Friday, August 30, 2013

Lunch Week 30: BLT Sandwich

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: BLT Sandwich
I'm really scraping the bottom of my kitchen here. With all my pots, pans, and pantry packed up, I had little to work with in terms of lunch. Going out to eat was out of the question so I found some leftover bacon and English muffins in the freezer. All I needed was some fresh tomatoes and lettuce.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Grand Central Oyster Bar

A few months back, my sister and I celebrated her husband and Mr. M&P's birthdays. This time it was Mr. M&P's choice of venue and he picked the Grand Central Oyster bar with recommendations from me. I had a really good experience years ago and still laud it as my favorite raw bar in the city.
But on this night, we were there for a bit more than just raw oysters. We wanted main dishes as well. So we sat down at a table and ordered from the extensive seafood menu.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Trip to Atlanta, GA: Steak Dinner

For our last night in Atlanta, we had a repeat meal from our previous trip. We requested it because it was so amazing the first time that we had to have a it again. It was truly the piece de resistance.
 These are grilled prawns in a cilantro citrus marinade. I helped make this dish and was very proud of it. In fact, I helped prep for Le Chef and I loved it. It was surreal to be working with a classically trained chef. Truly, the highlight of my experience.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Trip to Atlanta, GA: Eclipse Di Luna

For the one night we went out to eat, we chose Eclipse Di Luna which is a tapas bar. Good for large groups and plates to share.
 We started off with some Tomate Fresco ($5.50) with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in balsamic vinegar and basil. Sweet, tart, creamy, and fresh. A nice light start to the meal.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

My Trip to Atlanta, GA: Barbecue Dinner

My second trip to Atlanta, GA wasn't very different from my first visit. Except this time I didn't really leave the house at all. We only left to either: a) gather more food, or b) go to a different place for food. Why? Well, we stayed in a very large home with a pool. So we swam and ate all day and night. It was glorious. Really, what's to change when you're on vacation?

The first night that we landed, we noshed on some delicious pizza straight from the in-kitchen pizza oven. Then off to bed we went with full stomachs. We woke up to eggs, pancakes, and bacon. A good cup of coffee later and I was fueled for some swimming. Hours later and ravenous, it was dinner time. And what a feast that was prepare by Le Chef. He's the one working in the fabulous kitchen. Entertaining is his joy, eating is mine. It's great relationship.
This year, he prepared a barbecue buffet with 3 different types of ribs, pulled pork, cole slaw, corn, and baked beans. All homemade.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Lunch Week 29: Chicken with Mushroom Wine 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: Chicken with Mushroom Wine Sauce
Sometimes you have an open bottle of wine that you don't want to drink anymore. Not that it was spoiled but you just don't desire it. That was the scenario that I was in. So instead, I cooked with it making chicken with mushroom wine sauce for lunch. Above, you can see the main ingredients I used in my lunch minus the bottle of wine. There is chicken, sliced baby bella mushrooms, garlic, and baby kale.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

JG Melon

A spontaneous dinner left us in front of JG Melon in search for burgers. A quick wait later, we sat down. The menu is simple and short. Just the way I like it. So ordering was easy. Cheeseburger cooked medium.

That was one good burger. Cooked to my desire, seasoned, juicy, melted cheese, and good meat to bread ratio.

Veni. Vidi. Vici.

JG Melon
1291 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 744-0585
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rutt's Hut

There's something kind of wonderful about old school places that refuse to change because well there's nothing to change. That's how I feel about Rutt's Hut: a hot dog place open since 1928. Now there's a restaurant, bar, and take out stand. You want the take out stand. Cash only by the way.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Nights: El Cantinero

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: El Cantinero
I haven't had a Tuesday Night get together in awhile. Life gets in the way and I miss out on fun time. But when we finally did meet up, the weather was fine. So we sat outdoors at El Cantinero for Tex Mex food and sangria. We noshed on the free salsa and chips on the table while we looked over the menu. The options were plentiful but I picked the Steak Fajitas ($19) which came with a sizzling plate of sliced skirt steak and vegetables.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Mr. M&P's Birthday Potluck

About 4 months ago, I held a potluck in celebration of Mr. M&P's birthday. He wanted some of his favorite foods in a very casual atmosphere and so I obliged.
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Lunch Week 28: Korean Tacos

