Black Pasta with Shrimp and Soppressata

First, I made black pasta, which is just regular pasta with squid ink. It tastes more complex, and looks a heck of a lot cooler than regular pasta. I put this on the 2nd thinnest setting, which meant that it would take 6 minutes to cook instead of 2. But that’s okay. It was going …

Pearl Balls

“Pearl Balls” is an unfortunate name for an oh-so-delicious festive Chinese dish. This is what it looks like right before you dip it in whatever delicious salty soy-based sauce you choose: I have to admit that it’s a tad more time consuming than your average Chinese dish, but it’s very easy to make. If you’re …

Locanda Verde Brunch

We had brunch at Locanda Verde. The service was lackluster as usual, but the food did not disappoint. I ate the pesto and tomato bread, which was pure buttery goodness, and the scrambled eggs crostini before I remembered to take pictures. We got the spaghetti with pancetta, which was a little too hard for my …

Pot Belly’s and Joe’s Ginger

For lunch, we had Pot Belly’s. An old friend first introduced me to the roast beef sandwiches, and after trying most of the rest of the menu and various permutations of the toppings, I found that her original order was still the best. Roast beef on wheat with mayo, lettuce, pickles, and hot peppers. I …

Blue Smoke: KC vs. Texas Ribs

My favorite ribs place in NYC is Rack ‘n Soul, but it’s 9pm, and we weren’t about to go to Harlem, so we went to Blue Smoke. I really like their Kansas City ribs, which are sweet and tangy as advertised, but most of all, really tender and moist. Sometimes you need a little fat! …

Turkey Meatballs in Soup

I wanted something filling and soothing after the disastrous dinner last night, and my bf wanted protein, so I decided to make turkey meatball soup! In my opinion, when you make meatballs in soup – unless your meatballs are made of fish – you must pan fry them first! They taste *so much* better. It …

Baluchi’s, you know, the Indian place

We didn’t feel like cooking, so we got Baluchi’s. It’s an Indian food chain, and (usually) has very average but dependable food. We got two very dependable dishes. Chicken Tikka Masala (tangy sweet tomato based sauce), and Chicken Saagwala (spinach sauce). We had it with their long grain rice, which is usually topped with peas …

Coconut Chicken Salad

Another super fast meal. It takes about 15 minutes to make. GreensChickenCranberriesWalnutsRaspberries Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the chicken, and then cook it in coconut oil for about 2 minutes per side. If you’re not sure if your chicken is cooked, take it out of the pan, cut it open at its thickest point, …

Pan Con Tomate & Shrimp Crostini

When we were in Barcelona, we loved waking up to “that tomato bread”. This morning I woke up and said “why not!” It was cheap and fast. Balthazar Baguette: 2.99Garlic: .49Tomato: 1.49Drizzle of olive oil: negligible That’s at most 5 dollars for more of this stuff than we can possibly eat. It took about 5 …

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Just saw Jiro Dreams of Sushi today. What an inspirational man. This is not to say that I want to become a sushi chef, and certainly I am more passionate about some other things that won’t involve enlisting myself for servitude for 10 years so that I can make the perfect tamago. I found two …