Black Cherry, Black Bean

My work situation this past week/weekend was crazy, over-the-top busy so I don’t have a ton to share from the past seven days because I mostly ate weird snacks and sad take-out. I am actually off Monday and Tuesday this week and I could not be more excited for my “weekend.”

Here were five things I ate and loved…

{1} Top Apple Month success so far has been these caramel apple mellowcremes. They are as delicious as they are adorable!

{2} Still obsessed with Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda. I don’t know how I let this stuff fall off my radar the past few years, it’s fantastic!

{3} Also obsessed with these Trader Joe’s turkey corndogs. They are the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

{4} These buffalo blue bean burgers remain the best recipe I’ve ever created. Paired with homemade coleslaw with yellow raisins and sesame seeds. I roasted the cabbage which was a total upgrade.

{5} Before our busy weekend Adam and I managed to get into Brooklyn for a date on Friday – take-out from Donna Cocktail while watching the sunset in Domino Park! I had a frozen margarita and the best taco I’ve ever eaten. P.S. Then we went to second dinner at Meckelberg’s and split three sandwiches!

Apple/Spice Month

We were trying to eat through some of our stores before I went grocery shopping this weekend so the past week we ate a lot of random foods from the back of the freezer and take-out. Somehow it worked out that everything was delicious! Highlights include…

First things first, it is Apple/Spice Month! Yes, I am already feverishly shopping for pumpkin beers too.

Peanut butter and jelly crispy waffle from Costa Nova + an iced latte.

Leftover olives from our dinner at Glasserie.

Local Cava Guava IPA which was basically beer champagne.

Adam and I are both 10/10, head over heels obsessed with these Swedish Swedish fish. We bought every flavor we could get our hands on at the store the other day.

We also lost it for these Ben & Jerry’s cinnamon bun cookie dough bites. We had their original cookie dough flavor when it first came out and were underwhelmed but these were outstanding.

Trader Joe’s Asian stir-fry veggies topped with scrambled eggs.

Boca Burgers with beautiful roasted purple potato and roasted broccoli with chili spice.

Chipotle nachos! Tortilla chips with cheese, chicken, roasted peppers, corn salsa, and guacamole.

Homemade okonomiyaki. Topped with Kewpie, Sriracha, and furikake.

Buffalo chicken pizza is good, but leftover buffalo chicken pizza topped with honey and Korean chili flake is even better.

Lemon Meringue Pie

I worked (long days!) Friday, Saturday, Sunday but we still had a fun weekend with amazing date nights!  Five favorites were – –

Mekelburg’s rose black halva latte – an oat milk iced iced latte with rose halvah syrup, topped with rose petals and sesame seeds.

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Westbrook Brewings‘ lemon meringue pie gose might be even better than their key lime pie gose!

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Friday night we cuddled on the couch with nachos and ice cream and (re)watched “Love and Basketball” and it was kind of the best.  Chipotle nacho hack – order chips and a rice bowl without rice (this one had chicken, fajita veggies, corn salsa, and cheese (and guacamole on the side!)) and bake.

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We got three -epic – sandwiches from Mekelburg’s and had a picnic down by the water near Domino Park. Waygu roast beef for Adam / a bahn mi with Peking duck, duck rillettes, and sambal hoisin mayo for me / a Mekelburger with dry-aged beef, American cheese, grilled onions, fried onions, and tarragon mustard on Hawaiian bun to share.

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Chinese take-out to finish the weekend.  I got chili oil tofu with cabbage, celery and white rice.

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Sprinkles And Sushi

We were easing ourselves back to work so we kept my birthday weekend pretty low-key.  Adam and I made super exciting, sprinkle-packed coffees and walked around Cold Spring Harbor admiring the flowers in the morning and then got sushi take-out for dinner and  I video-chatted with my parents while opening presents.  And the next night we met up with friends for drinks/dinner/a long walk around Park Slope.  It was perfect!

Highlights include…

Birthday dalgona coffee.

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Quad iced latte from Balancero.

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Fredo cappuccino (espresso blended with ice and topped with frothed milk) from The Grand.  <– my new favorite coffee

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Lox and cream cheese biscuit from Comfortland.

