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.  !!!

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

Best Ever Iced Coffee

I survived the less-than-zero-degree weather!  My first winter in Buffalo I bought myself a pair of (children’s!) Sorrel snow-boots and they remain the single most essential item in my closet.

I worked Friday, Saturday, Sunday, so my weekend eats weren’t all that exciting.  Work was busy-busy so I mostly ate quick, snacky things.  The highlights…

Iced coffee with a crispy Pacific Rose apple.

IMG_6154

This New Orleans-style cold brew with sweetened condensed milk is officially my favorite coffee combo of all time.  I love Grady’s in general and this was perfectly spiced so with the SCM it was insanely delicious.

IMG_6128

Sooooo much hot chocolate.

IMG_6156

A giant smoothie I shared with Adam – plain Greek yogurt, frozen soursop, mango, and grapes.

IMG_6185

Toasted onion bagel with jalopeño-cheddar cream cheese.  I ended up scraping off part of my mountain of cream cheese like some kind of tourist.

IMG_6176

Watermelon / Sriracha chicken bar / vanilla crispy square.

IMG_6124

Maple salmon bar / TJ’s dried chokanan mango / TJ’s seed & bean medley.

IMG_6149

The first two nights of dinner I was thanking past Emily for leaving me yummy leftovers.  Hot wing pasta.

IMG_6140

Hot dish.  With ketchup and Sriracha on top.

IMG_6171

And Sunday night I finally got around to cooking the meal I had planned for the first night of Hannukah!

IMG_6195

I had kind of a bad foodie/good foodie thing going on – my latkes were from a box but my matzoh brie was fried in duck fat.

IMG_6179

I sprinkle sugar on mine because that’s how I grew up eating it.  And that’s a blob of labne on my latkes that I wished was sour cream.   Plus we had roasted broccoli with sumac.

IMG_6199

I am off of work today! and we are going somewhere fun for lunch!!

Buffalo Chicken Ballyhoo

Is it seriously September already??  Actually, don’t answer that; if I think about how fast this year seems to be going it makes my head spin.  At least now it’s Apple Month.

Here were eight things from the end of the eighth month…

{1}  coffee excitement

A match made in heaven?  I put creamy pecan popsicle in my iced coffee.

IMG_3121

IMG_3112

The lattes at Black Brick are roasty and delicious.

20170830_143709

{2}  brunch at Loosie’s Café

20170830_130749

20170830_130731

20170830_123634

20170830_123707

This space was gorgeous!  I had a grains bowl with shitake and king oyster mushrooms, purple kale, quinoa, roasted beets, cucumber raita, mint, and a soft egg.

IMG_20170830_123932_419

{3}  “milk and cookies” at The Bedford

Adam and I split a The Dude’s Caucasian – house-made vanilla bean espresso vodka on the rocks with a drizzle of cream.

20170830_135041

And a Drunken Cookie – underbaked chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed injected with white chocolate.  <– omg

IMG_20170830_140538_309

{4}  lime, mint, and elderflower sparkling water

IMG_3170

{5}  Curious Creamery ice cream mix

Please note – this product was given to me free of charge to review.  I was not provided further compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

It is mix that doesn’t require an ice cream maker, all you have to do is beat it with the milk of your choice and freeze.  It takes about 15 minutes of hands-on time, and we found the ice cream consistency to be enjoyable after 5 hours (and it continued to be good 48 hours later too).

IMG_3139

I used 2% cow’s milk but you can also use full-fat, skim, almond, etc – the mixes themselves are lactose-free and have no trans or saturated fat.  I made the vanilla packet plain – Adam thinks it tastes like marshmallows! – and the chocolate I mixed with dulce de leche and roasted pecans for a turtle sundae.

IMG_3149

We didn’t love the final product, but did quite like it.  I’d say the ice cream is better than 7-11 brand, Turkey Hill, or the no-name stuff at cafeterias; on par with most store-bought ice creams; and not as good as Ben and Jerry’s or the ice cream we can get at places like Ample Hills or Ice and Vice in the city.  If I’m living somewhere that isn’t NYC in the future I would definitely make it again.

{6}  the last of the seasonal summer beers

These ended up being two of my all-time favorite strawberry beers.  Shiner Strawberry Blonde / Saranac Strawberry Tart.

IMG_3185

{7}  out-of-this-world good buffalo chicken tenders

I base all of my “oven-fried” chicken on this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.  I used skinless, boneless chicken breast tenders and baked for 24 minutes at 425 degrees.  I mixed smoked paprika and cayenne in with my flour and used panko as my bread crumb.

IMG_3158

The final product was tossed with a mix of buffalo sauce, butter, and brown sugar.

IMG_3162

Paired with carrots and celery – steam/sautéed and finished with thyme honey balsamic vinaigrette – to keep the theme going.

IMG_3164

{8}  buffalo chicken and blue cheese cheese fries

Our leftover chicken got to participate in something magical – waffle fries baked with cheddar, blue cheese, and buffalo chicken on top.

