Dining Section Roundup: 1.18.06

Dining Section Roundup: 1.18.06

We weren't thrilled with the Dining Section in the NY Times today; perhaps it's the rain, or maybe some flu-ish feelings creeping in, but the section is heavy on dining out, and the dining in end of things rather turned my stomach.

Trader Joe's to Open in New York: This is the best news we've heard in a while. Words, not even Florence's, can not express the joy this native California feels.

In Winter, It's Scallops: Bittman clears up the difference between Nantucket Bay Scallops and Calico Scallops and urges us to spring for the Bays. With a recipe for Bay Scallops with Sesame Seeds and Scallops.

The Fifth Taste Emerges From the Brine: Dana Bowen visits with Chef David Burke, who loves the flavor sensation that is neither sweet, sour, salty or bitter... it's called "umami." With recipes for Seaweed-Soaked Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables and Jasmine Tea-Soaked Fruit.

Making Wine in a Hostile Climate on Sonoma's Coast: Asimov gets a cover story and covers the Sonoma coastline, where he claims the soils and climates offer the possibility of both "prospect for greatness" and "potential for disaster" to the dozens of vineyards that have opened up.

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