Archives for November 2011

From Last week’s Chili Cook-Off

Here’s a cool video by Kate Lingley from our Chili Cook-Off last week.

I’ll be posting pics from the party soon!


Food Film Festival Filmmaker of the Year!

Dang. Chicago was awesome. The Oyster Party on Saturday was insane. Pics of that coming soon. I was pretty hungover the following day during awards ceremony. My head hurt. And dang, I won! Stepped to receive the coveted slotted spoon trophy and got back to my seat, turned to Rusty and asked “Hey, what did I just win?”

The spoon said 2011 Food Film Festival Fannie Mae Filmmaker of the Year! Dang. I honestly didn’t know I was up for any award in Chicago. We just came to party. The New York Food Film Festival was so awesome. Had to do it again in Chicago.

I know I didn’t get to say much when I got the award because my mouth was full of Turtle Burger. So I really want to thank the Food Film Festival for the awesome party. Rusty and I had such a great time.

Winning the award made me think of the things I’ve learned this year…

1) Just Do It: Ever since I stopped thinking or worrying about what I’m going to do and just do it, everything got so easy. The action was much easier than thinking about it. And then in the end, you are doing what you want to do and living your dreams.

2) Be open to opportunities: This year, I went on the tour with Shonali. I accepted Rik’s offer to make new food webisodes. I entered this film festival. I’m co-hosting parties with my friends. Let Dave and Tio Wally contribute to the food blog. Went on a date. All of this with initial hesitation, but I’m grateful I said yes to it all. It made my life so much more wonderful.

3) Be giving: I think there really is something about doing something for the benefit of others, whether it’s making people smile, giving them a big tip or sharing something cool with them. It makes what you do honest and genuine …and in return, I find people like that a lot and will give back to you with treasures. It’s a weird circle of giving.

4) Believe in yourself: I remember a stranger once told me that I could never be a food blogger, because there were too many food bloggers already. It hurt to hear even a douche bag say that to me. I’ve been food blogging for over four years now. So what does that guy know. There’s also another guy that people said he couldn’t be what he wanted to be because he was different. He never gave up and believed in himself. Now he’s winning. His name is Tebow.

I’d like to thank Rik and Nancy, Shonali, Tio Wally, Rusty, Dave Dondero, Andrew WK, Tim Tebow and everyone along the way for showing me the way. Excuse me if I sound preachy …I’m just trying to be Tebow-like.

This is why we’re Tebowing in Chicago this weekend

Big Sausage Roll @ Cafe Minutka

Well I don’t know if this place is really called Cafe Minutka, because of all the Russian letters. But that’s what it says when I Google the address. This was in Brighton Beach after our lunch at Elza Fancy Food …right next to the train stop.

They had a sidewalk sale where I bought this big sausage roll for $2. I didn’t realize there was a big sausage in there, I thought it was part of the braided bread.

Took it back to the city to eat while watching Tebow. It was like a smoked kielbasa wrapped in a buttery croissant roll. Pretty good. Really filling. Big sausage.

Brighton Beach is pretty cool.  Their liquor stores have bottles shaped like rifles, stallions and veggie penises. They also have their own Best Buy.

Cafe Minutka – 504 Brighton Beach Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11235

How to Make Mini Turtle Burgers

Here’s my second episode of Me So Hungry …Mini Turtle Burgers!

And you can have your own Turtle Burger at the Chicago Food Film Festival this upcoming weekend. Our original film about Turtle Burgers will be screened this Sunday November 20th, 2011. Rusty and I will be there to party! Come out. The New York one was a blast!

Elza Fancy Food in Brighton Beach

A Ramen and Friends adventure all the way down in Brighton Beach. That train ride was tough on a hangover. But it’s pretty cool walking out into a totally different neighborhood –big Russian community. The restaurant we were going to, Elza Fancy Food, is Uzbek – Korean. The menu looked like part Korean and part Russian. But I did recognize that Uzbek style bread.

The Borscht was great when sour cream broke up in it. The beef was tender.

The Plov looked like Beef Fried Rice, but it was better that what I expected. It was surprisingly great. I only ate about half of it. So stuffed from eating everyone else’s food and the side dishes that came out.

The Apple Compot drink was nice. And the 99cent beer we got from the bodega nearby was the perfect cure to my hangover.

Elza Fancy Food – 3071 Brighton 4th St (btwn Oceanview Ave & Brighton Beach Ave) Brooklyn, NY 11235
Ramen and Friends post
KikaEats post

Indonesian Spicy Fried Cow’s Lung

Dear Rusty and Bonnie,
Mar (our upstairs neighbor) is going to drop off a bag of Indonesian Spicy Fried Cow’s Lung in front of our door. Please put it in the fridge.

I was expecting it to look like fried battered popcorn chicken. It turned out to be more of a dried snack …like beef jerky, but livery tasting. I liked it. The seasoning on it was nice.

Mar also threw in a bag of Spicy Cassava Chips …tasted like sweet glazed dried plantain chips, but super spicy. These were awesome!

She says these came from Indonesia and you probably can’t find the Fried Cow’s Lung here, but maybe the Cassava Chips.

Naranjos Taco Food Truck

There’s a food truck that now parks next to Trader Joe’s on 21st St and 6th Ave in Manhattan. There’s never a line. I feel bad for the guy. I got the beef stew $5. Pretty decent for no line truck.