Sunday, April 22, 2012
Anyone who was mildly coherent on Saturday realized that it was absolutely gorgeous. We had the pleasure of returning to Jersey City (JC) for a Grand Sichuan pilgrimage. Grand Sichuan never ceases to amaze me. Soup dumplings? Enough said. Top it off with Sichuan red oil wontons, smoked tea duck, and eggplant with garlic sauce, and you have yourself a meal and a half. But readers note, you don't have to traverse across the Hudson to enjoy the cuisine; Grand Sichuan has many convenient locations including Chelsea, Upper West Side, and the East Village. Don't forget to order the crab and pork soup dumplings. Gentle with the transition from steamer to soup spoon. Poke a hole, slurp, add sauce, slurp, enjoy the fragrant soup and meat. These are phenomenal and worth the 10 minute wait. Wontons are good as is the smoke tea duck (if you're OK with fat) but the other home run was the eggplant with garlic sauce. Sweet, citrusy, and savory, this vegetable dish is stellar.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Last weekend Will and I went to visit his family in Newport, one of our favorite spots. The weather was unforgettable and we found ourself strolling through the wharf and getting a feel for springtime on the New England coast. We ended up at the Clarke Cooke House and enjoyed one of my favorite afternoon snacks: crispy fries with ketchup and mayo and a big glass of sauvignon blanc. Next time you're in Newport, stop by the Cooke House and elbow your way to the bar (this spot tends to get very crowded, especially in summertime). The fries are to die for and the bartender Larry, our new best friend, doles out a great hefty glass of vino.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
After my recent salmon post, many people were inquiring about Maldon salt, so perhaps a short dedicated post is in order. Sadly, I cannot say I've been a Maldon salt abuser for years. In fact, I learned of Maldon only a year ago, when Kelsey and her mom, Lindy, introduced me. I believe Kelsey met Maldon via her boss; so I really have Kelsey's boss to thank. So thank you. Maldon is a sea salt crystal that has the capacity to bring out amazing flavor in food. I've started using it almost exclusively when cooking. You can find a box at higher end grocery stores. At almost $8 a box, it's expensive for salt, but definitely worth every penny and lasts forever. May joy come to you with every Maldon salt crystal you generously sprinkle.