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03
Jun
10

Basil – Pizza & Wine Bar


At the edge of Crown Height’s Jewish neighborhood, we walked through the tall glass paned doors of Basil Pizza and Wine Bar (270 Kingston Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11213; Telephone: 718.285.8777). We were greeted by the lovely homey smells coming from their large wood oven, clearly center staged by design, partnered with an open bar and cooking area. Soft relaxing Latin music permeated a high vaulted room adorned with 13 honey jar shaped glass lanterns hanging at variegated heights back-dropped by a glass fronted honey comb wine casement.  Marble top tables and dark rustic wooden chairs filled the room commodiously, seating 45 comfortably.

Partial view of Basil. Clara Perez, the Manager, taking a breather in one of those rare low traffic moments.

The pizza and wine bar opened its doors in late February of this year. Just a few months in, with an extensive gourmet dairy menu created by his predecessor, Chef Adam  (who started his culinary training in Italy’s Costa D’Amalfi – then the restaurant’s sous-chef – was suddenly asked to take the helm as chef de cuisine.  Like the young Luciano Pavoratti in February 1965 – who was asked to replace the regular tenor – in an evening’s fateful  performance (Donizzetti’s Lucia de Lamermoor) at the Greater Miami Opera, young Chef Adam stepped up to the plate prevailing successfully without missing a single high note apparently, for he served up dish after dish of consistently delicious Basil favorites.

We began this, our latest restaurant adventure, with their Wild Mushroom Pizza made with Goat Cheese, Mozzarella and Truffle Oil, we took a side dish of their signature Basil Fries, sprinkled with Fresh Parmesan aside a  Garlic-Truffle Mayo Dip- clearly – not for the faint hearted.  Both were delicious.  The thin crusted pizza dough (made with imported Italian flour) was terrific, as were the wild mushrooms and goat cheese topping. CS predictably downed a respectable number of fries, loving the crispy strips dipped in truffle mayo. We both opted for Tishbi’s Chenin Blanc to accompany our meal. It was perfect for the table fare and the balmy summer afternoon. I had a respectable Arugula and Beets Salad topped with medallions of warm goat cheese sprinkled with pine nuts and a truffle vinaigrette.

CS, gnocchi Gnostic that he is, couldn’t help but devour the Goat Cheese Gnocchi Gratin rich with Tomatoes, Spinach and Parmesan Bread Crumbs. He found it flavorful, authentic Italian Campagna, done to perfection! We sampled three more mains; spinach ricotta dumplings, striped bass, and a saffron risotto.  I went for their Striped Bass, with Charred Fennel, Pea Risotto and Meyer Lemon Cream. Presentation was outstanding as you can see from the pictures below (we had a very, very tough time settling on only three photos of the dishes!).  The charred fennel was set like a sail atop a perfectly cooked striped bass a sea in a gustable green pea risotto. The Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings with Melted Mozzarella were ambrosial- especially with the enfolded Tomatoes  Roasted for 24 hours in Balsamic Vinegar, fennel seeds and just the right touch of chili flakes. Basil buys mozzarella curd and stretches it on location, enhancing the flavor that much more.  The Saffron Risotto with Forest Mushrooms, Grilled White Asparagus, was quite aromatic. The forest mushrooms and white asparagus were savory & toothsome, though at this point we were quite full.

Goat Cheese Gnocchi Gratin

Stiped Bass, with Charred Fennel, Pea Risotto and Meyer Lemon Cream

Saffron Risotto, with Forest Mushrooms, Grilled White Asparagus, Peas and Parmesan

We’ll have to come back and meet their pastry chef, Ehud Ezra; word on the street is that he is an amazing talent.  A graduate of the Institute for Culinary Education, he trained at Oceana in Manhattan and was Pastry Chef for several years at Whole Foods (among other prestigious establishments), before coming to Basil, we tasted his Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheese Cake served with Turkish Fig Puree and Melon. He’s there at 5:00 am preparing his croissants and other pastries, opening for breakfast service at 7:30 am. Chef Adam also treated us to a tasting of his home-made colorful Sorbet Trio and Basil Ice Cream (made from basil, you read it right!). Yummmm!

