in food – proving to doubtful colleagues that you can marry Korean & French flavors and technique. As Chef Park explained to me, “it’s all about balance”. But, achieving that balance didn’t come easy, in fact, it took close to a decade of working and reworking his ideas to finally understand.

I’m telling you now, this is a special place, one of the best deals in Brooklyn too. A place where you’ll discover standout dishes like kimchi bouillabaisse and Korean beef bourguignon. It’s a playground, an on-going test kitchen where Chef Park tinkers and plays around with his secret supply of specialty Korean ingredients – all because, to him, it’s exciting!

Bistro Petit has certainly made an impression on me, which is why I’m excited to share this story. Be sure to check out the $90, 7-course tasting menu served stool side Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It’s a food experience you won’t want to miss, especially for the price. So, what’s that moment of clarity like, when you finally know why you want to cook? Click play and find out.

**A very special thank you to my pals Mike Thies and Topu Lyo of LIVE FOOTAGE for lending their beautiful, atmospheric music to this story. You can watch them perform live at Apotheke every Sunday night in New York City. Or, just click here!

Thanks so much for watching and supporting food. curated.! It’s the big James Beard Awards week for our little series. Wish us luck and Happy Eating!