Saturday, May 2, 2009

At Last...

As I said in one of my recent posts, I have been searching fervently for Burrata cheese for nearly 2 years now, and I finally found it at Tastings Gourmet Market in Annapolis. It was beautiful...

If you love fresh mozzarella you must try its cousin Burrata. Burrata, like many Italian foods, is a regional specialty, in this case from Puglia.

Basically burata is strands of fresh cow's milk cheese created with some of the leftovers from mozzarella cheese making. The cheese itself is like a tiny ball of cream and stracciatella (the long thin strands), incased in pouch of actual mozzarella.

The flavor is slightly acidic like any fresh milk, and the texture is delightfully creamy, and nearly melts in your mouth. The fresher it is the more curd-like the texture.

In my opinion the cheese needs no accompaniments, but if you must be sure to use only the freshest ingredients.

If you want more info on Burrata check out these sites:
Sex and the Kitchen

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Oh one more thing...

Someone please please please find these for me:

They had them at Fresh Market in Glen Burnie once, but I went back and they were gone.

They are these amazing little truffle textured/ raspberry and chocolate flavored treat and I am dying for some. GOD I LOVE ASIAN FOOD!

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Yakitori YUM, and decisions

So tonight I was searching for something cheap, quick, and close for just me to eat, and as usual CHOWHOUND came to my rescue. After a bit of digging I came across Yakitori One which I had forgotten I wanted to try.

About 8pm I headed up there and it is this teeny little place thats in what I'm just gonna call Baltimore's Little Asia. Between 24th-21st and Howard-Charles there are like 10 little Korean/Japanese restaurants which have been there forever and look like crap from the outside which can only mean one thing... they are amazing.

Yakitori One was a mix of promising and unnerving. On the promising side, they have these great woodblocks with calligraphy saying god knows what in what I assume is Japanese. Then they also have ONE dollar bills with notes from customers all over the walls, however only some of the notes are in English, which I think is a good thing.

The prices were great and the portions looked reasonable, but I didn't order too much and there was only one other table of customers.

All of their Yakitori was around $1 and they had a decent variety of vegetarian options. They also have okonomiyaki which is like a seafood (or meat) pancake. I didn't try this but it looked incredible, and I love the korean version of the assuredly traditional Japanese treat that is supposedly hard to find. I did get a chicken, a kalbi (korean marinated short rib), and a enoki mushroom wrapped in bacon yakitori. WOW! The chicken was nice and moist, the kalbi was tender and had nice flavor, and the enoki, although the texture of enoki is a little scary if you aren't used to it, was indescribably delicious and juicy and crispy and perfect. I also get a Yaki Sake Onigiri which was a rice ball fried on the griddle, and filled with salmon. I got this on recommendation and the rice was great but I am not a fan of salmon. As salmon goes it was delicious and buttery, but I just hate the stuff. I ordered this on the recommendation of the waitress, and although I was fully aware of the salmon, I just thought I should try it again. Oh well, not a total loss, just not a win.

Also exciting was the 8 varieties of sake and also 3 types of soju, yay! Plus some interesting cocktails and a lot of whiskey.

Everyone was friendly, I was served fast, and it was fun, I am trying to go back as soon as tomorrow night, 10$, including a $3 tip I can afford it!! Take that Rachael Ray!

Also, can't decide what to do Saturday... Wine Fest in AACO or Beer and Foodfest in Bmore??

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

PLEASE HELP....NEW SEARCH: The Best Hot Wings in Maryland??

So, I don't know if I should share my secret of where to get Burrata, but seeing as I just told you how amazing it is, I guess you should have the opportunity to try it too. Erin at Tastings Gourmet Market in Annapolis informed me that they have been carrying burrata cheese. The best thing about this is that Erin is soooo amazing that she took my number and is going to call me when it comes in so I can not only have another taste of this amazing fromage but I can also get it fresh!!

Now that I have located the whereabouts of Burrata, I am now on the search for the very best HOT wings in the Baltimore, Annapolis, DC area. Preferably I want a place in Annapolis, but anything amazing is also worth my attention. PLEASE, PLEASE help me. I personally like Hooters Breaded wings because they are usually moist, and they have a nice crispy crust. However, the most important thing is that the meat be moist and the sauce have the right balance of spice.

On a side note, today my mother and I found a tasty new Viet-Thai restaurant in the area. The place is located in a small, but new and clean looking strip mall.

Paradise Viet-Thai
2625 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

Apparently the place has been open since late 2005, but I guess I just never really travel down Riva Road.
Anyway, it was really nice and the staff was also amiable.

We went for lunch so we didn't order a lot. My mother and I shared a crispy spring roll and pad thai for our meal. We each had a Thai Iced Tea, and then shared an order of Mango Sticky Rice.

The spring rolls came 2 per order and had a tasty combo of pork and shrimp. The best part was that they were in NO WAY greasy. I normally hate spring rolls because they are almost always greasy, but these were great and made me excited for the rest of the meal.

Pad thai was also great. I was hoping for a light dish, and this was perfect. There was shallot in it which I assume is not very traditional, but it was light in flavor because it had been cooked. The noodles were cooked well, and the lunch portion was plenty of food for a light meal.

Then my mom preceded to lick the plate for the mango sticky rice. And then she asked for another one.

Seeing as my mom just returned from Thailand a week ago, I'm going to say her opinion counts for a lot even if you don't trust mine yet. So go check this place out.

It may not have been as authentic as Bangkok Oriental in Pasadena, but it sure was yummy and more convenient.

Let me know what you think!