Archive for June, 2010

A Return to Old Favorites

Hello!  So it doesn’t look like I’ll be cooking particularly frequently this summer.  It’s hot…cooking just adds to the heat.  But I’m more than happy to go dine in air conditioned restaurants, and over the past couple of weeks, I’ve revisited a few places I loved the first couple of times around.

1 – Otto: I took my family here post-graduation ceremony (during which I was drenched and from which I caught a cold…), convinced that Michelle would love it here.  Sadly, everything was over salted, poorly presented, and just not nearly as good as I remembered it…  I also found it funny how the waitress immediately removed the wine glasses from me and my sister…

Otto
One Fifth Ave.

2 – Peasant: My first time at Peasant, I loved the rabbit gnocchi but hated the pretentious Italian-only menu that needed to be translated by the waitress.   The second time around … I was super excited to come again as I had become a huge fan of Jonathan Waxman (owner) while following this season’s Top Chef Masters.  I liked Dan’s smokey pork dish a lot but my rabbit gnocchi didn’t live up to my memories.  But on the plus side, we got a nice view of the wood burning oven, and they finally decided to provide translations on the menu.

Peasant
194 Elizabeth St.

3 – Spice Market: Of the three, this restaurant fared best in my book.  Rather than order apps and two entrees, we decided to order a bunch of appetizers and one entree for my bday.  I loved the coconut tea and appetizers (minus the lobster roll) but I found the short rib entree to be “meh…Alex can make better at home”.  The chicken samosas though were particularly outstanding as were the beef skewers and the wings!  I’ll definitely be back…maybe next year during Malaysian Restaurant Week (apparently, yes there is such a thing – June 14-20 2010).

Spice Market
403 W. 13th St.

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Lifted from Top Chef Masters: Susan Feniger’s Tailgaiting Tacos

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, partly due to my growing distaste for doing the dishes (and thus not cooking to avoid this) and partly due to my forgetting the password to my WordPress account.  I don’t have real pictures of the dish, only those lifted from Bravo.com but they’re pretty accurate representations of what it ends up looking like.

Instead of beef, I used shredded roast chicken from Westside Market as well as firm tofu for the vegetarian/vegan option.  I would highly recommend beef instead of chicken.  The entire time I was eating this, I was thinking “something is missing”…it was the taste of beef.

The recipe isn’t written out on the Bravo site but they do have a Hulu video with Kevin from last season’s Top Chef making the dish….which apparently I can’t embed.  Carla would have been so much more fun to watch in these instructional videos…

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