In one of my walks to work from the Montgomery Street BART station to my office in Union Square, San Francisco, I stumbled upon Andersen Bakery, a Danish one, hidden down the stairs of the Crocker Galleria. Attracted by the arrangement of breads and pastries, I had to check it out.
Married to a Taiwanese guy, I discovered the fun and deliciousness of Hot Pot. So when Hubby told me that we would be going out with our Taiwanese couple friends for Hot Pot, I expected going to someone’s home for some fun, communal cooking. I even asked Hubby if we should drop by the Asian market to bring anything. He laughed and said that we were going to a restaurant for Hot Pot and that this isn’t new to him but will be for me.
Whenever I’m in deep Brooklyn, I make sure to stop by Liu’s Shanghai for family-style, Shanghainese food that always hits the spot. I took my Manhattan and Prospect Park friends here, and they were blown away by the deliciousness and comfortness by the food. It was defintitley worth the long Q train ride for them.
When I’m in the mood for Udon, I love going to Omen A Zen in Soho in New York City. Introduced by a good friend who is an expert on Japanese food, Omen A Zen serves traditional dishes from Kyoto with a modern feel and ambience.
For tonight’s meal, my friends and I ordered several dishes to share with our Udon. We had the Agadashi, Black Codfish and Omen (Udon with servings of goodies).
With the holidays just around the corner, Hubby and I decided to host a dinner for our friends so we could all spend some quality time together before traveling for the season.
Among my group, we have several pescatarians. As the designated chef, I decided to make Rachel Khoo’s Truite en Papillote. It was a big hit for both my friends with dietary restrictions and those that could eat anything. It was simple, yet delicious! The preparation was fun as my friends were my sous chefs, and Rachel’s recipe gives you room to be creative.
Outdoor BBQs and parties are always such fun in the Summer, especially when you have the long weekend!
Hubby and I hosted an intimate gathering with a few close friends for a Pre-4th of July this evening. We decided to do a “French” take on our BBQ, since we all love French food.
We made Rachel Khoo’s “Brochettes au Coq au Vin” (Coq au Vin on Skewers). We knew that my French BFF would shudder and lecture us as to why this was not the Coq au Vin. However, Brochettes au Coq au Vin is a fun, fresh take on the French classic. We have all of the elements of the Coq au Vin, deconstructed on a skewer and revitalized as a red wine dipping sauce.