New York, SF Bay Area, New York Again. I love to cook and eat. Go local

  • Location: Astoria
  • Favorite foods: All things spicy
  • Last bite on earth: Bacon and onion slice - Frank Pepe's New Haven

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Creamy Coleslaw

I didn't see much result from my cure. I wonder if my use of bagged cabbage had some affect. Turned out fine nonetheless but the curing step ended up feeling like a waist of effort. Maybe I did something wrong?

Monte Cristo From 'Prune'

I have to try this recipe. The monte cristo at Prune is one of the best sandwiches anywhere of any kind. Just don't expect to eat for the rest of the day

Fried-Avocado Tacos With Chipotle Cream, Cabbage, and Pickled Red Onions

Some of the best tacos I ever had were fried avocado tacos from Mas Tacos Por Favor in East nashville. Delish.

@Kenji...would your vodka/cornstarch batter work for this too?

The Best White Chili With Chicken

This looks very similar to your Hatch Green Chili knock-off. That is a good thing bc it delish.

Make this in 30 min or less by using canned beans and a high-quality green salsa (fonterra is my fav) in lieu of the chile's.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Franks' hot sauce is the only way to go for an actual buffalo flavor. I'm thinking of making these tonight, but will probably combine some minced chicken with the ground to improve mouth feel.

Book Giveaway: 'Pizza: Seasonal Recipes From Rome's Legendary Pizzarium,' by Gabriele Bonci

Brussel sprouts and bacon. Is that fall? I think so, but dont care because its so darn good.

Bake the Book: Balaboosta

fresh cheese with honey please. So simple but so right.

The Food Lab: How To Make the Best Creamy Coleslaw

Anything you do Kenji is worth a shot. I'll tweak it with Tarragon Vin. I love it on slaw.

At Special Occasion Spot Canlis in Seattle, Don't Forget Dessert

I have great memories of the most special occasion dinner with my Grandma at Canlis. I remember it as a very classic restaurant with a beautiful room and view of the Sound. Although traditional, Canlis never felt old fashioned. It's been 10 years since then and I've wondered how they've held up. From these pics it looks like just fine.

Cook the Book: 'Ultimate Nachos'

leftover smoked pulled pork with cheese, jalapenos, guac, sour cream, lettuce and tomatos. Yum

Kenji's cheese sauce of course.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Last Sat. at Piper kilt in East chester. Bacon blue is incredible.

A Tour of Muncan Food Corp's Charcuterie: Bacon and Beyond

Muncan might just be a meat lovers' heaven on earth. It is a bit overwhelming so I appreciate this rundown, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Luckily the workers are very warm and friendly, and always willing to let you try just about anything. My kids surely never leave there hungry (maybe just a little thirsty).

This is why we live in NYC people!!! Astoria is such a wonderfully culturally diverse place.

The Vegetarian Option: Woodside Cafe, Must-Eat Nepali in Queens

Looks good, but I would be so sad eating here. Everytime I drive by I mourn the loss of Spicy Mina's. This was her last location. Where oh where did you go????

A Sandwich a Day: Shawarma at Cedars Meat House

therevoller is totally right about the early weekend lunch issues. I've resolved that by going for a kofka, while good not as great as the schwarma.

I love this place so much. For $3.50 they have a perfectly resonably sized sandwich. Sure there isn't too much meat, but the garlic sauce has serious kickin and balance the provided by the pickles make me happy. And not bloated like most times.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

When I was a kid we had a pig pickin at a north carolina farm I will never forget it and it must have cemented muy love for BBQ

Where to Get Buffalo Wings in NYC (A Wing Lover's Guide)

No props for the Wings at Dino BBQ is a major oversight. Grilled and meaty wing perfection.

My favorite wings for superbowl are fried chx wings from my local chinese delivery. I cut them up into bar wings and add my own sauce. I'm telling you, perfect and cheap every time.

TGI Fry-Day: Nagoya Teba (Chicken Wings) at Hinomaru Ramen

Hinomaru is def a good addition to the hood. All their broths are super rich and tasty and the wings are good if a little little. I like their buckets of beer for $20 though I cant remember if it's 5 or six.

The only thing that irks me is that their ramen is equivalent in price to Manhattan ramen shops. There is no way the rent on Ditmars is even close to rents in the Village or midtown so WTF? But I'm still happy Hinomaru opened in my side of Astoria and not another mediocre sushi place (of course they've started serving sushi at Hinomaru too!). Now I just need a Szechuan place and I'll never have to leave.

Get Quality Burgers at Schnipper's Quality Kitchen in Midtown

I know it's late but I just got here. As a native I'm never never in the Times Sq. area. I'm glad I did bc I had a killer bacon cheese burger tonight. Perfectly cooked, and just about right all the way around for the fast food style. $7.50 seemed fair enough and a la frieda straight up cheeseburger for $6 isn't too shabby for anywhere in the 5-boros let alone next to Disney World NYC. I skipped the fries and went with a chopped salad which was huge. Nothing too special but just the roughage I needed.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Minetta Tavern Black Label burger. Pat Lafreida sourced ofcourse

Cook the Book: Ribollita "Da Delfina"

Beautiful pic but how would these patties ever stick together?

Pizza Obsessives: Andris "Man of Steel" Lagsdin

Great that this works for us home cooks, but I'm wondering why not just have a metal shop fabricate a sheet for me locally? You found a great manufacturing partner in Stoughton Steel...good luck

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Eggs, Pomegranate, and Marcona Almond Vinaigrette

This looks so freaking good and coming from you Kenji, I got to try this ASAP.

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Shawarma at Duzan

I wouldn't travel way out of the way, but this sandwich is def worth a detour. And being within delivery distance, Duzan is a reminder of why I live in Astoria. Their Hummus is awesome too.

Sunday Supper: Sloppy Joes

And I'll extend the reanimation :) Making tomorrow and I'm wondering how I'm going to play with it this time. Perfect cold fall dinner...I can't wait


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