Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

This is The Best Thing I Ever Ate
I understand that by saying that something is the best I risk the inevitable situation that someone will beg to differ. Yet I can proudly say that the best thing I ever ate is at one of my favorite restaurants, Momofuku Noodle Bar. At this point I’ve lost track of how many times I have been there, but each and every time is as amazing as the first. While many people swear by the steamed pork buns, I myself favor their incredibly savory, succulent, sweet, mesmerizing, amazing, scrumdeliocious (can I think of any other way to describe it?) Shiitake Mushroom Steamed Buns. These babies are on the top of my list of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”. The steamed buns are filled with thinly sliced shiitake mushroom that are lightly fried with a sweet sauce that reminds of hoisin, and fresh cucumbers to add a crisp bite. The combination is simply something I can’t describe in words. Of course, their classic Momofuku Ramen is also the best ramen I have ever had (even Ippudo was completely lackluster in comparison). However, there is one thing that I am still waiting for at Momofuku: to finally have their Fried Chicken dinner (but that will be a whole nother post). 

Always a crowd (even at lunch)

Inside pure perfection

Ramen bowls waiting to get filled. Sitting at the bar watching the line cooks work is my favorite place to eat inside

Momofuku Ramen

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Valentine

Every February the days surrounding Valentine’s Day are always exciting and full of events due to the consecutive birthdays of my friends Sukhie and Alyssa. This year we celebrated with a party for our closest friends at a bar in the West Village. The following day we kept a low key evening with dinner at Buddakan in the meatpacking district and some dancing afterwards. The exciting thing about MPD is that you are always bound to see some form of celebrity (this Saturday brought out Kellan Lutz). On top of this, since Valentine’s Day fell on a Monday and I could not spend it with my boyfriend Alex, he left me a box of truffles from Godiva which (unsurprisingly) is already half empty.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Arabian Nights

Instead of a Magic Genie, I carried my favorite new accessory
Over the weekend I attended the engagement party for my boyfriend Alex’s sister and her fiancĂ©. Festivities were held at a Moroccan restaurant Casablanca, and between all the food, the belly dancing and toasts to the happy couple, I managed to snap a few photos for the debut of my new ASOS feather clutch. I’ve had my eye on one of these ever since Sarah Jessica Parker strutted her stuff with one in the first "Sex & the City" movie, and as soon as I saw it mentioned on my favorite blog, I ordered one immediately. By the end of the night I was down a few feathers, but filled with baklava.

Alex, a fan of my clutch
"Bye Bye Birdie"
The original
A delicious cake for the couple

                                                       Leather and Feathers

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kiss the Chef (Gladly)

The proper way to crack open Lobster

My boyfriend Alex is a world-renowned chef making exquisite culinary concoctions solely in the comfort of his kitchen with a very VIP guest list consisting of family and friends. I am his Sous-chef but sometimes I am also called, “Please just stand over there so I can finish this” (also a very prominent and well-respected position to hold in any fine kitchen, where do you think Bobby Flay got his start?)

The following is a compilation of our Top Chef moments, Padma Lakshmi not included.

The first time Alex cooked for me: Scallops

Typical scene of my confusion and Alex's expertise
Notice the smile on Alex's face and the look of exhaust on mine

One of Alex's greatest creations: Braised short-ribs