Friday, September 28, 2012

Bocca di Bacco [Formerly Vucceria]

Months ago, a couple of friends came in from NJ to visit our closet sized apartment in NYC. We decided to do a low key dinner in the neighborhood. Since I'm always picked to choose the restaurant, I opted for Vucceria which was a relatively new Italian establishment in Hell's Kitchen. We walked in without a reservation and was seated immediately. I could see that most people were sitting at the bar enjoying some wine. Some tables in the back were filled with other diners. However, it was in no means full.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lunch Week 22: Jjajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Noodles)

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: Jjajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Noodles)

When I first heard of this dish, it immediately reminded me of Chinese black bean and garlic sauce. The same pungent, salty gravy that oozes rich flavor. With some reading, this dish is actually a cross between Korean and Chinese food cultures. Ah so my instincts were right! Unless I'm reading incorrect information. Haha!
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Nom Wah. It's been written about a lot recently. You might have heard that it's the oldest dim sum place in NYC (since 1920). The management changed over the years and recently found itself in the hands of Wilson Tang who not only kept the vintage decor but also the delectable dim sum it was known for.
I found myself there one night with The Feisty Foodie, Dessert Zombie, and Mr. M&P. I'm always on the lookout for new dim sum places in Manhattan. I don't always have time to go to the outer boroughs for superior Cantonese food. So when the opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance. You see, I like going to dim sum with at least a group of four people. We can order and share many more plates that way.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Baking: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I really, REALLY enjoying making and eating pies. The whole fruit plus pastry thing just does it for me. It's never too sweet and tastes fresh. Also, the seasonal fruits are just amazing. Though neither strawberries nor rhubarb are in season now (I made this pie in the spring), they sure are wonderful when they are.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Metlife/Giants Stadium Tailgating

Another Giants Game. This time it's versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Close game. Too close that day. But we came out with a win. That's all that matters.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lunch Week 21: Italian Sausage Sandwich with Peppers and Onions

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: Italian Sausage Sandwich with Peppers and Onions
A simple lunch this week channeling the San Gennaro Fair with its Italian American food. My favorite is definitely the sausage sandwich with peppers and onions. It's fairly easy to make at home but never gets the nice snap of the skin that a griddle top may provide. Well unless you have your own griddle at home.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Cannibal

A long while ago (April, in fact), some FBM friends gathered at Cannibal to celebrate TT's birthday. And is there any better way to celebrate than with pork, beer, and friends? I think not.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Baking: Blueberry Pie

I really enjoy baking. It's one of the few things that I can do that other people can't. It's probably because I can follow instructions precisely as well as having patience. This also goes for cooking. I will take the time and effort to make something so that it comes out perfect. Yes, I love food that much.

Back to pie. I make a lot of fruit pies because the bounty of fresh fruit is amazing. And when they're in season, they're even more fantastic. I know it's not blueberry season anymore but I made this pie a while ago. Using fresh, in season fruit garners a better and stronger flavor without having to substitute it with sugar and butter. Not that sugar and butter is bad, per se. But I'd rather had a rich fruit flavor.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lunch Week 20: Grilled Chicken with Potato Salad and Corn

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: Grilled Chicken with Potato Salad and Corn
This past weekend, I was in NJ again and took advantage of the grill on the deck. As the end of summer came and gone with some storms and tornadoes, I bid the warm weather a last adieu with some grilled chicken, potato salad, and corn on the cob.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Ess-A-Bagel

People say New York City has the best bagels. I can agree with that to a point. Sure we have some really awesome bagels but they're not available all over. In fact, I think you have to travel to a specific place just for some good quality bagels. You won't find those fine, chewy, and dense bread just anywhere. And this is why I finally made my trip to the far East side one early morning in search of a fantastic bagel. I went to Ess-A-Bagel.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lunch Week 19: Three Squash Parmesan

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 Parmesan
Most of you may be familiar with eggplant parmesan. The layers of breaded and fried eggplant slices between sweet, tangy marinara sauce, and sprinkles of cheese in between. Baked until homogeneous and singing in delight. Well, I thought I would bring it up to another level by using three different squash: zucchini, yellow summer, and eggplant. I think the different textures, flavors, and colors would add a different yet still delectable element to the dish. And who doesn't like a little variety?
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cooking: Pizza

I'm still trying to perfect pizza making at home. That means a few things: getting the crust right, balancing the toppings, and not setting off my smoke/carbon monoxide detector. Each and every time it's pizza night at home, I improve my skills ever so slightly. The crust gets slightly thinner and crunchier, my toppings don't overload the pie too much, and the alarm only goes off 1 or 2 times. It's a work in progress.
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Monday, September 3, 2012

I'm Back!

Hi Readers,

I'm back, well rested, and inspired again. I took a nice long break from blogging meaning no pictures and no writing. Sure there were plenty of places that deserved to be reviewed on this blog and plenty of recipes that should have been showcased. But that wouldn't have been a true break. I wouldn't have come back as soon and certainly would have continued to feel overwhelmed. I'm going to try my hardest to revisit some of those places and remake some of those recipes.

As I continue my journey though life and food, this blog will discontinue the daily posts. It's become too much and the content less than interesting. Instead, you'll have more well written pieces of meals that I find more meaningful. But don't you worry, the Weekly Lunches and Tuesday Nights will go on as usual.

Thanks for staying with me for the long haul. Hopefully you'll enjoy the new Tasty Eating.

Cheers!
-Hungry
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