Twice is Nice…. Tasty Tapas at Boqueria

Last year I had my 25th bday party at Boqueria in SoHo – delicious. But I haven’t been back since….so on a nice Friday night way back in September, I was in the mood for tapas and some Jamón Ibérico… so I decided to hit up Boqueria – the Flatiron one.

First thing’s first. Sangria. They have red, white and pink [seriously… haha well “Rosé” ;D But I just like the sound of PINK sangria….


And Sangria we had…. One pitcher of red sangria…
….followed by a pitcher of white….

Not to mention, a bottle of vino.


Anima Negra “AN/2” 2006 / Callet, Mantonegre, Fogoneu, Syrah – Mallorca

This is a blend of the most important varieties of the island of Mallorca; callet, manto negre and fogoneu, which make up 80% of the wine’s composition.  Aged in oak barrels over a period of 13 months gives us a balanced and elegant wine with a unique personality.

Grape Varieties: 65% Callet, 20% Mantonegre and Fogoneu, 15% Syrah.
Pruning: Traditional gobelet method.
Rainfall: 350-450mm.
Production: Grapes are harvested by hand into small 10kg boxes.  Manual grape selection before temperature-controlled fermentation at 28º in stainless-steel tanks of 7,000 and 10,000 litre capacities.
Maceration: Average of 17 days.
Malolactic: Stainless steel tanks.
Ageing: 14 months in barrels. Barrel origin: 70% French oak and 30% American oak. Barrel age: 35% are new barrels and 65 % are between 1 and 3 vintages old.
Alcohol Content: 14%
PH: 3.7
Appearance: Deep ruby red
Nose: Aromas of eucalyptus, spices (pepper), leather, mature fruit, resin and cocoa.
Mouth: Smooth, balanced, flavoursome, silky, aromatic and fresh.  Balsamic and mineral hints and a finish revealing light nuances of fresh vegetables.

It was a delicious wine. I have a soft spot for Spanish wines and this totally made my day.

Quesos y Embutidos

Aged Mahón – Tangy and intense, slighty sharp, notes of citrus
Tetilla – Mild-flavored, semi-soft cheese from whole pasteurized cow’s milk
La Serena – A soft floral cheese made with unpasteurized Merino sheep’s milk

Jamón Serrano – “Jamones de Segovia” Serrano ham, aged 18 months
Chorizo Cantimpalo – Mildly spicy pork sausage cured in pimenton
Fuet – Catalan style hard pork sausage
Salchichón – Spiced pork sausage, cured with garlic and herbs
Sobrasada – Soft Pork Sausage from the island of Mallorca, made with pimenton
Caña de Lomo – Hard cured pork loin

I totally adored the soft pork sausage [Sobrasada], it just melted in your mouth and was absolutely delicious. I also was a huge fan of the Salchichón…. it was like a spicier version of the sobrasada….

Pimientos de Padrón

Blistered Shishito Peppers, coarse sea salt

I HAVE to order this everytime I’m at a tapas place….. I know I recently talked about this on my Craftbar post. But, whatevz… deliciousness. Salty, oil, crunchy goodness.

Espinacas a la Catalana

Sauteed spinach, garbanzos, pine nuts, garlic, raisins

Do you call them garbanzos or chickpeas? I like the sound of chickpea more but I use them pretty interchangeably… chick chick chick…. ;D This was a bit greasy but I loved the different textures… spinach can get a bit mushy but this was cooked well , the garbanzos were the perfect munching texture… just enough garlic… great pop of the pine nuts and the sweetness of the raisins. I’m not a huge raisin fan usually – unless used well [and in oatmeal raisin cookies]

Espárragos y Romesco

Grilled green asparagus, almond romesco sauce

Gobble gobble munch munch. These were skinny minnie asaparagus. I love asparagus. I love love love it. I adored the tips when I was a kid and then I went thru a phase where I wouldn’t touch it for a few years – and now I’m addicted again – obsessed even. Minus the pee, which I pee proudly, but it still stinks.

