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Cooking From The Farmer's Markets . . . what's on your table these days?

I've been making fresh chia seed jam using various greenmarket fruits- strawberries, blueberries, apricots- really any fruit will work. The recipe is incredibly simple: 1 cup of chopped fruit, 2 tbs of chia seeds, water, and sweetener to taste. It's the kind of recipe that feels like summer- easy and light.

Photos are here: http://healthypantz.com/2012/06/21/gr...

Aug 15, 2012
HealthyPantz in Home Cooking

Kyo Ya...in need of a la carte suggestions!

I went to Kyo Ya last week and really enjoyed all the dishes we ordered, so thought I’d share for the benefit of future diners.

Photos of the dishes can be found here: http://wp.me/p2oASx-9p

1) Ohitashi: boiled watercress and spring shitake mushroom in cold dashi broth – a pretty small portion, but a light and refreshing way to start the meal
2) Goma tofu gratin: creamy seame tofu with crab and vegetables – my favorite dish of the meal, highly recommend
3) Snapper Chazuke: rice, snapper sashimi, and toppings with hoji tea – it was quite a process to assemble all of the elements of the dish, but I actually really enjoyed that aspect
4) Black Cod: broiled tsubu miso marinated black cod – not as creative as the other dishes, but a healthy portion and delicious preparation

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Jun 27, 2012
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Cozy Midtown East Spots?

Sofia Wine Bar on 50th btwn 2nd/3rd is a great, cozy little space. Great wine list, pizzas, and I personally have a love for their tuna tar tar, which is a generous heaping of tuna atop a mound of avocado, tomato, and sprouts.

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Jun 26, 2012
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best vegan food

I finally made it to Pure Food and Wine this past weekend and was able to sit out on their back patio. We ordered the lasagna per the recs I found here, and while it was good, it wasn't the standout dish. The tomato paste was a little too thick and plentiful, and overwhelmed the other flavors in the lasagna. That said, the other flavors (especially the macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta) were great.

My favorite dish was a new appetizer: "King oyster mushroom scallops with brussel sprouts and shitake miso broth served with miso glazed pecans, shaved radish, and micro mustard." Really light and well flavored- highly recommend trying it out. I posted photos of the 3 dishes we ordered on my blog, if you're interested: http://wp.me/p2oASx-7n

Jun 12, 2012
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Truffle salt storage

There are truffle bits in the salt- maybe that's why it's so pungent?

Jun 06, 2012
HealthyPantz in General Topics

Truffle salt storage

I recently purchased a jar of black truffle salt (from Eataly in NYC), and am having a tough time with proper storage now that I have opened it. The truffle scent is so strong that I can't seem to contain it. Tupperware worked for a few days, but is no longer a good enough fortress. Has anyone had experience with storing truffle products such that they could lend me a nugget of advice before I go out on a jar-buying expedition?

Thanks in advance! (I understand this is a wonderfully high brow problem to have, it's just not one that I anticipated!)

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Jun 06, 2012
HealthyPantz in General Topics

Locanda Verde brunch review

It's pretty rare that a restaurant can execute a n equally great brunch and dinner experience... It's definitely on my dinner to do list as well. The squid ink pasta is calling my name. Did you have any standout dinner items that I should keep in mind?

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Jun 06, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

Locanda Verde brunch review

As a New Yorker who claims that brunch is her favorite meal, I’m embarrassed to admit that my first visit to Locanda Verde was only this past weekend. What was I thinking by not trekking over to Tribeca sooner? Clearly, I was not thinking at all. Lesson learned. The following is a run-down of what we had. More details + photos of each of the dishes can be found on my blog: http://healthypantz.com/2012/06/05/br...

By noon on a Sunday the place was hopping. Despite all the tables being occupied and wait lines being formed at the bar, I found the service to be wonderful. Our waitress even took the time to run down the entire menu and detail which dishes could and could not be made vegetarian. It seemed like she’d gotten that question once or twice before. The menu appeared pretty pork-heavy at first glance, but it turns out that many of the dishes can be made veg with 1 or 2 easy tweaks.

We immediately ordered the item I was most excited to try, the sheep's milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast, as an appetizer for the table to share. It was as glorious as I’d hoped it would be. Maybe even better.

For my main, I had the zucchini frittata with roasted tomato, goat cheese and basil, made with egg whites. Nothing to complain about here. Light, fluffy, super fresh. This was pretty much the egg dish you always hope will be presented to you at brunch and seldom is. I was a happy camper, though the frittata was so big I actually couldn’t finish it on my own.

