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Hidden Hamptons Gem: Eckhart’s Luncheonette

In food on 10/24/2011 at 12:55 pm

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Hidden Hamptons Gem: Thunder Island Coffee

In food on 09/06/2011 at 8:16 am

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Hello, Hamptons? It’s Me, Jersey

In food on 08/30/2011 at 12:24 pm

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Hidden Hamptons Gem: North Sea General Store

In food on 08/28/2011 at 9:23 am

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C’mon Irene

In food on 08/27/2011 at 8:12 pm

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Hecho Con Amor

In food on 08/21/2011 at 8:00 am

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Besan Burfi *excuse me*

In food on 08/17/2011 at 11:16 am

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BBQ? Hamptons?!

In food on 08/16/2011 at 1:43 pm

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Hidden Hamptons Gem: Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

In food on 08/16/2011 at 11:11 am

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Sittin’ On the Dock of the Canal

In food on 08/08/2011 at 8:48 am

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Hidden Hamptons Gem: Dunkirk’s Deli

In food on 08/06/2011 at 7:22 pm

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The Real Farms of the Hamptons

In food on 07/18/2011 at 8:29 am

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Hamptons Phys Ed

In food on 07/09/2011 at 5:08 pm

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Mexican Oasis in the ‘Head

In food on 05/26/2011 at 8:58 pm

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Nom Nom Nom Wah

In food on 05/26/2011 at 5:56 pm

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Fungus Among Us

In food on 05/06/2011 at 7:03 pm

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Mahalo Latke

In food on 05/01/2011 at 7:59 pm

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Well, Yum

In food, restaurant on 04/30/2011 at 1:51 pm

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Faux Flesh Chronicles

In food on 04/29/2011 at 10:09 pm

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That’s Offal!: Uterus

In food on 04/23/2011 at 6:28 pm

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Good Friday Matzo Brei

In food on 04/22/2011 at 5:22 pm

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That’s Offal!: Tongue

In food on 04/21/2011 at 11:15 am

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Count Chocula Circa 2011

In food on 04/03/2011 at 9:05 am

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Lil’ Wayne Chilaquiles

In food on 02/07/2011 at 10:28 am

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Go Pack, Go!

In food on 01/23/2011 at 9:59 pm

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Another Tale of Two Bakeries

In food on 01/23/2011 at 7:50 pm

The other half’s busy season has begun, which means weekends are now reserved for sleep and gluttony. Gotta feed the soul to keep up the spirit during those late weeknights. Mostly, we barely have enough time to stock up the fridge. Luckily, the arrival of Dr. Mud finally gave us an excuse to make a special visit to Balthazar’s baking factory in Englewood. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s the Great Num Sang Khya L’peou, Charlie Brown

In food on 01/11/2011 at 9:45 pm

Have no fear (though our oven is defunct and our landlord wants to raise the rent), we still have the trusty steamer! Over the weekend we patronized a NYT recommended dive, Ayada, in Elmhurst, a neighborhood I’ve never been to in Queens. All the savory dishes were amazing, but the dessert was to die for. Read the rest of this entry »

Gingerbread Goddess

In arts n' crafts, food on 12/25/2010 at 2:53 pm

I admire people who engage in activities that require patience to the point past tedium. Exhibit A: Goth Girl, who every holiday season, spends at least 24 hours non-stop creating a themed gingerbread house. Past masterpieces include a Mexican villa which, after several months, was squatted by a family of mice that squirreled away the decorative candies piece by piece. Read the rest of this entry »

Royal Earl Grey Jelly-O

In food on 12/23/2010 at 4:22 pm

Mele Kalikimaka those out there on the World Wide Web! What’s cooler than snow falling on our blog in December? Well, Santa left me some Royal Earl Grey Jelly-O in the fridge before he flitted off to the North Pole to wrap presents for all the boys and girls. Lucky me, I must have been very naughty this year. Grinch grinch.

