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tripping through the old hood

tripping through the old hood

March 16, 2009 |  Category:   dining out nyc remembering

You may recall from yesterday’s post that we were waffling over what to have for our Sunday lunch out since our plans to go away had changed. It used to be that Mark and I would make the decision, but with the girls old enough to voice their opinions, it isn’t always easy to get 4 people to agree. We decided to spend the afternoon in the East Village, our old neighborhood, and one that I’ve lived in on and off since the early 90s. Sadly, we don’t come to this neighborhood much since we moved to Brooklyn 9 years ago, so walking from the Union Square subway stop to our lunch destination, Soba-ya, I pointed all sorts of places… CONTINUE READING

asians love a good buffet

asians love a good buffet

February 1, 2009 |  Category:   dining out family growing up half life

It’s true, and the cheaper the better, but our usual birthday dinner go-to place with our parents isn’t cheap at all – $29.95 a person, but M counts as $6 and Miss C eats free (prices for kids are measured by height, which means our tall kids will eventually be at a disadvantage). But sometimes you get what you pay for and you do get excellent variety at Minado, a colossal sushi buffet restaurant which serves surprisingly decent food, and despite the recession, it was jam-packed on a Saturday night. There are countless varieties of rolls and sushi to choose from, as well as sashimi, king crab legs, oysters and shrimp. One aisle has hot entrees (dumplings, soups, meats, tempura… CONTINUE READING

sunday dimsum

sunday dimsum

January 19, 2009 |  Category:   dining out nyc

I’m not sure if I can think of anything better to eat on a cold winter morning than a dim sum brunch. While our go-to place is usually Dim Sum Go Go, I was in the mood for the large banquet/dim sum cart experience, so we bundled up the kids on yet another snowy morning and met our friends at Jing Fong on Elizabeth Street. I haven’t been there in years since I used to go fairly regularly with my NYU grad school asian posse friends, and I think it was the first time I went with the kids, but it’s the perfect place for rambunctious 2 and 4 year olds who, for some reason, thought it would be okay… CONTINUE READING

a last delivery, a celebratory lunch, and a look back

a last delivery, a celebratory lunch, and a look back

December 23, 2008 |  Category:   dining out the biz

We made our last holiday delivery on what felt like the coldest day of the year yesterday, dropping off 4 gift boxes and 8 packages of lavender cookies that will be carried on as gifts to Asia. The recipients were Celia and Cynthia, founders of the food site, Cravings, who had such lovely things to say about our company here and here. Afterwards, we took the girls for a celebratory lunch at Ippudo, a Japanese ramen noodle restaurant in the East Village. Miss C has been ever so picky lately, more so than usual, and has been avoiding sitting with us at mealtimes altogether, but I know how much she likes noodles so it seemed like a place where we’d… CONTINUE READING

a good dinner

a good dinner

September 21, 2008 |  Category:   dining out

Speaking of going out, we celebrated my mom’s birthday last night with a dinner at one of her favorite restaurants, Han Ji Bap on Northern Blvd. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen my parents (my dad was in Korea and my mom was sick) so it had also been a few weeks since we’ve had Korean food. It was so good and definitely hit the spot.… CONTINUE READING

cafe besalu

cafe besalu

August 7, 2008 |  Category:   dining out Seattle & the NW travels

Yes, we are drinking lots of coffee here (oddly enough, I was not a coffee drinker when I lived here). And we finally got to visit the cafe that Mark’s sister keeps raving about, Cafe Besalu in Ballard. Their flaky, buttery pastries did live up to the hype.… CONTINUE READING

return to the central park park boathouse

return to the central park park boathouse

June 25, 2008 |  Category:   cooking

I spent the day at the Central Park Boathouse yesterday, my former workplace for those who don’t know. Hard to believe it has been over six months since I last set foot in the kitchen there. Their search for a new Pastry Chef has proven a bit harder than anticipated, so they called me in to do a bit of consulting on a new menu. Most of the items on the current menu have been there since I left last November, and over time they seem to have evolved into desserts that I no longer recognize as my own. Garnishes have been eliminated, recipes have been changed to make production easier, and so on. I know the job better than… CONTINUE READING

ethiopian in the neighborhood

ethiopian in the neighborhood

April 17, 2008 |  Category:   dining out

I have very fond memories of Ethiopian food – it reminds me of different places in my life going all the way back to when I had my first Ethiopian meal at age 18. Back in those days, I used to go to a place called Abyssinia on Grand Street in Soho. The restaurant had traditional baskets that held the large plates of food with groups of low, 3 legged stools for sitting. I dreamed of the spices and flavors when I traveled away from NY. A few years later when I met Mark, we’d often have it at home as he was learning how to cook some of the lentil and split pea dishes. When I moved back to… CONTINUE READING

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