Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gazala Place

When Dr. Mandoo came back to NYC, we met up a few times for lunch. She needed to get acclimated back to the real world aka NYC and I was happy to assist. First up, lunch at Gazala Place. This tiny little Druze Israeli restaurant in Hell's Kitchen has always caught my eye. There was always a person up front working some dough into fluffy round bourekas. Why did I never go before? I don't know. I don't really have an excuse. I just didn't. But finally Dr. Mandoo suggested we go and I was sure glad she did.
We started off the meal with a shared plate of falafel ($5.50) which came with 6 found falafel with a side of tahini.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Hey look! Another fried chicken review. I'm starting to feel like the Feisty Foodie. So much good chicken to eat in NYC. But I've got to go back to my roots and devour more cheeseburgers. Anyway, back to fried chicken for the moment. Feisty Foodie, Dessert Zombie, Mr. M&P, and I went to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken to celebrate some good news.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken had just recently opened and we've heard decent things about their chicken. Some people even call it the best. I'll be the judge of my own best of list. So off we went in the name of research. We each ordered our own meals since we're all dark meat fiends. No one wanted to be the one eating white meat. Mr. M&P and I shared 2 dark meat dinners ($9) which comes with a thigh and drumstick, fries, pickles, and a dinner roll with your choice of sauce.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Madison Square Eats

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: Madison Square Eats

Seeing that it was the last week of Madison Square Eats for Fall 2013, I convinced my friends to go and hang out in the chill with me. I thought the cold would deter people from attending but I forget that NYC-ers are pretty tough. It took awhile to get a table. My hawk eyes and aggressive pushy nature finally scored us one. We sat while enjoying some beer and food. It was a good night.
Above is the Speckenwolf pizza from Roberta's ($12) with speck, onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. This neapolitan pie was quite good. Melty cheese, smoked meat, punchy onions, and earthy mushrooms. Everything just worked really well together.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Lunch Week 37: Scotch Eggs with Roasted Winter 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: Scotch Eggs with Roasted Winter Salad
After a few of weeks of not so healthy lunches like sausages, leftover Chinese food, and pulled pork, I decided to do a vegetable heavy lunch. Luckily, autumn has been in full bloom with bountiful harvests of vegetables. My farmers market had quite the bounty. I snatched up some kale, butternut squash, cauliflower, and beets. I cooked them all separately so they'll retain their own flavors. Oh and I need some protein in my lunch so I made scotch eggs.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Kenka

A while ago, we all went out for Cheese's birthday. He picked Kenka which is a good place for large groups with lots of small plates to share. So we looked over the vast menu (with pictures so there was no language barrier) and ordered away.
We started out with grilled hamachi kama (yellowtail collar). This collar was larger in size than any other collar that I've had before. I was happily surprised. Fatty, crispy skinned fish. We picked at it slowly until only bones were left.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Doughnuttery

After Hybird, Dessert Zombie and I wanted doughnuts. So we hit up Doughnuttery for some freshly made fried pieces of dough. They have a little machine churning out dough and frying it automatically. Unfortunately, the flaw is that the freshly fried doughnuts go unattended to when there are no customers waiting. They become cold and basically old.
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Hybird [CLOSED]

In an effort to try new (to me) fried chicken joints, Mr. M&P, Dessert Zombie, and I went to Hybird in Chelsea Market. We've heard good things about Questlove's fried chicken joint that was featured on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Questlove is the resident drummer of the Roots band with a penchant for good food.
So we arrived at Chelsea Market, order ourselves 2 - 4 piece ($14.50). At the time, they only offered drumsticks. The size of the drumsticks were larger than normal. Huge in a daunting way. The crust was thick and super crispy. Well seasoned but overall not bad. I enjoyed the chicken but it felt too heavy for me. After 2 pieces, it sat in the pit of my stomach. I think it was the breading. It was too much for me. The biscuit with honey butter ($2) was just okay. Not too buttery and flaky but not a rock either. It definitely needed the honey butter. The biscuit was ridiculously huge too.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Night: Boulton and Watt

