Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cold Temperatures Call for a Warm Soup

Despite the fact that it’s March, temperatures still dip well below freezing in New York City. In honor of this endlessly frigid weather, I wanted to do a post on a soup that I’ve been mastering throughout the winter and share it with you while it’s still acceptable to eat warm and hearty meals.

It all started with a post I read on Smitten Kitchen about carrot soup with crisped chickpeas. I never quite got the chickpeas right (so if you do, you’re a better cook than me!), but I was able to get the soup down to a creamy, sweet and hearty texture.

And then, I changed the recipe - it's become a lot spicier, sweeter and less like a puree. Here's what I did, but let me know which one you think is better!

(Read on for the recipe...)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Moustache - Middle Eastern

Moustache Pitza is the perfect Middle Eastern restaurant for a casual dinner for two or three people. It’s a small hole-in-the-wall place that fits about 10 tables. The food is served on small plates that are designed for sharing.
Our favorite items on the menu were the hummus, babaganough (I love anything with eggplant!) and the Moustache Pitza. The chicken and lamb kebabs were also great to share, but were fairly unseasoned and could have used more spice.

The place is so small and cute that there is almost always a wait for dinner – so expect at least a 20-30 minutes. But it’s worth it.

Oh yeah, it’s cash only.

Choose one of three locations: East Village, West Village and East Harlem.

Monday, January 20, 2014

A New Year, a New City, a New Meal

It's been a while since my last post... okay nearly a year... but a lot has happened that makes me want to start blogging again. 
My boyfriend and I are in New York City now, and there are so many restaurants, bars, grocery stores and farmers markets to explore that it's given me great material to start writing and the best encouragement to start tasting new foods and eating at new places.

For me, there’s nothing better than trying a fantastic new restaurant with a cute atmosphere and a delicious entrĂ©e, but I’m feeling more than a little overwhelmed with the selection here. To be honest, I have no idea where to even start looking for a good place to eat in this city. (So if anyone is reading this and has a suggestion… please, please, please leave a comment so I can go immediately.)

Therefore, because of the plethora of restaurants available, and my unfortunate lack of food geography, I will share my ups and downs in an attempt to better learn what food this city has to offer.

I also hope this blog might help anyone visiting or living in New York, so that they may have a new list of places to try, and not waste their time (and calories) on mediocre food.

One last note, before I write my first post actually about food: John and I have just moved into a new apartment with a wonderful, newly renovated, never been used before kitchen!!! That means lots of opportunities to cook and try new recipes, which I will share in great detail on this blog.

So, with that said, I'm resuming my posts and beginning to write, cook and eat (well I was always doing that) again!