november Archive

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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Rigatoni With Kale And Sausage

Kale & sausage w/ rigatoni

I love kale. Kale is cool. You can eat kale in a sandwich or eat kale raw or eat kale in a big pot of pork belly stew.

After the pork belly stew, I still had a bit of kale left so I decided to eat it with pasta. The day before I bought some chicken and apple sausages so I added that into the pasta as well. This is super simple to make. Cook whatever pasta you like and with about 7mins left of cooking the pasta, start frying the sausages (I sliced mine so they cook faster). Once they’re about done, add in the kale. Season the mixture when the kale is cooked. Add a little bit of pasta water if it’s too dry. Throw in the pasta, mix and add a dollop or 2 of creme fraiche (you know me and creme fraiche).

Diner

Diner

Last month, Howard had made the trek out to south Williamsburg to finally dine at Diner. We have both said many times that one of these days we’ll eat there but as with many restaurants we never do.

Inspired by Howard’s lunch I finally made it out for a quick lunch. Unlike Howard’s experience, I did not almost scraped by head against the ceiling nor did I get any hipstery vibe. I could see myself eating here at the counter everyday if I live near it. It was cozy, cool and just had a chill atmosphere. Though the lunch special menu did come on a piece of pink reciept-like paper. Like magic, I quickly honed in on the words “buttermilk fried chicken” and ordered that without looking at the rest of the menu.

I was a little disappointed when a big plate of veggie was placed in front of me. Instead of big pieces of juicy fried chicken with a side of salad, it was a big salad with a side of fried chicken. Even though it wasn’t what I expected, it was very delicious. The salad (kales, other greens and slices of radishes) had a blue cheese dressing, served with a pickled egg and 5 pieces of perfectly fried fried chicken that were super tender and juicy. Next time I’ll be sure to read the menu carefully. Heh

Diner 85 Broadway, Williamsburg

One Girl Cookies And Steve’s Ice Cream

Coffee cake & ice cream

You probably know by now that we’re big fans of Steve’s Ice Cream. I think between the 2 of us, we probably tasted most of their flavors (I ate a whole pint of their bourbon vanilla last night). But did you also know that I’m big fans of One Girl Cookies in Boerum Hill? Though many reviews and people focus on their delicious whoopie pies and cookies, they shouldn’t ignore their equally good cakes. So far I have had their lemon olive oil cake, angel food cake with pistachio and passion fruit, vanilla cake and most recently a coffee cake. Luckily for me I had a pint of Steve’s salty caramel ice cream in the freezer and scooped 2 scoops of ice cream onto the plate. The combination of coffee and vanilla and salty caramel was delicious! Though seriously you can’t go wrong with ice cream and cakes.

One Girl Cookies 68 Dean St, Brooklyn

Lobster Joint

Lobster Joint

I love fish and chips and yes I have been to both Chip Shops in Brooklyn. Fish and chips is something that I get whenever I see it on a menu, though of course depending on where I am. I’m not going to order fish and chips at a burger joint but I will order fish and chips at an Irish Pub. Anyways, so last week I found myself having lunch with a friend at Lobster Joint, conveniently close to Eastern District in Greenpoint. So how was the food? Here’s what my friend had to say about her lobster roll.

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Pork Belly Stew With Lentils And Kale

Pork belly stew

Few days ago I got an email from my sister, Bonnie, about hibernation. She is doing a series of blog posts about what people would wear or drink or eat or whatever to prep for cold wintry weather. Obviously my mind drifted towards food and thought what I would eat in preparation of going into hibernation or what I would eat for days if I get trapped in a snow storm. The answer was quite simple, a pork belly stew!

This time around, I decided not to follow any recipes and basically go with my guts (or natural talent at throwing a bunch of stuff together and stick it in the oven?). I thought what would go well with pork belly in a stew-y situation? Here’s what I came up with…

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Fall Pies From Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Maple buttermilk custard

Autumn/fall has been my favorite season ever since I moved to NYC. Used to be winter but LA winter isn’t the same as NYC winter and it’s just too damn cold here. With fall, besides the cooler weather and pretty trees, you get flavors like pumpkin and maple.

The maple buttermilk custard pie (picture above) from Four & Twenty Blackbirds may just be my new favorite pie. I prefer custardy pies because I just like the creaminess of it. The pie was sweet and tangy. May I get two dollops of whipped cream please? It just fantastic, a bite of pie with a little bit of cream.

Brown butter pumpkin
Another pie that I like a lot is the brown butter pumpkin. I’ve started to lie the flavor of pumpkin more and more now and I used to not care for pumpkin pies. This slice would’ve been great with a good cup of joe. Yeah!

Four & Twenty Blackbirds 439 3rd Ave, Brooklyn