Sunday, July 5, 2015

Recipe: Buttermilk Waffles (BC 4th Fest Style!)

This past long weekend, we had the pleasure of hanging out with part of our BC family. Joe and I volunteered to make breakfast for everyone Saturday morning, and the clear hit were the waffles. They're flavorful, crunchy and fluffy all at the same time!
Not the best photo, but I have many people who can vouch that they were delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 C AP flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1T granulated sugar
  • 1t salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 C) melted unsalted butter
  • 3 room temperature eggs
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  1. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt into one bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine cooled butter with eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk. I find the easiest way to do this is to beat the eggs, drizzle in the butter until combined, add vanilla, and then drizzle in butter milk until combined.
  3. Dump the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Let sit one minute for the mixture to expand (remember when you mixed baking soda and vinegar together and it would volcano? Buttermilk will cause the same reaction because theoretically you can make buttermilk with milk that's been curdled with a bit of vinegar).
  4. Load about 3/4 C to 1 C into a hot waffle maker! I personally like to let it go for about 4 minutes. Makes about 3 waffles.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

SanFran: Top 10

As we rode our bikes back from Sausalito, Joe proclaimed. "I can see why people live in San Francisco. It's nice here."

As with Seattle, we did a lot, and ate even more. Here's my SF 10.

I'll admit it's probably not worth the wait, but if you can grab a table at State Bird Provisions, I'd go for the experience. It's basically American Style Dim Sum, but I liked it (grab the chicken liver mousse!). The ice cream sandwich pictured above was on point.
Some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge are via a bike path on the way there! Would highly suggest renting a bike and riding over the bridge. You can take the ferry back from Sausalito (a town on the other side of the bridge), or if you're feeling energetic...ride back!
PPQ Dungeness Island - the salt and peppercorn crab is delicious. Add some garlic noodles and papaya salad and you have a mouthwatering meal.
This was at Jacuzzi Winery; I would highly suggest taking a wine tour in Sonoma! We used Valley Wine Tours and I really enjoyed it (they even provide a nice picnic lunch)! Be careful, as you continue to drink, you'll find the need to buy more and more wine (and in my case, join a wine club).
The Kouign Amann at b. patisserie was delicious! Great pastry shop!
La Tacqueria. I know, if a place sells tacos, it's a tacqueria, but you have to find LA Tacqueria. Delicious tacos, but very filling so don't order too many!
Street art in the Mission is awesome! We walked down Balmy St. and enjoyed all of the graffiti.

Liz knows I love donuts, so she took me to Dynamo Donuts! I had no idea, but if you google "Best Donuts in the US" it will usually show up on the list! Good looks little one.

Sightglass Coffee. The best coffee I had in SF.

Our meal at Saison, which will ultimately get its own blog post. It's probably hard to justify going back because of the price tag, but I did thoroughly enjoy my meal here (thanks Daddy!).

Overall, we had a great time sightseeing and eating our way through San Francisco. It's definitely a different pace (read: slower pace) on the West Coast and I can see how people must enjoy that. I wonder if when they come to NY, they think we're all just crazy. Since one of my best friends is going to move there and Liz will be there for another year, Joe and I have enough excuses to visit again.

As some quick notes of other places we hit up:

  • Izakaya Kou: If you need to wait for State Bird, go across the street to Izakaya Kou and get some yakitori.
  • Mr. Holmes Bakeshop: Had the infamous "cruffin", but if you've had a cronut, you've had a cruffin. Good, but nothing to write home about.
  • Pier 39 to just look at the massive number of sea lions that hang out there
  • Mazarine Coffee: Solid cup of coffee, but Sightglass was better (but Milstead in Seattle was the best!)
  • Hogwash: Great place to get some sausages and beer. Pretty reasonably priced as well.
  • Bi-Rite Creamery: I don't love ice cream in general, so I'm not a good judge, but my sister seems to think it's amazing.
  • Hog Island Oyster Co: Oysters are fresh and it's nice to sit outside looking out to the water, but it's overpriced for what you get.
One last picture to close out the trip to SF and the whole reason Joe and I went to the West Coast:
Liz graduated from Berkley! Congrats Lil' One!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Seattle: Crays, Crows, Coffee, Hills, and Pets

I don't know what you've heard about Seattle, but let me clear it all up (if my title hasn't already). It's super hilly, with lots of "different" people, the crows outnumber the pigeons (and they're everywhere), the beer is good, the coffee is better and there is a Mud Bay (similar to a PetCo) on every street. Boom. There's my three day (probably very inaccurate) portrait of Seattle. 

