Shanghai Mong

If you’re ever in Koreatown, you should probably not go to a Chinese restaurant, right? Audrey and I made that mistake a while back and ended up at Shanghai Mong, probably the only Chinese restaurant on 32nd between 5th and Broadway. Okay, so it’s supposed to be “fusion,” but you don’t go to Koreatown to [...]

How to Make Chive Boxes

My mom grows chives in her yard, something she started doing when we lived in Champaign, Illinois. They’re very easy to grow and maintain and when you trim them, the entire yard smells like fresh chives (which might not always please the neighbors). In Champaign, we used to stir fry chives with all types of [...]


A couple of weeks ago, I was discussing Mitsuwa with a friend and decided it would be a fun field trip. I took Faire and Cantor because I thought they might be interested in Japanese food (Faire is a very adventurous eater; anything I put in front of her, she’ll want to try at least [...]

Michelin Starred Restaurants

Now that the year is practically over (how did August creep up on me like that?) it’s time to assess the damage on my goal of dining at every Michelin-starred restaurant in New York. Luckily, I’ve been to a bunch of them previous to this year (and I decided I wasn’t going to repeat a [...]

Sunday Dinner

Since my mom’s in town for a couple of days, we decided to have a little dinner with some of her friends and their children. My mom made lots of dishes, including her version of jap chae, fish, tofu with preserved duck eggs, a cold cucumber dish, and mung bean noodles with peanut sauce. My [...]

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