Monday, December 31, 2012

Chinese Mirch

One rainy workday, I found myself without a bagged lunch. I wasn't really feeling like having anything in particular so I just perused the internet to see which food trucks were in the area. Chinese Mirch has been on my radar mainly for their dumplings or momos as they call it. In general, Chinese Mirch makes Indian Chinese food. A fusion cuisine based on Chinese food but with Indian spices and aromatics.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Baking: Pumpkin Pie

Ah pumpkin pie. One of the few fruit pies I make that is custard based. It's not my favorite yet I continue to make it because I don't have the spice level right. Last year's pie wasn't spicy enough and didn't have a good pumpkin flavor. I blame it on the lack of ripe pumpkins. This year, on my search for pumpkins in December, I was out of luck. No sugar pumpkins to be found anywhere. Darn, it's really an October-November seasonal fruit. I settled on using butternut squash instead since several sources say it's a very good substitute.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lunch Week 35: Butternut Squash Stuffed Pasta Shells

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: Butternut Squash Stuffed Pasta Shells
I recently baked a pumpkin pie using butternut squash as the filling. The pie only called for 1 lb of pulp but the squash was over 5 pounds. So obviously I was left over with a lot of butternut. I'm no person to throw it out. My next though was to freeze it but instead, I decided to use it for my lunch. It's best when fresh. After freezing, it looses some of its robust flavor. At first I thought about doing a lasagna or a baked ziti. I've made those before with some success. But to twist it up a bit, I decided to make stuffed shells instead.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!
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Monday, December 24, 2012

FBM Potluck 11

Yay! Another FBM potluck. These are so awesome. Lots of good homemade food, booze, and games. We always have a good time. While I toned it down with my contributions to the menu this time, my friends stepped it up. First up, a holiday ham from one of our dear hosts, CT. A sweet glaze covered with salty and savory ham. It was a bit dry but the flavor was there.
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Lunch Week 33 & 34: Roast Beef and Turkey Sandwiches

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 last 2 weeks: Roast Beef Sandwiches and Turkey Sandwiches
I've been so incredibly busy the last 2 weeks and didn't have time to cook at all. Sandwiches were the easiest thing for me to make. Everything is pre-made and takes only 5 minutes to assemble.

I would love to make my own roast beef but I don't have anything to slice it really thin the way I like it. Should I invest in a deli slicer? Maybe. It certainly has crossed my mind. Or maybe just a really sharp slicing knife. Probably the latter. Anyway, the roast beef sandwiches were made simple with horseradish and hot mustard as the condiments while cheddar cheese, lettuce, red onion, and tomato were the garnishes. I loved the spicy, nostril clearing taste of the horseradish. It's a perfect pairing with the hearty beef. Everything was layered on a kaiser roll that held up nicely to this hefty sandwich.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pampano

For my dear friend, Dessert Zombie's birthday he requested Mexican food. He wanted to go to Richard Sandoval's Pampano. He doesn't ask for much normally so I wanted to make sure his birthday was everything he wanted. So I made a last minute reservation to Pampano (plans were complicated by Superstorm Sandy) and happily got one with no issue.
When we arrived, they couldn't find my reservation. Someone had called me earlier to confirm the time and party size though. I found that very strange. However, they were able to sit us anyway. I was happy about that. The space is modern but comfortable. There's a beautiful terrace that would be great in the summer. However, it was cold this time of the year so indoors it was for us.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Picnic Garden (Edison, NJ)

I've been to Picnic Garden before but only the Flushing, Queens location (previous post here). I enjoyed it and was looking forward to another meal. This time, we went to the Edison, NJ location. When we first arrived, I saw how huge the place was. I couldn't imagine that since the Queens location is really small and cramped. This was promising. VERY promising.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

The National

I was recently invited to a birthday brunch at The National. I haven't heard much of the place but knew of Chef Geoffry Zakarian. When I arrived to the restaurant, the space was vast and modern. The feel was warm and inviting. I loved the large windows and natural sunlight beaming in.
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Landmark Tavern, Revisited

One of our favorite places in the neighborhood is Landmark Tavern. It's a pub with a lot of history like being one of the oldest continuously operating establishments in NYC. It's out of the way for most people but the friendly service and good food keep us going back.
We had no agenda one night and decided to go in for some dinner. The place was pretty crowded which made us happy. Most people were there for drinks but they don't realize that the food is good too.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Don Antonio by Starita

