Monthly Archives: July 2014

FOOD - "The Delicious" - Malaysian

Dinner at Fatty Crab – West Village

July 14, 2014

Truth be told, I’ve been enjoying cooking at home a lot more lately and it’s been a while since I’ve tried a new restaurant (shocking!). But last week, I ended up at a spot new to me when my friend Sarah organized a small dinner for our friend, Rahima’s birthday at Fatty Crab, a Malaysian restaurant in the West Village.

Birthday girl and her lobster

Mind you, a few of us hadn’t eaten all day from fasting, so when I walked into the small, dimly lit spot, I was already feeling faint. The place is perfect for dates (there were plenty being had around us) and our party of 6, but probably not more. Seems like the whole concept of the restaurant is about getting close or closer, from the tables in close proximity to being served small plates to share.

When I took a look at the menu, I panicked momentarily. The dishes were mostly dominated by pork (which I don’t eat), and the already well-edited menu had even less veggie options. After not eating for 16 hours, this was the worst case scenario, I thought. But I was pleasantly surprised — not only was every dish we did order delicious, but the service was impeccable.

We first the Green Mango & Papaya Salad (with chili lime and peanut), which was ridiculously refreshing to break our fast with.

Green Mango & Papaya Salad

Next came an order of Shrimp & Belly (crispy chili glazed shrimp, red, onion, cilantro, and sesame seed). This normally comes with pork, but they left it out for us.

Shrimp & belly without the belly

Finally came the Green Curry Vegetables (with seasonal veggies, potatoes, and curry coconut broth), the most filling of the dishes with the side of rice. Also really good — didn’t even miss the meat.

Green Vegetable curry

The most surprising, for me at least, who probably had lobster served in its shell only once in my life was the Szechuan Black Pepper Lobster (1.5 lb lobster, black pepper sauce, served on a bed of creamy garlic noodles).

I mean...look at this thing

The thing looks hella intimidating. A full lobster, brought out with complete with claw crackers, and lobster picks. We were so full at this point that I didn’t think I’d care to try it. Eventually I caved and started picking at the garlic noodles which were so, so good that I had to go in for the meat. The lobster was marinated so well in the black pepper sauce and the accompaniment of the black peppercorn and noodles made it actually one of the best dishes I’ve tried out of my comfort zone. It was the highlight of the meal. If you’re feeling adventurous, you must try it.

I also should note that at the end, we wanted to give Rahima a little birthday surprise in the form of Magnolia’s cupcakes. Usually restaurants in NY are so obnoxious about bringing dessert and making you pay a ‘cutting fee,’ but the staff here gave us no issues at all with that. They even kept it in the fridge for us until we were ready to serve it. Double points in my book.

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Meal: Dinner

Occasion: Birthday dinner!
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ** (Place is cute and they played great music but it’s pretty loud)
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes


Restaurant Info:
Fatty Crab

643 Hudson St,
btw Gansevoort and Horatio St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 352-3592


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Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Healthy - Homemade - Recipes

Breakfast idea: Baked Avocado and Eggs

July 13, 2014

I bled for this recipe. Literally, though. My friend Zeenat posted a picture of these baked avocado with eggs and I was salivating over them. I was so excited to make them for my roommates that as soon as I sliced the first avocado, I also promptly stabbed my finger when trying to get the pit out using this method (PS, I highly don’t recommend this if you’re a clutz like me. You know who you are).

Baked Avocado with Egg

I fell into a bit of a panic thinking I cut an artery from all the bleeding because that WOULD be the first thing I think. Thankfully I live with a nurse who showed me how I need to lay down with my hand elevated while putting pressure on the finger to stop the bleeding and bandaged it right up…in case you ever need to know. Needless to say, the first time was a super fail, and I’m a sorry excuse for a food blogger.

Not to be deterred though, I decided to try again today, mostly to ensure I don’t have an irrational fear of avocado pits. This recipe is super easy, and sort of made up so you can prepare them whichever way your heart desires, but this is what I did:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Slice avocados in half and removing the pits (without cutting any fingers), and scoop out a little more to make room for the egg.

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2. Before placing the egg, I seasoned the avocado halves with salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, and a little nutmeg.

3. I cracked an egg and realized only half of it fit in each half. I think you can either scoop more avocado out if you want to put a full egg, OR something I might try next time is to whip the egg with spices and just pour however much fits in each half. But yes, this time it ended up a yolk in one half, and egg whites in the other half.

