Friday, March 29, 2013

Baking: Pecan Pie

One of the things my sister once asked me to make was a pecan pie. That really surprised me. She's not a big sweets person and she definitely doesn't love nuts. But she requested it so I made it. To be honest, I've never made pecan pie or any nut based pie. I enjoy pies very much but mostly fruit based pies. But as they say, there's a first time for everything.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cha Pas

A revisit to Cha Pas with my friend, Haribo Mule, visiting from Germany. Neither one of us was feeling pho, which is strange, but there's plenty of other food to be had. We started with the Cha Gio ($4) which is crispy fried spring rolls. This version had pork, shrimp, taro, mushrooms, and noodles. They wrapped the filling in rice paper and fried until crispy. Not bad at all but the serving size was quite small.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lunch Week 11: Roasted Cod with Miso Eggplant, Soy Glazed Mushrooms, and Cooked Lettuce with Oyster 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: Roasted Cod with Miso Eggplant, Soy Glazed Mushrooms, and Cooked Lettuce with Oyster Sauce
Back to Asian flavors this week. No specific kind. Just Asian in general. A relatively healthy lunch with cooked fish and vegetables. The salt level is probably a bit high. But I grew up on soy sauce so it's in my blood already.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Seoul Garden

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: Seoul Garden
We've been on an Asian kick lately for Tuesday Nights. This time, we hit up Seoul Garden in K-Town. After looking through the massive menu, I picked sundubu jjigae (spicy seafood tofu soup) that comes piping hot in a casserole bowl. Quickly crack a raw egg once you receive it to add creaminess and richness to your dish.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue

Not too long ago, a bunch of us went to celebrate Beer Boor's birthday at Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue. We're always up for trying a new barbecue place and Fletcher's had gotten good reviews. We were all curious enough to make the trek out to Gowanus on a snowy night.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Casa Mono

You know I'm really behind on my blogging. My friend, Dessert Zombie, recently asked when I was going to post about Casa Mono. We went out to lunch for my birthday back in January. Yeah, 2 months ago. Truth be told, I have posts dating back a year that I haven't done yet. Posts of places that deserve to be written about properly. Slowly but surely, they will be written. They may not be as detailed or smartly written (let's be real; I never write that way anyway), but at a minimum you'll get my good or bad opinion, and food porn. But in the mean time, I'm going to bounce to Casa Mono because damn that meal was good and most of all, Dessert Zombie asked about it.
I picked Casa Mono for one reason mainly: the foie gras dish ($19) with 5 different onions. The generous slab of pan seared foie gras, the sweet onions, and the tart vinegar sauce. It was a success on all counts. I drooled over this dish. As much as I wanted to gobble it all down at once, I savored it bit by bit. It was clear I wasn't going to share this dish that day. It was my birthday after all.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Round Up of Philly, PA

Here's a big mish mosh of a bunch of places I went to in Philly. All very good and recommended, unless otherwise stated. First up, Paesano's, the Italian market location.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lunch Week 10: Peruvian Chicken with Roasted Potatoes, Avocado, and Aji Verde 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: Peruvian Chicken with Roasted Potatoes, Avocado, and Aji Verde Sauce
When I was researching this lunch, the chicken was the easiest thing to figure out. It's usually made with whole chicken but I just used chicken thighs. I prefer dark meat. Potatoes or some kind of starchy vegetables is usually eaten as all. I was thinking salchipapas (hot dogs with potatoes) but thought that would be overkill. So instead, I just roasted potatoes with some spices. I also needed something fresh so when I came across avocados, it was an easy choice. Lastly, to smooth out the heat in the chicken, I also made aji verde sauce which is a creamy sauce with lots of flavor.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Jebon

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: Jebon
We went for a Japanese izakaya this time and shared a bunch for small plates of food including dumplings, edamame, sausages, calamari, sushi rolls, and various other yakitori.
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Monday, March 18, 2013

FBM Potluck 12

Another FBM Potluck, another epic day of eating. For my contribution, I made roast suckling pork belly with  picked cucumbers and carrots. I multiplied the recipe and made 6 pounds instead of 4. But that didn't turn out that great as the outside of the pork overcooked (see the burned pieces) while the inside didn't render as much fat as I would have liked. I guess 4 pounds is really the magic number.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Lunch Week 9: Ddeokbokki, Galbi, Sauteed Spinach, and Enoki 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: Ddeokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes), Galbi (beef short ribs), Sauteed Spinach, and Enoki Mushrooms
Going Korean this week. It's a pretty simple lunch and really freaking delicious.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lunch Week 8: Antipasti

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:  Antipasti
A nice medley of different marinated vegetables to keep things interesting. Artichokes, peppadew peppers, balsamic cipollini onions, mixed olives, stuffed hot cherry peppers, spring mix, tuna salad, sliced fresh cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, marcona almonds, provolone cheese, and spicy soppressata sausage.
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