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Hello All,

So, it has been awhile since I posted.  Simple dinner last night.  Fish store was selling line caught gulf red snapper for $5.65 per pound.  My fish guy gave me 2.25 lbs for an even 12 dollars. We are friends.  He rounds down.

I simple put a couple of cuts into the flesh of the fish on either side. I salted inside and out, squeezed a few lemons over the fish and let it get to room temperature.

After that, I simply grilled the fish on both sides for a short period of time prior to finishing off the fish in a 450 degree oven.

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Bite Club was fortunate to cook the rehearsal dinner for one of my oldest and dearest friends wedding.. The large group of people came to my house where we cooked them a dinner.

First course steak tartare
Second course- scallop cooked in it’s shell with a cube of bacon and a soy butter sauce topped with crispy shallot jelly.
Third Course- soft shell crab cooked in butter, served over fried goat cheese ravioli with pickled ginger beets.
Fourth Course- fried sweetbreads with cauliflower, uni flan topped with uni, sauce gribiche and pickled peppers.
Fifth Course- Sliced duck breast with grilled pineapple, seared foie gras and a cherry demi glace.
Last Course-chomeur pudding with a marscapone lemon granita.

It was a pretty amazing dinner. Was really happy to be able to do this for him and his new bride.

 

Again, since I don’t take photos of the finished plating, all I can really share are the ingredients and some early prep.

 

Here is a tray of live soft shell crabs. They were still moving around when i opened the container. you have to cut the eyes out, remove the gills, it’s a lovely process:

Uni: Later became a flan

Fried Goat Cheese Ravioli

These were the Maple Puddings: Later to be topped with the marscapone and lemon granita.


A duck liver:

Beginning of a demi: Later became a cherry sauce

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Duck breastasis:

Bacon for the scallops:

Valenca Restaurant

665 Monroe Ave
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

(908) 354-4024

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So, I am back safe and sound. I spent the last 12 days traveling around China. I was in Yangzhou which is around 5 hours car ride north of Shanghai.  In addition to Yangzhou I was in a few other cities. This was the first restaurant I went to, the night we landed.

I was with a Chinese Host who helped us navigate the menu.  Here is a recap. I hope you enjoy the food:

I requested we go for some Sichuan Food:Thick gluttonous noodles with the classic Sichuan Combination of hot and a little vinegar

This was one of the better dishes of the night:

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558 Elizabeth Avenue

(908)289-5533

I have been to Kylie’s Place a few times in the last couple of months.  My mother comes to have lunch with me and we like to explore various places in Elizabeth NJ.  Our most recent place has been Kylie’s Place Restaurant or Kylie’s Restaurant Place. All we know for sure is, this place is a restaurant, serving some really lovely food from El Salvador. Whether or not a Kylie exists, has yet to be confirmed.

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25 Burgers
510 E St Georges Ave
Linden, NJ 07036
(908) 718-5671

Named 25 burgers after the 25 different burgers they offer, it’s a seriously good burger.  I am trying to think of when I had a better burger in recent memory..  Now, I understand, everyone has their personal favorites, some like thin and smashed, some like a nice big bar burger, this was kind of like a mix between the two.. It was super juicy, needing many napkins.. It was dressed kind of like a Cali Burger and definitely needed to be wrapped up.. Buns were hearty yet, super soft.. Loved the bun.

I ordered a bacon burger it had a ton of bacon.

Burgers came out fairly quickly, seasoned fries.. Staff was super nice. I am a huge fan.

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