Archive for November, 2008

A NYC Visitor’s Guide to Thanksgiving Eating

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My cousin Brian sent over an e-mail this week mentioning that a friend would be in NYC for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and asked if we could recommend any good eats.
I have a friend here at school who is going to be spending Thanksgiving in Manhattan, and she asked if I knew any places to […]

Thanksgiving 2008 Series: Bacon, Beets, and Brussels Sprouts

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ahh, the three B’s: Bacon, Beets, and Brussels Sprouts, all stuff I love. This is one of my favorite recipes from 2008 so I decided to come back, make it again, and put up pictures that actually do this glorious dish some justice. ~ adjusted on 11/11/09

Raspberry Lemon Tarts

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This recipe is an adaptation of Blueberry Lemon Cream Tarts (from and we really love them. The one downside is that the crusts are really crumbly and two out of four almost fell apart. I’m guessing that using organic graham crackers exacerbated the problem. I actually like the texture of the crumbly crust though, […]

Lobster Stock

Friday, November 21, 2008

When lobster is $3.88 per pound, you buy it; especially in New York City. So I wasn’t surprised when Jessica and her mom came home with three 1.2 lb lobsters. We were all pleased with how fresh and flavorful they were. As we tore the shells off, we were careful to collect […]

Cornmeal Crusted Bay Scallops

Friday, November 21, 2008

I got a bag of frozen bay scallops at Trader Joe’s and they were quite large for bay scallops. The first half of the bag was sauteed and thrown in a pasta, which was ok, but we really hit a home run frying the rest. They’re bite size and fun to pop in your mouth. […]

Ajisen Ramen

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I was about to take a picture at Ajisen Ramen (Flushing location) Ajisen Ramen when my camera battery died. Oh well, no loss. The ramen isn’t that good. My mom wanted to show me the new modern building in Flushing, Queens Crossing. There are a few restaurants and shops on the ground floor and several […]

Review of Lily’s Cafe Restaurant

Thursday, November 20, 2008

You often see us provide critical review of restaurants, but really we’re just looking for a great dining experience. Well, finally it seems like someone out there has found that experience. And it’s Lily’s Cafe Restaurant. The cleanliness seems to be an issue, but the pricing is unique. Read the review […]

Strawberry Salad

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I was digging through our shelf of vinegars (I do have a whole shelf worth of vinegars) and noticed one I bought a while ago but never opened – Fiorucci Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar.
As expected, it tastes like strawberry flavored balsamic vinegar. It’s already lightly sweetened (by syrup, unfortunately) so it doesn’t need much.

Gimme Coffee and a bit more…

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For those who have been reading for a while, you know I’m mildly obsessed with finding good coffee, which is no easy feet in NYC. I recently read an article in the NY Times, where Oliver Schwaner-Albright writes:
“A friend returned recently from San Francisco and raved about the coffee. But then he said the cappuccino […]

Thanksgiving 2008 Series: Roasted Butternut Squash

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I spent a lot of time trying to think up a fancy butternut squash recipe. After much too much thought, I realized, my favorite way to have butternut squash is just simply roasted. It’s almost too good to be true, but with little adornment, it’s perfect just the way it is.