Jan
04

Char Steakhouse, Raritan, NJ

Char is a new steakhouse that replaced Acqua, an Italian restaurant. It has the same ownership. I never ventured into Acqua – way too many Italian restaurants in NJ and it really didn’t stand out. But Char is a different story. Just starting with the name – Char. I love that name, what a great […]

Jan
02

At Vermillion, NYC

At Vermillion is the 2nd restaurant by the owner of Vermillion in Chicago. From all accounts the Chicago branch is a real success. The restaurant opened a few weeks ago, I had gone at the end of November for my birthday when the restaurant hadn’t been open for 2 weeks yet and as a result […]

Jan
01

Alton Brown’s Baby Back Ribs

This is a great recipe for baby back ribs from Alton Brown. If you know Alton, he is extremely precise, almost scientific about his recipes which was a little scary for me since I am more instinctual in my cooking technique. However, this was a breeze and went down very well. Ingredients 2 whole slabs […]

Jan
01

Tyler Florence’s Scallops Wrapped in Bacon with a Spicy Mayo Sauce

I recently found this recipe by Tyler Florence and decided to try it as an appetizer for a xmas party. It turned out to be a hit and it’s so easy and quick to make. I did make a couple of modifications, choosing not to use the lettuce and mashing the avodaco instead of slicing. […]

Jan
01

Pho 99, Franklin Park, New Jersey

I have loved Vietnamese food ever since Patrick introduced me to Pho and fresh shrimp rolls way back in 1994. We used to frequent (alot) Nha Trang in Chinatown (I’ve blogged on Nha Trang earlier). Even today I try to get back there, but living here in the Princeton area it’s quite a way to […]