22 4 / 2014

Dinner party heaven leftovers, take 2: melted homemade mozzarella, roasted pork, avocado, spinach, and a mustardy vinaigrette on toasted sourdough wheat. And yeah, it tastes even better than it looks and sounds.

Dinner party heaven leftovers, take 2: melted homemade mozzarella, roasted pork, avocado, spinach, and a mustardy vinaigrette on toasted sourdough wheat. And yeah, it tastes even better than it looks and sounds.

22 4 / 2014

Dinner party heaven leftovers, take 2: melted homemade mozzarella, roasted pork, avocado, spinach, and a mustardy vinaigrette on toasted sourdough wheat. And yeah, it tastes even better than it looks and sounds.

Dinner party heaven leftovers, take 2: melted homemade mozzarella, roasted pork, avocado, spinach, and a mustardy vinaigrette on toasted sourdough wheat. And yeah, it tastes even better than it looks and sounds.

21 4 / 2014

Warm homemade mozzarella on olive oil toasts were sent straight from dinner party leftover heaven.

Warm homemade mozzarella on olive oil toasts were sent straight from dinner party leftover heaven.

03 4 / 2014

I’m in Puerto Vallarta for a birthday trip, and we’ve eaten very well for very little in the last 2 days!  Top to bottom, L to R: an assortment of ceviches, including some excellent poke; an incredible sandcastle that we saw on the beach last night; shrimp ceviche with avocado; carne asada tacos; a plate full of oysters that we ate with our toes in the sand; my traveling companion Rebecca & me at the gay beach; grilled mahi mahi with rice and beans; and a pineapple mojito and some guacamole.

I’m in Puerto Vallarta for a birthday trip, and we’ve eaten very well for very little in the last 2 days!

Top to bottom, L to R: an assortment of ceviches, including some excellent poke; an incredible sandcastle that we saw on the beach last night; shrimp ceviche with avocado; carne asada tacos; a plate full of oysters that we ate with our toes in the sand; my traveling companion Rebecca & me at the gay beach; grilled mahi mahi with rice and beans; and a pineapple mojito and some guacamole.

16 3 / 2014

It was a brunch double header kinda weekend, with Saturday’s at Cafe Mogador in Williamsburg and Sunday’s at Red Rooster in Harlem! I am quite pleased.

It was a brunch double header kinda weekend, with Saturday’s at Cafe Mogador in Williamsburg and Sunday’s at Red Rooster in Harlem! I am quite pleased.

08 2 / 2014

Getting ready for some serious dinner party pork.

Getting ready for some serious dinner party pork.

25 1 / 2014

Delicious foods I have had of late: jumbo shrimp at Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant in Flushing; pork neck ramen at Chuko in Brooklyn; an incredible kale salad with tempura’d kale, golden raisins, and miso dressing at Chuko; and a really tasty (but overpriced) scallion and squid dish at Roberta’s.

Delicious foods I have had of late: jumbo shrimp at Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant in Flushing; pork neck ramen at Chuko in Brooklyn; an incredible kale salad with tempura’d kale, golden raisins, and miso dressing at Chuko; and a really tasty (but overpriced) scallion and squid dish at Roberta’s.

05 1 / 2014

A delicious Sunday afternoon cooking project with friends!http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/stepbystep/burmese-red-pork-stew/

A delicious Sunday afternoon cooking project with friends!

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/stepbystep/burmese-red-pork-stew/

17 11 / 2013

8 hours of low and slow cooking has yielded this ultra-crispy roasted pork shoulder! I made nuoc cham and char siu sauces for dippin’ and some bok choy (not pictured) on the side. Also, the pork cost me all of $5.http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/12/ultra-crispy-slow-roasted-pork-shoulder-recipe.html

8 hours of low and slow cooking has yielded this ultra-crispy roasted pork shoulder! I made nuoc cham and char siu sauces for dippin’ and some bok choy (not pictured) on the side. Also, the pork cost me all of $5.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/12/ultra-crispy-slow-roasted-pork-shoulder-recipe.html

10 11 / 2013

Hell yeah, it’s steak night at Peter Luger’s Steakhouse!

05 11 / 2013

Fall Dinner, I am pleased with you (but not how you turned out on film). I had a sweet potato with miso scallion butter and a kale salad with bacon, apples, pecans, and a warm bacon vinaigrette.

Fall Dinner, I am pleased with you (but not how you turned out on film). I had a sweet potato with miso scallion butter and a kale salad with bacon, apples, pecans, and a warm bacon vinaigrette.

03 11 / 2013

A really delicious Sunday brunch with my friend Jen at Marietta in Clinton Hill!

We had fried green tomatoes, grits with country ham, and fried chicken! Would do business with again.

A really delicious Sunday brunch with my friend Jen at Marietta in Clinton Hill!

We had fried green tomatoes, grits with country ham, and fried chicken! Would do business with again.

17 10 / 2013

Dinner at Traif in Brooklyn was even better than I remembered it being a few years ago!Top to bottom, L to R:-Strawberry-cinnamon glazed Berkshire pork baby back ribs-Burrata cheese, grilled aspiration (yes, we had to try it!), long cooked broccoli maro, cured olives, pistachios-Spicy bigeye tuna tartare, tempura Japanese eggplant, kecap manis (in our opinion, the star of the evening!)-Hampshire pork belly, crabapple, persimmon, medjool dates, fea, ginger, mint-Seared foie gras, Yukon potatoes, bacon, sunny egg, maple, hot sauce-Key lime pie with pineapple and whipped cream-Sautéed sweetbreads “Marsala,” hon shimeji-shiitake-oyster mushrooms, baked parsnip-Fried cauliflower, black beauty grapes, green goddess, dill, mint, parsley-Butter rum budino with peanut butter sorbet

Dinner at Traif in Brooklyn was even better than I remembered it being a few years ago!

