Friday, August 29, 2014

Lunch Week 30: Farfalle with Shrimp and Summer Produce in Pesto 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: Farfalle with Shrimp and Summer Produce in Pesto Sauce
I think this lunch is pretty self explanatory. Farfalle pasta with sauteed corn, bell peppers, and shrimp. All tossed with some homemade pesto sauce.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dominique Ansel Bakery: Cookie Shot

The cookie shot is one of those desserts from Dominique Ansel Bakery that I really wanted from Day 1. It just sounded amazing. A warm cookie cooked into the shape of a shot glass then filled with sweet milk to be sipped and eaten immediately. That man and baking team is amazing!
So the cookie shot, similar to the Cronut, can be difficult to come by. They only served starting at 3pm and it's first come, first serve. One evening, Mr. M&P was in the area and decided to swing by and see if we can grab a couple. Lucky for us, they were still available around 5pm. Score! And what's even better is that you can order it to go. What?! Heck yes! So I ordered 2 (that's the max) and brought it back to the car (no parking in the area) and we enjoyed the treat.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fung Tu

A while ago, I suggested to The Feisty Foodie and Dessert Zombie that I wanted to try Fung Tu. Their menu looked interesting and the chef is from Per Se. Yes, I wanted to see a modern take on Chinese food. Asian food is commonly regarded as really affordable comfort food. But why can't it be more? Why can't it be elevated into something that's more fancy using quality ingredients and showcasing classic French techniques. I went to Fung Tu with that in mind.
Dessert Zombie, Mr. M&P, and I arrived on time for our reservation. While we waited for FF to arrive, we snacked on a couple of the appetizers like the Smoked and Fried Dates with duck ($7). I enjoyed these. The sweet, salty mixture of the dates and duck together. I also enjoyed the softness of the date compared to the crispness of the batter on the outside.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Nights: Onieals

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: Onieals
Changing things up for Tuesday night. We picked a location downtown that's on the cusp on Chinatown. Oniels is a bar with spacious room. You can sit at the bar or request a table. We chose the table. They gave a tray of amuse bouche to start the night. This was mango salsa toasts. A nice refreshing start to the night. Light, bright, and sweet.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Salumeria Rosi: La Salumeria

A few months ago, Dr. Mandoo and I went to see Chef Mario Battali, Chef Michael White, and Chef Andrew Carmellini speak about their experiences with Italian cuisine and NYC. It was interesting to hear about their different stories, opinions, and results.
After the event, we headed uptown for some dinner at Salumeria Rosi. What's better than hearing a bunch of well regarded chefs talk about food then go eat that food later on? Nothing.

The nice thing about this location of Salumeria Rosi is that their menu is designed to share. So we picked a few things to graze and snack on while we chatted the night away. First, the charcuterie board ($18) with prosciutto, mortadella, salami, coppa, and other fine cured meats. We really enjoyed the variety of fatty slices of meat.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Marea

It has been too long since I've last been to Marea. As a big fan of Chef Michael White's restaurants, I really should revisit many of his establishments. The problem is that he keeps opening up more places! How can I balance it all out?
A few months ago, my family and I went out to Marea to celebrate the boys' birthdays as well as Mother's Day. It was an all in one celebration! And was I excited when we decided to go to Marea? Oh heck yes!

The decor remains were beautiful as ever while the tone of the restaurant was bustling with conversation. Service was smooth and attentive as usual. And now the food. The meal started with an amuse bouche of smoked trout and marscapone cheese profiteroles. Little bites of smokey, creamy fish. It tasted rich and lightly of the sea. A really nice savory start to the meal.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Food Truck: Bian Dang

Bian Dang has been one of the first food trucks to hit the scene in Midtown. Back then, it was called NYC Cravings. But they've since evolved and expanded. The original truck is still around serving some of the tastiest take out food one can find under $10.
They're known for their Taiwanese style fried pork chop over rice with meat sauce. Don't like pork chop? No problem. Opt for the chicken or fish cake. All for $7-$8. What if you want to try a bit of everything? No problem! You can get the porken which is a fried pork chop and fried chicken over rice. Still not enough? Add a tea egg (+$1). Enough protein for you? Yup, and still $10 or less. Awesome.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spain Inspired Dinner

Often times, after a wonderful food filled trip, I come back missing all the delicacies I've tried. This was just the case after my France and Spain trips. Besides, I tend to pack my suitcase with lots of food based treasures to bring back with me. Obviously, some things can't be taken back with me but I do what I can.
So after Spain with my dear friends, I missed those tapas that we shared and enjoyed together. We definitely ate very well on that trip. In fact, too well since I gained weight even when I walked 6-8 miles a day! Anyway, above are some of the dishes that I recreated in honor of my recent trip.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Barraca

This post is extremely old. I mean prior to my Spain trip old. But what can I say? I like to post about everything worth posting about. So Barraca which gets mixed reviews all over the internet was chosen as a place for us to gather and talk about the Spain trip. We were still in the planning stages and needed to settle flight, hotel, etc. So as tradition goes, we went to eat the cuisine of the place we were going to visit.
Once we arrived, we were quickly sat at our reserved table. People were being turned away at the door because the wait was too long. I guess that's a good sign, right? It was a busy night but we managed to juggle the papers, books, and food all in one sitting. The waiter even quipped that we should be there to eat, and not to study. Hah! Was it that obvious?

