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

IMG_9308

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.

IMG_9345

Carwash – lavender vanilla.

IMG_9353

Halvah with chocolate.

IMG_9349

Stop 2 – Doughnut Project.

IMG_9387

Coffee and salted toffee.

IMG_9392

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

IMG_9395

Stop 3 – Du’s Donuts.

IMG_9405

Strawberry.

IMG_9410

Chocolate caramel brownie.

IMG_9408

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

IMG_9373

IMG_9400

And a maple iced latte from Bittersweet.

IMG_9321

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.

IMG_9416

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.

IMG_9330

Did you eat a doughnut this weekend??

IMG_9367

IMG_9356

IMG_9317

IMG_9376

IMG_9362

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.

IMG_9195

IMG_9200

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.

IMG_9182

IMG_9177

{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.

IMG_9246

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

IMG_9191

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

IMG_9229

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

IMG_9205

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

IMG_9212

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

IMG_9207

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

IMG_9216

{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.

IMG_9241

{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.

IMG_9260

{9}  Trader Joe’s sour grapefruit ale.

IMG_9252

Have a great week!

IMG_9187

Three Kinds Of Eggs

Highlights from this week included eggs served three different ways, a new take on pesto, and my current favorite snack combo…

The week started out on a high point – a breakfast date at Golda.

IMG_9088

Quad espresso + ice + cream.

IMG_9084

I had the grilled asparagus toast – strawberry-chili mostarda / alfalfa / ras al hanout / soft egg / charred lemon / local sourdough.

IMG_9096

Homemade coffee combo = half and half, ice, and Stumptown Founders blend.

IMG_9159

Snacks of note include fresh alfonso mango with cottage cheese.

IMG_9166

Our Deadpool movie snack was right on the nose.  DP 2 was not as good as the first movie but still laugh out loud funny.

IMG_9137

My current favorite snack combo is roasted chickpeas with blistered peanuts.  Eaten in bulk.

IMG_9104

Tuesday – my early day, when I leave the house before 6 am – I drove across town after work to attend what ended up being a very disappointing lecture on TPN.  The speaker ran a bit late and I didn’t start heading home until after 9 pm, at which point I was basically whimpering from hunger.  Suffice to say, this is the most satisfying Chipotle bowl that’s ever been eaten!

IMG_9135

The other three nights I cooked legitimate meals and had some major successes in the kitchen!  Like a Mediterranean frittata, complete with a new recipe page.

IMG_9119

Replete with feta, zucchini, and sumac.

IMG_9125

One night I made okonomiyaki.  We use three eggs and a heaping 1/3 cup flour for 2 servings.  With shredded garnet yam, roasted cabbage, and ginger.  Topped with Sriracha, Kewpie mayo, green onion, and seaweed.

IMG_9147

I also tried a new take on pesto that turned out to be delicious.  The last time we made homemade pesto we found the raw garlic and basil to be a bit too spicy, so this time I cooked them.  Sweet onion, green onion, and garlic sauteed in evoo / basil cooked with the onion for 90 seconds or so / tossed in the food processor with more evoo, parmesan, and pine nuts.  Served with whole wheat pasta with baby kale, toasted white beans, and roasted heirloom tomato.

IMG_9170

Weekend plans include a bridge walk, a bar date, and a bbq spot.

Three Things

Three things I liked this week:

{1}  Mint iced coffee!  Irving Farms espresso roast / half and half / homemade vanilla mint simple syrup.

IMG_8791

{2}  Kefir and apple work snacks.

IMG_8782

IMG_8788

{3}  Starbucks’ prepared sandwiches that I’m weirdly obsessed with.  Chicken and artichoke flatbread with provolone and sun-dried tomato pesto.

IMG_8805

Three things I loved this week:

{1}  Homemade turkey cheeseburger fried rice.

Leftover brown rice stir-fried with soy sauce and liquid smoke / sauteed onions / roasted cherry tomatoes / ground turkey sauteed with fish sauce, ketchup, and mayo / eggs / cheddar cheese.

IMG_8826

{2}  Dinner at Pig and Khao.  I went with a girlfriend for her first visit and she loved it!

I ordered not one, but two, new to me dishes that were amazing.  Mushroom salad with shrimp and fried garlic and green papaya salad with chicken and crispy taro.

IMG_8800

{3}  Dinner at Freeks Mill that knocked our socks off.

IMG_8809

We started with roasted baby carrots with marcona almonds and herbed goat cheese.

IMG_8811

And we ordered all the poultry on the menu for dinner.  Chicken for Adam, smoked Poulet Rouge with wild mushrooms and spinach.

IMG_8817

Duck for me, dry aged duck with fried cranberry beans, fennel, and rosemary honey.  <– this was the singe best thing I've ever eaten!

