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Join me at the Vendys! (Discount Code Below!)

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New York, NY - September 17, 2016: The 2016 Vendy Awards on Governors Island. CREDIT: Clay Williams. © Clay Williams / claywilliamsphoto.comAll photos by Clay Williams

What are you doing next Saturday?  Hopefully, the answer is attending the Vendys! 🙂

I am super stoked to be attending the 14th annual Vendy Awards next Saturday, the 22nd, and I hope you’ll join me there!  This is actually my *very first time* attending the Vendys, and I can’t WAIT. I’ve heard such amazing things about the event itself, and I just love that it celebrates NYC’s diverse street food culture all in one place. With 25 vendors and unlimited food and drink included in your ticket, you know it will be a fun (and delicious!) day. Continue Reading

Event Alert – New York Taste 2017! Monday, November 6th!

Events / Giveaways / Partnerships, Food

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One of my favorite dishes from the last New York Taste nights I attended!

Happy FRIIIYAAY, Noshers!  Today I’m sharing the details of one of my absolute FAVORITE food events of the year – New York Taste!  This amazing night of culinary delights is taking place next Monday, November 6th, and yours truly will be be attending for the fifth time (yup, I love it that much).  Now in its 19th year, New York Taste 2017 will feature chefs from over 40 of NYC’s most delicious restaurants. Some of the chefs I absolutely must visit this year are Simone Tong, Dale Talde, and my personal event fave – Wyle Dufresne! One of the best things of this event (besides the food) is that the chefs are all available and eager to chat – so yes, in between table hopping and stuffing my face, I’ll be chatting up these fabulous individuals!

Proceeds from the event go to City Harvest – do you really need another reason to eat for a good cause? I didn’t think so.  If you’ve been waiting and waiting to buy tickets for this – DO IT!

General admission tickets are on sale now – don’t wait, the VIP tix are already sold out!

My previous visits to New York Taste:

I really hope to see you there!

Check out the chef line-up – who would you most like to chat up?

A Watercress Evening with Chef Ming Tsai and B&W Quality Growers!

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Sous Chef Kenji, Me, and Chef Ming – the only thing missing is the watercress.

Watercress – the less looked-upon green – until now! Growing up in a Chinese household, watercress was always in our greens rotation.  Figuring prominently in hot pot meals, soup, and as a stir-fried veggie, I always loved this spicy, slightly bitter green.  So, I was super excited to attend last week’s watercress dinner hosted by Chef Ming Tsai and B&W Watercress Growers. Featuring a 6-course meal featuring watercress, I was curious to see how versatile the vegetable could be. And I was certainly not disappointed! See for yourself:

We started with watercress-artichoke dip served with whole wheat pita chips: Continue Reading

Lucky Rice Cookthrough: Macanese African Chicken

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If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I’m slowly but steadily cooking my way through the Lucky Rice cookbook.  If you haven’t heard of the Lucky Rice cookbook before, I’d highly recommend checking it out – not only have the recipes been delicious yet straightforward, the vignettes and captivating style resulted in me reading this book cover to cover. Yes – I read cookbooks cover to cover when warranted!

As I was digging through the recipes, one especially caught my eye – the recipe for Macanese African chicken.  Despite its name, Macanese African chicken is not actually African in origin; instead, it is a Macanese classic incorporating both Chinese and Spanish spices. How it got its name? Well, the jury is still out on this one.  In the mean time, you can try this dish for yourself – the ingredients can be easily found at your local grocery store and the steps are pretty simple.

I made this dish for an eating buddy who used to visit Macau when he lived in the area and loved this dish.  He gave my version the seal of approval, and I, who had never even heard of Macanese African chicken before, wholeheartedly agreed. But don’t take OUR word for it! Continue Reading

Lucky Rice Cookthrough: Tea-Smoked Eggs

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I know 7-Elevens sometimes get a bad rap here in the U.S. (nevermind the prepared foods that are offered within), but I discovered a few years ago that 7-Eleven’s are legit in Asia.  I’m talking about pretty good sushi in the Japanese locations (not the best sushi, like, ever, but surprisingly delicious), prepared hot meals in Taiwan, and the like. The stuff is actually good.  One of the snack foods that was especially popular in the Taipei 7-Elevens I visited were tea eggs marinating in a cauldron of delicious broth.  Hard boiled eggs from 7-Elevens? You betcha! Don’t knock it till you try it (in Asia, at least – can’t speak for the eggs you get here in the American 7-Elevens!).

Luckily for me, my recent discovery of the fabulousness that is Asian 7-Eleven was not my first foray into the world of tea eggs.  My mom used to make tea eggs when I was a kid, before my capricious young self decided I didn’t like them anymore.   Silly me – I tried them again as an adult, and tea eggs are pretty much the best way to prepare hard boiled eggs.  The soy/tea/spice “broth” in which the eggs steep is intensely flavorful and lends a warm and spicy aroma that I haven’t seen replicated elsewhere.  And from a purely fun standpoint, the rolling and cracking of the shell before steeping yields some pretty cool looking eggs!  When I saw that the Lucky Rice cookbook featured a recipe for tea eggs, I knew I had to try it for the second recipe of my Lucky Rice cookthrough.

As you’ll see from the short ingredient list, you can probably find all of these ingredients in your local grocery store… Continue Reading