Sunday, July 29, 2012

Why Didn't YOU Think of This?

Alright, I didn't think of it either -- Sandy linked me to a pic earlier this week and I just had to give it a try.
A slice of cheddar and some Frank's Red Hot seal the deal.
Slice in 1/2 inch rounds, salt & pepper -- pop it on the griddle for 2 mins, flip and add the egg.  You might want to hold down the ring as you drop the egg, otherwise some will escape through the bottom. You won't have to worry about seepage once the egg sets, you can reduce the heat and cook through.  

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aint Nothin' But A Chang Thang

There's no shortage of David Chang restaurants in NYC.  Má Pêche, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar, Milk Bar and the 12-seat Momofuku Ko all top Foodie checklists the city over -- and with good reason -- this guy knows what's up!

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, b/w 10th and 11th
New York, NY

Ko is the only Chang outpost I've tried to date, but I'm still making my rounds. The kitchen offers a progressive dinner menu seven days a week, but the real treat is the ultra lavish 22-course lunch available on weekends.  At $175, the lunch tasting is a bit dear, but well worth it if you've ever dreamed of being a guest judge on Iron Chef.  The Chef and his two sous' deftly assemble plate after plate, all while you bear witness from your seat at the bar.  The whole ordeal takes about three hours, but the pacing is perfect and you never wait more than a few minutes between courses.  

Each guest gets an edible souvenir to take home -- mine was a spicy tuna ongiri.

I was too overwhelmed to take notes or anything like that, but I was able to find a similar menu on the blog, "A Life Worth Eating".  They did a great job logging the meal, have a look.  

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tapioca Tales

While a welcome addition to the neighborhood, I suspect this Tapioca Story will have a sad ending sooner than later.  It's hard for any business to thrive west of the N/Q, let alone a niche beverage product.  That being said, I wish them all the best and will enjoy their presence while it lasts.

Tapioca Story
27-22 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY

They have a variety of buns, ice creams and of course -- bubble teas.  Quality wise, their bubble tea is much better than the Chinese take-out options in the area and comparably priced.  If you're in their neck of the woods, give them a shot.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

More Saving. More Eating.

Growing up in an apartment my entire life, I always relied on the super for home maintenance and repair.  As such, I have little patience for Home Depot, Lowes, or store of similar ilk.  My girlfriend on the other hand is the exact opposite, to the point where she worked at a Home Depot for years.  As you might infer, the suggestion of a Home Depot run can very easily escalate into an argument.  Fortunately for Sandy, the Home Depot on Northern has its very own Chris bait -- Rocco's Italian Sausages & Philly Cheese Steaks.  The name says is all, they do two things and they do them well.

Rocco's Italian Sausages & Philly Cheese Steaks
5010 Northern Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Neighborhoods: Astoria, Woodside
(718) 204-0478

The quality is above average for a place of this profile, easily head & shoulders above most of the street fair/feast vendors. I'd opt for the cheese steak over the sausage, but that's just how I am. The cheese all but absorbs into the bread, blanketing the lean meat in a cocoon of shameful indulgence.

10/10 -- would eat

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