2011 Archive

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

Slow roast pork shoulder

One word post: Delicious

Longer post: While some of you may have had spent your Christmas 2011 eve with families and friends, I decided to stay put in my apt in Brooklyn and slow roasted a 4.2lb pork shoulder. Yeah, it’s what I like to do these days.

I got the recipe from Jamie Oliver’s site (here). I like to suggest that everyone should give this a try because 1) It’s damn damn easy 2) crackling

The recipe says it serves 4-6 or in my case…1 for 7 days. I ate it in a stew, with pasta, sandwich…more stew. Works crazy well with lentils.

Mary Queen Of Scots

Roasted pork belly
*This meal was eaten last year.

Howard: When Donny invited me to dinner at Mary Queen of Scots with our friends Mo and Etta, he mentioned that there was not a lot of vegetarian food on the menu. I was intrigued by what vegetarian food I did see, however, so I agreed to go. The two vegetarian options I wanted were both salads, though one was listed as an appetizer and the other a main, so I was able to order both. I also ordered a side of “Fried Boozy Brussels Sprouts” for the table.

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Howard’s 2011: A Year of Food in Video

howard’s restaurant meals of 2011 from Eat to Blog on Vimeo.

Here for your viewing and listening pleasure are many (though certainly not all) of the foods I ate in 2011, both the good and the bad. All restaurants are in NYC unless otherwise noted. Bonus points to anyone who can identify the restaurants whose names I have forgotten. Music = “Prizefighter” by the Eels.

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Howard’s Favorites of 2011


The Laphing at Phayul

It’s hard to believe 2011 is almost over. I’ve eaten so much food over the past 12 months that it’s hard to narrow down the best of what I ate. This was also the year that I started writing for Serious Eats: New York, and you can see my best-of round-up for them by clicking here. You can see my favorites of what I blogged here, after the jump.

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Shelsky’s Smoked Fish

Baked Salmon Salad in a bagel

The baked salmon salad in a toasted bagel at Shelsky’s Smoked Fish in Carroll Gardens is FREAKIN ADDICTIVE! I had saw my friend’s photo of the thing and for some reason I ran out and got the same thing. I’ve never been to Shelsky’s before until that day and so I didn’t even know how the baked salmon salad will taste. This was so good that I went and got another one the following Saturday.

The salmon was pretty much ground up into a paste/spread with seasoning in it. If you love salmon you will love this also. Very strong fish/salmony flavor that might put some people off but I found it quite tasty. It also helped that the toasted bagel was good and warm, crunchy, cool, salmony, UGH I want one now!

- Shelsky’s Smoked Fish 251 Smith St, Brooklyn

Giovanni’s Brooklyn Eats

baked eggplant parmesan topped with a fried egg

Howard: Even though Giovanni’s has only been open for a few weeks, we here at Eat to Blog already have a complicated relationship with the restaurant. Giovanni’s was opened by the people who ran the recently closed Sette; in fact, the website says that Sette has “re-opened as Giovanni’s”. So why is it a complicated relationship? Because Sette is the place where Eat to Blog was conceived, four years ago. And the meal we had there wasn’t very good. So when our friends Matt and Phaedra suggested meeting at Giovanni’s for brunch, I agreed, but with some trepidation.

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Piccoli Trattoria In Park Slope

Homemade pappardelle with short rib ragu

When Piccoli opened in Windsor Terrace, I really wanted to go try it. They specialize in risotto and I do love a good plate of tasty risotto. Though, situated next to Bene Pizza, it was only a to-go spot. I still haven’t been to it yet but recently they opened a sit down restaurant in Park Slope. I wasn’t in a hurry to go try it but then a friend wanted to have dinner there so I went.

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