Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

The blog will be on vacation until after the new year. In the meantime, I'll be cooking, baking, and hosting delicious feasts.

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy holiday and new year.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Lunch Week 43: Moroccan Lamb Tagine

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: Moroccan Lamb Tagine
I was getting tired of the same ol' flavors of Thanksgiving by now. I needed something extremely different. Something with spices, something foreign. Something like Moroccan lamb tagine! It's not a spicy dish but it has a lot of spices. It's braised until the leg of lamb is so tender and soft. It's full of vegetables and fruit. It core warming. It's what you want to eat in the winter.
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Lunch Week 42: Turkey Vegetable 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 last week: Turkey Vegetable Soup

So I completely messed up again. I forgot to take a picture of my lunch. And it was such a delicious one too! I used leftover Thanksgiving turkey, a bunch of vegetables, and some homemade stock. So much flavor, so enriching. It was a soup that's perfect for the cold or even if  you had a cold. It warmed me up so nicely.

Too bad I suck though.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Old Traditional Polish Cuisine Truck

As you can tell, I went without lunch for a week. So I hit up a bunch of food trucks that I haven't tried before. The Old Traditional Polish Cuisine Truck is one such truck (Phew! What a mouthful!)
But if you're telling me I can get delicious kielbasa and pierogies, I'm there!
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Moo Shu Grill Truck

When I heard that the Bian Dang group opened up sister trucks such as the Moo Shoo Grill and the Domo Taco truck, I was intrigued. I have enjoyed Bian Dang (aka NYC Cravings) previously so the Moo Shoo Grill truck seemed good enough to try. Also, this used to be the Fishing Shrimp Truck which I really enjoyed but it is no longer. They could not sustain the rising prices of their goods. So sad.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Paris Sandwich Truck

Walking up 46th Street in Midtown, you'll find a variety of food trucks parked and ready to serve. Some of the more favorite trucks could boast lines 20+ people deep. On a short lunch break, that just wouldn't work. So when I stumbled upon the Paris Sandwich Truck, I happily walked right up to the window and ordered my meal.
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Souvlaki GR Truck

When the Souvlaki GR Truck first started out it didn't venture into Midtown. It stayed as far uptown as the Flatiron and Chelsea neighborhoods. I bugged them about it but they weren't ready for the Midtown masses of office workers looking for lunch. But eventually they opened up a storefront which allowed their truck to explore new areas.
They've been servicing Midtown now for a while but it has taken me quite some time to go visit them.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Thanksgiving: Apple Pie

I made apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert per usual. But I didn't like how it came out. I tried a new pie crust recipe that everyone has been raving about it. It didn't fail, per se. But it didn't hold up the way I wanted it to.


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thanksgiving: Garlic Bread

A lot of people serve bread with their meals especially at Thanksgiving. I bring it up a notch with homemade garlic bread. Oh yes, that garlic butter is crack. You can smell it down the hall enticing you to try some. If you like garlic, you'd love this garlic butter.
And how does the butter work? Basically in a slow poaching method that caramelized both the garlic and the milk solids of the butter. It almost becomes a brown butter garlic spread.
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Thanksgiving: Roasted Butternut Squash

I feel like my Thanksgiving meal is pretty complete except for one dish. Over the years, I have tried to figure out a good sweet potato dish. I dislike the sickeningly sweet dish with brown sugar and marshmallows. So I have up the sweet potato this year for the butternut squash. It was well received with my guests. And with that, it became a permanent addition to Thanksgiving. And now, it's complete.

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Thanksgiving: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I don't know what they did to Brussels sprouts but they're really good now. No more bitter, mushy orbs of cabbage. Instead, you have charred and caramelized nuggets. I like them best when roasted in the oven.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thanksgiving: Mashed Potatoes

Super smooth and creamy mashed potatoes are a wonderful thing. Perfectly seasoned too.
There's no secret on how to make good mashed potatoes but you just have to put in a little effort. That's all.
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Thanksgiving: Macaroni and Cheese

