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Public, NYC

Public Executive Chef: Brad Farmerie Cuisine: Eclectic/Global, Australian, New Zealand Neighborhood: Nolita Price: ~$60 pp + drinks Address: 210 Elizabeth Street, NYC 10012 Phone: (212) 343-7011 Hours: Dinner: Mon-Thu: 6pm – 11pm (Bar open until 1am), Fri-Sat: 6pm-12am (Bar open until 2:30am) Brunch: Sat-Sun: 11am – 3:30pm Sunday Supper: 6pm-10:30pm (Bar open until 1am) Public … Continue reading

Curry Vinaigrette

Natalya and I typically dress our salads with just balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, but we started experimenting with making our own dressings such as Lemon Vinaigrette.  Here is a great vinaigrette recipe from Kei Kurobe infused with curry and and mixed with golden raisins.  I originally made this to served atop my … Continue reading

Baked Peppers with Anchovies

I had some leftover anchovy fillets after making the Honey Mustard Glaze for the Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb and so I was exploring what other recipes could use them up.  I decided to use half of them for my Chicken Puttanesca and the other half for this simple baked peppers meze dish I found from my … Continue reading

Maialino, NYC

Maialino Chef: Nick Anderer Cuisine: Italian, Roman Neighborhood: Gramercy Price: $80 per person for a full meal with wine and dessert and some leftovers Phone: 212-777-2410 Address: 2 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10010 Hours: Maialino, another solid culinary outpost in the Danny Meyer restaurant empire sits  on the ground floor of the lovely boutique Gramercy … Continue reading

Sautéed Asparagus with Mushrooms

Besides roasting asparagus, another favorite way to cook these delicious spring vegetables is to sauté them with mushrooms and onions.  I enjoy this same mushroom and onion combination when I sauté brussel sprouts as well!  Only charge is that I leave our the garlic, as I think it’s an uncessary flavor add to asparagus. Similar … Continue reading

Respite, NYC

Respite Cuisine: American Nouveau, Asian Fusion, Global Eclectic Neighborhood: Midtown East Price: Appetizers under $15, Entrées $15-$30 Phone: 212-755-2470 Address: 247 East 50th, NY, NY 10022 Hours: Kitchen Daily: 5pm-12am Bar Daily: 5pm-2am In the spirit of adventurous eating and meeting new people, Jen, Herman and I signed up for a dinner at Respite through … Continue reading

Chicken Puttanesca

I had some leftover anchovy fillets from making a Honey Mustard Glaze for the Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb and I was trying to figure out what to do with these little fishies.  Last time I had cooked with anchovies, it was for Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, a spicy and salty Southern Italian dish that consists of … Continue reading

Sheba Lounge and Restaurant, CA

Sheba Lounge and Restaurant Chef: Netsanet and Israel Alemayehu Cuisine: Ethiopian Neighborhood: Fillmore Price: all dishes $15 or under Phone: 415-440-7414 Address: 1419 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 Hours: Fri-Sat Dinner 5pm-11pm, Lounge 5pm-2am; Sun-Thurs Dinner 5pm-10pm, Lounge 5pm-1am; Happy Hour Sun-Thurs 11pm-1am First of all, I love love love Ethiopian cuisine. To some, … Continue reading

Sunday Brunch

Brunching is one of my favorite things to do in Manhattan, as the city is packed with a plethora of brunch spots that can suit any desire for a traditional (Bubby’s) or nouveau American brunch (Five Points), an Asian Fusion brunch with a DIY Bloody Mary Bar (Double Crown), a Chinese dim sum brunch (Ping’s … Continue reading

Chocolate Cups with Berries & Homemade Whip Cream

Originally for our blog’s first birthday, I had planned to make some cute mini cakes for the occasion. However, that plan was scrapped when I realized I had burnt them! =( I was seriously bummed… Naturally I wasn’t about to post any embarrassing pictures of charcoal-color bundt cakes. (Next time will be better, I promise!) … Continue reading