super bowl balls

celebrating super bowl balls! sing along with me if you will…

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blizzard boyfriend

blizzard boyfriend

i’ve been rolling around seductively filthily in the snow. but i was also inspired by the recent craigslist ads in search of blizzard boyfriends + girlfriends for the deemed-to-be “historic” blizzard, so i wrote a new [silly] song yesterday & shot an impromptu video in the cold, no jackets involved. let me know if you hate it or love it.

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soto

soto || 357 6th ave., ny, ny 10014 || 212.414.3088

the worst thing is to accidentally delete a perfectly fine post on one of my favorite japanese restaurants in the city. how, why did it happen. i blame word press. let’s start the new year right by correcting what was wrong with 2014 – the mysterious case of the missing soto blog post.

anyhey, please enjoy [again], this fabulous 2-michelin starred bundle of joy. they are creative with their dishes yet maintain a sense of traditional feel to it. don’t come here if you just want fresh fish over rice balls. nope. also, be prepared to be in shocking bright lighting as it is basically broad daylight here — [perfect for foodies & obnoxious photo-taking] therefore nice, casual dress is acceptable.

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b&w tofu: sesame & soy

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snapper, refreshing

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smoked trout carpaccio, caviar, watercress

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hey flukes. don’t be so sad.

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seared halibut

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shredded surf clam prepared like a lil tiki house

one of my faves:

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uni on sweet raw ebi shrimp

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tuna tartare: chopped asian pear, tuna, pine nuts, marinated seaweed

another favorite…

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toro tartare & caviar.

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chopped kanpachi, wasabi tobiko wrapped in marble soy paper + soy mousse

third favorite dish…

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uni, caviar, snow crab, uni gel wrapped in lotus root

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grilled langoustine. call me maybe.

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green tea, strawberry, mango, vanilla, red bean, passion fruit mochi

love all the courses. it’s simply fantastic.

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2015

happy new year! i rang in the new year doing what i love — singing a few songs by the piano with a talented pianist…

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sing your heart out & don’t lose yourself

hanging with friends…

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countdown

enjoyed another awesome show by the charming burnt sienna boys.

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dj spin on the set

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and another take

thank you tomas loewy for the lovely photos. more photos soon as they’ll be rolling in [slowly but surely as everyone recovers from their hangovers] but for now you can visit my ig @sinsuco

here’s to an amazing year filled with love and happiness for all!

dirty xmas dinner

what an exhilarating experience this xmas — hosting a “dirty” xmas dinner party. since we’re all adults now, i thought i’d pen a filthy uniquely festive dinner menu:

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“he knows if you’ve been bad or good” …that creeper. #badsanta

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dirty xmas dinner menu
december 25, 2014:

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nibbles
mistletoe makeout: champagne + herb roasted kale chips

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starters

racks on racks on santa: whole milk ovoline + vine tomatoes + alcoholixir balsamic reduction
crème de la snowmån: cambozola + swiss + wine fondue & grapes + turkey for dipping

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entrée

filthy animal: beef short rib braised in 4 hours of nitty gritty love + red wine

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side

felíz phallicity: truffled oyster & royal trumpet mushroom medley

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sweets
green light especiál: canes & balls for shady elves
double d rendezvous: twice baked candied yams topped with snow white

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naughty cocktails
secret santa sauce: blueberry, pineapple, apple blended with pinot grigio + stoli elīt vodka  topped with magical foam
rudolph’s red rocket: hibiscus, passion fruit, mango, lemongrass, rose hips infused with 50% iichiko shochu & stoli elīt vodka + chia seeds

photos to follow soon. :D

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eleven madison park

eleven madison park || 11 madison ave. || (212) 889-0905

merry christmas. wow. this delectable, decadent, exquisite experience is truly excellent. the following photos are worth a few thousand words and will perhaps tickle your taste buds.

