Wednesday, July 31, 2013

HanJan

Back in April, a few of us FBMers went to HanJan to celebrate TT's birthday. Since I had such a wonderful experience the first time, I was happy to oblige.
We started off with some Atlantic salmon sashimi ($12) with a side of seasonal greens, red onions, and chojang (a spicy sweet chili sauce). The fish was very fresh and was a nice appetizer to start off the meal.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Variety of Parsi Food

Here's a great mish mosh of a few Parsi dinners I've had in the last few months. All cooked by Mrs. Pattis Magician. Enjoy!
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Monday, July 29, 2013

The Cinnamon Snail

I've been wanting to try the Cinnamon Snail food truck for a really long time. I'm neither a vegan nor a vegetarian but I don't shy away from food just because it's made one way or another. Good food is good food to me.
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Lunch Week 25: Grilled Tuna Steaks with Corn and Asparagus

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: Grilled Tuna Steaks with Corn and Asparagus
Another super simple lunch this week. I didn't have much time to make something more elaborate but I didn't want to skimp on flavor and texture either. So to take advantage of the wonderful summer produce, I boiled some fresh Jersey corn in salted water, then sauteed asparagus in oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Then I seared some tuna steaks (60-90 seconds per side for rare) that was previously seasoned with oil, salt, pepper, and black sesame seeds. Once cooled, I sliced the tuna against the grain into thin slices. For a punch of extra flavor, top with a tiny splash of soy sauce. For safety concerns, try to sear each tuna steak the day of or the day before you plan to serve it. Fresh fish has a pretty short shelf life.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Keste

A few months ago, a few friends from Richmond, VA came up to visit us. With 2 small children in tow and a gluten allergy, I had to find a place to eat that would please everyone. Although the usual carbohydrate free cuisines came to mind, I wanted to give them something more. I hear often that gluten sensitive people crave their breads and pastas the most because they can't have it. So I thought what is more quintessential than pizza in NYC? After looking around, I ended up at Keste. It has received very good reviews for their pizza in general and they also offer gluten free pizza (6 different kinds!). So, I was intrigued.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gorilla Cheese Food Truck

Another day without bagged lunch is a day that I get to explore the food truck world. On this day, I kept it simple and went to the Gorilla Cheese Truck. Carbohydrates and cheese for lunch? Why not?
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pig and Khao

A while ago TT and CT invited Mr. M&P and I to dinner at Pig and Khao. Food with lots of pork? Yes, please! This Fatty Cue related restaurant with Chef Leah Cohen offers Southeast Asian cuisine focusing on Thai and Filipino dishes and flavors.
CT and I were in charge of the menu while the boys took control of the $15 all you can drink beer from the keg (self serve). Of course, I ended up ordering too much as we left the restaurant with our bellies in our hands. We started off the night with the Chicharron ($4) which was crispy pig skin with a side of vinegar. This was very good. So crispy and light with a mild pork flavor while the vinegar cut through the fat nicely. A great snack that went well with the beer.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Maison Kayser (UES location)

After my trip to France, I fell in love with bread. I never loved bread like some people I know. It was there, it was tasty, but love? Nope. But France changed that. It showed me what bread really should be like. Growing up with sliced bread from the supermarket was what I was used to. It's what I still continue to use. But really, there's so much better. Fresh baked bread with crusts so hard but insides so soft. It's something magical and takes a lot of talent and experience to master that. One of our favorite boulangeries in Paris was Eric Kayser. So when Mr. M&P and I heard that he had an offshoot in NYC, we were thrilled. We trekked out to the UES to find delicious bread, pastries, and breakfast. *Update: Maison Kayser is currently expanded to Flatiron, Midtown, and Columbus Circle.*
Brunch was pretty busy on this Sunday morning but we scored a two top table quickly. Be prepared to be very close to your neighbor. We looked over the quick menu and I picked the Croque Madame ($14) which is an open faced sandwich with toast topped with ham, gruyere cheese, bechamel sauce, and a sunny side up egg. The portion size was big and they did not skimp with the ingredients. I was really happy with my sandwich though the egg was slightly overcooked and not completely runny.
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Lunch Week 24: Roasted Pork Loin with Garlic Roasted Broccoli

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 Loin with Garlic Roasted Broccoli
An easy lunch again this week. Roasted pork loin just seasoned with salt, pepper, and oil then roasted in the oven for 375oF until 160oF is read on the thermometer. The broccoli is roasted in the same oven with salt, pepper, and garlic oil until charred and browned (about 30 minutes).

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Baking: Sprinkles Cake

A couple of months ago, it was my niece's birthday. She turned 2 years old. And she's becoming a really good eater. Good meaning she has a healthy appetite. So whenever it comes to my sister's monkeys, I always make the birthday cakes. This year, I decided to be a little bold and make a sprinkles cake. I saw the one that Brownie (of Blondie and Brownie) had for her birthday and immediately wanted to make one too.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Smorgasburg

A while ago, Mr. M&P and I headed to Smorgasburg for the first time. Yes, first time. Not sure why we waited this long. Oh wait, it involves a weekend trip to Williamsburg. That's why. Anyway, we found a free spring Saturday and headed out to Brooklyn on a sunny afternoon. We aimed to get there around 11:30am about a half hour after opening. There were plenty of people around already but the place was still functional. By the time we left around 1pm, it was swamped and lines were long. Yeah, my first advice to you is to go at 11am. The vendors will already be set up.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Nom Wah

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: Nom Wah
Dim sum is a wonderful type of food that is best shared among a group of friends/family. Unfortunately, most dim sum restaurants serve these delectable morsels in the morning or early afternoon. What's left during the day is what has been sitting around. Meaning, it's not very tasty. Nom Wah, however, serves freshly made dim sum all day and all night (minus their closing hours). Their made to order dishes allow people like me to enjoy dim sum on any day of the week. So long weekend only dim sum!
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lunch Week 23: Turkey and Spinach Burgers

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: Turkey and Spinach Burgers
I recently purchased some ground turkey meat but was avoiding meatloaf again. Don't get my wrong, I enjoy a good meatloaf but it didn't feel like the right kind of meal to make in this hot and humid weather. So when I spotted a turkey and spinach slider recipe in the recent Bon Appetit magazine, I was convinced. This supposedly kid friendly recipe was simple but packed in nutrients with spinach and scallions.
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