Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spina

Spina

Back in March, I was invited to a pasta tasting at Spina in the East Village, so I tapped Minty to join me. The menu had the logo embossed on its leather cover… kinda cool. As this was a tasting, everything was chosen for us. First up: wild mushroom polenta; goat cheese polenta covered with wild mushrooms and chicken jus. I loved the wild mushroom assortment on top, but was less enamored of the goat cheese polenta. However, Minty raved about this and said it was both his favorite dish of the night and that he wanted more. Next up: [...]

Plant Cafe Organic

Plant Cafe Organic

Something you may not know about me: I actually really like salad. I really enjoy a well-made, delicious salad. Yes, I said delicious. With the right combination of ingredients – and I don’t mean “a can of tuna + mayo” or “diced chicken + mayo” (which are yummy in their own right, done properly) – a salad can be a totally filling, satisfying, incredible meal by itself. Even without meat, though the one I’m about to share with you has meat. I normally don’t share with you just how many salads I eat – I crave raw veggies like no [...]

Hospoda

Hospoda

I recently had the absolute pleasure of checking out some of the newest beer dispensing technology in NYC at Hospoda on the Upper East Side. Unfortunately, as I’ve proved to myself time and time again, I’m not a real beer drinker. I love my IPAs and that’s about it. Some people might say that makes me a beer drinker – as I know plenty of people who can’t drink IPAs – but I don’t even know what my point is anymore. Let’s just say, I went to Hospoda and while their new drafting system is really interesting… which uses pipe [...]

Beretta, Tartine Bakery, and Hong Kong Lounge 2

Beretta, Tartine Bakery, and Hong Kong Lounge 2

As y’all probably know, I visited my home away from home – the Bay Area – recently for about three weeks. I gave a pictorial account of what I ate while I was there (SFG kindly cooked for me quite a bit!), but reserved some photos for their own posts… taken with my small point & shoot instead of my phone. Here we go! Dating someone who works super late means finding places that stay open late… or claim to, anyway. Luckily, the Mission is filled with such places, and one of my first nights in SF, we headed to [...]

Turning 32 on the East Coast with Daniel Boulud

Turning 32 on the East Coast with Daniel Boulud

Apologies for the extreme delay and leaving you with very little to read! As many of you know (those who follow me on Twitter, in any case), I departed for the west coast in mid-October. I was unexpectedly delayed there when Hurricane Sandy struck, and was only able to come back a few days ago. I hope you are all well and mostly unaffected by the storm… my heart goes out to those who were more affected than I was. I am back now, and will attempt to get back on schedule somehow, and return to making your tummies rumble! [...]

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