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Dîner en Blanc 24Aug12

Dîner en Blanc

What a week it’s been! Monday was a super extraordinary day. First, I wake up to a lovely little feature on Refinery29. And then my afternoon was spent cooking and prepping for this year’s Dîner en Blanc in New York.

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NY Eats: Momofuku 9Nov09

NY Eats: Momofuku

Momofuku Noodle Bar in the lower east side of Manhattan is one of those places that actually live up to the hype. I’ve read about it, heard about it and now witnessed the amazingness that is Momofuku. You tend to forget about the hour long wait and over anxious crowd after you sink your teeth into one of those pork buns. Or so I’m told, I had the vegetarian friendly shiitake mushroom buns and yes they were definitely worth the wait. Guess a couple of soju cocktails help as well!

Another reason why I love this place, they are vegetarian friendly and more than happy to accommodate my non-pork-belly eating ways. But carnivores, don’t worry, the pork is amazing. Vini absolutely loved his pork belly ramen… in fact, I think his exact words were, “I think this is better than the one I had in Japan.” Now that says a lot!

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NY Eats: Asiadog 27Oct09

Asiadog

I’m starting a new series of posts called “NY Eats” for all the delicious places I come across in New York. Don’t worry, I’m still cooking and posting all my culinary adventures. But since New York has so many yummy eateries, I figured I’d better start writing them down before I forget. I already have a gigantic to-eat list filled with both famous and not-so-heard-of places, I can’t wait to try them all!

So for my first post of the series, I present to you my foodie friends, Asiadog! Delicious Asian inspired toppings on a hot dog. I absolutely love hot dogs. Well to be precise, veggie dogs. It’s hard to find veggie dogs but Asiadog not only serves veggie dogs, they top it with delicious toppings! And for you carnivores, they have beef and chicken franks as well as an organic option. Now for the toppings… my favorite was Vinh, Vietnamese pickled
carrot and daikon with cilantro and jalapeño. It was so good, I went back for seconds! They have other options like kimchi, curry, bbq pork, and Asian slaw. You can find Asiadog at Fort Greene Flea Market in Brooklyn on Saturdays, among their other locations (see website). I had mine at a special edition of the Brooklyn Bridge flea market on Sundays…. special guest: Martha Stewart!!!!

MARTHA!!!!

Don’t even get me started on how excited I was, hot dogs + Martha Stewart sighting, seriously made my day! I am loving New York! :)

I’m back! 19Oct09

Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially back! After the craziness of moving from Sydney to New York, I am finally settled in. Well as settled as I can be, I am no longer sitting on a cardboard box and my fridge has more than just a bottle of water. Although, I am still missing my cooking toys that are now somewhere in the ocean between Los Angeles and Sydney. Hopefully they’ll make it here before the holidays!

New York has been amazing so far – I eat and eat and eat. Our first week was mainly filled with pizza, bagels and occasionally a cupcake here or there. We have been ordering food or eating out every night. Needless to say, I cannot wait to cook my first meal! This past week started off with a 4 hour expedition at Bloomingdale’s kitchen department. That was followed by a couple hours at Williams-Sonoma. Then somewhere along the way I found myself downtown at Sur La Table. Even when I was book shopping, I came across a copy of the first English edition of Larousse Gastronomique, food is everywhere I turn! So what if I don’t have a bed, dresser, desk or chair…. I have a kitchen! Stay tuned for some culinary experiments from my new home in New York!

Big news! 30Aug09

Dear beloved readers,

First I’d like to say, I sincerely apologize for the recent lag of posts. Second, I have BIG big big big news! I have been running around like a crazy person the past few weeks because, drum roll please, we’re moving to New York! Ahhh!!! It’s taken me a little while to make the announcement but I’ve been really swamped. We had a short but lovely snow holiday in New Zealand where we ate, drank and snowboarded ourselves silly. Then came back to Sydney where I spent this last week putting most of my possessions (including my cooking toys) on sale and arranging for the big move. Whew! I’m exhausted just recapping all of that.

I’m ecstatic about the move even though I’m incredibly stressed about it. We only have 3 more weeks in Sydney before we start our journey home. As of this week I will have no cookery so my culinary experiments will be on hiatus until I get settled in my new home in the Big Apple. Until then, I plan to post some of my last-time Sydney food adventures, some of my long awaited fast food runs while stopping through LA and I might even have some guest bloggers lined up! So stay tuned and happy eating!

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Ground Support

My local favorite is currently Ground Support in SOHO. I go there almost every day for a smooth creamy soy cappuccino or if it’s hot out an iced soy latte. When I’m not in a hurry to run out, I try to take a few extra minutes to enjoy the coffee in the shop… you know, chat with the staff, catch up on some calls and best of all… people watch. Always some interesting characters in NYC!


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