Halvah Cotton Candy

Here were this week’s top five bites –

An egg and cheese roll from a truck in Brooklyn.  This edge bite does not give an accurate picture of just how wonderfully cheesy it was.

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Kiwi Chobani with Heritage Flakes and a Minneola.

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Sweet Cream Liberté with maple quinoa granola and some Golden Nugget tangerines.

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A loose take on this recipe for vegan menemen with silken tofu.  I couldn’t find urfa chiles so I substituted smoked paprika and some raisins and somehow it came out great.

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With roasted zucchini and toasted bread with olive oil.

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Halvah floss (aka cotton candy!).

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Carbo-Loading For The Work-Week

Three words to sum up this weekend’s eats – all the carbs.  Fourth word – yum!

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It was a very good weekend, in spite of the city’s first snow.  We drove (carefully!) into Brooklyn both days for tasty brunches, I cooked two new dishes, we cackled loudly at the Garfunkel and Oates special, and I polished off a bunch of freelance work.

Iced latte from Milk Bar.

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Starbucks smoked butterscotch latte.  I ordered this with four shots of espresso (normal x2) and two pumps of syrup (normal/2) and it was still too sweet.

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Espresso and chocolate milk.

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Best brunch of the new year at Sunday in Brooklyn.

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I drank a Sundae Coffee – cold brewed coffee, aged rum, allspice dram, and vanilla cream – and a Smoked Oak Soda, aka the best thing I’ve ever tasted.  It was like a glass of toasted marshmallow!!!

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We started with a pecan sticky bun and a maple cheddar biscuit.  It’s possible we got excited and basically ordered the whole damn menu. 

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I uncharacteristically ordered pancakes… malted pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter.

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Plus we spit home fries and I stole several bites of Adam’s smoked salmon and pastrami cod.  We took some food home, obviously, and the dog was over the moon for that salmon.  <– I agree, best lox I’ve had yet.

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Work lunch yogurt bowl.  Vanilla bean with TJ’s almond butter granola and chocolate tahini, plus a Piñata apple.

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Pizza lunch at Emmy Squared.  We had waffle fries with bonito flakes.

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The Marn Blanc — white pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, pecorino, and caramelized onion – was good but intense; I’d probably get something with red sauce to cut through the fat next time.

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Snack time, tortilla chips and peanut butter cups.

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Dulce de leche iced chocolate from Cacao Market.

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Turkey salad for a simple dinner, with mayo, ground mustard, celery, sweet and spicy pecans, and cilantro.  Plus baby carrots and buttered sourdough toast.

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Nacho night.  Tortilla chips with sharp cheddar, chunky salsa, and black beans.  Plus more baby carrots on the side.

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Sunday I spent some time chopping in the kitchen and tried two new recipes.  I did a very loose interpretation of Mapo Tofu with ground turkey and gojuchang served on brown rice.

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Next to a bok choy salad.  I borrowed this sauce, and tossed it with chopped bok choy, red bell pepper, celery, green onions, and Valencia peanuts.  It was delicious!  This was our first time eating the bok choy raw and we loved it.

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I’d say my glycogen stores are fully replenished.  Have a fantastic week!

This Is The Past Week

The week since I last posted included – a 6 am-start work day with a blissful 3 pm return home // a limp, due to a minor biopsy on one of my toes // a free trip to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum thanks to a Smithsonian “Museum Day” promotion //  a one day weekend with a Sunday at work // two trips to the Gotham West Market // the return of most of my fall tv shows! //  dessert once a day at a minimum // tons of cuddle time with Webster // etc, etc.

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{highlights}

My current coffee favorite – espresso on ice with a chocolate milk carton.

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Harmless Harvest coconut water with a peanut butter chocolate chip Zing bar.  Two thumbs up x2.

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Maple brown sugar Peeps.  I know I’m disgusting but I kind of loved these, they are gritty in the best possible way.