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囍 Thanksgiving 囍

In food on 11/26/2010 at 11:18 am

Our Taiwanese friends hosted Thanksgiving this year. We brought the Pilgrim pride; they provided the Asian ambience and sides. As a cultural aside, residents of Flushing do not travel for this holiday. We discovered this fact whilst circling ’round and ’round for street parking. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Ends of the Reading Rainbow

In food on 11/14/2010 at 1:03 pm

Not all diners are created equal. While the newly renovated Malibu Diner uptown screams glitz and glam, the food is actually below mediocre. We’ve tried it several times now, and we really want to like it because it looks like the prototypical diner, but….sigh. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Ssam Summary

In food on 11/06/2010 at 6:22 pm

People are always asking me if I’m a vegetarian. Do I look like I don’t eat meat? If you knew me, you would know I talk about food all the time. And really, you can’t be a foodie unless you eat meat. And if you’re anti-animal flesh, you can’t eat at a David Chang joint because you’d miss the point. Read the rest of this entry »

De Nouveau à L’école

In food on 10/17/2010 at 10:10 am

We’re hitched! The destination honeymoon for us is Singapore and Vietnam, home of beautious beaches but even more wondrous street hawkers, sidewalk vendors and night markets filled with luscious, unctuously spicy and strange food!  But until we’ve saved enough pennies in a year or two, we’ll settle for a celebratory meal at L’Ecole. Read the rest of this entry »

Dosa hut hut Hut

In food on 10/05/2010 at 8:23 pm

Having food poisoning really makes me appreciate eating, especially spicy stuff. Though I was excited about captioning a pictorial tour of Eataly, we both decided it was highly overrated and really just a feast for the eyes, all pomp, no circumstance. Even the lowly rustic bread had no flavor, with a terribly even crumb. It’s got nothing on Sullivan Street Bakery. For once, Americans win! Read the rest of this entry »

A Hamburger Today

In food on 08/20/2010 at 12:12 pm

This place is so nice, I went twice in one week. Not only is it a feast for the eyes, the Elysian Cafe burger is the best I’ve had in all of Hoboken so far. The high-low culture prevalent in this tiny hamlet led me to believe they knew how to make milkshakes and a cow patty. It’s been frightfully disappointing until now. Read the rest of this entry »

Ye Olde Bobolink

In food on 06/18/2010 at 10:31 pm

Last weekend, the other half was hankering for a trip to the country. Staring wistfully at our wintry red barn landscape painting (courtesy of a neighbor’s dumpster) was just not enough anymore. So we headed northwest for a NJ farms tour. Three ended up being bust, one had literally gone under, but one was just right. Read the rest of this entry »


In food on 06/06/2010 at 7:40 pm

Once upon a time, in the land of Billyburg, jeju meandered about and marveled at the way the natives inhabited their run-down buildings. Old tattered things sold for new outrageous prices. There was no air-conditioning. It was hot and muggy. They became thirsty and tired. Read the rest of this entry »

Hip to be Square Part II

In food on 05/29/2010 at 9:39 pm

I hate being uncomfortable, especially when I eat. Goth Girl says everyone should be uncomfortable at all times because no one conquers the world in his pajamas. I like wearing my pajamas. I wish I could wear them all day (sometimes I do). Quiet to near-silent places with votive candles at the table are also to be avoided at all costs. Eating at Diner in Williamsburg has ruined me. Read the rest of this entry »

Hip to be Square Part I

In food on 05/29/2010 at 6:54 pm

The cat’s outta the bag. More precisely, the cat stealthily scurried up the back patio stairs, over the balcony and into the neighbor’s yard. So now the cat’s in detention. No more forbidden foreign garden romps. Though given another chance, he’d do it again. Read the rest of this entry »

The Producers

In food on 05/11/2010 at 7:30 pm

The other half is off baking bacon on a business trip this week in Chicago, which means it’s time for me to vege after work and contemplate the awesome-ness that is Hoboken. This is exactly the hometown we’d been envisioning as a place to settle down, family cozy and brownstone cute, with streets filled with unique storefronts to walkabout and lots of blossoming trees lining the sidewalk cafes. Where else could there exist a city-wide yard sale? Read the rest of this entry »

Betty White Bread

In food on 05/08/2010 at 10:04 pm

Last night, I managed to impale my foot on a sharp object while attempting to open a window. However, a gushing river of blood could not stop me from going back this morning to the Filipino bakery close to my ‘hood, Phillipine Bread House. The other half is currently obsessed with their pandesal. Read the rest of this entry »

I See Stars

In food on 04/23/2010 at 6:09 pm

I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve been craving Chinese take-out. No, not the nasty dry, greasy and bland kind I’ve encountered in the ‘pit, but the delicious incarnation of the true blue Americanized junk that is so bad it’s good. Case in point, Harlem’s Red Star.

