Friday, September 27, 2013

Lunch Week 33: North Carolina Style Pulled Pork

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: North Carolina Style Pulled Pork
I've always wanted to make pulled pork but I'm not sure why I haven't until now. Wait, I know why. I don't have a smoker. Sure, you can make pulled pork in a crock pot or in the oven. But the taste is not the same. Unfortunately, I don't have any outdoor space in my new place so The Big Green Egg is on hold until future moves. So, I decided to make pulled pork in the oven. I don't own a crock pot and I never plan to either. I generally don't like the texture of the food that's cooked in a crock pot. That's just me though. I've have plenty of fine food, especially pulled pork, that was cooked in a crock pot. (That's you, Cheeeeeeese.)
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Cardinal

For Mr. Matzo Ball's birthday, he picked the Cardinal to celebrate. Southern food with fried chicken on the menu. Oh baby, yes!
We started off the night with some pimento cheese on bread ($9). Creamy cheese dip on toasted bread with pickled vegetables as the garnish. Not bad at all. The flavors were more pronounced with the roasting of the pimentos and poblano peppers as well as with the extra sharp cheddar.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Hallo Berlin

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 not so recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Hallo Berlin
I really enjoy Hallo Berlin with their steins of beer and German food menu. The soft pretzel with spicy mustard ($5) is always a must order. We ask for extra mustard too.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Cho Dang Gol

Mr. M&P's cousin was in town from San Francisco and wanted to eat Korean food in NYC. Our friend told us that Cho Dang Gol was a really good place. This was also a new place for me and it looked great.
When we arrived, the place was packed. With Koreans no less. So it made me feel really good that we were at a place that the natives would also go to. After looking over the menu, we chose a bunch of dishes to share. First, the haemul pajeon (seafood and scallion pancake $19 for large). I've never had a pajeon where it was cooked with the ingredients laid out in strips. But I really enjoyed it. Lots of scallions and squid with some fake crab sticks too.
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Lunch Week 32: Black Bean and Garlic Beef and String Beans

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 and Garlic Beef and String Beans
Marinated beef with fermented black beans and minced garlic (a whole bulb!) stir fried until almost cooked through. Remove, add mushrooms and season again. Add a couple spoonfuls of prepared black bean and garlic sauce. Allow to cook down and absorb the meat juices. Add trimmed string beans (I prefer haricot vert). Cook for a few minutes, toss to around. Then reintroduce beef again. Toss to combine. Add some corn starch mixed with cold water to thicken sauce. And done!
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

James Beard House Dinner: Sunshine State Bounty

TT and CT were gracious enough to invite us to a James Beard House dinner called Sunshine State Bounty featuring 3800 Ocean Restaurant at the Palm Beach Marriott with Chef Adam Hervieux and Culinary Director Larry LaValley. The menu was seafood heavy and perfect for the warm summer night.
We started off the night with champagne and a coconut and banana drink. Then the hors d'oeurves started flowing from the kitchen. First the red snapper cornet with soy, ginger, wasabi, and roe. A crunchy, savory, mini ice cream cone wrapping plump pieces of dressed red snapper. So fresh and delicious. Light yet strong flavors.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cooking: Spicy Crab and Corn Rigatoni

Sometimes when friends come to visit and stay over, I cook for them. Many times they prefer a night in to relax and chill. So I decided to make a pasta dish that screamed of summer. You know with corn and crab.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Clinton Street Baking

A while ago, Mr. M&P and some friends went out to celebrate his birthday. We initially aimed to go to Mission Chinese Food but the wait was ridiculous. By ridiculous I mean that they were no longer accepting new names on their wait list. So yeah. An additional failed attempt to The Meatball Shop later, we went to Clinton Street Bakery. Breakfast food for dinner. Not a bad plan C.
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Baking: Lego Cake

When my sister asked me to make a Lego cake for my nephew's birthday, I agreed with hesitation. I've never made specialty cakes before. In fact, my cakes are classic and "rustic" and are usually round or rectangular with frosting on the outside. I focus on the quality of the taste as opposed to the look of the facade. However, with some research and brainstorming, I figured out a way to make it without stressing myself out and most importantly, without compromising the taste of the cake.
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Lunch Week 31: Roast Beef 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: Roast Beef Sandwiches
Sandwiches again this week. Last week in the old kitchen. With all my pots and pans packed away, sandwiches are the only things I can bring to work. Well, unless I want a dry salad but the knives are packed away too.

Anyway, roast beef with mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and green leaf lettuce on whole wheat bread. Read more...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cooking: Johnson's Spareribs

I've been looking for a make at home rib recipe. One that doesn't involve smoking. I don't have a smoker...yet. So when I saw a recipe for Johnson's Spareribs, I was intrigued with the homemade sauce. Of course, what is a meal of ribs without corn on the cob and mac n cheese, right? I also fancied it up with croissants. Why not?
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Denville Seafood

Denville Seafood is the type of place that you don't have to wait for a special occasion in order to visit. Sure seafood can be expensive at times but Denville Seafood is very reasonable. And they also have a fish market up front. You can eat and do your shopping at the same time. It's pretty awesome actually.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Grill On Wheels

I love trying out new food trucks in the area especially when it's spontaneous. On this warm summer day, I fully expected to buy a lobster roll but the line was already 30 people deep. That I wasn't waiting for. Instead, I saw a couple of new food trucks lined up along the rest of the street. One of the trucks was Grill on Wheels, the only kosher food truck rolling the streets. The line was short and the menu looked decent. Sold.
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Julianna's

Coal fired pizza restaurants in NYC are very rare. If you have an existing one, then you're in luck. If not, too bad. So when Patsy and Carol Grimaldi set out to reclaim their throne in the pizza world (after selling off Grimaldi's Pizzeria and its namesake), I was anxious to try what they've come back for after so many years. They situated themselves in the original Grimaldi's location while that pizzeria moved down the block. The name of the new place is Julianna's named after Patsy's mother. I like the sound of things already.
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