It’s been a while…

So, it’s been over 2 years since my last post.

A food blog is supposed to be about food. Although, I may sneak in a few things about art here and there. Mi dispiace.

Let’s catch up!

2012: I enjoyed really good beer at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD (great tours, book in advance, complimentary tasting glass, and yummy sandwich place 5 blocks away); ate some green eggs and ham (JUST KIDDING); tasted juicy burgers and great iced tea in cute mason jars in NC; discovered I can make some CRAZY good guac; got my braces removed and paid FDB another visit; had EXCELLENT AUTHENTIC DELICIOUS Korean food in Seoul and Jejudo; and so much more.

2012 food

2013: I finally made it to Birch & Barley, and soon after discovered that Churchkey would be my go-to bar; scarfed down the best HOMEMADE poptarts EVER at Ted’s Bulletin alongside ADULT milkshakes; tried gin and homemade tonic at New Heights; discovered baby mason jars; indulged in a limitless tapas brunch at Cuba Libre with my bff; quickly learned that donuts and fried chicken were meant to be made in the same place and devoured at the same time; HAD THE BEST FRESH OYSTERS EVER IN OBX; roasted 2 whole chickens Ina Garten style; among many other highlights.

2013 food

And so far this year? I have some Korean food planned for tonight. There’s cucumber kimchi marinating in the fridge along with chopped zucchini, potatoes and carrots for jjigae and pajun. Mmm, I’ll have to make some rice. So glad it’s a snow day. 🙂

Michaels Noodles AGAIN!

Michaels Noodles in Rockville

Veggie Bean Curd Tofu Soup. Excellent on a cold day and it was recommended.

Crispy Eggplant. again. Yes, he wanted more crispy eggplant, so we got it.

Salty Fried Squid. EXCELLENT! I really enjoyed it and yes it was salty but it had a kick to it. And as you can see, to soak up some of the oil, the fried squid sits on top of shredded lettuce, green onions and chili peppers.

And then we went to Krispy Kreme, muahahahaha. I swear, all we do is eat… and eat some more. 😛

Don’t they look glorious? Still, beyond all the fancy donuts, the ORIGINAL will always be my favorite… that and the creme filled donut. Nothing else.

Can’t eat your donuts without some good reduced fat milk! 😀

Maggiano’s Special Dessert

Maggiano’s

Location: Friendship Heights

Here’s the story:

I had planned a fun filled night with a good friend of mine and surprise surprise, it turned into a bust. We were supposed to go to Cherry Blast (annual music and art event hosted by the Pink Line Project), but I didn’t realize we needed tickets in advance. Good thing we found that out just before we walked out the door! And I mean a MINUTE before we left…

If we really wanted to go to SW of DC to join the Cherry Blast Party then I could’ve called someone to get us in, but instead we opted for the short (but still chilly) trek out to Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant down the street. It ended up being a good cozy night.

We both ordered heaping dishes of yummy and creamy pasta. We shared a bottle of red wine, shiraz to be exact. AND at my insistence, we ordered their special donut dessert. I’m such a fattie. Check it out:

Aren’t they just beautiful? Sweet little things…

Warm Chocolate drizzle, Warm Strawberry drizzle, and some Balsamic drizzled red grapes.

Are you puzzled by the last one? So were we. It sounded interesting, and it was, but I can’t say it was my favorite thing. I think it was more like they were experimenting, unless they picked it up from another chef and thought it’d be a good idea. I was completely satisfied with the chocolate and strawberry as dipping options for my donuts. 🙂 mm yumyum.

Eating Fest w. E*

Brace yourself. This is the mother of all food blogs. I have a lot of photos and we hit up a lot of places. I swear, I do nothing but eat everytime my love, Estar, visits! I think that’s her favorite hobby in NYC though… or in life in general, besides planning her upcoming wedding.

1st Stop: Doughnut Plant

This place is TINY! Absolute hole in the wall (har har, pun). Apparently this was on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown show (what hasn’t been, I begin to wonder) and unfortunately the owner lost. 😦 Still, good publicity and they’re very popular.

Go ahead. ADMIRE and DROOL. I know Homer is.

Lavendar. Valrhona. Tres de Leches.

