Thanksgiving Cook-off!!! Allez Cuisine!

My bf challenged me to a Thanksgiving cook-off. As a joke, I said “I’ll let you pick the cuisine, because it wouldn’t be fair if we were to do something that you don’t cook… like Italian.” Like a crazed Barney Stinson, he exclaimed “Challenge accepted!” We had here on our hands an Italian cook-off. I …

Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts

First of all, who knew that it was brussels sprouts (with the “s”) and not brussel sprouts because it’s from Brussels?! A few years ago, brussels sprouts started taking NYC by storm. It showed up as a side on every other menu. And why not? It’s soft and buttery on the inside, caramelized and crunchy …

Speedy Boeuf Bourguignon

This is a slightly modified version of Julia Child’s recipe. I was in too much of a hurry – it was already 5:20pm and I hadn’t even picked up groceries! Normally, the beef would be simmered for 2-3 hours until it’s unbelievably tender. But I ended up searing it for a little longer, and simmering …

Pulut Hitam

This is what happens when a restaurant doesn’t have what I want. Basically Pulut Hitam is a rice porridge dessert made from black rice (which is actually a deep deep purple). Black rice has more fiber than white rice blah blah blah, so if you’re health conscious, you might have come across some. Cooking the …

Nyonya

I have never been to Singapore or Malaysia, so when a friend from Singapore visited (a long time ago) and heard from his friends that Nyonya was a good restaurant, I put my fate in his hands and went there for dinner. Since then, I’ve ordered from Nyonya more times than I care to admit. …

Empellon Cocina Brunch

Empellon is supposedly one of the best Mexican restaurants around, and Alex Stupak is supposedly New York’s Rick Bayless. I’ve been to both of his restaurants now, and I can say that I don’t think he’s quite Rick Bayless, but he’s pretty darn good. The restaurant bar had bold blue graffiti, and paintings from their …

North End Grill Brunch

North End Grill has been open for a while now, but because of the spat between Peter Wells and Adam Platt, I didn’t bother going… oh and the suits crowd dominates this joint on weekdays. But, if there’s one meal that’s not for suits, it’s brunch. During brunch, North End Grill is like any other …

Wine and Dine @ Planet Restaurant (Cape Town)

The day after we dined at the regular restaurant, we went back at Planet Restaurant for their monthly wine and dine event. The wine of the night was sauvignon blanc, and tables were set around the room by local vineyards. The restaurant provided a trio of hors d’oeuvres. I didn’t take any pictures because it …

Planet Restaurant (Cape Town)

We actually ate at Planet Restaurant twice, mostly because we felt lazy, and it was happily situated inside the Mount Nelson Hotel. Both instances were excellent. I will describe them separately. The first time we ate there, we were well aware that we had a reservation for the wine and dine event the next night, …

Miller’s Thumb (Cape Town)

 A trip is not a trip without visiting something of a dive. Well Miller’s Thumb isn’t exactly a dive. It comes highly recommended, and is rather well known. But it’s run by an extremely friendly couple instead of being something of a corporation. The sweet lady let us in 5 minutes before closing for lunch! …