Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Quick Lunch at Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill

I happened to be in the Columbus Circle area last week and felt an enormous craving for sushi. Luckily Blue Ribbon was right nearby so I popped in and got a seat at the counter in back. I knew I was having a big dinner later that night so I stuck with a light lunch- Yellowtail Scallion Roll and a piece of Tuna Sushi.

My Goodness how long has it been since I’ve had good sushi! Everything tasted amazing! The scallion was so fresh I could truly smell the onion as it was placed before me. The Yellowtail was vibrant and the Tuna was simply bright and luscious. I absolutely loved their rice as well. It was sticky but smaller grain than usual and had a slightly salty flavor.

For $9.25 the roll was certainly pricier than average but I would pay the extra buck or two any day for quality like this. Service was exceptional as well. My waitress was friendly and efficient- perfect for a midday lunch.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend !

This is probably my favorite weekend of the year. Masses of people flock to the beach, college students return home for summer and the city becomes a little bit more calm and a little bit more peaceful.

No plans? Head on over to the Madison Square Market which is still going on. You can pick up something different than the regular old Hot Dog or Hamburger here. For instance check out Asia Dog!

First you pick your dog- beef, organic beef, chicken or veggie, then you pick your topping. There's no regular old mustard here! Think Kimchi and Curry, Mango and Peanut, or what I went for the Wang Ding with BBQ Pork Belly and Onions.

Truth be told I had this already once back at the Lucky Rice Festival and loved it! Here they topped it with a tad too much Hosin sauce but it was still delicious. The casing was snappy and the dog had a wonderful smokey flavor that rocked with the fatty belly.

Plus you can enjoy a beer while sitting outside! What's better! So enjoy the weather and the weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Radiance Tea House & Books

Located in the crazy area between Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen, Radiance Tea House is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Midtown at lunchtime. When I arrived the other day just after 12:30 the place was about three quarters filled but calm and quiet. It was almost as everyone was talking in hushed tones but completely enjoying themselves. It was very Zen.

They have an extensive list of Hot Tea, Iced Teas and even Tea Cocktails! I was feeling something cool so I ordered a deliciously creamy Almond Latte.

For lunch I ordered their Shrimp and Avocado Rice Bowl which came with a soup or salad. The presentation on this dish was lovely. Everything looked and tasted so fresh and wonderful. The side salad was your standard but the Miso dressing on the shrimp and slightly sticky rice really made this lunch special really stand out. I couldn’t even come near finishing everything and for $12.95 this is quite a steal for a filling lunch.

This might sound odd but I realized how much I actually loved Radiance after I left. I walked outside and was immediately hit with loud honking horns, crowds of suits roaming everywhere and just the general chaos that is lunchtime in Midtown. All of my Zen feelings left and I was right back into the mix, but it made me truly realize what an oasis Radiance Tea House can be. For those days when you really need to just take a moment and relax- this is your spot.

Radiance Tea House

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Taste of Tribeca

It was a gorgeous day for a food tasting this past Saturday and the streets of Tribeca were packed for the annual Taste of Tribeca. I decided to attend last minute and unfortunately most of the good dishes were already gone by the time I arrived at 2:00 but I did enjoy some.

Delightful was the Olive Oil Cured Diver Scallop with Caviar Mousse from Thalassa. The presentation was stunning and the many layers of flavors were exceptional.

The best thing I ate was the Bacalhau Tatar from Macao Trading Co. It doesn’t look that wonderful in the picture but it was salty, refreshing and delightful! Apparently seafood on a cracker was my mantra that day.

There was a decent showing of Lamb Meatball from Loconda Verde. Although I love lamb and meatballs, I’m finding the combination a bit overdone and boring. This version was a little too sweet on the sauce for me and I only had a bite.

Also decent but not exactly successful were the beef sliders from Warren 77 and the chicken Tacos from the stand beside them. The sliders needed more flavor, which might have gotten drained out after sitting around a few hours. I also would have enjoyed some ketchup with my sliders but alas none was to be found.

The chicken taco just didn’t taste very good. The chicken was a watery mess, so instead I used my last tasting on some Sweet & Salty Cupcakes from Tribeca Treats and headed off to do some wine tasting.