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Iced hibiscus apple cider at Argo Tea.  I was limping through Manhattan on an especially hot day at this hit the spot.

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Sushi burrito.  Stuffed with brown rice, tofu, spicy tobanjan mayo, carrot and daikon pickles, seaweed salad, and red pepper.  Their marinated silky tofu is the best tofu I’ve ever tasted.

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Hail Mary.  Root beer and rum for Adam and housemade cherry cola with whisky for me.

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We shared two veggies – fried green tomatoes,

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and fantastic charred greens (with anchovy crumbs, plum molasses, and buttermilk).

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Mostly we were there for dessert.

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“Mile-high” funfetti cake with salted caramel buttercream and giant housemade sprinkles!

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Bareburger.  I got a collard greens Caesar salad and buffalo chicken bites.

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Last night we made a Southern-flavors-inspired buttermilk-laced feast.  Apple cider for cooking fuel.

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Oven-fried buttermilk chicken tenders and roasted green beans with homemade honey mustard.

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Buttermilk pie in a Biscoff cookie crust.

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YUM!

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Last Week’s Top Six

Better late than never?  I spent my weekend in a malstrom of giant bowls of stovetop popcorn and NCIS episodes and couldn’t pull myself away to blog.  I’m currently watching NCIS but it will probably be awhile before I eat any more popcorn!

Last week’s top six…

{1} Australian iced coffee.

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Cold brew concentrate, chocolate milk, ice, and a scoop of ice cream.  I started several mornings this way.

{2} Product samples from Viki’s Granola.

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They sent me some tasty granola to review.  Banana walnut was my favorite.  The granolas are gluten-free and have </160 calories per 1/4 cup.  The texture was unique, they were much softer and less clumped that most of the other granolas I’ve tried.

Very nice in my yogurt lunches.

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Especially with sugar crunch grapes.

{3} Compartes Birthday Cake Bar.

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White chocolate with sprinkles and three types of vanilla bean, it tasted like cake!  These bars are so worth the $10 price tag, I want to try more.

{4} Pasta salad, served cold.

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Whole wheat bow ties / spinach pesto / heirloom baby tomatoes / baked tofu with balsamic / cubes of swiss and sharp cheddar.  We almost never eat cold pasta salad and this felt fun and summery.

{5} Pimento cheese nachos.

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Our favorite meal, with a southern spin.  Zapp’s sweet pimento cream cheese chips, shredded chicken, red bell pepper, and candied pecans.

{6} Fantastic oven-fried chicken.

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We made a version of this chicken from A Cozy Kitchen and it blew our freaking minds.  With a garlic butter sauce instead of the spicy one.  We plan on making another batch this week.

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This Weekend’s Best…

…breakfast –

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A blueberry cheesecake smoothie!  Frozen berries with chocolate milk and low-fat cream cheese.  Adam and I both loved it.

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Plus the new cold brew from Dunkin.  Delicious with the Heath Bar syrup and some skim milk.

…brunch

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Colonie.  I got the duck hash again, because it makes the top five list for best dishes I’ve ever eaten.

…lunch –

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Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries and the last of the cookies crumbled on top.

…brinner –

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Eggs with swiss cheese, a simple salad, and a towering stack of buttered toast.

…dinner

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Sandwich night with roasted broccoli.

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Toasted french bread / mayo with Sriracha, fish sauce, and dark brown sugar / baked extra-firm tofu / quick pickled cucumber and shallot / crispy garlic.

…book –

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Autumn Balloons, a memoir by Kenny Porpora.  It had me laughing and crying, both at an embarrassing volume, on the train.  Easily one of the most captivating memoirs I’ve ever read.

Bao, Bubble Tea, And A Birthday

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Three day weekend eats.  My third day was Friday, not Memorial Day (hello, healthcare family, Adam and I both worked the holiday).

We managed to fit a lot of fun into the days.  Including not one but two types of bubble tea!  Plus a trip to Pennsylvania for my middle niece’s birthday party – Adam’s entire family was there and it was great to see everyone together.  And a loooong walk in the almost-summer sun that left me burnt to a crisp.

