NumNum Gimme Some

November 17, 2009

I was noshing on dark chocolate-covered toffee with pumpkin seeds and sea salt at a restaurant about a month ago and thought it would be a great holiday snack (or nice home-made gift?), so I decided to write a post about it.  I was going to try to create my own recipe, which would have read like this:

Melt dark chocolate.  Dip toffee in said dark chocolate.  Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and sea salt on top.

Helpful, right?  But then I found the actual recipe, which may or may not be a little better.  Just a little. Maybe.


6 oz. (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. table salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
about 6 oz. semisweet chocolate (works best if tempered)
1 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
sea salt to taste


Stir butter, sugar, and water over low heat to dissolve sugar. Raise heat to medium and stir constantly. Cook until a beautiful toffee color (candy thermometer should read about 295 degrees F).

Add salt and vanilla extract, carefully; the toffee sputters. Pour onto one lightly buttered sheet of parchment paper. Allow to cool.

Wipe off excess oil from the surface of the toffee with a paper towel (the excess butter fat may keep the chocolate from adhering properly).

Spread tempered chocolate over completely cooled toffee.

Sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds and sea salt while chocolate is still tacky (so that the seeds and salt can adhere).

Break toffee into desired-size pieces.

Read more: Chocolate-Covered Toffee With Pumpkin Seeds and Sea Salt – Desserts: All – New York Magazine

I Want That In My Mouth

November 12, 2009

By Kiki Moreo


As an intern, and a very poorly paid intern at that, going out in the city has its problems.  For example, waking up the next morning and realizing that by simply having dinner, paying the door cover to a bar, getting two drinks and then getting a cab home, you have spent half of your week’s pay… well that’s a problem.  In search of an answer to my problems, my fellow interns and I have started searching for deals.  And I recently found a great one.
Japonais.  A contemporary Japanese restaurant, Japonais on the corner of 18th and Park, is absolutely amazing!  Now, it’s normally a pretty expensive place, but from 5-11 Monday –Thursday and 5-8 Friday and Saturday you can get an amazing meal for an incredibly low price.  The Japonais tasting menu is pure genius.
Drinks? – $4
Appetizers? – $7
Sandwiches? – $12
And these are not you run of the mill cheap drinks and food.  They are amazing!  The appetizers are also pretty big and can definitely stand as a meal.  

The ambiance is also great- really fun and trendy.  There is a large bar area with a lounge full of small sofa chairs and tables, and the dining room is really big.  There’s also a sushi bar.
Basicallyanywayslongstoryshort, this is my new favorite place.  The food is amazing, and even if you don’t order off of the tasting menu, there are a few very reasonably priced items on their main menu- like “the Rock” a thinly sliced New York strip steak cooked on a hot rock presentation- which is my absolute favorite.

 111 E. 18th Street
New York, NY  10003
(212) 260-2020


August 26, 2009

DC Restaurant Week

DC restaurant week

From August 24-30, over 150 restaurants in DC are participating in Restaurant Week and offering 3-course lunches for $20.09 and 3-course dinners for $35.09.  Go to for a complete list of participating restaurants.

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