Every year local wine shops open their doors to TOT patrons and give free tastings all day. While all were spectacular my favorite this year was at Vestry wines where they did a six flight tasting with a lot of spunk and fun. Unfortunately the sky opened up as I left the last store and I got somewhat soaked on the way home but otherwise a Saturday well spent!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ode to the End of Ramps at Eataly

The season is almost over so we're ending with two Ramp specials from Eataly. First up from Le Verdure Bruschetta with Tomato and Chargrilled Ramps.

This was a celebration of the season for sure! The char on the ramps brought out a meaty flavor to the plant and along with it a salty smoky aftertaste. The sweet tomato and delightful pour of olive oil underneath made this the best bruschetta I have ever had.

Over in the Piazza Mr. T tried out a different Seasonal Special Soft Shell Crab with Grilled Ramps. I still can’t get over the texture of Soft Shell Crabs so I only tried a bite but Mr. T thought it was delicious. I was happy when he used some free bread to make it into a sandwich so I didn’t have to see him just chow down on the whole crab. However at almost $20 a pop this was a little overpriced for what you received.

So there’s one last little celebration of the ramp dishes. Hope you all enjoyed!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy Thursday Cocktail at Dutch Kills

The week is almost over- Thank Goodness! Luckily I’m always on the lookout for a good bar- preferably one that’s a little on the manly side with lots of wood furnishing, piano in the background and great bartenders. (Trumpet sound) Please enter Dutch Kills. This little bar has been getting a ton of press since it opened and for good reason. It has everything I mentioned above as far as atmosphere goes and some delicious cocktails to boot. I swung by the other night and tried out the Queens Park Swizzle a blend of Lime, Sugar, Rum and bitters. Look at the layers in this beautiful cocktail. Doesn’t it just look refreshing and delicious!

It certainly was- although I may ask for a tad less sugar next time, it was exactly what I wanted and for only $11 quite a steal as far as the cocktail scene in this city goes. The low slung bar stools and natural light cascading in from the skylights above make it a relaxing place to imbibe. Too bad it’s all the way out in Long Island City. I may have to make this my new destination stop.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Run- Don’t Walk to Miller’s Tavern

Mr. T and I don’t make it over into Williamsburg that often. Honestly it’s probably only about 6 or 7 times per year but whenever we do we have a great time and these past two visits were no different. Let me back up.

A few weekends back we had a concert tickets to a show at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn. We also had a friend visiting and decided to make a day of it by starting out at Radagast for some beers and onto Spuyten Duyvil for some more good beers. It was starting to reach about 8:00 and I had no reservations for dinner. All of a sudden I realized everything was packed. We started wandering the streets trying to find a table and finally stumbled upon Millers Tavern.

Miller’s Tavern sits on the Hope Street in a cute unassuming little space. Walking inside it felt very neighborhoodish and lively. They had fantastic music playing and the servers all greeted us with big smiles. We got a table right up front and put in an order for oysters.

Miller’s has $1 Oysters every night until midnight which is a great deal. The oysters were big and briny and we devoured them and immediately wanted more. Unfortunately they had already run out for the night so we opted for the Garlic Tiger Shrimp appetizer with lemon and grilled baguette instead.

Me, Garlic and shrimp together are pretty much a match made in heaven and here was no different. The shrimp were extra plump with a sweet little kick. And OMG did they soak this bread in butter before it was grilled because good lordy it was delicious! I could eat bread like this every day!

Well the appetizers certainly were wonderful and onto the mains we go. I ordered the Miller’s Burger with house pancetta, smoked gouda and caramelized onions. Yes that is the exact description from the menu and exactly why I ordered it. If just those ingredients don’t make your mouth water I don’t know what will. The burger was awesome. I am a firm believer that smoked gouda should be part of any juicy beef burger from now on although only accompanied by the sweet caramelized onions and salty pancetta. Simply Amazing!

Things got even better when I tried a bite of Mr. T’s Rabbit Ragu with Fresh Pappardelle and herbed ricotta. OMG I was seriously in awe of this dish. Nothing beats fresh pasta and here it was done perfect with a hearty, stick to your ribs, ragu and a dollop of melty ricotta cheese on top- it was heaven in a bowl. This pasta reminded me of something I would have at Babbo- that’s how good it was.