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: Boulton and Watt
Recommended by the Feisty Foodie and Cheese, I went to Boulton and Watt with my friends for Tuesday night. The decor was barn like with exposed wood and brass. The food and drinks were updated classics though. We started off the night with asparagus and egg ($11) with sauteed asparagus, sunny side up egg cooked with bacon, caramelized onion, and parmesan cheese. A simple dish yet delicious with the freshness of the greens, the richness of the egg, the fattiness of the bacon, the sweetness of the onions, and the pungency of the cheese. Everything on its own was strong in flavor but still worked really well together. This would be a great breakfast/brunch dish as well.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Harlow

For Ms. Lollipop's birthday, we went to Harlow to celebrate. It's a place to be seen. The fashion conscious and the high bank accounts to match. The room was loud and mostly filled with tall, skinny beautiful women and older men who buy them drinks. Well, at least the bar area was like that. The dining room was a little more mixed but still somewhat similar.
After looking over the menu, we picked our own appetizers and entrees. Then we shared the dessert. To start, I had the scallops (~$17) with cucumbers in a black bean sauce. Although the scallops were tender and the cucumbers were fresh, the black bean sauce was a bit overpowering. The delicate flavors of the gently prepared scallops was all lost.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Lunch Week 36: Oktoberfest

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: Oktoberfest
Yes, I am aware that Oktoberfest is over. But I wanted to celebrate it with a dedicated lunch anyway. So in this lunch box I have kielbasa (yes, technically Polish), bratwurst, sauerkraut, spicy mustard, potato pancakes, and apple sauce.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Butterfly

There are a lot of things about me that are pretty predictable. Food is one of those things. There are certain chefs and certain foods that I will eat over and over again. Seeking out the best or just returning to an old favorite. Research? Sure you can call it that. But truly, I'm just satisfying my hunger.
So when Chef Michael White opened up The Butterfly, it was hot on my list to go. It helped that it was relatively affordable compared to Costata (also recently opened but needs some saving up for that meal). After The Butterfly opened for a fair amount of time to get the kinks out, I recruited another big Michael White fan to go try it out with me, The Feisty Foodie (FF). She needed no convincing but I did mention fried chicken to her to tickle her salivation.

Reservations are not taken so I waited for my companion at the bar. I ordered a Tom Collins and watched the wonderful bartender work intricately on my drink. It tasted amazing. I can appreciate a well made drink and they certainly made that an important aspect of the experience at The Butterfly.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dinner Party: Asian Theme

I really enjoy entertaining. Good food, drinks, and friendly company are important aspects of my life. I've hosted my fair share of potlucks over the years but sometimes all I want to do is take control of the menu and feed my friends and family. All they have to do is show up hungry and maybe with some drinks in hand. So Mr. HP Sauce, Mrs. Green M&M, Ms. Pastry Chef, and Ms. Le Cordon Bleu came over to chow down!
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fatburger

A few members of the FBM crew wanted to do the Fatburger Challenge which meant eating the XXXL burger (3 patties) with all toppings. There is no time limit. What do you get? The respect of those around you? Ha, definitely not. Heartburn? Maybe. Unnecessary calories consumed? Sure.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Maison Kayser (Flatiron)

Boulanger Eric Kayser opened up a second location of his Maison Kayser Bakery and Cafe in NYC. This time, it's in the Flatiron district. I was satisfied with the Upper East Side location but this one was much more convenient for me. So Mr. M&P and I stopped in one day for brunch and some baked goods to enjoy later in the day.
He had an Americana type dish with sliced ham, sunny side up eggs, and sliced bread on the side. He loved it as expected and gobbled it all up.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Lunch Week 35: Chinese Dinner Leftovers

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: Chinese Dinner Leftovers
I spent last weekend cooking up a feast to celebrate Mrs. Pattis Magician's and Ms. Pastry Chef's birthdays. Every year, they request a Chinese dinner and so I deliver. If you know me, then there is usually some left over food. You can't ever run out of food and leave people hungry. It's better to over cook then to under cook. So I used all the leftovers as lunch for the forth coming week. That meant a day off from massive cooking for me on Sunday. Though, truth be told, I ended up spending Sunday prepping other foods for other occasions. Such as dumpling wrapping and granola baking.

