Archive for November, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is inhaled, holiday shopping takes over. Some start at the stroke of midnight (sale at Woodbury Commons starts a midnight) while others were refining their wish lists at the dessert table. Some warm up their clicker finger for Cyber Monday and we’ve got our fingers crossed for a new apartment. […]

Freeman’s Restaurant

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Freeman’s Restaurant end of Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002, hidden at the end of Freeman’s Alley, could easily be a secret, but they do simple American fare so well, that word has spread. Somewhere between a clean bar and a modern farm lies the perfect place for a business lunch. Weekdays […]

Chicken or Turkey Pasta Salad

Friday, November 27, 2009

One of my go-to recipes is a Chicken & Cucumber Pasta Salad that I posted way-way back. I’ve tweaked it and played with it many times, and you can too, though the reason I thought to post it now, is because it’s a great way to use up left-over Thanksgiving Turkey. The Asian flavors make […]

Hasselback Yams

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Are you a procrastinator? If you’re reading food blogs the night before Thanksgiving, good chances you are. Or perhaps, you do what I do, which is make a plan weeks in advance, only to start second guessing myself right before I start cooking, or even in the midst of cooking. Ugh, it’s a serious problem.
I […]

Luo Bo Gao (Daikon Radish Cakes)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One of my fantasies is to become a master dim sum chef. One day, I will move to Hong Kong and do a traditional 8 year apprenticeship, learning every type of dough, every way to fold a dumpling, and become of master of teas as well. One day…right after I become a master sushi chef.

When […]

10 Downing

Monday, November 23, 2009

Is any press good press? You have to wonder as Chef Jason Neroni was accused by a former boss of stealing (charges were dropped), and then called-out when he solicited votes for a James Beard Award. This all seemed to help his new restaurant of employment,
10 Downing 10 Downing Street, New […]

Andy’s Seafood & Grill

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Andy’s Seafood & Grill 95-26 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, NY 11374 is kind of a mish-mosh of Taiwanese, Cantonese, Szechuan, and Shanghainese so it’s no surprise that some dishes rocked, while some dishes fell short. Still, in Rego Park, right on Queens Boulevard, close to subway access, there’s not all that much […]

Double Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes

Friday, November 20, 2009

It was another day for experimenting, and again, things did not come out quite as expected, but just like the Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf (which I hope to be famous for one day), these cupcakes were a hit, and will remain in my repertoire.

Za Jiang Mein

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Most American kids cannot imagine growing up without Spaghetti and Meat Sauce or Bolognese. For Chinese kids, it’s Za Jian Mein, Noodles with Pork Bean Sauce. It’s sweet and salty, with a chunky thick sauce that coats noodles so well, irresistible for kids, and a heaven sent for mom’s because it’s just too easy to […]

Bill’s Bar & Burger

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My food writing class, headed by the fabulous, Andrea Strong, descended on
Bill’s Bar and Burger 22 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014 like wild female cats, pouncing on everything edible, and some of us were in heat. It was the final official meeting of our class and I was pretty sad. […]