July 17, 2014





















I was checking out the Consumerist and they reported that Fortune magazine has compiled a list of 9 “forbidden’ foods that have been banned in the US.   Here’s the list:

  • Trans fats:  Banned in: New York City
  • Raw milk: Banned in: 21 states
  • Absinthe: Banned in: The U.S. (sort of: Absinthe is legal in the United States, contrary to popular belief, as long as the spirit’s levels of thujone – a toxic chemical present in wormwood, one of the herbs used to make absinthe – do not surpass the Food and Drug Administration’s limit of 10 parts per million.).   Interestingly enough I was reading an article a few weeks ago and some researchers discovered that also back in the days the presence of thujone was way below the current limits.
  • Foie Gras:  Banned in: Chicago
  • Uncertified Chilean sea bass:  Banned in: The U.S.
  • Horse meat:  Banned in: California, Illinois and other states.  I did not know that this was banned.  Long story short my granpa owned lots of horses and sometime when they were not good for what he needed they would end up as Horse meat.  I was really a kid so I don’t remember any details, but I am pretty sure I never wanted to try it.
  • Wild Beluga caviar.  Banned in: The U.S.
  • Shark fins.  Banned in: The U.S.
  • High-fructose corn syrup.  On the endangered list in: San Francisco

Interesting list…

I have never been a baker.  So, when I need to make dessert I usually improvise and put together a few things.  My basic principle – everyone likes ice-cream with some liquor!

For this quick one I bought:

  • box of fresh raspberries
  • ice-cream (i think it was french vanilla – get a good one!)
  • angel food cake
  • liquor – i used triple sec.

Here it is:



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It has been a while since my last post.  I have been in Italy for quite a bit and I did some serious eating!!!

The bad news is that I am now back to a strict diet, the good news is that I have some good material to post!

I dined at the 3rd Floor Third Cafe many times for business.  It’s a great place to take partners that are visiting us for a few days.

Last night we went for the 25 for $25 dinner with friends. 

Bottom line:  the Fish Cafe has a “special” 30$ menu most of the year.  I would highly recommend to go for that one and not the 25$ one.  Don’t get me wrong,  the 25$ is still pretty good…it’s just not as good as the other one.   The major difference is that the 30$ menu is a subset of the regular menu  and the 25$ has different dishes (and no…that’s not a good thing).

One thing I really liked is that the special menu is easy to “discover”. The Fish Cafe gives you the 25$ menu along with the regular menu.  That’s very good.

Appetizers – I would give it a 6/10.  There’s really nothing special (shrimp cocktail, gyoza or a salad).  Yeah…they are good, but I could just have it at home!

Main – I would give it a 7/10.  The selection is limited to pasta with seafood creme sauce, lamb shank and something else.  We had the lamb and the pasta.  The lamb was tasty and tender.  My friends me told me that the pasta was good (I am anti-seafood-with-creme so I could not taste it).

Dessert – 8.5/10.  I would highly recommend the creme brulee.  It’s actually really good.  The other desserts are good as well.

Overall it’s an ok deal.  At the very end we ended up spending 45$/person (we had wine and coffee).  If you have never been there and you want to check out the place then this is a good opportunity.    But I would rather wait for the 30$ menu to be abck. The food is much better and definity worth the money.

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New guest author!

March 11, 2007

I am very happy to announce that we have a new guest author in our cucina: Lin Han. 

Lin is a big fan of the basic principles of easy, simple and fresh food.  She will be blogging about Asian food and Asian inspired dishes.  I have known her for many years and there are lots of things that standout about her cooking.  In particular, she is an explorer, so you get new recipes that often mix different cultures (for example pasta with fish eggs) and her plating is just awesome.  Of course it all tastes really good!

Check out her first contribution here

it has been way too long…

January 28, 2007

It has been way too long since my last post.  I have been busy on a few side projects (mostly wishpot) and had no time to post new recipes or reviews.  Anyway, enough with the excuses.  I do have a few recipes ready to go and I will be posting them over the next couple of weeks.

If you have specific requests let me know…