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4. Season a little more on top of the egg with pepper, salt and red chili.

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5. I topped the egg with a shredded 4-cheese blend, and added a little more pepper and red chili (I was clearly afraid of the taste getting lost in all the layers).

6. Just for texture, I crumbled tortilla chips on top.

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7. Place in a glass pan and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese browns a bit on the corners.

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The avocado comes out soft and the egg bakes inside with the melted cheese on top. It came out pretty good and was easy to eat with a fork and knife. I think I might find ways to add salsa or chopped tomato and onions in there next time. It’s a pretty healthy option depending on how much or little you add (the cheese and chips in this case made it a little less but wanted to try it a couple different ways this time).

WHILE we’re talking healthy recipes, for those of you who are fasting, you MUST sign up for IslamicFitness.com. The holistic website is a reservoir of healthy diet and fitness tips while you’re fasting, as well as suggestions to keep your spiritual health in tact. I signed up at the beginning of the month and the best part is you get an email every day with an easy-to-follow plan for your spiritual, diet, and exercise plan for the day. We’re at the half way mark in Ramadan so if you’re feeling the effects of daily pakoras and samosa, make sure you sign up today and change all that.


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Beauty - "The Lovely"

Come have a #Saturdate with Tim Gunn in NYC!

July 4, 2014

Not doing anything tomorrow morning? Splendid. Come join Tim Gunn and beauty experts (hi, I’ll be there!) for a #Saturdate at the Walgreens in Times Square!

Saturdate!

P&G beauty teams from COVERGIRL, Pantene, and Olay Fresh Effects will be on hand giving you some fabulous makeovers plus you’ll be able to shop special deals on all your P&G beauty faves. No RSVP necessary but if you’re one of the first 250 people in line for the event, you’ll get a sweet gift bag filled with P&G beauty treats. See you there!

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

Dinner at Davio’s in Midtown East

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New York is pretty saturated with Italian restaurants, and there are not a lot of places that I’ve felt the desire to revisit. Davio’s is one of the exceptions. Everything from their beautiful ambiance, to their hand-rolled potato gnocchi with organic mushroom, basil and truffle oil that practically melt in your mouth made my dining experience there a couple months ago with my friend Priya and her daughter Madina one of the best. I’ve since went back a couple times, and tell everyone about it. Their menu is on the pricey side (apps averaging $15, where dinner plates are closer to $28-$30), but they show you it’s worth it. Some of their highlights:

Goat cheese croquettes

Delicious salad with roasted baby beets, goat cheese, hazelnuts, and a beet vinaigrette:

Vegetarian salad


When I asked for another vegetarian option for salad, the chef put together a fresh, special mix here:

Spring salad

And when it came to dishes with truffle, including this caramelle pasta dish with gorgonzola, ricotta, mascarpone, parmigiano, and black truffle butter, the waiter grated fresh truffle over the pastas:

Carmelle pasta


Shaving fresh truffle

It was my first time trying lobster, but the sides of buttery dips gave each bite so much flavor.

Lobster


I thought I would love the shrimp dish more, but to me the pastas and lobster were the real super stars. The shrimp did have a nice spicy tamarind kick to it:

Baked shrimp

The only thing I regrettably missed taking pics of was their dessert spread. They have a whole selection of chocolate molten cakes, ice creams, and sorbets from their own bakery.

A pic I found from Davio's will have to do for now..but they are to die for


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The whole experience was so much fun, and the wait staff was one of the nicest I’ve encountered in the city. The staff smiled and coo’d at Priya’s 1-year-old daughter Madina (granted, she has that effect on people), but they were totally accommodating of the young’n, even providing her with crayons and paper to color and when she was bored with that, a bowl of mash potatoes that she decided to spend the remaining of the evening dipping her spoon in and out of.

On top of that, the restaurant is always taking part of great events. I went back for Sunset Yoga they did with Exhale Spa (one of the best yoga classes I’ve taken!) and a charity initiative they help host with Pretty Connected, where beauty bloggers and editors got to donate our unused and unopened beauty products to women in need. A restaurant with great food that’s also doing great things…sign me up.


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Meal: Dinner

Occasion:
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes


Restaurant Info:
Davio’s

451 Lexington Ave,
btw 44th and 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 661-4810


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