I liked the Lavendar but it was so… pure lavendar, a bit strong. The chocolate was DELICIOUS and the tres de leches was very good. By the way, we each got 2 donuts and an iced coffee. Total pigs, and enjoyed every morsel, thanks very much.

Details of the tres de leches and the peanut butter/jelly Esther got. The pbj donut is actually square so that EVERY corner is filled up with the combo. It’s like a sweeter version of pbj sandwich. The tres de leches was just so soft and chewy and flavorful. Loved it. The donuts were all pricey though… $2-4 each! Well, that’s how much gourmet donuts are going for these days….

2nd Stop: Chelsea Market

I’m going to miss this place.

FRIEDMANS LUNCH: Shrimp & Grits (mills grits, blackened shrimp, cheddar, over easy eggs) and Fried Green Tomatoes

The shrimp/grits were comparable to the ones I’ve had at Elmo’s Diner in Durham, North Carolina. I loved the over easy eggs mixed in with the grits and cheddar. The shrimps were cooked just right. The fried green tomatoes could’ve been better. Esther said it was rather bland and I thought there was too much batter. The best green tomatoes I’ve had were in Old Salem, NC. They were cooked perfectly with just the right amount of batter, not so much that it was competing with the taste of the tomatoes when I went to Sweet Potato in Old Salem. Le sigh, still, eating our lunch on the high line, even on a cloudy/rainy day, was relaxing and filling.

3rd/4th Stops: Billy’s Bakery & Magnolia Bakery

Two dessert in a row? Well, at least we shared. And there was SOME time lapse. 😛

Only comment from Estar: “Mine is better.” We still finished it. I’m not a big fan of key lime pie, but in cheesecake form this was very good. Billy’s Bakery is in Chelsea, an avenue and 2-3 blocks away from me. I pass it often to/from work.

In my opinion, Magnolia Bakery NYC is comparable to DC’s Georgetown Cupcake. So, you would think we would get the cupcakes here. Nope. The banana bread pudding is well known in addition to their cupcakes. This was really good. I still love the BBP my ol’ coworker, Linda P., makes. Magnolia’s didn’t have enough of the bread I think… or manila cookies? It was super sweet, and though we got the smallest size, definitely for two and not one.

5th Stop: Maison in Theater District

So if you’ve seen my pics and crazy status updates on FB, you know by now that Estar won the lottery tix for WICKED! After we stopped shaking from the excitement and surprise, we picked out a local spot for lunch, just before the show.

Maison is a simple French restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. It was way too hot for outdoor. The indoor wasn’t that soothing anyway, but still we were protected from the sun’s rays. We shared the salmon version of eggs benedict.

Home fries, salmon, english muffin, over easy eggs, and hollindaise sauce. The sea salt in this dish was a bit much, but we both enjoyed the meal. It was filling and just enough before the show. I think we both really liked the home fries too, they had herbs and were so soft.

6th Stop: THE Halal Cart on 53rd and 6th Ave

AMAZING! Out of all my visits to NYC, this was my first time trying the Halal Cart. It’s right around the corner from MoMA too! How could I not notice this before?! Estar kindly introduced me to the original with their yellow shirts and yellow bags proudly stating they are the original despite competing carts surrounding them on other corners.

The Combo: Chicken and Gyro with Rice. Includes gyro, shredded chicken, REALLY soft pita (even i can bite), shredded lettuce, and yellow rice. Esther grabbed THREE containers of the ‘white sauce’ and 1 mini container of the hot sauce (which is really hot hot hot)

I think 3 white sauces was a bit much… but other than that, the chicken and rice with gyro was heavenly. Probably the best cart food I’ve ever had. They give you a lot for $7 too. It took the two of us to finish that whole thing. SO. FULL.

And so comes the end of my lengthy and ginormous food adventure blog entry with E*. Hope you enjoyed my gorge fest as much as I did!

Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch @ POSTE

This is right down the street from the American Art and Portrait Galleries in Chinatown. I guess it’s on the border of Penn Quarter and part of Hotel Monaco. Once you step past the gates, it’s like you’re in a totally separate and quiet getaway from the city. It was very nice.

i think their donuts were the highlight because they’re house made, fresh, and delicious…. and oops, they came out twice. 😉