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Blast from the Future

In food on 03/26/2010 at 2:48 pm

Tonnelle Ave in Jersey City is a wretched stretch of 1/9. It’s one of those Jersey specialties where a left turn is non-existent. Firemen heckle bewildered drivers from inside a foodie national landmark on a prominent corner, the White Mana Diner. Read the rest of this entry »

Hobo Birthday

In food on 03/16/2010 at 8:51 pm

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Cosmic Persuasion

In food on 02/27/2010 at 3:50 pm

Stop the presses! Literally. Some thieving bastard(s) broke into our apartment earlier this week and made off with our three beloved Macs and some heirloom jewelry. The Landlord of the Millenium denies all responsibility, even though there was forced entry into our back door and none in the main door. Read the rest of this entry »

We Come en Paz

In food on 02/10/2010 at 4:59 pm

SNOW DAY! Trains canceled into the city, can’t get to work, what to do? Bake cookies and contemplate world peace. Well in our case, landlord truce. Never rent an apartment on the first floor, a lesson we painfully learn again and again these days.

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Super Chicken Bowl

In food on 02/07/2010 at 6:07 pm

Buffalo chicken wings for the Super Bowl are so passé. Not that I don’t love meat that comes with its own handle, but it’s time to scrimp and stretch the last remaining bits of our lovely farm-bought flesh. So why not do as the Brits and add tons of starch to a lil’ itty bit of meat = chicken pot pie! Read the rest of this entry »

Cake in the Closet

In food on 02/07/2010 at 1:01 pm

Yesterday we hopped on the LIRR after the ‘epic’ snowstorm of 2010 for an OMM appointment. The doc is also my mentor, so it was a half business-half social call. Besides making this a plug for my future career, our stomachs also enjoy patronizing Cardinali’s, an excellent Italian bakery across the street. Their lobster tails are to die for. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff of Life

In food on 02/01/2010 at 5:32 pm

My foodie adventures have recently been stymied by my other life – work. Well, I’m done delivering babies out of every orifice, whether natural or artificial or somewhere in between, and this week I start treating the little critters outside their cozy wombs.  Read the rest of this entry »

Liang Pi Lust

In food on 01/10/2010 at 4:22 pm

I thought I knew Chinese food. Then I met Xi’an Famous Foods, the mini-chain at its East Broadway Manhattan Chinatown location. My food world was flipped upside down and turned inside out. Read the rest of this entry »

TGIF Whiskey

In food on 01/08/2010 at 9:24 pm

Move over Peter Luger, the new king of steaks is the un-aged beefalo porterhouse from Hollister Hill Farm! I just cooked up a deliciously gamey and tender 7 minute portion for dinner, rare to near bloody, so now it’s time for an after-dinner aperitif. Read the rest of this entry »

Milk n’ Cookies

In food on 12/30/2009 at 2:40 pm

The other half has this weird tradition wherein cookies are only baked for the Christmas holiday. That sounds absurd to me! I like cookies all the time. Lucky for me, it’s currently the cookie season, albeit the tail end. Read the rest of this entry »

Pucker Up

In food on 12/29/2009 at 1:36 pm

Ah, snowfall. White Christmases are so…cold?

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Bialystock Kuchen

In food on 12/22/2009 at 12:01 pm

Kossar’s is the king of bialys and QQ, there’s no disputing it. Reading Mimi Sheraton’s The Bialy Eaters only confirmed that fact. I agree with her that they are baked too pale these days though. If you wanted to eat a soft bagel, then you should’ve bought a bagel! Read the rest of this entry »

Crystal Ball Shrimp

In food on 12/19/2009 at 10:16 pm

Somehow we have been corralled into cooking Christmas dinner for the in-laws. The only request was no fish head in the soup. Why do people have the impression that we would want to ruin fish head by dunking it in water? We’re not Malay. Read the rest of this entry »

Gobble This Up

In food on 12/15/2009 at 7:14 pm

If you ever wanted to know what a freshly rotting body smells like, just take some juniper berries and add it to a stock you’re simmering, along with some turkey neck bone. After about 2 hrs, take out the neck, close your eyes and munch away on your ‘cadaver.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Why DIY?

