Snails and Salmon Burgers

Snails and Salmon burgers? Yes please!

Feeling lazy the other night, I decided to pick up some escargot already prepared with garlic-herb butter at The Lobster Place at Chelsea Market at 75 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan.

Also available already prepared were salmon burgers,really nicely seasoned, substantial, and under 5 dollars a piece!

The snails were super tender, baked in a hot 425 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Although my girlfriend was initially fearful of the texture, I was psyched to see that she actually enjoyed the buttered gastropods, eating a total of three!! The salmon burgers were sauteed on both sides for about 5 minutes and came out perfectly, with a very meaty, burger like texture. I garnished with some cabbage, tarter sauce, tomato and red onion. Yum.

Bourdain: Outspoken and Vindicated.

Anthony Bourdain drew a lot of flack this past summer for saying the following to TV Guide:

“The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f—ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.”

After the recent announcement that Paula indeed has come down with Diabetes and on top of that just got an endorsement for a diabetes drug, Bourdain rightfully tweeted, “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”

He is more candid in this Eater interview, “When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got Type 2 Diabetes. … It’s in bad taste if nothing else,”

Yes, she’s an affable and cute old woman, but honestly what do y’all think about this horrific video? I personally think that Anthony is exonerated. Shine on you crazy diamond!

Lamb Burger with Mint Yogurt at Bareburger

Check out my lamb burger with cucumber mint yogurt, lettuce, cucumber, tomato and apple smoked onions from Bareburger, a crunchy all-organic, locally sourced, grass-fed burger place in Astoria and a few other locations around NYC.

I have got to hand it to this place, they make a decent burger AND are trying, it seems, to run a reasonable and sustainable restaurant. Their burger options range from beef, turkey, veggie, portabella mushroom, free-range chicken, lamb wild boar, elk, and ostrich. I LOVE Ostrich (the other red meat as I call it) and also I have been wanting to try elk for a very long time so I definitely will be back soon.

Also, for a pickle fiend like myself, they offered a delectable pickle plate (pictured above) with sweet, hot and kosher sliced pickled cucumbers. Proof!

2012 Hoboken St. Pattys Day Parade Cancelled

Alas, no more green beer and shillelaghs on Washington Street in the square mile city of Hoboken, New Jersey. The Hoboken St Patrick’s Day parade, which occurred annually for the last 25 years on the 1st Saturday of March is now cancelled.

The NYC Irish calendar of March would (for the last decade), begin at the ‘Boken parade, then festivities would continue the following weekend at the South Street Seaport Irish Stroll for day-drinking with great views of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, and finally the Gaelic season would conclude at the 5th Avenue, New York City parade on the 17th of March (pictured above in 1907).

Here is a link to the Hoboken parade committee’s letter. It seems as though Hoboken’s City Fathers are fed up with the boozy shenanigans and rowdy house parties that occur, and the city is using safety as the main justification for cancelling the event. It is a shame that we can’t have nice things. There was always more than just inebriated revelry, there was a sense of tradition, and also a venue to hear Celtic music, drums, pipes, and witness folk dance that is being forgotten in our modern age. Also mentioned in the letter, (and for good or for bad) the parade may played a hand in the revitalization of Hoboken since its 1986 inception. Negative proof.

No Plans? Wedding Crasher App

That diabolical mistress The Internet has now gifted the world an application to assist in crashing weddings. Crash Corsage!

After entering your location information the Crash Corsage app will filter through public directories for the appropriate wedding info to help you have a boozy night on the bride and groom’s dime. You can also win points for various wedding hijinks (like starting the conga line), and become a ranked “expert” wedding crasher against other users. This modified Four Square application seems only to lack the tuxedo rental.

Workin’ It

I spent the day playing around and making pasta with my new pasta maker (thanks Mom!). Making pasta dough is very easy and straight forward, you can get workable ingredients together in no time.

All you need is some semolina flour, eggs, and salt, pulse these ingredients in a food processor a few times and then rest for 20 – 30 minutes.

Flatten out the dough, and then just keep compressing it through the roller to the desired width and texture before slicing into noodles. My linguine came out perfectly. It went straight into a asparagus and pancetta white wine reduction, which was quite tasty.

Due to the ease and simplicity of making homemade pasta, I plan to make ALL of my pasta from scratch and freeze it for future ingestion from here on out. I also want to make experimental raviolis the size of my head. Proof!

Astoria Eats: Taverna Kyclades

The un-paralleled Hellenistic destination for seafood in Astoria is Taverna Kyclades! This authentic Greek taverna is located in the most fantastic Greek neighborhood outside of Attica. Just take the N train to the end of the line (Ditmars Boulevard in Queens), and head down the well-lit streets for some perfectly prepared Pesca!

A simple Greek peasant salad with BRICKS of feta.

Various spreads including skordalia a delicious potato puree, tzatziki, the classic cucumber, garlic yogurt sauce, and taramosalata which is a potato spread made with fish roe.

This is the best grilled octopus you’ll ever have. Period.

After recently reading A Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine, I’ve had a hankering for grilled squabs… Grilled quail satisfied this craving completely. These bite-sized birds were perfectly cooked and scrumptious. Pub proprietors would do well to offer quail for Monday Night football snack specials instead of boring ole’ buffalo wings.

The highlight of the evening had to be the perfectly cooked sea bass. De-boned by the waiter and spectacularly tender and flavorful… Just squeeze some lemon and dive on in! Proof. 3307 Ditmars Blvd Astoria, NY 11105