Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fish heads, fish heads!

Fish heads, fish heads!, originally uploaded by radloff.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

My what a big cabbage you have

My what a big cabbage you have, originally uploaded by radloff.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Giant 'edible gourd'? Chinese winter melon? Who knows.

Last day of the CSA and yes we got a vegetable bigger than our sink.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oyster stout @ Churchkey

Oyster stout @ Churchkey, originally uploaded by radloff.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DC's Korean taco truck (TaKorean)

Was entirely staffed by white dudes but pretty good none the less,
particularly given the awful downtown lunch options at brick and
mortar places.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Malaysian food mad house, view from Apple store above.

Guess dinner will be elsewhere. 14 and 9 NYC.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

RIP giant Ikea candle

RIP giant Ikea candle, originally uploaded by radloff.

After it's first night in use it could not take a day in the DC sun.
It's now permanently stuck to the table. I am sad.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Why I didn't go to the DC Lobster Truck today

And also why we need more food trucks in DC. Line goes away from me
to end of block. Will be back in a month.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

jack's cosmic dog

jack's cosmic dog, originally uploaded by radloff.

blue cheese slaw, sweet potato mustard.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

All you can eat pork

All you can eat pork, originally uploaded by radloff.

Sweatman's BBQ, South Carolina.

The hash was delicious, now what the hell is hash?

Friday, August 6, 2010

This will end with a bloody nose

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mmmm shrimp and grits

Mmmm shrimp and grits, originally uploaded by radloff.

With a super deep fried platter side. Bowen's Island, SC. Mmmm the south.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

IKEA delicacies

IKEA delicacies, originally uploaded by radloff.

I bet it's actually good. Regret not buying it.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Next Thai Cooking Lesson from Mom and Dad-Mango Sticky Rice.

(VV, this one's for you-give it a shot!)

1. Soak sticky rice for at least 3 to 4 hours or overnight. How much? 350 grams, or if you're not one for measuring, whatever falls out of the bag when you pour.
2. Put sticky rice into a steamer. If your steamer has large holes, no worries, just cut up David's old tshirt or use a handkerchief to line the steamer with. Use a heavy lid, or a stone mortar for extra heft.

3. Steam for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir at some point during the steaming so it evenly cooks.
4. Meanwhile, on low, cook 1/4 can of coconut milk, 3/4 cup sugar (or whatever falls out of bag), and a small spoonful of salt.

4a. Add random herb with no english translation to the pot if you somehow have it stashed in your freezer. If not, it tastes just fine without. Stir the entire time until it boils, then turn it off.

5. When rice is tender, put it into another bowl, and mix the coconut milk mixture into it throughly. Remove random herb pieces. Let sit covered for 20 minutes.

6. Cook remaining 3/4 can of coconut milk with a spoonful of flour (rice or all purpose) and a pinch of salt. Stir until thick.

7. Cut up a really ripe mango. Plate rice, spoon the thick coconut milk mixture on top, add mango and enjoy!

Blueberries in bulk

IMG_0645, originally uploaded by radloff.

Unlike the cherries we may just eat them all and not freeze.

Fatty Crab's pork buns

IMG_0611, originally uploaded by radloff.

From last NYC trip, plan to replicate at home soon

Monday, June 21, 2010

Freezing sour cherries, can't beat a dollar a pound

IMG_6833, originally uploaded by radloff.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pod Hotel NYC

Pod Hotel NYC, originally uploaded by radloff.

Kinda a little disappointed that I didn't get the bunkbed room type I
booked (granted that was only because others were sold out).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What happens when you get to the CSA after it closes

I arrived 15 minutes after the scheduled pickup so I got random leftover amounts dumped into my bag. It almost makes me want to go late every time.

1.5 dozen eggs
3 heads of pac choi
1 head of cauliflower
garlic scapes
large handful of sorrel
3 basil plants
1 cilantro plant
giant bunch of chives
giant bunch of oregano

Monday, June 7, 2010

Snackpig wins again!