Also ordered at our table was the hazelnut-crusted french toast with sour cherries and mint. Hello, decadence! I only sampled a couple of bites of this, but whoa- such an awesome flavor and texture combo with the soft bread, crunchy hazelnuts, sweet syrup, and sour cherries.

My husband got the breakfast stromboli with fennel sausage, spinach, strachiatelle, and a runny egg mixed in there. He found the dish to be great comfort food, and the innards to be warm, tasty and indulgent.

Final thoughts: Don’t be a silly person like me; If you have not done to already, I highly recommend that you go to Locanda Verde at your earliest convenience. And please get the ricotta appetizer. It’s that good. I think I need to go back immediately to sample more of the menu.

Jun 05, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

vegan breakfast ideas

Since the weather has gotten warmer, I've been on a green smoothie breakfast kick. Just toss items in a blender with a couple of ice cubes and you're done. I use either baby spinach or kale as the "green" and a frozen banana, plus 1/4-1/2 cup almond milk as the smoothie base. My favorite add ins include a tbs of almond butter, vanilla protein powder, and a handful of frozen blueberries. You can really get creative with whatever you have in the kitchen. And although the drink doesn't look beautiful, it's actually pretty delicious.

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Jun 03, 2012
HealthyPantz in Vegetarian & Vegan

a place with the most intersting "not traditional" cupcakes ?

I recently sampled alcohol infused cupcakes from Prohibition Bakery while at the Hester Street Fair a week or so ago. (http://prohibitionbakery.com/) The Pretzels & Beer cupcake and Sangria cupcake really tasted like their namesakes. I don't believe that they have a storefront yet, but if you happen to be in town during the Hester Street Fair it's worth a stop. Otherwise, order information is on their website.

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May 29, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

Vegan Cupcakes in Manhattan

MizYellowRose - I stopped in to Terri (on 23rd and 6th) today for a smoothie and noticed that they have vegan cupcakes there as well. I can't attest to their quality, but the Green Power smoothie was fantastic so it might be worth a shot. Always good to know about another vegan spot in the city in any case.

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May 28, 2012
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Vegan Cupcakes in Manhattan

Dean & Deluca's in Soho carries a few vegan options.
Tu-Lu's Bakery is on 11th and 1st and has gluten free and vegan cupcakes and brownies.
I really love Stogo on 10th and 2nd for cupcakes, brownies, and vegan ice cream. I know they carry Babycakes cupcakes among their own in-house creations. My favorite treat there is the vegan ice cream sandwich between 2 oatmeal raisin (vegan) cookies.

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May 27, 2012
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LES bakeries?

I've stopped into Desset Truck while waiting for a table at Clinton St. Baking Co at brunch. Can't attest to the desserts, but the cappuccino was great.

May 24, 2012
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Faux Meat - Recommendations

Casting my vote for Morningstar Farms Mushroom Lovers Burger. They usually have them at Trader Joe's, but also can be found at most other grocery stores. So flavorful. I often bring them to friends' BBQs, and they have been known to be chosen over regular burgers by some carnivores. Really great with a little bbq sauce and a bun/pita.

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May 24, 2012
HealthyPantz in Vegetarian & Vegan

LES bakeries?

Doughnut Plant for donuts (obviously), Babycakes for vegan, gluten free, or otherwise health conscious treats, Bisous Ciao for amazing macarons, Christian Vautier Le Concept for exotic truffles (very new- just opened on Broome and Orchard next to Babycakes)

May 23, 2012
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Where to eat after drinks at the Experimental Cocktail Club (Rivington and Chrystie)

That's an amazingly accurate description. Way to put your finger exactly on the atmosphere.

+1 for Peasant. The polpi in purgatorio (baby octopus with chile) was our favorite dish of the evening. Another great option in the neighborhood is Balaboosta, a really delicious and unique Middle Eastern spot. The smoked eggplant bruschetta and carrot puree + goat cheese pizza were standout dishes. No shrieking in either restaurant.

May 23, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

First date (technically, 1.5, I guess) recommendations please! Great food + beer options!

How about DBGB? It's a pretty meat-centric meal, which could potentially be a deal breaker depending on your preferences, but the beer list is substantial, and the location serves as a good launching pad for after-dinner drinks.

May 22, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

A Per Se Review (Sorry, I couldnt resist!)

