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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:

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Cow Girl Seahorse

259 Front St, New York, NY

(212) 608-7873

info@cowgirlseahorse.com

Located in the South Street Seaport in space of the former horror show Mexican Radio, I was invited to meet for lunch here this weekend by a buddy of mine. Now my friend has wonderful taste in restaurants, music, and just in general. He is a master jeweler, studied in Italy for a few years honing his craft. Needless to say, when he picks a restaurant I am happy to oblige.

So, this weekend, my buddy calls me on the phone and tells me to meet him down here.   I hope on the g train and do not give it a second thought.  That is, until I walked past one of my favorite haunts, Jeremy’s Ale House.  I could go on for pages on how much I love Jeremy’s.  It’s a dive for sure. But, the memories I have there are amazing. Not to mention, they have a deep fryer and they are not afraid to use it. Their fried shrimp and calamari were a Thursday ritual for us.  I say a ritual because, this is also where my old bookie use to do pick ups and drop offs as well.

So, I walk passed Jeremy’s, I walk passed a place called Bin something or other, I walk passed a bunch of really cool looking places. I finally arrive at this strangely named place, Cow Girl Seahorse Tavern. I see the nautical gitchyness, the huge seahorse, the place is empty but, it will soon be packed with young kids and strollers and I am getting really nervous. I am the first to arrive so, I sit at the bar and get myself a beer.  It’s noon, it’s Sunday, it’s all very respectable.

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Good Morning everyone.. I hope everyone had a terrific weekend.  I spent a lot of my Saturday in our garden then, most of my Sunday walking around and just taking it easy.  It is such a rare thing for me to have both a Saturday and Sunday off, it can be habit forming.

Keeping up with that laid back vibe of the weekend, I spent most of the morning listening to some really chill Reggae Music. Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaac type stuff  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp-41RC2IHI) .  It was just too hard to get into the blues today.  Further more, bopping through Canal Street, I decided to stop in for a little dim sum.

Royal Seafood

103 Mott Street

(212) 219-2338

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65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
http://www.oldsichuan.com
Phone: (212) 227-9888

So, doing the nightly drive across Canal Street, my wife proposed Sichuan Food.  A quick right on Mott, turn left one block down on Bayard, you find this little spot tucked away next to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and X’ian Noodle. Also, halfway down the block from Great NY Noodle Town and Oriental Garden.  Not to mention there are 20 other places. Mei Lei Wah, would be one of those 20 other places.

Old Sichuan, while not my favorite, it provides an enjoyable dinner.  Certainly, better than any Chinese food in my neighborhood

Ox tongue and tripe, served cold.  Lots of cracked Sichuan Peppercorns, hints of sesame, star anise, chile oil and garlic.  The tongue is stewed well, the tripe perfectly cooked.  Some really wonderful preparation on the tripe.

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Great NY NOODLETOWN
28 1/2 Bowery
New York, NY 10013
(212) 349-0923

What a gorgeous day it is. Spring has sprung my friends, spring has sprung.  It’s amazing how much beautiful nature still exists within NYC.  There are gorgeous dogwoods and cherry blossoms blooming everywhere.  What else happens in Spring, Great NY Noodletown starts frying up some soft shell crabs.

Scarily, you can get soft shells crabs all year round in Chinatown. Though, it’s only during certain seasons where you want to eat them.  Like anything, it is freshest while they are alive. To me, I have an incredible sensitivity to frozen shellfish.  The texture is always affected. The flesh takes on water and becomes water logged.  It’s really off putting to me.  That is why I rarely if ever eat King Crab Legs.  Frozen shrimp are slightly more forgivable but, I still can tell. But,let us not speak of such unpleasantness.

It’s a beautiful day and it’s time to go for a walk:
Where to? Why across the Manhattan Bridge

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WWW.NYBITECLUB.COM

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Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe
113 Mott St
(between Canal St & Hester St)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7221

I am not a big breakfast person. In fact, I don’t like breakfast at all.  Orange juice, it’s nice with a little Vodka, I like to marinate my carnitas in it but, it’s such a strange custom to start your day with a big glass of OJ. Are people not brushing their teeth?

Sure I will eat a bagel with some white fish or perhaps some sturgeon or salmon but, that’s about as breakfasty as I get.  A morning cheeseburger, sounds good to me.

As I have mentioned, I drive through Chinatown quiet a bit.  Is there anything better than  a nice container of Pork Bun or Bun Cha for breakast?  Bun is pronounced Boon.

So, we stopped in at Paris Sandwich this morning like we often do.  I picked up some shrimp spring rolls for the Mrs. some sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf with beans and pork and finally a Bun thit nuong for me.

The Bun cha there is really nice. As you can see below. Here you have pork, a little egg roll, peanuts, Thai Basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, rice noodles, hot sauce and Nuoc Mam Cham, Nuoc Mam Cham is that sauce in the bottom left corner. It’s the slightly sweet and sour sauce that accompanies many Vietnamese Dishes. It is part Fish Sauce, part sugar, part lime, part water, sometimes with a little chile.  It’s delicious

The price, it’s $5.50.  So much better and more healthy than a stupid pancake.

This will obviously not be my last time visiting this place. I will post more photos next time.