Saturday, September 27, 2008
I love this restaurant. The menu reads like a frickin' petting zoo. Rabbits and goats and lambs... Mmmm, gimme gimme gimme. Alex had the gnocchi with fava beans in creamy rabbit sauce (shown) and I had lasagna with goat meat. They also had nice little hens and fishes and plenty of pigs. And wood-oven baked peach torte with hazelnut ice cream. Ok. I'm gonna go do some push-ups.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I used to be obsessed with Pinkberry but after a month living in corporate housing across the street from one, it started to get boring and so I've strayed. I've been dabbling in Red Mango, Yogurtland and now today 16 Handles. Pros: its DIY, there are 16 flavors to Pinkberry's 2, and countless more toppings including nostalgic Golden Grahams. Cons: the handles poop the ice cream out at turtle speed which is annoying and I presume on purpose, to prevent user accidents. But whatever. And the peanut butter yogurt sucks. It doesn't taste like much of anything. Why is good PB fro-yo so hard to come by? My quest continues. -A
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
might scratch. It sort of but not quite all the way did. Not saying I
wouldn't go back, but also not telling all my friends to go right
away. Sigh. Can someone from San Francisco FedEx me two Al Pastor
tacos from El Tonayense? Please?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
So supposedly, this is the first Ray's Pizza in Manhattan. Out of curiosity, I did a little Wiki search on it, and the story is pretty funny. Lots of mob shit, and there's even an FBI surveillance photo of the owner. You can read up on it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray's_Pizza
Anyway, the pizza was good. I had a pepperoni rocotta and a cheese slice. The ricotta, while interesting, didn't add much. It felt like empty calories.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We hit Lupa again. Popped in unannounced and sat at the bar for some wine and pasta. I had Tagliatelle with pork shoulder, which was delicious because it contained pigs. And the lady had the Carbonara which was nice and peppery with a lot of bacon. I think it may have been guanciale, or as i like to call it, "face bacon."
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
An observation from someone who just moved to New York from the West Coast - Dunkin Donuts might be even more ubiquitous than Starbucks in New York. That can only be the result of a willful resistance by a LOT of people to overpay for something that should be free or at least very cheap. Although, it should be noted that even at Dunkin Donuts, a cup of regular coffee is somewhere around two dollars. Anyway, I'm not going to describe my donut or my coffee here. That would be stupid.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I've heard a lot about NY bagels but how has noone told me about the cream cheese? After going to this place on Carmine at Bleecker I would contend that NY's bagels are a mere vehicle for its real star - cream cheese. Gourmet Deli's glass cases are filled with trays piled high with Philadelphia's finest, mixed with delicious things like fresh crumbled bacon & cheddar. And they really slather it on there. My only regret was that I didn't grab a knife, or at least napkins. Using my fingers to redistribute some of the cream cheese got a little crazy.
We rolled into Dim Sum GoGo on the way to a bar last night because we were starving and there was a long stupid line in front of Joe's Shanghai. Anyway, we went in totally blind, and by sheer luck, it was pretty good. Now that I think of it, I'm not even sure I have the name of the place right—the names of places in Chinatown seem so haphazard. Anyway, I digress. It was good. Dim Sum can be a little scary sometimes. You don't really know what you're getting into every time you try a new piece. That's part of the fun I guess... until it's NOT fun. I guess.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Today I hit up the Green Pirate juice truck because I was thirsty and also because I like pirates. I ordered their signature blend of green apple, cucumber, celery with a hint of lemon and ginger. In truth it tasted more like celery, celery and celery with a hint of water. But I still like pirates. My favorite pirate joke: What do pirates wear to cover their peglegs? Answer: Arrrrrrgyle socks.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Hours after the Eggs Hussard at Pastis on Saturday, I plowed into a piece of lemon layer cake from Buttercup Bakery. Maybe I wasn't comfortable admitting that until now. Although in my defense I threw half of it away and I didn't pull it back out of the trash later either.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
cheese, so of course we ate it. My favorite part was the pink, pickled cabbage on the side. Think of it as Salvadorean Saurkraut.
Last night I ran down the street through Hurricane Hanna to pick up food from Mamoun's on MacDougal Street. Lamb Shawarma, Kafta, Hummus, Baba, Falafel, and a bag of grilled pitas. Our apartment smelled like King Kong Bundy's armpit for the rest of the night, but it was worth it. Big Love for Mamoun's. I want the smoky, cumin-y Kafta crumbled over my body and buried with me when I die.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
It was either that or the oatmeal.
Friday, September 5, 2008
So far the PB&J reigns supreme. And contrary to what you might expect it was downright wholesome. A viable lunch option and not at all too sugary. For a second, it even made me wish I drank milk.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Grabbed lunch at the Calexico Taco Cart on Wooster and Prince in SOHO today. I guess I didn't really have to say goodbye to Mexican food when I left San Francisco last week. This place was decent. In time, I will feel comfortable saying that it was great, but the Al Pastor tacos at the El Tonayense Taco Truck in San Francisco still occupy a big place in my heart.
Today was Labor Day, and it was beautiful out, so we just followed everyone to see what people do here when it's nice out and you don't have to go to work. It turns out, there's this MASSIVE park uptown. It's huge. It starts at about 59th St. and it must go for 50 blocks. Maybe even 51. Who'd have thunk there would be a big park right in the central part of Manhattan??
Dinner at Five Points. Another good one. We had a couple glasses of the pink wine. Do you like pink wine? I know I do. Dinner was an obscene grass-fed cheeseburger with some thick-ass bacon for the lady. And I had a baked pasta which was something like a deconstructed cheesy melty lasagna. And someone ordered the chocolate brioche bread pudding for dessert, which got eaten.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This is probably a case of two people unwittingly stumbling into one of the most popular places in town thinking that they are the first to discover it. But like I said, we just got here a few days ago. I don't know if this is the most popular fish and chips place in town, but it probably could be. It was delicious. I'd drop an F-Bomb in front of delicious, but I'm trying to cut back on F-Bombs. I had the Haddock, she had the Cod. Both were great.
Kombit is on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. It is a Haitian Creole restaurant. Haitian. As in Haiti. I guess when they're not dodging hurricanes and social upheaval, Haitians like Creole food. I liked it. Creole shrimp, beans and rice, and fried plantains.