I know Per Se reviews are potentially staid on this board, but I was fortunate enough to have dinner there for the first time- to celebrate my 30th birthday, as well as my husband and my 1-year wedding anniversary- and I couldn't resist writing up my experience. It was a once-in-a-lifetime splurge, that I dare say was "worth it." More details + photos of each course can be found on my blog: http://healthypantz.com/2012/05/21/pe...

A couple of tidbits worth noting about our evening:

1. I've never been made to feel so normal about my dietary preferences while dining at a restaurant. I loved Per Se for that fact. The reservationist took down our litany of dietary restrictions and preferences without comment or judgment (no meat, very limited dairy for me; no chocolate for Hubs since he's allergic), and all was accommodated.
2. The wine list was on an iPad. COOL!
3. Speaking of wine, we kept it low key with the booze, considering all the food we were taking in. A glass of champagne + a glass of German reisling for me, and a glass of Austrian reisling + a glass of red (a Brunello, I think) for Hubs was a perfect amount. There's only so much room.
4. The service was not stuffy at all (as we'd wrongly assumed it would be.) While professional and attentive, the staff was young and very relaxed, so we actually felt right at home.
5. The meal described below took about 3.5 hours to eat. The courses weren't all that far spaced out, either. So much delicious food. I'm salivating writing this review...

Here's an overview of the millions of courses and delights that we were served over the course of our celebration:

Taste 1: Warm gougeres
These little warm morsels of gooey goodness are a Thomas Keller signature. Just a little taste of the fun to come.

Taste 2: Salmon Cornets
This, too, is a signature treat for Chef Keller: crème fraîche stuffed tuile cones topped with salmon tartare. I literally ate mine like an ice cream cone until all the salmon was gone, and then handed it over to E to finish off the crème fraîche part. (He's the yin to my picky-eating yang.

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Taste 3: The bread basket
For E, 2 types of butter were first presented along with a single warm pillowy roll. The exact details of each butter evade me now, but I recall that one was salted and one unsalted. Noting my dietary restrictions, 2 types of fresh pressed olive oils were offered to me. Color me impressed. As if the heaven pillows weren't enough bread, we were offered 4 additional different types from a basket: pretzel, sourdough, buckwheat, or baguette. Hubs and I opted for a piece of pretzel and buckwheat each. The pretzel bread tasted like what soft pretzels from street carts taste like in my dreams: soft, warm, lightly salted, addictive. I had to physically muzzle myself so I wouldn't ask for more.

Course 1: Oysters & Pearls
I was really excited to try this Per Se staple of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters and Sterling White sturgeon caviar, and possibly even more excited that it was intended to be eaten with an adorable mother of pearl spoon. I like kitsch. Whatever. So this dish was as good as I'd hoped it'd be. Salty, creamy, and exotic. The portion looks teensy in comparison to the 800 pieces (okay, 3) of china it rested upon, but it was actually properly sized given its richness. Plus we still had a marathon of eating ahead.

Course 2: Salad of Hawaiian Hearts of Peach Palm
Diagonally placed across the plate were alternating bites of avocado, compressed granny smith apple, brioche melba, beet crisp, toasted pistachios, red ribbon sorrel, and of course hearts of palm. We were told that Hawaiin hearts of peach palm are actually sweeter and milder than other hearts of palm, and that they are flown in twice a week from Hawaii to New York. This dish was light and refreshing art in salad form.

Course 3: Pave of Spanish Mackerel
Atop this filet was a cornbread "panade" which added a great texture and slightly salty/sweet accent to the already perfectly flavored mackerel. Jingle bell peppers (the most festive pepper!), braised globe artichokes and a really spicy swipe of salsa verde accompanied the fish. For a tasting menu, this piece of fish was really large, so it was at this point that I became concerned with my ability to eat the remaining courses. (Don't worry, I prevailed.)

Course 4: Poached Nova Scotia Lobster
I think this course may have been our favorite savory item. My lobster was poached in olive oil, while E's was poached in butter and came wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon. Both preparations were served with green almonds, pickled ramps, and cauliflower cream. There was also an almond crust atop the lobster that was absolutely incredible. I think if bandits tried to take this dish away from us we would have thrown them out the window in defense of this perfect lobster.

Course 5 (mine): Endive en Feuille de Pommes de Terre
I swapped out the carnivorous next course for this item off the vegetarian menu: braised endive wrapped in crispy potato, and served with ragoût of fava beans, Parmigiano-Reggiano and parsley coulis. It was crispy and salty on the outside, earthy and creamy on the inside. E had food envy, so I shared. In return, he let me pick a cherry off of his quail dish. That's love, folks. :)

Course 5 (E's): Diamond H Ranch Quail En Crepinette
This quail somehow only had one bone in it (which made it look like a lollipop), and came dressed in foie gras-madeira emulsion. Brook cherries, red radishes, and frisée accompanied it. The cherry I was gifted tasted like summer and sunshine, and E was a happy camper, so let's just assume it was flawless like everything else.

