I’m on vacation! Friday was my last day of work for 11 glorious days! I prepped for vacation by eating all of the ice cream last week 🙂
For a work-week this past week was not a bad one. Adam and I were off together on Wednesday and got do some Lower East Side wandering. And over the weekend we did some Long Island exploring. Plus I met with friends for brunch. And ate all the aforementioned ice cream.
Last week’s flavor themes: (Stumptown) coffee // ice cream // cheese // corn // egg. Highlights…
Brunch at The General Greene. I had the farro bowl with pesto, roasted sweet potato, avocado, and a poached egg.
Black Brick Coffee just might be our new favorite spot. It’s a neat space and my Stumptown latte was ridiculously good.
Trader Joe’s new coconut cold brew coffee is pretty tasty, especially with chocolate milk.
Vanilla bean yogurt with blackberries, granola, and chocolate tahini.
Plain Greek yogurt with black plum and Oreo cheesecake.
Sandwich with curly fries. Spicy chicken / mayo and mustard / lettuce / pickles.
Because I don’t eat enough nachos at home, they were a special in the cafeteria this week. Pinto beans and cheddar with olives, corn, bell pepper, and onion.
Our Long Island exploration took us to both Farmingdale and Babylon. We had a flight of craft beers at Lithology. My favorite was the honey rye with rosemary, followed closely by the sour farmhouse ale.
We also did lunch at Swell Taco.
My burrito was giant and packed with grilled chicken, refried pinto beans, rice, veggies, salsa fresca, sour cream, and Monterey jack.
I’ve seen multiple foodie instagrammers try to say that Ben’s compares with Levain <– NO. PSA – this was not good. These cookies were greasy and terrible and I threw mine out after two bites and still had a stomach ache.
We checked out the Filipino goodies at Johnny Air Mart and snacked on calamansi soda and Polvorón shortbread.
Bubble tea from Vivi. Grapefruit Yakult with crystal boba and coconut jelly.
Brigadeiro Bakery taught me that I actually don’t like ice cream as much as I think because apparently brigadeiros are my favorite dessert. <– they are a condensed milk candy so that’s not that surprising
Stumptown coffee soft serve with sprinkles and cookie dough at Scoops.
Birthday cake soft serve with sprinkles at Milk Bar.
Cookie dough with toasted coconut soft serve at Stew Leonard’s. This was both the best soft serve and the best edible cookie dough we’d ever tasted.
Sweet milk and browned butter pecan ice cream at Malai.
BBQ chicken salads. Baby romaine with ranch / cheddar / cucumbers / leftover cole slaw / shredded chicken with Korean bbq sauce.
Bean and chicken bowls. Sautéed onions and green pepper / cheddar / shredded chicken with cilantro sauce – cilantro, roasted jalapeño, canola oil, honey, and salt / pinquito beans from Susie Q.
The beans were a kit sent to me to review. They came with a premixed seasoning packet (mild red chili, onion, garlic, and select spices) so they were a snap to prepare, and much tastier than canned beans. They kept their shape after cooking and were firm but not chewy or mealy. <– I would buy these with my own money
I know these eggs look god-awful, but they were amazing. Scrambled with unsulfured chicken hot dogs / kimchi / and cheddar.
Dinner at Colonia Verde. This restaurant is insanely gorgeous, Adam and I were in heaven.
I drank the Patient Extra – Cachaca, Luxardo Maraschino, grapefruit, lime, and citrus bitters, which was fabulous.
And ate duck confit tacos and grilled sweet corn salad with carmelized pepitas, cotija cheese, and mint.
P.S. It’s my birthday today!!