Jul 21 2010

Hump Day Happy Hour: Ginger & Cucumber Sake Cooler

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Part 3 of my July cocktail series featuring thirst-quenching libations every Wednesday this month. Glug, glug, glug, glug... When you go to a spa, they offer you cucumber infused water to refresh you. But when you go to chez nous on a hot summer day, we offer you cucumber perfumed sake instead. So who wants to ...


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 ...


Apr 13 2010

Bibingka – A Filipino Dessert

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My very first and successful attempt at one of my favorite classic Filipino treats. An interesting amalgamation of flavors, bibingka fuses together a simple rice flour cake with coconut milk, salted eggs and cream cheese. Life has been nothing short of a whirlwind lately from our travel adventures to the arduous and herculean task of apartment ...


Mar 12 2010

Braised Chicken In an Adobo Reduction

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Alas, my very first Filipino recipe. With a twist, nonetheless. And a bon voyage to us! When I started blogging several months ago, I've had a few requests from friends and family to recreate a classic Filipino dish with my own special "pinky up" factor. It's taken me a while to finally man up, especially since ...


Feb 8 2010

Spicy Minced Pork in Lettuce Cups

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Our trip to Costa Rica is T-minus 32 days. We have to conquer 2 volcanoes, climb a mountain at 3800m (12,467 ft. for my fellow Americans), survive in the rainforest and dive 20m down into the ocean. So yeah, we're remotely trying to eat healthy and shape up. Diets schmiets is what I say. I get ...


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 ...