Posts Tagged ‘review’

Hello, Hamptons? It’s Me, Jersey

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

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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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Art and Wine Pairing

In wine on 07/30/2011 at 6:59 pm

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Two Brothers, Two Farms

In meat on 07/30/2011 at 5:53 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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Hidden Hamptons Gem: La Hacienda

In restaurant on 07/09/2011 at 4:29 pm

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Hi Thai!

In restaurant on 07/04/2011 at 3:58 pm

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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 »

Not a Tako, But a Taco

In a week in food on 08/01/2010 at 6:21 pm

We’re back from our vacation in San Diego, CA. Our only mission on this trip, food-wise, was to eat as many tacos as we could, ’cause everyone knows no good taco is to be had in NYC. If we had more time, we would have hunted down the trendy Korean taco, but we were craving the real deal. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Soy Unique

In gadget on 07/05/2009 at 1:52 pm

Settling into new digs requires finding the best local thrift store. The one most accessible downtown on Broad St. is the Unique Thrift Store, which, ironically, is a chain. We’ve scrounged amongst the racks on both gigantic floors for some lovely foodie goodies: a warming tray from the 70’s, a large cast-iron bacon press with a pig imprint, and our new pride and joy, a soy milk maker. 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 »

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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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 »

No Beans in This Town

In food on 05/11/2009 at 7:26 pm

This weekend we trekked to Boston to pick up our new used car, but not before eating our way through my favorite haunts of Cambridge from my college tenure. I hadn’t been back for several years, so it was nice to see the new and take comfort in the old. And I was determined to prove to the other half that New England is where it’s at. Read the rest of this entry »

Pee Tea

In food on 04/30/2009 at 8:07 pm

Our crew trekked to the Hudson today for lunch at Fairway, barely making it back in time to ride the Barone-y Pony, our prof’s name of himself. Ah, the self-deprecating Doogie Howser genius, my new hero! I’ve never enjoyed being in lecture for eight hours a day in my whole life. Weird, I know. So what did I discover today from a free sample? Kombucha! Read the rest of this entry »

Roller Derby Khubz

In food, restaurant on 04/26/2009 at 10:21 am

We have discovered the new wasteland of NYC in the Upper East Side. It’s a section between Lexington and 1st Ave, bounded by 86th and 68th street. The Old World authenticity has disappeared, replaced by trust fund kid stores like Big Drop and restaurants that Hamptons preppie types frequent when they’re pretending to go ethnic. Read the rest of this entry »

Eats at Mets

In food on 04/19/2009 at 8:24 pm

The other half haggled for some Brewers tickets last week from a co-worker with season tickets at Shea Stadium cum Citifield. Saved us $6 off face value. I’m so proud. With that extra change, you could buy one Nathan’s hot dog in the newly constructed brick behemoth which is surprisingly cozy on the inside. I tagged along to sample the eats. Read the rest of this entry »

Xipa Xips

In food, restaurant on 04/18/2009 at 7:53 pm

Our bird-watching friend took us on a trip to Paraguay this afternoon, via Williamsburg at Tipico BK. I have never given a thought to this country or its cuisine, but said friend lived there for a stretch and has a thing for the local treats. What she described sounded like cheese on a bagel. Read the rest of this entry »

Woodside Thai: Stranded in Queens But At Least I’m Full

In food, restaurant on 04/17/2009 at 9:59 pm

Today I took my final official set of pre-clinical exams until my national boards at the end of June. A decade ago, I vowed I would never set foot inside the halls of academia again. Ever. Maybe I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep. This called for some major food binging to celebrate. The end of something…and the beginning of more of the same? We saddled up and somehow landed in Woodside, Queens. Read the rest of this entry »

Enter Bear’s Lair

In food on 03/29/2009 at 11:43 am

We’re gluttons for punishment. Last week we were meandering along Lenox Ave and happened upon a wine store in the first floor of a newly constructed apartment building. Their selection was small, and the two tastings of rosé and geverztraminer were subpar. The employee told us the trattoria next door was the same owner, and that they deliver from both places. We were fiending for some pizza last night so we ordered the Meatza Meatza pie and waited. Read the rest of this entry »

