Archive for April, 2008

Street Vendor Curried Squid

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

While I was growing up, my mother owned a little clothing shop, and she would refill her inventory every Sunday, in the Garment District on the Lower East Side. The area has changed immensely and most of the wholesalers my mom bought from are no longer there but I have vivid memories of these days. […]

Lan Zhou Handmade Noodles

Monday, April 21, 2008

This is my new favorite whole-in-the-wall. Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle is relatively clean for a Chinatown dive, has a short and simple delicious menu, and stealth-like service. As soon as you order, it takes the chef (dressed like any guy you’d see on the street) less than two minutes to pull […]

Saturday Night Seder

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lon will write more on Passover details later since I am no expert on it. I’ll just go over the food.
The Manishewitz wine (always served at Passover) comes in tons of flavors. I really liked the Loganberry flavor but it was too sweet for me as these Passover wines usually are.
Lon’s mom makes tons of […]

Perilla – I Have Returned!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

You may have noticed that I don’t return to many restaurants often. Perilla is one of the few that I make this exception for, and since the menu has changed a bit since my last visit, I’ll have to remember to make seasonal visits. We were in a group of seven this time, and I’d […]

Candied Espresso Walnuts

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Chorizo with Honey and Almonds

Saturday, April 19, 2008

To break in our first alfresco meal of 2008, Lon made this incredible appetizer with the chorizo he bought from Despana. It includes chorizo, toasted almonds, honey, finely chopped onions, and thinly sliced miniature sweet peppers. I’ve been pestering him about writing down his recipes because sometimes he makes amazing stuff! This was one of […]

Financier Patisserie

Friday, April 18, 2008

Last night, Angie brought over very pretty desserts from Financier Patisserie Financier Patisserie, which I should not have eaten! The crowd favorite was this dark chocolate mousse-like square, with a white filling/paste of caramel consistency. The texture was ultra smooth and melts in your mouth. I would’ve preferred it without the white filling (too sweet […]

Beef Enchiladas in Green Sauce

Friday, April 18, 2008

This is not the best thing to be eating 6 weeks before your wedding, but I had most of the ingredients for Enchiladas just sitting in my fridge, waiting to be brought together. It turned out scrum-diddle-ee-umptious!

Taking it up a stop… f-stop that is.

Friday, April 18, 2008

We absolutely love receiving feedback from readers, positive or negative. Both help us improve the site. You may have noticed some minor improvements recently, all of these have been in response to reader feedback.
Angie pointed out that sometimes comments reported names as “anonymous” even when the commenter used their name. That problem […]

Sweet Cheese Puffs

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Carol Gelles gave me a book called Sweet Miniatures, by Flo Braker, several years ago. It’s possible that this book started my obsession with miniatures, after I bought a mini-muffin pan just to make the Sweet Cheese Puffs in this book. It is still my favorite recipe from this book, and occasionally I play with […]