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so yummy! (at Ootoya)

so yummy! (at Ootoya)

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Birthday Dinners

Ahh, another year has passed! A little older, and a little wiser (ehh, maybe).

Birthday celebrations started with a bunch of my greatest friends from college. It was a joint birthday dinner celebrating for both me our friend Stephen, as we share February birthdays. 

Dinner was at Pio Pio in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. For starters we shared the cebiche and the causa (whipped potato) stuffed with crabmeat. The cebiche looked like a tuna tartar more than the traditional Peruvian cebiches. It tasted a little sweet, but was good and fresh. In addition, the causas were very flavorful and there was quite a bit of crabmeat. image

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Pio Pio is known for their Peruvian style roasted chicken. Their Matador Combo could serve 3-4 people. It comes with a whole chicken served with a plate of rice & beans, avocado salad, tostones (crispy fried plantains), and a huge plate of salchipapa (sausage & french fries). The chicken was nicely marinated with  Peruvian spices and the meat was tender and juicy. We also shared a huge plate of seafood rice. image

Dessert was a little disappointing, so just skip that if you come here. 

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Birthday celebrations continued and this time it was dinner at Fukurou, a small Japanese style izakaya in Greenwich Village, NYC. Supposedly, they have a very nice selection of Japanese sake and beers along with tasty tapas style Japanese dishes. 

Fukurou is known for Zuru Teba, their amazingly delicious, fall of the bone, grilled chicken wings. One order comes with 3 pieces. image

We ordered a bunch of other small dishes and shared everything. Food here is good. If you come here strictly for dinner, I recommend you order a rice dish or the omu yakisoba (egg omelet wrapped around stir fried noodles) to fill you up. Here are the other dishes: 

Seared Fatty Salmon with Roeimage

Avocado Tofuimage

Grilled Black Pork Ribimage

Fried Baby Mackerels image

Kobashira Tempura Rollimage

Deep Fried Tofu Simmered Beefimage

Omu Yakisobaimage

Grilled Black Pork marinated with Misoimage

Finally, Mango Pudding Cheesecakeimage

Thank you everyone for all your birthday wishes. It’s been a tasty birthday!!

Pio Pio 8, 604 10th Ave (btw 43rd & 44th Street) Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Fukurou, 87 McDougal Street (btw Bleeker & W Houston St) Greenwich Village, NYC

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Nossa Mesa Supper Club at Louro

Last Monday, I finally had a chance to eat at David Santos’ restaurant Louro. I’ve been following David Santos ever since reading about him on my tumblr feeds through Annie’s blog http://fritesandfries.com/. He use to hold supper clubs in his Roosevelt Island apartment, but I’ve never had the time to make it there. Now, David has a restaurant in the West Village called Louro and has continued his supper club every Monday night. 

Last Monday’s menu was a five course meal featuring a Black History month theme. image

We started with the Amuse or a bit sized hors d’œuvre which was a raw oyster served with citrusy granita. The oysters were large and plump. It was a very refreshing and luxurious starter. image

Next in honor of Jackie Robinson, David served a crab salad with thai curry aioli topped with tempura arugula. You can taste the sweetness of the shredded crab meat and just a subtle hint of coconut and curry. It wasn’t overpowering. I also loved the texture contrast of the tempura arugula. 

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The meal followed with a tribute to Muddy Waters. Truthfully, I had to Google search Muddy Waters, and learned that he is the “father of modern Chicago blues”. We had cornmeal crusted fried catfish with braised greens served with a grainy mustard sauce. I found the fish to be very moist; however, this dish didn’t leave me that excited. 

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Next was a tribute to our President Obama using his very own bean chili recipe. The chili was served with a side of sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. I really enjoyed this dish. The chili was so hearty and flavorful. Best of all it was served piping hot. If you’re curious about President Obama’s recipe, I found it online here.  Thank you Lydia for your chili photo!

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By this time in the meal, I was getting full. But we still had the main event which paid tribute to Muhammad Ali featuring lamb and rice. Our waitress explained to us that this was one of Muhammad Ali’s favorite dishes. Reading Annie’s blog, I knew David makes really good lamb. I also love lamb, so I was excited for this dish. And it was amazing! The flavors were robust and not game-y at all. The meat was so tender it just fell off the bone. The braised vegetables on the bottom became a little too salty as they soaked up all the pan juices. Overall, I really really liked this dish. 

