Archive for January, 2008

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Restaurant Week at Perry Street

January 31, 2008

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I’m back! (More on the trip to Argentina in a day or two, I promise.) Before I left for B.A., I booked a special “Welcome Home” dinner for myself and J at Perry Street, one of the many Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants. Since it’s Restaurant Week, I wanted to take advantage and go somewhere shnazzy—and it was fabulous (unlike my last Restaurant Week experience!).

Perry Street is supremely chic and high-class without being too pretentious or overwhelming. If J and I feel like we fit in at an upscale restaurant, you know it’s got something of a down-to-earth charm. The place is crisp and clean, and tables aren’t too close or crammed. And the noise level was perfect for a NYC dinner where you can actually hear your date (but still eavesdrop on your neighbor when you want). Plus, what a great view! The place is located on the corner of the West Side Highway and Perry St, so the front windows look out onto the river and NJ—feel free to argue that NJ is not a great view, but I think it is.

Dinner was delicious as well. We got the tomato cream soup for a starter—this restaurant is big on table-side service. They delivered a clean, modern white bowl with a piece of crisp cheese bread on the edge and then used a teapot to pour in the soup at our table. Then J ordered steak (where they used the teapot again to pour some puree), and I ordered the cod—deliciously moist and tender but with amazingly vibrant flavors. Dessert was the chocolate pudding that J and I melted over, and a slightly less impressive white chocolate meringue with mint ice cream.

All in all, a great evening and I highly recommend it.

(Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux in NY Mag)

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Adios!

January 18, 2008

 

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I’m still sick, but hopefully this will be me in 24 hours. I’m off to Buenos Aires for a week—and I’m determined to go to a milonga. Let’s hope my congested head doesn’t explode on the 10  hour flight. And my tummy doesn’t explode from all the steak I’m prepared to eat. Hasta luego!

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I’m So Sick

January 16, 2008

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Sorry for the lack of posts—this is the first day I’ve been awake and coherent long enough to put together a sentence. Send me some get well wishes!

Photo via.

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Genuis!

January 10, 2008

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It’s part apron/part oven mitt. Amazing. And only $18 on sale at DWR. (link thanks to SwissMiss)

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Frozen Dinners

January 9, 2008

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I’m exhausted today—and my brain is function at a minimal level. So I thought I’d take a break from staring at the article I’m desperately trying to write for work, and instead write a blog post about Frozen Dinners. The best thing to make when you’re totally brain-fried. And time crunched. I recently picked up the Kashi Frozen Dinners, and they are surprisingly delicious (apparently they were introduced last year, but I just saw them for the first time). It only takes 4 minutes to heat up, and I usually saute up some fresh veggies to add in. Voila—dinner in under 5 minutes. I’ve tried 2 different ones so far:

Southwest Style Chicken: Grilled chicken marinated in lime juice, cumin and olive oil, served over Kashi 7 Whole Grains Pilaf, tossed with roasted onions and corn, green and red peppers, and topped with southwestern sauce.

VERDICT: Delicious. I added extra green peppers, and the entire meal was incredibly satisfying (for a frozen dinner). The best part about these dinners is the chicken—I get queasy when eating Lean Cuisine frozen chicken, and even chicken in salads at Make-Your-Own salad lunch places. But this chicken wasn’t soggy or weirdly textured, and actually tasted like grilled chicken.
Lemon Rosemary Chicken: Grilled chicken marinated with lemon and rosemary, served with baby Portobello mushrooms and sugar snap peas over Kashi 7 Whole Grains Pilaf, and topped with lemon rosemary sauce.

VERDICT: Still good, but a little watery. I had to transfer the microwaved meal to a bowl to try to drain out some of the excess water. But, amazingly the sugar snap peas actually SNAP when you eat them instead of mushing in your mouth.

So, for $4 at Whole Foods, this is the best frozen dinner deal I’ve found.

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How to Grill Indoors??

January 8, 2008

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I was watching the Food Network this weekend, and I decided that I need to buy some sort of grill for my kitchen. So many yummy, healthy creations are made on the Food Network grills, and I feel left out. So I’m thinking about buying one of the three grills above. The first, is the Staub Square Grill and it’s $65, the second is the Lodge Logic Grill & Griddle Pan which is $50, and the last is the Le Creuset Cast Iron Oblong Skillet Grill for $60 (on sale from $90). Does anyone have ANY experience with any of these? I live in a small NYC apartment, and I’m usually just cooking for myself and maybe one other person. Which do you think is best for me?

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Food Landscapes

January 7, 2008

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Check out these beautiful “foodscapes” by London-based artist, Carl Warner (link thanks to YumSugar). Everything is made out of food – the trees, the hot-air balloons, everything! The pic below even has a prosciutto river!! (is he reading my dreams?) When you go to his site, click on Fotographics and then the second briefcase to see all the pieces.

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