Friday, June 28, 2013

Lunch Week 22: Black Bean Chicken and Bok Choy

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: Black Bean Chicken and Bok Choy

So not only did I not take pictures of how I made this lunch, I forgot to take a picture of the actual lunch itself.

Sorry readers. Food blogging fail.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter

I enjoyed Bob White Kitchen so much the first time that I needed to go back to make sure it wasn't just a one time ethereal experience. And that my dreams of crunchy, crispy fried chicken with juicy meat inside wasn't actually a recurring nightmare leaving me to yearn and never be satisfied ever again. So back I went with Mr. M&P and Dessert Zombie who not only happily agreed but willingly agreed to go with me.
With an extra person this time, we opted for the Fried Chicken Supper for 4 ($48) which includes 12 pieces of fried chicken, 4 biscuits, and coleslaw. We asked for all dark meat. They paused and asked the chef. At first they said it would take too long to fry, but to our merry surprise, they gave it to us anyway. In fact, they did one step more. They fried up 8 pieces right away. We bit into the drumsticks and thighs as they were piping hot, juicy, and yet oh so crunchy. Well seasoned and perfectly cooked. After we finished the first plate, they have us the last 4 which were freshly fried and hot. Wow, that's service and great quality control.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

L'Artusi

Not too long ago (surprising, huh?), my good friend The Feisty Foodie took me out for my belated birthday dinner. I mulled it over a bit and eventually settled on L'Artusi. I have enjoyed myself very much at Dell'Anima and L'Apicio with Chef Gabe Thompson in the past so it only made sense to try his other ventures.
We arrived on time on Wednesday evening and the place was hopping. That's a good sign. A very good sign. We were promptly seated squeezed in between two other tables. One thing is for sure, they try to pack as many people into the restaurant as possible. Be ready to hear your neighbors conversations. With that, the noise level was quite high but that allowed us to speak with our normal voices as opposed to hushed tones.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kajitsu

A while back Dr. Mandoo returned from her long stay in NC and came back to NYC where she belongs. First thing on the list, go out to lunch! I gave her full control on where to go and of course she picked Kajitsu. It was recently on my mind too so we're connected like that. I was really looking forward to a delicious vegetarian meal (yes, you read that right. I was happily anticipating this). You see, vegetables get a bad rap. They're delicious when prepared properly. And oh so satisfying. I'm not a vegetarian but I eat a lot of vegetables because they balance out my meals and my life.
So we met up and approached the restaurant without a reservation. We were offered upstairs or downstairs. Upstairs is traditional Japanese shojin cuisine which is similar to the foods that Zen Buddhists eat which does not include meat nor fish. I think the downstairs may provide some fish. We sat upstairs.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Ichi Umi

One day, I met up with an old coworker for lunch. After throwing out a few places, we settled on Ichi Umi, the all you can eat Asian and Sushi buffet restaurant in K-Town. For lunch, the deal is $19 per adult. Not bad for the amount and variety you get. Though I'm sure there is more at dinner.
We arrived promptly at 12:30pm and it wasn't too crowded yet. At 1:30pm, the masses of tours came through and the place was swamped. With pushing and loitering, I was gladly done by that time.
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Lunch Week 21: Baked Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa

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: Baked Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa
I've been meaning to include more fish in my diet. I really enjoy it but it's difficult to make it good for a packed lunch without upsetting someone. Either me as the diner or my fellow coworkers when I reheat it. So when I thought about this recipe, I think it made everyone happy.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

(Belated) Lunch Week 20: Lamb and Romaine 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 last week: Lamb and Romaine Salad
Oof, I realized that I was eating too many processed carbohydrates for lunch. I've been trying to reduce my intake and have had good results. But I recently fell off the wagon with sandwiches, mac n cheese, and noodles. So I kept it simple this time. I took my leftover chimichurri sauce to marinate the boneless leg of lamb for 1 hour. While that tenderized and flavorized (Is that a word? No), I prepped the other ingredients which was mainly chopping vegetables. Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, scallions, and shallots. That last one was sauteed in oil until browned.

The leg of lamb was roasted in the oven for about 45 minutes at 375oF until the internal temperature reached 160oF. Then it was cooled and cut up into bite sized pieces. I left the salad undressed as it didn't need much due to the natural flavors of each of the ingredients. Maybe a lemon vinaigrette next time but it was fine as is. It tasted refreshing yet hearty. Lots of flavors and textures mixed about. I really enjoyed it and didn't get tired of it after 5 days.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(Belated) Lunch Week 19: Banh Mi

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 2 weeks ago: Banh Mi
Banh Mi is a French influenced Vietnamese sandwich with fresh ingredients that make it seem light. Perfect for the warm weather. It's stuffed with all sorts of vegetables and proteins.
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Trip to Paris, France: Snacks

For my last post for this trip to France, I wanted to show you the mish mosh of snacks we had while site seeing or late night snacking or just eating because we could. First up, the lardon pizza from Martin Yannick with mushrooms. This was actually the very first thing I ate when I stepped off that plane. It was as awesome as it looks.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Trip to Marseille, France: La Daurade

On our last day in France, we took the train to Avignon where to visit the Palais de Papes where popes used to reside before the Vatican. We also walked around the town exploring the small winding streets and stores. There weren't many options for lunch so we grabbed some sandwiches to go at La Mie Caline. Off we went on the train again, this time to Arles where we explored the ruins of two amphitheaters. It was a nice change of scenery with the Spanish influence of the city.

We headed back towards Marseille after a long day of exploring and took it easy. We didn't know where to have dinner and the concierge only suggest very spendy places. So we took our own chances and walked along the harbor again. We stopped in another restaurant at first but they didn't have any room to fit our large party. Instead, they walked us over to La Daurade explaining that it's very similar and good as well. So they put together some tables for us and we sat down.
Ms. Poutine Esp had the mixed seafood with vegetables including fish, mussels, and snails with potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, and haricot verts. She seemed to enjoy it.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Trip to Marseille, France: Le Miramar

After spending the day in Aix En Provence, we returned by train to Marseille and walked around the port city. We went around the u shaped harbor looking for a restaurant to eat that night. We stopped by Miramar after reading a few good reviews about their seafood. We made a reservation for that night and went on our way around some more.

When we returned for dinner we sat outside in a tented area that helped brace the wind for us. After we all ordered, some amuse bouche appeared. First, some toasted bread covered in a truffle cream with sliced black truffles on top. The earthy mushroom like flavor was intense in this one. You could smell it before you ate it. It was a nice start to the meal.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

My Trip to Aix En Provence, France: Farmers Market

The next morning, we took the train to Aix En Provence. We walked around the small town exploring churches and ruins. Then we got hungry. Before we started our trip that morning, I knew I had one thing in mind: the farmers market. They are known for their extensive offerings both fresh and cooked. There's even a separate fresh flowers market too. Lots of potted plants or cut to be placed into a vase. It smelled wonderful.

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