Pan-Roasted Skate with Sea Beans and Minted Pea Puree

Just as vegetables change with the season, so do fish options.  No longer are we limited to tilapia, shrimp and salmon.  Now softshells have started to appear.  But at $8.99 for one, I’ll wait a few more weeks for prices to drop to something that won’t make me chokel.  Instead, I went with skate at…

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Paradise in Phu Quoc

After hiking through rice patties and the jungle, sleeping in stilt houses and on trains (admittedly, there were a couple of decent hotel stays in between), we were ready for a little luxury.  And in Vietnam that doesn’t have to cost too much.   We wanted a beach escape without being badgered.  And since we’d planned…

Grilled Monkfish Wrapped In Bacon

Often compared to lobster for its texture, monkfish takes on a meat-like quality, but with a stronger flavor than its more expensive alternative.  To mask any overly fishy taste, I treat it like a filet and wrap it in bacon. Spiraling the slices to cover fully with bacon can result in overcooked fish to achieve…

Chinatown/Jury Duty Lunch Spots

Since I have bound myself to do a travel post on the second Thursday of the month and this one came very early, I’m cheating.  Although a trip to Chinatown in NYC might require some of you to travel… But if not, I’m working on a post about Belgium for next week!  In the meantime,…