Thursday, June 18, 2009

Top Chef Tour : Los Angeles : Hosea and Fabio

by Ivy
Last Friday, I went with my friends to check out the Top Chef tour in their last stop... Los Angeles! They were set up on the corner of Fairfax and 3rd street near The Grove.

Here's the tent that they were set up in.

Season 5 winner, Hosea Rosenberg(left) and fan favorite, Fabio Vivianni(right).

Hosea Rosenberg
I'm going to sauté peas with a Ginger sauce. Amazing. Little crunchy. Bright colorful dish.
If you fry things for the right amount of time they don't hold the oil. Cook at 350.
Shallots won't make your eyes burn, the have a nice and sweet flavor without the strength of the onion.

What is Hosea making? He mixes a little red curry with chopped mangoes.
From what I can see there are sugar snap peas, coconut, cooked jasmine rice, shrimp, cilantro, and along with some other ingredients on the table.

Fabio Viviani
The two things I hate most: cilantro and peanut butter
He's using cilantro. I hate cilantro!
Why do people cook with this herb that looks like parsley but tastes like perfume!

Hosea Rosenberg
I'm going to make peanut butter and cilantro sandwiches for Fabio since he hates both. :)

However, since Hosea won Top Chef, Fabio concedes that Hosea can use cilantro or anything in his dish for the demo.
Fabio is hilarious as he is on TV, he reminds me of real life Mario from Super Mario Bros.

Hosea Rosenberg
What surprised me most about being on Top Chef... It's a lot harder than you think! And there's cameras everywhere!

Fabio Viviani
I love my wife, but it's hard to concentrate with Padma around

Hosea Rosenberg
Padma is a little intimidating. She's beautiful!

What we also find out is that the "Quickfire challenge" actually is a 4-hour long process. When the judges finally arrive at tasting, the food ends up being cold because of the time it takes for them to record the initial snapshots of the dishes along with the judges reaction and comments. It's pretty infuriating for the contestants.

Macadamia & (Quaker) Oat crusted shrimp with coconut cilantro rice, ginger snap peas and mango red curry sauce. This was a nice summery dish.
Quaker Oats was the sponsor of this event, so Hosea made it a point to make a dish using oats.

I end up sticking around for Demo 2, too curious not to stay--really wanted to check out Fabio's dish! He's one of my favorite people from the show because of his humor and crassness. He's starting to cook a pasta dish here using San Marzano tomatoes, red onions, lots of garlic. He effuses how he "loves a saucy sauce!"

Fabio Viviani
"Pancetta is the side belly, rolled and salt cured, bacon is the flat belly. Pancetta is NOT bacon."

He stressed this multiple times throughout the demo.

Fabio Viviani
My favorite challenge: Foo Fighters. We got pretty drunk after we won.

Orecchiete pasta with bacon I mean pancetta. This was pretty good too. I love pasta especially in marinara.

Here's a video I took of Fabio on "monkey ass"...

Fabio Viviani
They're asking about my monkey ass comment on the show. I've never actually cooked monkey ass.

Can't wait to try Fabio's restaurant! A lil luv for his Fabioness: Cafe firenzi

They were really happy to sign on a guy wearing this T-shirt.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Japanese Snack Review: Cheetos "Honey Fondue" + Doritos "Wasabi Mayo"

by Ivy
I saw these at Mitsuwa Marketplace and couldn't resist buying them.

"Honey Cheese Fondue" Cheetos

Picture credit: DarkChunsa

Honey and Cheese.... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. What is in this picture exactly? Cheese pizza with honey squirts? I'm already a little suspect that this won't be too tasty. I guess it makes sense if you like Brie accented with honey but on Cheeto cheese, I gander, it would be like crunchy bits of candied foot rot.

Picture credit:

The outside is really powdery, more powdery than a regular orange Cheeto. I don't like it. Wtf. I can't figure out whether this is sweet or savory. 0/5
I will never buy this again.

"Wasabi Mayo" Doritos

This version of Dorito is part of their "Gourmet" line of flavors. Here are other flavors I've quickly googled to see what else is out there in Gourmet Doritoland: Fried Chicken and Green Onion flavor and Sausage. Well, no surprise there! The Japanese are no strangers to interesting or odd snack food flavors.

On first inspection the Dorito is quite shiny! It looks deceptively unflavored--yellow corn tortilla chip with a nice sheen on it. They even look a little more sophisticated in size and shape compared to their American counterparts. Think isosceles rather than equilateral.

At first taste, it has savoryness with undertones of mayo with a wasabi kick. The wasabi heat was just the right amount for me. Any spicier I might have complained.

I would definitely buy these again. 3.75/5

If you're still curious here's a video review from J-list on wasabi Doritos

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Slurp-tastic Herb Noodles (101 cookbooks)

by Nidhi

I needed a little comfort food for dinner today so I made another Heidi Swanson recipe involving spinach pasta, thai-ish curry sauce, lots of herbs and tofu. It's quite a striking dish to look at and very easy to make. The tofu just dissolves into the curry sauce. The herbs are refreshing and compliment the coconut milk, yellow curry mix perfectly. Slurp-tastic indeed!

Grilling Around the World

from Recipezaar | May 16, 2009
Spain: Canary Island Style Pollo En Adobo
America: Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Chicken
India: Uncle Bill's Barbecue Tandoori Chicken
Indonesia: Indonesian Grilled Chicken
China: South China Morning Post — Authentic Chicken Satay Skewers
Hawaii: Huli Huli Chicken or Ribs
Canada: Montreal-Grilled Chicken Salad
France: Chicken in Parchment With Thyme
Greece: Garlicky Chicken or Pork Souvlaki

The Perfect Marinade for Grilled Steak
Photo by Susie Chen

Ireland: Flank Steak With Whiskey Sauce
Israel: Shishlik (Israeli Skewers)
Tunisia: Tunisian Beef Pinwheels
South America: Flank Steak Churrasco With Chimichurri Rojo
Australia: Aussie Burgers
Mexico: Marinated Grilled Beef Fajitas
Korea: Korean Barbecue - Bulgogi
America: Grilled Crusted Steak With Lemon Butter
Japan: Japanese Steak With Sunomono

Venezuela: Venezuelan Barbecued Pork
America: Coffee-Marinated Grilled Pork
South Africa: Pork Loin Chop Marinade, Old South African
Cuba: Grilled Cuban Style Pork Shoulder
America: Beer Grilled Pork Chops
Germany: Spiessbraten, Idar-Oberstein Style
Japan: Japanese Style Pork BBQ - Pork Yakiniku
America: Cajun-Style Spiced Pork Chops
Jamaica: Jamaican Jerk Pork

Honey Ginger Grilled Salmon
Photo by Derf

Australia: Australian Shrimp on the Barbie
America: Grilled Mahi Mahi
Thailand: Thai Grilled Sea Bass - Pla Pao
America: Grilled Glazed Salmon
France: Grilled Tuna With Herbed Tomato, Garlic and Lemon Sauce
Hawaii: Grilled Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa
Ireland: Barbecued Blarney Salmon
Italy: Italian Grilled Shrimp Scampi
Japan: Wasabi Grilled Tuna

Thursday, June 4, 2009

You're so welcome.

by Jee

Someone should "America's Test Kitchen" this bacon cheddar cheese muffin.
Please let me know of your progress.

Food for Thought:
My brother thought of this.
thick cut bacon, crumbled sausage, cheddar cheese, hashbrowns,
and a soft cooked egg in the middle of the muffin.