Monday, August 31, 2009
Yeah, I went there.
Greek-Style Chickpea Salad
fish taco: grilled salmon, chipotle crema, shredded iceberg, cilantro, red onion with a side of red cabbage and mango slaw and a lime for squeezing
Friday, August 28, 2009
Lemongrass shrimp vermicelli was beautiful and a generous size, however, poor Sarah was attacked with heat so intense she was silent for a good 15 minutes. Silence mixed with the few words she was able to cough out, smoke slithering its way through her lips. Heads up, Mooncake: unless you're going to advertise a dish as spicy, adding large chunks of jalapenos to a dish is an absolute no no. Especially when there's no milk to offer a near death patron. Not cool!
Nadina's steak sandwich was so gargantuan she ended up attacking it with a knife and fork but no complaints there. She too, happily chowed down.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"People are as strange about eating as they are about love. They want what they want."
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
So this is pretty much ridiculously amazing. Tortellini with wilted spinach and arugula in a creme fraiche and butter sauce further enriched with the addition of an egg yolk and parmesan cheese AND homemade english muffins. Both dishes were whipped up in a hotel room sans kitchen. I'll say it again. Amazing.
So while the weather is not really permitting a truly enjoyable cheese experience right now, I'd hold off on buying this bad boy till it's a little bit cooler. Le Rustique Camembert ($6.50, Buon Italia, Chelsea Market) is a spectacularly pungent cheese with strong mushroom notes. Plenty salty and insanely creamy, this cheese has become an instant favorite of mine and an absolute crowd-pleaser.
And while I would typically gravitate towards a spicy, fruity red wine to pair up with this fromage, last night I experimented with a new favorite: Chenin Blanc. This particular one is from Man Vintners in South Africa (2008, $8.99) and has a fantastic fruit laden body with lots of tropical accents. Not too sweet, but just sweet enough to cut through the deliciously salty cheese and they played off one another wonderfully. If there's anything I've learned from my wine guy, Gary Vaynerchuk, it's to get out there and try as much as you possibly can. Don't always go for the same old wine from the same old region. Three weeks ago, I had never even heard of Chenin Blanc. Now? It's my jam. So try, try, try away and see how much fun you too can have with this complex and most interesting potable.
Monday, August 17, 2009
So with Summer on the brain (and body and soul and stomach) I'm thinking this week needs to be filled fresh, cool food that pays serious homage to this fine season. And what better way to celebrate the bounties of Summer than with some fresh sweet corn? Well maybe the addition of a good ole Weber grill, a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Oil, and a cooler filled with ice cold brews. But hey, plain old corn will certainly suffice.
Go ahead and pick up of a few ears and steam 'em up. For you purists, your job now is just to enjoy. But for those of you who want to be a little more adventuresome, I say cut the kernels off the cob and put them into a medium sized bowl. Add some finely chopped red onion, a good squeeze of lime juice, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and a ton of freshly torn basil. And when you stick your fork in that bowl to steal a taste for seasoning, the only word that's going to pop into your mind is "Summer." Oh and holy deliciousness, thank you, Kiira.
That corn salad alongside some grilled steak, chicken, or shrimp or sitting shotgun to some brown rice and black beans for the veggies, and just like that, dinner's served. And how will I enjoy it? Spooned on top of some crisp lettuce, a little chopped avocado, and campari tomatoes and this girl's all set.
Get creative. I know you can. And as always, enjoy it.
Monday, August 10, 2009
(And a little FYI? X-Large shrimp are on sale for a cool $6.99/lb. this week)
Grab some cucumbers too (I'm in a seriously Scandinavian mood and all I can think about is salmon, cucumbers, and lemon) and make a salad out of it. Whether it be tzatziki or swedish cucumbers, you'll be glad you have that cool, refreshing kick waiting for you in the fridge to beat this g.d. humidity this week. Cold poached salmon would be even lovelier to have on hand. And you know what? Pick up some thinly sliced roast beef and your pita and tzatziki get double duty with a greek-inspired sandwich. Mouth is watering just thinking about that one.
I'll also be throwing together a dinner for four, including one Vegan. At first glance, ughh and eye rolling. But guess what this girl's gonna do? Penne with zucchini and ricotta can easily become vegan by omitting the ricotta from the one picky diner's plate (I kid. Sorta). Then the spectacularly creamy cheese can be added to the rest and all four will be happily and easily catered to. I'm thinking an orange and fennel salad alongside. Again. I know. But c'mon. What would go better?
ginger (Peel the entire knub and freeze whatever is left. It freezes phenomenally well and grates much easier.)
(Produce-heavy, I know. Seek out a produce market. Best prices. Manhattan Fruit Exchange in Chelsea Market is my jam.)
I make it a point to always (or as often as I possibly can) have frozen dumplings on hand. They're a fantastic go to when you're staring into your refrigerator, eyes glossed over from the boredom of its contents, and you're glancing towards the take out menus only to remember, aha! I have frozen dumplings! I don't have to have a boring dinner! I can steam up some dumplings and make a quick little salad and I will be happy! Hooray!
If you don't share that same euphoric reaction, you're the weird one. Not me. I swear.
All jokes aside (because this has been a hilarious post, I know), check out your grocery's selection of frozen dumplings or swing by Trader Joe's. If not for Kari and my sake, for the sake of some Two Buck Chucks.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
645A Ninth Ave. (at 45th St.)
View Interior Slideshow here
Noisy? Yes. But to me, it's all part of the ambiance. While I might not go here on a first date, unless you'd rather not get to know each other whatsoever, it's perfectly appropriate for a night out with a couple friends to share some incredible food. And most of the time, that's what it's all about.