Archive for June, 2010

Last Meals: Corner Bistro and Joe Shanghai

On Tuesday I went to Corner Bistro (followed by a visit to the Cubbyhole Bar), and on Friday I went to Joe Shanghai, and yesterday I had a fabulous farewell brunch. It’s been an amazing week of debauchery. I’ll start with the restaurants, and then I’ll tell you about the brunch in a separate post.

Again, I have no pictures because I ate everything too quickly and with friends. Sorry. But I’ll have a picture or two of the brunch!

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Claro’s Italian Meatballs

I finished my job at the film festival on Friday, and Saturday I was preparing for the Sunday brunch. It’s been really, really hot in this kitchen, but I’m really excited. I’ll tell you about brunch later, but I wanted to share the meatball recipe I made from Worth the Whisk. It was pretty simple and pretty great.

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Yup. That’s how that goes.

2. Mix all the ingredients. Still not too complicated.

3. Shape into balls and place on greased pan. Any size you like. I cooked them in a 9×13 pan, but you can use a cookie sheet like she does.

4. Cook between 15-20 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 165 F. I think my meat thermometer is broken, but I ended up cooking my meatballs for 12ish minutes?

Anyway, simple, right? It made enough for 4 meals, and I cut the recipe in half. Just make some spaghetti and tomato sauce and boooosh, you’ve got an awesome dinner.

Last Meals: New Tu Do

Today was my last meal at New Tu Do, a pho restaurant on Bowery between Grand and Hester off the B, D (I’m really selling it here). That has one of the most personal stories of all the restaurants I have relationships with. (weird?)

my last bowl of pho in NYC! well, what's left of it anyway.

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Careening Through the Universe

For those of you who don’t already know, I’m leaving NYC at the end of June. (I’m planning a farewell brunch, which I will tell you more about soon!) Being the lover of food that I am, I’ve made a list of all the places I need to eat before I leave. I thought I would share it with you, with the hope that you’ll give them your patronage after I’m gone. After I visit each of them one last time (for now), I’ll write more about why it’s so special to me and why you should/will like it.

New Tu Do: this is my favorite pho place in the city. It’s the only place I’ve been going to consistently during my four years here. The link takes you to the description of their old location, but they only moved across the street.

Wo Hop and/or Joe Shanghai: I list them as and/or because I don’t know if I’ll be able to convince my friends to go to both within the next couple of weeks. I’m guessing I’ll go to Joe Shanghai, simply because Wo Hop’s cuisine is more like what I get back in California, but I had never seen soup dumplings before.

Middle Eastern chicken: I’ve never been to this place on 1st Avenue btw 14th and 13th streets, but it looks like the chicken place I went to in Cairo. I feel like it would be a shame if I never went.

Grimaldi’s: Not necessarily my favorite pizza place, but it is quite awesome. And possibly run by the Russian mafia.

Corner Bistro: If you don’t know about Corner Bistro, then you must’ve never asked anyone “Where can I get a good burger?” If that’s the case, then why are you in NYC?

Shake Shack: Inititally I wasn’t a fan. But then I was. And their custards are just ridiculous.

Momofuku milk bar: Again, I’ve never been. I’ve had things from it when people have brought cookies to parties or whatever, and they’re always amazing.

So that’s my list for now. I’m sure many things will be added to it in the next couple of weeks.

Fish Parcels

Yesterday I made this fish parcels recipe from Nibblous. It was really easy to make, except that there was no temperature listed for baking. I guess that’s because it all varies with the type of fish you choose. I used pollock, so it wasn’t very difficult to cook/determine a cook time. And again, I didn’t take a picture, but here’s the crab I cooked a few weeks ago!

crazy, right? i cooked that crab! but his arm broke off. stupid crab.

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StumbleUpon Me

When I’m browsing tons of recipes, I’ll usually “Like It!” on StumbleUpon, because then I can easily find the exact recipe I wanted to make on someone’s blog. I realized that maybe people would like to see all the recipes I like/make in one place. So check out my StumbleUpon favorites to look at almost all of the recipes I’ve made, wanted to make, or just found interesting.

Chicken Piccata

This week I tried one of DINNER WITH DANGER‘s recipes: chicken piccata. I’m not a huge fan of Italian cooking, but I was happy with it. Again, I was so excited to eat it that I didn’t take any pictures of it. But here’s a screen grab of the recipe on the website:

I made that flash file!

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