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[30 Day Challenge] Something with Dip

[30 Day Challenge] Something with Dip

Random Observation/Comment #372: I don’t know how to pick the best avocado, and I think that means I still do not have the Force. .Recipe: Something with dip – Guac and chips I’ve made guacamole plenty of times in the past for picnics and tex-mex nights, but I really enjoyed this particular take on it. I think the diced garlic and bit...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Chinese Comfort Foody

[30 Day Challenge] Something Chinese Comfort Foody

Random Observation/Comment #371: I remember the first time I made congee in college – I fed my entire dorm room and then I was too lazy to do the dishes, so we didn’t have congee again until 2 months later. Recipe: Something Chinese comfort foody – jook/congee I didn’t follow the recipe at all on this one, but instead did my Mom’s...

[30 Day Challenge] Something with Meatballs

[30 Day Challenge] Something with Meatballs

Random Observation/Comment #370: I love going to Meatball Shop for mashed potatoes. I guess their meatballs are good too. Recipe: Something with meatballs – meatball sub I actually followed the recipe for most of this. The breading to meat ratio is definitely the big secret to having fluffy meatballs. I also made sure that the cooking time was right so it stayed...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Comfort Foody

[30 Day Challenge] Something Comfort Foody

Random Observation/Comment #369: Mac and Cheese is a staple of all childhood diets. I only got to eat it when I was a “good kid.” This is what prompted my childhood obesity and hard work ethic. Recipe: Something comfort foody – mac and cheese Once again, I decided to stray from this recipe. I followed the general idea of having pasta, cheese,...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Baked and Wrapped

[30 Day Challenge] Something Baked and Wrapped

Random Observation/Comment #367: Wrapping foods into each other make them taste better. Ham wrapped in swiss cheese wrapped in chicken… genius. Recipe: Something baked and wrapped – Chicken Cordon Bleu This recipe is surprisingly straight forward given that I had no idea how to make it and I only read the idea of the recipe once. It’s a chicken breast wrapped in...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Stuffed

[30 Day Challenge] Something Stuffed

Random Observation/Comment #366: I was going to make stuffed peppers, but my girlfriend doesn’t like to eat peppers, so I switched it to zucchinis. (This is where you say “awh”). Recipe: Something stuffed – stuffed zucchinis I’ve only ever made stuffed peppers and that’s with a rice pilaf for stuffing. This was another level of carving and fun.  In this recipe, I...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Quick and Easy

[30 Day Challenge] Something Quick and Easy

Random Observation/Comment #365: The best hard-boiled eggs I had was in Bavaria by Schliersee. It was not only perfectly cooked, but probably laid that morning.. Recipe: Something small and easy – deviled eggs This was made at 7AM and only took about 10 minutes. I had hard boiled the eggs the night before with the recommended Italian mother method. I placed the...

[30 Day Challenge] Something picnic-y

[30 Day Challenge] Something picnic-y

Random Observation/Comment #364: True story: I was inspired to make potato salad this past early summer because someone made one that blew my mind. I’m still looking for it. Recipe: Something picnic-y – make a potato salad Potato salad is not that difficult to make. All I really did was cut ingredients, boil potatoes, throw them all into a big bowl, and...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Fermented

[30 Day Challenge] Something Fermented

Random Observation/Comment #363: I used to hate pickles, but the taste has grown on me. I guess my taste buds have adjusted to tart and sour tastes. It’s probably from all the beer I drink. Recipe: Something fermented – make own pickles These are refrigerated pickles, so I just used a pickle jar I already finished and filled it with my own...

[30 Day Challenge] Weekly Prepping

[30 Day Challenge] Weekly Prepping

Random Observation/Comment #362: There’s something about peeling potatoes that makes me happy. It’s just a simple task that reminds me of spending the summers in Pennsylvania making mashed potatoes with my gravy master uncle. Still thinking about you, Goo Jerng… Prepping will be a big part of this challenge. It’s important to optimize this process so the challenge doesn’t take...

