Pan-Roasted Halibut

Halibut is a fairly dense fish with a firm texture, which allows it to stand up well to the heat.  Thus, halibut is an ideal fish for pan-roasting, grilling, broiling, or deep frying.  This white fish has a very clean taste and requires very little seasoning.  Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home recipe for Pan-Roasted Halibut … 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

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

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!  Happy Year of the Dragon — may it be prosperous for all! Just wanted to compile all my Chinese recipes I’ve posted so far (updating my 2011 Rabbit post actually) … and I realize *still* I have been seriously slacking in that department.  I need to get back in touch … Continue reading

Lure Fishbar, NYC

Lure Fishbar Chef: Josh Capon Cuisine: Seafood Neighborhood: Soho Price: $20-30 lunch entrees, there is a happy hour menu on Monday-Fridays 5-7PM Phone: (212) 431-7676 Address: 142 Mercer Street, NYC 10012 Located in the heart of Soho, Lure Fishbar is a landmark for pescaphiles (does that word exist?). It has a full raw bar, sushi … 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

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

Baked Crab Dip

My mom has made this crab dip for years for family gatherings and I admit I am absolutely obsessed with it.  It’s so simple and easy and absolutely delicious.  I mean, when the majority of the dish is cream cheese, how can it not be?  Haha ok hopefully haven’t totally put you off this dish … Continue reading

Salmon with Caramelized Leeks and Carrots

The simplest fish dish ever!  Quick, easy, elegant and delicious — great attributes for any meal.  We had some leftover leeks from making the Fish Cooked in Paper recipe and so I decided to try another fish recipe using leeks that I found via  I love caramelizing vegetables — it kicks your basic sautéing … Continue reading

Le Bernardin – Tasting Menu, NYC

Return to main menu: “Le Bernardin, NYC” Le Bernardin Tasting Menu $138 per person, $185 with added Pastured Poached Egg and Osetra Caviar à la carte AMUSE BOUCHE Winter Bourne Oyster With Mushrooms And Truffle Foam The oyster in truffle foam was an amazing amuse bouche, and tickled our taste buds to get us excited … Continue reading