Top to bottom, L to R:

-Strawberry-cinnamon glazed Berkshire pork baby back ribs
-Burrata cheese, grilled aspiration (yes, we had to try it!), long cooked broccoli maro, cured olives, pistachios
-Spicy bigeye tuna tartare, tempura Japanese eggplant, kecap manis (in our opinion, the star of the evening!)
-Hampshire pork belly, crabapple, persimmon, medjool dates, fea, ginger, mint
-Seared foie gras, Yukon potatoes, bacon, sunny egg, maple, hot sauce
-Key lime pie with pineapple and whipped cream
-Sautéed sweetbreads “Marsala,” hon shimeji-shiitake-oyster mushrooms, baked parsnip
-Fried cauliflower, black beauty grapes, green goddess, dill, mint, parsley
-Butter rum budino with peanut butter sorbet

07 8 / 2013

It’s been an incredible trip, and we are sending ourselves off right with a delicious last meal (a poke bowl, of course) and an incredible view at He’eia Kea Pier.

Hawai’i, it’s been amazing!

06 8 / 2013

Oh. My. God. I just had one of the better meals I’ve had in a long time at Alan Wong’s restaurant in Honolulu. We decided to do a big splurge on our second to last evening here, and boy was it ever worth it! I did the 5-course prix fixe meal called “A Tasting of the Classics,” and it did not disappoint. From top to bottom, left to right, here’s what I had:“Soup And Sandwich” Chilled Vine Ripened Hamakua Springs Tomato Soup, Grilled Mozzarella Cheese, Foie Gras, Kalua Pig SandwichandChopped Ahi Sashimi and Avocado Salsa Stack (not pictured)Stacked on Crispy Won Ton, Spicy Aioli and Wasabi SoyButter Poached Kona Cold LobsterKeahole Abalone, Eryngi Mushrooms, Green Onion OilGinger Crusted Onaga, Long-Tail Red Snapper Miso Sesame Vinaigrette, Organic Hamakua Mushrooms and CornTwice Cooked Short Rib, Soy Braised and Grilled “Kalbi” StyleGingered Shrimp, Ko Choo Jang SauceWaialua Chocolate “Crunch Bars”Layers of Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch and Bittersweet Chocolate MousseMy friend and I also did a pre-meal butter tasting of 3 local butters, and they were heavenly. We took most of it home for breakfast tomorrow. It feels a little perverted to put such expensive butter on 12-grain toast, but I have no doubt that even on the most humble of breads, we will be delighted.Oh! And I also ordered this house-made yuzu soda that I officially declare to be the best tasting soda of my LIFE. Now, I am determined to get some yuzu juice in New York and make sodas and cocktails from it. Overall, my favorite dish was the lobster. It was just so incredibly tender and buttery, and with the perfectly complementing mushrooms and green onion oil, I was in taste bud heaven.The service was what I called “low and slow,” as in the servers all spoke at a volume that I could never quite hear, and our server was pretty inattentive, but that really didn’t matter. We had an incredible experience because the food shone with its incredible flavor and variety, and I came home a stuffed and very, very happy girl.

Oh. My. God. I just had one of the better meals I’ve had in a long time at Alan Wong’s restaurant in Honolulu. We decided to do a big splurge on our second to last evening here, and boy was it ever worth it! I did the 5-course prix fixe meal called “A Tasting of the Classics,” and it did not disappoint. From top to bottom, left to right, here’s what I had:

“Soup And Sandwich”
Chilled Vine Ripened Hamakua Springs Tomato Soup, Grilled Mozzarella Cheese, Foie Gras, Kalua Pig Sandwich

and

Chopped Ahi Sashimi and Avocado Salsa Stack (not pictured)
Stacked on Crispy Won Ton, Spicy Aioli and Wasabi Soy

Butter Poached Kona Cold Lobster
Keahole Abalone, Eryngi Mushrooms, Green Onion Oil

Ginger Crusted Onaga, Long-Tail Red Snapper

Miso Sesame Vinaigrette, Organic Hamakua Mushrooms and Corn

Twice Cooked Short Rib, Soy Braised and Grilled “Kalbi” Style
Gingered Shrimp, Ko Choo Jang Sauce

Waialua Chocolate “Crunch Bars”
Layers of Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse

My friend and I also did a pre-meal butter tasting of 3 local butters, and they were heavenly. We took most of it home for breakfast tomorrow. It feels a little perverted to put such expensive butter on 12-grain toast, but I have no doubt that even on the most humble of breads, we will be delighted.

Oh! And I also ordered this house-made yuzu soda that I officially declare to be the best tasting soda of my LIFE. Now, I am determined to get some yuzu juice in New York and make sodas and cocktails from it.

Overall, my favorite dish was the lobster. It was just so incredibly tender and buttery, and with the perfectly complementing mushrooms and green onion oil, I was in taste bud heaven.

The service was what I called “low and slow,” as in the servers all spoke at a volume that I could never quite hear, and our server was pretty inattentive, but that really didn’t matter. We had an incredible experience because the food shone with its incredible flavor and variety, and I came home a stuffed and very, very happy girl.