Archive for August, 2008

A Classic Revisited: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

I’ve been wanting to make an authentic spaghetti alla carbonara ever since I had a fantastic one at Accademia di Vino in Manhattan a few weeks ago. I was pleased to see their version use guanciale – the pork jowl bacon I recently blogged about. That plate of pasta was a revelation! Guanciale is bacon […]


Ahi Tuna Tartare w/ Avocado, Crispy Shallots & Soy-Sesame Dressing

That’s what happens when you’re not allowed to take your Legos to work. My goal was to make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower using only tuna tartare, avocados and fried shallots but after a few miserable attempts i had to give-up. I made a pitiful two-story building instead. Pffeww, shameful i know… but […]


Green Tea Tart with Lychees & Raspberries

Rejoice my friends and enjoy this Green Tea Tart with Lychees and Raspberries i made especially for you. It’s a French tart with an Asian twist i saw at Payard in New York and tried to recreate at work, i added quite a bit of zen-ness to it of course. It starts with a coconut […]


Catalan Coca with Sweet Onions, Piquillo Peppers, Olives & Aged Manchego Cheese

First, let me clarify a few points. A Catalan Coca is not: a cheap local version of Coca-Cola a parrot species a planet in the Youssou n’dour solar system your long-lost grand aunt I’m pretty confident with the statement above as i always do my homework before writing a post (..hmm..yea right!). So what the […]