TBT: Feast of the Seven Fishes

This was originally posted in 2012, which would turn out to be my last Christmas with my mother.  Although we usually had some sort of seafood when I was growing up, we’d been trying to do the Feast of the Seven Fishes over the last several years.  For this occasion, I took care of all…

Under The Radar: Saikai Dining Bar

Sushi to go from Tomoe or take out fried chicken from Hill Country?  Those were our options for the first warm Saturday night in April.   It seemed everyone was out – anxious to celebrate the arrival of spring weather.  And at 8:30pm – prime dining time in NYC – all the restaurants on my list…

Halong Bay and Hanoi

After much delay, here it is – my final post on Vietnam.  Of course, this means I should be planning another trip back.  But since there are so many places I’ve yet to visit, my next big adventure likely will be elsewhere (can you believe I don’t have a trip planned!).  For now, I’ll have…

Roasted Monkfish Wrapped In Speck

When the weather is hot, I want to eat more seafood, especially locally caught fish.  Prices can get high for anything not farmed, and flounder doesn’t lend itself to much variety in preparation.  But don’t forget about monkfish.  Called the “poor-man’s lobster” for its texture, but it tastes more like meat.  Play this up by…

Pan-Seared John Dory

“Do you want skate again or John Dory?” I asked Kyle.  “John what? Isn’t that a restaurant?” was his response.  My choice was obvious. No, we weren’t eating at April Bloomfield’s oyster bar of the same name at the Ace Hotel.  Instead, I was cooking John Dory since (a) I’ve never made it before, (b)…