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Da Nico Little Italy Restaurants
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The Looney Foodie was out and about recently with a group from his software gig, and we had a farewell lunch for one of our colleagues who fancied Italian fare.

Usually it’s Thai food, or Indian food, or Vietnamese food, but on this day it was Italian.

The Foodie has some Italian and Sicilian blood running through his veins, and grew up with a mother of Italian American ethnic background, so the Looney Foodie knows Italian food like the back of his, er, stomach… or something like that.

So on that day someone chose Da Nico among the many Little Italy restaurants that could have been chosen.

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liverwurst sandwich
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The liverwurst sandwich…

Few food items conjure up such emotions as liverwurst.

You either love or hate it.

It seems that these days, where many in the bland modern health conscious world avoid the fattier delicacies of a bygone age, that anything made with organ meats is pretty much written off as unhealthy and with too strong a taste.

The liverwurst sandwich is nirvana on a roll, ye healthful culinary heathens.

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dehydrator
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The foodie has been on extended foodie hiatus, but he’s back with this handy article about preserving your hot chili harvest (or any foodstuff, really) through the magic of DEHYDRATION!

Dehydrating hot peppers is one of my staple activities for ensuring that I can always make a hot sauce when I feel the need.

If you were wondering how to dry hot peppers from the garden, then this is your lucky day!

Dehydrating is a great way to preserve your produce for future benefit, if such produce lends itself to dehydration.

Hot chilis (peppers), tomato slices, some fruits, and even some meats like chicken or beef, can be dehydrated for the future.

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halal cart
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Many of you might think that something that is so Middle Eastern to have the word “Halal” in the name couldn’t be a part of the foodie scene in any major US city, but then again, New York City is the modern Rome, where people, customs, languages, and food come from all corners of the world to fuse.  Is it any wonder that we now have halal carts dotting the City?

“Halal” is the Muslim version of the Jewish Kosher, regarding food.  If it’s not Halal, a Muslim can’t eat it, just as with a religious Jew, if it ain’t Kosher, it’s not allowed.

In Halal, other than total restrictions on non allowed foods, most notably pork products, the animals that make up the meat have to be ritually killed in a certain way for it to be halal.  Some people are opposed to halal for ethical and animal cruelty reasons, or even political ones.  I have to mention that because, hey, it’s a hot button issue.

I don’t want to get into that, but I want to talk a bit about these halal carts.

Read on, fellow foodies!

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shrimp scampi pasta recipe
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The Looney Foodie bets that there are tons of people searching for a shrimp scampi pasta recipe and let me start off on a tangent here to get us all in the mood.

Anyone ever see that Albert Brooks & Meryl Streep movie (with Rip Torn adding his own unique comedic skills), Defending Your Life?

In that movie they are in a sort of pre Heavenly way station where everyone wears togas and lives the hotel lifestyle where you can socialize and eat to your heart’s content and never gain any weight.

Well, I imagine that this shrimp scampi pasta recipe maybe originated in that Heavenly hotel on high…

Let’s get to it.

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