At the International Home and Housewares Show in Manhattan, promising new gadgets include a Pedrini 3-in-1 Garlic Press that can process three cloves at a time. Also highlighted are sustainable cork bowls from Bambu and a 6-quart Electric Multicooker by Fagor.
"We're making food with the latest technology, with the latest understanding of how food reacts to certain circumstances," said Judd Canepari, executive chef at El Bizcocho in San Diego. The salad, for example, could consist of round and crunchy beet macaroons, and the Dover sole might have black and white stripes.
Though most people think Rob Roys should be made with sweet vermouth, the original recipe calls for dry vermouth, one bartender says. He makes the cocktail with Scotch, dry vermouth and a couple of dashes of orange bitters, an update that adds complexity.
According to wine director Jeffrey DeVore of David Berkley Fine Wines and Specialty Foods, wine glasses make a difference. Good ones help you taste everything the wine is supposed to be, while bad glasses dull it down.