It’s not often that you encounter someone so passionate about what they do to the point of perfection. Sharing the same values and also being a self taught chef, Yuji instantly made a connection with us. We mentioned how no food should be wasted, you should taste every ingredient that is mentioned on a menu, and how we hated that tasting menus got progressively heavier as the meal progressed. We also stated that we hate when we go to popups or supper clubs and you either: leave hungry, feel ripped off, or the food is cold with a makeshift kitchen. He happily obliged on all points. Continue reading →
You wil be amongst the first to taste the Malaysian food Truck/Cart hitting the streets of Manhattan by storm. Mamak is Indian Style Malaysian food, something new to the scene. A fusion of sorts, it incorporates the best herbs and spices to give you a satisfying hearty meal. Full menu MENU 1 | MENU 2 will be on display so you can follow them on twitter as well as a take home flyer for a future discounted visit! Follow @LoveMamak
We hope you can join us as Mamak Rendang as graciously offered to give us a first taste at their new culinary creations. The location of this event will be in FiDi (Financial District)
Always in support of the little guys, we love the notion of bringing a full-time Night Market to Manhattan. If some of you may recall, we did partake if their event last April in which we served gizzard dumplings :) | BUY TIX
Ok, we’re done hibernating from the cold. It’s time to kick some ass in the kitchen again. Inspired by the Freestyle Cooking, the next i8 Supper Club will have no menu. Here’s to hoping you can join us! Click above to RSVP
UPDATE: We feasted and drank to our heart’s content. Check out the Pineapple Short Rib Shrimp Fried Rice above!PICS HERE
It was such a pleasure to cook for a repeat guest and her party of a dozen beautiful women. The menu was left to our capable hands and everyone left happy. This dinner was lighter and safer than our liking, but that was intentional. The ladies needed room in their tummies to go boogie the night away afterwards Check out this food porn of the duck breast from @EatMeaty.
Indulgence over the festive period is always on everyone’s agenda. It’s the one time you’re allowed to kick back and have a lot of what you fancy, with no consequences of your excesses, right?
Not exactly. Your body doesn’t have an internal clock which shouts ‘hey it’s Christmas, so now is the time to deal with fat and sugar in exactly the same way you would vegetables and salad!’ You may relax mentally, which is no bad thing this time of year, and the certain consequences of overeating, drinking and partying on your body may mean you’re happy to deal with them at a later date.
After the high comes the comedown, and the new year is a perfect time to grab the opportunities which may come your way in this fresh chapter. Making sure your steer clear of what may have made the last year a difficult one – be it drink, drugs, overworking or overeating – and starting anew, getting the right treatment as well as giving your body the chance to recover, will give your mental health a break it needs too.
So here are some handy hints on what to do once you’ve finished having all that fun and feel it’s time for that detox:
Drink water. Might sound simple, but it’s surprising how many people only let caffeine or alcohol pass their lips. Get hydrated. It’s easy. Try to go for at least one litre a day, or if that’s too hard to keep track of, just keep a topped-up bottle near you to sip from constantly.
Give your kidneys a break by avoiding black tea and coffee. And alcohol while you’re there. Go for your herbal tea of choice and stick to water (see above), and fresh juices such as apple, beetroot, carrot and cucumber which are wonderful for cleansing out toxins.
Eat food that’s as fresh as possible and in its most natural state. So that means try to stay away from rich sauces even if you are cooking fresh, and avoid processed ready-meals and snacks. You can keep the goodness in food by steaming or poaching where possible.
Fill up on vegetables and fruit as much as you can. In fact, try to eat at least five portions per day while on detox. Give yourself as much variety as you can.
Reduce your intake of animal products. Dairy equivalents can be found in soya or nut milks; proteins can be found in lentils, seeds, beans and nuts.
Get plenty of sleep. Recharge your batteries and your body will thank you for it.
Start an exercise plan. It doesn’t have to start out with all guns blazing. Just start a little at a time and build it up. You’ll be amazed at how you’ll begin to feel.
Exercise is also a tool which helps the mind as well as body. Yoga or Tai Chi are great to help calm down your thoughts and are generally good for the soul. As you feel your body getting stronger, so will your mind.
Enjoy the quiet after the storm. Some people find the drought of social interaction straight after Christmas a bit like rejection and grief. Especially if you’ve been surrounded by loved ones and you’ve had a good time. But accept that that is the way festivities work, be glad of them, but also be glad of the relieving quiet time you now have time to get yourself in order and relax. Read a good book and enjoy the time to hibernate.
Make room for all those presents and new beginnings by having a spring clean. Some cultures have done this ritual for centuries for exactly the same reason. Out with the old, in with the new, and all in a fresh, clean home.
Start something new. Give yourself something to aim for and something to look forward to. Book yourself onto a night class or online course, take up salsa dancing or actually make steps towards doing that hobby you’ve always wanted to. You’ll be amazed at how invigorating and exciting a new start can be, even if it’s small.
Don’t fight it. If you know you’re having a dark day, take the small steps that you know will help you feel better, rather than beating yourself up for not doing the big things. Know that your mood will calm down and you will find your place. If you think you are seriously depressed and need mental health professional help, you must seek it.
It’s been too long since the last party. Long time no see. Let’s catch up with good beats and great company. Make new friends, reacquaint with old ones, go gangnam style or be a wallflower. It’s up to you, my lovelies. Just know that these parties are infamous for inadvertently hooking singles up. You know who you are.
It’s BYOB. A bottle of liquor gets you in. Into who or what, that’s up to you. Please leave the farm animals at home.
Drink responsibly. Or not, it’s your liver. Who cares, it’s the weekend.
UPDATE: What a blast cooking. 5 courses for $25 was the steal of the century. BYOB too! PICS HERE
For those who missed out, we’ll be resuming our Supper Club Dinners soon. October theme TBD, but always a diaper dandy!
P.S. A lil birdie told me there may be a private loft party soon in October as well, so stay tuned for details!
Our next i8 Supper Club will be held at the @Meal_Ku TriBeCa Loft. They are subsidizing this event so tickets are half price, plus you get a 5th course..FOR ONLY $25! It will also be a BYOB dinner but definitely one you don’t want to miss! We are maxing capacity at 14 seats. Tickets were announced via our Twitter, so if you want the scoop first, Follow us: @i8and8. There are still 4 tickets for sale as of 9/22. Hope to see everyone there! BUY TIX
Replacing Todd English’s former CrossBar space at the Limelight Marketplace, he is back at it again with Chateau NYC, a French restaurant with dishes that are sure to please. Fortunate enough to get a first taste of the menu, we were excited to see what this was all about. We were especially fond of the dish above, a perfect dish for the Summer season. Check out the album here and see for yourself if the trip is worthwhile.
Chef Danny Bowien is quickly rising amongst the transplant Chef world, making his presence known with tons of media coverage. We picked up an issue of Bon Appetit to check out the latest ongoings in the food world. Low and behold, there’s Danny again headlining the magazine with Andrew Knowlton reflecting on their recent trip to eating up Chengdu. They even have a book out publishing their recipes. With much fanfare surrounding the opening, we wanted to satiate our need to know why the SF mainstay is much heralded…. Continue reading →
Don’t believe the hype. It’s a sequel. -Public Enemy
Hyped by many as the young Rick Bayless of the East Coast, Chef Alex Stupak left as pastry chef of wd-50 to open Empellon Taqueria in the West Village. A few years later, he opened to rave reviews of what many consider to be a Mexican crown jewel in the East Village. We’re talking about none other than Empellon Cocina, taco free edition. After numerous recommendations by friends, we finally caved and paid them a visit… Continue reading →