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Miso Enoki and Cabbage

  This was an accidental recipe that luckily turned out to be a Friday favorite.  As often happens when I have too many meals in mind at the grocery store, I tend to buy only half of the ingredients needed for a number of different recipes.  I had some enoki mushrooms as was intending to make … Continue reading

Bo Ssam

For those who have spent any time in NYC, the Momofuku Bo Ssam does not need any introduction.  But for those who have yet to see the path to meat enlightenment that Chef David Chang has paved, here goes… You start with 8 lbs of pork butt − this cut is also known as the shoulder… … Continue reading

Pulled Duck Tacos with Mango Pineapple Salsa

So normally, I am much more organized in advance with my dinner parties but my Cinco de Mayo taco party last weekend.. well, clearly just didn’t happen.  I usually throw food parties midday Sunday because it gives me all Saturday to prepare, but my friend Cherie (who has never missed any of my kitchen adventures) asked for Saturday night … Continue reading

Cold Soba with Thai Basil Pesto

I adore cold soba, and every time I shop at Daiso (only the best Japanese $2 store in the world), I go a bit overboard with buying every brand of soba available.  Generally, I have been using the noodles to add some carb-y substance to my salads; this Soba Salad recipe my mom makes is … Continue reading

Family Recipe, NYC

Family Recipe Chef/Owner: Akiko Thurnauer Cuisine: Japanese, European, Asian Fusion, Small Plates Neighborhood: Lower East Side Price: $50 per person Address: 231 Eldridge Street, NYC 10002 Phone: 212-529-3133 Hours: Dinner: Mon – Wed 6:00-11:00pm, Thur – Sun 6:00pm-12:00am Brunch: Sunday 12:00-4:00 pm

Momofuku Ssäm Bar, NYC

Momofuku Ssäm Chef / Owner: David Chang Cuisine: Asian Fusion Neighborhood: East Village Price: $200 for the Bo Ssäm for your entire party (6-10 people) Phone: (212) 254-3500 Address: 207 2nd Ave, NYC 10003

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

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

Skool, CA

Skool Executive Chef: Toshihiro Nagano Cuisine: Seafood, Japanese, Asian Fusion Neighborhood: SoMa Price: Appetizers 1$10-20; mains $20-$30 Address: 1725 Alameda Street,  San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: 415-255-8800 Hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm; Dinner: Tues-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun-Mon 5pm-9pm Squeezed between two freeways in the SOMA/Design District neighborhood, Skool is a gem of a seafood … Continue reading

Sweet Chili Glazed Meatloaf

“MA!  THE MEATLOAF!!” I had some leftover ground beef and was originally planning to make a beef version of the Meatball Shop’s Spicy Pork Meatballs; however, I realized I was out of tomatoes to make any kind of accompanying sauce.  I was way too lazy to run out and buy any missing ingredients so I rummaged through all … Continue reading