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Seared Scallops with Bacon, Peas, and Red Quinoa

Seared scallops had always been one of those dishes that seemed best left to the restaurant experts.  Delicately juicy on the inside with a perfectly caramelized crust on the outside − it’s any seafoodie’s dream! When I decided to try to tackle cooking these oceans gems myself at home, I started to do my usual cooking tutorial research … Continue reading

Seared Scallops with Tomato Confit, Pearl Onions and Asparagus Purée

While brainstorming what to cook for my Memorial Day Dinner, I decided to wander around the Union Square Greenmarket for inspiration. In the end, I went buck wild on the market, but was mostly excited about having procured some freshly caught scallops because I’ve been meaning to cook some for a while. I’ve seared scallops … Continue reading

50 Shades of Dinner

What do Memorial Day Weekend in NYC and 50 Shades of Grey have in common? They are both hot and sweaty, that’s one. New Yorkers flee to Central Park to disrobe to their bikinis and get some much needed Vitamin D. And in the book, rumor has it there is fleeing and disrobing, but not … Continue reading

Members Dining Room at the Met, NYC

Members Dining Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Executive Chef: Fred Sabo Cuisine: Contemporary American Neighborhood: Upper East Side Price: $62 per person prix fixe, $39 for wine pairing, à la carte menu also available Address: 1000 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10028 Phone: 212-535-7710 Hours: Lunch Fri: 12–2:30pm, Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Sunday 11am-3pm; Tues-Thurs 112pm-2:30pm … Continue reading

San Francisco-Style Cioppino

Don’t know what cioppino is?  Neither did I, even though apparently this fish stew originated from where I grew up!  But then again, whenever I dined out in San Francisco, my family only took me to Chinatown so I think I can be excused from this lack of knowledge… oh well now is the time … Continue reading

Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Gramercy Tavern Chef: Michael Anthony Cuisine: American Traditional Neighborhood: Gramercy Price: Dinner Prix Fixe – $88; Chef’s Tasting – $116; Vegetable Tasting – $98; Cocktails – $13, comprehensive wine list with affordable choices Phone: (212) 477-0777 Address:  42 E 20th St., New York, NY 10003 January brought with it truckloads of snow and my birthday. … Continue reading

Church and State Bistro, CA

Church and State Bistro Chef: Jeremy Berlin Cuisine: French Neighborhood: Downtown Price: $50 for dinner with no drinks Phone: (213) 405-1434 Address: 1850 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 Undoubtedly inspired by its location on Industrial Street, Church and State’s interior shows off its exposed brick, wooden beaming, piping and rafters, the look of which … Continue reading

Seared Scallops with Corn Velouté

“Seared scallops are very simple to make into a blissful crustacean eat if you follow the rules and don`t over cook it.”  Now every time Kei tells me a recipe is “simple,” he proceeds to detail at least 2 pages of instructions that will take 2 hours to prep and 2 hours to cook… his … Continue reading