IMG_3178

Have a great weekend.

Couch Potato, Twice Baked

This past week I came home from vacation and went back to work.  It wasn’t all bad, the end of vacation means I get to see this face –

IMG_20170806_213837_525

We made it home in time to celebrate his Buyday.  With steak!

IMG_20170812_140623_933

Here are the highlights of what the humans ate this week…

Coffee (coffee! coffee!).  Wicked Joe Coffee sent me some samples.  WJC is a sustainable, family-owned company producing certified organic, fair trade coffees.  They offered to let me try out the goods in celebration of the fact that they are available in 247 Sprouts Farmers Markets nationwide.

IMG_2842

I tried both blends (cooked in our drip coffee maker than cooled and served iced) black and with skim milk to taste-test and give them two thumbs up!  I also did some fun, sugary coffee pairings based on the tasting notes to jazz up my return to work mornings.  Wicked French says “bakers chocolate with an unexpected hint of sweetness” so I used fancy chocolate milk.

IMG_2846

Big House has “sweet notes of caramel and citrus” so I swirled in dulce de leche.

IMG_2969

Yogurt bowls.  Vanilla almond granola / cloudberry peach skyr / and three(!) colors of plucots.

IMG_2920

Passion fruit Fage / an apple / and an Rx Kids chocolate chip bar.

IMG_2976

I snuck in one last day of midweek vacation with Adam on Wednesday and we went on a lunch date at the gorgeously cool Chaan Teng in Hell’s Kitchen.

IMG_2891

IMG_2887

IMG_2907

I had shrimp and chicken dumplings to start.

IMG_2894

And a sweet and spicy cocktail with tequila, tamarind, basil, Szechuan peppercorns, mango juice, lime, and chili.

IMG_2898

They had kung pow duck!  With chilis , peppers, peanuts, and jicama.

IMG_2903

Snack attack.  We finally got to Astoria to try Chip.  My s’mores cookie was gooey perfection and now I can’t wait to go back.

IMG_20170816_121834_507

Cola candies.

IMG_2835

Korean Chili KIND bar.  <– I like their savory flavors even better than the sweet

IMG_2851

These dried mangos from TJ’s are out of this world good.

IMG_2937

If you stretch the definition of “cooked” to its limit, I made five nights of home-cooked dinners!  Turkey and sharp cheddar sandwich on a toasted whole-wheat croissant.

IMG_2828

BBQ chicken salad.  Local greens / ranch / baby heirloom tomatoes / pulled chicken breast with Korean bbq sauce / smoked cheddar.

IMG_2854

An assortment of freezer items, and eggplant that I actually cooked myself.

IMG_2869

TJ’s Thai sweet chili veggie burgers.

IMG_2878

Crinkle cut fries (with ketchup and mayo).

IMG_2881

Steamed/sautéed eggplant cooked with canola oil, fish sauce, gojuchang, honey, and garlic scapes.

IMG_2874

I made pimento cheese twice baked potatoes!

IMG_2944

This was my first time making twice backed spuds (or even eating them for that matter) but they came out great.  The filling was a mix of potato / extra-sharp cheddar / diced pimentos / mayo / smoked paprika and cayenne.

IMG_2964

Served with baked tofu.

IMG_2959

And beautiful roasted purple and orange cauliflower.

IMG_2954

IMG_2930

The potatoes were great leftover too.

IMG_2981

With leftover duck that I chopped up and reheated in a skillet.

IMG_2994

And oven-baked okra fries.

IMG_2989

Have a great weekend!

Butter Pecan Mochi

Apologies for another late post!  Honestly?  When I get home from work I get into bed fully dressed with a snack for at least 30 minutes and sometimes I just don’t get up again to do anything productive!  I know I haven’t really blogged about some of the big recent changes at work, but suffice to say I am tired.  <– but also really happy to be busy and getting some exposure to new things

Some of my favorite bites from the [last] week…

Watermelon kefir is an excellent idea.  P.S. When I went to the Lifeway website I discovered that they apparently make an eggnog kefir and now it’s pretty much all I can think about.

IMG_1806

I was all about the premade coffees this week and they were surprisingly delicious.  Starbuck’s dark roast iced coffee.

IMG_1810

Caribou vanilla iced coffee.

IMG_1774

Cafeteria baked potato bar.  With sour cream, cilantro, cheese/sauce, and salsa.

IMG_1799

Yummy yogurt bowls.  Coffee Chobani with chocolate tahini, maple granola, and walnuts and an eve apple.

IMG_1781

Blood orange Chobani with Heritage Flakes and sunshine raspberries.

IMG_1767

Whole Foods hot bar = black bean sauce broccoli, green beans, curried cauliflower, pasta salads, sweet chili tofu.

