We got to spend time with several Buffalo friends, we went on some great walks, the puppy seems to be feeling a little better, and all in all it was a great weekend. I’m missing a few shots, but here are most of my favorite eats…
Giant iced coffee, always.
That one has fat-free sweetened condensed milk and skim milk. The SCM is leftover from a failed recipe trial, but Vietnamese-ish iced coffees are better than hot fudge root beer float popsicles (good in theory but I can’t make it work!) any day.
I tried the milk bread from TOUS les JOUR.
Nice and vanilla-bean-y.
Another day, another coffee.
I asked Starbucks to put the marshmallow whipped cream and milk chocolate from the S’mores Frappuccino into my skim latte and they happily delivered. The taste was good but I was unbelievably ill by the halfway mark, I cannot even imagine drinking a full Frappuccino.
Plus Adam and I split a Pulsin’ maple peanut bar.
It was vegan and made with pea protein and the nutrition stats were pretty good – 12 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber with 11 grams of sugar. Not a bad breakfast for a busy morning of errands.
Lunch in Koreatown. I set my mouth on fire with a kimchi bun and cooled it down with a (pink!) Harmless Harvest coconut water.
Afterwards we shared dessert at Grace Street, our new favorite snow spot.
We shared a machta latte.
And a black sesame shaved ice with scm, boba, and mini marshmallows.
Between the tapioca balls and the partially frozen marshmallows, this had so much chew!
“Dinner” for lunch. We almost never cook a full meal in the daytime so this felt pretty fancy.
Roasted broccoli with truffle salt,
and “Cooking Light’s” Farro with Honey-Garlic Roasted Tomatoes.
We added chopped turkey bacon and rotisserie chicken to the farro to make it a little more substantial. Also I skipped the thyme (the bacon made up for the flavor), used fat-free feta, and subbed sherry for sherry vinegar.
The market space was gorgeous and we want to go back for ramen and/or tacos soon but guys, holy crap, we paid $17 for two cans of beer!!! At least, after a lot of walking along the piers, they were refreshing.
Can cookies at Schmackary’s become an every weekend tradition?
This time we split a giant, chewy funfetti cookie topped with cream cheese frosting and tons of sprinkles.
We’ve been loving fruit-infused water lately; having a big jug in the fridge makes me much more likely to pour a glass.
This week was lime and mint and last week was mint and grapefruit, which was even better.
Corn was popped.
Enjoyed while Netflixing approximately eight billion old episodes of “Criminal Minds.”
A girlfriend and I had planned on going to Rice to Riches ever since the first summer we moved here and Monday the time was finally right. I got a cookie cream rice pudding with mocha crumbles. We both liked the pudding but thought it would be more enjoyable served in a bowl instead of a trough.
My fancy cup was a skim cortado from Happy Bones, so that was fun. And we took a great walk across the Williamsburg Bridge.
Our friends’ adorable baby girl just turned one and they invited us to her Doljanchi, a Korean 1st birthday party tradition.
The buffet was great,
but the best thing ever was getting to catch up with all of the med school friends (and their babies!) that we’ve been missing.
Saturday night we had an absolutely amazing dinner at The Marshal, a Hell’s Kitchen farm-to-table spot that focuses on seasonal, local goodies. Bonus – the waitstaff are all insanely cute!
I got an Earl’s Tea to drink – chilled Earl Grey Tea, Peace Vodka, Catskills Provisions raw honey, lemon, and orange cream bitters.
We started with scallops – bourbon planked herb crusted Massachusetts jumbo scallops with caramelized lemon and assorted local herbs.
And Arcadian Pastures deviled eggs – ramps-infused yolks, micro-wasabi, and crispy duck prosciutto.
None of the appetizers really knocked our socks off (good but not the best ever) but the duck prosciutto was definitely smoky and amazing.
Our meals, on the other hand, were mind-blowing. Adam got a bacon-wrapped pork loin that he loved so much he didn’t speak for the rest of the meal and I did a trio of farm sides.
Roasted Bulich Farm snow while mushrooms, herb butter, Upstate white wine // Sautéed Lancaster Farm dandelion greens, red pepper flakes, grapeseed oil, Finger Lakes white wine // Satur Farms sweet potato and kale au gratin. The gratin was out of this word; it was so rich I couldn’t even finish it.
We were too stuffed to do more than pick at dessert, but we couldn’t skip it!
Bittersweet chilled chocolate fudge in NYC honey with honey comb, bee pollen, and Blue Marble vanilla ice cream.
The Lower East Side has always been my Manhattan haunt of choice, but lately Hells Kitchen has been rocking our socks off! NYC readers, what’s your favorite neighborhood?