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An epic yogurt bowl – – plain Greek yogurt with cashew butter, plum, plucot, apricot, and Bueno Bar.

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I left key lime pie off of my list of favorite foods the other day, but it’s definitely in the top fifteen!  Westbrook’s Key Lime Pie Gose is fantastic.  I also made a wonderful key lime pie cocktail with lime juice, vodka, sweetened condensed milk, and key lime seltzer.

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Birthday sushi.  I got seaweed salad, a roll with egg and pickled vegetables, and a roll with king crab, crunch, avocado, and spicy mayo.

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Chuko Ramen.  I got the kimchi ramen with soy eggs.  It was so great to see friends for the first time in months… we were sitting outside and only took our masks off to eat and we all felt pretty safe about it.

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Cross your fingers for me that it’s an easy transition back to work, please!

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Bridge + Brigadeiro

Highlights from this week include…

Adam and I were both off on Tuesday and we had a great city/social-distancing date!  Walks across the Manhattan Bridge.

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And take-out lunch in Seaport.  Brigadeiro iced latte from Cafe Patoro.  <– one of the best lattes I’ve had in awhile, even aside from the fact that the cup was slathered in Brazilian fudge sauce!

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And a kimchi scallion pancake sandwich from Vanessa’s Dumplings.

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My homemade dinners don’t look that exciting but were totally delicious.  A cheesy, crunchy, veggie-filled casserole with cauliflower rice / ground turkey sauteed with smoked paprika, sweet onion, and orange and yellow bell pepper / black beans / Trader Joe’s pineapple salsa / and a topping of buttery crushed tortilla chips and sharp cheddar.

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Ground turkey with gojuchang, Korean chili flakes, and green onion on a bed of roasted cabbage.  I went back and topped the whole thing generously with Kewpie and Sriracha and loved every bite.

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We made fantastic daiquiris this week!  Cruzan rum and soursop nectar with lime juice and sweetened condensed milk.

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Is it even summer in New York yet if you don’t eat an Italian ice?  I got toasted marshmallow with key lime and I’m pretty sure that’s going to be my combo for the rest of the summer.

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Cinnamon And Malted Milk

Highlights from this week include…

Dalgona coffee with cinnamon and malted milk.  Swoon.

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Honey vanilla Greek yogurt with blueberries and a raspberry banana nut mix.

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Our current candy situation.

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I am all in on this Trader Joe’s popcorn mix.

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When we get Chinese take-out I ordered all of the things so I have leftovers for days.  This was Kung Pow tofu, veggie rice noodles, and cabbage.

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Chinese cabbage with TJ’s mini chicken wontons and chili flakes.

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Jalopeno popper turkey chicken burgers with roasted green beans.

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Take Me Out

This weekend we: Ate all the take-out.  Took the dog on several long walks.  Washed the dog and turned him into an adorable woolly mammoth.  Did our grocery shopping for the next two weeks.

I also went on a really great run and started re-watching America’s Next Top Model.

Highlights include…

Obsessed with these Trader Joe’s bbq popped chips.  I prefer a smoky bbq flavor and this fits the bill.

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Even more obsessed with this Evil Twin pink pineapple IPA.  Served in a go-cup because we took a cocktail hour walk with Webster that knocked our socks off.

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We got great take-out from a local Mediterranean spot.  Tons of pita bread with all of the smokey eggplant dips.  Plus bulgar with tzatziki and chicken (plus roasted broccoli).

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And we ordered all of their desserts!

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We also got great take-out from a local Szechuan spot.  I had kung pow tofu with veggie rice noodles and Chinese cabbage with peppers.

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Double Dry Hopped

Highlights from this week include…

Cafe Bustelo with chocolate milk, aka one of the best espresso-roast coffees with the best chocolate milk.

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Yogurt bowls!  Working from home means I can make a fresh yogurt bowl every day and I have been loving the crap out of having berries around.  Very excited that we are going to the store tomorrow and can restock.  Icelandic-style coffee yogurt with blueberries, blackberries, and coconut chips.

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Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon, berries, honey maple granola, and TJ’s flax and chia seed peanut butter.

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Plan skyr yogurt with cinnamon, maple syrup, berries, and almonds and candied walnuts.

