Posts in category "seafood"

Peche New Orleans

Peche New Orleans
When you win two James Beard awards a month prior to my visit, your restaurant is definitely going to be on my radar. Peche was named both Best New Restaurant of 2013 and their chef, Ryan Prewitt was awarded Best Chef: South. Peche’s menu was very similar to many restaurants in Chicago featuring shared “small... Read more »

Borgne New Orleans

Borgne New Orleans
Before leaving for New Orleans I was sure to stalk as many menus as I possibly could, talk to everyone I know who’s ever been there, and brush up on the last season of Top Chef in order to stake out reservations at the best places. Going down for a wedding limited us to two... Read more »

Crispy Salmon with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Hash

Crispy Salmon with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Hash
The other day I went on a Trader Joe’s shopping trip in which I bought maybe a little too much fresh produce for one person. While I was sitting at my desk at work thinking about what I should make for dinner, this recipe popped into my head like it was sent to me from... Read more »
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Jellyfish Chicago-Sushi for Brunch!

If you’re a fan of pan-Asian cuisine and sushi any time of the day I’ve got the perfect new brunch place for you! Jellyfish, a Chicago celebrity hot spot is now offering brunch at their beautifully decorated gold coast restaurant. This year-old restaurant known for their creative sushi rolls and bright Asian flavors recently started... Read more »

Meals Made Easy: Blue Apron

Meals Made Easy: Blue Apron
Meal Service Name: Blue Apron Description: Originally worn by apprentice chefs in France, the Blue Apron has become a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking. Complete meals with 500-700 calories per serving, take on average 35 minutes to prepare, ingredients are pre-portioned to save time and reduce waste, and easy to follow beautifully printed recipe... Read more »

My Audition for Check Please! Chicago

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This week I submitted my audition video for the new host of Check Please! I was a little bit nervous to put myself out there but I figured I didn’t have much to lose! I wanted my video to be a mini Check Please! episode and instead of focusing on a restaurant like the show... Read more »
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My Audition for "Bobby Flay’s Best Home Cooks"

A few days after I sent in the initial application I got a phone call from the casting agency requesting that me and my Dad do a short Skype interview with them to see if they’d like to come out and film our home and a small spread for two we’d set up for lunch. The whole audition cycle happened very quickly and was a little overwhelming, but also gave me less time to over analyze the situation and become nervous. I’m lucky enough to work for a non-profit organization that loves food, the Institute of Food Technologists, and my supervisors were super flexible through the whole process.
In early August a casting agency reached out to me through my blog to audition for a new Food Network show called “Bobby Flay’s Best Home Cooks” (working title).  Needless to say, I was thrilled about the opportunity. The show’s premise is to have duos of amateur chefs with no formal culinary experience battle against... Read more »

Lightly Fried Soft Shell Crabs

Lightly Fried Soft Shell Crabs
Soft shell crab season only lasts for a few months out of the year. Some years I miss it completely, but this year I was lucky enough to have it twice! Once, prepared at Hugo’s Frog Bar, one of my favorite restaurants in the city; and the second time I made it myself at home,... Read more »

Fish Tacos with Homemade Mango Salsa

Fish Tacos with Homemade Mango Salsa
Lately I’ve been using a lot of fruit in my homemade dishes because soon it will be fall (it may already be but I’m pretending it isn’t yet) and we’ll be stuck back with our faithful friends, the apple, the orange, and the banana. Now, where there is nothing wrong with these tasty fruits, I’ve... Read more »
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RA Sushi's New Menu

The appetizers might have been my favorite course of the evening and the two edamame dishes really stood out. The garlic edamame was my favorite, which consisted of the traditional steamed soybeans sautéed in a garlic butter and Asian seasoning. I just couldn’t get enough of the sauce they came dressed in; if I was alone in my apartment I definitely would have licked the dish.
If you haven’t been to RA Sushi recently, you probably don’t know that they’ve got a few new additions to their menu. And when I say a few, I mean like a dozen or more! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you may remember my post in April 2011 about the... Read more »