Duck Roulade

After all my duck roasting I had one more duck breast left! Never shop while hungry. Alas my ban on smoking up the house has been reinstated, and for days I was SOL. Then one day, the French Laundry cookbook arrived on my doorstep… and it has a duck recipe that doesn’t require spewing oil particles into …

October 25th 2014 – Headless Horseman

9am: The day started as all weekends should – waking up to warm sunlight, and the soft gurgling of my empty stomach. I always keep emergency provisions by my bed for exactly these situations. I soothed my stomach with a delicious tiramisu flavored wafer, and went back to sleep. Royce. best chocolate store in the city. 10am: Rolling-around-in-bed-not-wanting-to-get-up …

Best. Creamed Corn. Ever

Dear Thomas Keller, When I went to Per Se, I thought everything that you ever told me (through Youtube videos and what not) was a lie. After your famous oysters and pearls dish, it all went downhill. The meal was finally too much to take when I found out that most of the chocolate truffles …

Decoy – Red Farm’s duck house

To continue my drawn out birthday extravaganza, we continued to eat duck. Red Farm is an upscale Chinese restaurant in West Village. Even though I’ve been there many times, the stars never aligned, and I never posted about it. In any case, I like them for their crab and duck dumplings, oyster shooters with caviar, steak, …

Roast Duck with Kimchi Rice

It was my actual birthday and I was recovering from a delicious farm to table hangover.  Among other things, I just wanted a big chunk of delicious savory meat. On my birthday I am allowed to break all sorts of rules, and one thing I promised was that I wouldn’t smoke up the house by …

Blue Hill at Stone Barns Birthday Dinner

I had to privilege of ringing in my birthday at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a beautiful farm to table restaurant outside of New York City. This place isn’t about the newest modern dining or any crazy flavors, but all about the freshness of the ingredients. The estate has special farm-related activities, but this night, we were …

If Aliens were Observing Humans

This is what they would think… Appearance: All humans look about the same, with a bias toward a dark to light gradient from the equator to the poles. The females of the species are on average smaller, and the males of the species often identify themselves by shortening the hair on their heads. Most humans like …

Union Square Cafe

Danny Meyer’s first NYC restaurant that made him a super star in the dining scene is classic in the very best way. You know how Gramercy Tavern is not actually a Tavern? Well Union Square Cafe is very much like a cafe. I was taken aback by the comfortable worn down decor that didn’t involve …