Sugar Rush’ed…

Friday, August 27, 2010 0 No tags Permalink 0

…for the week at Serious Eats New York. Plus, ‘Lunch for One‘ at Sophie’s Cuban and Vandaag ^_^

Lunch for One: Oxtail Stew at Sophie’s Cuban

Sugar Rush: Colazione Francese at Grandaisy Bakery

Sugar Rush: Boom Boom Berry from DessertTruck Works

Lunch for One: Vandaag

Sugar Rush: Simply Peeled…smoothies…
…and the Fruizo with fresh fruits.

First Look: Blue Smoke Bake Shop
…a peek at their Salty Chocolate Bar with Grilled JalapeƱos and Peanuts…
…and the ridiculously delicious Banana Cream Pie!

Sugar Rush: Peach Doughnuts at Doughnut Plant

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

NYC: Lunch: Eleven Madison Park

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 9comments No tags Permalink 0

Beet Marshmallows and Foie Gras & Jelly on Black Pepper Crackers

Last week, Shann, Smo, Darien and I met for lunch at Eleven Madison Park. It was the first time the four of us got together for a “fancy” meal during the day. The occasion? To celebrate moving into new apartments! I’m still in the East Village, three blocks south from the previous apartment, so the move process was thankfully not too big of a production ;)

Our usual standby restaurant when dining together is Grand Sichuan on St Marks. It has never failed us and everyone leaves stuffed and happy. Soup dumplings, cumin beef, beef chow funn, wontons in hot oil, and cucumbers with scallion sauce. Family-style dining, easy, and most importantly, delicious!

Gougeres

But this time we decided to do something nicer. And what’s nicer than lunch at Eleven Madison Park? Luckily we made it just before the menu changes. They’re doing away with the $28 for 2-course lunch and replacing it with $56 for 3-course and $95 for an 8-course tasting lunch. Cheee, talk about a price hike…

French Baguette and Olive Ficelle

I love the $28 for two-course deal and have posted about it in the past here. I don’t think I will be returning for the $56 lunch…but we’ll see about that. Maybe I’ll take the money “saved” from not doing EMP lunches, and go to Blue Hill at Stone Barns or Per Se, two places that have been on my mental list for a long time.

Fregola Sarda

Or maybe I’ll try to squeeze in another $28 lunch before the price hike takes place! On to lunch! The meal began with Beet Marshmallows and Foie Gras & Jelly on Black Pepper Crackers (pictured at top). The beet marshmallow left this tangy sort of after taste I couldn’t quite agree with, but it was texturally fantastic (miles better than the famed Jean George marshmallows). Then there were warm Gougeres and of course their French Baguette and Olive Ficelle.

Seared Diver Scallop

Shann started off with a single Seared Diver Scallop with Succotash, Watercress and Red Pepper Nage while Darien had the Fregola Sarda with Octopus, Chickpeas and Fennel. Smo and I both went with the…

Tagliolini with Alaskan King Crab

…Tagliolini with Alaskan King Crab, Black Pepper and Lemon. The pasta dishes at EMP are always just perfect like that, and this was no different. A kiss of dill in the bright, buttery pasta, a delicate tangle of tagliolini. So simply composed. The last time I had the tagliolini was when they did it in a carbonara with guanciale. I always find myself enjoying the appetizer dishes significantly more than then mains.

Herb Roasted Colorado Lamb

And what were the mains? The St. Canut Farm Cochon de Lait with Bing Cheries, Sweet Onion and Mustard for myself. Shann, Smo and Darien all got the Herb Roasted Colorado Lamb with Eggplant, Cumin and Yogurt. I was so focused on getting a photo of Shann’s lamb that I completely forgot to take a photo of my own dish! Man…that’s when you know you’re losing it! ;) Has anyone had the whole roast chicken for two here? That is the one dish I really would like to try, but on all visits to EMP, my offers of going in on the whole chicken has been turned down. Everyone wants something more unusual, turning their nose up at just roast chicken. Sigh, one day, one day…

Kouign Amann

For dessert we picked Kouign Amann (additional $12), the ever buttery Breton cake from the dessert trolley. They cut an extra big slice knowing that we were sharing between four. One person would seriously have a heart attack trying to finish that slice on their own! On the side: sour cherry jam and creme fraiche.

Kouign Amann, another shot!

Layers upon layers of golden buttery sweet, the exterior caramelized to a crisp. It got me all excited for our upcoming vacation to Brittany, where hopefully I’ll start every morning with a wedge of kouign amann.

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905

Sugar Rush’ed…

Friday, August 20, 2010 1 No tags Permalink 0

…for the week at Serious Eats New York. Plus ‘Lunch for One‘ at Ennju and Snack ^_^

Lunch for One: Ennju

Sugar Rush: Zucchini Bread at Locanda Verde

Sugar Rush: Plum Tart at Ceci-Cela

Lunch for One: Snack

Sugar Rush: Watermelon-Basil Juice

Sugar Rush: Raspberry Bomboloni at Levain Bakery…
…housemade raspberry jelly inside.

