Thursday, May 31, 2012

Zabb Elee

Occasionally, Mr. M&P and I go on double dates with Mr. HP Sauce and Mrs. Green M&M. We always opt for cheap eats and Asian usually becomes the cuisine of choice. We picked Thai this time and I set my eyes on Zabb Elee. I've heard many good things about this authentic Thai restaurant and quickly suggested it.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday Night: DBGB

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: DBGB
This week we had our monthly book club meeting. We usually pick a place that's more of a restaurant than a bar so that we may chat about our reading in a more quiet environment. Although DBGB is not really a quiet place, it certainly boasted lower volumes than bars. And the food is fantastic. A win win, I say.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hey Readers,

Sorry, life has been really busy and I haven't been able to catch up on writing my posts. Will be back soon!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Prime Burger [CLOSED]

Prime Burger has been around since 1938. Some people may call it an institution for its famous burgers using prime grade beef. But its so much more than just another diner/burger joint. You can get classic egg creams or milk shakes and the waiters work in sync perfectly. Well almost perfectly but more on that later. Prime Burger is a place that knows what its doing and has been doing it right for decades.
I arrived on the last day of service before it closed. With BeerBoor in tow, we wanted a last hurrah. This was my last and yet first try of the place. I have lived in NYC my whole life but have never even stepped foot in here. In fact, I've never even heard of it. Where have I been?
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse

Whenever Mr. Haribo Mule is back in town and we go out for food, he requests steak. You see, Germany doesn't know how to really cook steak. It's quite sad really. But New York. Oh New York. We do steaks so incredibly well. A steakhouse dinner is quintessential for any visitor. And even better as a welcome home dinner. On this outing, we went to Uncle Jack's Steakhouse. None of us have ever been to this place so it's always nice to try something new.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pacificana

Once in awhile, the family gathers together for a meal. Father, sister, brother in law, niece, and nephew in tow, we all headed out to Pacificana for dinner. It was my request. It's my favorite Chinese restaurant in Sunset Park for both dim sum and dinner. It's a little pricier for the latter but I think the quality and presentation is worth it.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lunch Week 18: Indian Egg Salad Sandwich

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it, 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: Indian Egg Salad Sandwich
What do I do when there's an abundance of eggs in my refrigerator that are soon to spoil? Make egg salad! But not any old egg salad. Nope, I added a jar of Indian sauce (thanks to the Feisty Foodie) for extra flavor and roasted some cauliflower for texture.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Night: Phebe'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 Wednesday Night, we headed out to: Phebe's
Most of us bailed on Tuesday Night this week but with a surprise visit from Dr. Mandoo, we went out on Wednesday instead. With the short notice we went to Phebe's, our favorite go-to spot.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Baking: Chocolate Mousse Pie

My second contribution to the FBM Potluck (chocolate mousse pie) was all sorts of fail too. Sigh, not a good one for me. I had good intentions but the end product just didn't follow through.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cooking: Red Wine Braised Shortribs

So I made Red Wine Braised Shortribs for the last FBM Potluck. The recipe sounded easy enough and beef and red wine works wonders together. Somehow this didn't come out the way I would have liked. But I'm a very harsh judge on myself.
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

FBM Potluck 10

One of the things that I look forward to every few months is the FBM Potluck. This is the tenth one so far! Everyone's cooking skills have improved over the years so each and every party gets better and better. Below is a shot of my first plate. It's just a small sample of what was offered that day.
And my second plate. Again, small sample. Lots and lots of food was had and I try (try is the key word) to pace myself.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Kyotofu

After dinner, we bid Fritos and Foie Gras farewell while the Feisty Foodie and I walked down the block to Kyotofu for some dessert. Kyotofu is a Japanese dessert bar that makes everything from tofu. It's completely vegetarian. Don't turn your nose yet. You'll be surprised by how good their food can be.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Casellula

I haven't had a girls night out in awhile. So when the Feisty Foodie and Fritos and Foie Gras suggested we hang out, I jumped in with the suggestion of Casellula. They've been there before but I haven't. I've only heard rave reviews. They both love the place so there were no qualms about going again.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lunch Week 17: Japchae