In food on 12/08/2009 at 9:08 pm

When I met the other half, I was a foodie, the gluttonous kind. But under intensive tutelage, and sampling farm-raised meat, I have tasted the error of my non-discriminating ways. The other half is all about knowing the provenance of our food, batting my hand as I reach for that pesticide-laden bag of conventional potatoes. Read the rest of this entry »

Vermont Gobble-Up, Take Two

In food on 11/30/2009 at 4:22 pm

As soon as we decided to retire the other half’s annual Pre-Thanksgiving full court press food bacchanalia this year, I exclaimed, Let’s go back to Vermont! I guess despite the gustatory disappointments during our Fall Foliage romp, we were smitten enough with the rolling eye-candyscapes that we were willing to give it another try. Read the rest of this entry »

Flea Bitten

In food on 11/23/2009 at 9:59 am

Where else but in NYC would you go to a flea market just to eat the food? The Brooklyn Flea is the newest stomping ground for foodies who also like to browse and shop while eating. It’s the pinnacle of the hipster DIY mentality that is the embodiment of a Brooklynite. Read the rest of this entry »

Nama-ste Udon

In food on 11/19/2009 at 10:09 am

Ah the elusive udon, so QQ when cooked properly, the king of all noodle. I’d always thought the recipe was a super secret national treasure of Japan, impossible to make in real life without high level ninja skills (like pulled noodles). Not according to The Manga Cookbook. In fact, it’s so easy kids can do it!

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Mitsuwa My Motherland

In food on 11/16/2009 at 10:55 am

The land of the rising sun is scattered around lower Manhattan, but the singular outpost across the river is near the Asian enclave of Fort Lee, in Edgewater, which is really just a tiny long strip along the water’s edge. I’d heard of Mitsuwa Marketplace but never had a burning desire to go because things tend to be a smidge overpriced compared to the same item at Chinese marts. The Giant Blue Fin Cutting Performance changed my mind. Read the rest of this entry »

A Steak Grows in Brooklyn

In food on 11/14/2009 at 8:01 pm

These days, with vegans running rabid, (especially in the crunchy granola haven of Brooklyn) it’s nice to see that the ultimate meat stronghold in Williamsburg that is Peter Luger’s is still as formidable as ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Homily for Hominy

In food on 10/29/2009 at 9:21 am

Of all the places he thinks is ‘bizarre’, Andrew Zimmern decides to go to Wisconsin for his latest episode of Bizarre World. I don’t think the other half blinked once while we were watching it last night. The reigning world champion in log-running and rolling was Andrew’s guide at the Lumberjack World Championships. She went to high school with the other half. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunshine Cake

In food on 10/25/2009 at 8:00 am

So I was minding my own business reading a comic book and lo and behold a recipe tracks me down. This is a cake from A Wizard’s Tale, the story of a nice wizard who is supposed to be evil and reign terror on the village below his castle. Read the rest of this entry »

My Little Dumpling

In food on 10/23/2009 at 9:17 am

Here is the cute poster for this Sunday’s NYC Dumpling Festival:

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In food on 10/04/2009 at 8:52 pm

Today we were in Westfield craving a malted chocolate shake. While getting sandwiches at the Robert Treat Deli where they only have egg creams, I chatted up the cashier to find out why it’s so difficult to find a good milkshake in New Jersey. She referred us to her childhood favorite, Holsten’s, in Bloomfield. Read the rest of this entry »

Colonial Hip Hops

In food on 09/30/2009 at 10:52 am

The other half’s Father loves beer. He turned me onto microbrews, which run rampant in Wisconsin, like coffee and chocolate-flavored beer. But the problem is it comes in such a large bottle, which is quite a challenge for those lacking alcohol dehydrogenase like me. This is why the new vogue of serving sampler sized portions at restaurants is great. It makes beer-tasting enjoyable and affordable, like the multi-vineyard wine-tasting spree we went on while we were in Cape May last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Mang Tomas: Man or Sauce?

