Thankful

I hope all of my American readers had a safe but satisfying Thanksgiving. Adam and I both worked the holiday but were able to continue our tradition of Thanksgiving night nachos! And thankfully our days ended early enough that we had time to chat with my parents while taking the dog on a cocktail walk and Zoom conference with all of my in-laws in the evening.

We spent a little time talking about things we are thankful for which was an easy assignment for me because I feel like thankful is actually my primary state of being – at least five times a day I thank my lucky stars that I just get to know Adam and Webster, let alone have them both love me back.

By the way, even my non-holiday eats were still pretty much on-theme because the short list of superficial things I’m thankful for definitely includes coffee, boba, sprinkles, ice cream, and pizza! Highlights from the past week include…

Stumptown holiday spice iced latte.

Thompson Square Bagels (my favorite in the city) poppy seed with birthday cake cream cheese.

Yogurt bowl win. Plain Greek with peanut butter, cranberry dressing, and granola. Trader Joe’s cranberry dressing (the stuff in the refrigerated section, not the canned one) is the best in the game.

This s’mores kefir was good but not as exciting as I wanted it to be.

Whole Foods has a whole line of specialty holiday ice cream flavors so I am obviously going to be eating ice cream every day for the next month.

Brown sugar creme brulee bubble tea!

Thanksgiving nachos. This year we did Trader Joe’s horseradish and chives potato chips / shredded cheese / duck fennel sausage / shishito peppers / cranberry dressing. Plus roasted brussel sprouts on the side.

And we stayed on theme with maple margaritas.

No pie for dessert, but we did have these festive truffles.

Roasted broccoli and cabbage with spicy cashew sauce and rolled tofu.

We lucked out that Taglio is so close to our apartment because they are currently my favorite pizza in the city. This roasted potato and vodka slice were both 10/10. Plus they have given a ton of food to the workers at Adam’s hospital throughout the pandemic so I am thrilled to support them (multiple times a week!).

Homemade chili topped with sour cream, jalopenos, and pimento cheese. I used duck sausage, black beans, orange bell pepper, poblano pepper, sweet onion, diced tomato, spices, and beer.

Plus a beer for the cook.

Boba And Burnt Ends

Adam and I had a delightful weekend! We spent time in Williamsburg, walked across the bridge to the Lower East Side, and drove out to Huntington and enjoyed the changing leaves.

My five favorite things were…

{1} Fantastically chewy treats from Alimama. A creme brulee mochi doughnut and a Vietnamese coffee and mini boba filled cream puff.

{2} Our first time eating – and adoring- fresh rice noodle rolls. Stuffed with egg, crab meat, and chicken.

{3} There’s a new Whole Foods near our house that serves reuben pizza and it’s possible we’ll never cook dinner again.

{4} Oddfellow’s holiday flavor line-up is insane. We tried coquito this weekend, topped with concord creme pie (concord jam infused sweet cream ice cream with chunks of pie crust), swoon.

{5} Epic take-out from Lazy Siu’s – vegan burnt ends, snow peas cooked with duck fat and shallots, and skin-on fries.

Howling Gourds

Adam and I both worked this weekend, so we didn’t have a lot of fun, but we did have some good snacks. Highlights included…

Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice protein smoothie. Mild flavor, good spice, and pretty filling.

Whole-wheat matzoh with melted cheddar. I haven’t fully sold Adam on matzoh brei yet but he’s onboard with the bread as a vehicle for cheese.

Howling Gourds is officially our new favorite pumpkin ale! It’s fairly hoppy and cinnamon-forward but most importantly it is 7% ABV which is higher than most other pumpkin beers we’ve tried in the past.

Clean-out-the-pantry pasta that was surprisingly good. Whole-wheat rotini with steamed broccoli, sautéed radish, Trader Joe’s vegan chorizo, and marinara sauce, topped with Manchego.

Pumpkin Month, Taco Week

Important things first – as of Thursday we have entered Pumpkin Month!

I am very excited about some of those beers. This year’s haul was more restrained than years past because I have accepted that I don’t actually eat cereal so I didn’t buy eight varieties of pumpkin spice cereal to sit and grow stale while they waited for Adam.

Highlights from this week included lots of fall flavors…

Like cinnamon vanilla cold brew.

And freeze-dried apple slices and dark chocolate covered cherries (plus birthday cake bunny grahams).

And all the salted caramel ice creams.

I also had some Perfect snacks.

And this next-level tasty Eleven Lives & Still Wandering double IPA.

I spent two solid hours in the kitchen last Sunday prepping meal components and it was worth it because we had a super easy and delicious taco week! Sautéed onion and red, orange, and yellow bell peppers with roasted zucchini // cauliflower and walnut vegan taco meat // crockpot shredded chicken thighs // homemade salsa (loosely inspired by this recipe). Tacos with veggies, salsa, cauliflower meat, and shredded cheese.

Giant protein bowls with veggies, shredded cheese, cauliflower meat, chicken, salsa, and a fried egg. Plus a cheese quesadilla.

Chicken chilaquiles (made with homeamde tortilla chips!).

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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