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it, 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: Japchae
Since I enjoyed my vegan lunch last week, I decided to try it again. I didn't want something remotely similar though. The way to keep myself satisfied is to change the flavors and ingredients constantly. I was due for an Asian lunch. I wasn't feeling rice at the moment but noodles seemed interesting. Instead of making something Chinese, I decided to try Korean. I looked up my favorite Korean recipe website, Maangchi, and found japchae. This stir fried noodle dish looked really easy to make and video instructions were awesome. I was hooked.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Night: One Mile House

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: One Mile House
I'm not entirely sure how I came across this place. I was probably reading about it online or in one of the magazines that I subscribe to. However, I knew I wanted to come here because the menu looked awesome and completely different. Their play on some classic comfort food peaked my interest enough to try.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Asian Jewels Seafood Restuarant

I'm always on the lookout for new dim sum places to try. When my good friend, TC, told me about Asian Jewels in Flushing, I didn't hesitate to try it. I convinced my family to try it with me as well and so we all ventured out early on a Saturday morning. We are a morning dim sum family. I know lots of food come out later in the afternoon. So we linger long enough for that food to come out in the first round. Oh yeah, we're seasoned dim sum eaters.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Parsi Dinner

Some home cooked Parsi Indian food always make me happy.
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cooking: Duck Breast

I've been really into duck lately. I enjoy that slight gamey flavor, tender juicy meat (when cooked to medium rare) and crispy skin. It's a nice change from chicken once in awhile and it seems way fancier (you know, if you want to impress someone). Though please keep in mind that it's more expensive.
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Farmers Rotisseria A La Brasa [CLOSED]

Sometimes I walk by a restaurant and say, "I want to go there one day" and never end up doing it. There is no excuse especially when it's in the neighborhood. Laziness and the comfort of familiarity wins out a lot of times. But I should be more adventurous. So Mr. M&P and I finally went to Farmers for their Colombian food and rotisserie chicken.
When you first step in you can see the chickens roasting from the front and the kitchen is directly to your right when you enter. The kitchen seemed busy working on take out orders. We were there to dine-in and were immediately escorted to the back where more tables were set up.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pure Thai Cookhouse

Mr. Haribo Mule was visiting NYC for a few weeks. He had an important trade exam to take. But I was able to convince him to take a break from studying and to come out a few times to meet me for lunch and dinner. Whenever he's visiting from Germany, I like to take him to places that he can't regularly get there. So Asian is always on the menu. I took him to Pure Thai Cookhouse to check it out. I've heard rave reviews and wanted to see how it would measure up to my current fave place: Pam Real Thai.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lunch Week 16: Grilled Portobello Lettuce Wraps with Corn Guacamole

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it, 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: Grilled Portobello Lettuce Wraps
Whenever I spend the weekend in NJ with my in laws, I take advantage of their grill. I definitely wanted to do grilled portobello mushrooms but wasn't sure how to prepare it. My question was answered after a trip to Wegmans, my favorite supermarket (also located in NJ).
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday Nights: Professor Thom'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: Professor Thom's
Professor Thom's is a dive bar mainly hosting to college students. NYU is nearby. Normally, I avoid these types of places (I'm old now) but I couldn't help but be drawn to a pizza sized nachos platter. Oh yes, my friends. A plate of nachos made on a pizza tray.
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Pino's

I found myself in Woodbridge, NJ one day doing errands and needed a place for lunch. We asked a friend who grew up here for advice and he suggested Pino's Pizza, a neighborhood pizza joint. When we arrived, I liked what I saw. A hole in the wall type place. No frills. Bingo.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Take Out: Dolce & Clemente's

Another trip to Dolce and Clemente's. Darn, why do I keep forgetting to take a picture of the storefront. Anyway, this time the meal was a surprise from Mr. M&P. It was our one year anniversary and we wanted to do something simple on the actual day to celebrate. We already had dinner plans for the weekend. And so he got a wonderful spread of meats, cheeses, and other delectables for us to enjoy.

