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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

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

Baked Peppers with Anchovies

I had some leftover anchovy fillets after making the Honey Mustard Glaze for the Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb and so I was exploring what other recipes could use them up.  I decided to use half of them for my Chicken Puttanesca and the other half for this simple baked peppers meze dish I found from my … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This is a super easy pasta salad that I love to make at any time of the year.  The pasta is full of rich Mediterranean flavors, and includes as medley of tomatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, mozarella, and bacon.  I have used feta cheese before although I think the milder mozzarella is a much better complement to the rest of the … Continue reading

Marinated Feta with Olives

With my brand-spanking-new (aka no food spillage on pages yet) Ad Hoc at Home cookbook in hand, I decided to find one of the easier recipes to start with… you have to ease into these kinds of things to build confidence!  I found the winner in Marinated Feta with Olives which can be served in … Continue reading

Potato and Oil Purée

I rarely eat mashed potatoes outside of Thanksgiving time, and even then I usually opt for Candied Yams over traditional mashed potatoes.  When I decided to make Thomas Keller’s Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon, he suggested serving it with a side of mashed potatoes.  However, his  Purée of Garlic Potatoes recipe required a lot of … Continue reading

Extra Virgin, NYC

Extra Virgin Chef: Joey Fortunato Cuisine: Mediterranean Neighborhood: West Village Price: $30-40 per person Phone: 212-691-9359 Address: 259 W. 4th St., NYC 10014 A local favorite for several years now, Extra Virgin is a quaint West Village restaurant aptly named for the prime ingredient of Joey’s superb Mediterranean fare.  The restaurant offers different varieties of … Continue reading

Tahini Yogurt

I have had tahini in hummus before and in other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, but I’ve never wondered what tahini actually is. Well, it is a paste of ground sesame seeds. You can make it at home by roasting the seeds, grinding them up in a blender with oil and salt. But I was … Continue reading

Food Comas: Top 10 in 2010

It’s only been a few months since starting our first ever blog, Food Comas, and the cooking and dining and blogging shenanigans Priscilla, Natalya, and I have gotten into have been quite entertaining thus far!  Thanks for everyone’s support in reading our blog and expect more delicious gastronomic adventures in 2011! Just wanted to round … Continue reading

Our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and ate delicious food to your stomach’s content! For Natalya and me, it’s a bit too far to fly home to California for Thanksgiving (plus we work on Friday) so for the past few years, we have just stayed in New York.  We decided to host a Thanksgiving … Continue reading