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,…

Celebrating Sustainable Seafood In NYC

On Tuesday the NY/NJ Baykeeper held its 2nd Annual Oyster Benefit at the Scandinavia House.  The stars of the event were the excellent Montauk Pearl oysters from Montauk Shellfish Company.  Gordon shucked furiously trying to keep up as the guests slurped down the briny goodness. Fortunately I don’t have to head out to the Hamptons…

Creamy Crab Dip

Nothing goes quicker at a holiday party than crab dip (except maybe spinach dip, but no need to improve upon Knorr’s crowd-pleasing recipe). The type of crab you use can make a big difference.  Sometimes, I mix in a can of regular crabmeat (backfin) and then add a can of lump too.  You can never…