Thursday, October 30, 2014

Star Chef's Congress Day II

Day two of the Congress was all about bread with the EAT@ICC Sandwich Showcase taking over the main floor.  I love a good sandwich but I truly wasn't expecting to be blown away by anything the way I was by this dish from Alvain Cailan of Eggslut in Los Angeles.

This was called The Slut: a coddled egg on top of smooth potato puree poached in a glass jar with toasted crostini.  This. Was. AMAZING.   It was silky and rich with a salty umami flavor that had my eyes rolling back into my head.  This was the best egg I have ever had in my entire life and I will be flying to Los Angeles just to get another one.  Onto some more sandwiches...

Amy Stonionis came from Murray's Cheese with the classic Murray Melt.

Stuart Tracy of Butcher and Bee in Charleston created a Braised Ham sandwich with sorghum, creole mustard and pimento cheese...

...while Dan Sauer from 7afoods out in Martha's Vineyard brought his Liz Lemon sandwich made with pastrami, turkey, swiss cheese, coleslaw, russian dressing and potato chips on rye. 

I took a break from all the bread over at the Oyster Shucking station...

...but couldn't resist two plates of Chicken-fried Rabbit with Kenny's Cheddar and Broccoli Veloute from Patrick Roney of The Oak Room out in Louisville.

I had no room for dessert but once I saw the amazing pastries brought by Jennifer Lee of The Lafayette I had to try at least one...

...vanilla cake, white chocolate mousse and was the perfect ending to the day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Star Chef's Congress Day I

It was another fantastic display of the very best in the culinary world at Star Chef's International Congress. This years event was held at the new Brooklyn Expo Center out in Greenpoint and every day was jam packed with incredible cooking displays, wine tastings and some of the best food from all over then world.  Day One was all about hearty fare with the EAT@ICC Southern Showcase.

Kevin Sbraga of Fat Ham in Philadelphia was churning out luscious Chicken Liver Mousse with roasted corn and pickled beets on toast. 

Brain Dunsmoor took time off from his new project Hatchet Hall in L.A. to whip up some Nantucket Bay Scallops with grits, bacon, mushroom and sherry.

Jason Alley from Comfort out in Richmond served up his famous crispy Ham-cured pork Ribs with pickled vegetable slaw and Alabama white sauce.

Robert Phalen of the One Eared Stag in Atlanta devised a Catfish sausage with bitter greens, pickled okra, cured tomato and stone cut grits...

...and NYC's own Ron Paprocki of Gotham Bar and Grill was on hand with dessert, a Wild Bolivian Chocolate Mousse with chocolate yuzu cream and chocolate daquoise.

Dan Barber took the main stage to discuss "The Future of Flavor" and George Mendez followed up with a discussion of "Cooking with Culture and Heritage".  It was an incredible day of food and just the start of the Congress...still two more great days to go.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The New Luke's Lobster

Midtown got another great lunch option this Fall with the addition of Luke's Lobster.  Located in between 43rd and 44th street, this location has a long spacious interior complete with picnic style seating and a big patio in back perfect for catching a little afternoon sun.

Obviously the thing to get here is seafood be it shrimp, crab or lobster. 

I was planning to have a big dinner later that night so I just wanted something small.  Lucky for me Luke's lets you order their rolls in both full and half portions which is perfect if you just want a little nosh.

Chilled lobster meat held together by just a touch of mayo, lemon butter and spices all inside a buttery toasted roll.  It's a little taste of Maine smack dab in the city.

Luke's Lobster
207 East 43rd Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue
New York, NY

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lunch at Pepe Giallo

Nestled just blocks from the Highline on 10th Avenue sits Pepe Giallo...a small, rustic place with a kitschy garden in the back and a small open kitchen in the front.  The menu offers an array of Italian staples like Penne a la Vodka, Spaghetti with Meatballs and Vegetable Linguine.

I ordered from the lunch specials which came with choice of soup or salad and sandwich.  The salad was simple greens dressed with a little olive oil and pepper followed by a crisp Mozzarella and Prosciutto Panini.

For the low price of $9 this was a fantastic lunch deal.  The sandwich was quite perfect...loaded with lots of fresh sliced prosciutto, creamy mozzarella cheese, chopped arugula and tomato.  It was homey and rustic just like the restaurant itself. 

Pepe Giallo
253 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10001


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cake Truffles at Momofuku

I love the cake truffles from Momofuku Milk Bar.  The Birthday Cake is a standard but the other two flavors constantly change like the classic Banana Cake truffle I was absolutely obsessed with, the Beer & Pretzel truffle that was way to short lived (seriously) and now the Chocolate Chip Cake truffle.

Rich vanilla cake stuffed with chocolate chips, passion fruit puree and topped with yellow cake crumbs.

I don't usually love fruit with chocolate but in this case it really works.  I was already eating a second one before I realized I had gone back into the bag!  This flavor's only around for a few more weeks.  November 1st the ingredients change again so get it while you can.

Momofuku Milk Bar

251 East 13th Street @ 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003