Ushiwakamaru, NYC

Ushiwakamaru Chef: Hideo Kuribara Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Neighborhood: Greenwich Village Price: $100 per person Omakase options can range from $33 to $100 per person, I think one could be satiated with $60 worth of sushi Phone: 212-228-4181 Address: 136 West Houston Street, NYC 10012 Sushi has always been my favorite food.  In fact, I would … Continue reading

Ubuntu, Napa, CA

Taking a break from cooking to catch up on restaurant reviews… Ubuntu Chef: Aaron London Cuisine: Vegetarian Neighborhood: Napa downtown Price: $50 with food and wine Attire: Casual Phone: (707) 251-5656 Address: 1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559 Ubuntu, a philosophy of humans’ interrelations that emphasizes generosity, sharing, and community, originated in the Zulu tribes … Continue reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After a friend brought Brussels sprouts with bacon to our Thanksgiving Eve dinner, I couldn’t help but want to make my own as soon as possible!  Roasting Brussels sprouts, or any vegetable for that matter (such as asparagus), is quite simple — all you need is a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  There … Continue reading

Candied Yams

Yum! Candied sweets! Also called candied yams, this delicious dish makes veggies so fun to eat. I got this recipe from my cousin who makes this for her family for the holidays. The citrus flavor from the orange juice is a great addition. I also made a few tiny changes the second time I made … Continue reading

Our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and ate delicious food to your stomach’s content! For Natalya and me, it’s a bit too far to fly home to California for Thanksgiving (plus we work on Friday) so for the past few years, we have just stayed in New York.  We decided to host a Thanksgiving … Continue reading

Baked Crab Dip

My mom has made this crab dip for years for family gatherings and I admit I am absolutely obsessed with it.  It’s so simple and easy and absolutely delicious.  I mean, when the majority of the dish is cream cheese, how can it not be?  Haha ok hopefully haven’t totally put you off this dish … Continue reading

Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches

I made these easy sandwiches for a work party. I like how cream cheese and mint filling gives this sandwich a refreshing taste. You can whip these up in no time for events like baby showers, tea parties, bridal showers and more. Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches recipe via Epicurious Ingredients 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint … Continue reading


Jen and I have been meaning to make tzatziki ever since our trip to Greece in 2007.  We even bought the herb mix for it at the market during our trip. But somehow we’ve managed to forget until Jen decided to concoct the Mediterranean Feast of Baked Stuffed Peppers and Falafel Sandwiches. I used a … Continue reading

Baked Peppers Stuffed with Ground Beef, Wild Rice & Goat Cheese

It had been a while since I planned a big dinner, and I decided I wanted to make a Mediterranean feast!  I had fallen in love with Stuffed Capsicums (Peppers) while I was in Greece, and it was one of the first recipes I tried after buying The Essential Mediterranean Cookbook.  I decided to ramp … Continue reading

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Another recipe from the Essential Mediterranean Cookbook (newest edition here).  The name “puttanesca” is a derivation of the word puttana which means “whore” in Italian — so this dish is literally called the “whore’s spaghetti.”  This is a spicy and salty Southern Italian dish invented in the mid-20th century.  There are many accounts surrounding the … Continue reading