Coffee, Fried Chicken, And Ice Cream

So many things have been happening since I last posted, which is funny because life is going to be a a billion times busier the next few weeks.

My last day of work was wonderful.  I did end up doing patient care up to the very end – updating some enteral feeds for fluid restrictions, completing a palliative consult, troubleshooting a feeding tube that kept clogging.  My coworkers continued to be the sweetest and one of my friends even walked me to the door at the end of the day!  Then I met up with a friend from Buffalo for a final round of after-work drinks at Grand Army, which was perfect.

My parents were in town for the weekend and we had a great time doing fun city things with them. Plus we took a friend on a final foodie tour of the Lower East Side.

Adam “graduated” from residency and our families spent an afternoon celebrating what a smart, motivated, bad ass he is.

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And today I am on my way home to St. Thomas for a short vacation before the move.  Related update – we planned things out in a sort of ridiculous way and the moving process is going to be completely insane.  This will be the last time you’ll hear from me for a week or two because I’m not even going to attempt blogging while we try to get everything else done.

Before “good bye, for now,” the weekend eats highlights! Flavor themes were coffee, fried chicken, and ice cream…

Iced latte from Black Brick.

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Iced latte from Brooklyn Roasting Co.

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Rose milk tea with *baby boba* from Pa Tea.

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Scoops from Ice & Vice. Soursop pina colada and lemon poppyseed.

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Sprinkles and strawberry jam ice creams from Odd Fellows.

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I made tres leches cake for the party.

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A final round of spiceland bao (and fried fish!) from Baohaus.

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Dinner at Sundays in Brooklyn. I had a spicy grapefruit cocktail.

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And spicy togarashi fried chicken.

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Plus we shared a ton of delicious appetizers. Freshmade sourdough bread and beer butter plus Alpine cheese with kumquat jam. Black lentil dip with edible flowers and cultured buttermilk and flatbread. Crispy maitake mushrooms.

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See you soon!

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Last Day

Holy frick.  It’s my last day of work today!!

It’s been a weird last week – I’ve actually been crazy busy because a coworker is out sick so I’ve been covering additional units.  Usually you don’t do much patient care on your final day, but I’m planning on squeezing in a pretty full morning before I start my exit paperwork.  Plus I’ve been wrapping up various projects, including an hour-long presentation on critical care nutrition guidelines that I gave to the residents covering the ICUs.

It’d be nice to have some time to decompress but the last two weeks of June are going to be insane with the move.  And in busy-ness that is fun, my parents are coming into town tomorrow for a final city visit.  And then Adam’s family is joining us to celebrate his graduation next week!

Busy, busy, busy, busy, busy!  <– name that movie

Here were the highlights from my last week of work…

{fun in bottled coffee}  Cold brew from Trader Joe’s.

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Pecan cold brew from Chameleon Coffee.

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{fruit forward snacks}  Fresh watermelon chunks with TJ’s cucumber watermelon mint Greek yogurt.

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The last of the ambrosia my coworker made me.  I for sure ate out every single piece of palm seed.

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{vegetables masquerading as chips/fries}  Roasted green bean “cheese fries” with ketchup and mayo.  I’ll be honest, I wanted Kewpie mayo for years and finally bought a bottle the month before this move and now I’m looking for any excuse, no matter how flimsy, to use it.

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Spinach and parmesan tzatziki dip scooped with sugar snap peas and baby carrots.

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{good foods and goodbyes with coworkers}  An after-work walk to DeKalb Market Hall for Ample Hills.  Baby I was Churned This Way.

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Lunch at Bolivian Llama Party in the Ashland.  I had a fried seitan sandwich and we split insanely good cilantro cheese fries.

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{New York must-eats}  A poppy seed bagel with jalapeno-cheddar cream cheese from La Bagel Delight.  <– eaten on the walk to work, key feature

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Shaved ice from Grace Street.  We swooned over black sesame ice with sweetened condensed milk, honey boba, and mochi.  <– all-time best boba and mochi in the city/world

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Hand-pulled noodles from Xi’an Famous Foods.  Extra spicy for me, with smashed cucumber salad.  The chew factor here is just perfection.

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I ♥ New York.

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More Desserts Than Days

You guys.  Oh my gosh.  This is my last week at work!!?  It’s crazy bittersweet and we have a million and one big life changes happening in the next 20 days and I owe my blog readers a mega update in July.

For now, let me update you about the highlights from this weekend.  They are mostly desserts…

My coworkers threw me the sweetest goodbye party (a week early because someone else is out on vacation now) on Friday.  Complete with cake and macarons and my coworker made Filipino ambrosia and leche flan.

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And on Saturday a coworker and I went out for all-you-can-eat sushi lunch.

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Adam and I had lunch at Russ and Daughter’s and ordered all of our favorites.

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We got brigadeiros, oreo is the best flavor ever.

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And cupcakes!  Stuffed with cookie dough and cake batter.

