Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
PB and bacon sandwich from Eisenberg's
Ricotta pancakes with blueberries & brown butter at Roberta's
Fried Chicken at The Dutch
Roast chicken, creamy mashed potatoes and other good shit by Ryan
Full English at Chip Shop
The goodness from Sky Ice
Grilled Haloumi salad with grilled lemons
Brunch at Egg. WHY DOES HE DO THIS TO ME??!
Profiteroles and creme caramel at Bouchon
Tamales at Calistoga Farmer's Market
After all this bullshit I've only gained 5 lbs since November. Feels like 20 though. Fall: the best time to get back to running. HELP.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Hill Country, 11pm
Olive & Vine after putting in an apartment application
Brunch at Milk Bar with Robyn after viewing an apartment (now mine)
'ino Antipasti plate
Roberta's Bee Sting pizza at MSP
Anchovy spaghetti by Ryan and fennel-zucchini salad by me
Bensonhurst Sandwich from Olde Brooklyn Bagel Shoppe
Dinner at Franny's post beach
...I'm still eating
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
261 Moore St, Brooklyn (Bushwick sick)
Self-imposed late pass. My first time to try Roberta's. I went with Mimi and her roommate Thom this weekend - Caturday was sunny and nice, so we biked out there and shared a bunch of pizzas.
There was a 40 min wait so we had some drinks at the bar. The bloody marys are pretty damn good - it's not just straight up warm juice from a can diddled in some ice cubes. This is mixed well with Tabasco, horseradish, etc etc and served with a pickled jalapeno in a mason jar.
We also ordered a calzone with prosciutto and pesto inside. My first calzone ever! Now all future calzones will have to live up to this one. If I wasn't trying to be polite I would've skipped the knife/fork and just doublefisted it into my mouth.
Most Neapolitan style pizzas (thin crust) get soggy. At Eataly they will warn you of this. At Roberta's there are no excuses. Because they don't need any. No sog, and I actually tried to eat all of my crusts. THAT MEANS SOMETHING!
Anyway if you can stand the wait this place is definitely worth the trip out to Bushwick. Just look for the string of sparkly stilletos and sneakers hanging from a wire. You'll know you're home.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Greene @ Grand (Clinton Hill)
This is a neighborhood favorite of ours. Yesterday we went to Choice Market at Lafayette and Grand for breakfast. Alex got pastrami hash with a fried egg and salad ($5.95) and I got a bagel with lox, cream cheese and the works ($6.50). We sat at the communal table with some other locals and enjoyed our meal.
Today for lunch I went to Choice Greene, which is one block away from Choice Market. I got two sandwiches:
Smoked duck breast with fennel and peach-rosemary spread on a baguette
Bufalo mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and walnut pesto on rosemary foccacia
We each split a sandwich and finished off the red cabbage/red onion salad I made last night.
I also got a quarter pound of smoked Ridgewood ham, made by Herve at Ridgewood Smoke Shop. The guy helping me mentioned that they're looking to partner up to produce some seasonal charcuterie together, first up some tasty cured pork from a rare breed of pig, the Mangalitza. Check it out - a pig in sheep's clothing! I was really happy to hear this news as Choice is one of my favorite spots in the neighborhood to grab some quick quality snacks.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Gahm Mi Oak
I haven't been here in a long time - last time was birthday sul long tang with Ryan, I think.
Tonight I went with a small crew from work, Sam, Andrew & Jonathan. Sam had been talking up "sundae" which is korean blood sausage made with sweet potato noodles. "Hug in your mouth" he said. "WTF" I replied. Then I dipped it in a bit of chili salt and stuck it in my mouth. What ensued was warm, meaty, huggy goodness. It fills your mouth with a rich softness - I've never eaten anything like it.
Pictured is the large pork plate we shared, blood sausage on the top, pork knuckle at the bottom, pig ears, liver and cheek in the middle.
We each had a bowl of sul long tang as well, that comforting beef bone soup with noodles and rice. I wish I had an umma for sick/cold weather to make me this every night.
Next narf fest: breakfast at the Breslin with Mimi, Andrew & Sam. We get fat at work. It's how we do.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
18 Lexington Ave @ 23rd St (Flatiron/Gramercy)
It's a short jaunt from work, and it's quick enough for me to be able to lunch out of the office. The first time I went I had the Mayu Ramen, which had roasted garlic oil. On the tables are sesame seed grinders, fried garlic shakers, chili powder, white pepper...
The broth was delicious and the noodles just the right amount of chewy.
We also ordered gyoza which appeared to be housemade. Perfect little dumplings with paper thin skins and juicy meaty insides.
I went again later that week with Seanpatrick who was in town for the new year. I had the Tantan Men, slightly different but still delicious. Ground beef, bean sprouts, scallions and curly noodles.
There's nothing better than a hot bowl of tasty ramen on a cold day.
Lucky you, two posts in one day. I made this chicken recipe tonight. It's pan-seared chicken with beer-mustard sauce. You pan sear the chicken first - I did it in my cast iron skillet - then roast it in the oven. Then with the chicken fat, you make a roux and add shallots, beer, chicken stock, mustard, maple syrup, thyme... The recipe calls for oil when pan searing the chicken but I left that out.
Served it with rice and kale braised in chicken stock, balsamic vinegar and meyer lemon juice.
Really good, not that much of a pain in the ass, and enough for lunch tomorrow.
It's been a while.
New job, very busy.
I first had Scotch eggs at The Breslin. It's a British dish, here's my rendition:
1. Add egg to hot water and bring to a boil. After about 2 mins, turn heat off and leave eggs in the hot water.
2. Meanwhile take spicy Italian sausage out of its casing and set it aside.
3. Prep your dredge baths: egg, scrambled; panko bread crumbs; flour.
4. After 5 minutes in the hot water, take the eggs out and run them under cold water. Peel them.
5. With both hands, flatten out the insides of the sausage and wrap them around the eggs, making sure all sides are covered.
6. Heat oil in a deep saucepan, about 1" deep.
7. Dredge the egg-sausage in flour, then the scrambled egg, then panko breadcrumbs.
8. Fry in the oil, turning so that all sides are cooked, about 2-3 mins on each side.
9. Drain on paper towels.
10. I served mine with a salad of arugula, pickled zucchini and ricotta salata - something acidic and slightly spicy-bitter to cut the fat of the sausage.