Urine effects

The effect of eating asparagus on the eater’s urine has long been observed:

“[Asparagus] cause a filthy and disagreeable smell in the urine, as everybody knows.” (Treatise of All Sorts of Foods Louis Lemery, 1702)[24]
“asparagus… affects the urine with a foetid smell (especially if cut when they are white) and therefore have been suspected by some physicians as not friendly to the kidneys; when they are older, and begin to ramify, they lose this quality; but then they are not so agreeable” (“An Essay Concerning the Nature of Aliments,” John Arbuthnot, 1735)[25]
Asparagus “…transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.” Marcel Proust (1871–1922) [26]

There is debate about whether all (or only some) people produce the smell, and whether all (or only some) people identify the smell. It was originally thought this was because some of the population digested asparagus differently from others, so that some people excreted odorous urine after eating asparagus, and others did not. However, in the 1980s three studies from France,[27] China and Israel published results showing that producing odorous urine from asparagus was a universal human characteristic. The Israeli study found that from their 307 subjects all of those who could smell ‘asparagus urine’ could detect it in the urine of anyone who had eaten asparagus, even if the person who produced it could not detect it himself.[28] Thus, it is now believed that most people produce the odorous compounds after eating asparagus, but only about 22% of the population have the autosomal genes required to smell them.[29][30][31]

We had ordered the Iberico with the other meats and cheeses but apparently they needed a special person to cut it from the special ham and it arrived seperately [and a lot later] SO worth the $$ and the wait.

Jamón Ibérico Fermín

Hand-cut Ibérico ham, aged 36 months

I’ve never met an Iberico I’ve never fell madly in love with and want to have a crazy romantic affair with…. It was melt in your mouth amazing. If you’re ever in the mood for Iberico though… I suggest you go to Bar Basque… they have an Iberico tasting with Serrano as well…. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING [that’ll be my next blog post actually]

Mejillones con Chorizo

Bouchot Mussels, House-made Chorizo, Spicy Tomato Broth, Pan con “Ajo Majado”

Aside from the one time I had horrible mussel experience, I love mussels….. these were delicious. Even though, yes I know I keep repeating this, bacon and chorizo is such a cop out to making any dish good, this was done right. Maybe it had something to do with the whole house-made? Sometimes I find chorizo too greasy or too salty, but this just perfectly flavored the broth which cooked the mussels perfectly.

Croqueta de Maíz

Market Corn Croquettes, Poblano Pepper Aioli

Now, I’m not a huge croquettes person… mainly because I’m not a huge potato person and I find them to be just fried potato mush… but, I DO love CORN… these were good, not great, nothing special. They’re exactly how you’d imagine them to be.

Gambas al Ajillo

Shrimp, garlic, and Guindilla pepper in olive oil

Another must get at tapas… garlic-y shrimp. Omg there was SOOO much garlic and oil but it was good. It always is.

Salteado de Setas

Sauteed wild mushrooms, pork guanciale, Manchego cheese

See, more proof that pork makes everything better…. It was simple but so freaking good. Yep, the shroom addict that I am was VERY happy with this. The cheese was warm and creamy and just melted the moment it entered my mouth… mixing into the chew of the mushrooms, bits of guanciale – it was MAGICAL. Haha….

Huevo y Lentejas

Truffled Puy Lentils, Oil-Poached Farm Egg, Applewood Bacon, Herbed Yogurt, Crispy Serrano Ham

Poached egg. Lentils. Truffle. Bacon. Serrano Ham. Seriously. How could this POSSIBLY be bad? Exactly. NADA. NO FREAKING WAY. And it was good…

Albondigas

Lamb meatballs in tomato sauce, sheep’s milk cheese

Yes yes I know I’ve expressed how I’m not a huge fan of lamb, but I AM of meatballs…. and with the right spices, I do enjoy lamb now and then. These were great :] Perfectly spiced and sauced… and I love the name “Albondigas”… it’s so fun to say…. really!!! Say it. SAY IT OUT LOUD NOW.

