Post-Bar Exam Celebration – Brooklyn Girl Eatery

After three months studying for the bar exam, and existing primarily on coffee shop sandwiches, I am back…Kathleen and I have several posts to share with you. Enjoy!

The evening after the bar exam, Kathleen took me to the new Brooklyn Girl Eatery in Mission Hills. Brooklyn Girl has only been open a couple of months, but is already doing a booming business. There are several communal eating tables for which you do not need reservations, plus a bar area, and a dining room.

Our first court was clams casino. The clams were prepared wonderfully, and the broth was delicious. We did however get a small  amount of grit.

For our main course we shared the Roasted Duck for Two in a Ginger and Honey glaze. Even with a roasted preparation the fat was rendered pretty nicely. The glaze was delicious.

Perhaps the most successful dish (and I never say this) was dessert. Kathleen had the Key Lime Pie in a Jar, and I had the Brooklyn Bomb Shell Brownie with Salted Caramel and Creme.

All in all a very tasty first meal back from the bar.


Kathleen’s Post Half Marathon Meal

Kathleen kicked butt in the San Diego Half Marathon Sunday! She finished in an incredible 2:03!

For her post-half-marathon dinner I made her grilled ribeye steak with a parsnip puree and a roasted golden beet and feta cheese salad. Yummm.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Marine Room

For Valentine’s Day this year we went to the Marine Room at La Jolla Shores. The food was very good, the views spectacular.

For appeteizers we had a Cypress Grove Purple Haze Goat Cheese Brûlée with farmer’s

market greens, rye crisp, cassis coulis carob honey vincotto and the Lobster Bisque. For the main course I had Sea Salt Crispy Skin Market Sea Bass with celeriac puree, boudin blanc , baby brussels sprouts preserved tomato, and hazelnut pesto. Kathleen had Pistachio Curry Crusted Rack of Lamb with leek st andre brioche torte, mission fig compote, and harissa oil thyme infused madeira.

Christmas Dinner

Kathleen and I cooked Christmas dinner for my parents, Casey and Babe…

For appetizer we had crabcakes with a tarragon aioli. The main course included a Garlic Prime Rib with a Red Wine Jus, Roasted Garlic Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes and Green Bean Bundles in a Sweet Onion Vinaigrette.

With dinner we had a terrific champagne and courtesy of my dad the first 100-point Parker wine we have ever tried – a 2007 Verite La Muse.





Birthday Dinner at Nine-Ten in La Jolla

Because of finals it has been a while since our last post…and we have a lot of updates coming at you…starting with my birthday dinner with one of the hottest restaurants in San Diego…Nine-Ten.


Kathleen had the FALL FRUIT SALAD:
pear, persimmon, pomegranate seeds, roasted apple puree, endive, radicchio, watercress, apple-ginger vinaigrette

I had a Chilled Lobster Salad

Main Courses:

grilled figs, leeks, braised cabbage, bacon, cannellini bean puree, 18 year aged balsamic & duck jus

fennel, thumbelina carrots, chanterelle mushrooms, cranberry beans, parsnip puree, pine nut orange relish

For dessert Kathleen had a half-baked chocolate cake and I had the Strauss Yogurt Panna Cotta.

Photo Recap of Thanksgiving

Here it is…





Cajun Cornbread Stuffing with Andouille Sausage:


Raspberry Jello Surprise:


Green Beans Provencale with Carmelized Pearl Onions and Toasted Almonds:


Honey-Dill Roasted Carrots:


Thanksgiving Kitchen Sink Salad with Candied Pecans and Cranberries:


Broccoli Salad:


Cynthia’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce:


Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Crumble:





The Night Before Thanksgiving

For our 11 1/2 readers and one subscriber (thanks Ryan) we just knew you couldn’t wait until tomorrow to learn our Thanksgiving plans…well, we are hosting and cooking for 12 people (oddly enough half of whom are our loyal readers).

We started cooking tonight and we will be up early again tomorrow morning to get going. Here is the menu, check in tomorrow to learn about any disasters…and if you were here to experience the disasters, well then screw you for rubbing it in!

1. Assorted Cheeses (thanks to Vennisimo Cheeses and the Coughlan parents)
2. El Indio Chips and Siesels Feta Dip
3. Spinach Salad with Cranberries + Candied pecans (Ben)
4. Homemade Pumpkin Curry Soup (Ben and Kathleen)
5. Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble (Ben)
6. 15lb Turducken (Ben)
7. 10lb Turkey (Jenny, Mark and Robert)
8. Honeybaked Ham (Babe + the Honeybaked company)
9. Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Ben)
10. Cajun Cornbread Stuffing with Andouille Sausage (Ben)
11. Old Fashioned Stove Top Stuffing (the Stove Top company – some things are just good as is)
12. Roasted Honey Dill Carrots (Kathleen)
13. Chilled Broccoli Salad (Joe and Cynthia)
14. Homemade Cranberry Sauce (Joe and Cynthia)
15. Green Beans Provencale with Pearl Onions and Toasted Almonds (Ben)
16. Homemade Raspberry Rhubarb Pie (Kathleen)
17. Homemade Pumpkin Pie (Kathleen)
18. Apple Crumble Pie (Babe)
19. Raspberry Jello Surprise with Cream Cheese and Marshmallows (Leslie)

A bit ambitious? Maybe. Lots of leftovers? Definitely. If anyone leaves here hungry they are not human.