Hobak Korean BBQ will leave you full of happy!

Off-strip Vegas gem Hobak Korean BBQ is a family favorite because we miss having access to Korean bbq in Wilmington, NC. Our years in SoCal and Virginia were filled with adventuresome Asian shopping and dining out. Sadly, the only BBQ in the south is Carolina BBQ, which is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nothing like Korean BBQ! Korean BBQ is a communal eating experience right at your table, washed down with Soju or Hite Beer or..at least at Hobak… a beer and soju tower right at your table that is a ready-to-pour tap of goodness! The meats at … Continue reading Hobak Korean BBQ will leave you full of happy!

Chinatown Gem/ Las Vegas eats

One of my passions is exploring the parts of cities where the locals go.  Eating the food and having the experiences that are true to your destination.  Most folks who visit Las Vegas stay on the strip and feast on fast food, designer chef restaurants and buffets.  If you are willing to stretch a little further, you will have some wonderful dining experiences that don’t break the bank.  We discovered a little gem in Chinatown called Inyo.  A no frills setting in a strip mall serves up some of the best Asian cuisine I have ever had.      Though they … Continue reading Chinatown Gem/ Las Vegas eats

D.C. Eats

One could live in a city like DC for years and barely make a dent in its eating scene.  Although, every time we visit I get another chance to try!  Toki Undergound anyone?   Good timing and patience is a must at this tiny, no reservation gem in the H Street Corridor.  Fortunately for us, we arrived at quarter to 5pm and were second in line!   Quirky decor, loud music….let the games begin!      Grab a stool, get a beer or cocktail and decide what type of wonderful house made noodles you would like.  But first…. try an appetizer … Continue reading D.C. Eats

Mother’s Day with Jose!

  Whenever I return to the D.C. area, chances are that I will be visiting a restaurant of Jose Andres.  They are dear to my heart and always spectacular.  Today’s Mother’s Day dinner was no different.  A wonderful cheese plate to begin….    Aceitunas de Ferran Adria….a tribute to the original molecular gastronomist/best chef in the world……liquid olives…    Tortilla de patatas…. the classic Spanish tortilla…    Flamenquines….a pork roll stuffed with cheese and deep fried…..wonderful!    Finally, my favorite of the evening…Puntillitas de Cadiz…. Baby squid and beans in a green sauce topped with a fried egg…estupendos!!    Although I neglected … Continue reading Mother’s Day with Jose!

At last, the last minute…

On a short day with Mr. Client I do minimal housekeeping and maximum organizing. He is leaving for Hong Kong tomorrow and my job will turn from Personal Chef to Personal Assistant. He is meeting with 3 friends for dinner and initially tells me I will not need to cook. At 3:30pm he queries his guests to see if the wouldn’t mind coming to his house rather than going out. I scramble to put together two small plates menus for him to choose from. One is tapas, the other is dim sum for dinner. At 4:15pm Mr. Client asks me … Continue reading At last, the last minute…

Rain, rain go away…

Ever notice that the day you have multiple errands to run is the same day that they forecast 2-4 inches of rainfall? Murphy’s Law? Bad Luck? Twist of Fate? I decide that today is a perfect day for a cassoulet! Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain! After a quick run to the grocery for replenishment of staples and such it is time to make a small lunch and dive into household chores. A half sandwich of capicola, prosciutto, provolone, lettuce and aioli witha lightly dressed salad fills the bill. Running errands for decorative articles for my Client’s … Continue reading Rain, rain go away…