italian boy

italian boy

Monday, June 27, 2011

READER CONTRIBUTION: Gyro... in Greece

My girl Tanya is in Greece and just texted me her gyro.  Nuff said.  I need to get out more.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

GOOD FIND: Santa Cruz Peach or Cherry Lemonade

I haven't posted a "Good Find" in a minute but holy frijoles these are so good.  Just found peach lemonade and cherry lemonade at Whole Foods.  So great and refreshing for the summer and I'm thinking not a bad mixer with some vodka crushed ice and mint garish.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

steak and cheese sub

So there's a ton of varieties of how you want your steak and cheese and at some point you have to try all of them.  This is a super fun version that's GREAT for a cookout or to prep for a back yard keg party.  Get a better-quality cut of beef and cut it into bit-sized cubes or strips.  Personally for this I like tenderloin since they'll be small chunks and its better if they're not chewy or tendonous.  Combine with some chopped green peppers and onions, season with some salt and just a bit of olive oil then either toss in a grill wok over fire or sautee on high in a shallow pan on the stove.  Once it's cooked to your liking spoon some in a toasted sub roll and here's the kicker, ladle about a half cup of melted Velveeta over top.  That might sound ridiculous but it's fantastic.  A little class, a little Kmart, this tenderloin-Velveeta steak and cheese will be the talk of your party.  Oh and to stay with the street vendor tradition, be sure to serve in aluminum foil!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

REVIEW: Tsunami Sushi & Lounge, Washington, DC

FANTASTIC!  I've been a sushi/japanese food snob for years and this was amazing and a great price.  Tanya got one of the sushi lunch specials (they actually have real-size sashimi) and I grabbed the tonkatsu (fried pork) which maybe have been hands-down the best I've had outside of Osaka.  Weekday lunch time is empty so no problem if you're a larger group. Tsunami Sushi & Lounge, Upstairs from ThaiTanic, 1326 14th Street NorthwestWashington D.C., DC 20005-3611(202) 588-5889

yellow rice and seafood.

Seafood and yellow rice- 25 minute total cheat recipe that 100% of the ingredients can be hiding in your freezer or cupboard.  Prep a standard yellow saffron rice, if you want even get the already seasoned dry rice, get your water to boil and just when you drop in the rice (for 4 people), throw in two cups of frozen chopped mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, onion), and 3-4 cups of cut frozen mixed seafood (scallops, shrimp, calamari), add butter or oil as directed on whatever rice  you choose, let that come to another full boil (covered), then shut off the heat and let that steam itself for 15-20 minutes.  If the rice is still watery, turn the heat back on and simmer uncovered for a few minutes and if it's to dry and slightly crunchy, simmer gently uncovered and add water 3/4 of a cup at a time till its perfect. Add some chopped parsley and you're DONE.

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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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