Unemployment is really starting to pay off: Toast of the Town Ticket Winners! @ metrocurean

Friday, June 4, 2010

My first bucket of lettuce

My first bucket of lettuce, originally uploaded by snackpig.


Monday, May 31, 2010

Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh!

Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh!, originally uploaded by radloff.

Only US location outside Munich. Mmmmm sausage platter.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Crystal head vodka

Crystal head vodka, originally uploaded by radloff.

Dan Aykeroyd and Canada's finest

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Two breakfasts at a diner in Geneva, NY

Both of them are Stephanie's

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Deep dish pizza attempt 1.0

Deep dish pizza attempt 1.0, originally uploaded by radloff.

Snackpig's homemade deep dish pizza. Pretty good and got at least 4 meals out of it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Beer tasting 2.0

Beer tasting 2.0, originally uploaded by radloff.

Stephanie has the notes, at least there was no jalapeƱo beer this time. Definitely a better selection in 2.0 than during the original Easter beer tasting.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Chairman bao, beef bao, and Taiwanese root beer

Mmmmm, pork belly. Baohaus, LES, NYC.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Southern salt overload

Southern salt overload, originally uploaded by radloff.

Cornbeef hash, cheese grits, etc in NC.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Home office gardening

Home office gardening, originally uploaded by radloff.

Last night of cold weather I hope

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Recipe for Thai coconut ball dessert (aka Thai snowballs)

This is the famous Thepvongs family recipe for a dessert that San's Dad's Mom used to make when he was a kid. Coconut filled doughballs with coconut on the outside.

Make the dough.
Add water and glutinous rice flour and knead until it's a play dough or bread dough consistency. Same dialogue: "More water." "Too much water." "More flour." "Wow we have a lot." We used 1.5 bags of flour, don't use more than 1 bag if you can help it.

Make the batter

Make the filling.
Add one full bag of regular grocery store coconut. Some palm sugar. A little water. Cook on high until brown but not too dry.

Make the filling

Assembly the balls.

Roll the coconut filling into balls around no more than 1/2 inch diameter. Try for smaller.

Roll the white dough into balls then flatten like thick small pancake.

Push the coconut filling ball into the flattened dough ball and shape the dough around the filling and into a ball again. Don't punch holes in it, completely cover the filling.

Drop the stuffed balls into boiling water in a large pot, cook until the ball floats.

Assembly the balls

Roll in coconut. As it comes out of the water, roll in unsweetened coconut flakes.

Roll in coconut

Eat. Had a great picture of the Snackpig with a whole coconut ball shoved in her mouth but she wouldn't let me post it. Here's roughly what it looked like.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NYC Cheap Eats by San

Interesting, was testing the ability to post from a Google Doc to a blog. Seems to work, any good stuff to add to the list? Was just updating it for a friend who's visting.

1.  Caracas Arepa Bar-Venezuelan corn cake sandwich things.  Always a line, but well worth the wait.  They have a restaurant and a separate take out area with seating nextdoor.

2  Congee Village-They got snail and frog congee for smereka's exotic food needs.  Delicious jelly fish and other authentic chinese delicacies.  Longish wait, horrifying tropic decor, but its full of chinese people.

3.  Super Taste-Hand pulled Noodles, served out of metal mixing bowls.  Last time I went, only me and my friend were women, everyone else was a chinese man eating alone.  they didn't have any drinks either.  just noodles out of the metal bowl.

4.  Shake Shack-Danny Meyer's Burger heaven, everyone raves about it.  Always a line in the summer, there's even a live camera so you can see how bad the line will be.  Its outdoor seating with heat lamps only so don't go when its raining.  There's an upper west side location now, but I've never been.

5.  Indian galore-Curry hill, home of Kalustyans, worlds greatest spice store.  I highly recommend going out of your way, just to go get spices.  
Tiffin Wallah has both northern and southern indian specialties and Roomali has Kati rolls, more cafeteria style.