Anyway, here is the recap of the food we had. Above are the gambas al ajillo ($13). Although larger than normal, the shrimp dish was lackluster. There was no abundance of garlicky oil to sop up using the accompanying bread. Actually, the dish lacked the pungent garlic flavor one would expect from this dish.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Lunch Week 29: Pad See Ew

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: Pad See Ew
Who knew that Pad See Ew was so simple to make with such little ingredients? But you know what they say about simple recipes, right? Well, it's even more difficult to perfect since there's very little one can do to hide mistakes. You really only have one shot to do it right. So while I was excited to make this sweet salty rice noodle dish with pork and Chinese broccoli, I was also a bit scared to screw it up big time. Lucky for me, Mr. M&P is much less critical than I am.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Quality Meats

Another wonderful visit from Mr. Haribo Mule. And you know what that means...STEAK! This time we went to Quality Meats.
We started off the meal with an amuse bouche of radishes with butter. A spicy, fresh kick.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scarpetta

For our Anniversary this year, Mr. M&P and I toned it down a bit. We had our Spain trip coming up in a week and didn't want to blow too much money now. So we met somewhere in the middle for price and ate at Scarpetta. This Italian restaurant made famous by Scott Conant sits in Chelsea among the other trendy places.
We arrive on time for our reservation and are sat quickly. We ordered some wine then their famous bread basket comes to the table. This is no ordinary bread. They serve meat stuffed bread here for free. Yes, for free. Devour away.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Night: Gotham West Market - Ivan Ramen and Genuine Roadside

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: Gotham West Market

I really wish this food court was open when Mr. M&P and I used to live in Hell's Kitchen. It was would certainly made it in our weekly rotation for food.
They have some pretty tasty places in there like Ivan Ramen which is all the rage right now. His sweet savory ramen broth, chewy noodles, and garnishes have been praised by many. On my night there, I had the Classic Shoyu ($13) with his famous chicken broth, chasu, and added an egg (+$2). Delicious and flavorful. The rye ramen noodles were heartier than most noodles and paired well with the broth. Overall, it's a lighter ramen but I don't mind it at all. It's certainly different and yet very delicious.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Paul's Da Burger Joint and Pomme Frites

Do you want a classic New York moment? Well then, eat a pub style burger from Paul's Da Burger Joint.
You'll find a thick hand formed patty. Add cheese and bacon if you please. But skip the onion rings. In fact, skip the sides in general. I'll get back to that later.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Lunch Week 28: Bibimbop

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: Bibimbop

I really enjoy making bibimbop for lunch. The mixture of different vegetables, hot sauce, and rice makes a happy mouth. This time, I changed up the ingredients a bit. I omitted the egg for some marinated bulgogi. I also added more of spinach, carrots, zucchini, and scallions while leaving out the fern brake (I didn't have any) and bean sprouts. The great thing about this dish is that you can mix and match the ingredients as you please. It's really versatile!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dinosaur BBQ

Okay readers. Another old post. This one was for Beer Boor's birthday back in March. As usual, one of the FBM members picked a kickass place to celebrate a meal with friends. And yes, that place was Dinosaur BBQ. We all took the train up in the cold in search of some damn good barbecue.
While we each ordered our own plates, we also shared a couple of appetizers to start. The wings are a must order here. We ordered one spicy and one mild. Excellent as always. Juicy, flavorful, plump wings that are smoked then grilled until lightly charred ($15).
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Big Wong

This place just never gets old for me. Just a quickie post and a picture of what we usually order. The beef ho fun, soy sauce chicken leg and roast pork, and special congee (ground pork and seafood), and savory cruller for dipping.
I am home.

Big Wong
67 Mott St # A
New York, NY 10013-4838
(212) 964-0540

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Nights: Barn Joo

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: Barn Joo

On man, this post goes way back. Way back to February. Yes, it's that old. I though about not posting it but the food was really good so I wanted to give Barn Joo the mention.
On this night, we had quite a large group. This meant good food sharing at this gastropub. We ordered from the menu with a frenzy and then the food began to rain onto our table. First the fried oysters. These plump morsels of briny, creamy oysters fried until crunchy were really nice. The garnishes on top gave it just enough of freshness and spicy kick to cut through the oyster itself. I would definitely order this again. Unfortunately, these tasty things aren't on the menu anymore. Maybe it's a special now.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Perona Farms

There are some banquet halls in NJ that offer buffet style lunch and/or dinner on a regular basis. That is, when there isn't an event going on. One such popular place is Perona Farms. Supposedly their brunches get really busy especially since they can cater to larger groups. So one day, Mr. M&P, Ms. Pastry Chef, Ms. Cordon Bleu, and myself went in search of food.
The room is set up like a wedding with tables spread all around. But don't worry, there are small tables too. Plenty of 2 tops for the smaller parties. I also saw plenty of birthdays being celebrated so round tables holding 8 to 10 people was spread around as well. Once you are seated, a waiter comes around and takes your order. Then you're led to the room with all the food. It's buffet style so take as much or as little as you please. I always like to take a walk around the room first to see what's being offered. Then I go back for the items I want to try.

My first plate including the raw seafood bar like shrimp cocktail, oysters, clams, and smoked salmon. Each of these items were decent. Not the best but certainly just fine. I also tried the eggs benedict (this is very popular) and kale salad. The eggs benedict was much better than I assumed. The egg was actually properly cooked being completely runny in the middle. That is talent because these babies were just sitting in a warmed chafing dish. I think that the popularity of this item keeps the rotation fresh. And thus, the egg not being overcooked. The kale salad was really, really good. Refreshing, crunchy, and well dressed.
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Lunch Week 27: Summer Squash Rollatini and Baked Pasta

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: Summer Squash Rollatini and Baked Pasta
 This week's lunch is not too pretty but it certainly is tasty. Bold flavor and cheese galore.
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