Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday Night: Raymi

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: Raymi
Raymi has been recently talked about as a the new Peruvian place to be. It's a Richard Sandoval restaurant who is famous for his Latin cuisines. Every Tuesday night, they celebrate Pigs & Tails Happy Hour all night. Perfect for our get together.
Here we shared the Tasting of Ceviche and Tiradito ($26; *note: not part of the happy hour menu*). You can pick 4 from all the whole selection. I let the waiter pick for me. He came back with a good selection corvina, striped bass, fluke, and tuna. Really refreshing, flavorful, and a good value.
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Fun Buns

Another food cart, this time Fun Buns (which at the moment has been in winter hiatus since November). This offshoot of the Bian Dang food truck only sells the popular Taiwanese buns which has hit the NYC food scene en masse in the last few years.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Okadaman

Once in awhile I look forward to not bringing my own lunch. That gives me the chance to try out a food truck. This time, I tried out Okadaman with Beer Boor in tow. I had a coupon that allowed me to purchase a certain dollar amount of food. It was more than I could eat so I offered  a free lunch to my friend.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Strip House

A while ago when Mr. Haribo Mule came to visit, we went out for the usual steak dinner. This time, we picked the Strip House.
We arrived on time for our reservation but still waited upwards of 30-45 minutes. It wasn't just us. It seemed like everyone was waiting and the hostess was giving everyone the same speech. You know, that the table is just paying and will be leaving soon. A long while later, people go back up and ask what's going on. They clearly didn't have the reservations timed well that night. But alas, we waited.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wildwood BBQ

For my birthday celebration with the FBM crew, I picked Wildwood BBQ because we all pretty much love barbecue in one way or another. On that cold night, we ventured out to try some food to see if it stood up to our favorite places in NYC.
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Socarrat Paella Bar (2nd Avenue Location)

Another birthday post. This time it's for the lovely CT. She picked Socarrat as the place to be and boy was it a delicious celebration. We start with a bunch of tapas to share and then ended the night with paella.

Here is the Montadito ($3) with garbanzo spread and chorizo. A super thin crispy flatbread topped with a bean spread, cheese, chorizo, arugula, and topped with a balsamic glaze. A really good start to the night.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hot Kitchen

Another old post coming up from the dust. Hot Kitchen, the birthday destination for Nommables with the FBM crew. They do both hot pot and cooked dishes. We went for the cooked dishes this time in search of spicy, szechuan tongue numbing goodness.
Upfront, the tables are fairly spaced apart and open. However, we were sat way in the back, between the kitchen and the bathrooms. Really weird placement in fact. We were a large group and I think it was the only table that fit all of us but I still didn't like it. I blame my white friends for that.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lunch Week 13: Tex-Mex Taco 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: Tex-Mex Taco Salad
I was inspired to make this lunch first from Dessert Zombie's recent meal then from discussing ways to change it with Feisty Foodie. Hard shelled tacos morphed into taco dip then into taco salad. All the main tex-mex ingredients are still there except for the taco shells. If you haven't noticed, I'm trying to do low carb lunches. It doesn't mean I'm not eating carbs. That's far from the truth. I'm just trying to restrict it from at least one meal per day. And honestly, it has given me results. But this isn't a health/diet blog. Nope, this is a food blog. Now onto the food! (Sorry, forgot to take a picture of the final product.)
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday Night: Shanghai Cafe

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: Shanghai Cafe
On this night, we wanted to eat Chinese food. I suggested dim sum and everyone was on board. We headed our way to Nom Wah but then realized they were having a party for the Lucky Rice Festival. Oops! Bad timing on us. So, I suggest Shanghai Cafe instead for soup dumplings. Not a shabby alternative at all.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Momofuku Noodle Bar - Fried Chicken Dinner

Another birthday dinner post. This time at Momofuku Noodle Bar for the fried chicken dinner. I really love fried chicken and have sought out many different places to find the finest crispy fried chicken one would ever have. Truly the South wins at that battle, but that doesn't stop me from finding good fried chicken in NYC. So when the opportunity finally came to try Momofuku's fried chicken, I jumped at the chance.
Before the chicken, we decided to try some appetizers to whet our appetite. Here is the bok choy with fermented black beans, cauliflower mushroom, and lime ($10). This was just okay. Even though the dish had black beans in it, it didn't have a very strong flavor. It was very mild, in fact.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

L'Apicio

I'm a very lucky gal. Why? I'm surrounded by people who are willing to take me out for my birthday. People who love me and actually want to hang out with me. Yay! For this dinner, I picked L'Apicio because I was very fond of my meal at  Dell'Anima and chef Gabe Thompson. Also, we all love fresh pasta so this was a good choice.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Baking: Chocolate Bread Pudding

Many times when I buy fresh bread, I don't finish it. And because fresh bread tends to go stale quicker, I have to find alternative ways to work with it before it goes bad. Normally, I find something savory to make like dressing or a savory bread pudding. This time, however, I wanted to make something sweet. And chocolate bread pudding was at the top of my list.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Lunch Week 12: Lamb Shawarma-Esque Pita 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 week: Lamb Shawarma-Esque Pita Sandwiches
I think lamb is a very underrated meat. Most people eat beef or pork but only lamb on special occasions. But there's so much more to it than just seared chops at a restaurant. It's pretty lean and naturally full of flavor. It works well on it's own or spiced up. Really, it's pretty versatile. My favorite way to cook it at home is on the grill. The slight crispy charred pieces and the tender juicy meat is a great combination.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday Night: La Villette

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 Villette
In honor of our upcoming trip to France, we decided to go to a brasserie to discuss our impending plans. La Villette seemed to be a good fit with it's easy food menu. We arrived to a sparsely filled room but enough patrons to keep them busy. I wasn't extremely hungry and didn't order too much. I started with the tomato tart ($9) which is a puff pastry topped with tomatoes and ementhal cheese. It was just okay. The puff pastry wasn't rested over a rack and got a bit soggy underneath. Otherwise, it was simple and tasty.
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Cooking: Andrew Zimmern's One Pot Sticky Chicken Wings

Sometimes when I'm watching a cooking show, I get so enamored by a dish that I immediately look it up, print it out, and make it as soon as possible. Andrew Zimmern's One Pot Sticky Chicken Wings was such a dish. It's sweet, spicy, and savory. The kind of dish that the act of licking fingers is not only allowed but also encouraged.
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