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I finally made it to Round K to try an egg cappuccino and it was fantastic.  Korean cappuccino with an egg yolk stirred in and whipped cream on top.

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Also we had coffees – and a cookie stuffed with caramel – from For Five.

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Friday night we had friends over for the best ever buffalo chicken pizza and subsequently I had pizza for dinner Saturday and Sunday too.

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Have a great week!

Tasty Things

Tasty things from this week…

Mango in plain Greek is my latest favorite yogurt combo.  This bowl had nectarine in it, which was fantastic as well.

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Some of my favorite coworkers and I went out for a goodbye lunch at Dekalb Market Hall and I had great tacos.  Mushroom and corn / smoked crab.

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I finally got my hands on this new Reese’s Pieces bar and it was outrageously fantastic.

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For almost a week I had been having an oddly specific craving for rotisserie chicken and butter lettuce and this strangely topped salad was everything I was hoping for – spinach and butter lettuce mix dressed with evoo, salt, and sumac / warm, shredded, rotisserie chicken / pine nuts / sriracha and kewpie mayo.

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We made chilaquiles nachos.  Tortilla chips, roasted salsa, cheese, shredded chicken and sauteed onion and bell pepper baked with an egg on top.

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Doughnuts, Go Nuts

Tasty weekend!  Friday was National Doughnut Day, so I took myself on a pre-work date to Doughnut Plant.  They were giving away a super cool Grand Central ceiling inspired mini doughnut away with all purchases.  I got a tres leches cake doughnut.  <– all-time best

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And Saturday we went on a six mile // six doughnut epic walking and eating tour.  South from Hells Kitchen, across the bridge to Williamsburg.  We walked part of the way on the High Line which was just lovely.

Stop 1 – Underwest Donuts.

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Carwash – lavender vanilla.

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Halvah with chocolate.

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Stop 2 – Doughnut Project.

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Coffee and salted toffee.

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Black Gold, Texas Tea – extra dark chocolate with cookie crumbs and sea salt.  This one had a great texture, so chewy!

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Stop 3 – Du’s Donuts.

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Strawberry.

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Chocolate caramel brownie.

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My non-doughnut eats worth mentioning all included beans!  Coffee beans in quad shot non-fat iced lattes from Terremoto and Black Brick.

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And a maple iced latte from Bittersweet.

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Black beans on nachos with sour cream and jalopenos.  Plus we ate unphotographed roasted cauliflower with sumac that was somehow just as delicious as the cheesy goodness.

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Pink beans on yummy Chipotle bowls.  Toasted broccoli rice / sauteed onion and green and orange bell pepper / shredded cheese / chicken marinated in chipotles in adobo, brown sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar / pink beans sauteed with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, and smoked paprika / sour cream.

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Did you eat a doughnut this weekend??

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What-A-Melon

Four things I ate this week…

Stumptown Founder’s coffee brew with TJ’s chocolate almond-cashew milk.

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Watermelon juice.  Kids, it is June!

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Heirloom naval orange with vanilla bean yogurt and a new flavor of Polar Seltzer I didn’t care for.

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Cheesy chicken and brussel sprouts.  This recipe but with low-fat sour cream, minced garlic, smoked paprika, and cheddar in addition to Parmesan.

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Important FYI – It’s National Doughnut Day today!!!

Brigadero, Beer, BBQ

I had a good New York weekend, one of a dwindling few remaining before the move!  Saturday, a girlfriend and I met near South Street Seaport for croissants, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, then spent the afternoon in Brooklyn for drinks and dinner.

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Here were my top nine, three per day for a three day weekend…

{1}  Iced latte from Everyman Espresso.  I walked down from Penn Station to the Seaport and the iced beverage was sooo necessary.

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{2}  It kind of makes me feel like an asshole, but the frozen coffee from Stew Leonard’s is one of my very favorite things.

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{3}  Croissants from Cafe Patoro.  Mine was stuffed with brigadero, aka condensed milk chocolate.

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{4}  Dessert bars from Hometown Bake Shop.  Key lime pie and s’mores.

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{5}  Cocktails at Grand Army.  The specialty drink menu is currently My Little Pony themed!!

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We decided I ordered the best two things on the menu.  Scootaloo – amburana cachaca, passionfruit, cardamom, lime, and orange.

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Pinky Pie – blanco tequila, escubac, aperol, lime, and salt.

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{6}  Pasta at Colonie.  Fazzoletti with blue crab, burrata, sorrel, and serrano chile.

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{7}  BBQ at Old Fields.  I had smoked chicken with smokey bbq sauce, pulled chicken, cole slaw, and a lot of Adam’s corn bread.

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{8}  I made a take on the creamy rice casserole from Eat, Live, Run.  Double the bell pepper, fire roasted ro-tel, and I swapped out shrimp for turkey sausage and red kidney beans.  It was delicious.  Topped with Sriracha and sour cream.

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{9}  Trader Joe’s sour grapefruit ale.

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Have a great week!

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