I'm not entirely satisfied with the pizza options in my neighborhood. I haven't really found a place as my go to. I guess I'm just picky. Or maybe I'm expecting too much. Whatever the case may be, I'm always up for trying some place new. I've heard a lot about Don Antonio by Starita recently. This unsuspecting place in Hell's Kitchen but close to Times Square got rave reviews about its crust and simple toppings. It was heralded as one of the better neapolitan pizza pies in NYC which is of no surprise with Roberto Caporuscio from Kesté Pizza & Vino and his mentor Antonio Starita of Naples at the helm. With this star studded cast, a visit was warranted.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lunch Week 32: Chicken Noodle Soup

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: Chicken Noodle Soup
Although this is chicken noodle soup, I used turkey stock in. The stock was made from the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving. It's the only time of the year that I get to make turkey stock and it's amazing. The roasting really deepens the flavor. There will be no fried turkey in my house, for sure. Anyway, I also had leftover raw vegetables from the holiday and used that as well. I guess this week's lunch is another Thanksgiving leftover recipe but you can really make this at any time of the year.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Nights: Gatsby'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: Gatsby's
While we love our Phebe's, we like to venture out to try some new places as well. Someone suggested Gatsby's one night.  It seemed like a typical, generic pub but sometimes those are the type of places we want.
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Parm

I finally made my way to Parm. Everyone has talked about it. Everyone has raved about it. Honestly, I felt left out. I wanted a delicious chicken parmigiana sandwich too! So Mr. M&P suggested it one day as we surprisingly had nothing to do but to walk around the city and enjoy ourselves.
We made sure to arrive a bit early around the time they opened at 11am to avoid waiting. And that proved to be the best move. We were sat immediately and noticed how small and cramped the space is. We were comfortable but I can see how awkward it might be when the place is packed. I don't particularly enjoy hearing my neighbors' conversations, hot gossip or not.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

North End Grill

Wow! It's been a really long time since I've blogged about something in NYC. Between my hiatus and my post about Australia and NZ, I have collected so many things to write about. One of the places that I most anticipated writing about is North End Grill. If you don't know already, I am a very big Danny Meyer fan. I think he is a fantastic restaurateur and we're lucky to have him and his policies in NYC.
Before I start talking about the food, I wanted to let my audience know about my experience with their service. This dinner happened a long time ago, back in May in fact. We had made a reservation in April, far in advance to ensure an optimal dinner time on a busy Saturday night. About 1 week before our dinner, we call to confirm the reservations. Unfortunately, they had gotten the time wrong. Normally, we would suck it up and take the later time. However, we had guests coming in from another state and the later time would mean a very late drive home for them. We didn't want our guests to drive home late and tired. The reservationist said there was nothing they could do. We took the later time and started searching for restaurants in hopes for an earlier dinner.

This is where things surprised me. Upset and frustrated, I took to social media to vent my feelings. Twitter to be exact. I made sure to copy Danny Meyer on that tweet. I slept it off and felt better in the morning. When I checked my phone, I was surprised to see a private message from Mr. Meyer with an apology and telling me to contact the general manager there with name and email. Wow! So we email the GM but of course he's out of the office that week. Oh well, we tried. And we already felt good that it's gone this far. But it doesn't end there! The GM emails us back from his vacation with an apology and tells us that we're all set. Double wow! We were so happy! This was service that was above and beyond our expectations. Honestly, an apology would have sufficed but we also got a reservation at our specified time. That was fantastic. I made sure to thank everyone and tweet about that experience. We were so happy and satisfied and we still didn't have the dinner yet.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lunch Week 31: Thanksgiving Leftovers Revisited

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: Thanksgiving Leftovers Revisited
Sometimes I have so many leftovers, I get sick of the Thanksgiving food. It's not the food itself but the flavors. Sure I can eat the same lunch day after day during the work week. But if I'm having leftovers for more than a week, I'm calling it quits. But I don't ever like to throw things out. Instead, I try to reinvent the dishes with other flavors. You see, most of my dishes and recipes include similar ingredients. It's just the spices and sauces that make them different. So with the extremely old leftovers, I made completely different dishes to appease my palate.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

