First things first, take a moment and give a prayer of thanks to everyone who serves or who has ever served our country. Memorial Day isn’t just about going to the grill, it’s a time to remember those who have protected the United States. We also grilled, made paella and enjoyed our friends & family!

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Food Lovers Conference in NY, culinary school grants, food media survey, thoughts about pig testicles and a new found love of Indian food. Who says January is dull??

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I’m worried about my hometown. Are we New Yorkers resting on our foodie laurels instead of being at the forefront of the culinary movement? Are we becoming a faded rose’? Past our prime? When I tell someone to go to Philly for pizza instead of NY, that’s ominous.
You want examples? Let’s start with coffee. New York NEEDS food carts!

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The IACP Conference has come to an end. It’s been a wild and crazy and wonderful time. Old friends, new friends, a fine time has been had by me.

So, here in absolutely no order of importance, Ten Things I’ve Learned about Portland.

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Thank you patient Aroma Cucina readers for sticking around while we packed. It was a wild, wild ride getting our house emptied.  I never want to see another packing carton again.  We had great help, thank you Andrew, and met some crazy good people…if you need a fitness trainer in the Bronx or Brewster NY,…

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