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Time Out New York Eat Out Awards

Dirt Candy has been nominated for “Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant” in the Time Out New York Eat Out Awards. If you liked your meal here then head on over and vote. If you didn’t like your meal here, well you’re probably not reading this blog anyways. It’s nice to see that my favorite wine bar, Terroir, my favorite coffee place, Abra├žo, and Shang by fellow Torontonian, Susur Lee, all got nominated, too.

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Despite the awkward title (“vegetarian-friendly?”) it’s fun to be nominated for something, although it’s even more fun to win. When I was the chef at Heirloom we won Time Out New York’s 2006 Reader’s Choice Award for “Best New Vegetarian Restaurant” and it came complete with a plate to hang on the wall. However, it was apparently a cursed plate because Heirloom closed shortly thereafter. I think the investors, who were construction guys, kept the plate when Heirloom closed and I wonder if one of them still has it, collecting dust on the wall of his den?

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(Vote here)


Car(rot) Bomb

In the New Yorker review of Dirt Candy, Julian writes, “But if the candy-colored carrot risotto reminds you just how sweet and rich carrots can be, it can be exhausting for the same reason.” In the Village Voice, Digregorio writes, “The whimsy and sense of humor in the dish are admirable, but the flavor is overly simple – sweet and vegetal – being composed almost solely of carrots.”

Yes. Exactly.

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The Oil Rig Scam Continues

Ever since I posted about Engineer Andy Jakes and his oil rig restaurant scam I’ve been getting emails from around the world sent by people who were approached by the same scammers. In some cases they saw my post when they Googled Andy Jakes and it helped them realize that this is a scam so, like Superman, I did some good! Restaurants as far away as Australia and Denmark have emailed saying they were approached by Engineer Andy Jakes and Dr. Allan Brad trying to book dinners and it took most of them as long as it took me to realize that this was a scam of the lowest order. I’ve gotten phone calls from restaurant owners and we’re all in the same boat: it didn’t sound like a scam at first, just weird, and then we started dealing with them in good faith, then we realized it was a scam and felt like idiots. So keep the word churning: the oil rig scam continues. Be on the lookout for hungry oil rig workers who want to eat at your restaurant and when they show up…run!

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But, you know, it’s sad. It’s people like Engineer Andy Jakes and Dr. Allan Brad who ruin it for the rest of the oil rig workers who just want to get a group reservation at Australian wine bars and American vegetarian restaurants.

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“I cannot get into any good restaurants now. Curse

you, Engineer Andy Jakes.”

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UPDATE: Just got an email from a restaurant owner in Argentina who received the same scam emails. As they write, “I just wanted to share with you the experience of feeling like an idiot…” Yes. There’s something about getting these emails and you think, “Hey, a group booking, awesome!” And then…the experience of feeling like an idiot. I guess all of us running restaurants have lowered our guard a bit in the current economy.

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Is Dirt Candy catching on?

Love or hate the name Dirt Candy, it was designed to be talked about and people are talking about it like nobody’s business. I’m firmly convinced that if I’d taken a hint from most restaurants and named my place Fork, or Green Table, or E9 it wouldn’t be getting nearly as much press as naming it Dirt Candy. Now, it looks like the name is catching on. Over on a blog named 5:01 they’re talking about PETA’s Super Bowl commercial and a commenter writes:

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Obviously, PETA is less concerned with portraying women as eye candy than they are concerned about dirt candy.

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I would like to say that I did not pay the commenter in any way, shape or form for this product placement.


Reviews Reviewed: New York Press

I knew someone from the New York Press had come to the restaurant, and it’s always a dead giveaway that you’re about to get a review when they call make an appointment for their photographer to come by, but I didn’t have a clue this review would be such a rave. From start to finish, they loved everything they had, they loved the room, they liked the atmosphere, they even went nuts for the carrot risotto that was panned by the New Yorker last week.

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A few things I wanted to mention, in no particular order:

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Menu

Snack

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Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter
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Appetizers

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Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote

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Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly

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Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree

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Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples

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Entrees

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Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream

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Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs

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Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe

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Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg

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- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.

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Dessert

Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone

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Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate

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Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn

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Celery Cheesecake Roll$10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes

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- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.

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Our wine list (and other beverages)

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Gift Certificates

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