crazy catch-up post

I’ve got about a gillion things I keep meaning to write about, but not enough time. So here’s a crazy catch-up post. Enjoy. First, this is a shot of the table while waiting for dumplings at Lam Zhou. I will never get tired of this place. I love how they reuse bottles and you kind of wonder what’s in them.

Speaking of Chinatown, this guy looked like he might jump through the glass and attack me.

Speaking of shellfish, umm…

Back to Chinatown, I made another visit to Xi’an. The “pork burger” is not just good, it’s insanely good.

This chocolate banana bread was kind of a disaster. I was going to write a whole post about it, but you’ll just have to take my word for it.

These macaroons were a near disaster. I didn’t use parchment and they were totally stuck the pan. Oops!

These blondies came to the rescue. My new theory is that most desserts seem yummier if you just put some of the chips, chunks, nuts, etc., on top., rather than mix them all into the batter.

This post is really all over the map now. The original Dojo on St. Mark’s may be gone, but at least there’s still one on 4th Street over by NYU. I’ve been eating this hijiki tofu sandwich for my whole adult life, and I still love it.

You don’t know what spicy is until you’ve eaten at Song 7.2 in the East Village.

OMG the sandwiches at Xie Xie! I heard they were gonna open downtown. I need details… now!

I’m so addicted to the dream bars recipe from The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread.

Seriously, Tiny’s Giant makes the best veggie burgers on the planet. It’s no contest. This thing rules.

Jen made this amigurumi mouse (with catnip) for Kiki. Despite this photo, I think Kiki loved it.

33 thoughts on “crazy catch-up post

  1. sean: lol, you say that like it's a bad thingappropriated.muffin: hmm yeah. i like that shot best too.jenn: i feel pretty lucky. yeah, the pork burger is so amazingjoanna: thanks. you should see some of the crazy stuff she makes.christina: thanks on all countssook: you mean that bright-red dish? fiery… and believe it or not, they have way spicier dishes there. this place is in a whole different league of spicy.

  2. 1) what a cute cat!!! this makes me miss my late kittycat, miumiu :(2) I actually laughed out loud when I saw that crab-lookalike-chinatown pastry thing3) agreed. completely. with the whole putting nuts/chips on TOP of the brownies or bars. so much better both esthetically and taste-ily.:)I love your blog, thx for stopping by mine.

  3. Dear God, the baked goods. And the Asian food. I was so excited when I went to Asia because I love hot 'n spicy Asian food but I thought they didn't really go in for the fatty desserts there… but they do! So basically now I want to live there.

  4. barbara: yeah, there was no way I was going to write individual posts about all that stuff…claudia: haolga: right, i learned my lessonpandalicious: well, that's my former cat. she lives with my mom now (allergies!)lele: interesting… but there are definitely some asian cuisines that aren't big on spicy food. koreans take the cake though.

  5. Have mercy! I might be planning a trip to NYC for August. I have got to check out some of the places you mention here. Although right now, the dream bars and blondies are really speaking to me. I agree…"most desserts seem yummier if you just put some of the chips, chunks, nuts, etc., on top., rather than mix them all into the batter."

  6. k.a.: ha, well, i could probably give a pretty good food tourkatherine: hmm, let's see. i think the recipe came from The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread. I don't have it scanned or electronically or anything. It's a good book though. Try to check it out.

  7. Drooling!!!!!Justin, would you let me know what exactly that spicy food @Song7.2? It looks so good, I really want to copy it at home. Please let me know. Thanks.

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