6.  Pinche Taqueria-2.75 for each taco, authentic mexican style.  convenient neighborhood for shopping in.

7.  Ramen Bars (Rai Rai Ken, Minca, Ippudo)-there's a few in ny, they are pretty small, but i think we can find something to squeeze us in.  all small, all good.

8.  Roasting plant for coffee-there's a linux-powered robot that roasts your coffee in the window, hopefully you can catch it as its working.  otherwise, your beans will be robotically commanded to the grinder for that freshly brewed cup.  two locations now, one in lower east, one in the village.

9.  Artichoke Pizza-Specialty is a slice of artichoke pizza.  no seats, this was all the rage a while ago.  its like spinach dip on a pizza.  no seating really, just a line and a take out place.

10.  Dessert-Dessert Truck sits near nyu and opens at night until it runs out.  and there's also the chikalicious dessert bar that takes forever to get in and serves a tasting menu of dessert.  but there's a take out area across the street that has a few cookies and cakes.

11.  Brooklyn Flea-Pupusas and Huaraches.  Out to the burbs for a flea market and some salvadorian food.  they have local organic icecream and juice vendors too.  (closed for winter)

12.  Momofuku Milk Bar-I would never go to NY again without a visit here.  David Chang empire, see note below, its a bakery with some standup counter space.  Get the pork buns, get the banana cake.  The crack pie is what its known for.  they put random ingredients in each item, and it turns out amazing.

13.  Korean fried chicken-Bon Chon Chicken.  Its in Ktown, upstairs above a pizza joint.  Its a bar that serves pricey beer and liquor, but the chicken is fantastic.  Get wings, and go half half with the soy garlic and spicy.

14.  Octopus Balls-Great Japanese snack, apparently it's called Otafuku (, we just always called it the octopus ball stand on 9th bet 2nd and 3rd.

15. Ess-A-Bagel (359 1st Ave)-David's favorite NYC bagel place.  Classically surly staff (in a good way), but dear god don't ask for your bagel toasted, they'll throw you out.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter dinner

IMG_6000, originally uploaded by radloff.

A fine traditional Easter lamb burger (ground lamb, pine nuts, feta, mint, parsley, garlic, onions, salt, pepper) with tzatziki. Enjoyed on the deck with a beer tasting.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Classic Jess' Quick Lunch meal

Classic Jess' Quick Lunch meal, originally uploaded by radloff.

Mmmmm Sunkist and two hot dogs with everything. Harrisonburg, VA.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Attention Trekkies!

Attention Trekkies!, originally uploaded by snackpig.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Elk meat products

Elk meat products, originally uploaded by radloff.

Not sure about the blue cheese but I got a Henry's Hot Elk Stick.
Riverside, Iowa.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Best pork sandwich in Iowa

Best pork sandwich in Iowa, originally uploaded by radloff.

Apparently is not open on a Sunday when the farmers ain't back from
Florida. Look closely San is very sad and hungry. Have to wait 200
miles for the German places for our sausage and pork fix.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'll take the tiny crabs please

I'll take the tiny crabs please, originally uploaded by radloff.

At Raku in Las Vegas. We should have ordered the live fish, but no one wanted to chew a fish to death.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

San's favorite pink Thai soup (Yen Ta Fo)

Found at Tasty Thai restaurant in Salt Lake City Utah amazingly.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Working Hard

Working Hard, originally uploaded by snackpig.

Or Hardly Working

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Miami-The view from my balcony

Miami-The view from my balcony, originally uploaded by snackpig.

Its not the same here without you guys. Plus, its currently 51, so all the pool chairs are empty.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Utah's famous Crown Burger and fry sauce

Burger topped with pastrami and fry sauce = 1000 island dressing.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

San visiting world hq!

One of the perks of SLC living. Way better than LDS worl hq.