I love Ramen. I love Roy Choi. I absolutely LOVE this recipe.
Now, I know what you’re thinking; Cheese? In Ramen???
Trust me, it’s actually delicious. Enjoy!
This is one of my new favorite recipes. It’s relatively simple to make and it tastes delicious. If you’re like me and love all things Pumpkin Spice, then you’re going to adore this recipe! Enjoy!
There’s one restaurant trend that seems to have been around for as long as I can remember, but one I have yet to try myself: the Chef’s Table. It’s a concept so simple and yet so alluring that people are willing to shell out $200 or more, per head, for it!
Basically, a chef’s table is a table inside the kitchen itself. The diners have the pleasure of watching their meals prepared by the chef and his staff, and sometimes even have their meals served by the chef himself. For the diners, it’s a nice little touch of flair that makes an evening out go from memorable to unforgettable. For the kitchen staff, it’s a way for the chef to keep everyone on their best behavior.
There are two caveats about a chef’s table, however. The first is that due to the immense amount of concentration it requires from the kitchen staff, it’s only run on off-peak days where the restaurant isn’t as busy. The second being that they’ll most likely run a Prix Fixe Menu or a Tasting Menu, just to ensure that everything is served quickly. This doesn’t mean that the quality of food goes down however. These measures are to ensure that both kitchen staff and diner are all enjoying themselves and not losing their collective sanity.
I can really see the appeal of a chef’s table. It’s dinner theater and some culinary education all rolled into one wonderful, albeit expensive, package. Diners are always curious as to where their food comes from and how it’s produced and made for them. The chef’s table is the perfect chance to showcase all of that, especially if the chef is nice enough to field questions or just chat with the diners. It forges a connection between the kitchen and the diners that you just can’t achieve through waitstaff. Also, it gives the diners a chance to give the chef instant feedback on dishes, which is a plus for everyone involved.
A chef’s table is also a great way for a restaurant or hotel to show off and impress VIP clientele. Having an important guest and his or her party dine at a chef’s table is the perfect way to ensure their patronage and wow them into coming back. It’s a wonderful concept and one I must try at some point, and so should you!
I spent 3 years in the Hyde Park/Poughkeepsie area of upstate New York and I can definitively say that I have found the absolute best BBQ joint I have ever been to. As a CIA student, I can tell you that you cannot go wrong with this joint. The food is absolutely fantastic. The Brisket is smoky and juicy. The Pulled Pork is to die for. It’s THAT good. The food is absolutely delicious and he atmosphere is very comfortable. I’m talking about Billy Bob’s BBQ!
Located at 35 Fairmont Ave. in Poughkeepsie, NY, Billy Bob’s BBQ is a great local BBQ joint with a fantastic menu. They have BBQ classics like Pulled Pork, Brisket and Hot Wings, alongside other great dishes like their Boom Boom Shrimp and Blackened Chicken. Combine that with some reasonably priced drinks, $1 Taco Night every Wednesday, 50 cent Wings every Tuesday, and live music, and you have a great local joint that always has something to offer locals, tourists and college students alike. There are two dishes that you absolutely must try if you go to Billy Bob’s: the aptly named Pork Explosion and their signature dish known as Piggy Mac.
Bring your appetite for these dishes. The Pork Explosion is exactly like its name implies. It’s Bacon wrapped in Pork Sausage then wrapped in more Bacon. It is the quintessential meat-lovers entree, available in sandwich and plated forms. Both, equally as delicious. Fair warning, the portion is quite large! The other dish, the Piggy Mac, is honestly the single most delicious thing I have ever tasted from Billy Bob’s. It’s a bed of their signature Puled Pork topped with a healthy scoop of Mac & Cheese, then topped with more cheese and bread crumbs. Oh yes. It’s a match made in heaven. Hands down my favorite thing on the menu. If you have just one thing from Billy Bob’s, get the Piggy Mac
If you’re anywhere near the Poughkeepsie area, take some time to visit Billy Bob’s BBQ. It’s absolutely worth the trek!
This is one of my favorite brownie recipes of all time. It’s incredibly simple and absolutely delicious. The end result are brownies that moist, chewy and absolutely addictive!
Chocolate Nutella Brownies – Makes 9 (fairly big) Brownies
This is my all-time favorite muffin recipe. I actually learned this recipe while I was on Externship and it quickly became my favorite item to make. They smell wonderful while they’re baking and they taste just as good. Whether for a party or just for the family, these muffins are most definitely a crowd-pleaser.
Cinnamon Pecan Coffeecake Muffins – Makes 24
One obvious benefit to smoothies is Fiber, which is essential in cleaning out your insides and keeping you about as regular as Old Faithful. Drinking fruit smoothies can help you reach the recommended daily intake of fiber, which is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. One serving of fruit typically contains two to four grams of fiber with blackberries, pears and apples having the highest concentration of five to seven grams per serving. The soluble fiber found in fruit helps slow digestion and may help control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
Essential Vitamins and Minerals are another reason that smoothies are good. Vitamin C helps your immune system and synthesizes collagen that aids in the framework of your body. Potassium supports your heart function and helps maintain a normal blood pressure, while folate promotes healthy cells. In addition, particular antioxidants in fruit decrease inflammation, while phytonutrients help fight off disease. Beta Carotene and Magnesium round out the laundry list of healthy essentials that are found in perfect smoothie fodder.
Fruits that are perfect for the smoothie treatment are:
Besides the fruit, however, it’s also important to have a base on which to build the smoothie. This can include anything; milk, juice, water, and even yogurt. Personally, I use Orange Juice, Greek Yogurt (Chobani) and a little ice just to chill the drink down. This is especially refreshing in the Summer, and if made right, one smoothie could last you all morning. The sky’s the limit. So get wild, go make your own and let me know what you think!
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