Tuesday, January 27, 2015

IZAKAYA IN JAPAN at YOBANASHI

I loved this restaurant where we had our last dinner in Nagano.

Above was our first course. A salad with a a dressing beautifully presented.
One of the dishes we had
Thin crusted Japanese pizza
Fresh clams cooked with savory taste
Next time you're in Nagano, Japan, here's a dining place you may want to add in your book!


Friday, January 23, 2015

LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT

My favorite chocolate store! And they now even carry 100% extreme chocolate bar!
As they say chocolate is healthy.  So if you want to lessen your sugar intake, instead of those diet sugar, this is the best way to have a healthy chocolate. I think this is the first time I have seen a chocolate bar with 100% on it.

They Also have hot chocolate. I ordered the dark chocolate:
It can be served with a bit of whipped cream on the side. This is not too sweet.
When available, they do sell hot chocolate mix. Just follow the instructions and you can have your own hot chocolate at home with a warm croissant from your favorite source.  In my case, I have been eating this little chocolate pellets to satisfy my chocolate cravings in tiny portions.  They're so good as is.

The remarkable quality of their ingredients and gifted craftsmanship is what makes their chocolates truly shine.


And of course, they do carry all kinds if too quality gourmet chocolate.  I love them all!

HOURS:

  • Sunday: Noon–6PM
  • Monday–Friday: 9:30AM–7PM
  • Saturday: 10AM–7PM

Monday, January 12, 2015

SAKE BAR HAGI -Authentic Japanese

This place opens only in the evening but closes past midnight! I have not been here when it's never packed. In fact, at peak hours, there could be a line.

I guess good food, service and price will always succeed - if you are in the restaurant business.

I come here for good food.  It's basic and the atmosphere is basic.  It is located right in midtown Manhattan by the Theater district.  Fortunately, it is not on street level; otherwise their price would be higher.  I like it that it's not easy to see but if you know it; you'd eat here.

I heard that some chefs actually come here to eat after work.  I guess because they serve tapas size food and have a variety of sake to serve.
I sat at the bar area tonight. No one actually ordered the sake but beer or green tea.

Tonight, I went for the specials on the board.
This is the baby sardine in "jako" salad.  It is served on a heap of julienned radish, some lettuce and fried seaweed or nori. The dressing is under the salad made like a Japanese vinaigrette.
Above is the soft shell shrimp served with ponzu sauce.
And of course I couldn't help but order from their regular menu, barra.  It's sliced pork belly skewered in stick and grilled.  Another irresistible item was the shishito peppers.

I was happy to have the best meal for 2015 without breaking the bank.

HAGI SAKE
152 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019
www.sakebarhagi.com
Open 5:30PM-3:30AM 7-days a week!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Indian Okra Recipe

The staple ingredients in Indian cooking are:
Onion -- 1/4 of a large onion chopped
Garlic -- 1 large minced garlic
Ginger -- 1 inch peeled and minced 
Cardamom -- Indian variety 2 whole seeds
Fenegreek -- about 1/2 tsp
Tomato -- 1/2 chopped tomato

I sautéed the first 4 ingredients in a small frying pan in grape sees oil in medium heat. When it turned golden before browning, I added about 1/2 lb of whole fresh okra. Season with about 3/4 tsp salt.  Add about 1 TB of garam masala or Butter Chicken spice.

Cover the pan and stir from time to time. The mixture will create it's own sweat. Do not add water.

When done, serve.
Below I saw benefits of eating okra:
http://www.medicalhealthguide.com/herb/okra.htm

Enjoy your dish!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY FOR KIDS

First I picked paper plates with the little girl's favorite Frozen - the movie.
The night before, I made chicken sandwiches cut in quarters to form triangles; and cucumber sandwiches cut up in 6. 

I rolled the cheese and ham in the soft thin slices bread and twines it. Then I brushed it with melted butter and baked it at 359 degrees till golden Brian and turned it on the other side. Each side about 4 minutes. ( baked this on the day)

Deviled eggs were made as well and on the day, I rolled smoked in cream cheese.  For some reason, this was the favorite of the 2-4 year olds!

I served mini desserts with red colors and green and a small basket of stemmed strawberries.

Drink:  blood orange juice and peas soup in little cups.

Then they opened their presents!

And the 4-year old said: "Best Christmas ever!"
Children were happy!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

VILLAGE TAVERNA

A rainy cold night in Greenwich Village looking for somewhere to dine is not easy. But we lucked out and the place looked crowded which is a sign of a successful tasty restaurant.  The only accommodation was at the bar - but as long as we can order our dinner and eat at the bar, we really don't mind.

Above is the bar area we sat down to order.
About 30 minutes later, my order arrived. This is the shrimp kabob which comes with a salad a a choice of your side order.
My side order was the vegetable rice below.
This is plenty of food. But you can take it back home. I'm having mine for lunch or make some lamb chops with my rice and left over vegetable. I can't wait!
  1. Village Taverna
    $$ • Greek Restaurant • 1.9 mi
  2. 81 University Pl, New York, NY 10003
  3. Open today · 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Friday, December 5, 2014

PIZZA ROLLIO #pizzarollio

This is a new restaurant at The Plaza Hotel's Food Court in the Plaza Hotel's basement by Centrak Park in Nee York City.


This is not your ordinary pizza.  It's like a cracker that has crisp edge and soft by the center. They serve their pizza sliced diagonally to make rectangles about an inch wide so you can roll them when you eat it. Hence Pizza Rollio.


Their most popular order is the Big Bang Supreme which has pancetta, ham, pepperoni, onion, mushroom and mozzarella.  This order comes with a little bit of arugula and greens you assemble on top of each slice then roll to eat. It reminds me of a fresh Philippine egg roll using a thin dough similar to an Italian Piadina - a very thin Italian bread that you heat in very hot oven or toaster oven  to put cold cuts on and eat.


Since I can already visualize the flavor, I opted for Imeldific - their pizza version with mentaiko (spicy cod roe) which is not really that spicy. It just has a little spike. This pizza Rollio has some dab of secret cream they first bake in their hot oven and then some mentaiko spread here and there which creates the flavor.  It also has some peeled slices of cucumbers, and sparingly sprinkled with minced or chopped chives.  You roll each slice to eat it but it doesn't come with greens.  To me this was more like an appetizer portion but it tasted very good.

They added a new salad in the me in this afternoon which is arugula with  some slices of smoked salmon served with a mustard dressing which reminded me of the Scandinavian gravlax sauce , only less thick.


The place is innovative using existing ingredients modified to create a new look and it works!  Perhaps, I could rate this with 1 more star if not for the hefty price considering the fact that I am not being waited on. 


At least if you are staying away from carbs, this may be your answer to the usual pizza.  But to me this is more of a cracker than a thin pizza with a softer center. It's a melting pot or fusion of fresh Asian roll, Italian pizza and other ideas from other nations like the gravlax dressing instead of a sauce on one's salad mixed into one dish.



THE PLAZA FOOD COURT #theplazafoodhall
One East 59th Street, New York, NY 10019
Market Hours:
10:00AM-9:30PM
Sun 11AM-6PM