My Trip to Baltimore, MD: Faidley's

When I travel, I'm such the tourist. I really go and eat what the city is known for. I mean, it's famous for a reason right? Sure, there can be crappy renditions of the dish but I'm looking for the best of the best. And usually, I can find it with some research of course. For Baltimore, they are famous for their crab cakes. I, for one, love crab cakes. I love all seafood really. But crab cakes are one of the top for me. Why? Well, it takes a lot of time to pick meat out of a crab. And it's even harder to pick large lumps of crab meat out. It's costly and time consuming. So if someone can do all the work for me, then I'm eternally grateful. Don't get me wrong, I love sitting down at the table and cracking crabs for hours on end. But sometimes, I don't want to get messy and really want to just dive right into the immediate satisfaction of that sweet meat.
While looking for a city's best dish, I usually start at establishments that have been around for a very long time. All those years of experience definitely adds something that no one else has. And if the business can stay in the family the whole time, then that's even better. So with these things in mind, I looked for the best crab cake in Baltimore. Faidley's came up several times from different sources. That was good enough for me to seek it out on our trip down to Maryland.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lunch Week 30: Thanksgiving Leftovers

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: Thanksgiving Leftovers
Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. I live for this day every year. Why? I'm in charge of my family's Thanksgiving dinner. I plan it, I host it, I cook everything. The only thing my guests bring are their stomachs and drinks. And Cheez Doodles. That's a tradition in my house growing up. Trust me, the kids love it (and the adults too!).

This year, in my haste to get everything done on time and perfect (meaning to my own high standards), I forgot to document and take pictures of everything. So I'm left with just the leftovers to photograph which aren't nearly as photogenic when the dishes are plated beautifully and untouched.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday Nights: Tavern 29

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: Tavern 29
There was a while that we started going to more restaurant oriented places for Tuesday night. We didn't mind but it was getting pricey as a weekly get together. So we tried a little harder to figure out places to try out. Mr. Peanut Head suggested Tavern 29. This two floored bar also boasts a rooftop biergarden. It's the winter now so the roof was out of the question. Instead, we snuggled up in a booth drank from the list of craft beers and scotches.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Ramen Misoya

On a cool morning walking around the city shortly after Hurricane Sandy, Mr. M&P and I found ourselves downtown to see how NYC was faring. Some places were still closed while most were reopening for the first time since landfall. People here are resilient and we were happy to partake in helping those get back to business as normal. We ended up at Ramen Misoya after many failed attempts at other places. Cold and hungry, ramen seemed to be the right thing to eat just then.
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Lunch Week 29: Tuna and Egg Salad

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: Tuna and Egg Salad

The holidays are coming up and there will be lots of eating involved. So to prep myself for the delicious yet fattening foods, I'm eating salad this week. But I'm making sure it's a good mix of vegetables and protein for energy.

I tossed together some spring mix, red bell peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes, tuna, and hard boiled eggs. And the dressing is balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Read more...

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Trip to Auckland, NZ (Day 18): NZ-NYC

And off we went! Saying bye to our amazing trip and back home to NYC. The food on the plane was worse coming back home which was disappointing. Here's a hodge podge of what was offered.

Dinner: chicken and mushrooms over potatoes with a side of couscous.
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My Trip to Auckland, NZ (Day 18): Zarbo Cafe & Bar in Auckland Airport

Unfortunately, we had to leave for the airport before we could continue on our walking food trip. So we finished up the meals for the day at the airport. After checking in, we still had some foreign currency left over. We bought some souvenirs and finished it off with some food at Zarbo Cafe.
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My Trip to Auckland, NZ (Day 18): Isha Sushi

After the awesome pancake we walked around the area and looked at shops and enjoyed the city. We stopped briefly for some sushi rolls from Isha Sushi. Sushi shops like this were aplenty in Auckland and it seemed like people grabbed the food to go.
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My Trip to Auckland, NZ (Day 18): No 1 Pancake

After our first night in Auckland was disappointing, we decided to walk around the next day to find other treats. We didn't have an agenda so we were going on luck here. The first stop, No. 1 Pancake. We literally just stumbled upon this place just walking around the city. I noticed a delicious smell in the air and followed it. Then I came across this stand with lots of people gathered around. They were mostly students since we were in the University area.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Trip to Auckland, NZ (Day 17): dine by Peter Gordon

We wanted to end our epic trip to Australia and New Zealand with an extravagant dinner. So we settled on dine by Peter Gordon in the Sky City Hotel and casino. It was a fancy affair and we dressed up nicely for it.
We went for the a la carte menu as opposed to the degustation menu which we oohed and aahed over. The issue was that we weren't very hungry. No point in wasting money and food if we didn't think we could finish it.