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Finally for dessert, we had “Pecan Pie” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Looking back at the menu, I now understand the purpose of the “quotation” marks around pecan pie. What came out wasn’t a piece of pie, but more like a deconstructed crumble. I had large chunks of pecans, mixed with a cookie crumble and topped with vanilla ice cream. I forgot to take a photo. Sorry! 

David took his time to visit each table after the meal for some light conversation which I found very welcoming and endearing. I’ve signed up for updates for future supper clubs. I really would like to go again. And also the regular restaurant menu looks and sounds amazing as well.

FYI, following supper club tradition, guest can bring their own wine and beer. They also have a full bar at the restaurant. 

Louro, 142 West 10th Street (btw Greenwich Ave and Waverly Place) West Village, NYC. Call for reservations: (212) 206-0606

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Japan Day Two- Osaka Dinner Time

When traveling and looking for restaurant and suggestions for dinner, Anthony Bourdain always comes up as a source for reference. And so, this is how we decided on dinner at Koyoshi Sushi (小好鮨) in Umeda District, Osaka.

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Doing some research before the trip, we found that this sushi restaurant seats around 8 people max and the owners Mr. & Mrs. Yano spoke no English. I knew ordering food would be tricky and so I downloaded a sushi guide onto my phone before the trip. It came out to be very helpful. At least we knew what we were eating and was able to tell Mr. Yano that “no we don’t want fugu” (a fish filled with poisonous stuff). 

It took us a while to find this tiny place since it was already dark and raining by the time we got back to Osaka. Directions on their Facebook page suggested: 

Between JR Umeda and Hankyu Umeda central train stations. Located in a small busy alley behind the Hotel New Hankyu. We are on a triangular corner near a convenience store, Daily Yamazaki. Koyoshi is just a little hard to find, but truly worth the effort.

Slide the doors open and bam, the seats and sushi counter was right there! It is small. I don’t know how else to explain it. We were warmly greeted by Mr. Yano and his wife. With my two years of high school Japanese, I was able to order us hot green tea and water. Then we just told him “Omakase” in Japanese which means “I’ll leave it to you”. Mr. Yano brought us fish after fish after fish. Each piece was huge! I’m not sure if sushi is usually served this size, because it certainly is not served this way anywhere I knew in New York.

I can’t remember the name of all the fish we ate. We were given a small dish of pickled ginger and nothing else. Each fish is already seasoned with a brush of soy sauce and dab of fresh wasabi. You really don’t need anything else with fresh fish. 

Abalone in the showcase!image

Sea bream sushi and some other fish…image

Sake or Salmon sushi. Huge piece! 

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This was the Otoro or Fatty Tuna! It was so fatty, it left a thin layer of oil on my lips. It was divine! 

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Next came creamy Uni or sea urchin. 

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Ebi or cooked shrimp

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This white piece was some kind of clam. 

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This was Anago. We didn’t know what it was so I looked it up on my sushi guide app. It was conger eel and it was so good! 

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Our last piece of fish. Can’t remember what it was. =)

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After our meal we asked Mr. Yano for a photograph or “Shashin” 

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Our meal cost us around 4,000 Yen each, which is roughly US$43.00 per person.  

Koyoshi Sushi Osaka (小好鮨)
   大阪府大阪市北区芝田1丁目3-12 
Hours: 6:00PM- 12:00AM
Thank you Lydia for providing some of the photos! 

 

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Homemade Curry Laksa…for recipe click here. 
If only you can scratch and sniff the picture from your screen. Nothing beats freshly made curry paste with shallots, lemongrass, turmeric, red chili powder, curry powder, and cumin. You stir fry the curry paste to bring out the flavors and then douse it with coconut milk. The whole house smells wonderful! 

Homemade Curry Laksa…for recipe click here. 

If only you can scratch and sniff the picture from your screen. Nothing beats freshly made curry paste with shallots, lemongrass, turmeric, red chili powder, curry powder, and cumin. You stir fry the curry paste to bring out the flavors and then douse it with coconut milk. The whole house smells wonderful! 

