Kimbap

boston, savory

A few weeks ago one of my friends decided to make kimbap, a popular Korean dish that basically is a Korean maki roll. I have to admit, I’ve never really eaten any maki rolls that have cooked beef as a main component, but I have to say – it’s pretty good. Go ahead and give it a try – I bet you’ll like it too!

Ingredients:

10 sheets of nori (dried seaweed sheets)

3 cups washed sushi rice

1/2 lb ground beef

2 large carrots, julienned

2 large cucumbers, julienned

1 small package of danmoogi (Korean pickled radish, typically yellow), julienned

1 small package of pickled burdock root

2 large eggs

5 tbsp of sesame oil

2 tbsp soy sauce

3 tsp of salt

1 tsp pepper

2 cloves garlic

1 bamboo sushi rolling mat

To make:

1) Cook sushi rice, add 2 tbsp of sesame oil and 2 tsp of salt

2) Saute ground beef, drain fat, add 1 tbsp of sesame oil, 2 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper (this is Korean bulgogi)

3) Cook the 2 eggs into two flat omelettes then julienne

4) Place a sheet of nori on a sushi rolling mat

5) Top with prepared rice

6) Layer carrots, cucumbers, pickled burdock root, omelette strips, danmoogi, and bulgogi

7) Roll

8) Brush outside of roll with sesame oil

9) Coat sharp knife with sesame oil and cut into bite sized pieces

10) Enjoy!

Ingredients

Preparing

Unrolled

Rolled

Cut maki

* Note that this is only one of the many ways you can prepare kimbap – it’s also commonly made with tuna, cheese, kimchi, and basically anything else you might want to add – the combinations are endless!

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Up – Houston, TX

houston, savory

This year my mom and I celebrated our Birthdays at a new establishment called Up.  The restaurant is located in Highland Village and has views of downtown Houston and the Galleria area. It’s literally “up”, to get to the restaurant which is perched on the 3rd floor, you take a glass Willy Wonka-esque elevator and boom, bam, you’re being welcomed into a Modern- French- 70’s wood panneling – Swarovski chandelier – marble floors – fire place – setting. The decor all seems to come together nicely…

We love coming here for special occasions or any occasion for that matter because they provide great service, food, drinks, music, and atmosphere.  I also love the way the restaurant is sectioned off… the bar area overlooks the dining area and also connects to the outdoor patio which makes for good ebb and flow while being able to  maintain an open concept.

The crabcakes are to DIE for. nom nom. My mom ordered the shrimp tempura, why she did…not so sure, but they were amazing as well. Also, a complimentary marshmallow Birthday cake contraption was included. If you look behind the marshmallow cake you can see an assortment of NUTELLA  flavored goodies. Like, nutella flavored creme brulee. Kill me now.

Up: Highland Village – Houston, TX

Benjy’s in Rice Village – Houston, TX

houston, savory

Benjy’s is a local Houston favorite. There are two locations, each one having it’s own Executive Chef who produces their own menu based on similar concepts of providing fresh ingredients and seasonal flavorful dishes.  It’s a fun place to go anytime of the day. Both locations offer a daily happy hour in their lounge for a post-work escape, on top their traditional lunch and dinner menu, and on weekends it’s a perfect meeting spot for a hangover cure brunch.

The restaurant has a very urban vibe, completely different from what you will find in the typical Houston scence. It’s like stepping into a chic New York City diner. It’s comfy, modern, welcoming with great decor and service!

I ordered the Crabcake Sandwich – bacon + spinach + paoched eggs + topped with a smoked paprika hollandaise. (The things I will do for hollandaise sauce…)

My order was absolutely delightful, especially the poached egg. I’m sucker for a good poached egg. I was confused as to why they called it a sandwich because it’s more like a Crabcake Benedict? Same difference.

Check out the rest of their items on their Brunch Menu

Benjy’s: 2424 Dunstan Houston, TX 77005

Tory Row

boston, savory

For the past six years my friends and I have walked past Tory Row in Harvard Square seemingly overlooking this little gem of a restaurant. Finally after trying their food now realize the error of our ways – it’s good — really good.

We’ve heard the talk about their bacon flatbread before and now we can confirm that it’s in fact worthy of all of the praise it’s gotten. It’s the perfect blend of smoked bacon, vermont white cheddar, baby spinach, and bermuda onion.

Bacon Flatbread

My friends and I can never turn down PEI mussels if they’re on the menu, so naturally we had to order them. *Are you starting to see our dilemma? Always truffle fries, always mussels…etc, etc. – it’s a vicious cycle*  Once again we were not disappointed. Ahh that garlicky broth with a hint of lemon sopped up with french bread…so good.

PEI Mussels

Some of our out of town friends were visiting so we felt compelled to also get the lobster roll. Nothing too special here – it was just okay, but the coleslaw was the highlight for me.

Lobster Roll

Overall we enjoyed our food and are more than willing to go back again. Next time you’re in Harvard Square don’t count this place out.

Tory Row: 3 Brattle Street

Simple lunch sandwich

savory

My version of the BLT sandwich (I just can’t do raw tomatoes). Layer the following: 1 piece of toasted whole wheat bread, a generous handful of baby spinach, sliced yellow pepper and cucumber, another  piece of bread with dijon mustard, bacon, and another piece of bread. Serve with a mixed green salad with a easy french vinaigrette (olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, diced shallots, garlic, and dijon mustard). Simple and surprisingly refreshing for a quick lunch. Enjoy!

Bacon Sandwich

 

 

Egg-In-A-Hole from Santiago, Chile!

south america, sweet

I will be down in Santiago, Chile for five months and plan to blog about all my interesting food experiences.  Well today I had my first.  After huffing our way to the top of San Cristobal Hill we noticed everyone sipping and eating these…

We had NO IDEA what it was and to be honest it looked pretty gross and 0% refreshing.  But the same people that were sweating their way up the hill with us seemed to be enjoying them to we took a risk.  Turns out, DELICIOUS!

It was called “Rico Mote con Huesillos” and it was essentially peaches in a sweet tea with dried husked wheat at the bottom.  We have since found out this is national drink of Chile, and is especially popular in the summer time (now).  If you ever travel to Chile I highly recommend you try this national treasure.