Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Barbuto

Months ago, a bunch of us FBM friends went out to celebrate our dear KC's birthday. She always wanted to try Barbuto but never had the chance. So why would we and not help make that birthday wish come true?
The great thing about Barbuto is that it's a casual restaurant but the place feels fancier. The cool neighborhood decor with lots of windows and the open kitchen are all key. And now the food. Oh my! What can I say about the food? If you don't know about Chef Jonathon Waxman, then you're missing out on something. He's often described as a Jedi with a cool, laid back approach to food. Food can be comforting and delicious if it's sourced well and cooked well. No fancy tricks here. Just good food.

So after our dear KC scared the waiter with her Human Centipede scarf, we ordered a bunch of appetizers to share, and then entrees for ourselves. First, the calamari fritti ($15) with lightly battered squid tossed with frisee salad, chilis, and olive dressing. Fried calamari can often times be very heavy but not this dish. Nope. In fact, it was light, tender, and flavorful. Even though we were in the dead of wintry weather hell, this dish kept it interesting with the heat. This dish is very versatile. It can definitely be served in warmer weather. A good all season plate.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday Nights: Kipsey's

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Kipsey's

Before I start reviewing Kipsey's, I would like to put out there that the owners/managers reached out to me. They asked me to come in and try their food. They even offered to meet me. However, to keep things anonymous, I declined the offer to meet and assured them that I would in fact go and try out their food.
My friends and I all piled into Kipsey's on a cold winter night. We looked over the menu and decided to get our own dishes instead of sharing a bunch of appetizers. I looked over the menu and definitely decided to get the Kipsey's Burger ($12) which comes with the choice of salad or fries. I definitely opted for the latter. The burger itself looked small but it made up for that with height. A thick patty cooked to my specification (medium) then topped with cheese (+$1) and served on a toasted homemade bun. The meat was well seasoned and flavorful. The cheese was fully melted and the bun soft yet held up through the last bite. It was a very enjoyable burger and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again. The fries were crispy yet fluffy inside. And it was also well seasoned. Unsalted fries are sad.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Ginger Sushi

When I moved to NJ, I was nervous about the take out/delivery options I would have. I got really spoiled in NYC with the plethora of choices around my home. I certainly wasn't expecting a close representation of the kind of places I had in Hell's Kitchen. But I did need to know if I could count on some of the basic meals I ordered frequently. Sushi is such a meal. When it comes to this delicious Japanese cuisine, there are kinds for me: moderately priced and high end. The latter is usually set aside for a special occasion. What I wanted was a moderately priced neighborhood sushi restaurant that I can count on. Now, you may have noticed that I didn't say cheap. In general, I do not enjoy cheap sushi. I think the quality lacks so much that it's worth paying just a bit more for something substantially better.
So Mr. M&P and I one night decided to try out Ginger Sushi which was only a block away from our home. The convenience was clear. But what about the quality of food? Well, a good sign was that the restaurant was regularly filled through all nights of the week. At least the ingredients were having a good turn around rate. That's important to me when it comes to sushi. But the real test was actually going there and trying it for ourselves. For the first attempt, we went to the restaurant to eat in. We started with a seaweed salad ($3.75) which is a simple staple. The serving size was quite small and the addition of fake crab meat was neither warranted nor needed. Otherwise, the seaweed salad was just fine as it met every one of my expectations.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sorry Readers!

Hi Tasty Eating Readers!

I'm sorry that it's been a while since I've last posted. Life got in the way as usual. Work was super busy. And I took a fantastic vacation to Spain. And yes, I will work on those posts for you. In the meantime while I get my reality back together, I'm just taking a short break in order to focus and prioritize. I haven't forgotten about you! I'll be back soon enough.

Thanks for staying with me through all this time. And if you're interesting in seeing what I'm doing in 140 characters or less, check out my Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/tastyeating).

Cheers!
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Lunch Week 10: Antipasti

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Antipasti

In the past, I used to make antipasti from a lot premade/jarred/cured foods. But this time, I thought to try a bit harder and make more of the ingredients from scratch. Some things, however, I stuck with purchasing like the salami, cheese, and olives.
I'm not at the point where I would cure my own olives, make my own charcuterie, nor age my own cheese. These things are still best left to the professionals.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Blog!

I'd like to take a break and just say Happy 5 Year Anniversary to my blog, Tasty Eating!

I have certainly surprised myself by how long I've kept this blog up. Here's to another 5 years.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ferrara's

Mr. M&P and I have been trying to explore our neighborhood a bit. So we drove into Westfield one night to try Ferrara's, a bustling Italian restaurant.
It was a very cold winter night but Ferrara's was still pretty full. We looked over the menu and I decided on spaghetti and meatballs ($16). They offer this dish with marinara sauce or meat sauce. I picked the former because I thought the meatballs would be enough. And I was sure glad I did because when this plate landed on my side of the table, I noticed that the meatballs were huge. I mean fist sized. Holy moly!
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