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Food Trucks, CA

Food trucks are all the rage right now in California. They have been very popular in Southern California and have worked their way over to the Bay Area over the past couple of years. Most of the time the good ones are in San Francisco, but I don’t always have the time to make the … Continue reading

SHO Shaun Hergatt, NYC

SHO Shaun Hergatt Chef: Shaun Hergatt Cuisine: Asian Fusion, French Neighborhood: Financial District aka FiDi Price: Lunch Prix Fixe: two course $27, three course $33.  Dinner Prix Fixe: four course $85, five course $100.  A la carte also available. Phone: (212) 809-3993 Address: 40 Broad St. Lev8.35/8.60    9.25el 2, NYC 10004 Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat … Continue reading

Scrambled Egg Whites with Crab Meat 大良炒牛奶

The last time I visited home, my dad and I set about to cook some traditional Chinese dishes together.  The central theme of the dinner was seafood and using up all the leftover egg whites I had from the making Hollandaise sauce earlier for brunch.  We decided to cook a simple Fish Fillet with Broccoli Stir … Continue reading

Fish Fillet with Broccoli Stir Fry 西蘭炒魚片

Every time I visit home, I love cooking for my family and it’s even better when we all cook together.  My dad cooks amazing Chinese food and I love learning new recipes from him.  I started browsing through all the Chinese cookbooks we owned and found some simple classic recipes from the Chinese Cuisine cookbook … Continue reading

Rayuela Brunch, NYC

Rayuela Executive Chef: Máximo Tejada Cuisine: Estilo Libre Latino, contemporary Latin American and Spanish Neighborhood: LES Price: $30-50 pp brunch Phone: (212) 253-8840 Address: 165 Allen Street, NYC 10002 Kitchen Hours: Mon – Thur 5:30pm – 11pm / Fri – Sat 5:30pm – 12am / Sun 5pm – 10pm Lounge Hours: Mon – Thur 5:30pm … Continue reading

Quinoa Salad Tabbouleh-Style

My quinoa addiction started during my holiday in South America, where I ordered this refreshing quinoa at almost every meal.  I find the taste of quinoa itself to be quite mild, maybe slightly nutty, but I absolutely love the crunchy texture and fluffy consistency.  Sometimes I feel like I am betraying my natural affinity for white … Continue reading

Paprika, NYC

Paprika Cuisine: Northern Italian Neighborhood: East Village, Alphabet City Price: $30-40 per person total + drinks Phone: (212) 677-6563 Address: 110 St. Marks Pl, NYC 10009 Hours: Brunch: 11AM-4PM Dinner: Mon-Thu: 5PM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 5PM-11:30PM, Sun: 5PM-10:30PM Paprika is a rustic Northern Italian restaurant nestled on St. Marks Place.  The soft candlelight and the vines weaving … Continue reading

Spring Pea and Cabbage Slaw with Old Bay

Last year, Natalya and I attended the Meatball Master Class at the De Gustibus Cooking School which was taught by Daniel Holzman of the The Meatball Shop.  This refreshing Spring Pea and Cabbage Slaw was served with Mini Maryland Crabcake Balls, and it balanced the saltiness of the crabcakes quite well.  Daniel recommended to use … Continue reading

Mini Maryland Crabcake Balls

Last year, Natalya and I attended the Meatball Master Class at the De Gustibus Cooking School which was taught by Daniel Holzman of the The Meatball Shop.  The first item served were mini crabmeat and potato chip “meatballs” with old bay and pea and cabbage slaw.  I loved the addition of crushed kettle cooked potato … Continue reading

Hazelnut Aioli

We recently bought the Ninja Kitchen System 1100 (dual blender and food processor) and I was so excited to try my hand at making all my own sauces with my snazzy new food processor.  After my recent Hollandaise adventures,  I decided to try another classic French sauce: aioli.  Aioli is a traditional Provençal sauce made … Continue reading