Tuesday, January 31, 2012

huge breakfast food at 3pm, while biking around clinton hill,
at mike's coffee shop - i had 2 over easy eggs and grits (and a bite of sausage)
and m got a huge platter of hanger steak & eggs, with a side bowl of grits as well.
dang that was a lot of steak but it was so good, especially at $9 for the whole plate.

Monday, January 30, 2012

m came back from trader joe's with a huge haul (yay!) and with some sushi from there,
since i've been craving some lately.
unfortunately their gummy-textured rice didn't do the name sushi justice, but still hit the spot oddly enough.

luckily i made a simple miso soup with woodear mushrooms and kale so it wasn't too hard to swallow the gumminess.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

made kimchi jigae again with our csa greens that needed to be eaten,
tatsoi to be more exact, with some smoked trout from trader joe's in
lieu of tofu. brothy and good, eaten over rice.

and m eats it with much less broth over rice like this, and slurps the
broth in separate spoonfuls :

Friday, January 27, 2012

a longish walk and a bite to eat at LA burritos - as the name says,
their food is LA/Mission style mexican food, decent for the price
and a huge variety of styles.

m got a chipotle chicken burrito and i got a "monterey", which is a
kind of huevos rancheros burrito, done in californian style.
pretty dang yummy.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

homemade tamago-don (egg & mushroom over rice), basically oyako-don
minus the chicken, m made tonight.
i had a recipe in mind, but he just winged it, and it came out so so good!!!
nom nom nom we slurped it all up wanting more.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

pho! banh mi!
at lollipop.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

lunch & hangout at super core : yummy lunch specials of meatballs over rice,
veggie curry, and "super healthy" (tofu patty, salad, brown rice with carrot
dressing). yummy yummy.

then m made another amazing pasta - farfalle with maitake mushrooms
and tinned sardines in tomato sauce - so good and brothy tasting.
ahhhhh!!! so good.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

it finally feels more like winter now that it's snowed, and we skipped
eating at samurai mama like last year, and went next door to dokebi
to warm up & celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. :D

after debating over whether or not to get a table grill of bulgogi or shrimp,
we got a nice, brothy bowl of spicy kalbi-tang (spiciness making it more
like yookgaejang, but still really good), and nakji bokum, a spicy stir fry
of octopus (a smaller kind more like squid, not the regular ones) and
veggies over udon noodles - alongside really yummy mixed grain rice &

unfortunately, the nakji hokum was a bit of a letdown due to the toughness
of the octopus and overly saucy spiciness, but the soup alone was a real
success. and their rice is so good.
still super satisfying and still too full.

and it did snow finally (yesterday)!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

made some kind of unorthodox (because i put broccoli rabe & salmon)
version of denjang jigae, which turned out pretty yummy over rice,
especially on a rather windy night after a windy run.

next time i cook with denjang, i will make this "Kang denjang" with some
lettuce wrap (ssam) with rice. yum yum.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

m made yet another amazing pasta - spaghetti with clam meat, garlic
& edamame (!!) in tomato sauce. edamame was brilliant - a bit nuttier
& chewier than had it been some other beans, like fava or broad beans.

and a delicious apple pie & coffee we had earlier in the afternoon
at blue stove :

Sunday, January 15, 2012

i think today was the coldest day this winter so far, walking back
home from our coffee excursion was almost unbearable (i blame
that on this unseasonably mild winter that made me such a wuss).

back home, m made this incredible shoyu ramen (one of the semi-
instant fresh ramen from fridge sections) with woodear mushrooms,
clam meat and kale. i am not sure that i could eat ramen at restaurants
much anymore, this was so good.
wow wow wow.

