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

Popcorn And Poutine

Random updates…

Both sets of excisional biopsy stitches are out and today I am finally allowed to go to the gym, woo-hoo!  Also important – both biopsies came back clean.

We are finally catching up on Agents of Shield and LOVING it.  Hilarious as always and just crazy touching.  I’m not loving the “big bad” for this season but Fitz’s story-line is good enough that I don’t care.

I work this weekend but have super fun dinner date plans with the husband on Saturday.

Best bites from the week…

Coffee can and an Envy apple.

IMG_7433

Vanilla yogurt with nougat halva from Seed + Mill and a sumo on the side.  Halva mixed into yogurt is one of my favorite things.  I also really like key lime pie in yogurt.  Apparently I think you can improve dessert with Greek yogurt?!

IMG_7419

Tamarind my parents sent me from home.  I rode horses as a child and our stable had a patch of trees you could pluck tamarinds from and it’s one of my favorite memories.

IMG_7447

No photo because I ate it while sitting in traffic but I had the most deliciously meta thing from Schmackary’s – a chocolate chip cookie topped with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting!

Piles of popcorn.

IMG_7453

Spaghetti casserole with whole-wheat spaghetti, marinara, Trader Joe’s soy chorizo, and sharp cheddar.  Growing up, I hated spaghetti but adored this casserole.  This version was smokey and delicious.  With roasted broccoli on the side.

IMG_7442

Dinner at Mile End.  The poutine of the month is Nashville hot chicken, so obviously we ordered that.

IMG_7455

I also had a za’atar chicken salad with Boston lettuce, mint, Israeli salad, cucumber, and crispy chickpeas.  Fresh mint in salad is so good, it genuinely makes me smile.

IMG_7459

Happy almost weekend.

Best Babka In Brooklyn

Best bites from the weekend…

Best chocolate babka in Brooklyn, probably the world, at Oneg Bakery.  It was so chewy!  Yet crumbly and crisp too.  And the chocolate was basically brownie batter!  We were absolutely smitten and I ate too much and made myself sick.

IMG_7389

Vanilla iced latte at the adorable Hearts Coffee in Bushwick.

IMG_7402

IMG_7398

Brunch at Meadowsweet.  My iced Oslo espresso had sugar, milk, and bourbon in it.

IMG_7393

And I had a beyond fantastic bowl of duck pastrami hash with parsley salsa verde and poached eggs.

IMG_7394

Snack attack.  La Columbe canned coffee and a cheesecake cup.

IMG_7377

Fruity yogurt bowl, with citrus yogurt, sumo mandarin, and pomegranate.

IMG_7368

Leftover breakfast casserole with the dregs of my veggie drawer.

IMG_7384

Snazzy pasta bowls.  Whole wheat spaghetti / brown butter and lemon / peas, green onions, and sun-dried tomatoes / crab meat.

IMG_7406

Dotted Line

My favorite bites this week…

A breakfast date at Dot & Line.  I had a maple iced latte and a croissant stuffed with vanilla cream and chocolate.

IMG_7345

Breakfast casserole.  Like this one, but with extra sharp cheddar, smoked rainbow trout, and the addition of green onions.  With broccoli and cauliflower on the side.

IMG_7365

BBQ chicken salad.  Romaine with blue cheese dressing / green onion / cucumber / pomegranate / smoked almonds / sharp cheddar / shredded chicken with bbq sauce.

IMG_7357

Sparkly mint brownie from The Fat Witch.  <– best brownies in New York

IMG_7353

It’s the freaking weekend!

Smoked Cheddar To Chocolate Almond

Flavor themes of the week: coffee, cauliflower, seltzer, croissants.

White Noise.  Iced latte and black sesame and milk frozen yogurt swirl fantasticness.

IMG_7251

Home coffee for the week.  Starbucks espresso roast with chocolate milk.

IMG_7249

Breads Bakery.  Smoked cheddar croissant.

IMG_7288

Orwashers.  Almond and chocolate croissant.

IMG_7270

Yogurt bowl.  2% Fage with pomegranate, golden raisins, and luxardo cherries.

IMG_7276

Snack time.  Soursop yogurt drink / red walnuts and marcona almonds with rosemary / pinata apple.

IMG_7240

Kakigōri from a pop-up at Canal Street Market.  Japanese-style shave ice with black currant chocolate sauce, smoked almonds, and torched meringue.  Toasted meringue is one of my all-time favorite flavors.

IMG_20180222_152847_238

Luke’s Lobster.  Lobster rolls taste like butter squared.

IMG_20180222_185824_542

Pelicana.  Korean fried chicken is the best fried chicken, period.

