Best Thai Food in Brooklyn @ Song

Same owners as Joya in Carroll Gardens, we gave Song a shot now that we’re Park Slope residents. We feared, what if it’s not as good as Joya? It is, after all, not the original restaurant. To our surprise, the food was just as delicious and the menu is pretty much identical. We started with…

Our Wedding Cake, 2 Years Later

Uh no, we did not save our actual wedding cake from two years ago. (Yikes!) For our second-year anniversary, Jesse ordered a replica of our wedding cake (minus the fancy design and fondant) from Judy of Silk Cakes, who ideated and made the creation in the first place. This is what the ube cake with…

We Tried It So You Don’t Have To: Our First Blue Apron Meals

So here we go. We are Blue Apron’ing. And in case you don’t know what that is, it’s one of those pre-packaged-ingredients delivery services. You basically get everything you need to make a dish (with the exception of salt, pepper and oil). Produce typically need 10-to-20 minutes of prepping. Proteins are conservatively portioned. And what…

The Inventive Filipino Menu at Manila Social Club

The photos above were shot over the course of a month. I’ve been to Manila Social Club (a new Filipino-inspired restaurant) a total of three times and I haven’t been disappointed yet. So far, I’ve tried three different entrees; here’s a ranking of them in order of faves: tortang talong (eggplant omelet), pork tocino, grilled…

Filipino Menudo Success

Filipino menudo is simply a bunch of ingredients cooked in one pot. Start this two hours before you want to eat. The prepping of ingredients will take a good 30-45 minutes even if you’re fast. Ingredients • 2 to 3 pounds of pork (cubed) • 4 hotdogs (sliced diagonally) • 2 medium baking potatoes (peeled…

Saturday Shopping & Shake Shack

After a morning of shopping at Target and Uniqlo, we discovered NO LINES at Shake Shack near Barclay’s. And that’s all there was to it. When there’s no waiting at a Shake Shack — hungry or not — you eat Shake Shack. Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Shake Shack 170 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn

Nathan’s Hot Dogs at Coney Island

Today, Jesse and I did a very bad thing. We cheated on our Isagenix cleanse and we cheated in the worst way possible… with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. But my goodness, it — I mean they — were worth every bite, every calorie. Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Nathan’s Famous Coney Island, Brooklyn

Farm-to-Table Eats at Applewood

Pictured above from top: crispy braised New Hampshire pork belly, rabbit confit, yellow beet salad, roast chicken with vegetables and apple crisp with butterscotch ice cream. You’ll loved the ambiance of this farm-to-table restaurant. Combined with the top-notch service and clean, organic dishes, it has snagged a spot in our “Top 3 Restaurants in Park…

Korean Fried Chicken Pig-Out Session

Sometimes you just have to do it — as bad as it is for you. Sometimes you just have to order crispy, addictive Korean fried chicken and eat like no one is watching you. And lucky for us, Wangs is finally willing to deliver to our side of town. For months, they never popped up…

The Best Sushi in Midtown Can Be Found at …

… Sushi Den on 49th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Get the spicy crunch roll, you won’t be disappointed. I’m dreaming about the day to go here and do Omakase. Jesse and I will have save that for a special occasion. It’s ultimately dangerous having this restaurant so close to my office because I’m…

Italian Courses at Bar Tano in Gowanus

Jesse and I met up with Brandon for a late Friday dinner at Bar Tano, merely a handful of short blocks away from our new hood. We are still exploring the eateries in town and though many are “confused” by what Gowanus has to offer, this Italian restaurant was a pleasant surprise (and moderately priced)….

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

I will never buy bottled caesar dressing ever again. Below, you’ll find my mom and dad’s tried-and-true caesar dressing recipe. Ingredients • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise (Hellmann’s with olive oil preferably) • 4 cloves of garlic, minced • 5 anchovies, chopped • 2 tablespoons of parmesan or pecorino romano cheese (we prefer the pecorino romano)…

Paellas for Brunch at Socarrat

Four small plates and two paellas were more than enough for Jesse, Billy, Jeremy and me. We ordered the “gambas al ajillo” (bottom right), “datiles” (top center), “patatas bravas” (not pictured) and “pimientos del padron” (bottom left) to start. Then along came the “langosta paella” (left; which had a WHOLE lobster, calamari, shrimp, scallops and…

