Thursday, August 28, 2014
I bought Monstera deliciosa last month and watched it ripen in my kitchen. It's not an easy fruit to eat although it taste good. The fruit is a little mushy and reminds me of corn kernels being pulled out of the husk.
As it ripens the green thick skin starts to fall off. Do not force it open or peel it. There are some black carbon like things that appear at the base of the fruit.
The flavor of this fruit is somewhat like a banana and a pineapple. It is mushy white but sweet. I had to pull each fruit out of each "socket" as you can see below:
I find it tedious to eat. It took me days to finish as I waited for each section to ripen.
To ripen, you place the fruit standing up in a talk glass and leave it on the kitchen counter. Wait for the thick green skin to fall off signifying it is ripe.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
It's been a few years we've been going to this restaurant and they never cease to slow down. That's how this restaurant has survived.
Min. $15.00| Free Delivery
ThIis big Chinese Restaurant probably has a capacity for up to 1000 if not 800 people.
With these many people and a lot of staff, I can be sure they serve fresh food each time.
For this Sunday afternoon, we decided to go around 2PM. Normally, lines are super long; but around 2PM, you can get a table much easier. Our wait was about 10 minutes.
Up the escalator, you arrive in a humongous ballroom-size dining area.
They have many others but I thought I'd just give you samples of unusual dumplings.
They have fried rice, all sorts of seafood, vegetables, soups, and interesting desserts. There must be about 100 food choices. One of which is roast duck which look so good when I saw it on a table; that I would like to order it next time. It's been many years I have been going to this place and I've never had the roast duck from here!
Monday, August 25, 2014
What is a Bistro and what is a restaurant?!
Amelie, to me is a pub bistro. They call it a Wine Bar. Yes, there is a bar counter area and tables too where you can dine.
We tried the brunch. Below is spinach with poached egg:
We've also had the dinner here:
The food is okay and the drinks are very reasonable especially during brunch on weekends.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
This is a perfect place to see and to be seen restaurant (it's in Central Park South) with good "home-type" Italian food.
This just opened this year located just west of Fifth Avenue where many tourists flock to see Central Park and walk around shopping. It is definitely a place to be seen and to see who may walk by or may be in the restaurant.
Their Ceasar Salad is generously prepared with the Parmesan cheese and anchovies which we requested!
So far, it has been a very good experience for me. They are new in NYC and I welcome them!
Good quality brioche bread slices 3/4 inch thick.
Block of very good sharp cheese (I used Beecher's - originally from Seattle but also now in NYC)
Serrano ham or prosciutto slices
Good quality eggs
Belgian Waffle machine
First you butter one side of the bread. Then you put slices of cheese on top - about 1/4 inch thick on the unbuttered side. Top it with the slice of buttered slice of bread, buttered-side up.
Put in a pre-heated Belgian waffle maker and cook for about 2-3 minutes till golden brown with some dark brown waffle edges are formed.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
This is authentic Japanese. They do use good ingredients.
We came here for the soba which is handmade. I agree, he does make good soba. It is also cooked Al dente. And having just returned from a trip to Japan, they also gave us a pot of broth where the soba was cooked in to add to our broth in the bowl after finishing our soba; just like they do in Japan.
The Omakase is the best deal of the house. For a fixed price, one can get 7 items. They are small "tapas" tasting size. My favorite out of the Omakase were the following:
Other items served were:
There was also tofu with uni but I had forgotten to take a picture of it.
While waiting before dinner because we arrived early, I ordered corn tempura. It was quite good and reasonable. Eaten dipped in Japanese pepper.
Daruma has a sushi bar downstairs. Maybe I will try it next time. They said the sushi area is open only in the evening. But Daruma-ya on the main floor is open for lunch and dinner. I think I will try it again next time.
It's not easy to find this restaurant so here's a map for you:
Sushi Azabu (downstairs)
428 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
This is a neighborhood I frequent and notice many restaurants come and go. This year, I noticed something new in place of something that used to be there.
Late Sunday, they were still serving brunch. They had just been featured in the newspaper so I decided to stop by.
I ordered the newspaper featured dish the duck hash with egg and hollandaise sauce.
There are many restaurants in the city, this may be one I won't have to return to soon. But it's not bad. It's just not my favorite. One time is enough for me.
It's like a chapter I have to move on to another.
33 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10014