So many holiday flavors consumed this weekend! <– Squee! It was just kind of a great weekend in general – we had no major to-dos looming and the weather was fantastic. We got to go to brunch with my cousin and her boyfriend and on a long walk with the dog. Next weekend brings out of town plans so it was really nice to keep things low-key.
Forager’s coconut cream cashew milk cold brew. It was yummy but way too filling to consume all at once.
Starbucks’ Juniper iced latte – I recommend getting double the espresso and half of the syrup so it’s not too pine-y [holiday flavor #1].
Plain Greek yogurt with maple, almond butter granola, and the last of the cranberry sauce.
Brunch at Renewal was delicious, we will definitely be back. I had a gin fizz with egg white and cream.
Roasted brussel sprouts with garlic fondue and sherry gastrique / field greens side salad with grapefruit vinaigrette / fries with pimento cheese and aioli.
Sugar cookie frozen yogurt and eggnog gelato [holiday flavors #2 and 3}.
King of Pop’s gingerbread was the best popsicle I’ve ever eaten, it was like a cookie dunked in milk [holiday flavor #4]. Enjoyed at Hardywood where I also had a Christmas Morning – gingerbread stout with Black Hand Coffee [holiday flavor #5].
This Sweethaus gingerbread cupcake with meringue frosting was the best baked good we’ve ever eaten, hands down [also holiday flavor #6!].
Trader Joe’s cauliflower latkes for the first night of Hannukah [holiday flavor #7] with a chicken thigh take on this Mississippi Roast recipe.
Early post because my extended family is coming into town for Thanksgiving and I am taking a three-day weekend to spend time with my parents! I’m working the holiday (today) and then I am free until Monday. Early Thanksgiving because I already managed to cram five holiday meal flavors into a short week of eating. <– good thing too, I spent yesterday evening baking my contributions for today’s meal and I did so much taste-testing that I may actually still be full this afternoon!
Eggnog (1) in my coffee. I’ve moved on from the soy nog, I just wasn’t a fan this year.
Pie (2) in my breakfast bar. Betty Lou’s cherry. I know cherry isn’t strictly a Thanksgiving flavor but I’m still counting it.
Stuffing (3) with roasted brussel sprouts (4). I actually made something of a stuffing-dressing/strata hybrid, with several eggs stirred into my stock. Plus roasted celery and onion, hunks of raisin pecan sourdough, fresh sage and parsley, and turkey breakfast sausage.
With a local cranberry (5) gose and maple brown ale for some thematic booze.
I hope all of my American readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Adam and I went on a quick vacation and just had the best weekend in NYC! We got super lucky with weather that was warm/dry enough for a long day of walking (including two trips across the Williamsburg Bridge and a spin around Washington Square Park). We tried a some new spots that totally knocked our socks off (see below). We met up with friends for a fantastic dinner at Bellwether (highlights included duck liver mousse with ramp mustard, strawberry preserves, and crostini and a Oaxacan Sour cocktail with mezcal, luxardo, agave, egg white, and lime).
The best Thanksgiving item and the entire impetus for this trip = Milk Bar‘s Thanksgiving croissant stuffed with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.
The best coffee = a quad, non-fat, iced latte of Stumptown at Black Brick.
The best doughnut = Alimama‘s sweet and savory mochi doughnut. It was topped with salted caramel and Nutella and was unbelievably, perfectly chewy. Plus we had a great ube cream puff.
The best brunch = Bricolage. There were so many things that sounded amazing we ended up ordering/sharing three entrees! Duck bahn mi with chicken liver pate, shallot mayo, pickled daikon, carrot, and herbs // five-spice fried chicken and waffles with red cabbage and fennel slaw, sriracha butter, and maple syrup // croissant french toast topped with Vietnamese coffee whipped cream, condensed milk creme anglaise, and blueberries.
The best ice cream = Morganstern‘s papaya guava ice cream alongside a scoop of American egg. P.S. the new location was beautiful and the line was far less out of control.
I ♥ New York.
It was a great week in packaged coffees. Grady’s Cold Brew = 11/10 (it’s my very favorite!). P.S. how great are our flowers??!
