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Mastering the Art of Flavor

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Held at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea, 360 MAGAZINE experienced a foodie’s dream come true at “Mastering the Art of Flavor” culinary event. Six ordinary recipes transformed featuring distinguished flavors of Holland House and NAKANO. Hosted by MasterChef finalist Cate Meade, registered dietician Mia Syn as well as food stylist Jessica Formicola.

They shared incredible resources and recipes in preparation for the holiday season. Cooking tips on how we can remain calm and stress free in the kitchen. Take it from Chef Cate, “Prep and prepare” is the ingredient to a five-star meal.

As the spokeswomen for Holland House, Cate shared her three Holiday stress-free recipes developed with cooking wine. For starters, the Spinach Feta and Artichoke Dip is the perfect dish for hosting where guests can gather and enjoy. A 1/2 cup of Holland House White cooking wine comes together for a robust bold flavor in every bite. Served best with vegetable crudité, baked pita chips and/or crackers.

The Sherry Cherry Pork Loin Roast was Cate’s showstopping dish, demonstrating that a slow cooker is an essential kitchen appliance. Cooked to perfection, the sweet but savory taste served with Sherry Cherry sauce complemented the tender meat. Layered with braised onions and roasted vegetables for hearty appetites.

Beyond her ‘easy bake oven’ years, Cate’s Flourless Chocolate Cake is a healthier option for dessert without sacrificing taste. Holland House Red cooking wine with macerated strawberries emerged in red wine added depth to the cake’s moisture. Garnished with sifted powdered sugar or cocoa powder for a sweet dusting.

Post holiday season we all desire healthier behaviors to impact our lifestyles. Mia Syn, RDN shared “Healthy Habits for the New Year.” Her recipes were inspired by Nakano, a gluten-free seasoned rice vinegar. It’s sweet light flavor dresses up any dish from salads to pasta.

Each recipe takes no more than 15 minutes to prepare. Her first recipe Chopped Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing is light but filling. NAKANO Toasted Sesame Rice vinegar poured over salad ingredients and thinly sliced chicken breasts.

Mia’s meals include a rainbow of vegetables which are packed with nutrients. A sheet pan required with a simple toss in the oven. My favorite, the low-carb Teriyaki Chicken breasts. Bite-sized morsels surrounded with veggies and peppers cut into small florets. Drizzle NAKANO Rice Vinegar with teriyaki sauce on top and bake for 7 minutes.

Cauliflower Fried Rice is the best substitute for a starchy option; including peas, carrots, cabbage with an egg.

Jessica Formicola hosted a food styling lesson filled with tips and tricks to wow your guests and get the most social engagement through your content. Her most vital and resourceful tip is to “use what you have on hand” to elevate any five-star dish. Be sure to include the real ingredients in your dish for a relatable and approachable take.

In short, if you’re looking to get in the kitchen during the holidays, be sure to use Holland House and NAKANO products to enhance your food’s overall appearance and taste.

All recipes can be downloaded HERE.

The Next ‘It’ Health Trend

Celebrity chef and author of EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A FORK: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive, Mareya Ibrahim, offers an early sneak peek at the newest “it” health trend of 2020: black cumin seed. Respected throughout the culinary industry and wellness market for her innovative, accessible approach to clean eating, visionary inventor and CEO of Grow Green Industries, Inc. Mareya Ibrahim shares a sneak peak into her annual “8 Hottest Healthy Food & Beverage Trends Report”, now in its 8th consecutive year.  This season, hot on the heels of her latest book release, America’s favorite “Fit Foodie” offers an in-depth look at why black cumin seed is the ‘Next It Superfood’ – and how it relates to her heritage as an Egyptian-born immigrant. Found buried among the treasures of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, Nigella Sativa (or black cumin) is believed to be a life-extending secret of the pharaohs. Drastically different from its more commonly-known counterpart, Cuminum Cyminum the cumin spice which serves as a staple in many Mexican and Cuban dishes – black cumin seed is referenced in some of the oldest religious and medical texts as a “cure-all.” Ancient civilizations trusted this medicinal herb to treat a variety of diseases, from diabetes and hypertension to inflammation, eczema, and headaches.

