WA State Memorial Day Weekend

Perhaps it was sitting on the deck overlooking Commencement Bay that we went a little overboard with the happy hour menu at Lobster Shop. Lots of seafood again and too many desserts, but the clear winner was fried Beecher’s cheese curds with chili jam. Rest in peace mozzarella sticks! And look for me @BeechersNY!

Buon Compleanno @Impero_Caffe

…my appetizer highlights were smoked maitake mushrooms in truffle sugo (sauce) gently spooned over the most unctuous buttery polenta and my favorite Scott Conant dish, next to his simple but delicious pasta al pomodoro, fritto misto! That is delicately battered and fried calamari, rock shrimp and seasonal vegetables. At the now closed Scarpetta (RIP), his fritto misto and a glass of crisp white wine was all I needed.

Mountain Bird Flies High

And there it is, my first full meal at Mountain Bird. I can’t wait for my next visit for date night, girls night out, family dinner or because it’s Tuesday or Thursday, TGIF, Saturday night special, what about Sunday brunch, because I am happy, because I woke up like this…

@Gustiamo #WarehouseSupperClub

I was invited to a warehouse supper club to be held at Gustiamo, a premier importer of authentic artisanal foods for all regions of Italy. The dinner was to celebrate Sicilian Chef Stefania Barzini and her teaching tour of America.

Sausage + Peppers Stuffed Portabellas

This dish was part of a weekly menu I prepared for a client that included chicken Milanese, king salmon with chimichurri plus vegetable sides, herbed orzo and a caprese salad. I was on an Italian vibe mostly.

A 4-Day Food Reunion in Seattle

…two varieties of Hama Hama Oysters and some Deep Bay from Vancouver, BC. Their perfect mignonette, a couple of eye rolls and voila, “WELCOME TO SEATTLE!” I’d tasted the fruit of their waters!

Get Nix’d

…Let’s start with the cauliflower tempura and steamed buns with house pickles. Baaaaaaabyyy, YASSS! Perfectly battered and fried cauliflower florets swathed in a tangy peppery sauce, nestled into a steamed bun gives you some bao-realness!

Masters of Meat

The crazy and fun guys at @EndsMeatNYC_ will have me finding my way out to Brooklyn for their genius pork rinds I am calling the “tuille” of pork rinds. Light and airy, these things have been painstakingly tended to with love and seasoned with a perfume of sweet heat. They are addictive at first bite.

Making It @HarlemPizzaCo

Aside from the Lexington pizza, I am in love, love, love with the Ooey Gooey just for the use of burrata with all of its deliciousness and the drizzle of truffle oil at the end never hurt anybody either!

A Superbowl 50 Menu

 Holidays and special events are always a fun time to cook for my clients. Marry  clients’ requests and dietary needs with the best available ingredients and my creativity and I start to wish I could be a SCHOP! client myself! This week for Superbowl 50, amongst organic pork tenderloin crusted with mustard capers & garlic…

Blizzard 2016 Food

After the record setting temperatures, after all the joking and debates over global warming, Miss Mother Nature turns down the thermometer and drops Sir Jonas on the northeast coast. Apologies to school age kids everywhere the storm came on a Saturday, business as usual on Monday. Whether a doubter or an over-preparer, New York City…