I know I am not good about posting to this blog, but this time I had an excuse! I have been vacationing in Rome the past 7 days and am now inspired to post a few recipes later this week (always the procrastinator). Obviously Rome is an amazing city for carb and wine indulging, but more important is their LOVE of pork. I think I consumed more pig in Rome then I did in Barcelona, which is hard to do. It was awesome, but the next few days I am only eating iceberg lettuce and drinking coffee, recent pics of Christina Aguilera should inspire me to do this.
Here are a few noteworthy food pictures from the trip along with the restaurant name in case you are planning a trip. I suggest asking Chef Morgan as well, girl has a great list from her abroad days. – ts
L’Enoteca Cul de Sac (near Piazza Navona)- small plates great wine list http://www.enotecaculdesac.com/
Pastificio San Lorenzo- you MUST go here. It is in an up and coming artsy area behind the termini called San Lorenzo, fun live music venue bars as well around the area; incredible meats and cheese; http://www.pastificiocerere.com/ristorante/index.php
Il Matriciano- Roman fare by the Vatican; the BEST artichokes I have ever had
Pork stand in Marino, a small hill side wine town just outside of Rome-
While not a bacon recipe, this still goes along with Bacon Thursday theme. The holiday season is quickly approaching, so I suggest you get your wrapping paper STAT! Show your loved ones you care by wrapping their gifts in Bacon Wrap. It is sure to turn the worst gift into a real treat. – ts
While doing my daily (ok hourly) internets research, I stumbled upon an amazing site which features 30 grilled cheese recipes. Now I fully plan on keeping Bacon Thursday theme up today. Bacon and cheese always go together, so you better believe these recipes feature the good stuff. Since the weather for some is turning cooler, why not plan for a tomato soup and grilled cheese night. This site surely will inspire. -ts
Grilled Cheese Acadamy
Recently I got the amazing opportunity to be a food critic for a night. A good friend invited me to go check out Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn and give comments on it for an article she is writing for an undisclosed NY publication (link will be sent when its published). Chef John joined as well and it was a major treat. Pretty much I was approached with, Hey Tanya you like food and gossip, want a free meal where we can taste everything on the menu and talk about it? SOLD! End result, one of the best meals I have had in a while in New York. It is known for its pizza, but honestly while tasty, it was my least favorite item on the menu. The space was great, and it has a cute outdoor area. The menu is seasonal, and they grow some of their produce right outside in their garden.
As mentioned previously we ordered almost everything on the menu, so I will only mention the highlights. The veal sweetbreads were lightly fried and practically melted in your mouth. They were unbelievable and hands down the best sweetbreads I have ever had. I could have had like 2 more orders of them. My second favorite item we ate was snap pea salad. They were mixed with mascarpone puree, pickle ramps, and black garlic sauce. It is ramp season, so they were highlighted on most of the menu items and were great. The homemade trofie pasta with oxtail and greens was surprisingly light and very tasty. The duck egg poached with aged Shelburne cheese and maitake mushroom was amazing and all components went perfectly together. We also had soft-shell crab lightly battered and fried with spring onion and mint and skirt steak with salsa verde and market greens both incredible.
The meal then ended with this NummyNumNum writer’s photo in the NY Times! This was completely by accident and unrelated to my Roberta’s meal. It just happened to be that I was browsing a vintage truck while waiting for my car after Roberta’s. Luckily it was a side profile and no name shot. Considering I had just eaten about 15 lbs of food and multiple bottles of wine, that night was not the dream night for my NY Times debut. However, it is a great way to say bye to this amazing city because I am moving to NOLA tomorrow! – ts
It is Friday; I am bored, and have pretty much quit my job already. Needless to say today has been a major google researching day. I decided to google image NummyNumNum and animals, naturally. Below are the gems that I discovered. They make no sense, but I love them. I wanted to post to make this slow Friday afternoon a bit more enjoyable for y’all. In the words of the best boy band ever, “Thank God it’s friday night and I just, just, juuuust…GOT PAID.” Sorry that will be in your head all weekend. -ts
Last night’s dinner was not cooked by me! Chef John and I went to one of my favorite ramen noodle joints in NYC, Hide-Chan. Ramen joints are popping up everywhere in NYC, but a lot are mediocre; this one is NOT. It is incredible, and I highly recommend it (my #1 favorite noodle joint is Ippudo, but it inevitably will have a two hour wait). If all you know about ramen is college (or perhaps even current) memories of pouring hot water in a styrofoam bowl, then prepare to have your mind blown!
At Hide-Chan there are only a few menu items, and all soups are made with a pork broth. I ordered the Hakata Kuro Ramen, served with inky ma-yu roasted garlic oil that coated everything black (think squid ink). The incredible smells are oozing out of this bowl which also included green onions, tree ears, seaweed and tender pork slices. I of course added the spicy oil because that is how we roll at NummyNumNum. Everything in this soup works, the textures, flavors, smells all amazingly perfect. Seeing as it is FREEZING here, this was the perfect Wednesday night meal. We also got the pork buns, which are not the best I have had but still does the trick! To be honest, I have never met a pork bun I didn’t like. Roasted pork, soft bun bread and mayo? Seriously you just can’t mess that up. An item I noticed this time around was raw octopus in a spicy wasabi sauce. It was fresh, crunchy, refreshing and a perfect way to start this meal. As always, you have to order a big mug of Kirin because it pairs perfectly with this hearty Japanese comfort food. -ts
This is not a recipe post but a shout out to food trucks! I love them because I love street meat. It was only a matter of time that this concept make it to the states (although NYC has been doing it for a while now), and I am thankful for it. In New York there is a food truck on almost every block, seriously. Today I tried out a Greek truck called Uncle Gussy’s. I got the lamb gyro pita (photo attached), and it seriously kicked arce. This place has actually been around for 39 years in Astoria and recently decided to take on the food truck scene. Oh and the daily specials are made by the owner’s mom; I hear the spanakopita is amaze. If you live in NYC and are around midtown do it! My meal was only 4 bones. –ts
This is not a recipe but will undoubtedly lead to many being posted by your faithful Nummy team. Instead of having to scour the Interweb or listen to Drake & Zeke to find out what “day” it is (though you should obviously still listen to them because they’re hilARious), you can just consult this handy little website in order to find out what you should be celebrating.
Can’t wait for National Artichoke Hearts Day next Wednesday. Dips on deck, people.