Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I had three places on my wish list, and Momofuku-anything was at the top. However, getting into Momofuku Noodle Bar on a Saturday night is tough (especially with a party of 9) but after waiting an hour and a half and splitting our group in two, it was a dream come true. Green Light: Momofuku ramen ($16) was savory, slippery and made with love; with luscious chunks of pork belly and a perfectly poached egg. Spotlight: melt in your mouth pork belly buns. Everyone from Anthony Bourdain to Martha Stewart raves about these famous buns and now I know why.
We also visited Momofuku Milk Bar, which turned out to be a smallish take-out dessert spot hidden in the Chambers Hotel. Green Light: the Cinnamon Bun Pie has built-in cream cheese icing (genius!), we also liked the yummy peanut butter and compost cookies. Yellow light: the Candy Bar Pie was a little bit too sweet, in my opinion (like a Reese's, Snickers and Rolo all at the same time, with a pretzel). Spotlight: their famous Crack Pie had an addicting, custard-y, butterscotch-y taste that made you want to swallow more and more with each bite.
We also made sure to try the Shake Shack, which some say is like the In & Out of the E. Coast (I think it's even better, and I love In & Out). Green Light: perfectly cooked, deliciously seasoned burgers and cheese fries. Yellow Light: the peanut butter fan in me had to try the salted peanut butter hot chocolate, which was good if not a little too rich. Spotlight: here they have concretes - which is kind of a cross between a sundae and a shake. All I can say is wow. Their Pumpkin Pie Oh My Concrete (vanilla frozen custard with a piece of pumpkin pie blended together) is one of the best things I've ever tasted.
I lived in NY for a few years and my fave bagels were from H&H, so I had to visit for old times' sake. Green Light: cinnamon raisin bagels: firm and toothsome on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, best when eaten still warm. Another Green Light: strawberry cheesecake from Junior's: dense, creamy and flavorful with just the right amount of tart and sweet. Unfortunately, a a return visit to a former favorite spot, Gray's Papaya turned out some underwhelming hot dogs - Red Light.
Lastly, a BIG Green Light for the Halal Guys in midtown. Open from 7:30pm-4am, this food cart (my sister's bf Pat-strami did the research, and these guys at this particular location are the best) serves a $6 platter of some of the best chicken or lamb gyro and rice ever. Fresh, tender and perfectly spiced with an awesome white (mayo? yogurt?) sauce. At $6 it's one of the best, and most delicious deals in town.
And this is only the first half. The eating continues...Part 2 next week!
SAMIWICH'S OVERALL TASTE RATING
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
There wasn't much time. Two full days at the Magic Kingdom doesn't leave many opportunities for additional outside eating. But on a trip we took this summer, MFM and I did what we could. After two days of turkey legs, churros, and bright green mint juleps, we mixed it up with some new favorites, old standbys - all delicious.
Not a reflection or anything on Musha (I was stuffed and very satisified after dinner here) but for me, driving down the street (Carson Blvd) and not stopping at the parked ramen truck was simply impossible, especially with such a cute and inviting name as Happy Cup Ramen. Green light: the miso ramen with cha shu was fresh cooked, hot and delicious. Spotlight: the experience of eating ramen standing up in front of a car dealership while traffic goes by isn't, in actuality, a bad one. It's actually kind of fun.
I'm just as enamored with the current salt trend (salted caramels, salted chocolates) as the next person, and had to try sea salt lattes at the "Starbucks of Taiwan" 85C (as in degrees) in Irvine. (Just an aside, but is anybody else curious as to whether all this extra sodium is somehow bad for you?) Named for the perfect temperature for which to consume coffee, this bakery chain has over 230 locations worldwide. Green light: the sea salt latte, which I had iced (refreshing and delicious); also a fan of the taro buns. Yellow light: first visit is a little daunting, and irritating as there are no posted instructions for newbies. Everyone just seemed to know you're supposed to pick up a tray and tongs and help yourself to the baked items then wait in a separate line to pay or order drinks.
The last stop was King's Hawaiian in Torrance. I love this place for so many reasons. The sweet and addicting Hawaiian rolls. The light and refreshing guava cake. Spam. (Green lights all around, plus another one for the katsu curry). Red light: not sure if it was just an off day, but the usually tasty bowl of saimin suffered from tasteless, watery broth and lackluster noodles. (I say off day). Spotlight: Did I mention their perfectly executed Spam musubi is served with a teriyaki dipping sauce? Fancy!
SAMIWICH'S OVERALL TASTE RATING
Sunday, November 07, 2010
FRUIT PURÉE INGREDIENTS
PASTRY CREAM INGREDIENTS
BASIC CHIFFON CAKE INSTRUCTIONS
FRUIT PURÉE INSTRUCTIONS
PASTRY CREAM INSTRUCTIONS
• Using the mixer or a whisk, whip the cream until thickened.
• Line the sides of a 10” springform pan with 3” sides with plastic wrap, allowing enough overhang to cover the top of the cake completely when it is assembled. Leave the bottom of the pan unlined. Have the cake ready.
• The cake can be served immediately or kept cold in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
It was my first time at a Boiling Crab (a chain with locations in So. Cal and Texas). I’m always a bit nervous about trying new dining experiences, so instead of the usual here’s-what-I-ate commentary, I’ve constructed a list of Boiling Crab helpful hints, just in case you go. At approx. $30-$35 per person for seafood, I think it’s one of the best deals around. It's certainly one of the most delicious.
1. They do not take reservations. When Yelpers say to get there when they open (3pm) they aren’t kidding. Case in point, we put our names on the list at 6pm, and we weren’t seated until 9pm (on a Saturday). There’s the aforementioned tvs to keep you occupied, but people also just hang out in their cars or at the Target next door. Or, you can start off with an “appetizer” at the neighboring Vietnamese restaurant, as one of our friends who couldn’t wait any longer did. (No, this was not Kung Fu Prawn).
4. Go for the “whole sha-bang.” First, pick your seafood: (our group had shrimp, crawfish, Dungeness and king crab and clams). Then, pick your seasoning: rajun Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic butter, or the whole sha-bang (all three - words cannot describe the spicy, buttery deliciousness.) Last, your spicyness level (medium was plenty hot). The ratio is about 1 pound per person, if you include sides (we also got corn and sweet potato fries).