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Sapori D’Ischia

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sapori D’Ischia 55-15 37th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377 is an Italian retail store by day, stocked with olive oils, balsamic vinegars, cheeses, cured meats, and more. I would go to re-stock on Italian pantry and they seem to age their own steaks. For those who don’t cook, the space fills with tables […]

Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sweet & Sour dishes are commonly known Chinese dishes. They’re probably even in the top 5 most popular. Yet, what I’ve seen at “fake” Chinese take-outs rarely resembles what I know of as Sweet & Sour. They’re often neon orange ( I don’t even know where that color comes from), taste like pure fried batter […]

4 Recipes for the 4th of July

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I’ll admit that I’m not particularly patriotic. The 4th of July means BBQ and fireworks to me, and that’s reason enough to celebrate. It also happens to be my little cousin Christopher’s birthday and he turns 18 this year. Happy Birthday Chris!
Hope you all have great celebrations planned and if you don’t, it’s not too […]

Tomato Fried Eggs

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Recently, one of our commenters  (goes by Gardener) requested the Chinese recipe for Tomato Fried Eggs. I was giddy with excitement, not just because I got a recipe request, which I love, but because this isn’t the kind of dish you find at restaurants (though a few do offer it).  This is the most home-style […]

Chinese American Potato Salad

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, […]

“Live” Octopus at Sik Gaek (Woodside)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

They call this “live” octopus. Really they are actually dead… pulled from the tanks and freshly killed by being chopped up. They are still moving and the suckers hold onto the plate, the insides of your cheek, and the roof of your mouth. Conceptually, it’s just like eating sashimi, only the Koreans use a seasoned […]

Fresh Peas with Mint

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, […]

Red Bean Zong Zi (with Video)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Duan Wu Jie is a Chinese holiday and this year it will be on June 16th. Traditionally, this is the time of year you make Zong Zi for your family and friends. (See our Pork Zong Zi from last year.) I’ll admit that it’s a lot of work and this is probably the most difficult […]

8 Father’s Day Recipes

Saturday, June 12, 2010

When I did the Mother’s Day round-up, just last month, John posted a comment, asking if I’d do one for Father’s Day. I was really happy to; I enjoyed putting it together so much last time. There is such a strong nostalgic association with food that thinking of a loved one naturally connects to memories […]

Tournesol

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tournesol 50-12 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101 seems to be the restaurant that is most recommended in Long Island City and it certainly was full the night we went.  Unfortunately, my party of eight had such a bad experience–it is certain that none of us will go back.
First, we were […]