In food on 09/29/2009 at 11:17 am

My Filipino friend mentioned during our housewarming piglet-out that there’s a secret sauce that they use to accompany roasted pork: mang tomas. He was going to get me a bottle from the elusive Filipino market in the wilds of Queens, but I thought, why not try to find a recipe and make it myself? Read the rest of this entry »

Austrian Tea Room Staple

In food on 09/29/2009 at 9:14 am

My vacation month is over…the other half is off traipsing upstate New York in the Finger Lakes region with Mother and I’m alone contemplating the last couple days of freedom before another long commuting month begins. Reflecting on some bad meals during these road trips, I realize I must live in a place where great food is easily accessible. An unhappy belly makes for cranky jeju. And that really ruins everyone else’s day. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cheesesteak Tour of Philly

In food on 09/24/2009 at 1:11 pm

We just returned from a short trip to Philly, as a respite in between camping trips, but mostly to finally eat some real cheesesteak! I’d never been to the City of Brotherly Cheesesteak, but the other half has. Suprisingly, the city is also filled with all sorts of wonderful ethnic nosh, and a Chinatown that rivals Manhattan. We may be moving out of the armpit very very soon… Read the rest of this entry »

Toan’s Egg/Spring Roll

In food on 09/24/2009 at 10:53 am

Why are egg rolls called egg rolls? They don’t have eggs in them, unless you’re making the Taiwanese version which has strips of eggs, but then they are called popiah. There is also the fluted flaky pastry that is an egg roll, which either has eggs or yellow no. 5. Some say the huge carbo bombs you get at Chinese take-out places are egg rolls. Wiki says they are the ones dipped in egg wash after you wrap them up, before they’re fried.

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Boss of Hoboken, or, Tale of Two Bakeries

In food on 09/16/2009 at 5:57 pm

This morning we ventured to Hoboken, boyhood home of high school dropout and only child Francis Albert Sinatra. They should really just rename the town Sinatraville. But it was not for a pilgrimage to visit the haunts of ol’ Blue Eyes we wandered into this tiny hamlet in the shadows across the Hudson. It was because I wanted to eat a lobster tail made by the Cake Boss. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ultimate Dessert Paradox

In food on 09/15/2009 at 8:12 am

We just got back from a road trip to Vermont, the self-proclaimed home of the skinny pancake. Why they just can’t call it a crepe is beyond me, but unfortunately, any faint hope of a food grazing tour was sorely misplaced. Read the rest of this entry »

Pupusa a la Red Hook

In food on 09/05/2009 at 6:15 pm

Woe is us, we never made it down to Red Hook to sample the infamous pupusas with a side of methane. When the Two Hot Tamales said their favorite food to eat with their hands was a pupusa from a market in Los Angeles, we decided it was now or never, to make it ourselves, that is. Read the rest of this entry »

Gittin’ Jerky Wit It

In food on 09/04/2009 at 9:18 pm

In preparation for our upcoming road/camping trip to Vermont, the other half decided to make some beef jerky. After our car burst into flames last week, we didn’t know if we’d be going anywhere, but the Scottish Spanish-speaking mechanic across the street saved the day and now Phil P is purring like a two-week old kitty again. Read the rest of this entry »

Goa Goa Goane

In food on 09/02/2009 at 10:05 am

Andrew Zimmern is Anthony Bourdain without the snide quips and self-loathing. Both are globetrotting former NYC cooks who eat weird things wherever they go on their respective Travel Channel shows. What a gig. I like to watch their shows for the secret ingredients that go into exotic dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

Lamb O’ McSorley’s

In food on 09/01/2009 at 9:19 am

Did you know they serve food at McSorley’s Old Ale House? From all the stories I’d heard, it was just a bar, like Cheers, but more manly macho macho man, all sawdust and broom handle mustaches. Last night, we dropped in after wandering the East Village for a good long while. Read the rest of this entry »

bearmouse Savory Granola Bar

In food on 08/30/2009 at 2:15 pm

One time, bearmouse sent a bunch of us an email asking us to fill out a survey for a project her brother was doing for school. It queried our preferences when it came to eating nutritional granola/protein bars, whether we leaned toward savory or sweet. He was making a prototype of a granola bar with tea as the main flavor. Read the rest of this entry »

