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Chinese Chicken Salad

I subscribe to Wine Spectactor’s free email list that occasionally sends out recipes.  I haven’t had too much luck with these recipes though as they all tend to be French and quite fancy.   Basically, that translates to 10+ ingredients and 10+ steps and I’m too lazy to try most of them.  The ones I have … Continue reading

Yerba Buena Perry, NYC

Yerba Buena Perry Executive Chef: Julian Medina Cuisine: Latin, Spanish, Tapas Neighborhood: West Village Price: $30-40 total per person Phone: (212) 620-0808 Address: 1 Perry St, NYC 10014 Boozy brunch is a time-honored tradition in Manhattan.  Essex and Sunburnt Cow have always been my go-to brunch spots whenever I wanted to get absolutely toasted before … Continue reading

Barmarché, NYC

Barmarché Cuisine: American Nouveau, Latin American Neighborhood: Nolita Price: $60 pp Phone: (212) 219-2399 Address: 14 Spring St #A, NYC 10012 Hours: Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:30-11:30pm, Fri & Sat 5:30-12:30am Brunch: Sat & Sun 10:00am-4:00pm Barmarché had been on my wish list for a while and so when my friend and I were wandering around Nolita … Continue reading

Steamed Tofu with Enoki Mushrooms

I have seen fresh enoki mushrooms at the store many times, and on an impulse, I decided to buy a package, even though I had no idea what to do with them at first.  Called enokitake in Japanese, these long, thin white mushrooms are commonly found in East Asian cuisines (Japan, China, Korea), particularly in … Continue reading

Miso Marinated Salmon

Miso-marinated fish is  is a classic Japanese dish that was popularized by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa with his famous Black Cod with Miso.  I have been a fan of this sweet and salty preparation of fish for many years now, as it seems a staple dish for every Asian Fusion restaurant out there today (Bohemian also … Continue reading

Izaka-ya, CA

Izaka-ya Cuisine: Japanese http://izakayasj.com/ Address: 1335 Nourth First street, San Jose, CA 95112 Phone: (408) 452-8751 Izakaya is kind of like a Japanese pub. The term izakaya originates from sake shops that allowed customers to sit and drink. “i” = to sit, sakaya = sake shop. This place is very tiny– it shares a door with … Continue reading

Blue Bayou, Disneyland, CA

Blue Bayou Chef: Moises Carranza Cuisine: Cajun-Creole Price: $20-$30 Address: Disneyland Park, 1313 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802 Phone: (714) 781-3463 Lunch Menu Had a wonderful time with friends for mine and my best friend’s birthday a few months ago. We spent all day in Disneyland enjoying the rides, cool winter holiday decorations, light shows and of … Continue reading

Turkish-Spiced Chicken Kebabs

As is the case on most workday afternoons, I was perusing the internet to scour for dinner ideas last week. I wanted chicken or fish, on the healthy side, and i would prefer to use some seasonal ingredients. Pomegranate is my seasonal obsession this year. I’ve been adding it to salads, eating it as a … Continue reading

Tahini Yogurt

I have had tahini in hummus before and in other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, but I’ve never wondered what tahini actually is. Well, it is a paste of ground sesame seeds. You can make it at home by roasting the seeds, grinding them up in a blender with oil and salt. But I was … Continue reading

Pomegranate Relish

This is a colorful, zesty relish and a perfect accompaniment to Turkish-Spiced Chicken Kebabs Pomegranate Relish (courtesy of epicurious) Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups pomegranate seeds 2/3 cup shelled unsalted natural pistachios, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Directions: Mix all ingredients … Continue reading