Bushwick And Beyond

Weekend theme flavors: rose, tahini, coffee, and duck.

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I am super lucky that my husband feels the same way that I do about trying new foods and sharing foods; splitting things means we get to have tons of tastes!  I feel lucky to have him in general too! (<– see also: the gorgeous flowers below that he surprised me with after work on Friday)

For Saturday breakfast we shared a soursop smoothie. It couldn’t compare to the fresh stuff I had at home but was still yummy.  Frozen soursop puree, caramel almond milk, and cinnamon and nutmeg.

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I also had an iced Americano while we did a big grocery restock trip.  Pro tip – ask for “light water” so you can add some milk without losing espresso.

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Lunch was a smorgasbord at SmorgasburgDuck bun, smothered in sweet chili sauce.  The crunch from the fried shallots makes this our favorite bao in the city.  {A+}

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I cooled my mouth down with an earl grey egg cream. {A}

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We tried a savory crepe with egg, chili sauce, and a crunchy cracker.  {B}  The texture ended up not really being our speed, we both wished we had gone for the extra egg in it.

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Palm sugar with tamarind caramel ice cream for dessert. {A+}  This had such a unique flavor.

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I tasted a bite of cinnamon rose and it was pretty amazing as well.  We grabbed an unphotographed coffee at some point in there too.

Our evening plans included a tasting/tour of Owney’s Rum at The Noble Experiment so we wandered around Bushwick a bit.  We were parked about a mile from the distillery so we got to see a few cool spots.  And the tour was great; we really love factory/brewery/etc visits.

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I also had a vodka soda with cherries.  <– desperately needed lime

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For dinner we fell head over heals in love with Faro.  Gorgeous tableware, locally and humanely sourced foods, and delicious dishes.

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We started with ricotta gnocchi with ramps, morel mushrooms, fava beans, and cured egg.

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Plus a little gem lettuce salad with miso anchovy vinaigrette, pistachio, soft-boiled egg, and mint.  It was amazing, truly the very best salad we’ve ever had!  Adam and I both thought it was the best dish of the day.  The mint made it absolutely perfect.

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Drinks were a meh rosé and a sour porter which we loved.

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We shared our entrées (more tastes!).  Squid ink corzetti with peekytoe crab, uni, shiro dashi, and sorrel.  I really dislike long pasta – I should have looked up corzetti before I ordered – but Adam was swooning.

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And I lost my mind over our dry aged duck breast.  It was served on a fantastic turnip puree.

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Key lime tart with fresh strawberry sorbet for dessert.

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We will be back!

Sunday baking project – tahini granola.  Best granola I’ve ever made; I ended up eating a big bowl with milk for dessert at the end of the day.

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For breakfast I ate it on top of plain Greek yogurt, with fresh berries, and a single Luxardo cherry.

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Plus a rose latte in an amazing cup.

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We spent our afternoon wandering around Chelsea Market to get out of the unseasonable cold.

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Lunch was a sharp cheddar grilled cheese with a chocolate milk stout.

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Seed + Mill served the highlight of the day – goats milk yogurt with the best tahini I’ve ever had.  We couldn’t believe how delicious this was!  I can’t wait to take my parents there this summer.

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My home-cooked dinner was delicious as well, thanks, crockpot!

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Chicken, potatoes, and baby carrots were cooking away with 40 cloves of garlic while we spent the day out of the house.

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Served with roasted green beans with a sprinkle of almonds and cheese.

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Yum.  And I am basically stuffed again reading through this post!

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