A GIRL'S GOTTA EAT
Impress a new beau with an impromptu gourmet breakfast or feed yourself cheaply and well at any time of day with this delicious open-faced egg sandwich!
Open-faced egg sandwich with arugula and goat cheese, serves 2.
1.5 tbsp goat cheese
1 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
2 slices crusty sourdough bread
1.5 cups washed arugula
1 tsp olive oil
the juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp of unsalted butter (unsalted butter has a more delicate taste than salted)
Crack five eggs into a bowl and scramble with a fork. Add chopped Italian parsley and add mixture to a teflon pan on high heat. Scrape eggs around the pan with a spatula as they cook to the texture of your preference. (I prefer them to be softer). About one minute before done, spoon crumbled goat cheese into the eggs, and cook until they are properly melted.
Today, we're going down under - the sea, that is. Down where the fish are a-plenty and taste abounds. Sushi can be a wallet-breaking extravagana - and sometimes that's good - but it doesn't always have to be that way. Let me show you how to roll both ways!
Splurge: Sushi Yasuda 204 E. 43rd St., New York, NY 10017
Sushi Yasuda has explicit rules for eating sushi - you must eat your sushi in one bite, you may not put ginger on your sushi (use only for palette cleansing!), and don't even think about putting wasabi in your soy sauce. Yasuda has a large selection of fresh fish presented in a traditional way. The ultimate Yasuda experience? Ordering omakase - garnering you a front-counter seat watching Chef Yasuda devote his skill to you. Be prepared to empty your bank account and be politely asked to leave after an hour and a half - but it's absolutely worth it for a special occasion.
Going out to an expensive, fancy meal is special, but sometimes we crave amazing food when we don't have the budget. Steal Vs. Splurge is an article that can recommend that perfect expensive restaurant, versus a comparable restaurant to go to when you just don't have the extra cash. This week focuses on basic Italian.
Splurge: Scarpetta 355 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014
A great chef knows how to take classic dishes and make them exceptional. When it comes to basic comfort cuisine, Scott Conant knows how to satisfy with style. This restaurant's specialty? Creamy polenta with truffled mushrooms ($1500) and homemade Spaghetti with tomato sauce ($24.00). Order both of these dishes, and you'll leave singing "That's amore."
214 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
Incorporating the Mediterranean dish inspirations of her well-respected Taim restaurant, Israeli chef-owner Einat Admony adds Middle Eastern cuisine to her resume in her newly-opened Nolita sit-down spot, Balaboosta.
Balaboosta - meaning, in Yiddish, "the perfect housewife" - is an altar, of sorts, to the domestic goddesses that have inspired thought and creativity in kitchens throughout history. Admony, for example, has a portrait of her aunt Hana hanging on one of the walls, watching over diners and bestowing her approval on her niece's success. According to Admony, Hana "always had ten pots on the stove." Other domiciliary accents to expect: a bookshelf stacked with cookbooks written by women, picture frames of notable females, and other kitchen-y knick knacks.