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peaceful ambiance at 5 pm [since dinner will last for 4+ hours]

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getting gossip from the mixologist

there was also a farewell gathering of the staff & etc for the pastry chef that day. it was fun eavesdropping like a creeper from the bar before dinner began.

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cocktail selection is on point. happy with the options listed. [unlike per se  #spoiledfoodieproblems]

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secret ingredient choice. i choose you, coffee. or is that the marijuana plant?

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presents already? savory ny classic b&w cookies

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caviar + creme fraiche

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refreshing [hidden] oysters.

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“fruit salad”

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their logo now makes sense to me

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hey la tache = $12K

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dehydrated tomato stuffed with lobster topped w/baby basil & cream

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to fill you in on the tasty filling

note: to give you an idea of their stalkery absolute attentiveness, they noticed i scraped the creamy top off to the side of the dish and asked if there was a problem with it. i let them know that i didn’t want too much of the cream, and that preference was duly noted for the later items. thanks guys!

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light soup made from the tomato they previously squeezed the juice out of

ode to a new york classic. this is when the secret ingredients show face:  cherry soda to the left, coffee soda to the right.

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“pastrami & soda”

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pastrami on a fancy fiery simmer plate

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open-faced sandwich.if you want it put a pastrami on it

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cocktail: rye whiskey based egg white & anise

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old fashioned

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this cucumber salad was for the [silly] ones who opted out of their AMAZING foie gras dish that day. pretty and healthy but not on the same page.

the dish of the night: foie gras.

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the beautiful, seared foie gras with chanterelles. amazing.

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aerial view of what i loved.

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“salad bar”

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telling stories of the waldorf

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the waldorf salad + celery puree soup

curious to know how the celery soda would have tasted, we asked for a smidgen & they gave us a bottle. it was great, but cherry was surprisingly my favorite since they used fresh cherries.

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the sodas + fresh butter & bread

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halibut with paper thin radish

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green delight. celtuce.

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dbl espresso pls

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the herb-crusted dry roasted duck, stuffed with lavender

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the slice of duck that you get to eat, which was much more than i could eat at this point

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hmm. part of the duck

then there’s more…

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picnic anyone?

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added my little touch of tying the handkerchief on top.

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my name on the plates?!

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virginia sin, the artist behind the ceramic plating that appears to be paper plates

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goat cheese, candy grapes, basil paste in a jar

finally onto dessert…

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delicious dessert: butter cream, butter scotch, dehydrated milk, foam, crumble. yum.

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burning brain…

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charred brain…

and then because it was my birthday…

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pretty

sometimes it can be fun in the kitchen…especially special tours of it.

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hey kitchen crew! you’re awesome.

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photos along the wall are their farmers and growers from whom they purchase their ingredients

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37 staff in the main kitchen + ms. expediter

expediter: kitchen manager aka bootcamp captain aka “hurry the eff up, are you a snail or are you a chef” [i’d imagine she yells this] who makes sure everyone is on task on time, down to every minute, every second, and ensures a sufficient amount of all ingredients necessary for the amount of diners every day.

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the new sous chef making a special icy cone treat

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we’re all kids again! snow cones, fancy ones.

as if our 4 hour dinner + kitchen tour wasn’t obnoxious grand enough, they relocated us to a pleasant after-the-never-ending-dinner private corner lounge where we can further lengthen our stay by indulging in more caffeine and a complimentary bottle of grappa. if only it were scotch…

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the lounging area

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sweet classic new york b&w cookies & pretzel infused with dark, milk, & white chocolates

another birthday surprise…

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dark chocolate covered coconut bar of decadence

they decided to feed me for breakfast as well.

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fresh homemade granola.

so good, all the squirrels in the city came running over.

