Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rai Rai Ken

April 22, 2015 by  

Rai Rai Ken

This is from a date in late January… but it went well, and as a result I have nothing that I would share publicly. When you date people who work late hours, you become familiar with the late night eating scene. Luckily, late night ramen is a very real thing in our lovely city, and DFB and I worked out a list of places to hit. The first of them: Rai Rai Ken, which was actually one of the early entrants to the ramen game over 12 years ago. A former friend of mine used to LOVE this place, so I expected it to be at least satisfactory (though I find her to have ridiculously bad taste in just about everything, so I suppose I should have taken that to heart). We started off with an order of pork buns because, pork buns. These were awkwardly tough to eat – the pork wasn’t quite so tender that one could bite through it easily, and we both struggled. There was a heavy squiggle of mayo on the inside, which made the overwhelming taste of just fat and slippery goo on the inside. I didn’t care much for it, and DFB agreed that... [continue reading]

Levain Bakery

April 20, 2015 by  

Levain Bakery

COOKIES. For my brother’s birthday, I ran over to Levain and picked up 3 cookies – ostensibly one each for my mother, brother and I – to enjoy post-hotpot. Levain has long been lauded as some of the best cookies in the city, and yes I waited on a very long line that moved quickly for these… verdict? I’d picked up one of each kind of cookie offered (minus oatmeal raisin); dark chocolate chocolate chip, chocolate chip walnut, and dark chocolate peanut butter chip. Though it’s hard to tell in the pic, these are HUGE, dense cookies – there is no way I could have eaten a whole one in a single sitting. As it was, we took turns breaking off pieces of each cookie and comparing notes (which was a bizarre and fun exercise in how insane my family is about food, no joke)… and we each came to different conclusions. I was all about the dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie – the perfect darkness (very rich chocolate with only a hint of sweetness), crisp edges with a chewy center, melty almost creamy... [continue reading]

Traif

April 17, 2015 by  

Traif

I celebrated the first night of Hanukkah 2014 as any good Catholic girl would… by visiting a restaurant named Traif (which is the opposite of ‘kosher’). The menu changes constantly, so please bear with me while I try to recall all the specific details of each dish. I can tell you – spoiler alert – that I fully enjoyed nearly every dish we had, which is the sole reason I’m posting something 5 months after the fact. An amuse sent out for us while we browsed our menus – I thought this was okay. I believe maple parsnip or carrot puree… A lovely winter salad with beets, greens, and a lovely sweetness to it that I enjoyed. I don’t believe Guacamoleyes enjoyed it quite as much as I do, though we both liked it. A very interesting riff on fried chicken, biscuit and gravy – fried quail with a biscuit and some ridiculously rich, wonderful gravy over a biscuit… I would lick the plate if I wasn’t raised not to do such things (in public; at home all bets are off!). The fried... [continue reading]

Kambi Ramen

April 15, 2015 by  

Kambi Ramen

This was not a date. The day after Thanksgiving, Eric and I started off a long, long, LONG night of drinking by visiting one of his preferred ramen places. He suggested we start off with a refreshingly light radish salad that was a touch overdressed with sesame, but I enjoyed it… though I left behind a lot of dressing on my plate (as you can see in my next picture). See the plate on the right? That’s all the dressing I left behind. I’m not entirely sure why I decided to follow Eric’s lead – considering he eats far, far spicier than I do – but I ordered the spicy pork ramen. The egg was disappointingly fully cooked through – I like my eggs runny or at least creamy in the middle! – but the broth boasted tons of flavor that washed over the egg and solved any dryness problems I had. I quickly began sweating, though I continued eating and enjoyed it. It was just at the very threshold of my spice tolerance, and I enjoyed living on the edge so to speak! The noodles were perfectly al dente as I... [continue reading]

Root & Bone

April 13, 2015 by  

Root & Bone

There is no denying that I am a fried chicken expert. I eat fried chicken more often than most people realize – sometimes 3x in a week, sometimes 1x a month, I mean it varies based on where I am, who I’m seeing, and how I feel about my weight (which, at some point, I’m going to post about my relationship with my weight, but that’s far, far more personal than even my posts about my father, so that might take a while). I eat fried chicken a lot. It’s one of my absolute favorite foods. When done properly, it encompasses all the things I like about food in one bite: contrasting textures (crisp skin; tender meat), savory juices, eating with your hands… it’s just incredible how raw and real it is to share a meal with someone while using your hands, eating animal flesh nearly as close as possible to what it was when it was alive! Intimate, real, delicious… Oh yes – fried chicken, to me, must be on the bone. I prefer dark meat, but as long as someone isn’t making me eat white meat, I... [continue reading]

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