Celebrating with Our Besties at West Bank Cafe

So excited for Steve and Brandon’s new fab apartment in Hell’s Kitchen; we went to West Bank Cafe (which is a couple of blocks away) to celebrate! It was our first time at this joint and my first observation: the name definitely does not match the food or the ambiance. Sure, they have “the usual”…

A Perfect Filipino Dinner at Jeepney

As a thank you for watching our little Franklin while we were in Thailand, Jesse and I treated Stephanie to a Filipino dinner at Jeepney gastropub in the East Village. Not your ordinary Filipino dinner though, I ordered sweetbread sinangag (bottom right), longanisa with coconut rice (bottom left), while Stephanie got the snapper special and…

Food Venture: Eating Our Way Through Bangkok, Thailand

For the past 8 days, we hit Bangkok, Thailand! Let’s start with room service. Upon arriving around midnight in Bangkok, our go-to meal was no other than in-room dining. We ordered pad thai (what else would you order for your first meal in Thailand?!) with prawns and sticky rice with mango. Both were EXCELLENT choices….

Unbelievable Tacos at Taco Santo

Little by little, we are starting to make our way through Park Slope via food. This food-venture was sparked by a suggestion from two of our besties, Steve and Brandon. Last night, they were going to a Brooklyn “show,” which will later be revealed as a Sarah McLachlan concert. (Ha!) The story goes as follows……

Brunch at TALDE — Finally!

We’ve finally made it here! Brunch at TALDE proved to be a treat. Fronted by Top Chef‘s Dale Talde, this 65-seat restaurant has a really warm feel thanks to the Asian antique mahogany wood-carvings that graced the walls. We ordered the Japanese scallion pancake (a special for the day), which tasted like a deconstructed spicy…

Oscars Night Dinner: Lechon Kawali (Deep-Fried Pork Belly)

Calm down, we don’t eat pork belly every night… But since it’s a special night — the Academy Awards are on!!! — we treated ourselves. It was yet another first time for me — I have never made lechon kawali before, but it’s one of my favorite things to eat (though my cholesterol would beg…

Slow-Cooked Beef Chili

Jesse has been sick with the flu the last couple of days. At his request, I made chili for the first time. It was easier than I thought, but definitely took longer that expected. It was worth the wait. I’m convinced, the longer you cook it, the better it tastes. It’s been snowing all day,…

Before You Cook, Love Your Kitchen

The other day, I read about a study on drug addiction. Scientists used mice to figure out what might be contributing to habitual drug use. Two groups of mice: one in a nice space that had toys (and some drug); the other in a boring space with nothing to play with (and some drug). The…

Seared Duck Breast with Carrots, Shallots and Quinoa

Over the weekend while we were at the supermarket, this lady saw me grab a couple of pounds of ox tail. She asked, “What’cha going to do with that ox tail, girl?” I told her I was making a stew. She asked, “How are you going to prepare that?” I told her I was going…

Filipino Kare Kare (Oxtail Stew)

Hooray — I can scratch one thing off my cooking bucket list. Last night (for our Valentine’s Day dinner), I made Jesse and I Filipino kare kare (that’s oxtail stew). Again, I amazed myself that I was able to create something (using my mom’s recipe in the DIY’d cookbook she made me last year) that…

Valentine’s Day Lunch at Gotham West Market’s Cannibal

For Valentine’s Day, we met up with friends for brunch at Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen. With all of the different food options, it was hard to choose. You can spend an hour just trying to decide what to order. This time around, I opted for Cannibal Dogs 2.0 at Cannibal — and how…

Oven-Baked Fried Chicken

Adapted from various recipes on the web and using ingredients I can find in my fridge and pantry, I would consider this meal a success! I’ve never cooked with buttermilk before, but the idea of using it in any dish sounds so “hometown” of me. We ate this with roasted butternut squash and shallots (my…

Filipino Nilaga (Beef Broth)

It’s my first time making this dish, and I’m basically creating it from (stomach) memory. Unfortunately, the Pathmark two blocks away was out of bok choy and beef brisket, so I am substituting with spinach and beef ribs. We typically go to Whole Foods, but we went for the more affordable option this time around….

My Cooking Bucket List of 2015

It’s easy making the same old, same old. But this year, I propose to challenge myself to make a bunch of significant dishes. From really intricate plates to stuff I simply love to eat but never made before, wish me luck on this culinary adventure. • Seared foie gras with port wine sauce and grapes,…