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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

Kutsher’s Tribeca, NYC

Kutsher’s Executive Chef: Mark Spangenthal Cuisine: Jewish-American Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: Appetizers $10-15 and Mains $20-30 Address: 186 Franklin Street, NY, NY 10013 Phone: 212-431-0606 Kutsher’s, the iconic Country Club in the Catskills, opened a local outpost in October 2011 right in our ‘hood. The Country Club, open since 1907, has been entertaining and relaxing athletes, celebrities … Continue reading

Terroir Tribeca, NYC

Terroir Executive Chef: Marco Canora Chef: John Lomanto Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $30-50 pp Phone: (212) 625-WINE (9463) Address: 24 Harrison St., NYC Hours: Mon-Sat 4 pm-1 am Sun 4 pm-11 pm When the awesome duo of Marco Canora and Paul Grieco decided to bless Tribeca with a fantastic wine bar called … Continue reading

Locanda Verde, NYC

Locanda Verde Executive Chef: Andrew Carmellini Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $20-30 mains Address: 377 Greenwich Street, NY, NY 10013 Phone: 212-925-3797 Hours: Breakfast: Mon – Fri 8am-11am, Sat-Sun 8am-10am; Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-3pm; Dinner: Mon-Sun 5:30pm-11pm Locanda Verde, our neighborhood Italian inspired taverna sits on a quaint cobblestone Tribeca corner attached 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

Spicy Pork Meatballs

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.  These Spicy Pork Meatballs are top sellers at The Meatball Shop; how can anyone resist these amazingly juicy meatballs packed with heat?  The secret ingredients that really make these meatballs … Continue reading

Boqueria, NYC

Boqueria Chef: Marc Vidal Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas Neighborhood: SoHo and Flatiron Price: most tapas $10-15 Address: 171 Spring Street and 53 West 19th Street NY, NY Telephone: 212.343.4255 (Soho) and 212.255.4160 (Flatiron) I love going to tapas places. The whole concept of sharing small plates is great — you get to taste many dishes and … Continue reading

Osteria Morini, NYC

Osteria Morini Executive Chef: Michael White Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: Nolita Price: $10-15 appetizers, $15-20 mains Address: 218 Lafayette Street, NY, NY 10012 Phone: 212-965-8777 Hours: Brunch Sat-Sun 11:30am -4pm; Lunch Mon-Fri11:30am-3:30pm; Bar Menu Mon-Fri 3:30pm-5pm; Dinner Mon-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thurs-Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 5pm-10:30pm I had a friend in town which gave me an opportunity to play … Continue reading