We also had a fantastic steak frites with a nice side of roasted garlic, and a decent but not amazing macaroni and cheese. Overall though we were completely blown away by the meal. It was amazing. We were all so ecstatic to have chosen this place. So ecstatic I decided I needed to return immediately to make sure the meal wasn’t a fluke. So the very next weekend we found ourselves back in Williamsburg. This time with three different dining companions.

Once again we got the fabulous oysters and Tiger Shrimp to start but also added a pot of Mussels to the list. These mussels were fabulous. Big, plump specimen with a fragrant garlic, shallot and white wine broth that I could have drank right from the bowl. The crispy fries that accompanied the mussels were no joke either. Thin and salty with a perfectly crisp exterior and some crushed herbs on top.

Again we ordered the magnificent burger and Rabbit Papardelle, both of which did not disappoint. I will say the burger was slightly over salted on this occasion but it was still perfectly cooked and juicy. Don’t get me started on the Rabbit Ragu…I could eat that dish every single day and die happy.

We also added the Roasted Cornish hen, a special Lamb and Chickpea dish and a side of creamy Polenta. All of these dishes were outstanding and I don’t think anyone left a thing on their plates. So once again a fabulous meal at Miller’s Tavern and this place now has a top spot in my heart. I’m not sure when I’ll make it back out to Williamsburg again but you’d better bet I’m coming back here for a meal.

Miller's Tavern

Monday, May 16, 2011

Beaten, Seared and Sauced

I’m happy to offer your readers out there a real treat! This Thursday May 19th Jonathan Dixon author of Beaten, Seared and Sauced will be giving a talk along with food writer Andrew Friedman at the Museum of the City of New York. If you loved Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” or Bill Buford’s “Heat”, as I did- this is right up your alley.

Jonathan talks about his experience in the Culinary Institute of America and gives a behind the scenes look at the craziness that is the restaurant world in NYC . I’m especially psyched since Jonathan did one of his externships at Tabla, Danny Meyers Indian restaurant which sadly closed last year.

Jonathan has a slew of funny stories and I can’t wait to attend myself. Reservations are required so give a call (917) 492-3395 or email them at programs@mcny.org
The tickets are normally $12.00 but mention NYC Tastes and get them for $6.00! Hope to see some of you there!

Beaten, Seared and Sauced

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday at the Red Hook Ball Fields

Every summer I here the chatter start on the food blogs and message boards about the great ethnic food carts out at the Red hook ball fields. So much chatter in fact that when my friend mentioned going opening weekend I jumped at the chance. We headed over on the IKEA ferry and walked through the quiet and somewhat desolate park over to the fields. There were only about 9 or 10 trucks total I would say. I was expecting more but after all the eating we did I don’t think any more are needed.

I was all about getting a pupusa so I jumped at the first truck I saw. There was no line so I ordered a chicken and cheese one. I was given my order almost immediately and I have to say I was really disappointed. There was barely any chicken or cheese inside and all I tasted was dry, mealy corn. This was my first pupusa so I figured I just didn’t enjoy this El Salvador delight.

So I ambled over to a taco truck and tried out the Carne Asada Taco first. I liked the spicy grilled chunks of meat but it was nothing compared to the deliciousness of the Goat meat taco.

This was so moist it was practically dripping. I threw on some of the green hot sauce below and it just rocked my world.

They also had a cart serving up some grilled corn on the cob- Mr. T’s favorite. And everyone seemed to be selling fruity watermelon drinks and creamy horchata’s.

Well I was pretty stuffed at this point but Mr. T and I noticed that one line had been particularly long the entire time we were there. It was another pupusa place and we decided to try it our before leaving. Thank Goodness Mr. T suggested doing this.

What was delivered to us in no means resembled what we were given at the first. This pupusa just looked better first of all. You could see the crackling grilled cheese on the outside and felt the buttery grilled cakes up lifting to your mouth. The inside literally oozed with fillings of gooey cheese, succulent pork and moist chicken. This was the BOMB! Seriously it blew me away how fricken awesome and wonderful it was compared to the first. I was so angry to have wasted some serious stomach space on the first but so happy to have waited for the second. This is what pupusa’s are all about. Man it was awesome!

So after consuming well too much food and enjoying some of the soccer games we headed out into Cobble Hill where I noticed Manhattan Special on draft.

Which is just plain weird and then we imbibed in some serious tiki drinks at Zombie Hut.

