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Gyoza night! March 29, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in Everything else.

Brooklyn is having a restaurant week during March 23 – April 2, and my boyfriend and I took this opportunity to explore a new restaurant in my neighborhood.

We had a lot of left overs from other nights, so we weren’t really thinking about the $23 per person prix fixe dinner, but $23 for two people for brunch at a nice restaurant didn’t sound too bad. So we picked Alta Voce, an Italian restaurant in Park Slope.

It seemed like we were the second customer that day. There was only an older couple (both about in their 60’s) eating at a table. The place was classy but not fancy. Very cozy and warm. The service was very nice too. They had a piano, and a little after we sat down, the man from the older couple started playing the piano, and his wife/girlfriend (about the same age as the man) was adoringly looking at him play. It was very sweet. It looked like an scene from Porco Rosso. The food was good, and we also enjoyed our unlimited mimosa and bloody Mary. 😀 Even though it’s not supposed to be during restaurant week, the brunch is about $15, with unlimited mimosa/Champagne/bloody Mary! “Unlimited”!

Anyway, after we had good food and some drinks, we came home, and my boyfriend played some video games while I watched him play. Then we decided to make gyoza. A lot of them. My boyfriend made the skin from scratch, I made the filling from scratch, but we wrapped the gyoza together.

It may not look like it, but we made them really big. 😛 Some of them are twice the size of normal gyoza. But that’s what’s great about homemade food, right? We ate some for dinner, and froze the rest of them. (flash froze them first and put them into a ziploc bag) We only used half of the filling, so I guess we’ll be making more gyoza tomorrow night too! Gyoza is a great homemade frozen food, and for really cheap you can make them so much better than already made gyoza.

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I’ve been busy with preparing food and treats for BSG finale, and experimenting buns these couple of weeks, and haven’t been able to make as many as kyaraben as I wanted. But hopefully I can make some kyaraben to show this week!

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.


1. Heather - March 30, 2009

you may not be getting to make many kyaraben, but the tutorials & recipes are AWESOME & much appreciated. Thank you.

2. Kevin Mark - March 30, 2009

started reading your blog as I am fond of japanese stuff. Didn’t realize that your are a fellow brooklynite 😉 The folks at nycresistor would probably like your BSG/video-game themes, too!

3. Angel - March 30, 2009

home made gyoza are definitely the tastiest. I like seeing the recipes and the others food you make. Kyaraben is fun but this is good too. You should do what you feel like doing. Food is always fun!

4. s.a.s.h.a - March 31, 2009

I love your blog!

I wish my bf will come into the kitchen with me. That will be fun!

Homemade gyoza looks so good. I have only tried Wantons so far…

Keep going!

5. Ian - April 1, 2009

Omgs. You two are so deliciously nerdy ^_^

Kudos on your incredible creativity. I just make normal looking foods :3

6. Ana - April 2, 2009

Are you planning on posting a gyoza how-to? Those look delicious!

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