“In Arabic, we call it ‘habbat el barakah’ which literally means ‘seed of blessing.’ I grew up with it in a lot of our foods, and it has a really distinct, pungent flavor that I grew to love.  When I started researching the plethora of incredible health benefits, I realized this is something everyone needs to know about, and importantly, how to incorporate it tastefully into their everyday diet.  Many of the recipes in my new book are from my beloved Egypt, so this miracle black cumin lends itself perfectly to blend it in seed or oil form,” commented Ibrahim With a diverse chemical composition containing rich amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and the powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant thymoquinone, black cumin seed oil delivers multi-faceted healing benefits, including: relief of allergies and asthma; an immunity boost; naturally inhibiting the growth of cancer cells; reduction of inflammation; actively fighting off harmful bacterial-, virus- and fungal-related microbes like MRSA; powerfully aiding in digestion; improving the quality of hair, skin, and nails; healing persistent skin problems; promoting heart health by supporting proper cholesterol levels and normalizing blood pressure; inhibiting Candida, along with other internal and external forms of fungal overgrowth. While its proven benefits are broad and promising, a strong flavor (similar to black licorice) makes black cumin seed difficult to stomach. Thankfully, Chef Mareya comes to the rescue with not one, but four ways to integrate this “miracle” supplement into a balanced diet using healthy, delicious recipes from her newest book, Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive:

● Add 1 teaspoon black cumin seed oil to finished Ful Mudames recipe, a typical Egyptian meal

● Add 1 1/2 teaspoons black cumin seed to Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

● Blend 1 teaspoon black cumin seed oil to any salad dressing or dip, like the Grilled Artichoke Hummus and the Real Ranch Dressing

● Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons black cumin seed into the crust of Lucca’s Chicken Tenders

● Add 1 teaspoon black cumin seed to Real Vitality Tonic with ginger and cinnamon

Drink Altos Tequila this Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching – it’s time to whip up your favorite cocktails. We are equipping you and your readers with the perfect recipes to celebrate this Tequila filled holiday.

Whether you’re having a small get together or a fiesta extravaganza, the Crafted Paloma, Smokin’ Aces and Tommy’s Margarita are sure to be a party favorite.

CRAFTED PALOMA

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Altos Plata
  • 2 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 part Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Agave Syrup
  • Pinch of Salt

Method:

  • Frost the glass rim with salt and crushed pink peppercorns.
  • Pour all the ingredients except the grapefruit juice into the glass.
  • Mix using the ALTOS molinillo to dissolve the agave syrup.
  • Fill the glass with ice and finish with the pink grapefruit juice.
  • Garnish with half slice of pink grapefruit.

SMOKIN’ ACES

Ingredients:

  • Altos Plata
  • 1 part Altos Plata
  • 1 part Mezcal
  • 1/2 Part Lillet blanc
  • 2 parts Pineapple puree
  • 1 barspoon Agave syrup
  • 1 barspoon Lime Juice

Method:

  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with pineapple leaves.

TOMMY’S MARGARITA

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Altos Plata
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ part Agave Syrup
  • Lime Wedge for garnish

Method:

  • Build up all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake, and strain into an ice-filled cup.
  • Garnish with a lime slice on top.

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Iced Coffee CBD Protein Shake

The warm weather is finally here to stay, which means you’re probably looking for new ways to cool off quickly. 

Incorporate this chill Iced Coffee CBD Protein Shake the next time you’re looking for a quick and easy cooldown, created by CBDistillery.

Interested in how many mgs of CBD there may be in this shake? There is approximately 195 mg in 1/8 of a teaspoon. This specific recipe is for four servings, so about 50mg per serving. *Disclaimer* the amount of CBD added can be varied based on an individual’s needs.

Iced Coffee CBD Protein Shake

Ingredients:         

1 Cup Chilled Coffee

1 Cup Almond Milk

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1/2 Banana

1 Cup Ice

1/8 tsp CBDelicious by CBDistillery

Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

1.       Combine all ingredients in a blender

2.       Blend all ingredients until smooth

3.       Pour into a cup and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired

National Cocktail Day

Get creative this National Cocktail Day with GEM&BOLT’s selection of tasty, fun craft cocktails that will leave you wanting more.