IMG_8814

Three things I’m obsessing about that you don’t know about yet:

{1}  Nonfat quad iced lattes from Hungry Ghost.  There are three HGs on my walk to work and it is becoming a problem.

IMG_8820

{2}  Stolen Dance by Milky Chance.  This song is basically magic – I listened to it on a run and I swear my legs moved 50% more quickly than usual.

{3}  Moving??!  I’m not sure how I haven’t blogged about this yet, but yes, we’re moving!  Adam is doing his Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at UVA next year.  So we’re moving to Charlottesville.  In 50 days.  !!!

My Favorite Thing I’ve Eaten

Top five from last week –

{1}  My favorite thing I’ve ever eaten!  Also the most “me” thing I’ve ever eaten.  Quad shot, iced, birthday cake latte (with birthday cake sprinkle sand!!) from Milk Bar.

IMG_8412

{2}  Vanilla bean Greek yogurt with the amazing Alphonso mango.  Plus a guava kombucha.

IMG_8448

{3}  BBQ from Fletcher’s.  I had smoked chicken and cole slaw.  Important note: they now sell their amazing sauce to take home. <– highly recommend.

IMG_8405

{4}  Bahn mi chicken salad.  With baby carrots, roasted broccoli, and Korean bbq kettle chips.

IMG_8441

IMG_8436

{5}  Giant Greek salad bowls.  Local oak leaf greens from Greenpoint / TJ’s Greek feta dressing / heirloom tomato / cucumber / roasted chickpeas / dolmas.

IMG_8466

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

IMG_8452

IMG_8411

I (Strawberry) Heart…

The five most exciting edible things from this weekend  —

{1}  There’s a new cookie dough place in our mall.  The serving size was stupid big and they wouldn’t let us split the scoop into two flavors but it was delicious.  We went with  Oreo.

IMG_8376

{2}  I discovered a Sonic that’s not super far from our house.  How excited am I about strawberry diet cokes??

IMG_8345

{3}  I’m back on the coffee obsession train.  I was feeling a little under the weather last week and it was hard for me to drink anything roasty but thank goodness that’s over.

IMG_8365

IMG_8368

{4}  The worker at Chipotle was extra generous with the fajita veggies and cheese and I ended up with a wonderful salad – romaine / chicken / pinto beans / peppers and onions / corn salsa / hot salsa / cheese.

IMG_8384

{5}  We went to Hanco’s and I had Vietnamese iced coffee with strawberry jelly hearts in it!  Plus a really fantastic bahn mi with vegan pork (tofu).

IMG_8396

IMG_8390

P.S. Today’s my day off!  And it’s also Adam’s day off!!  And we are going into Brooklyn for lunch!!!

Chili Cheese Fries Because It’s Still Chilly

Seriously, why is it so chilly still??  Over the weekend I dry cleaned our winter coats, packed up our sweaters, swapped boots for sandals, etc, etc, and then Monday morning it was a balmy 30 degrees.

Freezer-burn aside, I had quite a nice week!  Tuesday I took a personal day to spend time with Adam post-call and we tried some yummy spots in Bayside.  And I’m off again today because I work this weekend.

Here were the highlights from the week…

Chocolate glazed doughnut (from Dough) and a maple iced latte at Browny.

IMG_8289

Juicy watermelon wonder kombucha.

IMG_8260

Chia pudding.  Chia seeds / skim milk / maple syrup / vanilla bean powder / sliced banana.

IMG_8325

Peanuts are my favorite snack at the moment.

IMG_8332

Dinner out at Maria’s Mediterranean.  We got some complimentary bites to start, including the best olives I’ve ever tasted.

IMG_8290

Plus we ordered the chips and dip – housemade pita chips with tatziki / melitzanosalata, roasted eggplant puree / and tirokafteri, spicy feta spread.

IMG_8296

I got the spanikopita for my entree.

IMG_8299

And we tried something fun for dessert – ekmek, a bread pudding-baklava mash up with syrup-soaked shredded phyllo, custard, and whipped cream.

IMG_8304

I leaned into the weather and made us big steamy bowls of chili.  A loose version of this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats that is our favorite.  The baked beans take it over the top.

IMG_8283

I topped my bowl with sharp cheddar, plain Greek yogurt, and tons of Sriracha.

IMG_8274

Our leftovers turned into cheese fries!  Waffle fries / cheese – TJ’s 3 cheese blend / chili / bacon leftover duck.  Plus green beans for something green.

IMG_8314

And yesterday I made buffalo chicken meatballs.  Ground chicken / panade / buffalo sauce / egg / cream cheese / cheddar.  Plus sauteed carrots and celery to stay on theme.

IMG_8339

It’s supposed to warm up this weekend, woo-hoo!