IMG_1844

Plus I tried their mocha ice cream in butter pecan and black sesame.  <– this might be my new favorite thing

IMG_1849

Blue chip nachos!  With corn, cheddar, black beans, and fresh tomatoes.  I dipped them into roasted tomato salsa.

IMG_1840

I bought a bag of rolls at our grocery’s bakery ($1.69 for a variety pack of six?!) and we became obsessed with turkey and cheddar sandwiches.  The key is spreading the bun with a mix of mayo and gojuchang.

IMG_1744

I made a simple veggie and tofu bowl that was our favorite dinner of the week.

IMG_1788

Chopped raw bok choy with TJ’s sesame soy ginger vinaigrette / TJ’s teriyaki baked tofu / crispy edamame – tossed with evoo and salt and baked at 400* for 20 minutes / black sesame seeds.

IMG_1796

Leftover sesame noodles with chili oil with baked tofu and crispy edamame.

IMG_1804

A dinner in parts: Adam had to take a super quick trip to Delaware this week and I worked out my schedule to tag along.  We started with Mile End in Brooklyn for appetizers.  Garlic knish.

IMG_1814

Brussel sprouts salad (with a mix of raw and roasted!) with labne, sumac, and honeycomb and pumpernickel powder.  It was amazing.

IMG_1818

Mid-dinner dessert stop for churros with dulce de leche at the new DeKalb Market Hall.

IMG_1823

And finally Grain in Newark.  I had a great whiskey sour.

IMG_1827

And the best crab cake sandwich of my life; it was absolutely packed with crab meat, no filler to be found.

IMG_1830

Enjoy the rest of your week!

I Can’t Choose A Favorite!

This is a longer wrap-up (Monday through Sunday) and I ate too many yummy things to chose a single favorite for my post title.  I’ve got my top three – 1) Thai-style crab fried rice, 2) roasted garlic bread, and 3) black sesame shaved ice.

Here were the highlights…

Killer coffee combo – Volcanic roast with chocolate milk.

IMG_0701

Usually I just have coffee for breakfast or eat something on my train, but this week the cafeteria sounded amazing first thing in the morning.  Eggs and hashbrowns, with humus.

IMG_0793

Cafeteria lunch, a spicy chicken sandwich on ridiculously cheesy bread with mustard, lettuce, and bell pepper.

IMG_20170420_145419_024

Last weekend I spent forever trying to make coconut curd.  I didn’t make jam, but I did filthy every last inch of my stovetop.  My experiment didn’t work, at all, but I did kind of like the end result – a vaguely sweet, egg, cake.

IMG_0676

I enjoyed my “jam” in lunches all week.  Like with vanilla bean yogurt and blackberries.

IMG_0689

And plain yogurt, berries, maple quinoa granola, and black sesame seeds.

IMG_0708

Whole Foods hot bar lunch.

IMG_0769

Sesame broccoli, turkey salad, and cole slaw.

IMG_0773

Plus a maple soda that was not as exciting as I was expecting it to be; it had an off-putting aftertaste.

IMG_0776

Snack time.  Ice cream = maple walnut and a white chocolate vanilla marshmallow flavor.

IMG_0779

Milk bun.

IMG_0792

Crème brulee milk stout.

IMG_0709

My workweek dinners were on point!  Like crab fried rice with roasted broccoli and sliced cucumber.

IMG_0717

I loosely followed this recipe, except I used brown rice and waaaay more crab.  It was fantastic.

IMG_0729

Vampire killer, I roasted three whole heads of garlic for this recipe.

IMG_0730

Garlic turkey meatballs with red sauce and roasted zucchini.

IMG_0746

And amazing homemade garlic bread – I mashed butter and roasted garlic and then slathered it on sliced sourdough and baked until delicious.

IMG_0751

Even our leftovers meal was tasty.  Cheese tortellini with meatballs, peas, roasted garlic, and red sauce.

IMG_0764

One night I had dinner out with a coworker.  We checked out the new Brooklyn MŏkBar location.  They have a liquor license now, and I got a yummy vodka “cloudsicle.”

IMG_0753

Plus chicken ramen with kimchi and poached egg.

IMG_0758

And the new Brooklyn Snowdays location was right next door!  Black sesame shaved ice with oreo, mochi, and condensed milk.

IMG_20170419_184546_591

Plus a dinner date with the husband.  Brinkley’s has Genesee Cream Ale on draught!

IMG_0781

We got pimento cheese dip and duck fat fries to start and I dipped my fries in the pimento cheese and pretty much died of heart failure happiness.

IMG_0784

Plus fish tacos with mahi, guacamole, and pineapple salsa.

IMG_0788

The other two dinners were decidedly less exciting.  Like Chipotle take out.  And more hot bar.  Yes, I went to Whole Foods two different days, it was an exciting week.  I was too busy at work yesterday to break for lunch so by the time I got dinner I ate a giant plate of all of the things.

IMG_0799

Now it’s two days of work before a break on Wednesday.

Have a great week!

IMG_0697