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Kālua Pork

Our buddy James cooks up an awesome Hawaiian BBQ dinner (inspired by ryan + gma).  Every time he announces he is making his (now) famous Kālua pork, I head over the his apartment with extra Tupperware to pack up any scrumptious leftovers for lunch the next day! Kālua, which means “to cook in an underground … Continue reading

Hawaiian Mac Salad

This is the final and BEST side dish to complete our Hawaiian BBQ plate.  I became addicted to macaroni salad in Hawaii (my sister studied “abroad” there for a year).  I have always been a little afraid to learn what exactly was in this dish because is so friggin’ delicious, and well… my fears were … Continue reading

Lomi-Lomi Salmon

As Natalya mentioned in our last post, our buddy (and now neighbor) James was cooking up a stellar Kālua Pork dinner and we decided to make some sides to complement the Hawaiian BBQ theme.  James also made Mac Salad, Natalya made Cole Slaw, and I decided to make lomi-lomi salmon.  I initially discovered the refreshing, … Continue reading

Cole Slaw

Jen and I love cooking for friends and, well, have them feed us as well. One of our neighbors was making Kālua Pork one night so Jen and I were tasked with making some sides. She decided to try Lomi-Lomi Salmon and I made Cole Slaw. Because my dish was relatively easy, I decided to … Continue reading

Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob)

Dress up your regular corn on the cob Mexican-style for this lovely summer of grilling!  I first discovered this zesty dish at Nolita’s famed Café Habana, which is renowned for its bold tasting, Mexican style corn.  La Esquina is another elote outpost and one of my favorite local Latin American restaurants.  I think it’s blasphemy to dine … Continue reading

Takashi Yakiniku, NYC

Takashi Yakiniku Chef: Takashi Inoue Cuisine: Japanese, yakiniku Neighborhood: West Village Price: $70-100 per person including drinks, tax, tip Address: 456 Hudson Street, NYC 10014 Phone: (212) 414-2929 Hours: Mon – Thur 6-11pm, Fri – Sat 5:30pm – midnight, Sun 5 – 10:30pm Takashi Yakiniku is a blessing sent from the gods, assuming your deities … Continue reading

Soba Salad

For my mom’s 60th birthday celebration, we had a big BBQ at my parent’s house and enjoyed grilled meats and veggies.  This refreshing soba salad dish came from my mom’s friend and it was a huge hit!  The ingredient quantities are very flexible… I just started throwing stuff in… Melanie’s Soba Salad (recipe courtesy of … Continue reading

Baked Caprese

I can’t believe how long it took us to realize just how much of a goopy, cheesy goodness baked caprese would be. We’ve experimented with a couple of different traditional caprese with Insalata Caprese and Mini Caprese, so I decided to do something different. Another nice benefit of this recipe is that if your ingredients … Continue reading

Cucumber Rolls

Jen and I have recently been getting recipe ideas from Pinterest, which is where this little gem comes from. I made this appetizer for a friend’s dinner party, which almost felt like cheating because of how easy and quick it is to make (especially since our friend Iv had been laboring in the kitchen for … Continue reading

Mas (farmhouse), NYC

Mas (farmhouse) Chef: Galen Zamarra Cuisine: New American Neighborhood: West Village Price:$78 four-course menu, $115 Chef’s six-course tasting, à la carte dishes ranging from $15-35 Phone: 212-255-1790 Address: 39 Downing Street, NY NY 10014 Hours: Nightly 6-11:30pm Like many New York restaurants, Mas (farmhouse) focuses on locally sourced fresh produce and ingredients. The word mas … Continue reading