I don't have to convince you that macaroni and cheese is delicious. Pasta, melted cheese, and a crunchy bread topping. It's wonderful, comforting, and filling.
I've made okay macaroni and cheese in the past. But when I came across a recipe from Cook's Illustrated, I decided to try it. Wow. I was mistaken about my macaroni and cheese. This was much better. The pasta was more tender. The cheese sauce was more creamy. It was fantastic. I was a convert immediately.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thanksgiving: Sausage Dressing

Move over Stove Top Stuffing. I've got some homemade dressing that's way better. Crusty bread, sauteed sausage and vegetables, and homemade stock. Layers of flavors and textures.
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Thanksgiving: Corn Souffle

Oh corn, how I love thee. You're so delicious on your own but when I find a wonderful way to prepare you in a dish that showcases everything wonderful about corn, then I'm even more grateful. This corn souffle recipe is such a dish.
Sure, you'll find some corn pudding dishes on some Thanksgiving tables. But this is really more of a corn souffle. It's lighter, more delicate, and almost fluffy. But really, the separation of yolks and whites really make this dish a souffle as opposed to a pudding.
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Thanksgiving: Mustard Glazed Ham

Once I tried a real smoked ham, I never went back to those supermarket generic hams. The flavor and texture was just that much better that it became a staple in my Thanksgiving feast.
This year, I added my own tweaks which resulted in a much juicier ham with a lot more mustard glaze to go around. I received good responses about these tweaks so this is the way I'll do it going forward. I didn't do step by step picture instructions since I have a pretty good post about that here. But I will repost the recipe with my personal changes.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Thanksgiving: Turkey Stock & Gravy

Growing up, I used stock from cans. I didn't know better. But one day I tasted homemade stock and was hooked. The developed flavors of meat and vegetables was incredible. So now I make stock all the time and freeze it. It's great for soups and just about anything. In this case, it's great for gravy.
But first, the stock. I usually take the leftover turkey carcass as my meat base. But if you don't have that, use a smoked turkey leg. I get mine from the butcher but I've seen smoked turkey legs and wings in supermarkets so they're more readily available now. With that, add 4 stalks of celery, 4 carrots, 2 onions, and the stems of a bunch of parsley. Keep the leaves for garnishing your dishes. Honestly, you can use scraps to make stock. Collect carrots peels, onion skins, celery cores, and parsley stems. They freeze well too. Collect it until a 1 gallon plastic bag is filled.
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Thanksgiving: Roast Turkey

Turkey is the star of my Thanksgiving. I take immense pride in how juicy and flavorful it comes out. It has taken me years to get it the way I want it to taste and I feel like I've finally mastered it. And it's a glorious thing to have.
Even though I felt like I've got the turkey roasting down, this year I decided to try to spatchcock my turkey. Why? Time. It's an immense time saver. It only took 1 hour in the oven. Yes, that's right. Just 1 hour. I was also able to make 2 turkeys at once. That makes for lots of leftovers. Sounds good enough to try.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tasty Eating's Essential Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a big deal in my home. I've been hosting for years and I do all the cooking by myself. Guests come with empty stomachs ready to eat. And I'm happy to serve them.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lunch Week 41: 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
 People who come to my Thanksgiving dinners always ask why I make so much food for a small group. For the leftovers of course! This once a year feasting is highly anticipated. The leftovers are even more treasured. Guests leave with trays full of food. But I make enough that it leaves me with a bounty. Well, enough for Mr. M&P and I for lunch the whole next week as well as plenty of dinners. I'll probably end up freezing some of it as well. My favorite leftover is definitely turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce. The sides above are roasted brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash with onions and cranberries, and corn souffle.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

(Belated) Lunch Week 40: Vegetable Japanese Curry

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 2 weeks ago: Vegetable Japanese Curry
Leftover Japanese curry from a dinner party I had a while ago. It freezes pretty well actually. It's a vegetable curry with potatoes, carrots, and frozen peas. I use the potatoes as a natural thickener for the curry. It's great over rice. Oh and don't worry, it's not really spicy. It's more sweet than what more people thick of curry in general.. Read more...

