When Chad and I go out to eat, nine times out of ten we go out for asian food. Whether it’s Sushi, Chinese, Ramen, Thai or Korean we love it all. Since we moved to the East Village we’ve become huge fans of Japanese food. There’s a little area in the East Vill that has a high concentration of Japanese restaurants. I’m not only talking about sushi (that’s a given and we eat it at least once a week) but we’ve discovered ramen, soba, izakaya, yakitori, shabu-shabu, udon, and the list goes on. Every Japanese restaurant specializes in a different cuisine and we’ve had so much fun trying a new one each time we eat out. Like so much fun that we are semi-mulling over the idea of a trip to Japan this year. Trip halfway across the world just to eat? I think so! I first tried Shishito peppers at a ramen restaurant and fell in love. And apparently the rest of New York has fallen too because I’ve seen them on several non-japanese menus AND I found them this week at the farmers market. I’m smelling the start of a trend here people. Actually, when I went back to the market a few days later to see if I could get another batch of Shishito they were sold out – so I think the trend has already begun. So get trendy with me this week and try this recipe – it’s like totally in!
Superbowl week is here and the city is buzzing with excitement as we anticipate the biggest event of the year coming to our home town! Times Square has been transformed into the “Super Bowl Boulevard”, Hoboken has Super Bowl curling (huh??), and my kitchen has been a little stumped. You see, at my ‘real’ job, in the ad industry, I’ve been anticipating this Super Bowl for almost two years now. I’ve even been dubbed the “Super Bowl Specialist” for my team. And do we advertising people L-O-V-E the Super Bowl! It is a real “bring home the bacon” (or in my case the parsnip) kind of event. I’ve been so busy with the Super Bowl at work that when it was time to write this week’s post I hadn’t even thought to make something special. Being that the Super Bowl is in New York and I’m someone who calls her self a “NYC Food Forager” I needed to get my act together immediately. But I had a problem – what on earth was I going to make for the Super Bowl that I could get at the farmer’s market? I’m someone who loves Super Bowl Sunday for the beer, commercials, and most importantly the eats. Isn’t half the fun that the eats are usually un-healhty and there is no vegetables to be found? Wouldn’t you kill me if I posted a Super Bowl Farmer’s Market Crudite?! I thought so. I walked myself over to the farmer’s market without a clue what to do and, as always, I found exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for. This Super Bowl Sunday we’re feasting on Homemade Pretzels with LOCAL Beer and Cheese dip!