Potato and Oil Purée

I rarely eat mashed potatoes outside of Thanksgiving time, and even then I usually opt for Candied Yams over traditional mashed potatoes.  When I decided to make Thomas Keller’s Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon, he suggested serving it with a side of mashed potatoes.  However, his  Purée of Garlic Potatoes recipe required a lot of … Continue reading

Extra Virgin, NYC

Extra Virgin Chef: Joey Fortunato Cuisine: Mediterranean Neighborhood: West Village Price: $30-40 per person Phone: 212-691-9359 Address: 259 W. 4th St., NYC 10014 A local favorite for several years now, Extra Virgin is a quaint West Village restaurant aptly named for the prime ingredient of Joey’s superb Mediterranean fare.  The restaurant offers different varieties of … Continue reading

Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus is a spring vegetable that is in season mid-April to June.  It is bright green, tender, sweet, and is a great balance to rich, savory and salty foods.  I usually serve asparagus with my Baked Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Artichokes and so I decided to roast some asparagus to serve with another chicken … Continue reading

Nobu, NYC

Nobu Chef: Nobu Matsuhisa Cuisine: Japanese, Fusion Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $100 per person would include appetizers, dessert and plenty of beverages Phone: (212) 219-0500 Address: 105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013 Nobu New York, a joint venture between Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, The Myriad Restaurant Group (also responsible for other Tribeca hotspots Corton, Centrico, Tribeca … Continue reading

Mama Goose’s Golubtsy

After tasting the stuffed cabbage rolls at Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House, Jen and I had been craving this dish at home. This dish is common in many ethnic cuisines of Europe and Asia, and consists of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings.  In Europe, the dish traditionally uses meat as a filling … Continue reading

Congee Village, NYC

Congee Village Cuisine: Cantonese Neighborhood: East Village Price: $30-40 per person including drinks Phone: (212) 941-1818 Address: 100 Allen Street, NY, NY 10002 Congee Village has been on Jen’s wish list for a while, so when a friend from Ohio was visiting and was craving a taste of Chinese good (apparently not many choices beyond … Continue reading

San Francisco-Style Cioppino

Don’t know what cioppino is?  Neither did I, even though apparently this fish stew originated from where I grew up!  But then again, whenever I dined out in San Francisco, my family only took me to Chinatown so I think I can be excused from this lack of knowledge… oh well now is the time … Continue reading

Salad Shirazi

As I was preparing my Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with a Honey Mustard Glaze, I was trying to think of a lighter side dish to serve with it.  I recalled the first time I had made Baby Lamb Chops with a Cucumber-Mint Relish, I served it with a tomato, cucumber, red onion and mint … Continue reading

The Hurricane Club, NYC

The Hurricane Club Chef: Craig Koketsu Cuisine: Asian Fusion, faux Polynesian Neighborhood: Flatiron Price: $50-100 per person Phone: (212) 951-7111 Address: 360 Park Ave S, NYC 10010 When I first heard that the Polynesian-themed Hurricane Club was opening last September, I was honestly thinking of tiki torches, bikini-clad servers, giant fruity drinks with umbrellas, and … Continue reading


If anyone could make the idea of a rat in kitchen an endearing concept, it would have to be Disney.  As long as you didn’t get stuck on the notion of rodents around gourmet food, Ratatouille was a charmingly delightful film that inspired cuisine-challenged people such as myself to seek out what exactly was the … Continue reading