Monday, December 2, 2013

(Belated) Lunch Week 39: Korean-Mexican 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 3 weeks ago: Korean-Mexican Salad
This week's lunch was originally supposed to be lettuce wraps with Korean and Mexican ingredients. It was supposed to be kind of a taco but with lettuce instead. When I purchased my Boston lettuce heads, I wasn't particularly happy with the varying sizes making it difficult to use as taco shells. So instead, I made the lunch into a salad.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dinner Party: 40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken, Mussels in White Wine, Kale Salad

A lot of the dinner parties you've seen me post on this blog have been really ambitious. Some had a variety of different dishes while others imparted a more difficult technique. This time, however, I went a more easy route. Now, I didn't skimp on making things from scratch. I just chose easier dishes that can me made in large quantities. And I also made things that could stay warm in the oven without being compromised.
But first up, some appetizers. Don't feel like cooking? Doing a charcuterie spread is one of the easiest things to present. It's group friendly and everything can be prepared ahead of time. Here, I had 2 kinds of olives. Don't forget the pit bowl. Then some salami and coppa that I folded over into triangles. It helps with presentation as well as allowing guests to take one slice at a time. Serving sliced meat completely flat and layered on each other makes it difficult for people to pick up. I also served some prosciutto that I twirled into flower shapes. A very soft triple creme brie and jarlsberg cheese served  next to the meats. Grapes, carrot sticks, celery, and purple bell peppers round out the meal. That ranch dip for the vegetable crudite is homemade.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ushiwakamaru

For her birthday this year, the Feisty Foodie wanted sushi to celebrate. Who am I to say no? So off we went with Dessert Zombie to Ushiwakamaru in search of a great omakase (~$120).
The meal started with some seaweed to whet our appetites. It was both savory and sweet which made my water water in excitement for what's to come.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dominique Ansel Bakery: Magic Souffle & Smore

Dominique Ansel is one of my favorite bakeries in NYC. They make some really good quality baked items. Their kouign amann is one of my favorite items. But this time, I went in search for something else, specifically their magic souffle and smore.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Mexico Blvd

My coworker who recently went wheat free (not just gluten free, wheat free) couldn't stop raving about the Mexico Blvd food truck. We went into finite details about their tacos and how delicious they are. I explained by reservations but he wholeheartedly reconfirmed that Chipotle this was not.
We arrived to the truck before 12 noon to avoid long lines. He warned me about this. And he was right. We arrived to a line but it was doable. More people stood behind us while we waited to order.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Lunch Week 38: Roasted Pork Chops with Winter Vegetables

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: Roasted Pork Chops with Winter Vegetables
Winter is here and another simple dish this week. Roasted sweet potatoes just dressed with salt, pepper, oil. The roasted brussels sprouts also included red pepper flakes and garlic powder. The roasted pork chops are seasoned with Montreal Steak seasoning. Everything is cooked in the oven making it easy for me. Read more...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cooking: Chinese Dinner for Birthday Girls

It brings me immense joy to cook for my loved ones. So every fall when Mrs. Pattis Magician and Ms. Pastry Chef's birthdays come along, I volunteer to cook them a Chinese dinner. And to my delight, they agree. They usually let me decide the menu but I still like to ask them for favorites to make sure those are included.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Trestle on Tenth

Dinner with some out of town friends are always a delight. Especially when I get to choose the restaurant. The criteria was to be around Penn Station and "flavor of the month". Whatever that means. I just went with my gut and picked a few places that have been on my radar. We settled on Trestle on Tenth after seeing a wild mushroom promotion on their website.
I was the only one who had 2 courses that night. That made me feel really gluttonous but it was worth it. I started with the seared sweetbreads with lemon aioli, capers, and cilantro. Tender pieces of sweetbreads breaded and fried until crispy. These were prepared very nicely. Properly cleaned and freshly fried to order. The tang of the aioli and capers with the freshness of the cilantro paired really well with the richness of the sweetbreads. This was a larger portion than what I am used to. But since it was prepared so expertly, I had no issue finishing it all.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday: Pounds and Ounces

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: Pounds and Ounces
This post is long overdue. When we came here it was still warm out and we sat outside. It was great people watching.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Grano Trattoria

Mr. M&P and I was out for date night. We had aimed to go to Umami Burger but the line was insane. There were about 30 people standing outside waiting with even more people inside. The wait was unreasonable for us so we moved on. Not having a plan B, we just walked around to see if anything peaked our interested. When we stopped in front of Grano Trattoria, we looked over the menu and decided to try it.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Hospoda