Prosciutto is my absolute favorite cured meat and he sure got plenty of it. Internationally imported prosciutto di parma too. He knows I like the good stuff. Buttery soft thin slices of meat that just seem to melt in your mouth on contact. The saltiness of the meat, the richness of the fat. It's heavenly.
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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Take Out: Daisy May's

I love that Daisy May's is my fall back barbecue place. I'm within walking distance so the walk-in only plate specials apply to me. A half rack of Kansas City Sweet and Sticky Ribs platter ($21.50) with a side of rustic creamy corn with cheddar and macaroni and cheese. And for just a bit of variety, a Barbecue Chicken sandwich ($10) with chipotle sauce.
Solid as usual. The meat on the ribs were tender and came off with just the slightest of tugs. The flavor was smokey and slightly sweet. The sides were exceptional this time. It can be hit or miss, especially the macaroni and cheese. But it was really creamy, super cheesy, and not mushy. The barbecue chicken sandwich was flavorful, moist, and tender. Another great meal.

Btw, Mr. M&P finally asked why the Jumbo Beef rib had gotten so expensive (when we first went, it was only $17; now it's $31). They told us that specific cut of beef is very expensive now. Korea and Japan are gobbling up all the supple. Daisy May's is considering taking it off the menu temporarily.

Daisy Mays BBQ USA
623 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 977-1500
daisymaysbbq.com
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Googa Mooga Contest

If you haven't already heard of it, Googa Mooga is one of the biggest food/drink festivals this summer in NYC. It's all happening over one weekend. Thing is, you have to be registered for their free tickets. When the lines opened up, many computers crashed or timed out leaving potential patrons aggravated and frustrated. However, the lucky few that got through signed up for guaranteed tickets. I unfortunately didn't get any tickets right away. Instead, I was placed on a wait list. A few weeks later, I was presented with an opportunity to sign up for a ticket. Yay!! But only one ticket. It's okay, I knew other people who were going. A few weeks later, they offered me another ticket. Wow! This is amazing! Now I have 2 tickets for myself and a friend. And then the bad news. My niece's birthday party is the same weekend. Being her one and only wonderful aunt, I'll be busy in the kitchen baking her very first birthday cake and prepping other goodies. So the Great Googa Mooga event would definitely be out for me.

But what is my loss is your gain! The wonderful people working at Googa Mooga granted me access to offer these to you: my readers! Of course, they are absolutely free. And they'll be transferred to your name. All you have to do is go onto the Googa Mooga website and tell me in the comments what you are most excited to eat. I will randomly pick one winner for both tickets on Friday, May 11th at 5pm.

Details:
2 (two) general admission tickets to the Great Googa Mooga festival
Saturday, May 19th 2012 only
11am-9pm
Brooklyn's Prospect Park
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kimchi Taco

After enjoying the Korilla BBQ truck so much, I went and sought out its competitors. I was hooked on the Korean/Mexican fusion food. Kimchi Taco was the first one that came to mind. Lucky for me, it wasn't too far from my office that day. So I trekked over excited to eat delicious tacos filled with Korean flavors again.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lunch Week 15: Kamut Stew

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it, 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: Kamut Stew
This week's lunch was more about cleaning out the kitchen than making something really good. I'm trying not to buy new ingredients especially when I have unused things both in the refrigerator/freezer and pantry. So I looked through what I had and found an unused bag of dry kamut from my Ancient Grain demonstration from last year. Hmm, it reminded me of this farro recipe I had seen earlier. So I decided to finally use it in a stew type dish filled with vegetables and sauce with homemade marinara and leftover red wine beef sauce.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday Night: La Promenade des Anglais [CLOSED]

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: La Promenade des Anglais
Every month or so, my friends and I hit up a restaurant for dinner instead of happy hour to discuss our newest book. It's easier to talk about the details, characters, and plots when it's quiet inside the establishment. This month, we chose La Promenade des Anglais for dinner. I suggested it because I'm a fan of Chef Alain Allegretti and was never able to go to his flagship restaurant, Allegretti, before it closed.
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