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: Korean Tacos
The whole Korean and Mexican fusion cuisine has been really hot. It all started with Roy Choi in Los Angeles and the Kogi food truck. Who knew that the combination of bold Korean flavors would work so well with fresh Mexican ingredients? Oh wait, Roy Choi did. Anyway, for lunch this week, I made Korean tacos with galbi and kimchi.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hell's Chicken

I really love finding new gems around the neighborhood. When a ho hum Thai place closed and Hell's Chicken's awning went up, I was really excited! Finally something different in the neighborhood. It opened a few months ago and Mr. M&P and I hopped in for a quick bite to eat.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tertulia

I met up with an ex-coworker to gossip about what's been going and to share a few (or lots) of bites. We decided to go to the West Village and enjoy some more culture and food options. Since we both really like tapas, I suggested Tertulia and he happily agreed.

We started with the Embuditios ($15) which is a selection of 3 charcuterie meats. We received 2 types of salami and a ham. All salty, fatty, and melt in your mouth. The first was a plain salami while the second was spicier like chorizo. The ham was fatty and rich similar to Iberico but not nearly as good. (Disclaimer: while Iberico is on the menu, I didn't feel like paying for it.) This was a good portion for 2 people.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Walking Food Tour: Lower Manhattan

I haven't done a walking food tour in a really long time. So when I met up with Mr. Haribo Mule again, I took the day off and led him to everything that he's been missing out in NYC. Before we start, a key survival tip in a walking food tour is portion control. Order one thing and share it. This is especially true with a two person food tour. It's hard to resist in the beginning but you'll understand at the end.
 Our first stop, Dominique Ansel Bakery, the pre cronut days. I picked a DKA ($5.25) and he had the macarons ($2.50 each). That kouign amann is one tasty treat. Caramelized sugar and butter baked into flaky goodness. I like to describe it as a cross between a croissant and a palmier. So fine. The macarons were good too. I'm not a macaron fan (unless they're from Pierre Herme) so these got lost on me.
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Monday, August 12, 2013

BLT Prime

When Mr. Haribo Mule is around, steaks are abound. This time, we went to BLT Prime. Mr. M&P and I have been to BLT Steak and wasn't impressed. But several other friends have recommended that Prime was much better. So why not?
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Lunch Week 27: Turkey Meatballs with Vegetable Bolognese

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 Meatballs with Vegetable Bolognese
This recipe is a riff of my turkey meatloaf recipe. I didn't particularly want meatloaf but I had all this ground turkey to use. So why not meatballs?
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Shanghai Cafe

I've been going to Shanghai Cafe for a really long time. First with my parents when I was younger, and now with my family and friends. It never disappoints.
 Like the rice cakes with pork and preserved greens. Chewy but with meaty and pickly flavors. A classic.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Baking: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

One of the first pies I make every season is strawberry rhubarb. Both strawberries and rhubarb ripen at around the same time in the spring/early summer so it makes for the perfect match. This sweet and tart pie is a great way to celebrate the upcoming bounty of fresh fruits and produce. Yeah I know it's summer now. I'm behind on posts. I'm always behind on posts.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pho Mekong

With a recommedation from the Feisty Foodie and CheeeeEEEEse, I went to Pho Mekong in search of delicious Vietnamese food. My craving for pho far surpassed the warm weather we were having. Yes, I even walked from main street Flushing and back in search for food.
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Balkanika

You ever have that moment where you always pass by a place and say, "I'd like to go there one day" but delay it forever. Balkanika is such a place for me. I walk by it so often but have never stepped into it...until now.
Mr. M&P and I were looking for a quick dinner and wanted to stay local (Hell's Kitchen). So we told ourselves to try a new place and of course we walked right by Balkanika. This time though we stopped and headed inside.
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Lunch Week 26: Chicken Katsu with Soba Noodles and Chinese 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: Chicken Katsu with Soba Noodles and Chinese Broccoli
This week's lunch veers off the healthy route I've been trying to do. But you have to treat yourself to something special once in a while. And well since I was craving fried chicken, I made some. Japanese style katsu, that is.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Xi'an Famous Foods (Midtown Location)

When Xi'an Famous Foods announced that they will be opening a Midtown location, I was really joyous. They're known for their quick but delicious and spicy food. Generous portions is a given and prices are reasonable. So when I showed up soon after their grand opening one day at 12 noon, I wasn't shocked that the line was extremely long already. But I patiently waited until it was my turn to order.
I chose the Concubine's Chicken Hand Pulled Noodle ($6) with a side of Spicy Cucumber Salad ($4.50).
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