Course 6 (mine): Broccoli & Semolina Agnolotti
I subbed the second meat course with another option from the vegetarian menu, which, I'll admit, didn't sounds all that incredible when described as "broccoli pasta." I should not have been surprised when I was presented with the most elegant, delicate version of broccoli-filled pasta that I could imagine. There were sweet little young onions, broccolini, and navel orange confit in a sauce of black winter truffle "mornay." Every flavor was distinguishable from one another, and complemented each other perfectly. I ate this in the teensiest bites possible in order to stretch out the deliciousness.

Course 6 (E's): Lysian Fields Farm's Selle D'Agneau
We were told that this medallion of lamb came from the saddle of the animal, which is located right under the ribs. The mental image grossed me out slightly, but the unphased E said it was delicious. The lamb came with Oregon morel mushrooms (which I tasted and wanted to eat all of), English peas, sweet carrots and "Paloise Mousseline."

Course 7: Isle of Mull
This cheese course consisted of a creamy cow's milk cheese, and was accompanied by a Pearson Farm’s Pecan set inside medjool date steamed pudding, white celery glaze, and whole grain mustard. Truly the most interesting interpretation of a cheese course I've ever seen. Plus, i hadn't had real cheese in so long that this was a real treat.

Course 8: Raspberry & Oats
We were presented the "sorbet course," and my first thought was "every meal should have a sorbet course!!" Layered in the sundae glass were toasted oat crumble, Greek yogurt panna cotta, and raspberry soda, topped with granité de crème de cassis. There were a lot of audible "Mmmmm"s. I thought I was stuffed when this arrived, but it turned out I could have eaten a few more helpings.

Course 9 (mine): Gataeu Marjolaine de Fernand Point
My dessert was a french cake with alternating layers of vanilla, chocolate, wafers, meringue nut cake, and glory. It was topped with vanilla and chocolate "glace." The dessert was so rich that I could only sample it to get a taste, but each delicate layer was sweet and uniquely delicious.

Course 9 (E's): Pamplemousse Rose
This was described as "the grapefruit dessert" but it was really so much more interesting. There were a lot of tastes on that little plate: vanilla génoise (a sponge cake), grapefruit bavarois (fluffy pudding), fennel bulb "relish" and olive oil sorbet. I think I liked this better than my dessert. (I'm glad I dined with a sharer!)

Course 9.5: Chocolate Birthday Cake
Okay, this was really thoughtful. Though it was not on the menu, I was presented with a small piece of chocolate birthday cake, accompanied by a scoop of buttered popcorn gelato. It contained one lit candle, and was tactfully placed on our table for me to blow out. I was more stuffed than a Gund bear at this point, so I could only manage a bite of the rich cake. But what a decadent bite it was!

Post dinner Mignardises
We were so full that when we were asked if we would like a sampling of mignardises to complete our meal, our eyes nearly popped out of our heads in disbelief. I asked if it would be possible to box up the treats so that we could truly enjoy them the next day, and of course, the answer was yes. We lingered over perfectly foamed cappuccinos for a little while. On our way out, we were handed a gift bag filled with delicious treats: 2 bags containing various nougats and caramels, and 2 boxes containing chocolates, fudges, and macarons. Full disclosure: after our long meander home from Columbus Circle (yes, we were so full that we walked the 2.25 miles home- I Google-mapped the distance) we had managed to make enough room in our bellies to devour the 2 macarons. They were mint chocolate and orange creamsicle flavored, if you were curious.

So there you have it- our glorious dinner date celebration at Per Se. Sorry to sound cliche, but it was truly everything we'd hoped it would be, and an incredible way to celebrate our 1st year of marriage and my 30th birthday.

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May 21, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

Per Se and Momofuku Ko on Consecutive Nights?

I had dinner at Per Se last weekend, and while I admittedly had no appetite the next morning/afternoon, I was able to (happily) devour a bowl of pasta at Maialino for dinner the next evening. You'll be fine. ENJOY- you're in for a treat!

May 20, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

Green smoothies?