Sitting on the cusp of this Lubavitch neighborhood, Basil stands at the edge of new cuisine and ambiance territory.  The reluctant humble yet flight worthy fledgling chef and his team run a successful operation with the help of their warm friendly manager Clara Perez, whose respect and reverie for the Lubavitch community is admirable. The convergence of crossed cultures amongst their staff and the harmonious blend of clientele dining together with Basil’s good food its nucleus, is nothing short of chevlei mashiach amazing. The obstacles were many; it shouldn’t work but it does, remarkably so! Some places are just plain blessed that way.

SYR

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02
Jun
10

Decadent Desserts – Part 1


Winter’s come and gone, spring with its sometimes uncertain weather is about to leave us. It may not be technically summer yet, but summer temperatures are already here. Not only do we enjoy summer type drinks, but even desserts take on new flavors.

This time of the year is perfect for marshmallows roasted over a camp fire, or any other way; I  just tried Elyon Marshmallows and Elyon Mini Marshmallows and found them outstanding!

Mmmmmmm, great marshmallows!

SYR looks forward to this time, when she prepares one of her favorite summer desserts:

SYR’s Toffee S’mores

Ingredients

2 cups – coarsely chopped pecans
1 bag (4.8 oz) –  Honey Grahams broken into 1″ pieces
1 package - Elyon Mini Marshmallows
8 oz – Semi Sweet Parve Chocolate Chips
6 oz – Pareve White Baking Chocolate Bar (cut into small pieces)
1 stick – margarine
1 cup – sugar
1/2 cup – brown sugar
1/2 cup – light corn syrup
3 tblsp – water
1 tsp – vanilla
1 generous pinch – salt
2 – 9″ square pans

Method

Over a low flame, combine sugars, corn syrup, vanilla, salt, and margarine in a pan. Stir constantly as mixture blends, continue stirring for an additional 2 minutes as the mixture starts gently bubbling. Turn off flame.

Add pecans and honey graham pieces into mixture stir until these are fully covered by the caramel.

Grease the two 9″ pans and spread mix evenly into each of them. Spread half of Elyon’s Mini Marshmallow evenly into one pan and the other half into the second pan. Distribute white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips into decorative patterns on top, for each 9″ pan. Preheat oven to 350F and bake for 10 minutes or until each pan’s contents shows a light beige color. Cool at room temperature and cut into 1″ squares. Refrigerate and serve.

...more s'mores, more s'mores... they didn't last too long!

Yield

162 – 1″ squares

Enjoy it folks, it’s easy to prepare and tastes delicious!

CS

12
Feb
10

Valentine’s Day Specials


T Fusion Steakhouse (3223 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234 — Telephone 718.998.0002 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              718.998.0002      end_of_the_skype_highlighting). is extending their Valentine’s Day Special Prix Fix Menu through Tuesday, the 16th of February.

Chicken Lollipos

“Valentine’s Day Menu”

Please select one from each course:

STARTER

House Salad
Mixed greens, tomatoes, Julienne cucumber, carrots, onions topped with balsamic

Roasted Beet Salad
Arugula, roasted beets, red pepper, candied walnuts, and granny smith apples with cider vinaigrette dressing

Chicken Lollipops
Corn flake crumb crusted chicken drumsticks served with sweet & sour sauce

ENTRÉE

Cowboy Steak
(16oz)Bone-in prime rib cut with cowboy seasoning served with house fries & Garlic

Roasted Chicken
Half roasted chicken, slowly cooked, served with rice and mixed garden vegetables

Fillet Salad
Sliced filled steak strips served over romaine lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and avocado topped with honey mustard dressing

Pan Seared Salmon
Served with fresh lemon and homemade yellow rice

DESSERT

Red Velvet
Layers of red velvet and non-dairy cream cheese Valentine’s Day cake

Duo Fondue
Perfect for the couple: array of fruits, and sweets for chocolate dipping

Chocolate Soufflé
Freshly baked and served with ice cream

Sorbet
Raspberry/ Strawberry/ Fresh Mint

$55 per Person plus Tax & Gratuity

Valid Until Tuesday Feb. 16th, 2001

***Complimentary Glass of Wine & Chocolate Covered Strawberries**

T Fusion Steakhouse
3223 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234 — Telephone 718.998.0002

29
Jan
10

China Glatt


We all know of that strange cultural phenomenon, the Jewish American fascination with Chinese food. Wanting to understand it, seeking some clues, I decided to try Boro Park’s venerable China Glatt (4413 13th Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11219-2017; Telephone: 718.438.2576) where I found moderately priced, good wholesome Chinese fare.

I started the evening with Sushi, the choices were raw or cooked fish. I opted for cooked, and I ordered the Garden Dragon and the New Thirteen.

Garden Dragon and New Thiteen Sushi

One comes with mango on the outside with apple and imitation crab, the other is made with a spicy, pan seared salmon with cucumbers and avocado. Both dishes were appealing to the eye, delicious to the taste.

I then had Shmulk’s Pan Fried Wontons, named for one of the restaurant’s frequent customer’s  whose original recipe this was.  The wontons were filled with sweet and spicy chicken. I liked these wontons!!!

I followed with Empress Chicken, a less spicy version of General Tso’s Chicken.

Empress Chicken

Then I segued with the Singapore Chicken. This very good dish consists of grilled chicken sauteed with vegetables, bamboo shoots, mushroom, onion and pepper.

Afterwards I had the Beijing Beef with onion carrots and snow pea pods.

Beijing Beef

like everything else I’d eaten here, it was delectable! I finished the meal with a pareve cheese cake that tasted surprisingly good.

China Glatt has been at this same location – in the heart of Boro Park – for 15 years, considering the quality of the food I’m not at all surprised. As for my original motivation to try Chinese food, my search for clues as to the Jewish longing for it, I can only surmise that it must be the similarity between kreplach and wontons, lokshen and lo-mein.

I once heard a joke that perfectly encapsulates the Jewish love affair with Chinese food, considering the current Jewish year is 5770 and the Chinese just started their 5730th year, what did the Jews eat for 40 years?

CS

20
Jan
10

The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts


CKCA, The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts, (1407 Coney Island Avenue,, Brooklyn, NY 11230; 718.758.1339) is right in the heart of the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn’s Flatbush community. It is the only kosher cooking school in the US to offer professional level training in both Culinary and Baking and Pastry Arts.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a session of their Baking and Pastry Arts course, taught by Pastry Chef Mark Hellermann. Though I’m not part of the student body, I was enthralled by the instructors explanation and his easy, friendly style of teaching. His 20 years of experience as a Pastry Chef and teacher served him well.

Pastry Chef Mark Hellermann

Without exception the students seemed passionate about their interest in the subject matter. Without exception, each one strove to produce the best, visually enticing, delicious Bavarian pastries.

...listening raptly

As soon as the pastries were ready, I could hear them calling out my name and my notorious sweet tooth knew just what to do about the situation. I started with the Pyramid Bavarian, a two toned combination of pureed fruits consisting, in this case, of mango and strawberry. It had just the right combination of tartness and sweetness, its texture was very smooth. Loved it! Actually… I had no choice but to devour the three that distinctly and pleadingly, called out to me. I segued with a Crème Caramel, very sweet but not overbearing, smooth… It too was delicious.

Pyramid Bavarian and Crème Caramel

Pyramid Bavarian and Crème Caramel

I followed with a rounded Strawberry Bavarian and a  rounded Mango Bavarian. These Bavarians consist of three parts each, a thin sponge cake bottom, pureed fruit and the glaçage or mirroir top. This a jellied mirror like covering in the color of the particular fruit used in the puree.

Mango Bavarian

The garnished Bavarians showed creativity, the very thin twill cookies adorning many of these came in all shapes and the cookie’s crispness and pureed fruit combined to give each Bavarian a pleasant, inviting appearance.

This course is given four times a week, in four hour sessions for 10 weeks. Having obverved the students during the preparation, their passion and dedication to their tasks were palpable, I have no doubt they all have a bright future ahead!

The next course will start shortly after Pessach and run through June, don’t forget to sign up by calling Jesse Blonder at:718.758.1339.

CS




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