Smells Fishy

In restaurant on 03/22/2009 at 5:19 pm

One of the great cultural landmarks in a Harlem neighborhood is the fish market. Otherwise, they aren’t to be found between there and Chinatown, except in those ridiculously priced sushi-grade joints like at Chelsea market or the Upper West Side Zabar’s where the cheapest flesh is $15/lb. These Harlem jewels are hole-in-the-wall purveyors of not-so-fresh red eyed fish with dirty tanks of old lobsters in the back. Read the rest of this entry »

Korean Handmade Noodling

In restaurant on 03/22/2009 at 9:50 am

When I think of Korean food, I see seas of seafood pancake and little bowls of kimchi surrounding a charcoal grill in the middle of the table. That’s pretty much what you get when you go to Koreatown, huge dining rooms, two floors of indoor BBQ, or tiny dark places selling tofu and bibimbap, and all the while, blinding reflections off the stainless steel bowls and flatware. What’s up with that stainless steel? Read the rest of this entry »

Little Pepper

In food, restaurant on 03/08/2009 at 9:48 am

The Gastronauts led me into a food stupor yesterday. When they ventured to Flushing last, they supped at Little Pepper, a basement dive off the main hub of downtown, nearer to Shea cum Citifield, and across from the tenements by the LIRR. The other half was taking an exam at Queens College in the early A.M., so I tagged along as a break from my studies. Read the rest of this entry »

Unheavenly Sent From Above

In food, restaurant on 02/20/2009 at 7:56 pm

A new development in the hotbed of NYC culinary culture has been the arrival of izakayas. I like to think of them as cousins of tapas bars. But the focus is more on the drink, the food is an afterthought. Wait, that can’t be possible, it’s the Japanese we’re talking about, the ones who fetish-ize everything, especially food. Every morsel should be perfect, the highest quality, as if a gift from heaven, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Go, Now, Bow Down at the Tosi Temple

In dessert, food on 02/06/2009 at 10:34 pm

As much as we were disappointed by our recent trip to the overrated Batch, we were just as much incredibly wowed by the quality and not underrated desserts we had tonight from Momofuku Milk Bar. Fronted by Pastry Chef Christina Tosi (who is only 27!), baking outside the box is her game. We cannot praise this woman enough. And the bandana theme worn by the staff really takes it to the next level. Go Team! Finally, a piece of cake really worth $5 (besides Cakeman’s red velvet). Fresh, innovative, totally unexpected in texture and taste! Read the rest of this entry »

Norihiko Manabe’s Tsukushi

In food on 01/31/2009 at 1:01 pm

Donguri has been kicked to the curb! Last night, we encountered something close to rapture at Tsukushi, a homestyle bar recommended by The Japanese Food Report and other reviewers on Yelp. We had been disappointed the last time we were at Donguri for a birthday dinner, so we couldn’t really fork over that kind of cash on it again, hoping it might return to its former glory. But now, all is well in the land of the rising sun, for Tsukushi has saved the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Cháozhōu Cocaine Chicken 潮州鹵水鸡

In food on 01/30/2009 at 10:32 am

Cháozhōu, Chiu Chow, Teochew, however you phoneticize it, for me, it’s YUM. There’s a spot in Chinatown that seems directly transported from the factory of dingy dives serving comfort food. It’s reminiscent of my distant memory of trips to Taiwan, a country that teeters between high-tech commerce and dirt roads, creaky cramped stairwells and that omnipresent greenish glow of flickering fluorescence against ceramic tile walls. That place close to my heart is New Bo KyRead the rest of this entry »

Sake to Me

In beverage, dessert on 01/17/2009 at 12:26 pm

Part deux of last night’s romp in the Lower East Side: after-dinner stroll in Astor Place, so many new shops have sprung up since I was last there. Minca itself was new-ish, considering we had dined a couple years ago at the Italian dive next door and remembered there was a boutique or bakery of some sort in that same location instead. Given the economy and the frigid chill, many tiny stores were open, but devoid of shoppers. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Momofuku

In food on 01/17/2009 at 9:59 am

Last night turned out to be a tour of Japan. We had dinner at Minca the Ramen Factory in the East Village, which Rameniac raved about. Me, meh, not a fan of viscous liquids, except for kefir-type beverages. Yogurt, especially the vanilla from Trader Joe’s, I like. But soups with consistency of stews, thick, nauseously unctuous, topped with fat-laced braised pork belly, really not my cup of tea. Read the rest of this entry »

