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White Day 2008

March 15, 2008

Last year I posted a blog entry about my first White Day experience. This my second report. In pictures:

Left: Like a Rothko painting. Except small and edible.
Right: Mmm, gold flakes on chocolate.

Top: High tea in my janky apartment.
Bottom: Can’t go wrong with Neuhaus.

What the World Eats

January 7, 2008

This is a fascinating and beautiful project done by the photography team Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. They have a book out called Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.








I need a bigger kitchen/chocolate OD

December 29, 2007

So, I have a couple of weeks off of work finally and I’ve been sitting on my ass for the last week watching a Twin Peaks marathon on DVD, playing with my new Nintendo DS and eating a bunch of mochi every morning. Don’t even ask me what day it is. Kayoko, who is kind of doing the same, but watching Lost, actually got me off my ass the other night to go to Mitsuwa in Jersey again. Anyways, I thought I would blog some of my cool new kitchen/food stuff that I got for Xmas because I have nothing better to do. I really need some more space in my kitchen.

First, from Mitsuwa, I found Royal Milk Tea mix! I never knew this stuff existed. So much better than the bottled kind. I’m going to have to get some more of this. I have a hard time choosing now between this, my PG Tips, my genmaicha and my blueberry tea – such a predicament. I also got a crap load of shoku pan at Mitsuwa to use for french toast and some wagashi from Minamoto (even though the lady that works there is a total bitch).

Second, from my mom, a set of crock pots so I can make chili and onion soup. Anyone have a good recipe for onion soup?

Third, from my dad and stepmom, a set of 4 snowman mugs and matching spoons (how cute). I’m sure I’ll carelessly break all 4 of them in the next few months. I should just bring these into work for cute factor/conversation pieces…..

Fourth, a duo of hot chocolate and a “hot chocolate maker” contraption. I have to say though, I had some Jacques Torres hot chocolate a couple weeks ago at work and I’m pretty much set on hot chocolate for the rest of the year…it was soooooo rich and frothy (and $$ – at least I got to see the man when I was in his store). I think I have enough hot chocolate to last me a long time because I also have a bunch of hot chocolate from last year in my cupboard. I may need to bring these into work. And my JT hot chocolate is just sitting on my desk at work and I know I’m going to throw up in my mouth a little when I first see it because I’m really so tired of hot chocolate and chocolate in general and there’s nothing I can think about that’s worse than going back to work than going back to work and having to look at more chocolate. I should just top the whole experience off by watching one of those videos ayagwa keeps sending me as I sit down at my desk. This all leads me to the next item, peppermint and chocolate cookies from Williams Sonoma…I have to say, these are REALLY good. I have to try and refrain from eating the whole tin.

The hot chocolate in the picture, by the way, is some more chocolate that I got for xmas and on top of a quiche dish from my mom.

Last, I got some new flatware from Target. All of my current flatware is rusting and falling apart. Not good. And I know that’s really gross. I’ve even resorted to buying sets of plastic spoons every time I go to the bodega (which is why my nickname is now “spoons”). Also have a set of knives on the way.

So, yeah, Christmas was good in the kitchen items and chocolate departments….hope you all had a good one and happy new year!

The 4 Borough (Ghetto-Fabulous) Culinary Tour

August 27, 2007

My family recently came to NYC to visit me, and having been here before, they wanted to something different than the usual tourist route. So I decided to take them on a 5 borough Culinary Tour. A different borough every day. Now, being from Northern California, they are the kind of cats that like to wear jeans and chacos everywhere- so there would be no Jean-Georges-ing for us. I chose a menagerie of local places I thought would be fun and easy in the summer. We had a little trouble in Staten Island and never quite made it to the Bronx, but here are the places we hit up…

Manhattan:
The Heights Bar & Grill
A fantastic rooftop patio on the Upper West Side. I love going here for brunch.



Boat Basin

This is very possibly my favorite place in New York City. You can sit on the Hudson River and order burgers and buckets of coronas…does it get any better than that?


McSorley’s Old Ale House

This place is a classic New York City establishment, and every time my Dad comes, he wants to go here every night. They only serve beer (light & dark), and they come 2 at a time. Though it sounds a little raw, I actually really like the cheese plate: slices of sharp white cheddar, sliced onions, and saltine crackers.


Brooklyn:

Habana Outpost is absolutely my new favorite place in the city (I’m a sucker for great outdoor seating). It’s in Fort Greene, and it’s basically a cuban beer garden that serves frozen mojitos, sweet plantains, veggie dogs and Mexican corn sprinkled with cotija cheese and cayenne. It’s also NYC’s 1st solar run restaurant. Check this place out for sure!



Staten Island:

This is where we get a little ghetto. I had done some pre-ferry research and found a great Italian place we could walk to from the terminal, but we went on Sunday and it was closed. So we ended up at the only place open- Cargo Cafe, a weird place not worth making the trip out for. Not sure if it was more quirky or grungy- don’t let the mural deceive you. My open faced american cheese melt was tasty in a plasticky kraft kind of way and my Mom got a salmon salad that was just so-so. (Better to just stay on the boat and have a beer.)



Queens:

The Astoria Beer Gardens

This is another of my very favorite places in NYC. It’s a huge gravel courtyard with picnic tables and lots of Czechs drinking Pilsner. They have fantastic potato pancakes and live music on the weekends in summer. You can go and drink pitchers for hours!