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steamed crab over rice (Taken with Instagram)

steamed crab over rice (Taken with Instagram)

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Super duper late post…
My NYC summer 2012 restaurant week dinner ended at Apiary located in the East Village. This meal was actually my favorite meal out of all the ones I’ve been too in the past month. My favorite dish was the chilled corn veloute and it was outstanding. It had the perfect balance of natural sweetness from the corn paired with the tarragon and chorizo oil which gave it a hint of heat. All the other dishes were tasty as well and had great flavors.
Apiary, 60 3rd Avenue, East Village, NYC

Super duper late post…

My NYC summer 2012 restaurant week dinner ended at Apiary located in the East Village. This meal was actually my favorite meal out of all the ones I’ve been too in the past month. My favorite dish was the chilled corn veloute and it was outstanding. It had the perfect balance of natural sweetness from the corn paired with the tarragon and chorizo oil which gave it a hint of heat. All the other dishes were tasty as well and had great flavors.

Apiary, 60 3rd Avenue, East Village, NYC

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7/26/12- NYC Restaurant Week #3 with Deborah and Amy at db Bistro Moderne located in Midtown West.
The restaurant week menu was good, but nothing memorable. I actually can’t remember what to write about.
But on their regular menu they serve this humongous $32 sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, froie gras and, black truffle. Now that sounds like something memorable and something maybe one day I’ll stop by to go try. 
db Bistro Moderne, 55 W 44th St (between 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas) Midtown West, NYC

7/26/12- NYC Restaurant Week #3 with Deborah and Amy at db Bistro Moderne located in Midtown West.

The restaurant week menu was good, but nothing memorable. I actually can’t remember what to write about.

But on their regular menu they serve this humongous $32 sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, froie gras and, black truffle. Now that sounds like something memorable and something maybe one day I’ll stop by to go try. 

db Bistro Moderne55 W 44th St (between 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas) Midtown West, NYC

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With everyone’s busy work schedule, marriage life, etc…it’s so hard to get everyone together. My friends and I must have sent at least 100 e-mails back and forth to set up this dinner date. Finally, a decision was made; but no one made the dinner reservation. I actually didn’t think we needed one…my fault entirely. 
So this is what happens when you don’t make dinner reservations for a table of 5 on a Saturday night in NYC. We planned to eat at the Green Table Restaurant located inside the Chelsea Market at 7-7:30pm; but when we got there the waiter told me they were all booked up for the night. Thank goodness for smart phones because we spent a half hour+ searching and calling almost every single restaurant we can think of. Of course, no one had any open tables until past 9PM. It was raining as well so it wasn’t really convenient to walk around to look for another restaurant. Finally, we called Sagaponack and they told us they had a table for us right now. We took it and and rushed right over. 
I had eaten brunch at Sagaponack before, and it was good. I was happy to come back to try their dinner menu. Last night I had the crispy skate with spinach and Israeli cous cous (pictured above). The flavors were tasty and portions were just right. The service was just a bit slow as we were hungry and the food took forever. We joked that they must have gone to the ocean to catch the lobster and fish. 
It was a great night. It’s so nice to see everyone and reminisce on our college days, make fun of each other, and just catch up. We have to do this more often, and next time I’ll definitely make reservations! 
Sagaponack, 4 West 22nd Street (at 5th Ave.) Flatiron, NYC

With everyone’s busy work schedule, marriage life, etc…it’s so hard to get everyone together. My friends and I must have sent at least 100 e-mails back and forth to set up this dinner date. Finally, a decision was made; but no one made the dinner reservation. I actually didn’t think we needed one…my fault entirely. 

So this is what happens when you don’t make dinner reservations for a table of 5 on a Saturday night in NYC. We planned to eat at the Green Table Restaurant located inside the Chelsea Market at 7-7:30pm; but when we got there the waiter told me they were all booked up for the night. Thank goodness for smart phones because we spent a half hour+ searching and calling almost every single restaurant we can think of. Of course, no one had any open tables until past 9PM. It was raining as well so it wasn’t really convenient to walk around to look for another restaurant. Finally, we called Sagaponack and they told us they had a table for us right now. We took it and and rushed right over. 

I had eaten brunch at Sagaponack before, and it was good. I was happy to come back to try their dinner menu. Last night I had the crispy skate with spinach and Israeli cous cous (pictured above). The flavors were tasty and portions were just right. The service was just a bit slow as we were hungry and the food took forever. We joked that they must have gone to the ocean to catch the lobster and fish. 

It was a great night. It’s so nice to see everyone and reminisce on our college days, make fun of each other, and just catch up. We have to do this more often, and next time I’ll definitely make reservations! 