THE ETHELINE

2 OZ GEM&BOLT MEZCAL

3 DASH TIKI BITTERS

1 OZ FRESH LEMON

0.5 OZ FRESH ORANGE JUICE

0.75 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP

1 BAR SPOON BLACK CURRANT PUREE

GARNISH WITH ORANGE SLICE

VENUS DE NYLON

1.5 OZ GEM&BOLT MEZCAL

0.75 OZ FRESH LEMON JUICE

0.75 OZ PEPPERED APRICOT HONEY

0.5 OZ GRAN CLASSICO LIQUEUR

TOP WITH COINTREAU FOAM FLOAT

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Jameson St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

MINT MOJITO

If you can’t decide between beer or whiskey

Ingredients:

• 1.5 parts Jameson Caskmates Stout

• Heavy cream, to top

• 7-10 drops peppermint extract

• 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

• 10 mint leaves

• 2.5 parts hot coffee

Method:

• Put the heavy cream into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Add peppermint extract and whip it using a handheld mixer until it has thickened but is still pourable.

• Place the sugar in the glass and muddle the mint into the sugar. Pour the hot coffee in and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add Jameson Caskmates Stout and stir.

• Slowly pour the whipped heavy cream over the back of a spoon.

• Garnish with mint.

Pairs perfectly with Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders

 

IRISH MIMOSA

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day brunch

Ingredients:

• 1 part Jameson Caskmates IPA

• 12 parts IPA beer (hoppy and citrus IPAs are ideal)

• 3 parts grapefruit juice

• Grapefruit peel for garnish

Method:

• Pour Jameson Caskmates IPA and the grapefruit juice into a glass

• Top it off with the IPA beer

• Garnish with a grapefruit peel

Pairs perfectly with Jameson Soda Bread with Jameson Butter

CELTIC TWILIGHT

For those with a sweet tooth

Ingredients:

• 1 part Jameson Original

• 1 part hazelnut liqueur

• 1 part Irish cream

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Method:

• Combine ingredients in a shaker filled 2/3 with ice.

• Shake until thoroughly chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass over cracked ice.

Pairs perfectly with Grasshopper Pie with Jameson Hot Fudge

Labor Day Weekend Healthy Treats

Fudgy Avocado Brownies

Fudgy Avocado Brownies are a delicious and simple treat that’s loaded with healthy fat to keep you full and help you to fight off cravings for the day.

• Nonstick cooking spray

• 1 medium ripe avocado, mashed

• ¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted

• 1 large egg, lightly beaten

• ½ cup pure maple syrup

• 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

• ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

• ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

• ¼ cup gluten-free flour

• ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350° F.

2 Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly coat with spray. Set aside.

3 Combine avocado, oil, egg, maple syrup, and extract in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.

4 Combine cocoa powder, salt, and flour in a medium bowl; mix well.

5 Add cocoa powder mixture to avocado mixture; mix well.

6 Add chocolate chips; mix until blended.

7 Pour batter into prepared pan; spread to make even.

8 Bake for 33 to 36 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

9 Cool for an hour before removing from pan. Cut into sixteen squares.

Baked Oatmeal Cups with Berries and Bananas

Baked Oatmeal Cups with Berries and Bananas are the scrumptious red, white, and blue festive treat to satisfy your guests on Labor Day Weekend without sabotaging your nutrition goals.

• Nonstick cooking spray

• 2 large eggs lightly beaten

• 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

• 2 large bananas mashed

• 1 Tbsp. raw honey

• 2½ cups dry old-fashioned rolled oats

• 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

• 1½ tsp. baking powder

• 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk

• 2 cups fresh blueberries (or raspberries)

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350° F.