Dinner at Hospoda one night with Feisty Foodie, Dessert Zombie, and couple of their friends as well. We looked over the menu and decided on the Restaurant Week Menu ($38 for 3 course prix fixe) because the choices seemed good (I actually didn't even know restaurant week was going on), the place was not packed at all, and service was more than accommodating. We went from a 4 person party to 5 last minute. They helped us move and I was very grateful.
The meal started with an amuse bouche of cucumber and herbs juice with bread crumbs. This was really refreshing though it seemed like it needed just a bit of fat like olive oil. I thought those were bacon bits at first but alas only bread. They also served us some bread with cocoa butter (not pictured). It needed salt.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gazala Place

When Dr. Mandoo came back to NYC, we met up a few times for lunch. She needed to get acclimated back to the real world aka NYC and I was happy to assist. First up, lunch at Gazala Place. This tiny little Druze Israeli restaurant in Hell's Kitchen has always caught my eye. There was always a person up front working some dough into fluffy round bourekas. Why did I never go before? I don't know. I don't really have an excuse. I just didn't. But finally Dr. Mandoo suggested we go and I was sure glad she did.
We started off the meal with a shared plate of falafel ($5.50) which came with 6 found falafel with a side of tahini.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Hey look! Another fried chicken review. I'm starting to feel like the Feisty Foodie. So much good chicken to eat in NYC. But I've got to go back to my roots and devour more cheeseburgers. Anyway, back to fried chicken for the moment. Feisty Foodie, Dessert Zombie, Mr. M&P, and I went to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken to celebrate some good news.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken had just recently opened and we've heard decent things about their chicken. Some people even call it the best. I'll be the judge of my own best of list. So off we went in the name of research. We each ordered our own meals since we're all dark meat fiends. No one wanted to be the one eating white meat. Mr. M&P and I shared 2 dark meat dinners ($9) which comes with a thigh and drumstick, fries, pickles, and a dinner roll with your choice of sauce.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Madison Square Eats

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: Madison Square Eats

Seeing that it was the last week of Madison Square Eats for Fall 2013, I convinced my friends to go and hang out in the chill with me. I thought the cold would deter people from attending but I forget that NYC-ers are pretty tough. It took awhile to get a table. My hawk eyes and aggressive pushy nature finally scored us one. We sat while enjoying some beer and food. It was a good night.
Above is the Speckenwolf pizza from Roberta's ($12) with speck, onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. This neapolitan pie was quite good. Melty cheese, smoked meat, punchy onions, and earthy mushrooms. Everything just worked really well together.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Lunch Week 37: Scotch Eggs with Roasted Winter 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: Scotch Eggs with Roasted Winter Salad
After a few of weeks of not so healthy lunches like sausages, leftover Chinese food, and pulled pork, I decided to do a vegetable heavy lunch. Luckily, autumn has been in full bloom with bountiful harvests of vegetables. My farmers market had quite the bounty. I snatched up some kale, butternut squash, cauliflower, and beets. I cooked them all separately so they'll retain their own flavors. Oh and I need some protein in my lunch so I made scotch eggs.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Kenka

A while ago, we all went out for Cheese's birthday. He picked Kenka which is a good place for large groups with lots of small plates to share. So we looked over the vast menu (with pictures so there was no language barrier) and ordered away.
We started out with grilled hamachi kama (yellowtail collar). This collar was larger in size than any other collar that I've had before. I was happily surprised. Fatty, crispy skinned fish. We picked at it slowly until only bones were left.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Doughnuttery

After Hybird, Dessert Zombie and I wanted doughnuts. So we hit up Doughnuttery for some freshly made fried pieces of dough. They have a little machine churning out dough and frying it automatically. Unfortunately, the flaw is that the freshly fried doughnuts go unattended to when there are no customers waiting. They become cold and basically old.
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Hybird [CLOSED]

