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The Breslin: Love at first bite… Whole Sucking Pig

The Breslin Whole Sucking Pig Dinner 1
“Oh little piggy, how I love thee. Thy luscious crisp skin and thy tender, moist and juicy nourishing flesh” (drooling as I’m reciting… hard to concentrate).

Dear Food Diary:
This was an epic dinner months in the making. Back in Feb, when I met Gypsy-Addie at a blogger’s dinner for the first time, we instantly hit it off and planned for this feast. It took months of going back and forth over emails. Getting 8 piggy-vores together on the same night, while making sure The Breslin could accommodate us before 10 PM wasn’t easy. But numerous calls and emails later, we signed the contract and were ready as ever!!!

JEWEL BAKO: Not so “Bizarre Food”ish

Jewel Bako 1
Dear Food Diary:
As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods (the reason I got cable in the first place). A while ago, he did an episode in NY and went to Jewel Bako. Ever since then, it’s been on my list of “must eat at places”, but as you know, living in NYC, this list is endless, and somehow, I just never got to it. Next thing you know, more than a year and change have past. Even so, I remembered it when Underground Dining and I met up for dinner a couple weeks ago. If anyone was gonna try all the things he had in the episode below with me, she would be the one.

Pretty awesome stuff no? I couldn’t wait!!! I wanted some of that lobster sashimi (which I’ve had in Boston and here in Sushi Samba, love love love), geoduck (so sweet, I’ve had it in other places) and those octupus cups with yuzu ( I was so “tasting” forward to them).

OCEANA: Asians eat at the back… How RACIST!!!

Dear Food Diary:
Walked into the blue dominated, cruise like Oceana last Sunday for lunch. Perfectly lit by natural sunlight, spacious with high ceilings. We had reservations from days ago and since this was midtown west on a Sunday, it wasn’t crowded at all. The 2 ladies in the front asked for our reservation and one quickly decides our table “location”… and off we went.

There were comfortable looking booths with marine themed tapestry couches along the way, I though we were being taken to. But as we followed the hostess further and further away, by passing an seemingly empty main dining room (about 40% full with non asians, maybe one asian mixed into a all white table), she opens a door and enter “the other” dining room. My first reaction was that of an “color blind” customer. Thought to myself, maybe this is more quiet or private!? Even though it looked so plain.

It wasn’t until my date had also noticed that we took a good look around. It was way too obvious and I had to that a picture, even though I don’t usually whip out my camera on a date. So the waiter didn’t capture the dining area on my right, behind me… there were 2 more tables of asians. While the main dining room outside looked really white (sorry I don’t mean it that way, but I’m trying to make a point here, so don’t get all sensitive on me please)… maybe we didn’t match the blue and white color scheme of the decor?

LAUT: Malaysian & Singaporean specialties

UPDATE JAN.18.2014


After spending some time in Singapore, I came home craving a lot of the dishes I had sampled.

One of them being this Five Spice Pork Roll or Ngoh Hiang – we tried different versions around Singapore, but StalkerBoy Mama’s recipe takes home the gold.

I’ve been searching for this in NYC without any luck, so imagine my joy when I found it in Laut.

WD-50: Molecular Gastronomy, a play date with my senses

Dear Food Diary:
I’ve been wanting to take my palate on a molecular gastronomy (the marriage between science and cooking) field trip at WD-50 for a while, but as many of you foodies know, finding friends to share the adventures can sometimes be a challenge. Thankfully I have a group of open minded, food loving “amis”, just a shout out to ya’ll.