2 Prepare twelve muffin cups by coating with spray. Set aside.

3 Combine eggs, extract, bananas, and honey in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.

4 Combine oats, cinnamon, and baking powder in a medium bowl; mix well.

5 Add oat mixture to egg mixture; mix well.

6 Add almond milk; mix well.

7 Divide oat mixture evenly between prepared muffin cups.

8 Top evenly with blueberries.

9 Bake 26 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Doctor Tries Fasting Trend

Real Doctor Tries the Intermittent Fasting Trend and Here’s What Happened https://tourocom.touro.edu/academics/faculty/harlem/niket-sonpal.php

There’s crash dieting, and then there’s intermittent fasting. Crash diets aren’t sustainable and rarely factor in healthy food options. Intermittent fasting on the other hand is gaining attention because people are seeing weight come off, and therefore stay with it. It’s being touted as the go-to way to lose 15, 20 pounds within a month or two. Is it just a popular hashtag or can the weight actually stay off leading millions of people to reach their weight goals? To get clarity, we spoke to Dr. Niket Sonpal who not only is Board Certified in Internal Medicine specializing in Gastroenterology; but lost 8 pounds his first week of intermittent fasting when he decided to do it himself. Here’s what he has to say about intermittent fasting.

What inspired your decision to do intermittent fasting?

I noticed the winter weight became the spring then summer weight and I wanted to take off extra pounds that I noticed had crept on. I was with friends talking about how they lost weight during Ramadan (would prefer religious observations) and that intermittent fasting was a “thing.” I rolled my eyes. I was skeptical. Then I went online and applied my doctor mind to the concepts I was reading about it and went for it.

There are several ways to go about intermittent fasting. Which way did you do it, when did you start and what was the result?

This is true. The way I chose, and the way I would imagine most people would try, is the one that calls for 16 hours of fasting with 8 hours of eating time per day. This basically means if your last meal of the day is 8pm you will have your first meal by noon the following day, free to eat until 8pm again. I figured since I sleep most of those hours, it wouldn’t be as tough as another option where you fast for 5 days and eat for 2 with a 500-800 calorie intake limit on those 2 days.

What were the challenges (if any) that you faced when intermittent fasting?

I live across the street from a bagel shop in New York City. I also have delicious New York pizza on every other corner. Cravings and temptation were there for me for sure. When I left my home and smelled those fresh bagels my brain said. “let’s eat.”

Coming at your intermittent fasting as a doctor, what were some things you were thinking about that others must consider too?

I thought when I would fast. When would be my 8-hour eating period. When we start caloric consumption right when we wake up we do better with weight loss. However, that would mean eating from 7 am until 4pm. This would require a later meal around 3pm. Then I thought, does my lifestyle better allow a 12 noon to 8pm food window?

I also thought about the physiological aspect to what happens to our bodies when we fast intermittently. For one thing, it facilitates weight loss by enhancing hormone function. Insulin levels also lower, plus there’s a rise in noradrenaline. This combination is what helps us to breakdown body fat for energy. While this all reads well on paper there is a lifestyle aspect to it that must be factored in. I’ll add that anyone with a condition should consult with their doctor before going all in on intermittent fasting.

Why do you think it is so difficult for people to fast? What are some of the common symptoms people feel when fasting and what causes them?

When people think of fasting they think of starvation and deprivation. They anticipate they will feel terrible will have a growling stomach, dull headaches, and a bad mood. While these are common symptoms felt at first when fasting, the 16/8 intermittent fasting option allows for food every day. When people see quick results, they stick with it.

What was your diet? What did you cut out and add in?

I looked at my schedule and my overall daily lifestyle and how food was involved. For people who live very hurried lifestyles, food is typically something that is grabbed fast on the go. When we approach food this way no diet will be sustainable. I realized this would require consistent changes in my behavior. It would also require me to get very mindful about what I was eating during the 8 hours of eating time. I chose to eat what I liked in moderation. So, if two slices of pizza twice per week was the lunchtime norm, I reduced to it to once slice. I still ate pasta just not as often and not as much. I also added in a lot more vegetables, proteins, healthy fats and cut out all fast food and soda. Hey, I’m a doctor, but also a human!

For those thinking about intermittent fasting, how would you advise them to proceed?

I would explain that at around the 2 to 4-week mark, someone may plateau. When you notice this don’t think this is the most weight you are able to lose. This is normal and if you are also exercising with weight or resistance training you may be building muscle mass. Pay attention to how clothes fit, body fat loss and how weight loss shows beyond the scale. Knowing how over time the body gets used to intermittent fasting and starts to store up all that is eaten, leading to less weight loss, I suggest resetting your body by eating small, healthy meals throughout the day for a week and then resuming the 16/8 intermittent fasting option again.