R.I.P. bearmouse

In food on 08/24/2009 at 1:22 pm

Last night we found out that our dear friend bearmouse died sometime last week. The when, where and hows are a bit murky, but the funeral is on Friday. I’m in shock. Angry at the injustice. Confused by the circumstances of what really transpired. Maybe in time, things will be sorted out. Read the rest of this entry »

A.B.C.D: Alton Brown’s Corny Dog

In food on 08/16/2009 at 1:04 pm

Ah…summer means Nathan’s hot dogs at Coney Island. The corn dogs are even better, plus the boardwalk and suburns on the nasty beach, what could be better? But the armpit is so far from the seaside carnival, time to learn to make our own. We turn to Alton Brown for his expertise on this one. Read the rest of this entry »

Goth Girl Carbo-Salad

In food on 08/15/2009 at 1:55 pm

It only took a couple of months, but I am officially sick of eating sandwiches. I need something new but easy to eat, something that will pack an energy wallop on the go. Goth Girl doesn’t know it, but she saved the day by sending me her Aunt’s tortellini salad recipe. Read the rest of this entry »

Iron Chef Jeju Edition: Isoyaki Duck Kidney

In food on 08/14/2009 at 10:05 pm

A couple of months ago, my Rock friend sent me a care package; inside were contained an ultra-limited micro edition T-shirt and two Aji Ichiban vacuum-sealed packages of soy sauce duck kidney with three gems in each. The latter were direct from Mother Rock’s recent trip to Taiwan, not available, that I’ve seen, in the American chains of the biggest Asian purveyor of preservatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Vegan Fart Bombs

In food on 08/11/2009 at 8:59 pm

Who likes to fart? C’mon, everyone out there should be raising your hands, or at least chuckling on the inside (while letting out a silent one). I’ve discovered the other surefire way to release some noxious gas: falafel made from dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans. Now, who’s up for a little methane liberation? Read the rest of this entry »

Colonel Mustard

In food on 08/09/2009 at 9:54 am

The other half heeded my clarion call for a better sandwich spread. Hence my new and improved lunches. This stuff clears the nostrils, adds layers of complexity and several octaves. Do not attempt a raw version; it leads to heartburn from the excess acidity. Take it from someone who’s been there. Read the rest of this entry »

Lil’ Tokyo via Seoul

In food, restaurant on 08/02/2009 at 9:15 am

Freedom! Time to roam the city. On Friday, we were invited by our sake friend to the preview of a new restaurant in the LES, aka Lil’ Tokyo. The Japanese food revolution has really overtaken that whole neighborhood, from dingy authentic ramen shops to Americanized anime-meets-manga modern establishments. May Chan Ramen and Robatayaki is one of the latter. Read the rest of this entry »

Tim Horton Ain’t Got Nut’in on This

In food on 07/24/2009 at 9:59 am

Life is rough for a foodie when you gotta work. No time/$ to eat good fixin’s (partly cuz you’re forced to labour for free) or to make your favorite treats. The only thing I have plenty of time for is fantasizing about food combinations whilst riding the train. Read the rest of this entry »

Matryoshka Mash-up

In food on 07/18/2009 at 7:55 pm

It’s the home stretch for the other half. 1.5 weeks until the bar exam. Needless to say, being homebound is making us both a little batty. Even with the requisite TV breaks to watch our fluff cooking shows and NCIS marathons, we are gnashing our teeth from cabin fever.  Read the rest of this entry »

You Say Polenta, I Say Grits

In food on 06/29/2009 at 7:43 pm

The first time I had grits, I was in a Cracker Barrel in Florida. I have a thing about mush, so I never ate oatmeal or congee for breakfast when I was growing up. I had no idea about polenta or grits. But these were steaming piles of cheese grits in the trays, so I said, why not? I’ll give it the ol’ college try. Wow, seriously savory deliciousness. Read the rest of this entry »

Papaya Fleshshake

In food on 06/27/2009 at 9:17 am

Done! Seems like for the past couple years, every time I finish a semester, I watch the latest season of Dexter, America’s favorite serial killer. To celebrate the end of boards (well, board, I decided just to take one instead), I expunged my brain again. This is the last weekend of freedom for me, for a year. Read the rest of this entry »

