Friday, April 25, 2014

Num Pang

April 17, 2014 by  

Num Pang

This should surprise exactly zero people: I argue with other people. Especially about food. ESPECIALLY about food – I will defend my opinion to the day I die. I also dislike when people say anything is ‘the best’ because quite honestly, it isn’t. Nothing ever is; there is no absolute best anything, in my opinion, because that’s all it is: opinion. Opinions make the world interesting, but there’s no possible way any one person has had every single version of something, every option possible, every combination, and determined that this one item is the best and everyone who ever eats it will agree. It’s just not possible. It could be your favorite, but not THE BEST EVER. Okay, enough. My point is: Jeffrey said the five spice glazed pork belly at Num Pang was balls to the wall amazeballs. Or something, I’m paraphrasing. I said I’d had it before and didn’t think it was all that and a bag of chips. But that was well over 4 years ago, and he urged me to give it another try. When I found... [continue reading]

Ippodo Tea

April 15, 2014 by  

Ippodo Tea

On Sunday, I had the absolute pleasure and good fortune to be invited to visit Ippodo Tea in midtown for a class on green tea and matcha. The store opened last April and is now celebrating its one year anniversary. Our very helpful guide had props and explained the various types of green tea. We were able to taste gyokuro and sencha side by side, which helped us taste the difference. There was also this helpful chart of the different types of matcha available – at the 12 o’clock position is the best, strongest green colored one. The 11 o’clock is yellowy, weakly green, and the lowest grade on the chart. The vice president of the company demonstrated how to properly make matcha using the chasen, or special matcha whisk. Essentially it’s a motion of the wrist, a bit of a flicking back and forth, in an “M” motion on the bottom of the bowl. Not rotating or swirling! We were then invited to do it ourselves. A note: you don’t need a dedicated matcha bowl, but you want one with a wider bottom than... [continue reading]

Lady M Confections

April 11, 2014 by  

Lady M Confections

A while back, I met up with the lovely Sarah of Fritos and Foie Gras (two of my favorite things to eat – though I’ve yet to find them on a menu together…) for a quick dessert-date. We wound up at the Lady M by Bryant Park. Since we’d both had the green tea and vanilla versions in the past, we chose to try the chocolate mille crepe cake instead. Part of the reason their other versions are so popular – aside from how delicious they are – is because of how light and airy the cakes are, with crepes that melt away ethereally in your mouth. You might expect chocolate to be a bit rich and heavy, but somehow this cake tastes chocolatey without weighing you down. The cream doesn’t coat your mouth or your throat, but instead melts away easily in your mouth and slips down your throat to be digested. So good and light… yum. We also had the almond croissant, which was flaky and light, spiked with almonds. I prefer other almond croissants, but theirs was good… just not my favorite or the best I’ve... [continue reading]

Citi Field, 2014

April 8, 2014 by  

Citi Field, 2014

Did you know there’s such a thing as baseball etiquette? This photo prominently displays two people breaking two cardinal rules, and one of these people incited me to scream expletives within 3 minutes of me sitting down in my seat – something I rarely do at games. I yell, cheer, scream. I do not, however, ruin the game for people around me with kids by subjecting them to expletives. At rainy baseball games, umbrellas sometimes become necessary. However, holding them high over your head such that it blocks the batter from view for those above you is never necessary, and even worse? When it’s simply so your friend can take a photo. Dearest, I would also like to take a photo of David Wright’s fist at-bat of the game, and I don’t want your umbrella blocking me. The other one is, very obviously in this photo, the man standing. He was actually trying to get to his seat. On the west coast, there are ushers/workers who block the entrance to the sections during at-bats. The polite thing to do is to not enter your... [continue reading]

A few of my favorite things

April 7, 2014 by  

A few of my favorite things

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve already told you that I’m pretty much out of things to post. This post exists solely because I really like the photos I took of my reading snack one Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago. I’ve already mentioned how I like meats & cheeses for a quick appetizer when I have company. But I also like it sometimes in place of a meal (or, if I’m being a bit piggy, as a snack). I recently fixed myself this glorious platter to enjoy while reading a book, cozy up in my arm chair that doesn’t get enough use… and snapped a few photos that turned out remarkably well, in my opinion. And kinda… when it comes to me… my opinion is the one that counts! From top left, clockwise around: St. Andres triple creme; baguette from La Boulangerie; Applegate farms genoa salami; raw milk cheddar from Vermont; pepperoni; pickles and oil brined olives; 12 year aged parmagiano reggiano; cucumber slices; center is a bunch of grapes. Just a few of my favorite things: delicious, high calorie,... [continue reading]

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