Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Little Bit of Happiness

It's official- summer's over.  My walk to work was jammed with brand new college kids headed to their first class.  The train was an unhappy mess of commuters...most sporting scowls of disdain underneath shiny tan faces.  It's never a fun week...so I've put a stop into my favorite spot in the world for a little pick me up- Eataly.  

It's hard to be angry when slicing into a ball of fresh mozzarella cheese sprinkled with sea salt and soft beautiful ribbons of prosciutto.  Summer may be over but the crisp cool air of autumn is nothing to be sad about...the trees will change, the leaves will crunch under your shoes as you walk and football is back! Those are three wonderful things to celebrate :)


Friday, August 29, 2014

New Brew Friday- pseudoSue

Three day weekends deserve a beer of epic proportions and what's more epic than a Tyrannosaurus Rex! The pseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing is named for the largest T-Rex fossil ever discovered and this mammoth American Pale Ale deserves the name.  The nose has big beautiful aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and mango with a gorgeous orange body that's so crystal clear I get goosebumps just looking at it.

The flavor is all tropical fruit with lots of juicy mango and a smooth creamy mouthfeel.  I can't think of a better way to usher in the long weekend. Cheers!

Toppling Goliath

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lunch at Paneantico

I rarely get out to Bayridge, Brooklyn; something that's a total mistake on my part.  I love the friendly neighborhood vibe, the gorgeous views of the Verazzanno Bridge and the incredible little bakeries and restaurants that line the streets.

One of these cute little places is Paneantico, a small cafe that serves up big Italian hero's, fresh baked pizzas and an absolutely amazing house salad.  This bowl is filled to the brim with lettuce, cucumbers, eggplant, red peppers and an entire ball of fresh mozzarella.

Everything is then doused with a homemade Balsamic dressing that is simply delicious.  You can order either small or a large...this happens to be the small you see above and I ended up taking about half with me home for dinner that night.

However I did save room for one of their delicious baked goods...a crisp chocolate cannoli filled with thick creme.  I could definitely get used to this Bayridge lifestyle.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Korzo Haus

I never really thought a fried cheeseburger sounded very tasty until I stopped into Korzo Haus.

This tiny Slovakian cafe in the East Village is famous for this specialty...one beef patty, topped with cheese then encased in langos bread, fried and cut in half.  The result is a juicy, delicious burger with surprisingly no grease at all.  The bread kept everything evenly cooked and chock full of flavor.

The menu is tiny...a handful of toppings for the burgers (including a tasty beet ketchup), goulash and Halusky, basically a bowl of fried Spatzle.

It's quirky and fun, not a place for those on a diet but best enjoyed after a couple of beers.  Cheers!

Korzo Haus

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ranchero Scramble at The Smith

Two flour tortillas, scrambled eggs, salsa, cheddar cheese, beans and avocado on top...

...it's saucy and spicy, fantastic for a lazy Sunday morning brunch and the perfect complement to the best item on the menu...

...three crispy, salty slices of candied bacon!

The Smith