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Here were the highlights…

We split an iced latte and a lavender coconut shortbread from Tygershark.

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We adored the cute succulents, natural light, and overall vibe in there, we will definitely be heading in for a meal soon.

I packed us great bagels for our mini road trip.  Topped with fancy lox and Neufchatel cheese.

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Plus toasted marshmallow coffee once we got to PA.

Green juice on a shopping trip at Whole Foods.

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Kale, spinach, cucumber, and orange.  I went back and asked for ice, green juice is a billion times tastier when it’s cold.

Baohaus.

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The “Uncle Jesse Bao” is fried tofu served with Haus Seasoning Salt, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, cilantro, and Haus Sauce.  P.S. I am ashamed about how much I am anticipating “Fuller House” season 2.

Boba is the our favorite.  Black rose tea with tapioca and housemade almond jelly at Boba Guys.

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Plus I have been Instagram-jealous of this treat from Vivi for months.

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Black milk tea with boba on the bottom and a cloud of cotton candy – sprinkled with pop rocks!! – top.  So much fun!

Best for last – a picnic with my boys!

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We shared grilled cheese sandwiches and a long nap on a blanket in the grass.

We’ve made it to Wednesday, enjoy the rest of your week!

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Spring In The City

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As of this morning our spring vacation comes to a close.  We did St. Thomas, DC, and a few wonderful days in the best city on Earth (aka our hometown, NYC).  After a month apart while Adam was in Texas the past two weeks have been fantastic.  I’m going to miss him a lot this workweek.

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In spite of the rain and bitter cold over the past few days we managed to pack a lot of fun into our Friday/Saturday/Sunday.  We walked more than 10 miles around Manhattan on Friday, most of them in the downpour!  We had enough reprieves from the weather to appreciate how insanely gorgeous our city is in the spring.

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Here were our top five eats from the end of vacation…

{1} Breakfast at Back Room

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Breakfast in a fancy hotel with a view of the city?  Yes, please!  And it was one of the best meals of the weekend.  Adam got an amazing fish platter with herring and smoked sturgeon, smoked salmon, belly lox, pastrami salmon, fingerling potatoes, eggplant salad, and cream cheese with trout roe.  I’m usually a bit too squeamish for lox but I happily stole bites of everything from this plate.

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I had duck confit hash topped with a duck egg!  With a cheddar biscuit with honey and butter.

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You really can’t go wrong with duck on duck; my meal was almost too rich.

{2} Brunch at Du Jour Bakery

It was so good the last time that I had to go back and take Adam.  I ordered an iced latte (made with Brooklyn Roasting Company) immediately.

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And I went savory with an egg and cheese croissant sandwich.  My meal came with a tasty side salad and Adam’s came with fries so we were in business!

{3} Donuts from Underwest

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A Hells Kitchen spot inside of a car wash.  We tried halvah and vanilla-lavender.

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They were a bit cakey for my preferences (Adam disagrees) but the glaze was top-notch.

Plus coffee from Laughing Man, Hugh Jackman’s Tribeca shop that donates all of it’s proceeds to the Laughing Man Foundation.

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That’s a honey lavender latte to fit with our donuts.

{4} Ice cream from I CE NY

Smashed and rolled ice cream!  They spread your base flavor and mix-ins on a giant frozen metal plate.

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I got Thai iced tea ice cream with sprinkles mixed in and popping boba, mochi, and condensed milk on top.

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It was fun, and also some of the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten.  The base ended up being amazingly chewy! <– here is some info on why “chewy” is a compliment

{5} Dinner at Ten Ichi Ramen, a newish spot in Park Slope

We started with duck bao.

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I got the veggie ramen, with an aged egg on top.

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Not as good as Chuko but still pretty darn good.  The broth was so creamy!  Plus their chili garlic oil was wonderful, which is good for me because I add it to my ramen by the scoop.