Jul 16 2010

Watermelon Salad & Balsamic Sherry Vinaigrette

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A mèlange of refreshing fruity flavors with a tart vinaigrette makes this the perfect summer salad! A few weeks ago I joined my friend for an alfresco lunch at the Coffee Shop - yes, it's called exactly that and it is in fact a coffee shop meets after hours bar. Imagine a Denny's but hip, trendy ...


May 5 2010

Grilled Prawns & Anchovy Butter

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We've been on a "No Reservations" kick lately and in this household, anything Anthony Bourdain says, goes. For a couple who doesn't even own a television, we seem to be watching an awful lot of the Emmy award-winning show. Well, I've got newsflash for all you Netflix members out there, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is on ...


Apr 22 2010

Steamed Sea Bass Roll In a Sesame Ginger Sauce

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An inspired dish from the creative chefs at Buddakan. A few months ago a foodie friend from the Pacific Northwest and author of the sassy blog, Salty Seattle, came to NYC for a visit. We decided to grab a few little snackies with our cocktails at Buddakan and like good little foodies, we both made it ...


Jan 31 2010

Tuna Tartare – Fish & Chips with a Twist

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Oooops! I did it again. It's like an abusive relationship that you can't leave because it's THAT good. You know what I'm talking about. Oh sweet Chinatown. If my Chinatown saga had a Facebook, I would put "In a Relationship and It's Complicated". There's plenty of verbal abuse and I'm on the receiving end. Yet, I ...


Jan 25 2010

Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna & Ponzu Sauce

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This is a tale of my love/hate relationship with Chinatown. Hate... Crowded sidewalks where people seem to find sheer enjoyment in blocking traffic by standing still, dead smack in the middle. The language barriers like the time I asked the old Chinese man who was tending the produce section if the leafy vegetable in my hand were pea ...


Jan 12 2010

Roulade of Salmon Tartare & Roe

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I was a late bloomer. The California roll was my idea of sushi. Meanwhile, all my trendy friends ordered sashimi. I was determined not to let some squishy, raw fish bring me down. I wanted to be cool and look at me now! After years of training, I can proudly say that I am a HUGE ...


Jan 11 2010

Rustic Tomato Pizza

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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore... When we went hiking in the Pyrénées last summer, his mom packed us a wonderful gourmet lunch as opposed to the usual sandwich or Clif Bar. Life is tough, right? When we were exhausted from our trek, we were rewarded with slices of ...


Nov 20 2009

Blackened Tilapia & Corn Salsa

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Growing up in a Filipino home, tilapia was a staple on the dinner table.  It was always simply broiled, served with jasmine rice and vegetables.  Tilapia was always something you could find at the Asian markets and it didn't occur to me until in recent years, the versatility of this fish. I was born in Philippines ...


Nov 17 2009

Salt-Crusted Striped Bass

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A trip to Chinatown is never complete without a visit to our favorite fish monger. As we scan the catch of the day sprawled out on beds of crushed ice, my mind begins to sift through the menu possibilities for our upcoming week. I know exactly what we need…


Nov 10 2009

Baked Spanish Mackerel – Plain & Simple

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I always gravitated towards filets, in fear of accidentally swallowing a fish bone which could lead to puncturing my organs (dramatic, I know). Who knew I would be such a fanatic of whole fish?


Nov 2 2009

Moules Frites S’il Vous Plaît!

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Such a simple and satisfying meal best served with a side of sweet potato fries. One of our favorite meals…