Since your profile says you're from NYC, thought I'd offer up suggestions for a couple of local store-bought options. My personal favorite is Organic Avenue's Green Monkey Smoothie- kale, banana, and coconut water are the 3 main ingredients. Really delicious (slightly sweet) and low in calories. I also recently had a kale-centric "shake" at Miss Lily's in the West Village that was more hearty than OA's, but a nice healthy meal if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

Here's a link to my recent blog post about the 2 with a bit more info in case you're interested: http://healthypantz.com/2012/05/11/a-...

May 14, 2012
HealthyPantz in Special Diets

best vegan food

Wilfrid- I'm planning a visit to Pure Food & Wine in the very near future. I would love any standout recommendations of what to order, if you have any that come to mind.

May 10, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

best vegan food

They ask you when ordering if you'd like a dish made vegan (a couple are vegetarian as the default preparation) - and then substitute 1 or 2 ingredients. It seemed to have been pretty stardard practice, though.

May 09, 2012
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best vegan food

I actually just posted a review yesterday of Dirt Candy, which i thought was beautifully executed vegan food. Here's a link to the post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/848250

May 09, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

Bachelorette Dinner Lower East Side

Also worth noting that Beauty & Essex serves champagne in the ladies room. If that doesn't scream bachelorette party I don't know what does.

May 08, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

Recommendations for what to order at Pure Food & Wine?

I have reservations tonight for Pure Food and Wine and would love any recommendations for stand-out dishes on the menu. (And, on the flip-side, anything to potentially avoid.) Zucchini, Local Heirloom Tomato Lasagna and Hen Of The Woods Tacos both caught my eye.

Thank you!!

May 08, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

Dirt Candy - a review

The seating was pretty tight. While I think they could accomodate a group of six, your party would take up about a quarter of the restaurant. I wouldn't go with a group of people you don't know that well, since in my view, the small space makes it feel kind of intimate.

May 08, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

Dirt Candy - a review

At Amanda Cohen’s adorable (i.e.: shoebox-sized) East Village restaurant, Dirt Candy, vegetables are the stars. While it’s technically a vegetarian restaurant, everything can easily be made in vegan form as well. I would wholeheartedly recommend a visit to vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, as the food is thoughtful and delicious and just truly special. An overview of what we ate follows. If you’re interested, more detail + photos can be found on my blog: http://healthypantz.com/2012/05/04/di...

Portobello mousse, truffled toast, pear compote:
This dish was beautifully (and deliciously) composed: a square of silky mousse, a few perfectly roasted whole mushrooms, a mound of sweet compote, and truffle-laced toast. Photos really don't do it justice. If you like mushrooms, you must order this.

Steamed bbq carrot buns and cucumber salad with sesame seeds and carrot halvah:
YUM. These buns were sweet, fluffy, delicious pillows of carrot-y filled goodness. I loved them. The accompanying cucumber salad with halvah was a huge winner as well, and I’d gladly order an entire plate of it alone for any meal.

Chard gnocchi, grilled chard with garlic granola and drunken fig jam:
When we asked for recommendations, our waitress steered us toward the gnocchi, insisting that the dish was incredible. She was right. The gnocchi were fluffy and carb-y like a gnocchi should be, but the chard provided an element of earthiness that made you feel like you were still eating your vegetables. The flavor combo of the chard + granola + fig jam was an intriguing pairing on paper, and plate-licking good in practice.

Coconut poached tofu, shiso galangal sauce, salsify, and hearts of palm:
This was the least exciting of all the dishes we ordered. I make tofu at home all the time, and this preparation wasn’t so exotic that it left me weak in the knees. That said, there wasn’t a morsel left over, so we definitely liked it a great deal.

Rosemary eggplant Tiramisu, rosemary cotton candy, mascarpone:
While the tiramisu was delicious, and had kind of a smoky eggplant hint to its flavoring, we really ordered this dish for the cotton candy. I love rosemary and cotton candy separately, and my taste buds didn’t really know what to do with the fusion of the two flavors at first. But then I had another bite and was undeniably addicted. I found myself wondering how much counter space a cotton candy machine would take up in our apartment so we could make it at home. Seriously, this cotton candy is a star.

May 08, 2012
HealthyPantz in Manhattan

New York Area Focused Local Vegetarian & Vegan discussion threads

Best bet for a vegan lunch in Soho: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/847019

Started by sesasheep on 5/1/12 on the Manhattan Board

May 02, 2012
HealthyPantz in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan lunch in soho?

Spring Street Natural is a great choice. The menu is extensive enough that vegans and non-vegans alike can find something without compromising. In my experiences there, they've been very accomodating about tweaking dishes to meet dietary needs.

May 01, 2012
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