AL – BON – DEEEEEEE – GAHHHHS

squeeee*

Txipirones

Baby squid a la plancha, arugula, olive, crispy radish, garbanzos

MOOOORE CHICKPEAS… and squid. I love squid. [secretly like eating babies, so I had to eat baby squid.. haha I’m kidding… just about the human babies part] When I see squid or octopus I HAVE to get it [if you haven’t noticed I’m a HUGE seafood person…. hmmmm, I think I keep repeating everything over and over again – V is for Vanity, woo!!!] This was good, nothing special – but not overcooked, great flavors and pretty light. Trying to go heavy with squid is just plain wrong – but you can prove me wrong if you want :] I’m willing to try anything AND to be proven wrong. And don’t just tell me to eat it fried with mayo.

Trucha Alpina a la Plancha

Grilled Arctic Char, Sauteed Market Greens, Roasted Delicata Squash, Coco Beans, Fino Sherry

It tasted like good grilled fish. I don’t remember much of it. Remember? Sangria, sangria, wine wine wine?!?!?!… But I LOOOOVE delicata squash – so I’m always up for trying ANY dish with it. [Unless smoothered in goat cheese…]

We were supposed to get the Hanger Steak as well….. but I was completely loopy from all the sangria and wine :] Delicious times….

James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner

Can you ever really go to too many of these delicious dinner events? You don’t really need a reason, but since boyfriend & I are trying to cut back on spending so much at events… who says you can’t celebrate his new job more than once?! I say more celebrations!!!!

So the James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner was at the famous Publican, one of Paul Kahan’s babies :D

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Health Update & then some…

Today was THE day. Yes, THE day that I went to the Hematologist. I got tons of vials of blood taken, weight (eep! I had JUST eaten SOOO much food and drank so much @_@ argh! I hate getting my weight taken IN clothes AFTER eating/drinking… blah), blood pressure, temp, the works…

Doctor: So you’re a little bit anemic…
Me: Yes…
Doctor: Do you eat well?… Do you bleed?…

[ the usual talk and she glances at the test results from my blood … she did ask me if I had rectal bleeding and I giggled cuz I’m 3.]

*glances at test results*
Doctor: Well you’re SEVERELY anemic. You have pretty much NO iron in your body, you could need a blood transfer if it gets worse… you have a less blood count today than you did two weeks ago… you should eat red meat.
Me: …
Mom: *freaks out*

Ok, that’s not the REAL convo word for word but I’m still woozy from getting my blood taken out.

Jim: poor little tiffie being vampired :(
Me: it’s SO dumb, i need blood but they keep TAKING it

But that pretty much sums it up for ya’ll. There’s also a chance it could be Thalassemia Minor (there’s a good chance cuz I’m Asian!) I’m starting my Iron IV sessions tomorrow (which will be two hours long) and the ones following (up to 4-6, depending) will be about an hour.

GREAT. Me + Hospital are gonna be great buddies.

My doctor kept asking about my eats and if I ate red meat or any meat at all. I told her I was more vegan/vegetarian with maybe some seafood and occasional chicken… It’s strange, while I eat it, I no longer ever crave it so I mainly eat vegan/vegetarian. I’ll still eat meat I just don’t go out of my way to cook it or get any of it unless I’m sharing with other people. I’m a big seafood lover tho. Shrimp, Clams, Fish, Squid, Crabs, Lobster :] But even those I rarely eat anymore… @_@

*sips tea*

Breakfast/Lunch was a giant bowl and a half of barley w/ 綠豆 (green beans) & dried and rehydrated longans (I refer to them as two different names… 龍眼 and Taiwanese people generally refer to them as 桂圓)

& of course my vitamins & gummy vites!!!!!

I came home with a list of things and their iron quantities… chocolate & dried peaches were on the list of things with pretty good amounts of iron *snicker* so I had a chocolate covered orange slice and dried peach!!!

I’m getting ready for dinner right now… I’m planning some Orange Cumin Shrimp w/ Tomatillas… Leeks & Chanterelles and some Spaghetti Squash and Roasted Delicatas!!! Everything I’m making seems so yummie but I’m daydreaming about a nice big bowl of BANANA OATS w/ BLUEBERRIES… I think my mom might yell at me tho since it’s not really overflowing with iron @_@ BUT it’s what I CRAVE :[

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Dinner:

Preparing to cook!!!

