Friday, August 1, 2014

Baseball

July 28, 2014 by  

Y’all know I love baseball… well, over the 4th of July weekend, I wound up going to two games, two different stadiums. Months ago, Eric got tickets for a bunch of us to go to Seinfeld night at MCU Park. Magic Loogie bobblehead! Honestly I don’t really care for Seinfeld – one of the few people in NYC who doesn’t, I bet – but I like baseball, and it turned out this game sold out. And it was a pretty crazy day at the park… AND the Cyclones got their butts kicked sideways and upways and downways, I think the final score was 13-1 or something equally RIDICULOUS. Regardless, the above is a photo of Dessert Zombie and my “buffalo tots” or tater tots with a healthy dollop of buffalo wing sauce (tasted like Frank’s Red Hot to me). Crisply fried, pretty good. I like. Before the game, I got a kid’s meal at Nathan’s – hot dog, fries, a drink and a toy that I handed off to someone else. As always, the hot dog is good. The fries are crap (I don’t like crinkle cut mealy... [continue reading]

Potatopia

July 25, 2014 by  

Potatopia

I may have detailed my love of potatoes here in the past, but let me reiterate: when a place called Potatopia opened last year, no less than ten separate people made sure that I knew about it. I was excited. I was ready to go. I was… irritated by early adopters crowding the place, and its location next to West 4th – I’m an East Village kind of girl – meant that I never happened to be nearby. Its counter service nature meant that it was awkward to tell friends “hey let’s go to Potatopia” for a meal – not really set up to be the type of place you go out of your way to visit, you know? I can be extremely patient – or really, I can be really laidback – about going to new places. I have a list of restaurants to visit, and even when I’m making plans with a friend, I rarely consult it. I let other people pick. I like me visiting new places to be more serendipitous, you know? So one random melty evening, while wandering towards home from an event, seeking sustenance… I realized... [continue reading]

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

July 23, 2014 by  

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

I have the greatest friends in the world. I’ve raved about them here ad nauseum, so I’ll just leave it this time at: friends who want to celebrate your personal victories and happinesses, however small or great, are friends to keep… and that’s how Dessert Zombie, Hungry and I wound up at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, which has been on my list forever and a day. I know many people who list this place as their personal favorite steakhouse in NYC, which is pretty high praise – we do not lack for steak. After a brief wait at the bar where we all imbibed – me perhaps a little too much too quickly – we were seated and bread appeared. Generously covered with by not overwhelmed by sesame seeds, I quite enjoyed the bread with the seeds. Good start. Hungry had apprised us ahead of time that there was an off-menu special of house bacon, $6/a piece. I didn’t take a picture to show scale, but these pieces were THICK, and HUGE. I ate maybe 1/3 of the very salty, smoky bacon, and took the... [continue reading]

Chivito de Oro

July 21, 2014 by  

Chivito de Oro

There’s this style of ‘steakhouse’ that I really like; South American countries have a firm grasp of how to take a skirt steak and turn it into amazing deliciousness. Marinate it and slather it in chimichurri… In any case, I’ve been going to Mi Tio to satisfy this urge for a very long time – I would say over 15 years – but the quality has continued to decline while prices continue to rise. This means I’ve been curious about finding a new place to scratch the itch for me, so when my friend John suggested Chivito de Oro, I grabbed my BFF and we drove over to the Jackson Heights establishment. We found parking in a snap directly across the street, too. We also arrived at just the right time; a huge table of over 10-12 people were leaving, so though there was a brief wait, it was just for the wait staff to clean off and reset the tables. We were seated within 10 minutes; when we were leaving later there was a pretty long wait it seemed. While we browsed the menu, our server brought over extra... [continue reading]

Zespri Kiwifruit Tasting

July 18, 2014 by  

Zespri Kiwifruit Tasting

I have a very strange relationship with kiwi, the fruit. As many of you know, my dog is named Keywee – which is pronounced “kiwi” (which I guess some of you may not have known, but I ask how else would you pronounce that?!). She is the light and love of my life, and I occasionally grace photos of her upon y’all. Like this one. Look at that face! That underbite! That look of “Mommy, why are you taking a photo of me? I just want a treat. Wah.” I’ve heard the question, “but she’s not green, why is she named kiwi?” more times than I care to count. I’ve perfected the pointed stare, with the long, slow, drawn out response: “Well, she’s brown and furry…” And I like to say I stopped eating kiwi when I named her Keywee. Because that’s just weird, isn’t it? (Although I named my other dog – of whom I lost custody a while ago – “Sandwich” and I surely did not stop eating sandwiches, though we called him Sammy more than Sandwich,... [continue reading]

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