Friday, July 25, 2014

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]

Sushi Yasu – Refresh

July 16, 2014 by  

Sushi Yasu – Refresh

I actually go to Sushi Yasu fairly frequently, but I usually get the same things so I don’t post about it every time – just photos on Instagram every once in a while. In any case, I recently popped in for a bite and saw a new item (fluke usuzukuri) on the menu, so I decided to try it. They had a kitchen back-up that day, so the food took a while – which they warned us of ahead of time, and we were both fine with it. Despite that, they also brought us some edamame on the house to apologize for the wait. This may be because they recognized BFF and I – we both go there regularly, with and without each other – because the table next to us had a guy who was kind of like “I would like something free too” – but they didn’t wait as long as we did, either. Anyway, the fish in my dish was extremely fresh. Unfortunately the local fish they describe – I believe that when it’s at its freshest, there’s little to no discernible taste. I enjoyed my dish, but doubt I’ll order... [continue reading]

Current Obsessions

July 14, 2014 by  

Current Obsessions

I have a fairly obsessive nature, which you may or may not realize. I get attached to something and basically eat or make it every day, every other day, it’s usually unreasonable regardless… and not all of it is food! Though a large portion of it is. Anyway, I’m a big believer of telling people about the things I like, and encouraging people to try them… not just to help spread the word, but also, how else can you figure out if you like the same things as me? So here are a few things that are currently the focus of my attention – food and otherwise! Let me know if you try or have tried any and what you think! Macaron ice cream sandwiches from Francois Payard Bakery (multiple locations; check website). The salted caramel is awesome, but so are the passion fruit cheesecake and pistachio raspberry flavors. $5 each – these are 1/3 of the sandwiches, the pictures are from a tasting I did and I didn’t want to eat 3 full ones. I should have though… SO GOOD. I’m also loving – I don’t... [continue reading]

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