Perla

08. August 2012 Italian, West Village + TriBeCa 0
24 Minetta Lane off Sixth Avenue $75 each for 3 people, with drinks, with tip 212/933.1824 ♥ ♥ On a steamy Monday night, we were entertained by the Everybody Loves Raymond bartender lookalike at the bar. Tastiest: 1. Fried pig’s ears – I can only cook pig’s ears Fergus Henderson style and they’re never this ...

Pokpok

26. July 2012 Brooklyn, Southeast Asian 0
127 Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw Streets, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn $55 each for 5 people, with drinks, with tip 718/923.9322 ♥ ♥ After a bland dinner at Mission Chinese the week before, I was eager to taste what a Portland, Oregon chef could bring to discerning New York City diners. Tastiest: 1. Cha Cha ...

Beef Shank Noodle Soup

17. July 2012 Beef, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 1
When was the last time you put food in your mouth and thought, Wow, that’s exactly what I wanted to eat tonight? I felt that way with this soup. New York City has been having really humid summers that remind me of the intense sun I experienced in Laos last August. While there, I couldn’t ...

Pickled Okra with Smoked Paprika and Chiles

09. July 2012 Pickles + Preserves 0
This was a big hit during the Fourth of July. Some people asked me how the okras remained crunchy even after being pickled for two weeks. My secret is skipping the blanching part of most pickling recipes. After washing the okras thoroughly, I pat them dry with paper towels and put them in a jar. ...