Sugar Rush: Caffe Falai’s Black Moon
…innards! That’s spiced cream in the center, chocolate mousse around and a semolina biscotti base, oh yes.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Weekend in Montauk and the Hamptons.

Saturday, August 14, 2010 10comments No tags Permalink 0

Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)Debbie called one morning…

“I have four vip tickets to the Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo Challenge.”
“Ooo, fancy!”
“You, me, my sister, and Bhaveneet. A weekend in the Hamptons?”
“YES!”

Montauk, NYThat was easy. We packed our bags for a quick getaway, a long overdue weekend with ex-coworkers turned close friends.

Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)The fun began with a stop at Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton.
Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)Filled our hotel room with bags of cookies, brownies and cakes. Love their whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, the chipless wonders, and chocolate bread pudding (Sugar Rush’ed here), and health cookies.
Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY)I buy Tate’s cookies frequently in the city, so it was exciting to see the actual bakery where everything is created!

Navy Beach (Montauk, NY)There was beach time, hotel time, and finally dinner at Navy Beach. Burger, rare with onion bacon marmalade, Cabot cheddar. Hand-cut fries, house pickles on the side. Delicious and the best of what we ordered that evening.
Navy Beach (Montauk, NY)Buttermilk fried chicken and the biggest wedge (practically a loaf!) of cheddar jalapeƱo cornbread. Extra butter would have been nice, but we did fine without. The chicken was covered in a sweet glaze that made it more ‘wet’ than expected, not ideal but sure satisfied that massive fried chicken craving we had.

Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)And then there were lobster rolls at Duryea’s Lobster Deck
Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)$21 for the lobster roll, potato salad (or chips) and cole slaw. I wolfed the whole thing down, and let me tell you…definitely not bikini friendly if you plan to go to the beach an hour later ;)

Appearances don’t lie, it was good, well-seasoned, large chunks of fresh lobster, but excessively laden with mayo (luckily I love mayo). Complete opposite from the squeaky clean deliver of Luke’s Lobster. Pearl’s Oyster Bar, however, remains my personal favourite for lobster rolls.
Duryea's Lobster Deck (Montauk, NY)…take a peek at the menu.
Lobster Roll Restaurant (Montauk, NY)We also visited Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll Restaurant (Montauk, NY)…which I wouldn’t recommend. Too much stuff going on here…lobster bits were super tiny.

Coffee Tauk (Montauk, NY)Morning stops at Coffee Tauk (in Montauk, get it? hahah)…was so happy to find that they did iced New Orleans-style there!

Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)Breakfast at Montauk Bake Shoppe
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)…Jelly Croissants anyone?
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)Sugar-sprinkled top. The only evidence of a “croissant” element was in the shape. The taste was doughnut…
Montauk  Bake Shoppe (Montauk, NY)alllll the way.

Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo ChallengeOh yes, and there was the polo match itself, the main purpose of the trip!
Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo ChallengeHere’s Bhaveneet and I – it was INSANELY hot that day (I have no idea how the guys didn’t sweat right through their shirts!) but we managed to have fun ;)

Left on a Friday, returned on a Sunday afternoon…a sweet break from my “normal” weekends. Am getting ready to visit Boston for ten days at the end of August. My sister is starting at Boston College! The family is going to help her move, hehe, and I’m joining in! Any restaurant/day trip/food-in-general recommendations for Boston? I visited Boston last year though plan to try different places on this visit.

Have a great weekend!

Tate’s Bake Shop
43 North Sea Road
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-9830

Navy Beach
16 Navy Road
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-6868

Duryea’s Lobster Deck
65 Tuthill Road
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2410

Lobster Roll
1980 Montauk Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930
(631) 267-3740

Coffee Tauk
83 South Elmwood Avenue
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-7007

Montauk Bake Shoppe
29 The Plaza
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2439

Sugar Rushed…

Friday, August 13, 2010 1 No tags Permalink 0

…for the week at Serious Eats New York. Plus Lunch for One at Salumeria Rosi and Cafe Select, and A Sandwich a Day at Columbine :)

Salumeria RosiLunch for One: Salumeria Rosi

Cafe ZaiyaSugar Rush: Raisin Sticks at Cafe Zaiya

Billy's BakerySugar Rush: Icebox Cake at Billy’s Bakery

Cafe SelectLunch for One: Cafe Select

City Girl Country Girl CookiesSugar Rush: City Girl Country Girl Cookies

FinancierSugar Rush: Raspberry Eclair at Financier

ColumbineA Sandwich a Day: Avocado Mayo and Smoked Turkey at Columbine

Lavender by the BaySugar Rush: Lavender by the Bay

Hope you have a great weekend! :)