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.

Al Fresco

What a wonderful weekend we just had!  I worked (super long, busy days) Friday, Saturday, Sunday but Adam was off in the evenings too so we made sure to aggressively enjoy ourselves.  Tons of NYC restaurants are doing safely distanced / non-exploitative outdoor dining now and we took full advantage.

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Highlights include…

Homemade frozen pain-killers, enjoyed on a long walk with Webster.  Coconut milk, orange juice, frozen pineapple, nutmeg, and dark rum.

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S’mores ice cream sandwich.  This was very graham/cinnamon forward.

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A birthday cake stuffed cookie from Gooey on the inside.

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Drinks and dessert at Freeman’s Alley.  Bananas foster with a spicy margarita and a jammy vodka cocktail with elderflower and raspberry.

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Dinner at Wayla, aka our new favorite Thai spot.  They have Thai iced tea with oat milk.

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We had a couple good cocktails, including this Hanabi Milk Punch which was my favorite drink I’ve ever been served.  Naked Turtle Rum, Blackwell Rum, strawberry, star anise, cloves, genmaicha, and Singha soda.

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Lump crab fried rice

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Tua Pad Prik Khing – wok-fried long beans, crispy tofu, and galangal chili paste.

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Dinner at Glasserie.  I had a hibiscus margarita.  Also a Hemingway daiquiri that knocked my socks off.

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We shared a bunch of plates, each one better than the last.  Olives and pickled peppers // labne, honey, and griddled bread.

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Roasted lamb with potato and grilled scallions.

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Tzatziki with trout roe and potato husks.  <– my favorite dish of the weekend

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Coconut Iced Coffee

I work this weekend but I do have some fun date nights planned.  Highlights from the past week include…

We made painkillers!  Dark rum, coconut milk, coconut cream, pineapple juice, orange juice, and nutmeg (and edible glitter stars!).

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And since it was in the house, I put coconut cream in my iced coffee.

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A yogurt bowl with peanut butter toffee granola and fresh blueberries.  I need to make an effort to eat more berries while they’re still in season.

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Watermelon jerky.  I was past due on eating this… it is Apple Month next week!

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These birthday cake bunny grahams are a 10/10.  Perfectly balanced sweetness and soooo cute.

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Green beans (roasted, then sauteed with duck sauce, soy sauce, and Chinese mustard) with Trader Joe’s frozen vegan orange chicken.

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A tasting plate dinner win – rainbow baby carrots, bbq kettle chips, smoked salmon dip, and roasted cauliflower with five spice.

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Tubular

Five highlights from this week include – – –

Arizona fruit snacks.  They have a really pleasant texture and no palm oil.  Does anyone else remember the terrible-in-a-wonderful-way pina colada bottled beverage Arizona used to sell?

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Speaking of throwbacks, here’s a cherry cola slurpie(!) push-up(!!).  Would recommend.

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Beer wins.  Triple dry-hopped IPA // key lime pie gose.

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Dinner inspired by chana masala.  Made with white beans instead of chickpeas and served on cauliflower rice.

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Dinner inspired by laarb and/or fried rice.  Ground turkey cooked with fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, Sriracha, and Korean chili flakes / with sauteed shallot, green onion, and Thai chili pepper / plus cilantro and mint / and roasted cauliflower rice / with eggs stir-fried in.

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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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Chocolate Cherry And Hoppy Guava

I work all this weekend so clearly I jumped right back into my non-vacation life.  It was actually a really busy work-week for me, I’ve been updating the hospital’s parenteral nutrition guidelines which is a fun but time-consuming project (in addition to my patient load).  I am already quite excited for the next weekend – – in 8 days!

Highlights from this week include…

Espresso roast coffee with vanilla oat milk.

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Sweet and jammy jelly berry grapes.

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Double cherry truffle ice cream.  I have been more than a little obsessed with these Magnum tubs throughout quarantine and cherry was my favorite variety yet!

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These Slush Puppie ice pops fill me with an unfathomable amount of joy.  They’re a total childhood favorite throwback and delicious to boot.

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Orange soda beer float!

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Local guava IPA.

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Roasted zucchini with roasted chickpeas, baby tomatoes, kalamata olives, and crispy cheese bites.