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Korean snacks from this month’s Snack Crate.

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Vanilla pineapple IPA brewed with lactose.  I’m pretty sure I want every single beer that Collective Arts sells.

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Other Half Double Dry Hopped Broccoli.  This was insanely drinkable and mellow.

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Buffalo chicken pizza.

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Ground turkey with shiitake mushrooms, onion, tomato paste, and sour cream on a bed of roasted cabbage.  This dish had so much umami!

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The best dish of the week = roasted cabbage // topped with seasoned baked tofu // and esquites.

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See Food Diet

Two key housekeeping things –

1) I recently kind of randomly started eating sashimi and burgers and I am now obsessed with both.  Also, apparently I’m into cake at the moment.

2) I had an absolutely fantastic time in St. Thomas!  I spent two weeks hanging out with my grandma and swimming in the ocean!

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Thankfully the weather in NYC has been nice enough for us to do a ton of walking (and a ton of cake, coffee, and fancy cocktail consuming!) so the transition has been pretty easy.

Recent highlights include…

Rum raisin iced latte at the Ace Hotel.  Related – I had a rose cold brew at Brooklyn Roasting Co that was mindblowing.

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I am definitely a fan of these new KIND nut butter bars whose product info is weirdly not on their website.

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Brunch at the Fulton in the Seaport District.  I had a smoked bloody mary margarita!

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We shared sashimi with spicy white ponzu.

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And brussel sprouts with mint and pecorino cheese.

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And I had the gruyere cheeseburger with au jus.

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Now that I’m into sushi, a girlfriend suggested we get lunch at Sugarfish.  I got the “Trust Me Lite” which included edamame and tuna sashimi.

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Albacore, salmon, and shrimp sushi.

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And a toro hand roll.

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Adam and I had a giant, epic lunch at Fan Fried Rice Bar in Bed Stuy.  Golden kimchi / cucumber salad / mush-mame fried rice with shiitake mushrooms, edamame, mixed vegetables, and fried shallots.

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Big Gay Ice Cream is my current favorite.  This was yellow cake soft-serve with dulce de leche and rainbow sprinkles in a biscoff lined cone.

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Dreamy cake slices – strawberry Good Humor bar and Oreo – at Little Cupcake Bakeshop.

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Brigadero cake and a cappuccino at Padoca Bakery.

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Leyenda‘s Candy Striper is a frozen blend of Leblon cachaça, coconut, vanilla, maple, lime, peppermint, and cardamom and it is the single best beverage I have ever put in my mouth.  Every sip was so interesting!

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Dinner at the Hi Hi Room.  We started with smashed potatoes with an herb aioli.

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Other Half Cream Get the Honey IPA.  <– IPAs brewed with lactose are my favorite

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Our reason for being there = hand-cut spaghetti with duck chili, cheddar, and white onion.  I couldn’t get a good photo but it was truly fantastic.

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Our apartment complex lost power for several hours on Friday night and we were forced to go out to a super fun dinner on the Upper East Side.  A friend sent me a list of “the best cocktail spots in NYC” and NR definitely earned its spot!

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Our favorites were the Japanese whiskey sour (above) with brown sugar, yuzu, and egg white and the Pistachio – dry gin, house-made pistachio cream, campari, and clementine!

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We also shared a truffle oil egg salad sandwich.

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And I had the hokkaido ramen with chicken, corn, butter, bean sprouts, and extra seaweed.

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A home-cooked meal!  Trader Joe’s frozen mahi mahi burgers, steak fries, and roasted baby cauliflower with sumac and smoked paprika.  All dipped in a sauce of honey habanero hot sauce, honey, and mayo.

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Toppings

Five things from the weekend…

{1} The best yogurt bowl of the month.  Cinnamon vanilla Greek yogurt with banana, blackberry, and maple almond butter.

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{2} I am loving the crap out of living with a milk foamer.

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{3} Dark chocolate chip peanut butter is my favorite flavor after cookie dough.

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{4} Bona Bona tops their ice cream with toasted Italian meringue.

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I got frosted animal cracker ice cream!

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{5} A homemade take on okonomiyaki with cabbage and roasted corn.

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{bonus} I’ve been putting this dream team on top of everything.

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