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My Trip to Auckland, NZ (Day 17): Mrs Higgins

After we landed in Auckland, NZ, we walked around to get a lay of the land. We weren't very hungry but knew we needed to eat something small to tie us over until dinner. Lucky for us, we passed by a cookie stand. Oven fresh cookies? Sure! Thanks Mrs. Higgins.
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 17): Aggy's Shack

On our last day in Queenstown, NZ we decided to take it easy and have a meal at our favorite seafood shack: Aggi's. We only had a few hours so this quick meal was just perfect. I tried the steamed New Zealand mussels which were great. These large, thin, and green bivalves had juicy, plump meat inside. I'm not sure how many graced the take out container but definitely more than a dozen.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 16): Lick's Dessert Bar

Later that night for dinner, we polished off the rest of our purchased foods with a picnic of ham, edam cheese, crackers, and garlic hummus. For dessert, we went out for gelato. Instead of Patagonia which had disappointed us before, we found Lick's Dessert Bar.
Mr. M&P had the cookies and cream while I had the kiwi sorbet ($5 each). The cookies and cream was better than the one at Patagonia but still a far cry from Australia's gelato. The kiwi sorbet wasn't very good. It tasted very artificial and sweet like candy. I threw most of it away.
Darn, I really hate it when I have to throw away food but this wasn't good at all. Where can I find good gelato in Queenstown, NZ?

Lick's Dessert Bar
40 Shotover Street
Queenstown 9300
New Zealand
(03) 441 8505
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 16): Roasted Lamb & Mint Kettle Chips

After lunch, we looked around for one last adventure since we had so much time before the end of the day. We wound up signing up for a zipline eco-venture that started back up at the Peak. Instead of paying for the gondola ride again, we decided to hike up. They said it was considered an easy hike and many people walk up to work every day. Okay, sounded nice to us. Oh how wrong I was. It was great seeing the forest but it was not an easy hike at all. Sure I wasn't in the best shape but this was no joke. I struggled with the steep steps and unmarked trails. I finally did get to the top but it was one hell of a trip. Once at the top, I rested up a bit before going back down by zipline which by the way was awesome. We learned a lot about the wildlife there, both animal and plant based. In between, we rode quickly between platforms on wires at a high speed. They even taught us to do tricks while zipping. I, being afraid of heights and all, just rode sitting up with my hands gripping the harness tightly. But if you're the daring type, you can go upside down, backwards, etc.

Once back at the hotel and rested, I dug into a bag of kettle cooked chips. It was roasted lamb and mint flavored. And another fail in meat flavored potato chips. It didn't have a lot of lamb flavor and the mint was overpowering. This just hasn't been a very good trip for chips.
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 16): Fergburger

After our short breakfast, we took the gondola down back to town and returned to our hotel. We were hungry by now and stopped by our local burger joint, Fergburger. We wanted to try some of their other burgers so this time I had the Little Lamby ($11). The local lamb is cooked as a patty and dressed with mint jelly, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli, and tomato relish. Everything served on that big soft bun.
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 16): Skyline Cafe

Another day with adrenaline filled events like speedboating and a helicopter ride. Halfway between our adventures, we stopped at the Skyline Cafe on top of the Peak. The views of the city were beautiful. The cafe found there, not so much.
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Lunch Week 28: Three Squash Parmigiana (again)

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: Three Squash Parmigiana (again)
Last time when I made this dish, I overestimated the amount of squash I needed. So I ended up with two trays of parmigiana and a whole bag of extra fried squash. So during a busy weekend, I decided to reheat the tray of squash for an easy yet homemade lunch for the week. For the recipe and step by step pictured directions to make this three squash parmigiana, you may find my previous post here. Read more...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 15): Patagonia Chocolates

After dinner, we walked over to Patagonia to try out some of their chocolate confections. We picked a milk chocolate alajfor which is a shortbread sandwich cookie with ganache, and two bon bons: passion fruit and coffee.
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 15): Botswana Butchery

After lunch, we headed out for a short hike around Lake Wakapitu. It was absolutely gorgeous with the crystal clear glacial water, mountainous backgrounds, and green trees in the forest. It was so relaxing. Any uptight NYCer would enjoy the serenity of the whole thing. After our walk, we went back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner at Botswana Butchery, a steakhouse and grill.
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 15): Cookie Time

On the walk back to the hotel to relax, we passed by Cookie Time, a bakery that sells mainly cookies. Sure, I wanted something sweet at that time.
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 15): PJ's Fish & Chips

