Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Todd English Food hall @ The Plaza

October 20, 2014 by  

Todd English Food hall @ The Plaza

Ughhh, do you ever find other people annoying? Because, if you’re anything like me, it happens constantly. I vastly prefer my own company to that of others – it’s no secret how much I dislike almost everyone around me – so when I offer to share my time with someone, it’s kind of a big deal. Unfortunately, more often than not, those people prove themselves to be unworthy of sharing my time, or prove to me that I should just stop offering to share my time with them. I’m one big curmudgeon. I know. One lovely Friday, I was planning on making my way over to The Plaza’s food hall and grabbing a sandwich at No.7 Sub for lunch – the No.7 club calling my name. CY was messaging me that morning, and asked what he should have for lunch. Without thinking – as is my MO – I said ‘well, I’m going to the food hall if you want to join me’ and to my surprise (he works from home in Queens), he immediately agreed and hopped on the subway to meet me. Damn it. When we met up at the... [continue reading]

Cocoron

October 6, 2014 by  

Cocoron

(I’m sorry.) This might just be my new favorite noodle shop above all else. I LOVE SOBA. I’ve known about Cocoron for a while but it’s out of the way and blah, blah, blah, do you guys want to hear my excuses for why I’m slow to do certain things? No? So let’s get to the food. Kara age, or Japanese fried chicken; a boneless (maybe skinless?) chicken thigh that’d been marinated and then fried with a crispy, slightly sweet shell. This was really good. $5 good? Maybe not. But it was good. Jared, the adventurous one, ordered natto soba. This required some work on his part – grinding sesames into a fine meal to sprinkle atop his bowl of soba. I tried the natto. I didn’t die. If you don’t know what it is and have a weak stomach, don’t look it up. I didn’t think it was anything amazing nor gross (well, I knew what it was before I tried it, and had thought the description gross, but once I ate it, the taste wasn’t gross). I actually thought it’d taste more like huitlacoche,... [continue reading]

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

September 28, 2014 by  

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Baking cookies for charity? Yes. Charity that benefits kids with cancer? Double yes. I’ve actually promoted this charity in the past, but hey you can never have too much awareness about really great charities. Signing up for this great campaign by OXO of the awesome kitchen tools means that they are donating $100 on my behalf to this charity for writing about this campaign. Honestly, it’s a win-win-win… the third win is because I don’t care for sweets and am giving away all the cookies to whomever I see during this time. I received the OXO cookie press (affiliate link) and had fun playing around with their included recipes — I’ve talked my face blue about how I’m not a strong baker, but practice makes me more comfortable with baking and working with dough, plus I’ve generally had positive results with cookie recipes. After some initial trouble figuring out how to work the press so that the cookie dough would come out neatly, I figured it out (it was a cookie sheet malfunction) and was consistently... [continue reading]

Robataya

September 10, 2014 by  

Robataya

Steph came to visit Sorry, this was months ago This was our dinner. Santa Barbara oysters with yuzu sauce 3 omakase But why only two oysters? So Steph and I shared. Oysters were OK But nothing really special Still, why only two? avocado, cream cheese, salmon, turnip Very pretty dish but the texture was too soft Flavor was one note Amberjack, sea bream, tuna You serious, bro? Again, brought only two plates GIVE US EACH OUR OWN Charge us more? That’s fine! Requested one plate for each Why’d we have to ask?? okra, Japanese sweet potatoes Smoky sweet and charred Yay! Yummy vegetables! Steph was so happy. Mushrooms – shiitake and enoki My favorite dish Meaty mushrooms make mouths smile. Earthy, tender, sweet. Steak… with no grill marks, though we saw him grill it! No trick of lighting Why is the meat grey? Ugly Soft, lacking flavor giant prawn Overcooked, rubb’ry Sad giant prawn mishandled Woe is my belly. whole thread fin Eh. It’s a whole fish. Fresh, sure, but not amazing. We ate it all, though. Obviously... [continue reading]

Danji

September 8, 2014 by  

Dear Danji & Chef Hooni Kim… I recently had the great pleasure of dining at your establishment, where I have wanted to dine for easily at least 3 years now. I missed more than a few opportunities to do so along the way – entirely because of mishaps and miscommunications – but you were always on my radar. As luck would have it, a friend recently surprised me by picking me up after French class at fiaf and driving crosstown for us to eat a late dinner – or as I put it, “when guys let me make them eat things they have never eaten and consider weird” – except, to my great sadness, this meant that I was not prepared to report on the meal. I did not have my dSLR with me, and in such a dark restaurant, the pics I took with my amazing Samsung Galaxy S5 still are just too dark to bother tinkering with to post here. I am sorry to both you and your staff, and also to my readers, but this will be the first time in a very, very long time, that I will post about food without photos. Because it was that good... [continue reading]

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