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I’ve been wanting to make this carbonara “pasta” dish (inspired by a dinner at Blue Hill Stonebarns) for more than a year, but didn’t have a julienned slicer. Enter my Cuisinart food processor — it was so simple and quick!

beet & goat cheese terrine, served with balsamic + fleur de sel

We started with the beet & goat cheese terrine above (2-mm slices of beets also done by my Cuisinart), with some salt and pepper cracked on top, with some drips of balsamic. Ate along with the beet, orange, and fennel salad pictured below. The dressing on top was a honey, olive oil, and riesling emulsification.

orange, beet, and fennel salad with drizzle of honey-olive-oil-riesling dressing

And then to the main — a bed of julienned zucchini and carrots, with a fried egg on top, and a drizzle (drench) of a pan-fried butter, bacon, chorizo, and heavy cream mixture.

julienned zucchini + carrots topped with "carbonara" of pan-fried chorizo, bacon, butter, heavy cream, and egg

We cheated a little with a previously-made dessert. Still had some of the roasted cherry and goat cheese ice cream I made a few weeks back. Here, paired with some Eggo waffle triangles and balsamic.

roasted cherry goat cheese ice cream served with toasted waffle


night of the pumpkin

My first time cooking pumpkin! It’s incredibly cheap — only $1.81 for a small-mediumish pumpkin. On the menu: pumpkin puree soup (with a touch of maple syrup & dash of nutmeg); kale-grapefruit-roasted-pine-nut with goat cheese salad; julienned sweet yams roasted with olive oil, salt, and paprika (my Cuisinart food processor is the best purchase, ever); and finally — my first time making muffins, ever — French breakfast puffs, à la the Pioneer Woman, dipped in cinnamon & sugar, paired with a roasted pumpkin, five-spice ice cream. Mmm!

pumpkin soup, kale grapefruit pine nut goat cheese salad, + roasted sweet yams with paprika

I’m loving the Fuji X100s.


[In honor of your visit to NYC, ickleruthiekins, I'm posting pictures from your visit from nearly 2 years ago!! Can't wait to see you again. :) ]


So ickleruthiekins came to visit, and we had a great time! Given the end of school, I had lots more time to hang out. First stop, Totto Ramen. Read the full post →


the meatball shop

November 23, 2011

in Eat

Dinner at the Meatball Shop! Decent meatballs. Here: risotto, naked balls with mushroom gravy, & artichokes brussel sprouts.

risotto, naked balls, & artichokes

The boys.

the boys

The FNR Crew (minus Char).

t, me, lo


me, lo


sake bar hagi {fnr}

November 4, 2011

in Eat,Play

One of my new favorite places, Sake Bar Hagi! Rollin’ with the FNR crew. :)

me + lo!

t + char!

Juicy, juicy tontoro.


Fried gizzards.

fried gizzards

Grilled hamachi — not at all dry and haven’t had it better elsewhere. Mmmm…

grilled hamachi

Seared tuna.

seared tuna

Agedashi tofu.

agedashi tofu

Grilled cheek.

grilled cheek

Fried frog legs.

frog karaage

And then dessert!!! Honestly, my favorite place for green tea ice cream, everrr. The sesame ice cream is amazing as well.

sesame ice cream with red bean cake

green tea ice cream with red bean cake

Congrats on med school, T!

congrats, t!

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BCD Tofu dinner.

with dad

Highline happiness.

les parents

Chelsea Market.

seafood place

chelsea market

Pisticci’s brunch — penne, truffled eggs served with truffle oil & shaved prosiutto, lemon ricotta pancakes, and uova contadine.

penne pisticci

truffled eggs served with truffle oil & shaved prosciutto

lemon ricotta pancakes

uova contadine

Columbia University overpass.

morningside overpass