Cooking with tomatillos for the first time!!!


They’re like tart tomatoes.

The shrimps before I tossed it all together with the wilting fresh basil, and tomatillo/hot pepper/spinach/grilled scallions mixture

(I had marinated the shrimps for about an hour with fresh orange zest & juice, garlic, pepper, wine, paprika & cumin!!!.. I think a few other spices too but I don’t remember hahaha)

Spaghetti Squash

Spicy Orange Cumin Grilled Shrimp w/ Tomatillos, Scallions, Basil & Spinach + Roasted Delicatas

Leeks w/ Garlicky Brown Butter Chanterelle Mushrooms

I didn’t make this, it’s just sliced beef my mom brought home from her monthly lunch party with her gfs.

I REALLY REALLY craved an amazing SWEET bowl of oats sooooo…

The most amazing bowl of oats I’ve ever had…
BLUEBERRY BANANA OATMEAL


Banana, Blueberries, Flaxseed, Wheatberries, Cinnamon & Mexican Vanilla


Plopped with a few GIANT BLOBS of Soyogurt :]

Wildwood Organic Plain Soyogurt

It was THICK and CREAMY and DELICIOUS!!!!
& very Greek Yogurt-ish but with a taste of soy!!!


& two marrocs from my lovely Coco!!!! <3 SOOOO HARD to not eat EVERYTHING!!

A snack while I watch Pan’s Labyrinth for like the billionth time (SUCH a good, but really really sad movie) Two more chocolate covered oranges, and two more chocolate covered dried peaches!!!!


I know I know I said no candy but I really really needed a few gummies tonite. I’m having a *really* bad nite tonite :[

Nite!!! I have a few things to catch up on work since I’ll be having my first Iron IV session tomorrow afternoon!

Super Grainy Day…

I woke up later than anticipated but managed to make a quick brunch for me and the parents anyways. It was GORGEOUS out today so I wanted to get out early to enjoy it.

I whipped up a batch of Ezekiel french toast using egg whites, vanilla hemp milk, mexican vanilla & cinnamon.

Delicious vanillas!!

In the process….

I made 8, & they were devoured SOO fast!!!

See that shadow? That was my dad’s hand coming down to take the last two pieces.. haha…

I also made myself some (1/4c) 4-Grain Hot Cereal (w/ Flax)

& I added 1/2c of cranberries and 1/4c of wheatberries!!

Beautiful, ain’t it?? :D

I loved it, so tart and fresh and tasty!!!

After a bite or two I realized I hadn’t eaten my chia seeds yet, sooo…

*pop pop munch munch*
At first I was sad cuz it didn’t seem as much as my usual oatmeal but it was SOOO filling by the time I was done….

It didn’t help that I also had 2 persimmons afterwards, I wasn’t even hungry but they were SOOOO tasty!!!

I went to the mall to pick up some Victoria’s Secret, Sephora, & a pretty ring from Swavroski… & thennnnnn, two apples from Rocky Mountain :]

Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!!

Had some coffee @ ABP :]

Decided to cook off my wheatberries for the week.. and while doing so I prepped some Delicata squash for lunch tomorrow!!

3 Rainbow Carrots chopped up for work :]

Maitake Mushrooms & Napa Cabbage

Also had some tofu which is unpictured…

My mom made this Barley, Jujube, Wild Rice, some other grains and I added my own fresh 1/4c of Wheatberries!!!

Watched Primal Fear tonite (LOOOOVE Ed Nortan and I’ve seen most of his movies but not this one yet)… SUCH A FREAKING GOOD MOVIE!!!! RENT IT/BUY IT NOW!!!! Ed ♥ ♥

& then it was APPLE TIME, for me & Dior

Despite having no real appetite today, my FRESHLY made caramel apple was delicious!!!

I like it chopped up into smaller pieces so I enjoy it longer….

