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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