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Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon

I know Jen and I often talk about making easy meals and simple recipes. Other times we obviously take days to marinade, brine, experiment, etc. In the realm of quick and easy, this recipe rules all. Honestly this filet mignon, paired with Zucchini and Almonds is the epitomy of fast cooking and deliciousness. The meat … Continue reading

Basta Pasta, NYC

Basta Pasta Cuisine: Italian, Japanese Neighborhood: Flatiron, Price: $40-60 total per person Phone: (212) 366-0888 Address: 37 West 17th Street, NYC 10011 Basta Pasta was first established in Tokyo, Japan in 1985. The restaurant’s completely open kitchen was designed to resemble the Kitchen Theater of the popular TV program “Iron Chef”. Following the original restaurant’s … 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

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

Cafe Gitane, NYC

Cafe Gitane Cuisine: French, Moroccan Neighborhood: Nolita, West Village Price: ~$30 per person Address: 242 Mott Street, NYC 10012 Phone: (212) 334-9552 Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 9am – 12am, Fri-Sat 9am – 12:30 am CASH ONLY Address: 113 Jane Street, NYC 10014 Phone: (212) 255-4143 Hours: Mon-Fri 7am – 12am; Sat-Sun 7am-1am Credit Cards Accepted The … Continue reading

Garlic Butter Noodles

A favorite Vietnamese dish of mine is Garlic Butter Noodles. Not until recently did I try searching for  a recipe to try. I was surprised at how easy it was to make! You only need a few ingredients, all of which I had in my kitchen cabinet already. The key ingredients are the chopped garlic … Continue reading

Honey Walnut Prawns

One of my favorite dishes when eating at Chinese restaurants is the Honey Walnut Prawns. I love fried shrimp, plus the sweet sauce with candied walnuts is just mouthwatering. I made this for the first time a few days ago using my Dad’s recipe and was excited to find out how easy this was to … Continue reading

Our Third Annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

Last Wednesday, Natalya and I hosted Thanksgiving Eve dinner for a bunch of our friends who, like us, have no choice but to stick around the city during this foodie holiday because of work Friday.  Our first year, we made the mistake of not making it clear to our guests we were preparing legitimate food … Continue reading

City Hall, NYC

City Hall Executive Chef: Henry Archer Meer Cuisine: American Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $20-25 entrées, sub $20 appetizers Address: 131 Duane Street, NY, NY 10013 Phone: 212-227-7777 Hours: Dinner Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday 5pm-11pm Brunch Saturday 10am-3pm Lunch Monday – Friday 10am-4pm Like most pre-war buildings in Tribeca, City Hall restaurant used to be a … Continue reading