Archive for June, 2008

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How Hot Can You Handle It?

June 24, 2008

I really love spicy foods. But it’s definitely a painful experience for me. While living in London, I once at a curry that made my entire face go fire-engine red and I couldn’t speak for a few minutes. And on one of my first dates with J, I ate a Malaysian dish that caused me so much pain I had to beg the waiter for a glass of milk—that’s apparently how I make the men fall for me. So I love this: The Phaal Challenge at Brick Lane. Since phaal is considered one of the hottest curries, the restaurant will give anyone who manages to finish the dish a place on Brick Lane Curry House‘s P’hall of Fame, a certificate of honor, and a free beer. I’m too chicken, but are you up to it? You actually have to give them a verbal disclaimer that you won’t hold them liable for any “physical or emotional damage.” Hard core. Check out Serious Eats where someone actually completed the challenge.

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Defrosting the Fridge (Part I)

June 20, 2008

So, our refrigerator is disgusting right now. We have such a big block of ice on the roof of the fridge that it’s started to melt and leak all over our food. Every time you take something out, it’s sopping wet. Yums. So tonight’s the big night—we’re doing the defrost. Which means, we’re also going to try to consume everything in our fridge that will go bad like, cheesecake, frozen dinners, chicken, beer, etc. Should be a fun time. Expect photos shortly…

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Del Posto Birthday Dinner

June 16, 2008

Last night J took me out to Del Posto for my birthday. What an incredibly elegant and over-the-top experience! I got all gussied up (high heels and all) and we even cabbed it to the 10th Ave locale. When we entered, the first thing I thought was, “This place is huge!” The ceilings are incredibly high, and we climbed tons of steps to get to the balcony level. The food was delicious: the tasting menu confused us a bit, so we opted for 2 entrees and something called “BIS,” where you get tastings of two different pastas. The first pasta was rabbit panzotti with asparagus and the second was orecchiette with lamb neck sausage and morels. Both were fantastic – and just the right size for a tasting. Then I got the pork loin and J got the seared halibut (his was better… he always picks better than me!). Dessert was so-so: chocolate ricotta tortino; but I’m not really a huge chocolate or ricotta fan. Biggest highlight? We splurged on wine and got a fantastic Barbera. J spent like 20 minutes trying to choose through the novel-length wine list. When the sommelier came to the table, it was so fancy! He poured the wine into one wine glass, swirled, poured it from the first glass to a second, swirled, and then poured into a 3rd smaller glass, and sniffed it. I barely contained my laughter – I’m not used to such service! All in all – a delicious, super special birthday dinner all thanks to my amazing boyfriend.

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Sangria Gets a Makeover

June 12, 2008

I love sangria as it is (my favorite is at Tapeo 29!), and I don’t particularly think it needs a makeover. But it’s interesting to see a bunch of NYC drink-spots putting a spin on the classic drink. From the dry-sherry sangria at Suba to the deep-red-beet version at Tailor to the green mango and apricot at Rayuela, mixologists (did I really just use that word?) all over town are going sangria-wild.

Check out the entire, BEAUTIFUL slideshow here.

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Top Chef Finale

June 12, 2008

Thoughts?

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More Latin Food on the LES

June 11, 2008

Just what we need. Apparently the space formerly known and loved by many as Dash Dogs is becoming a burrito spot—so says an Eater tipster. So we’ve got empanadas and burritos on the same street. Nice.

Photo via.

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Coming Soon: Top Chef Junior

June 11, 2008

No joke. The teenage (ages 13-16) version of Top Chef coming to Bravo… read about it here.