Thursday, March 13, 2008

Coffee as a Canvas

Back in January, my friend Ahram and I went up to NYC. She is like an NYC expert, especially when it comes to food and restaurants! Speaking of which, I really should do a recap of that via this blog - we called it our NYC Food Tour.

Anyway, we went to Chelsea Market. Now, it was my first time there and can I please say, I want to live there. The most amazing food shops and Food Network?! Of course I'd feel right at home.

Anyway, at the Market, there was this cafe called Ninth Street Espresso. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I'm a bit quirky when it comes to my coffee. I used to work at several cafes so I always got to make my coffee how I liked it. I like my milk steamed to 120 degrees because I want to drink it right then and there. Typically, milk is steamed to 160, then it typically rises about 10-15 degrees, and that's a tad too hot for me.

However, Ninth Street doesn't change their recipes, which I was put off by a little but I can respect that. Except for the fact that the barista was quite rude about it, so that was a little frustrating. I think the other barista sensed my frustration and started asking me questions about why I like my coffee the way I like it. She then pointed out the reason why they steam to 150 is because milk caramelizes at 140 degrees. How enlightening! She was so nice and I appreciated her knowledge.

But, I appreciated her even more because she exposed me to latte art!!! It's when you pour your steamed milk in a certain way to create designs in your espresso. How cool is that? I've been doing a lot of reading and am confident enough to try - I'll hopefully talk to some of my favorite local baristas into letting me behind the counter. I'll report back. Hopefully, there'll be pictures soon.

The picture above is from Mortefot from

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Okay so no recipes yet, and none still with this post, but because my blog has to do with food, I figured I should write about my dinner.

My roommate Jessica invited a bunch of friends over tonight for dinner, one of which was leaving for his home, Chile, tomorrow. To give Martine (that's his name) a proper American send off, Jessica wanted to create an All-American meal. So we settled on a "down home" menu:

Pot Roast with Sweet Onions
Roasted Vegetables (new potatoes, yams, red peppers, butternut squash and red onions)
Macaroni & Cheese (courtesy Nicholas Miller)
Whole Wheat Rolls
Blueberry-Peach Cobbler with Ice Cream

The dinner party was for (8) and I could have sworn we weren't going to have enough food - but sure enough everyone is extremely full.

Again, no pictures, I have no foresight. I guess the most appropriate picture would be of me being full, but that's unattractive. So just trust me when I say, I'm stuffed.

Promise - recipes to follow.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hello world!

I hope my title doesn't offend anyone. I'm Filipino and using chopsticks for me at least is so unnatural. We just use our hands to eat. Maybe we didn't have the patience for tools such as chopsticks. Or maybe we were just that hungry.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to blogging about all the trials and tribulations that happen in my kitchen! You'll be seeing some postings soon but allow me to make some notes about the recipes I have to post so that I don't forget (I just can't do it now because it's 3:13 a.m.):
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
  • Tiramisu Dip
  • Parmesan Vegetable Soup (inspired by Ruth Goget)
  • Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple Syrup Strawberries
  • Tarta de Sangria