I went to Trader Joe’s recently with the mindset of stocking up on only pantry staples–milk, cheese, bread, avocados, nothing else–but then I came across a non-essential pancake mix that was anything but. I’m talking about the new Trader Joe’s ube mochi pancake mix. When my eyes met its cheery purple polka dotted packaging, I had to learn more. Then I moved closer, and it had me at the words “ube mochi”. Into the cart it went. How exciting is it to have a pancake mix with Asian flavors in it? You don’t normally see ube, a purple yam varietal common in the Philippines, and mochi, which is sticky rice dough used in Japanese sweets, in the ingredient list of anything, ever! So in it went, becoming my next day breakfast project.Read More
Biting into a tender and marbled piece of Japanese wagyu beef is one of the greatest pleasures of a meat lover’s life. Meat like this comes at a high premium, though, and it’s not like you can just roll up to a Whole Foods and buy several pounds of it. There are plenty of restaurants in New York City that offer wagyu beef dishes, but if you’re lucky enough to be downtown, you can stop by the butcher Japan Premium Beef in Noho, which specializes almost exclusively in Japanese and American wagyu.
It’s been awhile since I posted something on this website. The aim of Gab and Gobble is to share dining and travel ideas with others, and with the recent outbreak of COVID-19, it’s obviously something that has to be put on hold. So I’m going to focus on things like cooking and take-out, since that is now the state of the world. This post is focused on the diy first birthday Korean dol party that I threw for my daughter in my NYC apartment. Throwing a dol party in NYC is a challenge–restaurants are expensive, and if you do it yourself, space is scarce. It’s also a challenge to find traditional vendors that source the Korean decorations and food that you need. But it is possible!Read More
Airlines really have a way of putting you in your place when it comes to checking into your flight. Group 1 is never group 1 – the true group 1 is reserved for elite customers who have flown enough and paid enough money to the airline to earn the privilege of bypassing the normal queue. And if you’re in a group lower than that, you’re not even a real person, are you?
It used to be the case that getting access to the airport lounge could make you feel somewhat special. But even lounges come in tiers. United, for instance, operates two: a sad lounge for the masses, crammed with people eating pretzels and hummus, and a much nicer Polaris lounge reserved for those first class jet setters with status. It’s always a sad, humbling moment when you accidentally walk into the Polaris lounge, only to be turned away and redirected to the other one. If you’re lucky enough to be a part of the group that’s allowed into the United Polaris Lounge in Newark Airport, you’ll probably notice that it offers sit-down meal service, free of charge. Because self-service, buffet style dining is for the masses, the 1% have someone else serve them.Read More
It’s that time of year where it’s cold out and all you want to do is stay indoors eating comfort foods and drinking some wine. Which is why the annual Time Out New York’s Grilled Cheese Meltdown, which took place on Sunday, November 13, at Hotel Eventi’s Second Floor, was such a success. A grilled cheese sandwich is one of those nostalgic snacks that takes us to a warm and fuzzy place every time, and it’s especially an effective remedy for beating the winter blues. Guests eagerly queued up for the different grilled sandwich stands on the floor, with cups of Jam Jar sweet wine and bottles of beer in tow, not caring even when the lines snaked its way across the room.Read More