Sunday, July 31, 2011

Spicy Dinner

Don't underestimate the peppers you buy at a Korean grocery. I should have known it better. As usual, I used Korean peppers in my cooking and it came out spicier than I anticipated. We had tears in the eyes when we finished the dinner. Still yummy though.
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dinner Cooked with Korean Flavor

As we got lazy this morning, we decided not to go to the beach today. We usually leave the apartment at 8 to beat the traffic.
Instead, a short trip to NJ for shopping, I can't tell what we bought but it was a good deal, Korean lunch and grocery. Kabocha season has started but there are a few more weeks to reach the peak. A good lazy Saturday.
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Peach Cobbler

It is a peach season and instead of apple, there are many peach deserts, like cobbler in the market. I wish it was a home made but with caramel ice cream, it was rather delicious.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dinner in Durham

On business to Durham today. I met up with one of my old friends for dinner. Pork dish with some southern flavor. Desert was yummy too.
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Hairy Peach

It is this time of year. Farmers star carrying fresh peaches at the market. Doesn't it look hairy or I did not notice that in Japan as I peeled the skin there? I think it is the proof of the freshness. Yellow peach is more common here, while whites are in Japan.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

County Farm

After the Greek lunch, we stopped by a county farm where you can see many livestock. A mother pig with new born pigs... their tails are so cute. Isn't she HUGE? I had never seen a pig in Japan, so...
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Lunch at a Greek Restaurnt

Needed a little change from home cooking. 30 minutes drive led to another world - Greek. Some lamb and seafood kabob.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Easy Dinner

Another hot day today. We spent most of our day home and some shopping at an indoor mall.
Dinner was very simple stir fry with some salad which was eaten before this picture was taken with a drink - cosmopolitan.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer Dinner

Typical dishes with some twists. Summer vegetable, such as okra and eggplants curry without water but tomatoes. It is very refreshing taste.
Salmon with pon-zu sauce with garlic and ginger. It reminded me Katsuo-no-Tataki.
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Hot Day and Cold Noodle

It is hot today. Over 100 degrees and close to all time record.
We cooked lunch using all vegetables. Two types of cold noodles - one with Natto and the other with tomatoes. Very refreshing and slimy...
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Miso and Kimchi???

After the dinner, we stopped by at a high end grocery store in Carol Garden. They have very interesting selections, including this made in Boston miso. I think I saw the episode about this miso manufacture on tv.
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Dinner at Buttermilk Channel

Saturday dinner at a very nice neighborhood restaurant. This is their signature fried chicken. Good but not the best... I guess I had a high hope for this place.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Working Hard

After a wonderful vacation, I am back to work in the city. I still have to post many pictures from the trip.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

German Dinner

Our last dinner of this trip was German dishes with beer. After a few hours of hiking, it was a nice treat.
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Ben & Jerry Factory

Famous ice cream factory is located in Vermont. There was no way we could pass. Did you know they learned how to make ice cream at MY Penn State? That's why it tastes good.
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Healthy? Breakfast

A wonderful breakfast before heading to a hike in Stowe VT. It's going to be an active day today.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Did You Say Ice Cream?

Actually it is called cree mee in VT. It was huge even it was a small size only at $1.50. I was about to order large, but the guy in front of us warned that large is really BIG. Glad we followed his advice.
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Different Type of Bagels

NYC has one of the best, but Montreal has a few famous ones too, thanks to many Jewish immigrants. They are much smaller and I heard that they don't boil the dough before baking. As a result, it has more bread texture and it has sugar in it too.
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French Pastries

It looks like the ones in Japan. Very colorful and sophisticated. I like American baked goods but Europe has different types.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Is it France?

It has been told that Montreal gives you a European feel,and finally we had that today by walking around the old city area. Beautiful European charm every block we went.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Different Kind of Kosher Deli

We are in Montreal for the weekend after 6 hours of drive. Even though NYC is famous for Kosher deli, Montreal has very famous one too. They smoke the meat...
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Healthy July 4th Dinner

After lazy July 4th weekend, we were not in the mood to eat anything bad, so cooked "almost" vegetarian meal. To remind this is the independence day, we had corn as side. Happy birthday to America.
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Pre July 4th Dinner

We wanted to cook and eat something remaining us about this holiday, so easily we ended up cooking burgers. Bacon and caramelized onions were our touch. Not fried but baked potatoes and whole grain buns were something we needed to feel it was still a healthy meal. It was a good job as mature burger chefs.
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Light Lunch

After eating relatively heavy meal yesterday and something heavy tonight (stay tuned...), we had light Korean inspired lunch. After the lunch yesterday, we stopped by at a HMart as usual to stock up some Korean ingredients.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Beach and Pork Belly?

We spend the first day of this long weekend at the beach, as usual.
The weather was perfect, I mean it was not too hot and nice breeze from the ocean.
We spent almost FOUR hours at the beach before heading to our next destination - Flushing (so called Korean town).
We found this pork BBQ place on-line with very high reviews. Per the owner, they were the first restaurant who started using this crystal, which retain the heat evenly and easy to clean, for BBQ. As a typical Korean BBQ, we enjoyed the meat with vegetables and some pastes. It was yummy and we will surely come back here or the other restaurant right next to this place.

Fancy Dinner in the City

We were lucky enough to have this fancy dinner the other day at BLT Prime in the city. This is one of the benefits of me working, I guess. Why we chose this place???, because this past weekend, I met up with my old friends from the school - YES, Penn State, and one of the topics was steakhouse in the city.
When we sat at the table, their first thing served at the table was this chicken liver pate with toasted bread. It was very rich and we had a great feeling about this place.
Our appetizer was roasted beets salad, which is BTW my favorite salad. Can you see the poppers sitting next to BLT marked butter? Instead of typical breads at the table, they serve cheese poppers, which just came out of the oven and were supper hot.
My choice of cut for the night was, of course, rib eye, and I chose between the medium and the medium-rare. I did not know there was such a thing, but here as you can see hopefully, there were TWO cows marked medium and medium-rare, which I guess they used at the kitchen.
The most important thing at the steakhouse is sides... our choices for the night were leek hash brown potatoes and asparagus. Oh, and one of their uniqueness was a variety of sauces. We had THREE and THREE types of mustered, which were good to change the tastes of meat at each bite.
After the dinner, we spent a nice evening at the union square and took this video. I hope you can see this and there were lightening bugs ("Hotaru" in Japanese) in the middle of the city.
It was a very nice night out in the city, which we should do more often. I guess I should work much harder, or smarter for next fancy dinner...