It was a nice relaxing day with plenty of outdoor fun. This is my fourth weekend in five weeks spent in Brooklyn and I'm checking out Char No. 4 next. What is going on with me?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Little Bit of Buffalo at Little Town

I was really excited when I heard a bar/restaurant was opening up right nearby completely dedicated to NY food and drink. Immediately in my head I heard a chant of “chicken finger sub, chicken finger sub”. I swung by with Mr. T on a Thursday night and the place was bumping! All the tables were filled and we were luckily enough to get two seats at the bar after only a few minutes. Little Town is in the old Vintage Irving space and while they didn’t change too much around I love the addition of a big screen TV in the back. This will be perfect for nice day sports watching with the open doors.

I almost always get a flight of beers when it’s offered and here was no different. For $12 you get this flight of beers, PLUS a pint of beer! That’s an awesome deal (just reinforcing even more how much I hate the Tap Room and their prices).

But I was here most for the food. On the menu were some classics- Spiedie’s from Binghamton, garbage plates from Rochester (oh boy!), salt potatoes form Syracuse and exactly what I was looking for- a chicken finger sub. Mr. T and I decided to stick to the Buffalo side of things and get an order of wings and the sub.

When the plate arrived I knew immediately it wasn’t going to taste like the sub I was used to. There was no provolone cheese on top, no lettuce, tomato or blue cheese dressing. Instead just chunks of breaded chicken that had been tossed in sauce and topped with some blue cheese crumbles.

Having said all of that…this was still a really tasty and satisfying sandwich. The spicy and tangy sauce on the chicken was absolutely addicting and the blue cheese crumbles melted a little between the roll and the meat creating a nice chunky blue cheese sauce that rocked. Although I hope they come closer to creating what I find at home this sandwich still completely rocked!

The Garbage wings were quite a hit as well. Although these look exactly like the sub wings the Garbage ones have quite a different taste with hot sauce, bbq sauce and fresh garlic dressing all on one wing. The BBQ definitely seemed to take over most of the flavor but I loved the unusual mixture and snappy exterior of the wing. And judging by everyone around who also had an order, they were quite the crowd pleaser.

So Little Town is a welcome new joint for the Union Square area. I’m dying to try out everything on the menu- they have Reuben’s, Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers, Clam Strips and Beer Battered Chicken Wings (WTF??) I foresee watching many a Yankee game here this summer and trying out more fabulous NY State food.

Little Town

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Weekend Festivites!

The Madison Square Market opened on Friday! It usually runs in October but there was some sort of snafu with the parks department and they moved it to May. That’s just fine with me- lots more time to enjoy the nice weather.

Lots of new additions this year as you can see. Of the new ones I’m really excited about Asiadog and Calexico. I loved AsiaDog at Luckyrice last year- how can you not love loaded hot dogs! Momofuku on the other hand was a little disappointing. They only carry cookies and drinks. I would have loved me some cake truffles.

Mr. T and I went by yesterday and picked up some frites from Bar Suzette. Unfortunately they weren’t exactly frites but more like shoestrings. They were terribly over salted and really not satisfying at all.

We then tried out a chicken tamale from Breezy Hill Orchard. Unfortunately this wasn’t very good either. The chicken was over spiced and the corn was dry. I feel a little bad for them. Usually they have a ton of great apple and pumpkin products. I guess the change of market season had them scrambling for something new.

Although we didn’t have the best luck yesterday I’m confident it will get better. Roberta’s is back with their awesome pizza and Resto has a decent looking menu.
The best surprise this year is the beer! Almost every station is selling a different craft beer. It was nice to see such a long list at Nunu chocolates.

As if that weren’t enough excitement there was also the Festival of Ideas for the New City going on and they had some vendors from the Brooklyn Flea.

The sound of the Milk Truck’s all day breakfast sandwich called to me and I was so happy with what I received.

This was hands down the best morning sandwich I have ever had. The crusty rye bread had been slathered with a ton of butter and then grilled with sweet caramelized onions, some seriously gooey gruyere and a fried egg. I would like to start every morning with this guy.

The Bowery Mission was giving tours as part of the festival and it was pretty interesting. I even got to go up to their rooftop and check out the garden they've started.

