Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sam Choy’s Award Winning Poke Recipe (with notes by me)

2 lbs. fresh raw ahi tuna, cubed into 1/2 to 3/4 inch squares
3 oz. chopped green onion
3 oz. diced onion (many Hawaiian places use Maui onions which are hard to find on the Mainland, you can use Vidalia, it should be on the sweeter side for an onion)
2 oz. chopped ogo (fresh seaweed - hard to find outside Hawaii)
1 tsp. red chili flakes
2 tbs. soy sauce
2 tbs. sesame oil
Hawaiian red salt to taste
Kukui nut (inamona) - also hard to find outside Hawaii

Combine all ingredients and chill. Sprinkle more chopped green onion tops and some sesame seeds on at this point if you want it to look more festive. You can also play around by adding other stuff like wasabi for wasabi poke or adding in furikake or avocado, etc. Be careful with the soy, too, as a little goes a long way in this dish. 

PRO-TIP: The hardest ingredients to source will be the inamona (crushed kukui nut), ogo limu (fresh Hawaiian seaweed), and Hawaiian red salt. You can make poke without these three ingredients, or by subbing in crushed macadamia nut for the inamona. But something always seems missing to me when I cut them out of the recipe. There’s something about the nuttiness of the inamona that makes the poke taste even richer.

Using all these “secret” ingredients is what really takes this poke recipe to another level. 

I make my own inamona by roasting and crushing raw kukui nuts. They may be labeled “candle nuts” or “kemiri nuts” at the store and are a staple of Indonesian & Malaysian food. Kalustyan’s in NYC carries them.

You can get the ogo online, freeze dried from NOH Foods, and it reconstitutes fairly well. You can get this on Amazon or on the NOH Foods web site. NOH also sells poke “mix” packets with the freeze dried ogo, salt, chili pepper flakes, and sesame seeds, but it’s $3.75 for a small 0.4 oz packet. Fresh ogo seaweed is flown in to Japanese stores on the West coast (like Marukai) but I don’t know if they do that anywhere else.

Any specialty spice store will have the Hawaiian red salt.

An an intimate reading of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Horror at Red Hook, followed by cocktails in the Suydam family mausoleum, hosted at Green-Wood Cemetery by Atlas Obscura. 

Readings by authors Clay McLeod Chapman and Bess Lovejoy along with historian Mitch Waxman.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Tuesday, October 22, 2013



Meet the family behind prosthetic eyeballs

Ever wonder where prosthetic eyes come from? Some pharmaceutical giant? A loud, whirring assembly line in a far-flung country? Try a few small families, who keep their craft close to their heart…and their bloodlines.

Universities don’t offer course work in ocularistry, with its odd blend of art and science. The only real way to learn the trade is to apprentice yourself to another ocularist, if you can find one willing to train you. Most opt to keep their secrets within their families.

"I equate it to being a blacksmith in the old days," ocularist David Gougelmann says. "Children followed in the footsteps of the father."

But like all families, the ties that bind can also eventually snap:

"Most families in the field of ocularistry have some kind of conflict," Gougelmann says. The son of a father who worked until he was 78 — "I don’t know many ocularists who’ve ever retired" — he chalks it up to a tension that exists in family businesses of all kinds.

"There’s this difficulty letting go," Gougelmann says. "You brought somebody into the business. At what point do you treat him as a peer? At what point do you relinquish the reins?"

Read more in our latest Column One feature.

Photos: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Too freaking cool.

Architect Adam Kushner’s new home on Minetta Lane. Photographed for Open House New York.

Kushner plans to renovate the residence using 3D printing, leaving the existing facade, but also pushing the living space back and adding a waterfall and rock-climbing wall. His inspiration, he said, was thinking about shelter found in the hollows of trees.

Here’s some photos of his old apartment, which he sold recently.

Monday, October 21, 2013

John Coltrane at the Guggenheim, New York City, 1960

Today is also the Guggenheim Museum’s 54th birthday!


John Coltrane at the Guggenheim, New York City, 1960

Today is also the Guggenheim Museum’s 54th birthday!

(Source: aquariumdrunkard)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Graham Hill’s amazing LifeEdited Apartment, which packs over 1,000-sq-ft of functionality in only 420-sq-ft of space.

Photographed for Open House New York.

From top:

(1) Two pull-down guest beds and extra storage closets; (2) sliding wall with home office can be moved along a track on the floor to hide entire guest bed area entirely

(3) View of kitchen and bathroom from living room, displaying a pull-out dining room table “frame” tucked under kitchen counter

(4) Dining table frame, when pulled out and expanded, can seat up to 10 people (shown without the panels that make up the table surface)

(5) Dining room table panels and stackable chairs, neatly stored in the closet; (7) privacy curtain also pulls out from a panel in the closet

(8) Master bed being pulled down from the wall, without disturbing items on the shelf

(9) Master bed, with shelf that also acts as the bed’s “legs”

Saturday, October 19, 2013
This is not rocket science. You can’t over play. You can’t record too much music. You can’t connect with your fans too much. Rest assured, most bands will not do it enough. Most of them all have the same problem. They are lazy. Most adults wake up 5 days a week and go to work. They work somewhere between 40 and 70 hours a week at their job. Very few bands work this hard.

Rich Holtzman, Manager of Portugal. The Man via Portugal. The Man: A Band In Love With The Road.  The full PDF is here.   (via garychou)

The new UrbanGlass facilities at BRIC House in Brooklyn.

Photographed for Open House New York.