Saturday, December 31, 2011

an epic food day - m's brother was in town, so we took him
around our neighborhood then into manhattan for lunch
at menkuitei for his first ramen experience.

we ordered shio saba (salt grilled mackerel) for appetizer,
and tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen for jesse, shoyu ramen
for me, and an oyako-don for m.
all success!!

then for new year's eve dinner, our friend julia made a great
vegan chili and apple strudel. amazing for our last meal of
2011 - not to mention the great company.

Friday, December 30, 2011

zomg. we baked!
well, out of the box but still - our first baked goodie is this
cornbread - slightly dry but yummy.
can't wait to try making it again next time - maybe with some
ricotta or feta?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

satisfying (too much so) lunch at shanghai lee.
roast chili chicken & shrimp with broccoli, both with brown rice
and unpictured soups & eggrolls.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

homemade ramen and brussels sprouts with garlic and ginger
m made for sick me.
we bought one of those 'fresh' ramen, which came with amazing
broth, but soon realized that without cold-rinsing the noodles
(after cooking them separately from the soup, unlike dry ramen)
the noodles taste totally gummy, goopy and disgusting.
but after shocking the noodles in cold water, it was like being at a

can't wait till the next time we cook this!

Monday, December 26, 2011

i wish i had taken a better photo of this, but i was too delirious
with feeling sick when i did.
but m's another amazing pasta dish with trader joe's turkey meatballs
in tomato sauce over spaghetti. mmmmm~~~~

Sunday, December 25, 2011

christmas in chinatown yet again. this time we went in a little
earlier to secure a good chinese dinner to save ourselves from
expecting mediocre meals every year.

luckily we broke the bad spell this year, and had a great meal at
shanghai cafe deluxe, where we had xiao long bao's (look at the
juiciness!), snow pea leaves, and squid over rice - ending with
some red bean ball (not pictured) and egg tarts for desserts at
fay da bakery.

and doing other touristy things, just because we can :
impressive little straw sculpture animals on bayard & baxter.

one of my favorite parks in the city, columbus park, in lower chinatown,
where older chinese people congregate and play cards & games around
the sun yat-sen statue.

merry christmas to all!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

it's been a while since we last ate at supercore, but man, is
their food amazing!
we got their japanese classic brunch platter, one with benitori
(soy sauce braised chicken) and one with chikuzen-ni (chicken,
veggies & konnyaku stew), both with brown rice, kimchi, spinach
namul, and hijiki.

so delicious, homey, and warming in a slightly chillier weather

Friday, December 23, 2011

i've been on soup & rice kick lately, and today i had a strong
craving for something brothy, kimchi-y, with rice.
so some kind of a kimchi soup (brothier/soupier version of kimchi jigae)
was in order, though it's something i've made up mostly... with
kale, mushrooms and tinned salmon.

so perfect with brown rice on my churny stomach today.
(anything kimchi also goes nicely with eggs. yummy.)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

craving diner breakfast, we ended up at manhattan 3 decker diner.
(and actually during proper breakfast hour, unlike other times)
challah french toast, eggs, potatoes & sausages.
did hit our cravings but janky diner food it was.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

amazing omelette & salad matthew made for dinner - yes
dinner, because that's how we roll.
fluffy perfect, jacque pepin would approve.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

banh mis (grilled chicken & dac biet) and pho with grilled pork chop at
lollipop - lucky for us, they've only been getting better, especially as the
weather gets cold.

Monday, December 19, 2011

amazingly fantastic pasta m made for dinner tonight.
farfalle with simple olive oil, chili flakes, garlic, dried mushroom
and smoked oysters, topped with fresh herbs & grated parm.
perfect amount of sauciness achieved by using pasta water and
mushroom water. wow wow.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

dinner is always cheap & plenty at north side bakery,
but today was a disappointment due to the lack of warmth
in the food - lesson learned, not to go there near closing time.

roasted chicken thigh, pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes for m,
and i got pineapple chicken & some kind of rice dish.
definitely only getting their chicken thigh from now on.

then we witnessed christmas cheer scattered about brooklyn in
full force, equipped with mechanically articulated merry-go-rounds
and ferris wheels, on top of everything else christmas :

ahhh love.

Friday, December 16, 2011

made a weird east-west concoction of kimchi jigae with a can of brat-makrele,
with kale, mushrooms, and topped with some pea sprouts.

the mackerel already came with some spicy tanginess (würziger marinade)
that, combined with cooked ripe kimchi, made a great brothy flavor
that i normally cannot get out of kimchi alone.
pea sprouts were so good, adding some fresh bite to the flavor as well,
yet so comfort-foody over brown rice.

for a meal that had been rather randomly thrown together,
this really was quite fantastic, if i may say so myself! :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a childhood friend came to town, and while walking around,
we stopped in at prince street cafe for dinner.
she got duck confit & truffle oil pasta, which seemed bottomless
no matter how much we ate it, and caesar salad. and i had a sudden
craving for breakfast food, so i got their french toast.
this was one of the largest amount of food i've experienced in an NYC
café so far after all these years.

even then, after walking off our dinner a bit, we looked for dessert,
and went to doma for café alongé and tiramisu - both very delicious!
now i'm full.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

thanks to the christmas decorations, the photos came out very
pukey colored, but the food was very excellent at vamos al tequila.
a big burrito filled with carne asada type beef steak, with some
kind of magic sauce - then my grilled chicken & mango salad.
both yummy, though the salad felt a little too summery for the

Monday, December 12, 2011

lunch at menkuitei. yakibuta (roasted pork) ramen in delicious
clear broth and a gigantic mabo-don.
so so satisfying.