So the weekend was full of festivities but also some seriously sad news. I had my last venture down to Bespoke Chocolates since I heard they were closing after this week. I talked to Rachel and unfortunately the news is true. Bespoke was my go to place for fabulous chocolates. I’ve brought my parents here, friends from Vegas, friends from Buffalo, hell- we even flew a whole box of their pumpkin bon bons to Florida for Thanksgiving! I’m seriously sad and hope that they can find a way to come back again. Best of luck to Bespoke and Rachel!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sushi at the Plaza Food Hall

The last time I ate at Todd English’s Food Hall I enjoyed the food but the service was atrocious. I had hoped it was simply the holiday season so I decided to give it another shot last week. Unfortunately we found much, maybe even more, of the same. It was about 4:30 on a Saturday and we were seated right away at the flat bread bar. The place was certainly buzzing but by no means packed as there were multiple open seats through out the various sections. Our waiter came over right away for our drink order which was nice, but that would be the only good service we would have for the rest of the meal. After waiting about 15 long minutes after the drink order our waiter finally came back, without drinks, to take our food order. I was a little concerned since we had only ordered Prosecco and a beer, not exactly complicated, but we placed our food order and hoped for the best. About 10 minutes later we still have no drinks. Our waiter seems to be hanging out with some friends and when I finally catch his eye he seems surprised to see no food or drink in front of us. Off he goes to the bar.

Within one minute he’s back with my Prosecco and Mr. T’s beer which seem to have been sitting on the counter. He seems happy with himself and returns to “hanging out”. Literally 20 more minutes go by and no food has arrived. We had only ordered one sushi roll and I could see it on the sushi counter. It took every part of my being not to grab it myself. It wasn’t until another “eye catch” from the waiter does he realize we are still there and off he is again to pick up our roll.

When he comes over he says something to the effect of “I had to go to the sea myself just to get this for you”. Well not really you had to walk 15 steps to the sushi bar. We were annoyed to say the least. The Sea Dragon we ordered was made with BBQ Eel, Shrimp Tempura and spicy mayo. The pieces were huge and although the BBQ sauce was a little too thick for my tastes it did hit the spot and was pretty full of flavor.

I knew we should have gotten the check as soon as our roll arrived but I didn’t and was left to sit for another 5 or 10 minutes after the roll was done to flag him down for that. At this point neither of us were surprised we just wanted to the F’K out of there! It’s unfortunate I had another horrible service again because the space is really fun and different. However it will take me a lot to return again and I mean A LOT! This kind of service just ruins a meal, a mood and an atmosphere. Boo to you Plaza Food Court. Boo.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy Hour at Lani Kai

Mr. T had the day off last Friday so we met up for some early evening drinks. I feel like we never enjoy happy hour because he gets out too late so this was a real treat. We met up at an old favorite, Lucky Strike in SOHO and then walked over to Lani Kai right at 4:00 for the start of their happy hour. First of all I love the décor and feel of Lani Kai. The tiki theme reminds me of the Hurricane Club but the vibe and space are much more relaxed and laid back.

I’ve pretty much been obsessed with frozen cocktails since Mexico so I couldn’t pass up the chance to try the Bermuda Triangle. A frozen blend of Cachaca Coconut, Kalamansii and Lychee juice- this was absolutely delicious! Seriously the best frozen drink I’ve had since coming back from the wedding. And for only $5 during happy hour an absolute bargain as well.

Mr. T found his favorite drink right away as well with the Hawaiian Iced Tea. They used vodka infused with tropical black tea, mint, tea syrup and lime juice for this concoction. I took a sip and gosh darn it if this wasn’t absolutely delectable as well! This is something I could drink all day in the hot summer sun. Of course you’d be peeling me off the pavement if I tried to do that because these drinks were just as strong as they were delicious.

After a couple rounds I was already feeling the boozy effects so we ordered a couple sliders to share. The Pork Bun slider came out with a large slab of pork belly confit with pickles, Japanese cucumbers, Bibb lettuce and a Lani Kai special sauce. This wasn’t much different than the Pork Bun you’d find at Momofuku or Ippudo except maybe a tad less fatty.

The BBQ Short Rib Slider was made with a ginger barbeque sauce and topped with a crunchy slaw. I’m not usually a ginger fan but these really hit the spot. I liked the tropical take on a regular rib slider and at $3 a piece the meat filling was more than ample. After being satiated by the buns we decided to have one more drink and this time I tried out the Pacific Swizzle- white rum infused with rosehips, lemongrass, hibiscus tea, lime and passion fruit.

