Beef Combo (Brisket, Ribeye, Kalbi, and a bowl of doenjang jjigae) from Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in Murray Hill, NY.

Easily one of the best Korean barbecue places in the New York area.  I’ve been looking for one to replace my usual go-to ever since it stopped using goals in their grills… thank goodness Kang Ho Dong does it right.  Meat quality is superb (never EVER say no to kalbi).


Croque Madame: grilled ham & cheese sandwich on brioche with a fried egg and sauce Mornay, served with French fries.

Le Porc et Les Oeufs: Hobbs’ smoked pork loin & two eggs over easy, served with Lyonnaise potatoes and toast.

Chicken & Waffles: roasted chicken with bacon-chive waffles, Tahitian vanilla bean butter and sauce Chasseur (not pictured)

Sunday brunch with my parents at Bouchon Bistro in Las Vegas, NV.

Thomas Keller is certainly no slouch in the culinary world, and I felt as if it were my duty to sample the brunch offerings at this much-lauded outpost of his.  Many food enthusiasts online have raved about the brunch at Bouchon with most of them citing the chicken & waffles as the magnum opus.  Needless to say, the hype is justified; the preparation of the bird was flawless with flavorful and juicy flesh and crispy skin, while the savory waffles were moist yet crispy.  

The croque madame was a knockout as well, the ham and cheese providing a silky contrast to the grilled bread with the sauce lending even more richness.  I was expecting a bit more from Le Porc, but for all intents and purposes it fit the role as a breakfast-oriented plate well.



Tonight’s Dinner: Crisp-Braised Chicken Quarters with Aromatic Vegetables.

Chicken quarters were first seared (slowly on the skin-side down first, then quickly on the opposite side), then added back to the pan after cooking vegetables (carrots, onions, and celery) in the rendered chicken fat.  Whole dish was then crisp-braised in homemade chicken stock along with fresh thyme and two heads of garlic.


The Banana Cream Pie from Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, NJ.
Legitimately one of the BEST desserts (and, consequentially, banana cream pies) I’ve ever had anywhere.  

The Banana Cream Pie from Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, NJ.

Legitimately one of the BEST desserts (and, consequentially, banana cream pies) I’ve ever had anywhere.  


The House Salad from Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, NJ. Baby greens, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, and crumbled gorgonzola tossed in a roasted shallot vinaigrette.

The House Salad from Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, NJ. Baby greens, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, and crumbled gorgonzola tossed in a roasted shallot vinaigrette.


Lobster Mac & Cheese from Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, NJ.  Orecchiette pasta, cheddar and gruyere cheeses, and a healthy portion of lobster meat baked in a casserole until it’s all warm and gooey.

Lobster Mac & Cheese from Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, NJ.  Orecchiette pasta, cheddar and gruyere cheeses, and a healthy portion of lobster meat baked in a casserole until it’s all warm and gooey.


Fiorella’s Sausage Casserole made with raddichio, white bean, white wine, and fennel butter at Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, NJ.

Fiorella’s Sausage Casserole made with raddichio, white bean, white wine, and fennel butter at Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, NJ.


Dinner at The Standard Grill in New York, NY.

Clockwise, from left: braised lamb shank, seared Sullivan County foie gras with balsamic cherries, summer salad with fresh peaches, seared Diver scallops with asparagus and favas.


Dinner at Perilla in West Village (New York, NY).  

Clockwise, from top left: spicy duck meatballs, roasted duck breast, crispy calamari & watercress salad, and roasted hake.