Archive | December, 2009

35th Annual Eating Marathon (aka Christmas)

Tue, Dec 29, 2009 by

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Christmas Eve 2009

I can barely move. I am not kidding. For the last 168 hours I have done very little but eat. My goal to eat smart and healthy between Thanksgiving and Christmas succeeded but I find myself asking to what end. Since the 24th I have put an ungodly amount of food down my throat. The best recap would be here. But let’s see if we can do a quick run down below.

12 dozen homemade cookies
11 piping hot side dishes
10 Tiger Shrimps a leaping
9 lobsters dancing
8 made of milk and cream sauces
7 fishes on Christmas eve (look for the post)
6 bone ribeye roast (another post)
5 linguine and clam sauce rings
4 plus 21lbs of turkey bird
3 french garlic breads
2 plates of lobster/crab risotto
1 Cold Stone creamery run

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African Pizza a Doner and a Mountain

Sun, Dec 27, 2009 by

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Tauranga New Zealand is a really beautiful town. There is a mountain called Mt Maunganui that overlooks the town. The water is a beautiful blue and the cliffs are made up of jagged rocks. In the morning a few of us from the ship trekked up the mountain. It had a path and it took about 20- 30 minutes to reach the top. The summit is about 230 meters. It is a nice little hike. There were 2 ways to hike up so we chose the other way to head down the mountain. The view was really nice from the top…

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Making Friends at Lunch

Sat, Dec 26, 2009 by

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Picton New Zealand from Anthony Anello on Vimeo.

Picton New Zealand is a small little town. Not much to do in the town but maybe get some lunch. I stopped off at Le Café for a bite. It was an expensive bite but check out the size of those mussels I ate. I also made a feathery friend at lunch.

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Wine Tour in Napier New Zealand

Thu, Dec 24, 2009 by

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On the ships crew can sometimes get to escort a tour with the guests. I’ve done this a few times and usually the tours are fun. This tour I was not sure what I was getting into. I new I was headed to a winery in Napier New Zealand but then I was going to a simulated flight through the winery’s around Napier. I thought this was going to be lame…

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Frankly, All I Want is a Polpettone

Wed, Dec 23, 2009 by

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Preethi's Congrats Meal

When you spend 3 years aimed at one goal it is extremely important to recognize the milestones you reach while on your journey to that end. There is arguably no better way to celebrate these events with a great meal. The memory recall of a delicious meal can be savored for years. You know what I mean right? Remember your college graduation steak dinner, that first bite of your wedding cake or the final meal on your road trip across the country? Yeah, I knew you did. Adding taste into the sensory equation has an interesting effect on positive recall.

Last week just such a milestone was reached by one of my favorite, frequent eating companions. Preethi, who you have seen a lot of on the blog lately, landed herself a J-O-B. Being the caring boyfriend I am and a sucker for an excuse to indulge in a decadent meal I congratulated her and asked her to pick any restaurant in New York, my treat, to celebrate. Without hesitation she replied…

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Quick and Crunchy

Mon, Dec 21, 2009 by

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egg white/brie/honey crisp apple breakfast sandwich

Egg white, brie and honey crisp apple breakfast sandwich on a whole wheat english muffin. Apples on brie could be one of the best things on earth. Up there with PB and J, Mac and Cheese and the ubiquitous Gin and Juice.

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Lamb to Cookie Takedowns

Mon, Dec 21, 2009 by

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Lamb Takedown

You are looking into a bowl of fresh, whole spices. The aroma from the cloves, black peppercorns, cardamom pods, cumin seeds, coriander seeds filled my entire kitchen. This was my first time working with whole cardamom. I fell in love. I was doing this experiment because I had recently accepted a spot as a chef in Matt Timm’s Lamb Takedown. Matt had put on a few of these challenges ranging from chili to bacon to tofu. This time I was in on the action.

This post dates back to October. It has been one of those long ignored posts that’s been burning to be completed. Yesterday was the Cookie Takedown and I thought it only appropriate to do a “Takedown” post. I was only an eater at the Cookie Takedown so before we get to the cookies lets go a bit deeper into the Lamb…

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Feeding the Croc’s in Australia

Sat, Dec 19, 2009 by

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Darwin Australia was our first port in Australia when we left South East Asia. That day we went to a Crocodylus Park filled with crocodiles. There were croc’s everywhere along with a lot of other animals. I even got to feed a giant Croc. This thing was 18 feet long easy. It missed the food at first and the chomp noise was ridiculous. I also held a baby Croc, it’s mouth was taped so it was not as scary as it sounds. I had so much fun.

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Forked with Marc and Rachel Palermo

Fri, Dec 18, 2009 by

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P.I.E. WITH Mark and Rachel

You have to understand right from the get go that Marc and I have ate many meals together. In fact, he is one of the first people I ever ate with. Older cousins have a tendency to hold these types of records. But, now that we are all grown up we spend a lot less time eating with each other. Considering we are the two New York kids it may make some people wonder. You see, along with being the New York kids we are also the driven, go-getting, exotic work location kids. It is no wonder we can’t find much time to share a meal. Our mailing address’ are close but our latitudes usually are drastically different. Last week the stars aligned and like Magellen and Cortez we found ourselves exploring the same plot of land. Lure in Soho was the confluence of our explorations a spot Marc knows well and I, after some memory rousing, found familiar as well.

Marc has been in real estate since he left his mangers post at the old SOHO Kitchen and Bar on Greene St. years ago. Always wearing his handsome, bright white smile he has worked on projects from NYC to Miami to Mexico to St. Kitts. His latest project came in a beautiful baby girl named Jordan. From way back in the day Marc always had his sights on the big leagues (at least in my opinion). He has tackled whatever necessary in order to get what he wanted but never did it without his dignity, ethics and morals in check. You have to respect someone who operates like that.

Rachel is way prettier than Marc. As an Elite model you might expect that but you quickly realize that the beauty goes way deeper than the skin. As a mommy Rachel has become even sweeter than her original delightful self. Of course, she has her fair share of travel adventures as well so the fact that she was also in town for this meal was true serendipity. Always asking the right questions to make you feel comfortable and at home Rachel has the knack for comforting just about anyone. Next on the P.I.E. list is baby Jordan.

Thanks Rachel and Marc for being so bright, shiny and hungry. I am swinging by soon next time I am in the hood.

What we ate

1/2 dozen clams
CRISPY CALAMARI with a Smoked Chili Glaze
TEMPURA SHRIMP with a Spicy Sesame Mayo
LOBSTER CROUTONS with Golden Garlic and Chilis on Sourdough
STEAMED BRANZINO-Oyster Mushrooms / Scallions / Ponzu /Cilantro
PAN ROASTED COD-Bacon Wrapped / Butternut Risotto / Pumpkin Vinaigrette
“LURE STYLE” CHEESEBURGER-American Cheese /Tomato & Pickles / Mayo / Onion Rings

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Sober Irish

Fri, Dec 18, 2009 by

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Irish oatmeal and agave syrup

Last Wednesday I woke up early and started the 40 minute process of making Irish oatmeal. I am not too sure what the difference is between Irish and regular oatmeal other than the cool tin can the Irish oatmeal came in. None the less, pretty tasty with the agave nectar on top.

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