With all that said, Seattle was a great time and we did a lot of awesome things. To keep it short and sweet I've narrowed it down to 10 photos.

Schilling Cider House. ~30 ciders on tap, $2 for a 3oz pour. Taste your heart out. Even beer drinkers will have a good time.
Down the street from Schillings is Fremont Brewing. Good beer and BYOF (bring your own food!). Good for families, couples, and people just taking a break from their bike ride.
My favorite Americano I had in Seattle (and that's saying something!). Nutty and aromatic without the acidic after taste. Amazing.
The Underground Tour. Highly recommended. Very entertaining and good to learn a little history of the city.
I'm not usually sentimental, but something is really nice about seeing HS friends. Taylor's Shellfish - good for oysters (and just for oysters).
Starbucks Reserve. I don't care, I'm a Starbucks groupie (and shareholder). I like the concept of the Reserve, I'm willing to pay a little more to have you melt chocolate chips into my mocha.
The view from West Seattle. We did a lovely kayak tour with Alki Kayak Tours. Sunset tour was great and as an added bonus we saw a bunch of harbor seals! They were adorable.
The tuna flight from Shiro's sushi. Fatty tuna is my jam. Jin was super friendly. Sit at the bar, make a new friend.

Copper Works Distillery. Just a little guy kind of in the middle of nowhere, but they make an awesome gin. Not available (I don't think) on the East Coast, but I shipped a couple bottles home, so come find me for a taste.
This was at the public library, which is a strange place - there was an entire floor that was just red. Cool architecture there, but the citizens don't care, they just go and watch movies all day (told you the people were "different")
So there is it. 10 photo summary.

Fine, pull my leg, we should have one last to round out this post.

Donuts from Pike's Place. PP itself wasn't all that entertaining, but these donuts were solid. They had an almost crueller like texture, and of course Joe got powdered, because he likes to make a mess everywhere.
Seattle was great and sometime we will definitely return. A good mix of laid back and outdoorsy activities mixed with a great food and cocktail scene!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Taste of the Nation NYC Recap

When Joe and I got married, he asked me to pick a charity to support, and I chose Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger. They host an annual event in NYC (and across America)  called Taste of the Nation, where chefs from the city come together and prepare small plates for a good cause. Supporting Share Our Strength whilst eating delicious food? Yes, please!

Side Note: If you're interested in learning more about the charity: Share Our Strength

This is the second year I've attended this event, and since Joe had training in Boston, Mom stepped in to be my date! We had a great time, running around, stuffing our face, sipping cocktails, and meeting chef celebrities. To the extent I can, I plan to go back to this event every year, it's awesome.

Not quite all of our bites, but a photo trail of our night:
TOTN with my adorable mother.
East coast, beast coast oysters.
Whipped camembert and mushroom toast. 
Some sort of flatbread with guacamole, corn and tomatoes.
Housemade ricotta from County Restaurant. So simple, but so good.
One of our many tacos. Tacos de Barbacoa.

Seafood salad in the cutest little bamboo style plate.



Grasshopper cake. Mom insisted on trying it.
Pork belly confit with lentils.
Brisket slider with spicy vegetable pickles from Hill Country.
Gulf shrimp salad with fire and ice dressing.
Chicken Liang from Jeepney with cassava and soy bean chips.
Hamachi crudo. More please!
Chicken Shawarma.
I can't for the life of me remember what this was. Just that it was smoky and delicious.
Sandwiches from Untamed Sandwiches.


Candied bacon from The Smith. Delicious! Mom said it tasted Chinese...
Bangers and mash. I learned from this event, I don't like bangers and mash.
A ravioli filled with something creamy and delicious and possibly an egg yolk.
Someone's interpretation of a bahn mi. At this point, i was just forcing food into my mouth.
Gnocchi. Mom never had restaurant gnocchi before. Now she knows I make it correctly, she just doesn't like the texture.
Ice cream macarons!
Cheesecake with rhubarb and crumble.
Cracker jack style ice cream. For someone who doesn't really enjoy ice cream, this was quite good.
Somehow we made our way around another floor of food. Peking duck wonton.
Caviar! Mom had a field day with this despite being stuffed.
Potato chip with pork or beef (I can't remember), but I do remember enjoying it.
Spring onion custard. This was amazing. Despite being 150% full, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Cured salmon. When I asked the chef if he cured it, he replied "Do you think I'd walk in here with someone else's salmon?"
Mussel mousse!
Overall a great night with amazing company and an awesome cause.