Friday, August 1, 2014

New Brew Friday- Torst

It's Friday and the first day of August which means Summer time is running out!  Time to get in all those last fun summertime moments.  Oh wait it looks like rain again...okay let's just go hole up at Torst instead :)


Our last visit we shared two Evil Twin beers a Lil'B and Imperial Biscotti Break.  Both are the same American Porters but the Biscotti has vanilla, almonds and espresso added to the base beer to give it a slighter sweeter flavor.  This place never gets old. The tap list is always changing, the staff are incredible and the food....that Daniel Burns is no joke.  

Torst

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pies 'n' Thighs

Mr. T and I did a little beer crawl across Williamsburg last weekend and ended at one of my favorite stops of all time- Pies 'n' Thighs.  I've talked about this amazing sandwich before remember....it would probably be my last meal on earth if I had to choose.



Crispy Fried Chicken breast, slathered with spicy hot sauce and honey butter all sandwiched inside a fluffy biscuit.  This is what I dream about at night...seriously.


We usually get some extra cheesy Mac and Cheese as a side and add on a Cobb Salad for something a little green...and of course there's always pie! 


One slice of boozy bourbon pecan pie with dark chocolate and a dollop of fresh made whipped cream on top.  It really gets no better than this.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Brunch at Pavilion

I had high hopes for brand new Pavilion in Union Square; my first visit was very promising.  I loved the outdoor atmosphere, the french fries were wonderful and aside from some super boring mussels it was a delightful meal.



My second visit didn't go quite as well.  I brought along Mr. T and we began with a few drinks....that took a very looooong time to arrive.



Almost as long as our Popover but luckily this was worth the wait...crunchy exterior with layers of fluffy pastry inside and a fresh vanilla bean custard studded with raspberries.


Unfortunately then we another loooooong wait for our entrees and it was a poor showing at best.  My Kale Salad had been chopped so fine it was almost impossible to get a full bite.  Add on a dressing with absolutely no flavor and you got a total kale salad fail. The only thing worse was Mr. T's Oatmeal.


I would liken the texture to "soggy mush" and the flavor to wet cardboard.  They would have been better off serving up a bowl of expensive Creme of Wheat.  

Of course flagging down the waiter for our check was no easy feat either and by the time we left we were both frustrated and tired.  In a city filled with so much incredible food relying on a pretty facade will get you only so far and I think that limit has been reached at Pavilion.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Lunch at Fig and Olive

There's little better in life than a long leisurely lunch...sharing it with good friends and a few delicious cocktails certainly makes it a bit more special.  The wine list at Fig and Olive is wonderful but if you want the full "Fig and Olive" experience I suggest starting out with one of their signature fig cocktails.




They were participating in Restaurant Week so we all decided to do the three course prix fix which began with an amazing Beef Carpaccio.
  

Thin ribbons of beef dressed with 18 year balsamic, tomato, Parmesan and a white truffle olive oil that was absolutely incredible.   This was one of the tastiest carpaccio's I've ever had and the portion size was large enough to be my entire meal.



Filet Mignon Salad followed with fresh avocado, asparagus, grilled onion and a delicious pine nut vinaigrette.


For dessert a dainty Chocolate Pot De Creme topped with vanilla creme and a crunchy praline financier.


A rich delicious end to a lovely lunch :)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ample Hills Creamery

I've been obsessing over something all week...something so wondrously delicious I get little goosebumps on my arms just thinking about it.  Toffee Bar Crunch from Ample Hills Creamery.


Thick, creamy vanilla bean ice cream, laced with ribbons of caramel, crunchy chunks of toffee and milk chocolate.  It's sweet and buttery; much more of an adult delicacy then a childhood treat.


They have two permanent locations in Brooklyn and one seasonal spot on Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Their flavors change every day but on my last visit they had a Mexican Hot Chocolate, Sweet as Honey and their signature Salted Crack Caramel that sounds downright dangerous.


Incredible ice cream, NYC view...perfection!

Ample Hills