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the [wrinkled] menu.

a fantastic journey it was — overall a worthwhile experience for a special occasion especially since it is like a classic broadway show + new york history 101 + foodie heaven + michelin snob all packed into one night. take her/him there. :D

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momofuku ko

momofuku ko

8 extra place, new york, ny 10003 || (212) 203-8095

throwback edition of my visit at the old location of momofuku ko when it was at 163 first avenue. seems right to post some heavy-duty places during the holidays.

bravo, david chang! but a 22-course lunch plus beverage pairing? how can anyone even possibly do this? monsters? or maybe if i wasn’t hungover. this casual 12-seat arrangement is up close and personal along the counter with the chefs working diligently preparing your dishes right in front of you. this was great for all the foodies because we like to stick our noses into everything and ask a lot of questions directly from the chefs who know exactly what everything is, where it’s from, the name of the pig…

it was overwhelming for me, but i’m not complaining. i only have photos of the 1st three courses out of 22 — embarrassing. if i had known no obnoxious foodie pictures were allowed, i would have whipped out my phone discreetly when i was closer to the last few courses which are usually more impressive, like the frozen slab of foie gras shaved onto a wonderful dish of i-can’t-recall-because-i-ate-it-and-have-no-memory-without-photos.

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she: “sorry, we would like to ask you to refrain from taking pictures.”

me: “oh.” [boiling in misery & thinking to myself, why am i here? to enjoy the food & the moment?]

so i took photos in the loo. great selection of books. IMG_2240 IMG_2241

after a crazy, hearty meal of experimental fusion, i was greeted by this couple:

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 “hey boys! where you goin, room for one more?”

the new momofuku ko now allows photos and is much spacier i hear, but i have yet to try. what a beautiful, [heavy] lunch…and dinner for the next 3 days. thanks. good night.

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music makes us who we are

for a lil fun silly snippet of my newest song, take a moment to watch this & lemme know if you love it, hate it, or wanna slit your throat if you were to be stuck listening to me sing for the rest of your life hahha:

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sushi of gari

sushi of gari

upper east side || 402 e. 78th st., new york, ny 10075 || (212) 517-5340

this restaurant has become so popular that they now have 4 different locations in the city – the upper east side is the original that holds the michelin star rating while still preserving the traditional, casual seating arrangement. for all levels of sushi lovers, this is an omakase experience you must try in new york [if you haven’t already]. with every visit, there are new additions [and surprises] to the chef’s tasting menu, and you can let the server know specific likes & dislikes. the major buzzkill surprise for me this time was that they were out of the 3 cravings i had: mirugai [giant clam], sweet raw shrimp, & fresh toro [they only had flame-torched toro]. to be fair, it was a late monday evening — not the best for sushi. as usual, i prefer the skinnyminnie sashimi omakase: more fish, no rice.

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the sake casing matched my festive nails. fun.

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fatty salmon belly. fatty

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snapper rolls.

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tuna

the outstanding dish of the night:

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flame-torched fluke + poached quail egg + truffle oil slathered all over. sexy.

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yellowtail. weakest link of the night.

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hotate [scallop] + caviar. always a must-get for me.

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tomato tempura and salmon

second favorite of the night:

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flame-torched rare snow crab & uni – perfect.

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tuna tartare with pine nuts & deep fried seaweed chips

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uni. always a must-get.

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plum sake in the back & new sake glass for a new bottle. artwork is channeling zelda.

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marinated snapper & seawead

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topping was a mixed mushroom medley? i passed the [cooked] fish over to my comrades.

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seared toro. great but i kinda wanted super fresh raw toro. #brat

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chopped snapper + black salt. very refreshing!

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seared lobster – slightly overcooked for my raw diet

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mackerel with sesame topping. i passed on this one.

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ikura!

the ikura challenge, just like when it all started at zuma hong kong: how many salmon roe is in one order?

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separate them in groups of 10 first…

gambling is in my blood. needless to say, i won the challenge.

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kumamoto oysters, yay. my final course before tapping out.

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a pretty piece after i ended my tasting.

’twas a wonderful pre-thanksgiving stuff yourself in the face healthy, raw treat i must say. perfect for my raw diet. じゃね! [ja-ne, see you!]

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