I love Vietnamese food, but there can be a lot of pitfalls for vegetarians. Even innocuous-sounding dishes may have a healthy sprinkle of fish sauce in them. At Bricolage in Park Slope, though, Chef Lien Lin has a number of great (fish sauce-free) vegetarian options like banh xeo (a crepe made with rice flour) and a veggie banh mi. Even better is the dish she made for us in the newest episode of Lost Vegetarian: banh canh noodles with tofu. The dish, which is meant to be eaten at room temperature, features a great mix of textures and flavors. The noodles, made with a mix of tapioca and rice flours, are dense and chewy, while the vegetables are crisp and light. The coconut-based sauce adds just the right amount of seasoning, offset by the bright acidity of the pickles.
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Music – Bayard Russell (https://bayardrussell.wordpress.com/)
Bricolage — 162 5th Ave
When Donny told me he was asking Chef Nate Smith to participate in the Lost Vegetarian project I was excited. I was familiar with his food from his first restaurant, Allswell, and was eager to try the California-inspired cuisine he is serving up at his second restaurant. Bar Bolinas has an interesting menu; in Smith’s words it’s meant to be casual, fun, street food-style. Smith is also one of the nicest chefs I’ve ever met, and his commitment to supporting local farms and using the best ingredients make his food something special. In this episode of Lost Vegetarian he makes his mushroom flatbread, a seemingly simple dish elevated by the top-end ingredients. From the house-made sourdough flatbread to the mushrooms roasted with house-dried oregano, the dish is definitely more than the sum of its parts. Enjoy!
Bar Bolinas — 455 Myrtle Ave
Regular readers of this blog may know that Paulie Gee’s serves some of my favorite pizzas in all of NYC. What you may not know is that Paul has an extensive vegan menu, with some really incredible pies. In this new episode of Lost Vegetarian Presents, Paul walks us through making his In Ricotta Da Vegan pie, talks about why he has so many vegan options, and wonders why customers thank him. Click the like button if you enjoy the video!
Paulie Gee’s — 60 Greenpoint Ave
Howard’s Restaurant Meals of 2012 from Eat to Blog on Vimeo.
The other night I got a (drunken) request to do a follow-up to my year-in-review video from last year. I thought that was a great idea, so here’s the video of my 2012 restaurant meals. Above you will see a lot of the food I ate this past year, though certainly not all of it. All restaurants are here in NYC unless otherwise noted. Enjoy!
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30 Second Vinaigrette from Eat to Blog on Vimeo.
There are certain foods that you should never have to buy; one of them is salad dressing. I know that the term “vinaigrette” may sound intimidating, but it’s easy to put one together in 30 seconds using ingredients you (should) already have in your pantry. All you need is vinegar, mustard, salt, and oil, plus a container with a tight lid.
You are probably thinking to yourself, “Where are the measurements?” The beautiful thing about this is that you don’t need to be precise at all. Depending on how much dressing you need you can make more or less, using rough approximations of amounts. A traditional vinaigrette uses a ratio of three parts oil to one part vinegar, but as you can see in the video above I didn’t worry too much about that.
For the record, I used red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, kosher salt, and olive oil. Once you know the technique you can customize the vinaigrette however you’d like. Try using lemon juice instead of vinegar. Add some finely chopped herbs. There’s no limit to what you can do.
The video was shot by Donny and features a cameo appearance by our friend Louie. Enjoy!
howard’s restaurant meals of 2011 from Eat to Blog on Vimeo.
Here for your viewing and listening pleasure are many (though certainly not all) of the foods I ate in 2011, both the good and the bad. All restaurants are in NYC unless otherwise noted. Bonus points to anyone who can identify the restaurants whose names I have forgotten. Music = “Prizefighter” by the Eels.
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Thanks to Matt Yule for creating the music.