People may happily think that they can fast and then enjoy a big bowl of pasta or cheeseburger. What kinds of foods should people eat during intermittent fasting?

You can get results without cutting out your favorite foods which means enjoy that burger or pasta, I did! However, you can’t binge on fast food and think you’re going to make any lasting changes. You want to up your vegetable intake. Things like grilled zucchini or eggplant make for great sides to a piece of grilled chicken or steak. Avocados are a good staple for healthy fats and are versatile. There are loads of recipes out there so plan out your food options in advance, so you stick with it.

About the doctor:

Dr. Niket Sonpal is Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn and on the board of the NY‐American College of Physicians (NYACP). He is also the associate program director for the Internal Medicine residency program at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center. He is trained in Internal medicine, Gastroenterology and has a focus on Men’s and Women’s health.

Fresh Produce for Kids

NYC’s Largest Food Rescue Organization and Top Produce Company Team up with Nutrition Education Nonprofit to Address Childhood Obesity and Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in New York City This Summer

City Harvest and D’Arrigo Bros. of New York bring fresh fruits and vegetables to families in Queens through a new partnership with national nonprofit Brighter Bites

Food rescue nonprofit City Harvest and produce company D’Arrigo Bros. of New York today launched a summer-long program in New York City with Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization that tackles childhood obesity by providing low-income families with free fresh produce and nutrition education. This effort builds on the three organizations’ similar work during the school year to provide free produce at schools with students living in underserved communities, and will increase access to produce for more than 400 families through programs at three summer camps in Queens.

“We believe that increasing access to healthy, affordable food is the key to helping all New Yorkers become food secure,” said Kate MacKenzie, City Harvest’s Senior Director of Programs. “Studies have shown children need to be offered a new food 10-15 times before they’ll develop a taste for it. For many working families in New York City that are struggling to make ends meet, however, experimenting with new foods like fresh produce isn’t always an option. City Harvest is excited to be partnering with Brighter Bites and D’Arrigo to decrease the risk that comes with trying new foods, and help families build healthy habits over the summer.”

According to City Harvest, more than 1.2 million New Yorkers face hunger every year, including nearly one in five New York City children. In Queens alone, over a quarter million residents are food insecure. Through City Harvest and Brighter Bites’ produce distribution and nutrition education programming, parents have the ability to learn which healthy foods their children have a taste for, and the recipe cards and tip sheets that come with the produce each week help them prepare meals in fun and nutritious ways.

Brighter Bites and City Harvest are kicking off programs at three summer camps in Queens that will provide more than 50,000 pounds of produce, along with kid-friendly bilingual recipes and tip sheets in English and Spanish on topics ranging from “Eating the Rainbow” to how bringing kids into the kitchen to help with meal prep makes them more invested in trying new foods.

Each week participating families will receive two bags containing approximately 50 servings of eight to 12 different fresh produce items along with the nutritional educational materials. D’Arrigo is generously donating a third of the fresh fruits and vegetables each week, with two-thirds coming from City Harvest.

“Every family wants to provide the best for their children to help them grow healthy and strong,” said Gabriela D’Arrigo, Vice President of Marketing for D’Arrigo. “As a family-owned business here in New York, we’re proud to partner with Brighter Bites and City Harvest to help our neighbors across the city have greater access to fresh produce.”

Since launching in 2012, Brighter Bites has distributed more than 17 million pounds of produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to 200,000 individuals from more than 40,000 families through schools and summer camps in New York City, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Southwest Florida, and Washington, D.C. Brighter Bites uses a simple formula for introducing healthy lifestyles to families: produce distribution, nutrition education, and a fun food experience that includes sampling a recipe of the week to see just how great produce can taste. In New York City, parents and community volunteers will pack bags of fresh fruits and veggies for families and teachers to take home for six weeks this summer.

