Archive for May, 2010

Client Testimonial

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

“We had Chef Jay prepare dinner for two and he was awesome! He was very professional and cordial, and we had a great culinary and educational experience. The food was fantastic and the dessert to die for! We will definitely be calling upon Chef Jay again!”

Summer Traffic? Keep It Cool.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

With the teasing of warm weather that has been around us lately, keeping groceries cool is so important while transporting them home during rush hour.  I like to pack a cooler with me to keep foods that need to be refrigerated (particularly meats, fish and poultry) in a cool and safe environment.  It doesn’t take long for dangerous bacteria to form on raw food.  Anything above 40 degrees F and below 140 degrees F is prime breeding grounds for those hazardous, microscopic, creepy-crawlies.  Grocers tend to have ice on hand for purchase, or if to are going to the butcher or fish market, they are more than willing to supply you with a small amount of ice for the trip home.  Don’t let the heat from being stuck in traffic ruin your groceries.

Living Another Culture

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

While in Kauai, my wife and I attended a traditional Luau.  The entertainers told a story of the voyage of some of the first Polynesians to venture across the ocean to settle the islands of Hawaii.  We were treated to a great story, amazing dancing and music as well as athletic acrobatics and fire throwing.  Most importantly, we were able to sample a plethora of local fare.

The menu was preset and it was a buffet.  There were many different salads to choose from including a salmon and tomato salad that was outstanding.  We of course partook in the freshest pineapple, mango and papaya I have ever eaten, and as we continued down the bountiful array, we were treated to a stir fry of vegetables with coconut broth, poached mahi mahi, garlic infused purple sweet potatoes and, the highlight, a roasted whole pig.  The pork was so tender and moist it nearly melted in my mouth.

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Dessert was a decedent display of rum cake, coconut panna cotta and a chocolate caramel tart all portioned in two bite samples.  We topped off the evening with Mai Tai’s and a magnificent performance. Mahalo!!

And Aloha Means Goodbye

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Last week my wife and I took a weeks vacation to Kauai.  We stayed on Poipu Beach and took in some local sites, sunny beaches and delicious food.  We started off by going to a local golf course breakfast place…it was OK.  I admit I should have tried something different on the menu, but I lived with my choice.  In the coming days, we struck gold.  After touring the Kauai Coffee Plantation, we enjoyed a local favorite…The Brick Oven Pizza.  We enjoyed a whole wheat crust medium with Canadian Bacon and Mushroom pizza that rivals some of the best I have ever had….growing up in Upstate New York, that’s saying something!  I grilled some pork chops that night and we shared a green bean and potato salad…one of my wife’s favorites.  The Condo we stayed in had a grill and I was happy to use it.

In the coming days we enjoyed seared Ahi tacos from a local taco stand, garlic shrimp from a roadside shrimp truck, some locally made white chocolate-lavender gelato , a local delicacy known as a Puka Dog (a polish sausage with a spicy aïoli and a starfruit relish), a shaved ice from Jo Jo’s,  and we finished the trip with a delicious meal at a local restaurant…Casablanca.  They have something for everyone and everything is handmade.  I enjoyed a perfectly grilled filet mignon with garlic whipped mashed potatoes, green beans and a balsamic demi glace.  I washed it all down with the bartender’s specialty, a basil mojito.

It was a wonderful trip with great experiences and delectable food and was truly sorry to say aloha.



 
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