Holy Grail Pie

In food on 06/24/2009 at 4:15 pm

The search is over. We have eaten the best New York-style pizza ever, in Elizabeth, NJ: Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza. It’s in a non-descript part of town, close to a fork in the road in front of a Korean church. You’d miss it if you blinked while driving by. Too bad it’s not in walking distance of our apartment. Read the rest of this entry »

To Boil or Not to Boil

In food on 06/19/2009 at 10:49 am

The other half had a hankering for lasagna. I didn’t like to make it because it takes forever and the ingredients make it cost out at $20 or more, depending on how decadent you spree. Plus it drops like a brick into your stomach and gives me a sympathy bellyache. On top of that, I have a bone to pick with Italian food. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mighty Bean

In food on 06/18/2009 at 11:19 am

Every time I eat beans and rice, I’m reminded how much I like it. The flavor is so complex, almost meaty, it satisfies the tiny crevices on the edges of my appetite. The other day, we had early Sunday dinner at the home of our Far Rockaway friend. We were scouting out the location of my future workplace. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Mooking At Me?

In food on 06/13/2009 at 7:55 am

Mook (or Muk) is one of my favorite appetizers. It sounds like dirty derogatory slang, but it’s actually Korean food, served in small bowls with the kimchi. Alt-kimchi. I first had it in Seoul, and while I tried to find it in NYC, it has been hard to come by. Once I asked for it in Koreatown and was given the evil eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Balthazar: Le Good, Le Bad, Le Ugly

In food on 06/10/2009 at 1:49 pm

It’s taken me over a week to process the disappointment that was the other half’s graduation dinner. Plus we’ve both been attempting to study for our respective boards and bar exam. But enough time has passed to permit this procrastination break. Read the rest of this entry »

West Siiii

In food on 06/04/2009 at 7:19 am

We boogied to the Upper West Side with the ‘rents to hop on the Shack train. I still think ain’t nutin’ like a Corner Bistro burger. But after a waiter slam fest awhile back, its street cred has really tanked. Plus we were in the UWS for the diploma giveaway sweepstakes.

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We Three Kings

In food on 06/02/2009 at 8:54 am

For a co-worker’s birthday in Texas almost a decade ago, I made Tres Leches Cake. I don’t know what spurred me to do it, but I found a recipe in the local paper. It was one of the first cakes I made, since I’m not much into baking. I didn’t have proper equipment, just whatever was leftover at the house I was staying. Read the rest of this entry »

Smokey Jeju’s Cafe

In food on 06/01/2009 at 6:55 pm

The other half and Goth Girl hosted a graduation linner at our new pad yesterday afternoon. We threw the thing together in under a week, much to my anal retentive dismay. But it all turned out swell in the end, especially the dish of the year for which we transformed our beloved steamer into a smoker. The chicken didn’t know what awesomeness hit it. We now have a new secret weapon! Read the rest of this entry »

Tony Soprano Was Here

In food on 06/01/2009 at 8:35 am

Everyone knows Little Italy is the Disneyland version of the real thing, devoid of any bite. The ambience at the corner cafes are nice on a spring or fall evening, but the food is just blah. In New Jersey, ‘Italian’ is all about the attitude. I wouldn’t know if it’s closer or further away from the real thing, but I know a dash of sleaze sells. Bada Bing. Read the rest of this entry »

Putting the Char in Kway Teow

In food on 05/30/2009 at 8:42 pm

I started this post several days ago, but then it was eaten by my hungry blog, so here goes nothing. One of the first things we must do when residing in a new city is to find the Chinatown. Lucky for us, Jersey is one of the states that does not have one. Maybe because NYC has 3, the powers that be decided people living in the armpit of America didn’t need one. Read the rest of this entry »

*Pop* Goes the Sicle

In food on 05/24/2009 at 4:54 pm

I’ve gotten sunburnt three times this week since moving to New Jersey. A heat wave means it’s time for popsicles. Lucky for us, the first night when we were sans electricity, we moseyed across the street to the Mexican deli for some Jesus candles and bought a local paleta on a whim (made in West New York!). Read the rest of this entry »