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Lamb and Winter Vegetable Stew

Winter doesn’t really exist in Singapore; it’s ridiculously hot and humid all year round.  That whole equator proximity thing… The seasons we do experience here can be characterized as wet and dry, although the lines are blurred because it can rain even during non-monsoon season.  Which it does… often.  However, when it is monsoon season, … Continue reading

Moroccan Kefta in a Turmeric Tomato Sauce

I talked about koftas / keftas a decent amount in my last post so I won’t blab again.  I had made a batch of Baked Moroccan Keftas and decided to use them to recreate a lovely brunch dish I had tried at Cafe Gitane: Spicy organic meatballs in turmeric tomato sauce with boiled egg, cucumber-yogurt … Continue reading

Baked Moroccan Kefta

I can’t really recall why I was so fixated on making kefta but it was all I could think about cooking for weeks. And the same week I make my first keftas, FrugalFeeding makes a scrumptious looking Beef Kofta Curry. It was a culinary sign! Originating from Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines, koftas (or … Continue reading

Barbounia, NYC

Barbounia Executive Chef: Efraim Naon Cuisine: Mediterranean Neighborhood: Gramercy Price: Brunch mains under $20, unlimited champagne cocktails extra $15 Address: 250 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10003 Phone: 212-995-0242 Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 4pm; Brunch 10am – 4pm; Dinner: Mon – Wed 5pm – 11pm, Thu  – Sat  5pm – 12am, Sunday 5pm – 10:30pm … Continue reading

La Silhouette, NYC

La Silhouette Chef: Matthew Tropeano Cuisine: French Neighborhood: Midtown West Price: $15 appetizers, $20-30 mains Phone: 212-581-2400 Address: 362 West 53rd Street, NY, NY 10019 Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Sun-Mon 5pm-10pm, Tue-Thur 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12am; Brunch Sat-Sun 11:30am-3pm I don’t venture up to Midtown to eat very often — generally I prefer to avoid … Continue reading

Ai Fiori, NYC

Ai Fiori Chef: Michael White Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: Midtown Price: Appetizers $20-25, Entrées $30-50 Phone: 212-613-8660 Address: 400 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10018 Hours: Breakfast Mon-Fri 7am-10:30am, Sat-Sun 8am-10:30am Lunch Mon-Sun 11:45am-2:30pm Dinner Mon-Thurs 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9:30pm It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Michael White restaurant. I had tried Marea … Continue reading

Torrisi Italian Specialties, NYC

Torrisi Italian Specialties Chef: Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone Cuisine: Italian, American Traditional Neighborhood: Nolita Price: $50pp prix fixe + drinks Address: 250 Mulberry St., NYC 10012 Phone: 212-965-0955 Hours: Lunch 11am-4pm / Dinner 6pm-11pm (Closed Mondays) It’s only in Manhattan that one would find an Italian deli that moonlights as a chic restaurant. By … Continue reading

Rack of Lamb with Caramelized Shallot and Thyme Crust

When I was brainstorming dinner ideas last week, I was not really inspired by anything in particular, except the need to “cultivate” the crops of our Aerogarden. We’ve been using the basil to make Insalata Caprese, but the thyme and oregano have been growing like crazy and needed to be used. So I consulted one … Continue reading

Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Honey Mustard Glaze

The first time I had ever cooked lamb, it was almost 1 year ago for the first ever blog post for Food Comas: Baby Lamb Chops with Cucumber-Mint Relish.  Ahh the memories!  I found this recipe from my trusty Ad Hoc at Home cookbook.  Thomas Keller coats the rack of lamb with buttered bread crumbs … Continue reading

Bouley, NYC

Bouley Chef: David Bouley Cuisine: French Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $125 tasting menu, $200 with wine pairing; there is also an à la carte version available with appetizers around $20 and entrées around $40 Phone: (212) 964-2525 Address: 163 Duane St, NYC 10013 I went to Bouley with two friends for one of Jen’s many birthday celebrations. … Continue reading