[30 Day Challenge] Epic Cooking Challenge

[30 Day Challenge] Epic Cooking Challenge

Random Observation/Comment #361: Cooking challenges are great because they’re win-win for both parties. I get to practice cooking and my friends get to eat what I cook. Time to make my friends fat and feel better about myself. Q: What are you up to now, you crazy cat? A: I’m working on a new cooking challenge where I make 30...

How to Eat Weird Foods

How to Eat Weird Foods

Random Observation/Comment #359: Being open to eating new foods is a pre-requisite to be a bad idea bear. I think I just like to do things that keep me as bear-y as possible. I posted a photo of duck feet the other day from Chinese dim sum, and someone asked me about how I eat it and what the details...

Why I Love Food and Cooking

Why I Love Food and Cooking

Random Observation/Comment #356: “I don’t mind cooking, it’s just the cleaning afterwards.” ~Everyone who’s too lazy to cook. A clean kitchen is a productive one and every chef must at some point first be a cleaner. It must have started at an early age, my love of food. How else could one explain my chubster qualities up until my high...

My Favorite Beer

My Favorite Beer

Random Observation/Comment #332: “…it borders ice cream and can be drank as a meal in most occasions…” ~This article a little bit further down I remember my very first beer with my Father like it was yesterday. It was the summer of 2002. I had been helping my Father do some gardening in the backyard for the day, and all...

Eating Productively

Eating Productively

Random Observation/Comment #325: Did I mention I love mashed potatoes? As a man that does not just eat to live, but lives to eat, I find writing this post slightly hypocritical because I don’t exactly follow all of these rules. In fact, I would rather ingest more calories and spend a bit more time working out just because food tastes...

Day 28: Tasting Menu at 15 East

Day 28: Tasting Menu at 15 East

Random Observation/Comment #315: Every meal is an adventure. Sometimes you have quick walks in the park, and others you have tickets for an around-the-world 3 month vacation.  Similar for the meals, I wish those tickets weren’t so damned expensive… As seen in my previous entries about foodtography, favorite foods in NYC, foods from around the world, ramen reviews, foodspotting, and...

Ramen Snobbing

Ramen Snobbing

Random Observation/Comment #280: I miss Japan. Those were some good times… Some may call me a ramen snob, but that’s because when I lived in Japan, ramen was the only thing that kept me alive on a student budget (that and a lot of onigiri).  Since I’ve returned, I’ve looked for restaurants that can match the quality of broth, noodle,...

The Food Bucket List

The Food Bucket List

Random Observation/Comment #276: I can’t imagine having a dietary restriction. I probably shouldn’t take this freedom as an obligation to eat everything that once lived. Why do majestic animals taste so good? This blog entry started as a general bucket list, but I found that my bucket list split very categorically into location activities/sights, food adventures, and miscellaneous accomplishments.  I...

Food-tography Obsession

Food-tography Obsession

Random Observation/Comment #259: I have been filling my void of writing here with status updates, tweets, buzzes, foodspotting food pic descriptions, yelp reviews, ted comments, and check-ins.  I guess the micro-blogging world has made me need the long streams of consciousness a bit less necessary. Of course, the daily dairy still lives on, yet there’s less of this (whatever this...

Chef Clemens

Chef Clemens

Random Observation/Comment #186: I love cooking because I tend to taste a little bit more than I should while making the meal.  Cooking for myself makes me half-full before I even have the plate prepared.  There is a level of laziness in presentation and utensils when I’m really just trying to learn by keeping track of past mistakes and successes. ...

Food, Glorious (Japanese) Food

Food, Glorious (Japanese) Food

Gorgeous sashimi Random Observation/Comment #79:  I love being on vacation.  I literally have an erection just thinking about that sashimi (not literally). I always feel a little guilty spending an obscene amount of money on food because, in the back of my head, I have this lingering survival thought that I eat to live.  Whatever I eat, as long as...

Japanese meals of epic proportion =)

Japanese meals of epic proportion =)

Random Observation/Comment #62: Always sit next to people with dietary restrictions so you can get seconds without feeling bad (in fact, feeling quite useful for not wasting food).I am Jacob’s scraps. I don’t remember every dish’s name, but I do remember the taste and texture of all these plates before me.It was a large feast (and feat) with small portions.You...