I just painted my nails BROWNIE (hehe) and I’m catching up on some work right now.. probably go to bed in an hour or two after I get this stuff done!!! Nite* See ya’ll tomorrow morning :D

Some more sexy mohawk shots of my Dior

MAN!! I’m SO full of oats and grains today… pop pop….

1o*11 Daily MUNCH

I’m drinking and blogging again :]

ANYWAYS… I woke up late today… I’ve been exhausted…. & once again all I wanted was an APPLE… and since my stomach was still bothering me a bit, no Chobani yet…

1 tbs Chia Seeds
1 Honeycrisp
1 grande Americano from Starbucks

1 Wasabi Peanut

20 tiny pieces of dried diced Pomelo

They’re addicting, dare I say better than candy, and delicious!!!! But tiny, so 20 isn’t THAT bad plus it was over the afternoon time period.

After enjoying the sun and some grocery shopping… I came home to make some dinner.

My lovely TUB of garlic from Costco :D


Turkey breast, “butterflied” it a bit to even/flatten it out more and sliced it a bit so it could soak up the flavors more…


I’ve been wanting to try a Delicata so tonite was the nite :] I still have the Japanese Kabocha waiting to be eaten and tried.. supposed to be sweet and DELICIOUS!!!!

Delicata – Also called Sweet Potato, Peanut squash, and Bohemian squash. This is one of the tastier winter squashes, with creamy pulp that tastes a bit like sweet potatoes. Size may range from 5 to 10 inches in length. The squash can be baked or steamed The skin is also edible.The delicata squash is actually an heirloom variety, a fairly recent reentry into the culinary world. It was originally introduced by the Peter Henderson Company of New York City in 1894, and was popular through the 1920s. Then it fell into obscurity for about seventy-five years, possibly because of its thinner, more tender skin, which isn’t suited to transportation over thousands of miles and storage over months. – Source

Stove Top… Artichoke stuffing in the pan and steaming the artichokes beforehand in the pot.

I stuffed the artichokes and put them in the same small oven with the turkey since both was to be cooked at 400 Degrees

I got really hungry during cooking from lack of food today so I had a mini Honeycrisp

Artichokes are done :]

Stuffed with Quinoa, Bacon & some other special ingredients ;] Surrounded by a tomato/shallot/garlic sauce I made…

Turkey is done!!!!!

Turkey Innards:

There’s Maitake mushrooms, Italian Eggplant, Garlic, Shallots, Pepper, Salt, EVOO, Paprika, Nutmeg, Curry, & some truffle oil

Strings cut off and placed in the dish


The stuffed artichokes bowled :]


Whole view of my turkey with the drippings and everything!!!

The table while we watch this Chinese American Idol

The Delicata, btw, was cut into arches and just simply baked off :] The were SOOO tasty and kind of grilled corn tasting. It’s not as sweet as butternut or as moist. Very sweet potato textured. DELICIOUS!!!!

Of course gotta add the wine :] This is a bottle I bought today…
ZINFANDEL

Leftovers. Just a tiny bit left of the turkey :] It was sooo yummie!!!

I’m STUFFED!!! I’m ready to take a shower to wash off the food smell and watch a nice movie, drink my wine and have a cookie or two (that I bought form Finale yesterday) and some delicious fruits from Russo’s :] My heart’s set on the GUAVA!!!!

And I’ll leave you with a picture of DIor’s butt :]


I got this fluffy blanket/rug to throw over my favorite chair for when I watch movies downstairs :] Dior loves it. ANYWAYS. Yes. Shower. Movie. Wine. And then I have tons of new magazines to look thru, including the new Cooking Light, Everyday with Rachel Ray,  the PREMIERE ISSUE of the Food Network Mag!!!!!, & REAL SIMPLE… I also have some silly gossip/fashion mags :] GAHHH I still haven’t even read my new issue of Maxim (with the most GORGEOUS LADY EVER MEGAN FOX ON THE COVER!!!) I bought LAST week yet, I’m so behind!!!! Until next update…. *kisses*

PS. Anyone else catch Cathy on Ask Aida this morning? The lasagna episode?? GAH!! She’s too cute :] I was so excited when I saw it!!!