Friday, March 14, 2014

Lunch Week 10: Antipasti

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: Antipasti

In the past, I used to make antipasti from a lot premade/jarred/cured foods. But this time, I thought to try a bit harder and make more of the ingredients from scratch. Some things, however, I stuck with purchasing like the salami, cheese, and olives.
I'm not at the point where I would cure my own olives, make my own charcuterie, nor age my own cheese. These things are still best left to the professionals.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Blog!

I'd like to take a break and just say Happy 5 Year Anniversary to my blog, Tasty Eating!

I have certainly surprised myself by how long I've kept this blog up. Here's to another 5 years.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ferrara's

Mr. M&P and I have been trying to explore our neighborhood a bit. So we drove into Westfield one night to try Ferrara's, a bustling Italian restaurant.
It was a very cold winter night but Ferrara's was still pretty full. We looked over the menu and I decided on spaghetti and meatballs ($16). They offer this dish with marinara sauce or meat sauce. I picked the former because I thought the meatballs would be enough. And I was sure glad I did because when this plate landed on my side of the table, I noticed that the meatballs were huge. I mean fist sized. Holy moly!
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bobby Van's Steakhouse

When Mr. Haribo Mule comes to town, it's steak time! We tried Bobby Van's Steakhouse this time. We always like to switch up the places when he visits.
I had the sirloin steak ($54) ordered medium rare with a side of creamed spinach ($14) and asparagus ($14). The steak came out as I ordered but it wasn't the best quality steak I've had. It was a bit chewy.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Parsi Dinner Party

Another Parsi food party! Woo yeah!
Look at the vast array of appetizers. Look at that spread.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Lunch Week 9: Soy Sauce Chicken and Egg with 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: Soy Sauce Chicken and Egg with Chinese Broccoli
This week's lunch is a throwback to childhood. Delicious savory chicken thighs slowly cooked in a broth of soy sauce, spices, and herbs. Hard boiled eggs drowned in the still warm sauce to soaked up all that goodness.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ippudo Westside

NYC has really become quite the ramen town. There are so many options that I can't keep up. But when a friend asks, "ramen for lunch today?", you don't hesitate. Especially when this friend is gluten sensitive and will forego the subsequent uncomfortableness for some delicious ramen. Let this be known that Ippudo Westside does a gluten free rice based noodles with a vegetable broth. But that latter part didn't interest my friend at all. Vegetable broth? He wants the pork, thank you very much.
We started off the meal with a carafe of sake (lunch break from work) and some shishito peppers ($8). He's never had these peppers before but was interested if they were spicy. It's like Russian roulette, I told him. Some are sweet, others spicy. Luckily, he had most of the spicy ones.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday Night: Spice

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: Spice

It's been awhile since I've posted about a Tuesday Night. I've been going out on and off for awhile and we've also picked some repeat places. I tired of blogging about them but maybe I'll rehash it again. But truth be told, probably not because I'm really behind on posting...yet again. I know, I know.
Anyway, as usual with any Tuesday Night, we ordered a bunch of appetizers to share. These curry puffs ($6) with chicken, potatoes, and onions were very mediocre. They seemed like a frozen to fryer kind.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

The NoMad

For my birthday dinner with Mr. M&P, I usually pick a fancier place. It's something special when he takes me out to a nice dinner. The NoMad has been on my go-to list for awhile now. I've been a fan of Chef Daniel Humm's cooking when I dined at Eleven Madison Park (when it was Danny Meyer owned). I wanted to experience what else he had up his sleeve.
We started the meal with the beef tartare ($16) with cornichons, horseradish, and toasted brioche on the side. The beef was cut into tiny pieces and dressed lightly. It was really rich and luxurious without being overwhelming. We each scooped the beef and piled it high on the toast. Restaurants just never give people enough bread with these types of dishes. We both really enjoyed the lightness of the food even though it was red  meat.
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