Archive for November, 2009

Daily Culinary by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on November 22, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

Today’s quote is: “Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die.” –  Julia Child


“Coming in for a Landing” by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on November 19, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

Finally after 7 weeks of looking for work I seem to have found a landing place here on the Lower East Side. I have joined the warm hard working crew at the Nuevo Latino Spanish restaurant Rayuela (165 Allen between Rivington and Stanton). Chef Maximo Tejada is much traveled throughout Spanish speaking countries and has brought the concept of Estilo Libre Latino or Freestyle Latin cuisine to NYC. Since the name Rayuela means “hopscotch” in Spanish the nature of the ingredients for each dish are a blend from the bold flavors found in many different Latin cultures. Each offering from Chef Tejada arrives at a truely unique and tastey result. The bar cocktails are an amazing array of new age ingredients brought together by acclaimed mixologist Junior Merino. Like French Culinary Alum Chef Tejada, Merino believes that ingredients should be artisanal, healthful, and natural. The overall philosophy of Rayuela is one that incorporates unique style and unusual ingredients from the Latin world. It is an absolute pleasure to be part of such a close family who is dedicatewd to creating memorable dining experiences for their confident, sophisticated, and young clientele every night!

Daily Culinary by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on November 8, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

homer_beer-289x300Today’s quote is: “The other day I was so desperate for a beer, I snuck into the football stadium and ate the dirt under the bleachers.” – Homer Simpson

Daily Culinary by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on November 6, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

YOGI BERRAToday’s quote is: “When you see a fork in the road, Take It!” – Yogi Bera Long Loved Yankee Catcher & Manager

“Where’s the for the Unemployed?” by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on November 5, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

unemployed-workerThese days there are only so many options for the unemployed workers who are trying to find their next lead. Gone are the days of grabbing the local paper turning to the classifieds and circling the best possibilities for future employment. In this day and age with the printed word on its way out, most people use the internet to generate leads for jobs. Specifically, due to its enormous popularity and diversity, the search is done using the website Other sites that are helpful and that I have used are and As the alarming rate of the unemployed population in the U.S. continues to rise and as more people are looking for work, what happens if there are too many people chasing the same opportunities? Hopefully, things start to turn around soon, but in the mean time be on the look out for new resources for the jobless worker. Meaning sites dealing with specific industries, like for the restaurant biz, are getting into the game and are doing a good job helping employees connect with potential employers. This recession is hurting the whole country on a Macro level and a good place to start fixing the big picture is on the Micro level. In order to start dealing with the national level of unemployment, we must start to look at the industries that are being most affected. After they are identified, then specific tools like websites geared towards helping individuals with certain skill sets get matched up with jobs that can use them. Things are not good and if it’s broke then we need to fix it!

Daily Culinary by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on November 4, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

nathan_1Today’s quote is: “I only drink to make other people seem more interesting.” — George Jean Nathan (American Journalist 1882-1959)

Daily Culinary by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on November 3, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

ebwhiteToday’s quote is: “In my opinion food should be sniffed lustily at the table, both as a matter of precaution and as a matter of enjoyment, the sniffing of it is to be regarded in the same light as the tasting of it.” — E.B. White (1899-1985) American essayist