Saturday, January 31, 2015

Estiatorio Milos

Wow, I guess work has really caught up with me. I haven't found the time to post in close to two weeks. Regardless, I've still found the time to eat well of course.

Over Christmas in New York, I had one of the most delicious things in my life when I ate at Milos. It was a crustacean from Spain that was basically a giant shrimp. I cut its head off from its body and all its juices spilled out. I tasted it, and it was the sweetest I've ever had. 0 to 100, real quick. If all soups tasted like this, the world would be a better place. I can assure you that I did suck the shell and head of all its juices, and I had to practice a lot of self control to not let myself lick the plate clean. 

Other Milos highlights: 
  • Their crusty bread is served with extra virgin olive oil and lots of fresh oregano. 
  • Their Greek salad uses ample amounts of vine-ripened tomatoes paired with barrel-aged feta. 
  • Their portions are large and meant to be shared. 
  • You can choose your own seafood from the display. A lot of the fish is imported from the Mediterranean.
  • I chose a whole white fish from Spain to share that was grilled with olive oil, lemon, and capers.  
  • The restaurant is spacious with very high ceilings and spotted with large white canvas umbrellas. Yup, welcome to a Greek island oasis in Midtown. 
  • Who doesn't love baklava? 

Estiatorio Milos
122 W 55th Street
New York, NY

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cheesy Grits

On gloomy mornings, I always try to put together a scrumptious breakfast to make my day brighter. And when it's cold out, I need something hearty to fill my belly up. So what can do the job better than some cheesy grits? Served with your favorite eggs and some salad (I had it with my green crab salad), and you pretty much got all your food groups covered. What a way to start the day, huh?

Cheesy Grits (serves 2)
2 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup old fashioned grits
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp Cajun spice
optional: garnish with scallion/green onion

1. Boil water in a small sauce pan.
2. Stir in grits.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
4. Cook 10-12 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
5. Incorporate cheese, garlic powder, and Cajun spice.

And definitely serve with a runny egg!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

J.G. Melon

Over the break, Doug and I made plans to go to J.G. Melon for some burgers. I told him it was my favorite burger in New York, which is quite a claim to make, so I was nervous that it wouldn't meet his expectations. But who was I kidding? It's my favorite burger for a reason.

We got there around 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon and the joint was packed. But they're trying to work a quick turnover rate, so they move people in and out of there pretty quickly. We got seated within 20 minutes (even though they told us 45 minutes to an hour wait), and I got my cheeseburger with cottage fries and a diet Coke (way overpriced with no refills).

And let me tell ya how delicious my burger was. First bite, and I totally remembered why J.G. Melon is my favorite burger joint in town. It was medium rare, unbelievably juicy, and it all just finished too fast. It's not a gourmet burger and you really can't customize it beyond how you want it cooked. It's just simple and mouthwateringly good. Always worth the trip to the Upper East Side.

J.G. Melon
1291 Third Avenue
New York, NY 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Pancakes

I keep saying this, but it's true: you got to start the new year off right! And there's no better way to begin than with finding time to fit in breakfast on the daily. One of my recent favorite concoctions is chocolate chip banana oat pancakes. It's even made with whole wheat flour! They're so delicious and the secret is blending the oats with the banana so that it won't be too grainy or thick of a pancake. Top it off with some fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup... mmmphh! What a way to start off a new day.

Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Pancakes (serves 2, 1/2 dozen 4" pancakes)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 medium banana, ripe
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup low fat milk
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1-2 tbs olive oil

1. Blend the banana, rolled oats, milk, and egg.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the whole wheat flour and baking soda. Fold in the banana mixture and chocolate chips.
3. Heat olive oil on medium on a pan. Pour large spoonfuls of batter.
4. Cook to desired level of browness. Serve with maple syrup on the side. 

✓ whole grains
✓ fiber
✓ protein
✓ fruit

Happy flipping in 2015!