Goodbye, 2018

We finished out 2018 with some fun – a three-day weekend anniversary trip to NYC!

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Favorite Friday activity = Checking out the holiday decorations at Chelsea Market.

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Favorite Saturday activity = Meeting up with friends for lunch + dinner and a long walk through Brooklyn in between (Park Slope,  Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Dumbo).

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Favorite coffee = Birthday cake iced latte at Milk Bar.

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Favorite breakfast = Croissants at Cafe D’Avignon in Dekalb Market Hall.  They are the best in the city and we’re obsessed.  The coffee isn’t bad either.

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Favorite lunch = Ramen at Chuko.  I had the sesame garlic ramen with woodear mushroom, spicy mustard greens, and scallions topped with poached egg, fried tofu, and garlic chili oil.

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Favorite drink = Frozen Painkiller at Ramona.

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Favorite dinner = Oxomoco.  We told the waitress to stop us if ordered too much – she didn’t but I’m not mad!  The tamarind orange margarita was good.

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The Rosita – mezcal, sherry, grapefruit, and hibiscus – was even better.

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The caesar salad with wood fired romaine and cotija masa crunch was the best I’ve ever had.

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Masa fried cauliflower with black mole, butternut squash crema, pepitas, and oregano.

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Charred carrot tamal with green garlic and hoja santa mole.

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Tlayuda Oxomoco – camote, quesillo, pipian, pomegranate, and brown butter. <– Adam’s favorite dish of the night

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Chicken al pastor tacos with grilled pineapple, crispy skin, and salsa morita.

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We powered through two desserts because we knew they’d be amazing.  Oaxacan chocolate cake with coffee ice cream, cajeta, and walnut crumble and black sesame curd with black sesame crumble and pasionfruit raspado. <– my favorite dish of my life

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Hi, 2019!

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It’s Beginning To Taste A Lot Like Christmas

I did not exactly hit it out of the park on dinners this past weekend – yesterday we went out to all-you-can-eat sushi with my cousin and that was the only night I deviated from Wegman’s hot bar.  To be fair, I had to work Sunday and I needed to conserve my strength!

Five highlights from the past three days, four of which are on theme…

{1} La Colombe peppermint mocha latte can.  Bonus – Trader Joe’s cedar balsam candle smells divine.

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{2} TJ’s nog flavored coconut yogurt with gingerbread spice Life cereal.  All I needed were some red and green sprinkles!

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{3} Gingerbread and salted caramel gelato.  I think I would like gingerbread items more if they were always paired with caramel, you need something to cut the spice.

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{4} New Belgium’s Accumulation white IPA.  This was the year I discovered I enjoy IPAs, especially double IPAs!

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{5} We finally made it to Quality Pie and now we want to go back ASAP.

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I had fried chicken on a biscuit with maple sriracha butter.

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A New York Weekend

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.

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The best coffee = a quad, non-fat, iced latte of Stumptown at Black Brick.

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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.

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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.

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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.

IMG_2425I ♥ New York.

 

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Fire, Flour, & Fork; A Foodie Weekend In Richmond

Adam and I spent a fun weekend in Richmond with some of our favorite people doing our favorite things – eating and walking!  My family invited us for a few days of edible entertainment at Fire, Flour, & Fork.

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We did a street art and food tour.

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The highlight was definitely Greenleaf’s Pool Room, we got a fantastic demonstration and a 99% house-made grilled cheese, tomato soup, deviled egg, and pickle.

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Plus we went to Smoke on the Water, a nighttime event of tents filled with all you could eat local foods and all you could drink cocktails.  On the water, natch.

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My favorite bites were the apple pie old fashioned with a rice krispie treat garnish and a plate of fish cake with remoulade and slaw.  But the best things we ate all weekend were off of the FFF path on the favorite spots “tour” my cousin took us on.

Kuba Kuba, the best Cuban food we’ve had outside of Florida.  I had cafe con leche and huevos rancheros – two eggs over red beans and kuban bread, topped with monterey jack cheese, enchilada sauce, and lime sour cream.

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Perly’s, the best deli we’ve been to outside of New York.  We had housemade pickles, and I had a Rachel – a turkey reuben with cole slaw instead of sourkraut.

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It was a perfect weekend!

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1st Week Of Pumpkin Month

It’s Pumpkin Month!  Check out this year’s stash –

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Here is some of the gourdy goodness I’ve eaten so far…

Pumpkin milk iced coffee.

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Chobani pumpkin with maple Cheerios.

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Trader Joe’s pumpkin yogurt with Justin’s maple cashew butter, plus a rave apple and a chocolate chip cookie.

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Other tasty things from the past week include…

Duck confit hash from Farm Bell Kitchen.

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Mexican candy with guava paste and dulce de leche.

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Grapefruit yogurt drink with mango jelly and popping grape boba.

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Vietnamese caramel chicken with jasmine rice and sauteed bok choy and shredded carrot.

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Shrimp fried rice, cooked on a sheet pan.  <– this is such a fantastic idea!  We will definitely use this method again

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Spinach and artichoke chicken (similar to this recipe) with roasted cauliflower.

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Flavors Of Fall

Next week is the start of Pumpkin Month!!  But first, here’s a collection of “fall flavored” things –

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The maple Mars bar was a disappointment.  (Mom, sorry, it came as part of a Snack Crate, I cannot get you one).

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But the pecan pie granola was a delight, especially paired with a Trader Joe’s caramel apple Greek yogurt!

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More apple goodness, this Rave variety was crispy and sweet.

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And in other packaged goods new, I obsessively searched for this Oreo coffee creamer for the past 2 months before I finally got my hands on it.  <– worth it

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Pimento cheese and crackers at Grit.

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I put leftover bbq chicken on a yummy salad.  With butter lettuce, honey mustard dressing, cashews, and cucumber.

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This frozen meal from Trader Joe’s remains the best chile relleno of my life.

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My in-laws were in town a few days this week and we had a great time seeing them.  Including a trip to Asian buffet.  I had really tasty seaweed salad and the best egg tart I’ve ever eaten.  Here were my fist and last plates (with several in between!).

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Frozen And Frothed

Top five from the weekend…

{1}  A variety of fancied coffees.

This combo is still rocking my socks off.

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I made a frozen coffee at home in the blender.

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And had a much more successful frozen granita at the farmer’s market.

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Plus a latte from Snowing in Space with nitro draft espresso!

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{2}  A birthday cake pop-tart from Wonderment.

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{3}  Cupcakes and coffee at Sweethaus.

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I had a quad iced latte and a cookies and cream cupcake with Oreo pieces baked inside it.

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{4}  Best brunch in Virginia at Junction.

I had chicken and waffles with habenero maple syrup.

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Plus we want to go back and try every cocktail on the menu!  The Paloma was out of this world – blanco tequila, Aperol, salted grapefruit cordial, lime.

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{5}  We made fantastic bbq chicken sandwiches.  Chicken roasted with paprika (cooked like this) then brushed with bbq sauce (Stubbs but mixed with butter, honey, and Sriracha) served on a bun with smoked cheddar and Kewpie mayo.  Plus roasted green beans.

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Have a great week!

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