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City Harvest Dinner with Chef Seamus Mullen at Cadillac House (NYC)

[Translate] Last night was City Harvest dinner featuring Chef Seamus Mullen’s fare at the Cadillac House. City Harvest is one of the great non-profits that help fight hunger in New York City since 1982. The organization will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to feed their families. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition..

Very Good Dinner at Salinas (NYC)

[Translate] Salinas is a tapas restaurant in Chelsea, conveniently located a few blocks north of Chelsea Market, that actually serves very good Spanish fare. The type of Spanish cuisine Chef Luis Bollo cooks is trendy but not much of the molecular or modernist techniques involved. It’s real cooking that explores Galician-style Spanish food and most of the dishes we had were very good and some were excellent. When we entered to the bar area, it’s a tight space and not exactly the most appealing place to hang around despite of being surrounded by the artsy or cool people. But once..

100 Montaditos (NYC)

[Translate] 100 Montaditos is a Spanish restaurant chain that has multiple locations in Florida before this particular location in Bleecker Street in Manhattan has opened for about three months. What we liked about this restaurant is that it is a laid back atmosphere that if you want to eat in, you’d have to scout for any open tables in the back dining room and head back to the front to order your food and beverages. Their dining room is quite spacious and comfy with a huge skylight to let in lots of natural light. We started off with familiar yet..

Quimet y Quimet, Barcelona, Spain

[Translate] Exterior of Quimet y Quimet (with people waiting) and inside the small bar Quimet y Quimet is one of the most popular tapas bar in Barcelona. I’ve read about how great it is across all different publications from glossy print magazines, blogs, to my Instagram followers who reminded me the night before that if I’m near Montjuïc, I should go here for a quick meal. From our experience, this was worth the hype. The drinks are great. The tapas are not fussy. The food is served at room temperature but some of the two-bite montaditos (think open-faced sandwiches) are..

El Quim de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

[Translate] The restaurant; Inside one of their display cases; Menu If you’ve followed my Twitter feed, I went to Barcelona, Spain with a few friends last week. I would delve how amazing this pork (and seafood) loving city is but that would be a future post. We stayed at an apartment in the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) which was a few blocks away from La Boqueria. One of the “must eat” places within that grand food market is El Quim de la Boqueria that cooks with all the products found within this market (save for their beverages). This restaurant is..

Men’s Health Cooking School at Institute of Culinary Education

[Translate] Setting outside the classroom; Kitchen demo area; Table setting at the Men’s Health Cooking School This past Saturday, I attended the Men’s Health Cooking School at Institute of Culinary Education in the hopes of picking up a few tips from most of these classes and to meet Chef/Owner Andy Ricker of Pok Pok in person. These cooking classes are actually cooking demonstrations rather than the cooking classes where you would get your hands dirty touching and chopping the ingredients. Nevertheless, you will have fun since the chefs who were cooking for us are very cool people and beyond just..

Men's Health Cooking School at Institute of Culinary Education

[Translate] Setting outside the classroom; Kitchen demo area; Table setting at the Men’s Health Cooking School This past Saturday, I attended the Men’s Health Cooking School at Institute of Culinary Education in the hopes of picking up a few tips from most of these classes and to meet Chef/Owner Andy Ricker of Pok Pok in person. These cooking classes are actually cooking demonstrations rather than the cooking classes where you would get your hands dirty touching and chopping the ingredients. Nevertheless, you will have fun since the chefs who were cooking for us are very cool people and beyond just..

Dinner at Plan B Restaurant – A Creative Tapas Restaurant in Nolita

[Translate] Plan B signage and interior Plan B restaurant is an eccentric, tongue-in-cheek kind of tapas restaurant that sticks out from other tapas restaurants. Some menu items are familiar but have a certain twist the makes it different (like their take on a Cubano sandwich) and some are offal cuts that not many restaurants would think of selling (e.g. bulls testicles, which I’ll explain that experience later). All of these foods are cooked under the helm of Roberto Hanechak. The interior looks like an edgy skateboard park landscape of urban Bilbao and Barcelona. Graffiti art brightens one wall, banquettes are..

Dinner at Barrio 47

[Translate] Barrio 47: Exterior, Communal table by the bar, open kitchen Last Wednesday, I had dinner with a friend at Barrio 47. It’s a narrow, handsome Mediterranean, neighborhood type of restaurant located in West Village, with the kitchen headed by Executive Chef Miguel Rosado. We arrived during the early dinner hours, where there the marble bar and the communal table at the front of the restaurant was filled with (generally) young patrons enjoying their Happy Hour drinks, as dinner has not started yet. Cocktails and Dungeness crab cocas (flatbread) As soon as dinner service kicked in, we sat near the..