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Spring mix and herbs lettuce mix with Asian ginger salad dressing, Guara almonds, tomatoes, and peppered smoked salmon.

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Salad with homemade honey mustard dressing, honey butter almonds, and a fried egg.

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A Few Of My Favorite Things

We had quite a lovely time this past weekend; several long walks, lots of dog cuddles, and I had at least six of my favorite foods.  Five highlights include…

{1} The new cold brew can from Partners Coffee.

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{2} A coffee date at Rose Wolf.  We had a quad iced latte with skin milk (<– #1 favorite thing) and a whipped coffee with oat milk and vanilla.

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{3} The ET Stay Home series from Evil Twin is our new all-time favorite in beer.  We were over the moon for #8 (a sour ale brewed with pineapple, guava, hot chili peppers, and conditioned on marshmallows) and #9 (a sour ale brewed with brown sugar, apples, apricots, almonds, and milk sugar).

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{4} Halo Halo from Pig and Khao.  Shaved ice with leche flan, ube ice cream, and macapuno.

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{5} My favorite thing I’ve eaten all year = the dumpling collaboration from Pizza Loves Emily and Mimi Chengs.  Pat LaFrieda dry-aged beef, Grafton aged cheddar, crushed pretzels, caramelized onions, and Emmy Sauce.

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Cola In My Beer And Oats In My Coffee

We officially went back at the hospital full-time this week and I’m not going to lie, the transition was rough.  Sitting in the ICUs means I have to wear an N-95 mask all day long which comfortwise is a big change from charting in my kitchen next to an iced coffee.  Thankfully I had a few days off mid-week so I was able to ease into it.

Highlights…

This week’s coffee combo was Starbucks cold brew with the super marshmallowy Chobani chocolate oat milk.

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On my days off I brewed my Cafe Nguyen Phin coffee.  <– still loving this

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Lemon & lavender yogurt with blueberries and white chocolate macadamia granola.

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I went grocery shopping mid-week which meant our Trader Joe’s snack stash is fully stocked.  I recommend this new nut mix.

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The homemade coffee cookies and cream ice cream went away quickly.

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Cherry cola beer from Evil Twin.

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Channa masala with cauliflower rice.

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Whole-wheat spaghetti with pasta sauce, kale, and TJ’s soyrizo.

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Thai take-out; cashew chicken with basil fried rice.

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Coffee Cookies And Cream

Food highlights from the weekend included —

We celebrated National Doughnut Day one day late with a s’mores doughnut from Dough Hut.

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Plain skyr yogurt topped with fruit salad (mango, kiwi, plum, blueberries, lemon juice, and honey).

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This nut mix was great, it had just enough savory to offset the sweet.

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These brown sugar boba popsicles knocked our socks off.  How did the keep the frozen tapioca so chewy and wonderful??!

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Also I made ice cream.  Two-ingredient no-churn ice cream infused with coffee and espresso and layered with crushed Oreo.  It was amazing.

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Kettlecorn with Korean chili flake.

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Veggie tacos.  Baked tortillas with cheese / corn and kale / chorizo-style seitan / homemade salsa.

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Kimchi In My Ramen And My Burger

Real Stuff — This was a hard weekend in the United States.  I don’t think my voice adds anything to the discussion but I do want to use my (small) platform share some posts with my white readers:  A Guide to White Privilege // How to be Actively Anti-Racist // 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship.

Fluff — Some highlights from the past few days…

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We took a social distancing walk across the Williamsburg Bridge to get take-out to eat in Thompkin’s Square Park and I must have said four-thousand times how much I love NYC.

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Nowon was ridiculously fantastic.  I had charred broccoli with sesame caesar, perilla, anchovy, parmesan, and seaweed and a double cheeseburger with american cheese and kimchi mayo.

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Still loving making Phin coffee.

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This new Chobani chocolate oat milk is insane.  It tastes like chocolate marshmallows!

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This yogurt bowl tasted like summer.  Plain Greek, honey, cinnamon, and fresh mango.

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Chicken and kimchi ramen with brown sugar milk tea with boba.

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The best thing I ate all weekend = this taco.  Stuffed with Kewpie, Crystal hot sauce, and soft-scrambled eggs with gouda.

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