Sagaponack, 4 West 22nd Street (at 5th Ave.) Flatiron, NYC

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Last stop on NYC Restaurant Week was at Colicchio & Sons with a 10PM dinner reservation! At least it was worth the wait. I don’t know why I got the bone marrow; I just wanted to try it- nothing spectacular. The steak with roasted potatoes was great. Well seasoned and juicy! Then I had little bits of friend’s confit capon and skate and those were tasty as well. Polished everything off with a steamed Meyer lemon pudding. Pretty interesting. Would love to come back to try the regular menu.

Colicchio & Sons-Tap Room85 10th Ave (btw 15th & 16th Street), Chelsea NYC

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I was nervous and excited about meeting my co-workers from China. Luckily, my co-worker Dion from my Hong Kong office and I got along really well. We discovered quickly that we both loved to eat, travel, and take photos. These photos were taken during our dinner together. We ordered way too much food which included soy sauce marinated duck, sweet and sticky ribs, spicy bean paste over jelly-like noodles, chopped vegetable with garlic, soup dumplings, and soy and honey glazed river prawns. Yum! I can’t wait to go back to Asia!

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NYC Summer 2011 Restaurant Week at David Burke Kitchen

This is one of my favoriate restaurant week dinners.  The food at David Burke Kitchen was excellent from appetizer, entree, to dessert.  We shared the Smoked Beef Fat & Jalapeno French Fries for the table. For my appetizer, I started with the Lobster Soup. It was so rich with lobster flavor and the two lobster dumplings were scrumptious.  For my entree I decided to stick with the seafood theme and ordered the Scallops and Pork Belly.  The scallops just melted in your mouth and the pork belly was so tender and flavorful.  Finally for dessert, I got the Cassis Panna Cotta.  The panna cotta was more yogurt-like, but nonetheless very refreshing.  It was a great meal. I definitely want to come back again to try other items on their menu. 

Photos courtesy of Winnie.

David Burke Kitchen, 23 Grand Street (at 6th Ave. & Thompson St.), Soho at the James Hotel

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"Houston’s has the best ribs.  I think there’s one in Jersey", says my uncle.  And so, that is how we took a road trip to Hackensack, NJ to find the only Houston’s restaurant in the state.  
We decided to do an early 5PM dinner on Saturday, but it still wasn’t early enough to beat the crowds.  The maître d’ said the wait was 45 min-1 hour. The wait was totally worth it.
For starters we shared the spinach artichoke dip which I thought was pretty standard; nothing too special.   Uncle and I both ordered the BBQ Ribs.  Little cousin had the Hawaiian Ribeye and Aunt had the Roasted Prime Rib.  The ribs were so tender they literally fell of the bone. It came with french fries and coleslaw which was superb as well.  I tried a piece of the Hawaiian Steak and it was just so tender and juicy.  It’s no wonder my little cousin claimed that she wanted to come back and said she’ll use her own money to have this meal again. I would also love to come back; this time to try their famous veggie burger. 
Houston’s, One Riverside Square, Space 181, Hackensack, NJ 07601

"Houston’s has the best ribs.  I think there’s one in Jersey", says my uncle.  And so, that is how we took a road trip to Hackensack, NJ to find the only Houston’s restaurant in the state.  

We decided to do an early 5PM dinner on Saturday, but it still wasn’t early enough to beat the crowds.  The maître d’ said the wait was 45 min-1 hour. The wait was totally worth it.

For starters we shared the spinach artichoke dip which I thought was pretty standard; nothing too special.   Uncle and I both ordered the BBQ Ribs.  Little cousin had the Hawaiian Ribeye and Aunt had the Roasted Prime Rib.  The ribs were so tender they literally fell of the bone. It came with french fries and coleslaw which was superb as well.  I tried a piece of the Hawaiian Steak and it was just so tender and juicy.  It’s no wonder my little cousin claimed that she wanted to come back and said she’ll use her own money to have this meal again. I would also love to come back; this time to try their famous veggie burger. 

Houston’s, One Riverside Square, Space 181, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I enjoy the process of prepping the ingredients to cook and the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven. This year like all years, I’m making the stuffing and the mash potatoes. Also planning to make an appetizer.  My baked brie with mushrooms and thyme was an absolute hit…should I make that again? Oh what to make? Do you all cook for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I enjoy the process of prepping the ingredients to cook and the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven. This year like all years, I’m making the stuffing and the mash potatoes. Also planning to make an appetizer.  My baked brie with mushrooms and thyme was an absolute hit…should I make that again? Oh what to make? Do you all cook for Thanksgiving?