Können Essen! {let's eat!}

Guten Tag! Over the weekend I enjoyed a little slice of Germany on the Upper East Side. Heidelberg has been serving authentic German food and brew since 1936. It's old school Yorkville! Pork pretty much takes over the menu. We had the roast pork, Knackwurst, Bauernwurst, Weisswurst, and of course potato pancakes, red cabbage and Spaetzle because I'm not back to eating all meats at the moment. 

My man Anthony Bourdain has covered this place too (see clip below). You should really give it a try for the amazing imported brews (so smooth) and tasty foods.


Another Trip to Eataly

I've covered Eataly before, but during my recent visit to the Italian Mecca, I had lunch in the Fish section with a dear friend.

A MAJOR tip for you when eating there:

When in the fish section you get fish and a few choice sides... no coffee (that is in the coffee section)... no salad (that is in the vegetable section)... no dessert... etc etc. You get it? YOU GET FISH!! And wine... Go to the pasta section and your get pasta. It's quite simple. EIther pick one place or sample a few. The pasta line is about a 45 minute wait. Consider yourself warned!

That being said, for two people (eating in the fish section) I'd suggest this to get the best dining experience: Have 2 appetizers (antipasti) and share an entree (which is the whole fish) and a side. DONE!

We noshed on the sardine/anchovy and seafood salad appetizers, then went for the full roasted branzino (sea bass) with broccoli rabe. Really good quality ingredients. The freshness and details in every dish are quite memorable. I will be trying out another section soon, I can only hope!


Restaurant Review: Sakagura

Japanese restaurants are a dime a dozen in NYC these days... but fortunately for all of you readers I found a little gem in the basement of an office building! Don't be confused by the sushi place across the street and right next door to it's address (211E 43RD STREET)... go to the basement floor of this building by taking the stairs... you won't be kidnapped (or disappointed)!

{pictures from restaurant site}
It's called Sakagura, and is not only one of the top sake bars in the USA, it's also authentic Tokyo dining! I have never tasted a seaweed salad like the one we had. The slimy green mess with sesame seeds that you get at most places doesn't even compare to this tri-color bouquet!

You won't find wine or domestic beer here either. This is strictly Japanese beer and Sake. I love places that do this. You are there to be pleased with their suggestions and creations... the picky are not wanted!

We enjoyed:
SURUMEIKA YAKI :  Grilled Japanese Squid Brushed with Garlic Soy Sauce  $7.50
TORI TSUKUNE :  Chicken Meat Balls with Teriyaki Sauce  $6.00
MAGURO TARTAR :  Chopped Tuna with Flying Fish Roe Steeped in Yuzu and Caviar   $15.00
SEAWEED SALAD :  Assortment of Seaweed Topped with a choice of Citrus Vinaigarette OR Sesame  $8.00
FLUKE CARPACCIO : Thinly Fluke Sashimi Drizzled with Olive Oil Topped with Plum Paste,                                                       Salmon Roe, and Shiso Leaf  $10.00
{pictures by me- iPhone}


A Fishy Tale

I'm a little (ok VERY) saddened and maddened by this video. I know I started eating chicken again but it's videos like this that make me crazy and I'm already re-thinking eating chicken again. Such a wishy washy mind. And yes, this is not a video about chicken (it's about seafood) but you'd be crazy not to think these conditions are elsewhere with other products.


Impromtu Risotto

What I had in my kitchen on a Thursday night when I got home at 9pm:
some butter
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes left
a lemon
a shallot
some garlic
some Parmesan cheese
truffle oil
some fresh basil and parsley
chicken stock (the concentrated packets)

After scolding myself for not going food shopping... I made Risotto!

Risotto takes patience, but it's so worth in the end. Here's how I do it:

Since I used concentrated chicken stock, I just heated about 4 cups of water in a kettle. I then added 4 packets of the chicken concentrate. You can just heat up 4 cups chicken stock...

Heat about 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Add a chopped shallot (or onion) and about 4 sliced garlic cloves in the oil. Let soften for a few minutes. Add in 1 cup of rice and zest of 1 lemon to toast- about 4 minutes. Add in your first cup of heated stock. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the rice absorbs the liquid. Add in tomatoes. Continue to add (1 cup at a time) of the stock and stir rice slowly until it absorbs each cup of stock. When your stock is done (use water if you need more) and the rice is tender, turn of heat. Add in herbs and about 1/2 parmesan cheese. Add 1 tablespoon truffle oil if you have it. AMAZING!

UPDATE: I forgot to add that when buying Truffle Oil, go for a truffle infused Olive Oil.
You will get more for your buck this way! I got mine at Zabar's in the city but here are some online and here !


Friday Fajitas

Fajitas are a great simple meal to make on a Friday. After a long week I like to actually take my Friday's easy. That way, I can wake up all refreshed on Saturday and enjoy a full day of festivities! These fajitas are a great meal to have when you want to enjoy a relaxing Friday in front of the boob tube.

What you'll need:
About lb Chicken or Turkey Breast strips (you can cube the meat as well)
1 cup fat free Greek yogurt with the following stirred in (1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, juice and zest of 1 lime, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste).
1 cup corn
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
5 chopped scallions (spring onions)
1 red pepper, chopped
1 lime zested and juiced
1/2 cup sour cream
Olive oil for cooking
4 whole wheat fajita/tortilla wraps

What you'll do:
Marinate the meat in the yogurt and spices you stirred in for about 1/2 hour at room temperature or in fridge up to over night.

Preheat oven to 200 and stick wraps in tinfoil and let them sit in there to warm up while you cook.

Put some oil in a skillet. When heated cook meat until all sides and browned and the middle is cooked through. About 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your pieces.

Serve meat in the warm wraps and top with sour cream the following Mexican Corn Relish:
Mix in your corn, tomatoes, red pepper, scallions, lime, cilantro and some salt and pepper.


Fall Looks

Another look at fall in NYC for your Hump Day enjoyment! Halfway to Friday!


Chicken for 1

Cornish Hens are a great option for when you are cooking for one (or two if you buy two).
Just stuff the bird with a few smashed/peeled garlic cloves, a bunch of parsley, rosemary, sage and basil, and half a lemon. Spread some olive oil over the top of the breast, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about an hour or until a meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees (or where ever it tells you poultry is done). So simple! I served it with some string beans and a baked potato with sour cream.


NYC Marathon

Last week I felt like I ran a marathon. 10 and 17 hour days at work will make you feel like that! But I am back. Yesterday, I checked out the NYC Marathon. A total of 45,000 runners participated this year. I live one block away from 1st Ave where the athletes run north in Manhattan. I snapped some pictures before they made their way, and during the surge. Some folks knew how to get their friends and families to notice them within the pack! Dressing like a bunny, a matador and Gene Simmons will do that!

From Queens they run across the 59th street bridge...

Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia won the Men's professional. I was lucky enough to seem him run by!
He's the guy in the green in the middle...


Halloween Has Come and Gone...

Halloween was in full costume this year in NYC. I didn't dress up but on my morning walk on Halloween day there were many ghosts and ghouls hanging from the brownstones.

I love early walks because the sun is shining and the air is cool and crisp. 
Much better than having a coffee!

Next Sunday is the NYC Marathon. Everyone was gearing up for the race in Central Park!

How was your Halloween? Did you dress up?