Sunday, November 10, 2013
This weekend, I made one of Mr. K’s favorite dishes: orange chicken.
Coming from a Chinese background, I have a contentious relationship with orange chicken. I don’t mind it per se. It tastes fine. I just get a little annoyed, sometimes very annoyed, when people start talking about how they love authentic Chinese food and then they say orange chicken is their favorite Chinese dish.
Mr. K likes to say he loves orange chicken just to see if he can get me riled up.
Friday, November 8, 2013
One of the things I learned while planning my trip to New York City is that many of the fine dining restaurants offer a special lunch prix fixe menu, allowing you to get a taste of a highly acclaimed or Michelin starred restaurant for a fraction of the usual price.
Jean-Georges is a 3 Michelin starred restaurant. For dinner, a 3 course prix fix menu will cost you $118 a person, and a full tasting menu costs $198 per person. But for lunch, they offer a seasonal prix fixe menu for just $38 per person.
Included in the $38 price, you get to choose two dishes (a starter and an entree), and you also get a trio of amuse bouche, their house-made marshmallows and petit fours.
Raspberry gazpacho, tuna with pickled pineapple and shio leaf, corn fritter with jalapeno yogurt
Our meal started out with a trio of these complimentary bites with a wide range of flavors that awoke the taste buds.
Throughout the meal, we were provided with assorted fresh baked breads.
Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Black Bread, Jalapeno and Yuzu
What immediately drew me to Jean-Georges’ lunch menu was that most of my favorite items did not have a supplemental charge, unlike most of the other prix fixe lunch deals I came across. This was my starter choice. The uni was creamy, fresh and sweet. This was a great way to start our meal.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
As soon as Fall started, I immediately began craving pumpkin flavored drinks like pumpkin spice coffee and pumpkin chai latte.
To save some money, I’ve been making them at home whenever possible. In only a few minutes, you can make your own Pumpkin Chai Latte.