Marta’s Custom Wood-Fire Grills Evoke Brilliant Flavors

Executive chef Lena Ciardullo explains why wood fire is crucial to the Manhattan restaurant

Inside the near triple-height ceilings of The Redbury Hotel New York‘s Marta (an Italian restaurant from the Danny Meyer-owned Union Square Hospitality Group), ample airspace allows for the smoke of two wood fires to dissipate. One fuels the restaurant’s pizza oven. The second keeps the grill, cooktop, and convection chamber face-meltingly hot. Behind both, on most nights, is executive chef Lena Ciardullo. “Wood fire is …

Notes: Hiking The Catskills With Six-Year-Olds

From gear to snacks, a guide to getting kids into nature

Taking off my hiking boots and Smartwool socks, I step barefoot into the rushing water, telling my six-year-old son to climb up on my back. The river is cold and swift, and there’s simply no easy way to ford it. We are in a wild section of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York, and the only viable camping spot is on the other side …

Quick and Easy Microgreens With Hamama’s Home Gardening Kit

A foolproof system that requires very little labor

As microgreens, the garnish once reserved for restaurant tasting menus, make their way to café ubiquity, it turns out they’re very easy to grow at home. The small shoots don’t need too much space, light, or even time—just some water and a growing medium. Making microgreen-growing further foolproof is Hamama, a new San Francisco-based start-up founded by two MIT students, that offers a kit for …