Bagel and Shmear

In food on 01/06/2009 at 8:39 pm

Where can you get the best bagel? New York City? Before I answer, I’d like to assure you this blog is not supported by a certain city’s tourism board, even though many of the past posts have been about this city. We just happen to be bi-coastal, though the second coast is Lake Michigan. I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, and went to college in Cambridge, MA, but due to forces beyond my control, the Midwest seems to be where I find myself when I’m not in Manhattan. But I digress… Read the rest of this entry »

Almost Teetotaler

In wine on 01/06/2009 at 7:48 pm

Because of my very low tolerance of alcohol, I never really got into the bar scene. One shot of hard liquor (I used to like tequila) or 1/2 a beer (pilsner or stout) is all it takes to get me drunk. Then I met my other half and was introduced to wine. Here now was a sub-culture of drinking where ‘tasting’ was encouraged, quality not quantity. So the last several years, I actually look foward to drinking wine, especially at wine-tastings, because it’s okay to try many different bottles and pour out the stuff you don’t like. Read the rest of this entry »

Eat Me

In food, restaurant on 01/04/2009 at 6:55 pm

Recently we discovered an American cook who employs the do whatever the heck you feel like method when cooking: Kenny Shopsin. He has a new book out called Eat Me, which we asked for, and received, from Santa. He owned a General Store on the Lower East Side for many years, and then somehow started cooking in his store which eventually led to his new location in the Essex market where he mostly watches over his kids who are now cooking for him. In fact, his book is a family affair too. One kid photographed it, another designed it, and yet another helped write it. Read the rest of this entry »

Hidden Kitchens

In food on 01/04/2009 at 6:47 pm

A recent purchase from Frugal Muse was not a cookbook, but a book about hidden kitchens based on a NPR series by The Kitchen Sisters. I don’t remember what the last novel I read was; these days, I prefer non-fiction literature. I like cookbooks that blur the line between telling stories and sharing recipes. Read the rest of this entry »


In cookbooks, food on 01/04/2009 at 5:11 pm

Not only do we love to eat, we also collect cookbooks. See the way we cook is not to have set recipes and always make things according to a formula (that’s reserved for baking, sometimes). We actually just stock up our pantry periodically of stuff we like to eat, and cook meals based on what we have left in the fridge. Reading cookbooks is not only a hobby, but a way to develop a repository of methods and figure out how ingredients go together. Read the rest of this entry »

Vom Fass and Penzey’s

In food, shopping on 01/04/2009 at 10:44 am

There’s a strip mall that was recently renovated across from the Whole Foods in Madison on University Ave that houses two of our favorite stores we must visit whenever we’re in town: Penzey’s Spices and Vom Fass. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re turning Japanese

In food, shopping on 01/04/2009 at 9:12 am

We love Japan.

1. The people are obsessed about food, always a plus

2. Udon and its skinnier brethren (the only real good QQ udon is the frozen kind, which you flash cook just until the strands separate, of which we always buy at Tokyo Mart, formerly Tongyin Mart, in Manhattan Chinatown) Read the rest of this entry »

Xmas Eve Hors D’oeuvres

In food on 01/04/2009 at 9:11 am

The tradition during the Christmas Eve present opening marathon is each participant must prepare an hors d’oeuvre we can munch on to maintain our stamina for the >3hr affair. Read the rest of this entry »

Trader Joe’s

In shopping on 01/03/2009 at 9:00 pm

Trader Joe’s was the precursor to Whole Foods; before organic was ‘in,’ they were making grass roots products that were tasty and wholesome. We used to live across the street from one growing up, and going there was always a special treat. Read the rest of this entry »

Bedouin Tent

In meat, restaurant on 01/03/2009 at 4:47 pm

We were looking into Brooklyn co-housing (adult commune) last month and happened to eat at the only place near the meeting site in Boereum Hill. We had no idea what the place was called. There was just a round sign hanging by two chain link stubs with a big P-I-T-A written in a serifed font. Today we went back just for the pita, and the football-sized merguez, a spicy lamb sausage, done without casing here. Read the rest of this entry »