Food Festival Tips And Tricks

A World Food Day for All World Views

Thomas Cahill in his book, Gifts of the Jews claims that thus begins what we call “history.” Anything we know about anything before that period is largely a guess. Cave paintings, reconstructed pots, bones and carbon dating all give us a decent guess at what happened before that period. But that’s all it is. As with clues left behind at a crime scene, we use our best science to venture our best guess. But here in Sumer and Ur we have the first real human history. Real notes written by real people. Boring stuff like basic accounting. All of it, most of it anyway, revolving around their gardens — who grew what and who swapped it for what in the world’s first complex economy. Here men and women first grew more than they needed and thus it freed up a bunch of people to do things like paint their huts or make them pots. Metalworkers thrived, plows got better, gardens got bigger, the stone age was gone for good. All that combined with a healthy dose of slave labor from less fortunate conquered neighbors and we have what has come to be known as “progress.” Sir Leonard Woolley’s work in the 1920’s is significant to the goo people and the god people alike. The God people know of Ur because their very first archetypical hero hailed from there. His name was Abraham and he left Ur “not knowing where he was going” because he was called by God to start something altogether new.

“The Embark NYC app will help you navigate the subway system.” And if you’d rather take a cab? “Be sure to download HAILO.” NEW YORK CITY: The complete foodie travel guide Drink water It may seem obvious, but it can be hard to gauge how much alcohol you’re actually drinking when it’s just a swig of beer here, a sip of wine there at these tastings. Elizabeth A. Karmel, Executive Chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market, recommends drinking “four to five bottles of water before you go to any event that serves alcohol, that way you are completely hydrated and will be less likely to over-imbibe”. Another way to avoid being the guy falling asleep at the wine tasting? “Start the day off with a solid meal,” she advises. Dress appropriately Sounds like our food experts dabble in fashion as well. Lee Schrager encourages guests to “check the weather and the festival website to see if an event is indoors or outdoors; plan your wardrobe accordingly and wear comfortable shoes.”Andrew Zimmern backs him up, saying, “Dress nice, but be comfortable and dress in layers. It will be cool outside but some parties can get really warm. The festival might be more casual than you expect. No need to wear your highest heels or your finest jacket.” If you just can’t bear to part with your heels, Elizabeth A. Karmel says to “carry a pair of lightweight espadrilles in your bag to slip into when your feet start to hurt.” Don’t forget Manhattan has many cobblestone streets. Arrive early to events Everybody loves being fashionably late especially New Yorkers, but strike that phrase from your memory this weekend.