Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Events!

September is always chock full of fantastic food events and this weekend has two that are going to be fantastic!

Taste of Gramercy  This is the 2nd year for Taste of Gramercy hosted by the GNA and you can expect food tastings from restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, Casa Mona, Barbounia and Bedford Cheese.  The event takes place on the gorgeous street of Irving Place and tickets can be purchased directly from their website.

Taste Of Gramercy

Danny Bowien curates this amazing event in Brooklyn which includes a whole weekend filled with food.  You can start your Saturday with a Chicken and Waffles brunch and then head over to the Future Foods Expo or check one of the fantastic panels going on that day.  My pick would be the Beer Tasting conversation with Other Half's Sam Richardson.  Round out the weekend with an All Star Chef BBQ on East River Park with over 20 chefs grilling up some serious 'cue.

Taste Talks

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dominique Ansel

I really can't walk through the West Village without stopping into Dominique Ansel for one of his incredible creations.  This time I was having a serious craving for chocolate...not just a little square of chocolate but a rich, decadent kind of chocolate craving....enter the Chocolate Pecan cookie.


This cookie was flourless so it had that super chewy texture inside with crisp edges and a thick fudgy middle that was everything rich and decadent I was hoping for.


It's honestly more like a brownie than a cookie but I'm not one to argue with Dominique Ansel...he's keeping my chocolate quota completely filled.

Dominique Ansel
189 Spring Street between Thompson & Sullivan
New York, NY 10012

Monday, September 8, 2014

Brunch at Fonda- Chelsea

Fonda is one of my absolute favorite places in the city for a big delicious Mexican brunch. My go-to dish is the Huevos Divorciados...a big saucy dish of eggs, salsa, ranchero and cheese all piled on top a crispy corn tortilla.



A side of rice and beans always accompanies the dish...the only true decision I ever have to make it what to drink.


Last time I tried out a fruity watermelon margarita...perfect for the humid weather and with just the right amount of salt.


The trek down to Avenue B was the only reason I didn't go to Fonda more often but with a brand new location right in Chelsea I can get my Mexican brunch fix every weekend!

Fonda Restaurant
189 9th Avenue & 21st Street
NYC, NY 10011

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Brew Friday- Third Rail Bodega

Third Rail Brewing launched last week across the city and we had the opportunity to try out their Bodega an American Pale Ale brewed with Citra and Centennial hops.



These guys really nailed it for their first beer...gorgeous orange color with a frothy head, tons of citrus and a little bit of pine.  This was incredibly drinkable and refreshing.  They have a couple beers around town; a dry hopped version of this Pale Ale and a Farmhouse Ale that's crisp and funky.  If your gonna try a new beer this Friday I highly recommend one from these guys.  Cheers!

Third Rail Beer

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Scarpetta

Last weekend we celebrated my Father's 75th birthday with dinner at Scapetta.  Italian restaurants have always been a favorite of my his and this meal started out strong with an amazing basket of bread.


Thick slices of stromboli filled with smoked mozzarella were the star of the show...one paired with creamy spinach and the other spicy salami.


Foccacia was used for the accouterments...creamy marscapone butter, citrus infused olive oil and a delicious eggplant caponata.  The bread was honestly so wonderful we devoured one basket and ordered a second.


Braised Octopus with ceci beans, olives and pancetta was incredible. I loved the red wine flavor and was pleasantly surprised by the crisp exterior of the meat.


Creamy Polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms was an absolute show stopper.  It was so rich and earthy...my spoon kept finding its way into that little bowl for just one more bite.


Somehow Scott Conant found a way to take an incredibly boring dish like spaghetti and turn it into something wonderful.  the pasta was so light and natural...the creamy sweetness of the tomato and basil in perfect balance with the noodles.


My Duck and Foie Gras Raviloi was another showstopper.  The tiny pillows of pasta were just thin enough to encase the duck and foie mixture without being overly rich.  I was pretty much in food heaven at this point and dessert was still on the way!


Warm Banana Bread with butterscotch pudding, toasted walnuts & chocolate stout gelato...


...and Amedei Chocolate Cake with salted caramel gelato and chocolate butterscotch.

I was practical swooning at the table after dessert (the wine probably helped too :).  Scarpetta was an incredible meal from start to finish; fabulous wine, wonderful service and Italian food that was simply perfect.