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Keyaki, Tokyo

I was invited for a fancy lunch at The New Otani Makuhari Hotel recently. We took the elevator to the top floor and were escorted to a private room at KEYAKI, a teppanyaki restaurant with sweeping views of Tokyo…

We began the meal with a selection of beautifully presented bites, including tofu and wagyu beef tips…

The main course were incredible “Akagyu” steaks from Kumamoto Prefecture…

Grilled on the flat top…

To a perfect medium rare…

Served with grilled leafy vegetables…

They carved off but saved the excess beef fat…

Then used it to fry up some eggs…

Which was all mixed together for a wonderful fried rice…

Cheers!

Not the kind of joint I normally frequent, but after that amazing steak and the killer views, it’s one I’d happily go back to!

KEYAKI

Hotel New Otani Makuhari

2-120-3 Hibino

Mihama, Chiba, 261-0021

Japan

+81-43-297-7777

http://www.newotani.co.jp/makuhari/restaurant/keyaki/

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Heston Blumenthal’s “How to Cook a Steak”

On a recent flight to London, I watched a Heston Blumenthal special on different ways to cook various cuts of beef. His technique for how to cook what he says will be “the best steak you’ll ever eat at home” intrigued me. So I tried it out when I got back.

The recipe calls for you to buy a nice marbled ribeye…

Place it on a cake sheet and let it rest uncovered in your fridge for two days…

Remove it and warm to room temperature for two hours…

Sprinkle with salt only and fry in a super hot pan in a little olive oil…

Flip it every 15 seconds!

Continue for two minutes for rare, three minutes for medium…

Take the steak off the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing…

Sorry I don’t have pictures of it sliced, but it looked so good I devoured it before I even thought to bust out the camera.

I thought it was a great steak, cooked perfectly inside indeed! However, the slightly crusted exterior from the high heat came out a little too crispy for my liking.

Give it a go yourself and let me know what you think…

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Public House, Las Vegas

The PUBLIC HOUSE inside The Venetian was an unexpected and most pleasant surprise! We stumbled across it, intended to have a few beers, stayed for the food as the menu looked great, and had one of the best meals of the week! Here’s a look…

Twenty-four taps of craft beer, designed to look like an organ! A place to worship barley and hops…

Every craft beer bar or brewery I’ve visited always offers a flight of locals beers, which Public House surprisingly did not. However, they created one for me on request, with selections from Nevada brewers Joesph James, Tenaya and Big Dogs…

Now, on to those amazing menu items I mentioned. We started with their octopus and chorizo salad with fried chick peas…

The roasted red & yellow beet salad with endive, arugula and a walnut pesto…

Beer-brined chicken wings with a tomatillo chile sauce and avocado crema…

A wonderful steak tartare topped with grilled bone marrow…

And a dish that will make my “Top Ten Dishes of 2013” list, rabbit loin in porchetta…

This was unbelievably delicious!

Served with an amazing housemade bacon & onion mustard…

A match made in heaven…

And as it was our friend Chrissy’s birthday, we did birthday shots for dessert…

Whether you’re staying in The Venetian or not, Public House is definitely worth visiting for a good beer and great meal!

PUBLIC HOUSE

Inside The Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-407-5310

http://www.publichouselv.com

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Little Deli, Ilkley, UK

Woke up hungry and the rest of the house was still asleep, so headed across the street to a small British shop here in Ilkley, the Little Deli. I was told they sold pasties and rolls and pies and all sorts of classic British savory pastries, so had to check it out…

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Turns out the two women who run the place had just visited New York City in June and took inspiration from our delis and bodegas…

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I bought a couple local snacks to take back to the house, starting with sausage on a roll with brown sauce…

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A steak and ale pie…

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And a chicken and onion pie…

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A wonderful way to start the day!

LITTLE DELI

8 Little Lane

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8JE

United Kingdom

+44-1943-605040

Filed under England UK sausage steak ale chicken pie

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El Vilsito Taqueria, Mexico City

After introducing me to his favorite torta joint, my pal Luis Gantus felt obligated to also take me to his local, late night taco stand, EL VILSITO!

Here, let me get your attention first…

Attached to an auto repair shop, part of the garage gets turned into a dining room when the taco stand opens at night…

The first thing you see, and smell, when you walk up is the al pastor…

Heat cranked to produce sky high flames…

Pineapple on top…

We started with the house specialty, “gringa” tacos…

Al pastor topped with pineapple, cheese, onions, cilantro and a special salsa…

The three tacos on the plate all melt together, so you have to eat them as one big one, which gets quite messy rather quickly…

Messy, but beautiful…

As you can never have too many tacos, we then went with a couple of their steak and cheese combos. Sure, they may look a little plain like this…

But once you add a little local color…

It paints a much prettier picture!

The other specialty at El Vilsito is their “ceballito de cambray”, or grilled onions…

Topped with Maggi sauce, lime juice and salt, these were exceptional…

With aqua de horchata to wash it all down…

It’s amazing how busy the place is, with people at tables, the counter and standing in the street all looking to order and eat. Runners shuttle orders between the guys cutting the al pastor and the two cooks working a small kitchen…

Somehow it all works. You order, your food arrives in minutes, and you leave happy with a belly full of meaty Mexican goodness!!

EL VILSITO

Av. Universidad 248

Petén, Benito Juárez

Mexico City DF, 03020

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Yankee Stadium, NYC

We had the pleasure of being invited up to Delta’s Sky 360 Suite inside Yankee Stadium last week for the Subway Series. Here’s a quick look…

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First things first…

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Can’t go to a game and not have a grilled sausage with peppers and onions…

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Then this happened…

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They even had a sushi bar inside the joint…

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A simple salmon avocado roll…

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Then came the “Delta Yankee”…

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Most importantly, we finally got to watch Ichiro play! We haven’t seen him in action live since he was with the Orix Blue Wave in Kobe years ago.

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Cheers, Delta! Thanks for a wonderful evening!!

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Toast Monster, NYC

Avengers editor Tom Brevoort and I finally braved the lines at the Toast Monster cart last week and scored sandwiches before they sold out!

As every one of their sandwiches has been garnering great reviews, we decided to go for one of each of their three most popular offerings…

First up was the Chicken Pizzaiolo w/ Pepperoni…

"Chunks of Italian-seasoned chicken breast & thigh, pepperoni, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and grated parmesan cheese on two slices of garlic toast…"

Next was the former special recently made regular menu item, the Steak & Potatoes…

"Seared juicy strips of salt and peppered hanger steak, chunks of potatoes, and turkey gravy sandwiched between two slices of buttered toast…"

And last up was the sandwich that originally put them on the map, their Mac & Cheese w/ Sloppy Joe…

"Stringy mozzarella, macaroni, buttered toast, and a whole lot of cheddar cheese topped with a glob of our mouth watering meat sauce…"

While all three “sammiches” were pretty damn delicious, the Mac & Cheese w/ Sloppy Joe took the gold for me!

With no fixed address, you can find out where the Toast Monster cart is each day by following them on Twitter at @toastmonsternyc or checking their website at http://www.toastmonsternyc.com.

Come on, how could you not want a bite of this?!

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