Black Hands can = 9/10.
Blanchard’s can = 7.5/10.
Other beverage fun included Polar hibiscus cloudberry seltzer.
And this killer cocktail combo – cinnamon hibiscus tea, Goldschläger, and club soda.
Snack attack. Strawberry sage kombucha, a caramel chocolate granola bar, and an Autumn Glory apple.
Can you believe I didn’t try a Coolhaus ice cream sandwich until after I left New York? We were super impressed with this.
Our dinners this week were definitely on a theme. Chili. Ground turkey / black beans and baked beans / sweet onion and poblano pepper / tomato paste and crushed tomatoes / clove, cumin, smoked paprika, brown sugar, fish sauce, liquid smoke, and gojuchang. Topped with cheddar, plain Greek yogurt, and jalopenos.
Bacon and cheese wrapped hot dogs. Turkey hot dogs and halloumi cheese wrapped in turkey bacon on a whole-wheat bun with ketchup. With a side of green bean fries.
Bacon chili cheese hot dog casserole. Double layers of cauliflower rice / turkey bacon / sliced turkey hot dogs / green onion / leftover chili / and sharp cheddar. Topped with plain Greek yogurt and hot sauce.
Pumpkin Noosa for breakfast. I sprinkled some crunchy granola from the cafeteria on top and it was fantastic.
Maple glazed doughnut with a maple pancake iced latte from Sugar Shack.
Snack attack. Is it even Halloween week if you don’t make yourself sick eating too much sugar? None of fun-sized candy at work was exciting to me and I had to drive myself to Wegman’s to buy my own chocolate.
Crispy honey garlic tofu bites served on top of roasted broccoli and cauliflower. The tofu recipe was perfect, I couldn’t believe how crispy it came out. After I took that photo I smothered my plate in Kewpie and Sriracha!
This Pumking version was toooo much bourbon for me.
Sweet potato hash success. Crispy sweet potato (cooked similarly to this method) / sauteed red bell pepper and spring onion with tumeric and smoked paprika / garlic chicken sausage / topped with a fried egg / and copious amounts of Cholula hot sauce.
Our Halloween dinner was perfectly on theme – vampire killer pumpkin pasta. Pumpkin shaped pasta / garlic chicken sausage / sauteed spinach with tons of garlic / tossed in aioli / topped with pan-fried haloumi.
Plus the best pumpkin beer of the year and a chai pumpkin ale.
Adam and I had a really fun weekend exploring some of the towns around C-ville. Primarily we checked out Crozet and Waynesboro, both spots that are known for having fantastic breweries and wineries.
Highlights included – learning that while I dislike IPAs it turns out I adore double IPAs (especially the two at Pro Re Nata) // discovering Wild Wolf‘s super smoky Scottish ale // playing ping pong and skee-ball at Basic City // sipping espresso blended with sweetened condensed milk and mocha at Farm Haus
The flavors in my title were mostly enjoyed separately this week, but my goodness wouldn’t they be good all together?!
I missed last weekend’s post because I was out of town at a Nutrition Support conference.
Highlights from this week included…
A new all-time favorite coffee combo – Grady’s Cold Brew Concentrate with maple sweetened condensed milk!! P.S. Grady’s is the best home-brewed coffee that money can buy. P.P.S. The maple SCM is not to be missed either, if you spot it at your store I recommend buying multiple cans.
Pumpkin power homemade trail mix. Pumpkin Puffins / Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate M&M’s / roasted pumpkin seeds / pecans.
A cookie and coffee date at Sweethaus.
Pumpkin & Spice Siggi’s yogurt topped with Pumpkin Spice Frosted Flakes.
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin beer. It was cinnamon-spicy and quite enjoyable.
This month’s Snack Crate.
Homemade basil turkey burgers with roasted green beans and TJ’s root vegetable medley. I burnt the burgers just a little but I covered it up with ketchup and mayo.
Green curry bowls. Cauliflower rice cooked with coconut milk topped with ground turkey, onion, shredded carrot, green bell pepper, zucchini, and basil sauteed with green curry sauce.