A couple of staples show up year after year. Like lo mein to represent a long life. This year, I made a mushroom lo mein using fresh shiitake, chanterelle, and enoki mushrooms.  Savory, earthy, and rich. A side of yu choy to balance out the lunch.
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Smith & Wollensky

Date night with Mr. M&P again. This time we headed out to Smith & Wollensky, a famous steakhouse in NYC. They're known for their dry aged prime rib steak and that was exactly what I was aiming to get. But before we start, an order of the shrimp cocktail (4 for $19.50). These jumbo shrimp (really they were prawns by the size of them) were cooked perfectly. Cold with a bite, not mealy, but very meaty. The cocktail sauce was clearly made in house and not bottled. Lots of horseradish in there which left a happy spicy bite. Though pricey, these were excellent.
When I went to order my prime rib, they notified me that they were sold out for the night. It was only slightly past 8pm. Damn. The waiter informed us that they normally sell out every night around that time. It's a very popular item. With that said, he tipped us that next time we make a reservation, if we ask them to save a prime rib for us, they would. Wow! What a great tip. And with that, he got a great tip from us as well.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bob White Kitchen & Lunch Counter

There's something really special when you go to a place over and over again because nothing else can compare. Bob White is that kind of place for me. No other fried chicken in NYC can give me the same feeling of joy. In fact, it's better than a lot of places I've had around the country. It's just consistently good. Sorry, not good. Phenomenal.
Another fried chicken supper for 4 ($48) which in includes 12 pieces of chicken (we asked for all dark again). That chicken. What's more to say about it? Consistently juicy, well seasoned, crispy, hot, and delicious. Just really good fried chicken. You would not be disappointed.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Soto

While I was in Atlanta, Le Chef was telling us how much he enjoyed sushi from Soto back in the day. Soto has since moved to NYC and recently held onto its 2 Michelin Stars. So what better way to celebrate with Mrs. Green M&M, Mr. HP Sauce, and Ms. Pastry Chef than with an extravagant meal at Soto?
Instead of an omakase, we decided to order a bunch of dishes to share. Some were composed dishes while others were sushi. We started the night with the uni cocktail ($15) from Russia with a soy reduction and wasabi. I have never had uni from Russia before and was very interested to taste what the quality was like. This was excellent. The sea urchin was fresh, bright, creamy, and briny. Each piece melted in my mouth and left the taste of the sea.
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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Meatball Shop (9th Avenue location)

Mr. M&P one day decided to take us out to eat on a date. And why not? It's nice to treat ourselves once in awhile. And although I had become lazy and didn't want to get dressed to go out, Mr. M&P pushed and pushed and so I relented and picked my ass up.
Oh how glad I was that he did. We walked downtown to The Meatball Shop on 22nd street and 9th avenue and put our name down for a 20 minutes wait. We had no agenda that night so a wait wasn't an issue. Plus, we were in good spirits despite Mr. M&P's I-told-you-so manner about how I would feel better if I left the apartment. He was right.
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Lunch Week 34: Steamed Hake with Shiitake Mushrooms

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: Steamed Hake with Shiitake Mushrooms
A fairly easy dish that doesn't necessarily ask for fresh fish. Here I used frozen hake seasoned with salt, white pepper, soy sauce, and a touch of mirin. I topped the fish with reconstituted shiitake mushrooms and scallions. The fish remains tender through the steaming process while the mushrooms are extremely juicy exuding its flavor onto the fish. This is best served with some white rice. Read more...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Event: Taste of France 2013

I went to the Taste of France event this past weekend. It showcased different foods from all over the country as well as sites and activities to enjoy. Naturally, I was most interested in the food. Whatever makes you the happiest, no?
Here's a statue of the Eiffel Tower made of butter from President. It was pretty cool. People were working on the little details to complete it.
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