On this morning, I bungy jumped. It's called the Nevis bungy: one of the highest jumps at 134m/440ft. I have a fear of heights. This jump did not cure me of my fear. It was ridiculously scary. I'm never doing that again. And now, onto better things ON THE GROUND like a post jump lunch at PJ's Fish and Chips.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 14): Patagonia's Chocolate

As we walked off our dinner, we decided to cap the night off with some gelato. Shocker, right? We stopped at Patagonia, a dessert shop serving coffee, chocolates, and gelato.
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 14): Aggy's Shack

When we finally arrived back to the hotel in Queenstown, we wanted to tour the town a bit more and slowly made our way. However, we were quickly stopped in our tracks when we spotted this hut. It was a fish and chips hut. Oh yes! I immediately requested a stop for dinner at Aggy's Shack.
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My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 14): Milford Sound

After scarfing our faces with burgers, we walked around town to look for supplies for our room and for our picnic at Milford sound (a day trip we booked for the next day). We stopped by Fergbaker to pick up some bread and the local supermarket for sliced meat, cheese, and more bread.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Lunch Week 27: Pasta with Meatballs in Boursin Tomato Sauce

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: Pasta with Boursin Tomato Sauce

I'm in the process of cleaning out my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. And what a process it is. You never know how much you really store away until you start going through it. To some I may be a pack rat but I just like to be ready and supplied.
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Friday, October 26, 2012

My Trip to Queenstown, NZ (Day 13): Fergburger

When we first landed in Queenstown, New Zealand we looked for a bank to exchange money and then explored the area a bit. Naturally, we became hungry after a bit and decided to try out the local burger joint, Fergburger.
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My Trip to Sydney, Australia (Day 13): AUS-NZ

On board our flight on New Zealand Air, they served us a small meal consisting of a ham and cheese wrap, a granola and yogurt bar, and some water. Simple yet appreciated. Every little thing counts nowadays on airlines.
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My Trip to Sydney, Australia (Day 13): Pie Face

And so our Australia trip has ended but now we're moving onto New Zealand. Yeah! We arrived at the airport early for our international flight. After we checked our luggage, we had some time to eat. We thought it would be best to eat now than to chance it with the airplane food. Luckily we spotted a Pie Face.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lunch Wee 26: Potato and Leek Soup with Roasted Garlic and Kielbasa

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: Potato and Leek Soup with Roasted Garlic and Kielbasa

This soup only has 5 main ingredients outside of salt, pepper, and oil. It's easy to make and gets better over time as many soups do. It's hearty and perfect for colder weather.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Trip to Sydney, Australia (Day 12): Italian Village

After our long walk, we were really tired so we went back to the hotel to relax. I probably took a nap.  But we didn't forget about dinner. We stayed local and went to the Italian Village. Sure it was touristy but we were dead tired and it was raining. There were a few choices along the same strip but we stuck with Italian.
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My Trip to Sydney, Australia (Day 12): Bluefish

On our next stop, we were touring Darling Harbor which is a hub of restaurants, shops, and attractions. It's very similar to Baltimore's Inner Harbor in the States. The similarities of the design are uncanny. After walking around a bit, we stopped at Blue Fish for a bite to eat. We chose Blue Fish mainly because it was an off hour during the week so the hostess said they would take 15% off our meal to entice us. Bingo!
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My Trip to Sydney, Australia (Day 12): Gelatissimo

You didn't think I would go through this day without eating any gelato, would you? We went to the Gelatissimo located right in the Circular Quay area.
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My Trip to Sydney, Australia (Day 12): Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

After Paddy's Market, we walked back to the hotel to drop off some of the goods I came away with. Then off we went again to explore more of the city. One of the places that we eyed earlier on our trip was the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar right near the Sydney Opera House. It seemed so relaxing to be by the water on a warm day with the view of the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. Can't get better than that.
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My Trip to Sydney, Australia (Day 12) Paddy's Market

After breakfast, we walked down to Paddy's Market where you'll find lots of hawkers selling all kinds of souvenirs. This is definitely the place to go to look for gifts. Strangely enough, a popular item was kangaroo scrotum. Oh silly tourists. As we walked around looking through piles of stuff, we found ourselves hungry again. There was a huge fresh market there with fruits and vegetables, we wanted something more composed. Luckily, we walked by this Vietnamese stand, Marrickville.
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