Friday, January 13, 2012

dreary windstormy winter days (i swear i've seen some snowflakes
somewhere in there) require some comfort food - today it's kimchi
fried rice - enhanced with some spicy mentaiko pasta sauce, and
topped with over easy eggs. yummy yummy.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

definitely nowhere near as good as pho in chinatown, much less
comparable to californian phos, but the classic pho at lollipop
has definitely improved - and sometimes a staple when the winter
has actually started to act like one in NYC.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

m's first kimchi jigae (great job!!) - kind of similar to this one i made
a while back, with the brat-makrele, and fortified with tofu & perilla leaves.
so so brothy and delicious. yum yum yummy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

who knew broccoli rabe would be so good in pasta?!!
m made yet another amazing pasta tonight with whatever was in
the fridge - dried mushrooms, broccoli rabe that was dying, some
tinned trout, anchovies, and tada - this was amazing!!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

sometimes one needs a good, simple slice from a nearby 60+ year old,
old timey brookyn pizza parlor.

we got a classic cheese slice, a fresh mozz, and a sausage/pepperoni with mozz,
that pretty much took us over the edge of breadiness for a while.
(this was after a gyro and a falafel wrap for each of us).

my favorite part of the whole shopfront is this old, hand drawn historical
map of the neighborhood hanging on the wall :

Sunday, January 8, 2012

m made this great mixed veggie & beans soup, clearing out our
remaining winter vegetables from our last month's csa haul.
i took a turn at making the cornbread this time, which turned out
pretty decent!! all topped with fage greek yogurt and it's all goodness.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

beautiful spring-like day in the middle of january!
farmers market, biking around, and having lunch at ash box :
my usual salmon onigiri with tofu salad, and m got a brunch special
of turkey & egg with salad & brown rice.
as always, so cleanly good - which seems very hard to do!

and some exciting new/old things :
newly equipped front handlebar situation on my city bike -
m snuck around and surprised me with new handlebar/brake levers/
basket/cork grips!

m recently got this gently used aeropress off craigslist (for $10!),
which became a revolution to our coffee drinking experiences. wowwow.
goodbye french press! (at least for a while).

Friday, January 6, 2012

finally tried the ramen & other food at brooklyn ramen joint, chuko,
where my friend kana works. it really helped to go with her, since
we got extra food from the kitchen on the house!

above are appetizers : pork meatballs with soft-cooked egg, topped with
pickles & mustard - so perfectly cooked, amazing.
the bottom two are fried brussels sprouts & kale salad, were both on a tad
bit saucy side for me, but still amazing. kale salad came with fresh kale AND
crispy fried kale - brilliant & so so good!!
(they also gave us fried chicken wings, which i forgot to photograph)

then the ramen!
my shoyu ramen - perfectly cooked eggs & chicken. great broth.

kana's tonkotsu ramen - the best part as the mustard greens, which
perfectly balances out the richness of the pork bone broth.
the roasted pork on it melts in your mouth.

then m's special ramen - spicy miso broth topped with kimchi and
ground pork, making up for interesting flavors :
yummy!!!!! thanks kana!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

made dukboki (once my favorite food of all time) for the first time
in a while.

this time, using kimchi, veggie sausages, broccoli rabe, fish cake,
and topped with sesame leaves (perilla) and romano cheese.

pretty good but next time i'll crisp the duk (mochi) and the sausages
before putting the sauce on.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

vamos al tequila has delicious food that sadly doesn't seem to agree
with us very well - m got food poisoning there once, and today i got
a stomach ache after the grilled chicken salad & the ground beef burrito.
i bet this was our last visit there, unfortunately.
oh well.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

yummy vietnamese lunch at lollipop on the coldest day this winter
so far (it was round 19ºF at the time) - some banh mi's, sardine &
grilled chicken, and hot pho noodles with grilled pork chop did us
right for all that windchill.

actually had this before the lunch above - raspberry pecan
cobbler pie at blue stove, with their bottomless coffee.

and amazing pasta m made for dinner- spaghetti with clams,
smoked oysters, brussels sprouts, tomatoes & mushrooms with
grated romano, making it all creamy and delicious.

i hereby declare him my favorite pasta chef in the world!
yes yes i do!