Thursday, March 18, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
So I THOUGHT I had given up coffee...
Feeling a little nostalgic?
Friday, March 12, 2010
What a great birthday trip to New York!
You didn't really think I left Dean and Deluca empty handed, did you?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
We had never had smoked fish before, and we saw Russ and Daughters on the way Katz and thought that it would be a great chance to cross off another food adventure off our list.
The line outside of Katz literally spanned the entire block--it was insane. Luckily, it moved very quickly. I was kind of shocked by how much security and line regulation there was at Katz, but I guess with a deli that is so popular it needs it. Matt loved the yelling the security guards did to make sure everyone who was in line got in, and everyone else...can get to the back. They definitely kept it fair. To give you and idea of how strict they are--they wouldn't let this guy back in to the deli after he had briefly went outside...his family was still in Katz. But the "bouncer" told him to get to the back of the line, because he would be cutting everyone who had been waiting patiently to get in. I felt so bad for him.
Next one to get crossed off my list was the dirty water dog! I was so determined to get one, and we finally did--it was our breakfast on the way to Katz.
Matt had the suckling pig. This is what we came for!
Scallops!!! Cooked to perfection!
I was VERY pleasantly surprised by Gilt, and quite unexpectedly, I have to admit. I seriously thought that after having Le Bernardin the night before, that this was going to be over shadowed. But you know what, it wasn't. Matt and I were actually heartbroken because there were moments where we thought that this meal was better than Le Bernardin...but I'm still in denial...my excuse is that Gilt is more new age and Le Bernardin is more traditional, and therefore cannot be compared.
PERFECT! It was my birthday and guess what we stumble upon during our walk through SoHo to Ground Zero? A CUPCAKE TRUCK! What a find!
So the rivalry carries on! Grimaldi's or Lombardi's? Who knows? All I'm sure of, is that Lombardi's was DAMN GOOD and well worth the wait!
MMmmmMM the tartine maison, best pate I’ve had so far! It tasted heavily of liver, it was very “irony” I guess that Zimmerman guy would call it. It definitely had that meaty, organ-y flavor, that when eaten with a teeny-tiney sweet pickle is nothing short of amazing. Not to mention, it was a GENEROUS portion of pate.
Matt ordered the French onion soup per recommendation of Brad and Jeannie. That soup was something to write home about. It was dark in color and rich with the bold flavor of caramelized onion, had a healthy serving of ooey-gooey stringy cheese, and was just everything a French onion soup should be.
Matt also had the coq au vin, which was…well…the sauce was amazing because it had the right balance of red wine and THICK CUT BACON, but that did not veil the fact that the coq was DRY! Sauce: two thumbs up, coq: two thumbs down.
I ordered the hanger steak with a shallot sauce and fries. The hanger steak was GREAT. It was rich and tender and practically…creamy?! That perfectly medium rare cut of delicious hanger dipped in the shallot sauce was heaven on a fork. The shallot sauce was not only a deep chocolate color, but it tasted of chocolate with a sweet fruity kick. It made me smile!
And well the fries…
See I was really looking forward to the fries which were highly regarded by the love of my life, Anthony Bourdain…but needless to say…it was a let down.
Sorry Tony, the fries that you always rant and rave about…did not meet my expectations…but then again, Matt keeps reminding me that you haven’t worked there in almost a decade, maybe you should consider going back and reminding them of how to make fries that DON’T have a stale crunch!
O and did I mention the seating was…snug? Hmmm…understatement of the year. We were seated at one of the bench seating areas, and literally, we were sitting shoulder to shoulder. I could hear EVERY WORD that the people sitting on either side of me were saying, which made me self-conscious, because they could probably hear everything Matt and I were conversing about.
Finally! Seriously, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert are at the top of my "To Meet" list. Le Bernardin was something that I had been looking forward to for SO long. These are just some of the pictures Matt and I took of our 7 course meal, which was phenomenal! I think it was better than I had expected, which was a pleasant surprise!