In an effort to try new (to me) fried chicken joints, Mr. M&P, Dessert Zombie, and I went to Hybird in Chelsea Market. We've heard good things about Questlove's fried chicken joint that was featured on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Questlove is the resident drummer of the Roots band with a penchant for good food.
So we arrived at Chelsea Market, order ourselves 2 - 4 piece ($14.50). At the time, they only offered drumsticks. The size of the drumsticks were larger than normal. Huge in a daunting way. The crust was thick and super crispy. Well seasoned but overall not bad. I enjoyed the chicken but it felt too heavy for me. After 2 pieces, it sat in the pit of my stomach. I think it was the breading. It was too much for me. The biscuit with honey butter ($2) was just okay. Not too buttery and flaky but not a rock either. It definitely needed the honey butter. The biscuit was ridiculously huge too.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Night: Boulton and Watt

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: Boulton and Watt
Recommended by the Feisty Foodie and Cheese, I went to Boulton and Watt with my friends for Tuesday night. The decor was barn like with exposed wood and brass. The food and drinks were updated classics though. We started off the night with asparagus and egg ($11) with sauteed asparagus, sunny side up egg cooked with bacon, caramelized onion, and parmesan cheese. A simple dish yet delicious with the freshness of the greens, the richness of the egg, the fattiness of the bacon, the sweetness of the onions, and the pungency of the cheese. Everything on its own was strong in flavor but still worked really well together. This would be a great breakfast/brunch dish as well.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Harlow

For Ms. Lollipop's birthday, we went to Harlow to celebrate. It's a place to be seen. The fashion conscious and the high bank accounts to match. The room was loud and mostly filled with tall, skinny beautiful women and older men who buy them drinks. Well, at least the bar area was like that. The dining room was a little more mixed but still somewhat similar.
After looking over the menu, we picked our own appetizers and entrees. Then we shared the dessert. To start, I had the scallops (~$17) with cucumbers in a black bean sauce. Although the scallops were tender and the cucumbers were fresh, the black bean sauce was a bit overpowering. The delicate flavors of the gently prepared scallops was all lost.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Lunch Week 36: Oktoberfest

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: Oktoberfest
Yes, I am aware that Oktoberfest is over. But I wanted to celebrate it with a dedicated lunch anyway. So in this lunch box I have kielbasa (yes, technically Polish), bratwurst, sauerkraut, spicy mustard, potato pancakes, and apple sauce.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Butterfly

There are a lot of things about me that are pretty predictable. Food is one of those things. There are certain chefs and certain foods that I will eat over and over again. Seeking out the best or just returning to an old favorite. Research? Sure you can call it that. But truly, I'm just satisfying my hunger.
So when Chef Michael White opened up The Butterfly, it was hot on my list to go. It helped that it was relatively affordable compared to Costata (also recently opened but needs some saving up for that meal). After The Butterfly opened for a fair amount of time to get the kinks out, I recruited another big Michael White fan to go try it out with me, The Feisty Foodie (FF). She needed no convincing but I did mention fried chicken to her to tickle her salivation.

Reservations are not taken so I waited for my companion at the bar. I ordered a Tom Collins and watched the wonderful bartender work intricately on my drink. It tasted amazing. I can appreciate a well made drink and they certainly made that an important aspect of the experience at The Butterfly.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dinner Party: Asian Theme

I really enjoy entertaining. Good food, drinks, and friendly company are important aspects of my life. I've hosted my fair share of potlucks over the years but sometimes all I want to do is take control of the menu and feed my friends and family. All they have to do is show up hungry and maybe with some drinks in hand. So Mr. HP Sauce, Mrs. Green M&M, Ms. Pastry Chef, and Ms. Le Cordon Bleu came over to chow down!
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fatburger

A few members of the FBM crew wanted to do the Fatburger Challenge which meant eating the XXXL burger (3 patties) with all toppings. There is no time limit. What do you get? The respect of those around you? Ha, definitely not. Heartburn? Maybe. Unnecessary calories consumed? Sure.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Maison Kayser (Flatiron)

