Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dominique Ansel Bakery: Cookie Shot

The cookie shot is one of those desserts from Dominique Ansel Bakery that I really wanted from Day 1. It just sounded amazing. A warm cookie cooked into the shape of a shot glass then filled with sweet milk to be sipped and eaten immediately. That man and baking team is amazing!
So the cookie shot, similar to the Cronut, can be difficult to come by. They only served starting at 3pm and it's first come, first serve. One evening, Mr. M&P was in the area and decided to swing by and see if we can grab a couple. Lucky for us, they were still available around 5pm. Score! And what's even better is that you can order it to go. What?! Heck yes! So I ordered 2 (that's the max) and brought it back to the car (no parking in the area) and we enjoyed the treat.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fung Tu

A while ago, I suggested to The Feisty Foodie and Dessert Zombie that I wanted to try Fung Tu. Their menu looked interesting and the chef is from Per Se. Yes, I wanted to see a modern take on Chinese food. Asian food is commonly regarded as really affordable comfort food. But why can't it be more? Why can't it be elevated into something that's more fancy using quality ingredients and showcasing classic French techniques. I went to Fung Tu with that in mind.
Dessert Zombie, Mr. M&P, and I arrived on time for our reservation. While we waited for FF to arrive, we snacked on a couple of the appetizers like the Smoked and Fried Dates with duck ($7). I enjoyed these. The sweet, salty mixture of the dates and duck together. I also enjoyed the softness of the date compared to the crispness of the batter on the outside.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Nights: Onieals

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: Onieals
Changing things up for Tuesday night. We picked a location downtown that's on the cusp on Chinatown. Oniels is a bar with spacious room. You can sit at the bar or request a table. We chose the table. They gave a tray of amuse bouche to start the night. This was mango salsa toasts. A nice refreshing start to the night. Light, bright, and sweet.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Salumeria Rosi: La Salumeria

A few months ago, Dr. Mandoo and I went to see Chef Mario Battali, Chef Michael White, and Chef Andrew Carmellini speak about their experiences with Italian cuisine and NYC. It was interesting to hear about their different stories, opinions, and results.
After the event, we headed uptown for some dinner at Salumeria Rosi. What's better than hearing a bunch of well regarded chefs talk about food then go eat that food later on? Nothing.

The nice thing about this location of Salumeria Rosi is that their menu is designed to share. So we picked a few things to graze and snack on while we chatted the night away. First, the charcuterie board ($18) with prosciutto, mortadella, salami, coppa, and other fine cured meats. We really enjoyed the variety of fatty slices of meat.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Marea

It has been too long since I've last been to Marea. As a big fan of Chef Michael White's restaurants, I really should revisit many of his establishments. The problem is that he keeps opening up more places! How can I balance it all out?
A few months ago, my family and I went out to Marea to celebrate the boys' birthdays as well as Mother's Day. It was an all in one celebration! And was I excited when we decided to go to Marea? Oh heck yes!

The decor remains were beautiful as ever while the tone of the restaurant was bustling with conversation. Service was smooth and attentive as usual. And now the food. The meal started with an amuse bouche of smoked trout and marscapone cheese profiteroles. Little bites of smokey, creamy fish. It tasted rich and lightly of the sea. A really nice savory start to the meal.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Food Truck: Bian Dang

Bian Dang has been one of the first food trucks to hit the scene in Midtown. Back then, it was called NYC Cravings. But they've since evolved and expanded. The original truck is still around serving some of the tastiest take out food one can find under $10.
They're known for their Taiwanese style fried pork chop over rice with meat sauce. Don't like pork chop? No problem. Opt for the chicken or fish cake. All for $7-$8. What if you want to try a bit of everything? No problem! You can get the porken which is a fried pork chop and fried chicken over rice. Still not enough? Add a tea egg (+$1). Enough protein for you? Yup, and still $10 or less. Awesome.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spain Inspired Dinner

Often times, after a wonderful food filled trip, I come back missing all the delicacies I've tried. This was just the case after my France and Spain trips. Besides, I tend to pack my suitcase with lots of food based treasures to bring back with me. Obviously, some things can't be taken back with me but I do what I can.
So after Spain with my dear friends, I missed those tapas that we shared and enjoyed together. We definitely ate very well on that trip. In fact, too well since I gained weight even when I walked 6-8 miles a day! Anyway, above are some of the dishes that I recreated in honor of my recent trip.
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