Taiwanese Snacks At TKettle

After returning from Taiwan (see here and here) I was kind of craving some Taiwanese food here in NYC. My friend Sophia, who has family in Taiwan and was in the country the same time I was, recommended that we meet up at TKettle, a Taiwanese snack joint on St. Marks in the East Village. TKettle is her…Read More

Market Watch: Asparagus

Because of the asparagus allergy, I developed a few years ago, all I can do is stare wistfully at asparagus when it appears every spring at the farmer’s market. This time of year is especially hard — you can find all different sizes of asparagus; pencil thin or thick and crunchy. This would be a…Read More

Market Watch: Arugula Flowers

What a difference a few days makes. Two days ago it was 80 degrees; this morning it was 42 and rainy. The Greenmarket still has a lot of interesting spring produce, though. I’ve seen kale flowers before, but never arugula flowers. I’m a big fan of using different parts of plants then we normally see, so I…Read More

Market Watch: Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are here! Judging from our twitter feed, many people are unsure whether or not you can eat the pods. The answer is yes — but there is a small bit of prep you have to do first. Pinch the top stem between your thumb and finger and pull forward sharply. This will pull…Read More

Market Watch: Chili Peppers

The Farmer’s Markets are overflowing with different kinds of hot peppers this week, from these tiny Thai bird chilis to the long, hot and sweet Hungarian peppers. If you look around, you might even find some of the world’s hottest peppers. Forget habaneros, I’ve also seen the naga bhut jolokia — possibly the hottest chili…Read More

Secret Ingredient: Mexican Cucumbers

No, those aren’t tiny little watermelons. In fact, when I saw these at the Union Square Greenmarket a couple of weeks ago I had no idea what they were. “Mexican cucumbers,” I was told, and the vendor offered me one to taste. The thick skin pops under the teeth to reveal a seed-filled almost liquid…Read More