Boulanger Eric Kayser opened up a second location of his Maison Kayser Bakery and Cafe in NYC. This time, it's in the Flatiron district. I was satisfied with the Upper East Side location but this one was much more convenient for me. So Mr. M&P and I stopped in one day for brunch and some baked goods to enjoy later in the day.
He had an Americana type dish with sliced ham, sunny side up eggs, and sliced bread on the side. He loved it as expected and gobbled it all up.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Lunch Week 35: Chinese Dinner 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: Chinese Dinner Leftovers
I spent last weekend cooking up a feast to celebrate Mrs. Pattis Magician's and Ms. Pastry Chef's birthdays. Every year, they request a Chinese dinner and so I deliver. If you know me, then there is usually some left over food. You can't ever run out of food and leave people hungry. It's better to over cook then to under cook. So I used all the leftovers as lunch for the forth coming week. That meant a day off from massive cooking for me on Sunday. Though, truth be told, I ended up spending Sunday prepping other foods for other occasions. Such as dumpling wrapping and granola baking.

A couple of staples show up year after year. Like lo mein to represent a long life. This year, I made a mushroom lo mein using fresh shiitake, chanterelle, and enoki mushrooms.  Savory, earthy, and rich. A side of yu choy to balance out the lunch.
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Smith & Wollensky

Date night with Mr. M&P again. This time we headed out to Smith & Wollensky, a famous steakhouse in NYC. They're known for their dry aged prime rib steak and that was exactly what I was aiming to get. But before we start, an order of the shrimp cocktail (4 for $19.50). These jumbo shrimp (really they were prawns by the size of them) were cooked perfectly. Cold with a bite, not mealy, but very meaty. The cocktail sauce was clearly made in house and not bottled. Lots of horseradish in there which left a happy spicy bite. Though pricey, these were excellent.
When I went to order my prime rib, they notified me that they were sold out for the night. It was only slightly past 8pm. Damn. The waiter informed us that they normally sell out every night around that time. It's a very popular item. With that said, he tipped us that next time we make a reservation, if we ask them to save a prime rib for us, they would. Wow! What a great tip. And with that, he got a great tip from us as well.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bob White Kitchen & Lunch Counter

There's something really special when you go to a place over and over again because nothing else can compare. Bob White is that kind of place for me. No other fried chicken in NYC can give me the same feeling of joy. In fact, it's better than a lot of places I've had around the country. It's just consistently good. Sorry, not good. Phenomenal.
Another fried chicken supper for 4 ($48) which in includes 12 pieces of chicken (we asked for all dark again). That chicken. What's more to say about it? Consistently juicy, well seasoned, crispy, hot, and delicious. Just really good fried chicken. You would not be disappointed.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Soto

While I was in Atlanta, Le Chef was telling us how much he enjoyed sushi from Soto back in the day. Soto has since moved to NYC and recently held onto its 2 Michelin Stars. So what better way to celebrate with Mrs. Green M&M, Mr. HP Sauce, and Ms. Pastry Chef than with an extravagant meal at Soto?
Instead of an omakase, we decided to order a bunch of dishes to share. Some were composed dishes while others were sushi. We started the night with the uni cocktail ($15) from Russia with a soy reduction and wasabi. I have never had uni from Russia before and was very interested to taste what the quality was like. This was excellent. The sea urchin was fresh, bright, creamy, and briny. Each piece melted in my mouth and left the taste of the sea.
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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Meatball Shop (9th Avenue location)

Mr. M&P one day decided to take us out to eat on a date. And why not? It's nice to treat ourselves once in awhile. And although I had become lazy and didn't want to get dressed to go out, Mr. M&P pushed and pushed and so I relented and picked my ass up.
Oh how glad I was that he did. We walked downtown to The Meatball Shop on 22nd street and 9th avenue and put our name down for a 20 minutes wait. We had no agenda that night so a wait wasn't an issue. Plus, we were in good spirits despite Mr. M&P's I-told-you-so manner about how I would feel better if I left the apartment. He was right.
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Lunch Week 34: Steamed Hake with Shiitake Mushrooms

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: Steamed Hake with Shiitake Mushrooms
A fairly easy dish that doesn't necessarily ask for fresh fish. Here I used frozen hake seasoned with salt, white pepper, soy sauce, and a touch of mirin. I topped the fish with reconstituted shiitake mushrooms and scallions. The fish remains tender through the steaming process while the mushrooms are extremely juicy exuding its flavor onto the fish. This is best served with some white rice. Read more...