IMG_7257

Not a winner dinner.  Cauliflower rice / sauteed bok choy with rice vinegar / ground turkey sauteed with chopped kimchi and gojuchang / soft boiled egg.  This had so much potential but I ended up stopping halfway through and eating fried chicken leftovers instead.

IMG_7259

Another night we were supposed to have cauliflower soup for dinner but I couldn’t deal with the blender so at the last minute I ended up making… whatever the hell this is.  At least it was tasty!  Sauteed yellow onion and leeks with celery seed and smoked paprika / roasted cauliflower / turkey bacon / sharp cheddar.

IMG_7284

Have a great weekend!

IMG_20180219_093647_710

Fresh On The Blog

Gotta love a three day weekend!  I don’t work today (hence the late post) and my plans include the dog, my bed, and The Office, the end.

My Friday, Saturday, Sunday were all pretty great too.  Friday, Adam drove me into work so we had before-work breakfast date and after-work dinner date (plus we basically consider the time driving in the car to be a date too!).  Saturday, I met up with girlfriends for brunch and discovered that Bayside, Queens – which is about 10 minutes from my house – is actually kind of great.  And Sunday, we had friends in from out of town and we got to show them the magic of Grand Central Whispering Gallery; plus the magic of coffee from Cafe Grumpy!

highlights…

Apertif.  I had a croque canard sandwich with duck rillettes, apple, brie, and béchamel.

IMG_20180217_123702_501

F.O.B.  A newish Filipino spot in Cobble Hill people have been (rightly) raving about.

IMG_7199

IMG_7201

We got so much good food!  Corn bibingka – rice cake with farmers cheese, kesong puti, and coconut butter.

IMG_7208

Overnight chicken adobo and pechay – sautéed Chinese cabbage with chili and garlic.

IMG_7209

And Halo Halo – shaved ice with nata de coco, red beans, tapioca, mango, jackfruit, and ube ice cream!

IMG_7218

French Workshop.  We split something with white chocolate mousse, and hazelnuts, and milk chocolate ganache but there were about a million other things that looked good too.

IMG_7223

Joyce Bakeshop.  We’ve decided that we don’t love their coffee, but their kouign amann is my all-time favorite pastry.  Seriously, I like it more than filled croissants from Union Fair and cronuts from Dominique Ansel, and that bar is set pretty damn high.

IMG_7192

Kame Ramen in Nomad.  I had spicy chicken miso with sesame oil and a soft boiled egg.

IMG_20180218_133342_125 (1)

I did manage to cook one meal at home – loaded baked potato casserole / shredded chicken with bbq sauce / spinach salad with pomegranate, marcona almonds, and Trader Joe’s cilantro salad dressing.

IMG_7229

Have a great week!

IMG_7194

Heart On My Apron

It’s hard to believe that the Valentine’s celebration of love fell on a week when America really needs some extra love <– but more importantly needs better gun control legislation.

– – There is no good segue from my opening thoughts to blathering about my lunches so I’m just going to abruptly start talking about food here. – –

Highlights from this week…

Chocolate covered strawberry smoothie – plain Greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, and chocolate milk.

IMG_7105

Chocolate covered cherry iced coffee – espresso roast with chocolate milk and Luxardo cherry juice.

IMG_7167

There is a snazzy new Hungry Ghost location near my work and their fantastic iced lattes have not been a good thing for my coffee budget.

IMG_7154

Seriously though, the best coffee of my life was Sunday while grocery shopping – the frozen moolattas from Stew Leonard’s are unreasonably delicious.

IMG_7091

Birthday cake flavored protein bar.

IMG_7095

Sumo mandarin // conversation hearts // sweetened dried lemon and dried persimmon.

IMG_7126

Lavender yogurt with blueberries // dark chocolate heart.

IMG_7178

Vanilla bean yogurt with blueberries and a jaffa murcot mandarin.

IMG_7130

Coffee and chicory yogurt with blueberries // cinnamon churro crispy treat.

IMG_7183

Pinch of Yum’s bourbon chicken.  I used breasts instead of thighs, roasted shredded cabbage instead of rice, and upgraded to maple bourbon.

IMG_7165

Cheesy baked crab dip – with shredded crab, cream cheese, cheddar, green onion, Old Bay, minced ginger, and fish sauce.

IMG_7085

Scooped with orange bell pepper slices and Trader Joe’s coconut shrimp.

IMG_7079

Spiralized zucchini sauteed with lemon and pepper topped with  extra-firm tofu crusted in peanut sauce (peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce, canola oil, sugar, garlic, and ginger).

IMG_7136

I hope everyone has a fun, safe, love-filled weekend.