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head(banger)phones part 2

UPDATE to the update:  I’ve just uploaded my final presentation slides for the head(banger)phones in PDF format.  Download here.

This is an progress update on my final project for Physical Computing, the head(banger)phones.




Cooking Cuisine Food Recipe

Late Night Coconut Anchovy Fried Rice

coconut anchovy fried rice

Ever have one of those Friday nights where you start boozing too early and forget to eat, and then get home ravenous like a pregnant woman but only have random ingredients in the pantry?  Well, if you ever do, check out this recipe I improv’ed tonight.

A splash of olive and/or sesame oil
3 scallions, chopped
1 handful of edamame
1 tablespoon of dried coconut flakes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 canned anchovy filets in oil, chopped
2 fresh shiitake, chopped
1 bowl of room temperature or cold cooked brown rice
1 free-range organic chicken egg, beaten
Salt, pepper, Sriracha sauce and/or shichimi togarashi to taste

Heat up the oil in a frying pan and sauté the scallions, edamame, coconut, garlic, anchovies and shiitake until they start to brown.  Add the rice mix thoroughly.  Then add the egg and stir until the egg is scrambled and cooked through.  Season to taste and serve immediately.  I’ve heard it tastes great while drunk and an excellent cure for hangovers too!  😉

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Se Ja Meh: New Korean Restaurant in Lower Manhattan

Tonight for dinner, I went to try out the newly-opened Se Ja Meh (meaning 3 sisters in Korean, and alternately spelled “Seh Ja Meh” and “Se Ja Meh” in their site and menu – oops, oh well whatever!).  It’s located at 114 Greenwich St, just up the street from my apartment building.  Now that I no longer work by Koreatown, I have started to really miss my 3-4 day-a-week Korean food lunches.  Se Ja Meh definitely compares in price and quality to my Koreatown fav, Seoul Garden. Now that I have a Korean place on the block, I can probably spare myself the trip up to K-Town.

I ordered the yellow tail scallion roll (above) for a starter.  Ok, sushi is not Korean, but I wanted to check it out anyway.  The sushi was decent; fresh fish and slighty too mushy rice – a problem all too common at sushi places in New York, so I’m not going to be too much of a sushi snob and pick on them for this point.  If I have another sushi craving, I’ll just stick to my usual local fav, Takahachi Tribeca.

And here’s the panchan (side dishes) below that typically come included with your meal at Korean restaurants.  Everything is on par in the panchan department.

For my main, I ordered the kimchi soondooboo (kimchi tofu stew).  The stew was rich with plenty of soft creamy tofu.  The kimchi and chili infused broth was flavorful without being too salty and in the right proportion to the tofu and other ingredients, in other words, not too much broth, two problems that plague lesser Korean establishments.  WaWa Canteen, I’m talking to you!

The place is clean, tastefully minimalist in decor and the service super nice, so I’ll definitely be back.  Plus, the location can’t get more convenient.

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Kia’s Homemade Bake Sale

My friend Kia has just opened up a bakery business based in Jersey City, NJ, which also serves the NYC area. The baked goods look delicious!  Definitely check them out for the holiday season!

Kia’s Homemade Bake Sale

Cooking Cuisine Recipe

Avocado Anchovy Salad

anchovy avocado salad

‘Good’ fat and umami overload!

Peel and slice one ripe (but not too soft) avocado and arrange on a plate.  Top with anchovy filets, chopped parsley, cilantro and scallions, and shaved Parmesan cheese.  Season with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.