Thursday, April 10, 2014


I was really going to eat at my other favorite Vietnamese restaurant when I came upon the newly renovated Pasteur:
So, I walked in this full restaurant and I got served quick!

What I like about this quick lunch place is I get a real meal for the price of a sandwich or a gourmet burger. Best part of all is that the dish is usually accompanied with a good amount of vegetables.

I first tried an order under the BUN category and chose the grilled shrimp:
This was a decent low calorie meal but I found it a bit much on the noodle side.  The shrimp was delicious though.  You're supposed to pour that little sweet and sour sauce in to mix with noodles. It makes the noodles taste good.

I decided to order more shrimp which I know I won't be able to finish; but which has more vegetables. And whatever I did not  finish was wrapped to go.
Above is the lightly battered fried shrimp with a sweet delicate flavor.  I couldn't stop eating but had to go because I was running late. 

I took it home and ate the veggies with my dinner. 

I intend to go back to order their quail which I couldn't order because I was in a hurry.  They also make great Vietnamese style pork chops!

85 Baxter Street, NYC, NY

Simple Shad Fish Recipe #Seasonal #dish

It's Spring! For a limited time, shad fish is available from your select seafood stores!

Here's an easy way to prepare the dish:
Above is a fillet of shad. 

2TB of olive oil
1TB of butter
1 TB juice of lemon
1 tsp lemon zest
1/3 cup white wine
1-1/2 TB of capers
Sea salt to taste and pepper
1TB minced parsley leaves
Extra 1TB butter

Heat olive oil and butter and swirl the top of the fish fillet in the melted butter and olive oil and swirl the skin side into the oil/butter mixture before laying the fish in the pan.  After a minute, dribble the lemon juice, add the lemon zest, capers, white wine and season with salt. Cover a a minute or two - add the parsley. Cover and continue to cook another 30 seconds.

Uncover the pan and let the sauce sizzle for another minute. Remove from heat and serve.

Shad is currently available (if you're in NYC) at stores like Citarella and Lobster Place for a limited time only.

You can also do this with shad roe!

I served this with sautéed chive stems with blossoms which can be found in Chinese gricery stores - while in season too!
I cut up the chives in 2 inch length. Simply sautéed in hot olive oil. Cover to cook and stir in between for about 5 minutes and season with sea salt!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


I got the newer Brazil 70% dark hot chocolate!
This is one of the 3 favorite chocolate places here in the city.
I love their candies and pastries as well.

5E 20th St., NYC, NY

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pre-Fixed Lunch at SIRIO's

Today I went in to SIRIO's for a quick lunch and found out they do have a good pre-fixed lunch menu.
I chose the English pea soup with fresh ricotta cheese smeared under and a spoon of puréed beet in top.
I chose a light crisp warm porchetta sandwich with cheese and salad on the side.  I could have had the spaghetti carbonara but decided on a sandwich.  There were other choices too.


OThis is definitely a Japanese cafe/restaurant.
They have quite an assortment if ice cream with fruit or drinks with ice cream floats. In Japan, I noticed that they have very good melon syrups that they incorporate in their drinks.  At Hiroko's they do have melon flavored drinks and ice cream floats.
Above is the Omu curry I ordered for a brunch between late lunch and early dinner.  It's a very thin omelette stuffed with delicious fried rice with vegetables and uniquely seasoned with Japanese flavor. They serve it with curry sauce on top with chunks of beef, carrots and potato plus a dollop of smooth potato salad.  One can request the curry sauce to be less spicy.

#Hiroko's Place
75 Thompson St., NYC, NY

Monday, March 31, 2014

VOSGES #Chocolate

This store started in Chicago if you already know.

'Glad to see their store here in NYC - SoHo area.

And they just started selling pandan ice cream!
Soft ice cream at that - chocolate with pandan!
And of course their famous decadent chocolate.  This is America's answer to European chocolates!
Not only am I a Foodyholic, but a Chocoholic as well.  I love their dark chocolate with bacon or dark chocolate with coconut and banana and also dark chocolate with dark salt or Himalayan salt.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Once Alfredo of Rome at Rockefeller Center, this restaurant has come back celebrating it's 100th anniversary in Rome at it's new location at #7 E 54th Street with a new name Alfredo100.

It is now officially opened and one can now book for reservations.  It will me open for lunch and dinner.

The place has a small private room in the back to celebrate or hold your important business lunch functions for those  important occasions to discuss things privately over lunch.

They have kept the traditional Alfredo Fetuccine in their menu that has become famously synonymous to their legendary name.  You can taste the Parmesan cheese which makes it one of my favorite dishes.  To me, it's like the Italian answer to a rich macaroni and cheese.  We chose to get a plate of this for our table and divided it into 4 to enjoy.  This dish is mixed at our table and served with golden utensils - 
Instead of a silver spoon. Very special.
As an appetizer, we had prosciutto served over watermelon and orange slices with endive above.
Another appetizer option is half a quail served on a bed of sautéed chard.
Above is clams vongole in white sauce.
My Chilean sea bass was served on sautéed greens. It was cooked perfectly. They actually ask you how you want your fish prepared - well done, medium or rare - just like you would be asked if you ordered steak.
For dessert I chose the layers of crisp cookie-like wafers with lemon custard sauce and fruits on top and in between.
The apple tart above has 2 crisp apple slices on top.  They look like the restaurant's sign out front.  Am not sure if that was it's intention.
Above is the cut up version of the Tiramisu that was served so you can see the layer of chocolate pastry in between the cream.

There is a bar lounge in front where you can meet for drinks after work or shopping or even before or after theater. Certainly a good addition to the neighborhood to dine in right in Midtown Manhattan!

7 E 54th St., NYC, NY 10022