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“Freelancing is tough. Chicken baked parmesan It’s a grind,” Frank begins. Chicken parmesan sauce He’s referring to his work as a classical musician, having played trumpet professionally around the world over the last decade since he first moved to Washington Heights. How to make a chicken parmesan He still lives there with his wife and business partner, Nanae Mamuedi-Frank, and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.


Easy recipe for chicken parmesan “You have to be entrepreneurial as an artist,” he continues. What kind of cheese do you use for chicken parmesan “And I wanted to apply skills I had collected to a business model, for a bit more stability…something where the challenge is even higher than showing up for a gig, and something with a high level of reward for your work.”

Frank had spent a good chunk of time touring regularly throughout Japan (where his wife is from), playing with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Sufjan Stevens, Boys II Men, and Béla Fleck. Parmesan chicken bake He buried himself in learning about various regions’ food cultures, and continually came home with a great appreciation for the high level of hospitality he found across the board, everywhere from divey ramen shops to high-end sushi restaurants. Best foods chicken parmesan recipe The Franks are self-professed “food geeks,” having fallen in love over their shared obsession with Alton Brown and habits of fiddling with ramen and fried chicken recipes at home. What to make with chicken parmesan And so, after realizing their beloved Washington Heights neighborhood didn’t have a shop serving up the ramen they often made for themselves and craved on a regular basis, their business was born.

In 2013, the pair started running the café at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, preparing general sustenance platters like fruit and bagel spreads or doing full three-meal menus for recording or performing musicians. Parmesan cheese chicken That lead to catering for celebrities like Sting, which allowed them to save enough money to open official Tampopo Ramen booths with Urbanspace. What pasta goes with chicken parmesan They operated two years running at the Broadway Bites and Garment District pop-up markets for the spring and fall seasons. Italian chicken parmesan Craving their own brick-and-mortar shop, they started searching for spaces…and found themselves circling closer and closer to home.

When the Franks landed on their Bennett Avenue space — a five-minute walk from their apartment — Frank looked at the former bar and thought, “Great, we probably don’t have to do a lot of work to it.” But that wasn’t entirely true. Do you cover chicken parmesan when baking “We kind of knew nothing about the build-out process,” he says. Recipe for baked parmesan chicken “Eventually, the only thing we kept was the floor. Easy chicken parmesan recipes in oven So… Chicken parmesan breading recipe yeah. Chicken parmesan recept That happened. Parmesan chicken recipes baked We were novices.”

Rolling up their sleeves and talking to anyone who would offer advice, they soon learned that the other small food business owners in the neighborhood would be incredibly generous with their own experiences and expertise. Baked spaghetti with chicken parmesan Tampopo Ramen now has about fifteen employees, lines out the door, and plans for lunch, delivery, and a potential sidewalk-seating expansion. Best foods chicken parmesan The Franks continue to mix with their growing circle of patrons, spanning professionals who work downtown, Columbia students who come a bit farther uptown, and the dynamic mix of local families who now know them by name.

“Our place has entered into the lives of our locals, which is kind of what we wanted,” Frank says. Oven baked parmesan chicken recipe “The idea of creating the next great ramen shop was silly to me. Parmesan crusted chicken fridays We want to create a place that people love, and that’s going to be part of their daily lives.”

Just a few blocks from Tampopo, Frank was introduced to “the deli” by a fellow musician and now returns regularly for his breakfast sandwich. Simple chicken parmesan “They make amazing stuff here,” he says, nodding at the pastry and lunch counter of Fort Washington Bakery & Deli ( 808 West 181st street between Fort Washington Avenue and Pinehurst Avenue) . Parmesan crusted chicken outback “It’s blue-collar, functional food, but they do what they do on a really high level. Chicken parmesan oven baked Making a great breakfast sandwich is not that hard, but the ingredients have to be good.”

His order of “torta, chorizo, egg, no cheese” is an unexpected work of genius when he opens it up. Simple recipe for chicken parmesan The eggs and sausage are almost hidden beneath fresh avocado, bean paste, tomatoes, red onions, and peppers with the mingling aromas wafting up spicy and warm. How to make homemade chicken parmesan “It’s just awesome,” he claims. Chicken parmesan images “It’s no joke. Parmesan chicken recipe baked This is not your average bacon-egg-and-cheese situation. Parmesan chicken low carb I could not have survived opening our restaurant without this place.”

As we make our way across the street to Buddha Beer Bar (4476 Broadway), Frank recalls how the owner, James Lee, helped him before Tampopo Ramen’s pre-opening inspection. How to cook chicken parmesan pasta “He ended up popping in the night before our inspection with the Department of Health and basically asked us if we wanted him to tell us where we’d be getting fined, and what we had to make sure we had out and presentable,” Frank explains. How to cook chicken parmesan “He was generous with his time. All recipes chicken parmesan Now, when we have issues or questions about whether or not we should open for lunch or ponder a sidewalk café in the summertime, I feel like we have a network of people we can talk to.”

Jacqueline Raposo writes about chefs and food culture for various magazines and online publications, pulling her stories together on wordsfoodart.com. Easy to make chicken parmesan Having penned over 300 interviews with chefs on an international scale, she’s currently working on a book about their New York origin stories, Portraits and Plates of New York City. Chicken parmesan recipes easy delicious As hungry for laughter and love as she is for food, Jacqueline’s also the host of Love Bites on Heritage Radio, where the hottest brains in the hospitality industry fess up about their most sweet and sour dating and dining experiences. Chicken parmesan without tomato sauce Join her with pictures of delicious things on Instagram at @wordsfoodart.