“We know that far too many parents struggle to access and provide their children with fresh produce, particularly during the summer months when kids are out of school,” said Brighter Bites Executive Director Samuel Newman. “Since Brighter Bites established our New York City program in 2017 with City Harvest and D’Arrigo, we’ve been blown away by the kids’ response to trying different kinds of fresh fruits and veggies–often for the first time–and we’re so pleased to be continuing this important work throughout the summer months with these same partners.”

Brighter Bites measures the outcomes of its program to determine impact. Research shows the Brighter Bites model provides consistent opportunities for children and their families to practice healthier behaviors in school and at home:

  • 98% of Brighter Bites parents report their children eating more fruits and vegetables while participating in the Brighter Bites program.
  • Of those, 74% said they maintained that increased level of consumption after Brighter Bites ended.

About Brighter Bites:

Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that creates communities of health through fresh food with the goal of changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health. Brighter Bites is an evidence-based, multi-component elementary school, preschool, and summer camp program that utilizes reliable access to fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and consistent exposure to recipes and messages that feature fresh food. Since 2012, Brighter Bites has provided more than 17 million pounds of produce and 100,000s of nutrition education materials to more than 40,000 families and teachers in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York City, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, and Southwest Florida. To learn more about Brighter Bites visit BrighterBites.org.

About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 61 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers. To learn more, visit CityHarvest.org.

About D’Arrigo Bros. of New York

Family-owned and operated, D’Arrigo Bros. of New York, Inc. has served the New York Metropolitan area for over 50 years, offering a full line of the highest quality fruit and vegetable items available every day of the week. The company is located in a 75,000-square foot. facility in the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx. D’Arrigo takes pride in offering its customers the highest quality produce that can be found anywhere. To learn more, visit D’ArrigoNY.com

THAI DISHES

By: Vaughn Lowery

About 24 years ago, Tom Wynter moved from Thailand to America with a dream to open his own commercial enterprise. He started working at Thai Dishes restaurant, the old location. And moved on to a California Pizza Kitchen location for almost a decade and became a licensed bartender where he functioned at a popular bar in Hollywood. After becoming managerial staff at various establishments, he begins to act in tandem with Thai Dishes in Santa Monica when it was located on 2nd Street. The owners decided to call it quits as the rental for their location was coming up for renewal. Wynter decided to extend the legacy of this authentic Thailand franchise and discovered a vacancy at 123 Broadway in Santa Monica which fulfilled his imagination – a restaurant with a bar and patio which mimicked the likes of cafes in Paris. This time around he wanted to make sure that his restaurant had all of the key ingredients which he really felt engaged him as a patron – great food and drinks with a decor to match.

Soon After, Thai Dishes on Broadway was born. An unassuming and unpretentious venue which would be perfect for a quick drink/bite or a spot where you celebrate your birthday. Wynter obviously struck gold being a half block away from Ocean Boulevard, the newly renovated mall and the last stop on the Expo Line. For this area, everything is moderately priced and holds all the right offerings for a romantic date or simply a place to recharge your batteries while you people watch in the sidewalk seating. The ambiance is stellar: mosaic tiling near bar, warm fall colors, bespoke wall paper, faux ostrich wrapped table tops and unique Thai ornaments sprinkled throughout. The most sought after menu items include: BBQ pork over rice, spicy green bean tofu, roasted duck over rice and red curry chicken (presentation is very reminiscent of an authentic Thai dining experience).

Specialty handcrafted cocktails like their Mai Thai cocktails made with Thai whiskey will keep you coming back, but customer service contributed by his general manager, Leila Regalado, is a key component to TDOB’s success. She will have you seated within seconds and constantly will check in to see if you require anything else. If her smile isn’t enticing enough, serving size, happy hour specials and bottomless mimosas on Saturday/Sunday from 12 to 3 pm) should reel you back in.

Wynter asserts, “I’m constantly checking on the quality of food that comes out our kitchen and my staff sometimes needs me during holidays and weekends, which leaves little or no time for a life outside of this place.”

THAAI DISHES SQUARE

One thing’s for sure, Tom Wynter and all of his personal sacrifices have made Thai Dishes On Broadway a slam dunk within the Santa Monica Pier/Downtown area.

For additional info, please visit http://thaidishessantamonica.com