Wed, Jun 30, 2010 by
Food can’t get faster than this. I need not say more. But, I will. For our Dad’s 60th birthday we took him on a car tour like no other. Six exotic cars on a convoy from Englewood, New Jersey to Bear Mountain, New York and back. To prep up for the high speed voyage we fueled up with a local diner meal pre-drive. Smiles all around. See for yourself above.Continue reading...
Sun, Jun 27, 2010 by
photo credit: Kun Kim
A week ago 16 guests joined us on the deck for a gasto-adventure of summer blockbuster magnitude. In addition to our guests we were visited by one very important person. Dr. Henry Jones took the deck by storm just as the sun settled behind the building he was projected on.
For those who are a little lost, Reel Tasty is our summer supper club where Aimee, my co-chef/host, and I screen a movie on a 2 story building while feeding our guests some of our latest gastronomic creations. The menu that evening was crafted around traditional dishes from the countries Indiana Jones visited in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The giant leg of lamb was set up on the rotisserie hours before guests arrived. Basted in prune juice and red wine every 20 minutes the…Continue reading...
Fri, Jun 25, 2010 by
Mon, Jun 21, 2010 by
I have been super excited about the rotisserie spit I bought for my grill. So excited that I put it to use during this past weekends REEL TASTY. I roasted a bone in leg of lamb. More on that when the recap of the night gets posted but I will say the meat was perfectly moist and pink. The true beauty of all this is how the leftovers from Saturdays dinner become my Monday lunch. MMM.Continue reading...
Mon, Jun 21, 2010 by
I was walking around Vancouver and was looking for something good and cheap to eat. I passed by the Aladdin Café and they had Shawerma, and I love Shawerma. I got the works and it really hit the spot. I met the owners and they come from Iraq and decorated the inside of the restaurant with items that represent their culture. The owners are very nice people and the food was good. I just wish I could have smoked the hooka but they were only for display.
Aladdins Shawerma Cafe
720 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z
Thu, Jun 17, 2010 by
A quick one today. Ramen has been a mini trend in NYC in the last 6-9 months. I finally mustered up the time to go see what was so different then those $.29, hot pot prepared, college quick hits we would all load up on when hitting the local stop and shop once every 6 months. What was wrong with us back then? Why would it take us so long to go to the grocery store? And when we did, why did we think it was like the opening 45 minutes to Red Dawn where we only had 15minutes to get provisions for the next 6 months in the woods?
A couple things to note. 1. I have already had the best ramen in the world. 2. I prefer my noodles when they have red sauce surrounding them. That said I didn’t think I was going to be able to replicate what I tasted in Singapore at all. I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I popped into the little shop just off St. Marks place in the East Village. There was a lot of foreign Asian languages being spoken, the signs were predominantly in Chinese and I saw a lot of smiling faces. So far, so good. I sat down and got right to…Continue reading...
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 by
I am on a mission to find the best of the best in each port that I go to in Alaska. In Juneau I found the best at Tracy’s King Crab Shack. I was having a hard time finding the best in Skagway. I really was not sure if I was going to achieve deliciousness here. I needed a little help from a friend…Continue reading...
Mon, Jun 14, 2010 by
It’s nice to be family. That’s how Mike Mills started our conversation. Let’s back up a bit before we get to the swine. Just over a year ago I met Amy Mills, Mike’s daughter, down in Memphis at a talk she was giving about BBQ. Amy knows more about BBQ than anyone I know. A lot of that has to do with the way her father packs his shirt pockets. She took all that knowledge and put it into a book. Perhaps we should refer to it as gospel being that it’s filled with stories about her dad and her dad’s friends first hand accounts about the ‘que.
Today she was in my town. She invited me over to her tent at the Big Apple BBQ to meet the crew and eat some award winning cooking. To say I was in heaven the second I stepped into the tent is an understatement. Smokers, eaters, pork and beer; what else do you really need? Amy started me off with…Continue reading...
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 by
No not literally. Maybe soon though. I hear Central America is beautiful this time of year. This flight might be just as good. Above is a 4-some of premium rums from the Brooklyn expansion of the East Village favorite, Caracas. See, Brooklyn has space and so the lovely peeps behind these arepa bars added a nice sized rum bar up front in their Brooklyn shop. For a tequila/rum guy, like myself, this is heaven. The unsung spirit perfected on the islands of the West Indies is hard to find on the island of Manhattan. Breaking far out of the Captain Morgan, Meyers, Bacardi syndrome, Caracas brings it hard with some of the finest of the batch. The 25 year old Appleton Estates has a special place in my heart. Enough about the sips, let’s dig into the grub…Continue reading...
Tue, Jun 8, 2010 by
Starts: 7:30pm (cocktails and appetizers)
Ends: 11pm (really, when the film is over)
Donation: $60 (make a reservation below)
Movie: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Pulling from the countries the movie lands in, Aimee and I were sent into overdrive. From Nepal to Egypt to Peru there are tons of great tastes and ingredients to play with. For now, be prepared for a culinary voyage. We will post more as it develops. And no poison dates, we promise.
Reservations are required. Space is limited to 16 people. When booking please make sure to change the quantity field to the number of people in your party. In the note section let us know if there are any food restrictions anyone in your party has. Your movie ticket is your pay pal receipt, when you arrive please just let us know your name so we can keep track of you.
IF IT RAINS: If it rains dinner is off. All donations will be refunded at the time we make this decision.
Jason and Aimee pair a 5 course gourmet meal for 16 friends, some new and some old on a HUGE deck in Brooklyn. As the name implies, we will be screening a movie during the meal. Don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time pre-entree to mingle, catchup and meet some new friends. Once the sun goes down we will role the film in all its two story high glory. This is an experiment, so we are not sure how much silence or chatting will go on. That’s for you to decide. We hope you will come out and enjoy yourselves with us this summer. See you on the deck.
You can check out pics from our last dinner here.
If you can’t make this dinner but want us to send you an invite to the next one send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you on out special list. Or join the facebook fan page and get announcement updates that way.Continue reading...