Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Me on the 10! show back in the day. Hahaha I was such a little nugget..

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Finance vs. Entrepreneurship and Eats 1/28/2012

Thinking on paper. First semester done. What now? I don't know what I'm doing. I miss the kitchen. Though I was able to do some cooking over break.

Every now and then I feel like being Thomas Keller again. But I just don't know if the chef lifestyle is for me. Long shifts, low pay, physically exhausting work. I think it would be more fun to be a straight restauranteur, designing each aspect of a restaurant for success.

Anthony Bourdain honestly has the best job in the world (here he is pictured with Eric Ripert from when I saw him a few months ago in Philly) but close behind him is the restauranteur Stephen Starr. It must be so fun to create a restaurant like Dandelion (2 photos down), or Morimoto, or Buddakan. Starr's restaurant empire is essentially Disney World for diners. The decor in each of his restaurants is a frikin foodie's wet dream. How cool would it be creating those concepts?

This brings me to my next point. As I've mentioned before, I'm an undergrad at The Wharton School at Upenn. Wharton is as close as it gets to a Wall Street Farm Team. Something like 65% of Wharton's graduating class goes into finance making 70k a year with a 30k year-end bonus.

That's a hard opportunity to pass up. But obviously creating something of my own, (opening up my own restaurant would be one way to achieve this) would be a lot more fun. Getting Compare Food Pics up and running was a great time (although I recently let the server payments run out because I wasn't making any money and it would've cost me a lot of money to make the improvements necessary to monetize the site) and I'm currently working with a programmer on a UPenn Smartphone Application.   I'm also  taking the Code Year Challenge with Michael Bloomberg so I can learn JavaScript and not be completely dependent on someone else to implement my ideas.

At the same time I don't know if I'd be able to pass up the opportunity to work in finance. Time will tell. This isn't a very in-depth analysis of the implications of an entrepreneurial life versus that of the alternative, but this is all I got for now.

That said, here are some snapshots from the past month or so of my life.

Bourdain and Ripert in Philly

My friends took me out to Dandelion for my birthday on December 9th. We spent much more than we had planned, but it was a great time.

(Seared foie gras, over-easy egg, bacon)

(Cured Salmon, cucumber salad)

(steak and chips)

(Pumpkin-Pecan Pie)

This is from a trip to Morimoto with my grandparents. This is a sashimi platter.

(noodle soup from Morimoto)

(New Delhi Indian Buffet with my roommate)

(Sashimi Bento Box from Harusame in Ardmore)

(Pork Belly cured, rolled up and vacuum sealed)

(Pork Belly after being cooked sous vide at 155 for 36 hours and then deep fried)

(White chocolate graham cracker toffee)

(A young Paula Deen with her plate of Christmas hors' d oeuvres) 

 (View from NYC apartment)

In NYC I met up with my buddy Max Kramer of Master Chef Fame and we went to the sushi restaurant Kanoyama. We told the chef to give us the works. Omakase. Everything.

(house made tofu)

(eel in gelee)

Then we had a lot more sushi that I didn't take a picture of. For two of us the bill was $800. We crapped our frikin pants. We split the check.  Here's my individual bill without tip. Could've eaten at Per Se almost 1.5 times for that amount.

Afterwards we had some fun going out to clubs in NYC. Here we are at a doughnut shop trying to figure out how they make crullers. 

Went to the famous artichoke pizza in NYC with the fam. The artichoke pie is essentially pizza topped with a heaping helping of rich-creamy artichoke dip. Artery cloggingly delicious. 

(Beef tartare at La Gazetta in NYC)

(Sublime octopus from La Gazetta)

Bento Box from Gin Za in Ardmore.

(Beef in Spicy Korean Sauce from Pei Wei on City Line right outside of Bala Cynwyd)

Felt compelled to add this. My friend was one of the first people to ever order wine from the popular bar Blarney's at Upenn. 

(Baby Back Ribs from Sangkee in Wynnewood)

(Bacon Candy. Christmas Present from Mom. Absolutely disgusting. Haha. Played a few pranks on people by asking them if they wanted a mint).

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thanksgiving and More Eats 12/8/2011

 Thanksgiving is a great holiday. No shit. I got to cook and relax and see my girl (pictured above) Kylie.
 For Thanksgiving I made a leek-cornbread stuffing with hot italian sausage and granny smith apples.
 Here's the finished product. Tasted incredible. Cornbread added a nice sweetness. I don't know why stuffing isn't a year round food.
 Here's my uncle's turkey, we go to his house every year for thanksgiving.
 Cousin's biscuits.
 Cousin's tofurkey. Looks scary. Tastes scary.
 Aunt brought a chocolate cake. Incredible.
 Pie on pie. Nothin like it.
 Next day brunch with my friend. We shared a burger with bacon and a fried oyster sandwich with a fried egg on english muffin.
 Here's my confited turkey legs getting brown in a pan. I confited the turkey in the sous vide supreme for 8 hours at 176  in butter after curing it in thyme and garlic and sage.
 Here's the sous vide breast. Cooked at 146 for two hours then broiled.

 Ma baked an apple pie.
 Grilled leftover turkey sandwich with cheddar cheese.
 Turkey-sweet potato hash. Grated then browned sweet potatoes with leftover leeks, garlic, onion and sage, added in turkey scraps, cooked till crispy.
 Then threw in some sunny side up eggs.

 Some sweet grilled beef with tumeric rice from a middle-eastern food truck. Great lunch.
 Raspberry pastry from au bon pain.
 3 AM sandwich from Wawa. Honey smoked turkey, spicy mustard, roasted red peppers, onions, whole wheat shorti.
 BBQ chicken from the pizza place allegro's. Wow, this is really not that good sober.
 Grilled chicken kabob from one of my favorite food trucks. It's got onion and pepper on it and I usually get it with a chipotle mayo.
 Makin creme anglaise for ice cream.
 Chipotle burrito bowl. So frikin good. I get double meat--barbacoa and steak--and then medium and mild salsa and pinto beans. So satisfying.
 Racks of lamb to be sous vide.
 Fridge stuffed with pizza dough.
 Sous vide machine crankin away those lamb chops mid rare.
 Dinner is served. Was able to prep at home over the past weekend then yesterday I cooked this dinner party for a friend of my mom. Sous vide lamb chops with romesco. Pulled chicken. Seared Scallops with asparagus, grilled veggies. I do the same din party every year. Nice that I live so close to school so that I can still do it.
And here's the raspberry crumble with homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert.