italian boy

italian boy

Thursday, October 30, 2008

jonah crab claws @ the ebbit

i love the old ebbit grill and basically everything inside it. a classic and historic landmark in the district serving lines of regal washingtonians from ulysses s. grant to tanya rodousakis. pick your favorite cut of meat or choose from the many seafood delights because there's something for everyone on this menu- and youre sure to love it as time and tradition molded these dishes to perfection.
one of my favorite little treats are the steamed jonah crab claws... i believe you can find them there any time of year but these are a delicious snack or starter plucked from the atlantic coast- delicate and delicious. not terribly expensive the jonah crabs are a sustainable option to go for if you're thinking about whats better on an ocean menu.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

sausage and couscous.. lunch in 15 minutes

apologies for the camera phone and tupperware, i wasnt planning on blogging my lunch but its just so good.. we bought sausage at eastern market on sunday and i wanted to use it up today so this morning (at 6 am) I put the sausage in a pan with loosely chopped onions and tomatoes, a little vinegar, olive oil and black pepper.. i let that cook and when the sausage was almost done i cut it into bite size pieces. then i dumped in a can of chick peas and let it all cook on low for a few more minutes.

at the same time i steamed a pan of couscous.

when that was done i combined the sausage with onions and tomatoes to the couscous, added half a finely chopped raw red onion and half a fined chopped raw red pepper and mixed it all together. if i had fresh parsley that would have been perfect but it was great just like this.

i threw it all into two tupperware containers and it turned out to be SUCH a good lunch.. i almost finished eating it though.... and its only 8:45am....uh oh. soooooo goooood.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

this be a pitaya

i might have seen them before but never tried it. i bought this beaut at la boqueria in barcelona. it was delicious. its a type of cactus fruit- i can imagine finding them at whole foods... i believe it's of the species Hylocereus polyrhizus, H. undulatus, or Stenocereus queretaroensis. difinately pick one up if you happen to come across it in the produce aisle. slice it and half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. lemme know what you think! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitaya

have you ever seen anything fresher or more delicious?

tomato salads make a perfect meal, salad or snack. mix and match varieties for added flavor... add a little salt, cracked pepper and a few drops of vinegar- red wine or otherwise... throw in some basil, a red onion or even a sliced bell pepper if you like but let your tomatoes dominate the bowl. fill a tupperware and call it your lunch or cleanse your palate after a heavy dinner. they're ridiculously healthy, taste great and are [at least for me] a happy food.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

the fishphone

so some of you may or may not be familiar with the "fish card" ... there are a number of different versions put out by various organizations [ http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/mobile/sfw/ ] where you print out a card that you stick in your wallet that has a list of the safer more sustainable fish to eat and the unhealthy and endangered fish that one should try to avoid [rated in categories of green, yellow or red] ... well that was a great idea but now theres something even better, the Fishphone."FishPhone can be accessed... via your mobile phone simply by texting 30644 with the message "FISH," followed by the name of the fish in question. You'll soon receive a response text with the makers of the service, Blue Ocean Institute's, assessment. And if your seafood of choice ends up being of dubious quality or harmful to the environment, they'll offer some better alternatives." http://www.coolhunting.com/archives/2008/10/fishphone.php

this is a great resource and extremely helpful if youre undecided in a restaurant or a grocery store. every little bit helps, especially when it comes to overfishing.

Monday, October 13, 2008

i <3 air france


i absolutely love air france for a number of reasons... most importantly (just after safety) is the food and booze. you get full healthy meals with a variety to snack on including fresh bread and cheese and no charge for wine.. then there's continental. which blows... densely processed meats with a mediocre ranch dressing salad and a diabetically sweet dessert. all plus 5 USD / bottle of wine.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

fried potatoes

takes just a couple minutes to do and makes a great side for any meat or fish. either wash the outsides of the potato very well or peel - then cut into slices- be sure theyre all about the same width so they the cooking time wont vary. in a pot or saucepan heat an inch or so of vegetable oil and just when it starts to sizzle add a layer of the potatoes. after a 2-3 minutes turn them till each side is golden brown. remove from the oil and let them sit on paper towels to absorb excess oil. sprinkle with salt or crushed garlic and parsley for added flavor.

tip: try frying hot peppers first then the potatoes in the same oil for a spicier dish.

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Hi there, my name is Giacomo and I enjoy things delicious. Long story short, my parents moved from Italy to NJ where I grew up (and loved it) but found myself in Washington, DC fourteen years ago and haven’t yet found an excuse to leave. Food has always been a huge part of my day and life… from happy times, sad times, holidays, drunken escapades and all the rest in between, I’ve usually spent a good portion of that time putting something in my mouth. I guess I started this blog a little while ago to keep track of what I was cooking and places I’d eat-- simply because my friends were always asking “how do you make this” or “where do you get that” but surprisingly over time I guess real people started reading too. SO, take a look around and let me know what you think. You’ll see that the backbone of lots of my food is Italian but I manage to cover most bases. Thanks for stopping by. BUON APPETITO!

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