Photo of the Day: March 22, 2018

What is this monstrosity, you may be wondering? Why, a Monte Cristo, of course! My friend and I had watched a food show glorifying the classic yet oft-forgotten sandwich, and there I was the next day, ordering one at the New Monmouth Diner. French toast topped with ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese. Don’t forget the…

Takeout Joints Vol. 3: Italian and Asian

The first installments of this column have been broken down separately into pizza/Italian and Chinese/Asian. Because I’ve slowed down a little bit on the takeout lately, I am going to combine the two for Volume 3. Below we have one of each, and my, how vastly different they were in quality!

Photo of the Day: March 18, 2018

Homemade beef with scallions. It was as delicious as it looks. While it cost about the same to make as it would have been to order a quart, there is some satisfaction in pulling off this dish and it tasting just as good. Not to mention how much sodium and calories we save. This only…

Photo of the Day: March 16, 2018

A literal mountain of breaded eggplant, ready for frying before becoming Eggplant Parmesan. Going with a higher percentage of Panko to the usual Italian seasoned breadcrumbs is the key. Less sodium, more crunch.

Photo of the Day: March 15, 2018

I hate using anything frozen or pre-made, but sometimes I feel like cooking without making everything from scratch. This duo of Phillips crab cakes were only $8.99. After a quick thaw in the microwave, they are pan-seared in oil for three minutes on each side. It was surprisingly delicious—it actually did not taste frozen. This meal…

Restaurant Review: Los Corrales (Keyport, NJ)

“A white guy walked into a Mexican restaurant.” Oh boy. Can I get away with that? I mean it in the nicest way possible. Los Corrales is an authentic Mexican restaurant. Sure, they have quesadillas and nachos, but if you order either of these two items, there should be legal justification to hang you by…

Photo of the Day: March 12, 2018

A spur-of-the-moment sopapilla using whatever I had laying around. A lightly fried whole wheat tortilla is topped with chocolate chips, honey, whipped cream, and a scoop of pistachio ice cream.

Photo of the Day: March 11, 2018

My friend Jason may eat out even more than I do…but this was his first time ever using chopsticks (at UJ’s Asian Bistro). I had to document this moment for posterity. No one has to know that piece of broccoli fell out only a second after snapping this picture. Whoops, did I just say that…

Photo of the Day: March 10, 2018

Ah, the culmination of this three day series: Steak Au Poivre! I used London Broil which I rubbed in fresh ground peppercorns—the signature aspect of the dish. Then comes the sauce, with a side of fingerling potatoes and sauteed spinach.