This was definitely my least favorite of the cocktails. I found the rosehip flavor a tad like drinking perfume and the passion fruit gave it a little too much sweetness. It was certainly still a decent cocktail but not one I would order again. Overall Lani Kai was a fabulous happy hour stop. The bartender was great, answering questions and refilling drinks with a smile. I only wish this place was closer and I would make it my local.

Lani Kai

Sunday, May 1, 2011

From Senorita to Senora

I just got the wedding photos from our photographer so although I'm going back about two months I'm finally doing my wedding post. I'm just going to summarize the rest of the trip but needless to say it was awesome!

So if you remember Mr. T and I decided to have our wedding in Puerto Vallarta.
For one night we left the resort and had the rehearsal dinner in town at El Dorado by Boca Bento. The scene was absolutely fantastic with four large tables right on the sand perfect for watching the incredible Puerto Vallarta sunsets.

To begin each person had a traditional Tortilla Salad.

Followed by a choice of Grilled beef Medallions with Wasabi Potato Puree, Grilled Vegetables and Pasilla Chile Sauce.

Adobo Shrimp with Grilled Pineapple, Sticky Rice and Chimichurri Sauce

Or Seared Filet of Mahi Mahi with Sticky Rice, Plantains and a Lemongrass Soy Sauce.

I had ordered the Adobo Shrimp and loved the combo of spicy rubbed shrimp with the sweet warm pineapple. The Mahi Mahi I tried was just as tasty but the Beef Medallions blew everything out of the water. I never order beef in foreign countries since I think we have the best but man this was one fantastic dish! The beef was perfectly cooked and seasoned just right with a mild chili sauce and some insanely delicious wasabi potatoes. It was so good I took one to go home with me (which unfortunately was mostly eaten by Carrie but that’s okay:)

For dessert we enjoyed a Chocolate Temptation Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and as night fell upon us the fire pits were light up and a festive tiki party on the beach erupted.

It was such a fantastic setting! The staff did wonderful making sure all my guests were taken care of and the only thing better than the meal was our crazy bus trip home (It was a private bus no worries- just filled with alcohol induced singing).

The rest of the time we spent at Playa Fiesta but there was way too much food and drink to tell you all about. After all we were there five days. But here are some of my favorites- super moist grilled Mahi Mahi fish tacos, enormous chorizo, beef and chicken taco platters for two and of course my favorite dessert of all time fried ice cream. These we enjoyed throughout the week but here’s a little show of the actual wedding night dinner:

Appetizers not pictured vegetarian dumplings, salmon crostini and hamburger sliders.

First course- Shrimp Ceviche in Homemade Tortilla Bowl.

Second Course- Cesar Salad with homemade Croutons.

Third Course- Prime Rib and Sea Bass with Béarnaise Sauce and sautéed Vegetables.

Fourth Course- Churro’s and Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate, Mango and Strawberry Sauce.

Everything was a hit for sure but the Cesar Salad and Churro’s stood out most for me. I’m a Cesar Salad freak and this was one of the best I have ever had- hands down. The Churro’s were all served right out of the fryer, piping hot and the cinnamon sugar crunch was a welcome change from the usual dry, stale wedding cake. And we ended it all with fireworks! Yay!!

As if that weren’t enough the staff at Playa Fiesta were absolutely fantastic- five stars for service no doubt. By day two they knew everyone’s name and drink order. They were always right there to fix any problem with a smile, completely catered to Mr. T's cilantro allergy and they made each and every day for me such a pleasure as an anxious bride-to-be. If you're ever in Puerto Vallarta I suggest stopping in for a night or two.

We were actually supposed to leave on Sunday for another resort but Mr. T had too many Cape Cod's the night before and couldn't get out of bed until Monday morning. No Worries! The fabulous hotel said we could stay as long as we want and I had an opportunity to go into town and eat some Mexican Pizza that night!

Honestly this was just a simple wood fired pizza- nothing super Mexican about it. It could have used a little salt and pepper but the crust had a decent crunch and the sauce and cheese were surprisingly tasty. Ben washed it all down with a Mexican Coke and all was good in the world.

So there you have it- the time there was so much more precious and special to me than I could ever fully say in a blog but the week was simply awesome. It was a perfect food, drink and family week and I am now officially Mrs. T! Arriba!