Ancho, Coriander & Lime Rubbed Steak Tips

Ancho, Coriander & Lime Rubbed Steak Tips


This is inspired from a recent visit to Dylan Prime, a steak house in the Tribeca area of New York City. Since it was an official dinner with a vendor, I couldn’t whip out my camera for pictures. I know that most purists would think that ordering a steak in a steakhouse that has anything more than salt & pepper rubbed on it is blasphemy but I have such a major weakness for Mexican flavors that I couldn’t pass up on this. Ancho chillies have that smokiness that perfectly complement grilled red meats.

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Spicy Thai Noodles

Spicy Thai Noodles


In February of 2000 we were in Thailand for our honeymoon. The vacation started with a 2 night stop in Bangkok with Phuket, Phi Phi Islands etc to follow. We were staying at the Rembrandt hotel. After checking in, we just threw our bags in the room and started to walk down the street from the hotel to grab a bite. We walked past this little hole in the wall called P. Kitchen. We were too hungry to wait or look for a place with more action so we decided to stop and eat. I am not exaggerating when I say that its one of my most memorable Thai meals. We ordered a spicy noodle and a green curry. If I ever go back to Bangkok, this will be a stop I will surely be making. For those who may be interested, here’s the address:

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Grilled Pomfret Indo-Chinese

Grilled Chilli Pomfret


One of my favorite fusion cuisines of all…Indian Chinese. Its really a cuisine in itself that was born in India and is spreading wildly across the States. Just in the last one year, three restaurants have opened in the Boston area. New York & New Jersey have been home to a few good ones for many years. Once you get the hang of it, its really easy to make Indo-Chinese food. No pressure cooking, no slow cooking…mostly quick stir fries at high temperatures.

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Feta/Cheddar Stuffed Sliders

Cheese Stuffed Sliders


What better way to enjoy the first 80 degree day than to grill burgers, be outdoor and drink some cold cold beer! When we checked the weather forecast in the morning our immediate reaction was to look for ‘grill-able’ stuff in the refrigerator. And then both of us, almost in unison, said that we have to eat burgers. I love sliders ’cause you can get more variety per pound of food. We decided to make 2 kinds…one stuffed with feta cheese and the other with cheddar.

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Kafta Kabab Pita Pockets

Kafta Kabab Pita Pockets


I absolutely love middle eastern food. When we’re not in the mood to have a sit down dinner at a restaurant it’s one of my favorite take out options. Be it a shawarma or a falafel sandwich/wrap or any of the kabab rolls. My wife & I typically share a couple of these and one of them is always a Kafta kabab sandwich.

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Szechuan Spicy Fish Fillets & Napa Cabbage

Szechuan Spicy Fish Fillets with Napa Cabbage


If you live in Massachusetts and love spicy Chinese food and haven’t been to Sichaun Gourmet in Framingham then put it on the top of your ‘restaurants to try’ list. I was introduced to this place by a friend a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Their signature dish is this spicy boiled fish with Napa cabbage. I tried to recreate this at home a couple of times but it was never quite like it until I realized that a key ingredient that was missing is Szechuan peppercorns. I couldn’t find it in any store locally so I ordered it from an online spice store. These peppercorns aren’t really spicy but provide a lemony, numbing sensation to the tongue.

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Yuca Mofongo with Chorizo

Yuca Mofongo with Chorizo


In February of 2010, we were in Puerto Rico to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. What better way to celebrate than to get away from the cold and enjoy the sun, sand & food of this beautiful Caribbean island. The best part of the vacation was our overnight trip to the little island of Vieques off of the eastern coast of the mainland. If the pristine beaches & the lack of McDonalds/Walmart etc aren’t enough, Vieques is home to the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. Its hard to see anything more spectacular than that and any visit to PR is incomplete without a bio-bay tour. There’s plenty written about it that you can find online. Unfortunately we couldn’t click any pictures but any pictures you find online would be very close to the actual experience.

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Baked Pear


We had some close friends over recently who had their parents visiting from overseas. After 3 rounds of appetizers that included Samosas and Kababs, one course of absolutely delicious Biryani made by our guests and another course of home made curries and bread…not to mention the few beers to wash all this down with, it was time to bring out the store bought Tiramisu for dessert. Our stomachs were going to explode with just the thought of having something like that after such a heavy meal. But some form of dessert was a must to cap off a spectacular afternoon of eating. Just then the wife had (& implemented) a suggestion that was just perfect. Light, delicious and fairly guilt free. The best thing about this dessert is that if you regularly buy fresh fruit you would have everything that you need to make this at home. All you need to do is peal and core the pears, place them on a baking tray, sprinkle brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon powder and add a spoonful of some marmalade/jam in the center. We used apricot but you could easily use peach or any other. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

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Fried Pomfret in Hot Bean Sauce


I was at the Indian grocery store a couple of days ago to buy some freezer junk for movie nights and voila…there lying in a big box were flash frozen whole pomfrets. I had heard from several people that some Indian stores carried it but it was exciting to actually find it. I asked Syed, the extra friendly store owner, if they were good and  he said “you can never go wrong with it”. It had been so many years since I ate Pomfret…it was a regular in our house growing up.

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Spicy Stir-fried Bok Choy

I dedicate this post to my close friends who recently moved to Melbourne from Boston via Oman, UAE, India, Malaysia, New Zealand…in short, serious serious travelers. Not only do we enjoy their company for the people they are but also because they are foodies like us and love to try new kinds of food. My love for greens especially cooked in Chinese style is attributed to these friends who would always order some form of it in Chinatown in Boston when we would eat out together. From stir fried bok choy to peapod stems to watercress, its a world I was introduced to thanks to them. And now, its one of my favorite things to order when I’m at Peach Farm or Dumpling House.

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