Archive for May, 2012

Coney Island Boardwalk

Nathan’s Famous: Jonathan goes for the chili cheese dog and a corona…me, just a corona

After all this time in NYC, I finally find authentic Mexican…all the way out in Coney Island. I’m devouring ‘una quesadilla de chimpinones” at Plaza Mexico Dona Zita – Go here for fresh, delicious tacos, quesadilla, tostadas and more – you won’t be disappointed. My newest rave – sliced radishes with my meal, adds a nice crunch to a messy plate of Mexican!

Preparing to get freaky…or just weird at the Coney Island Freak Show. I figured this would be a hit or miss and sadly, it was a miss. Sad, gross and just overall depressing…although, it wasn’t a total waste of five dollars, I did enjoy the knife juggler and his corny jokes – the near miss of the knife to his ear added to the entertainment

A little soft serve to lift our mood after the freak show at Denny’s Ice Cream next door…Jonathan steals a bite of mine – notice he’s not offering me his cone, actions of a true sweet addict!
Mango on a stick – with hot sauce and lime juice to finish the day. The hot sauce was my idea, I was totally wrong – not everything taste better spicy, but then again, I hate mangoes so there…

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BOULEY – Tribeca, New York City

When you leave a restaurant with the sommelier’s business card you know you have had an incredible meal…and wine to boot! Don’t be shy – state what you like in a wine and let their genious do the work. Thank you, Michael Peltier, for your attention to detail and lovely choice

No better way to start the Memorial Day weekend off than with a six course tasting meal that not only delighted my belly but pleasured all senses…beautifully constructed plates that are just as appealing to the eye as they are to the palate.

Course one:

Me – Mushrooms with tuna belly and with a sauce that I cannot remember but oh so delicious!

Jonathan – Fresh Malibu Sea Urchin Terrine with Russian Golden Oscetra Caviar

Course two:

Me – Why are all of my selections not on the online menu? Scallops with langoustine and blood orange with fois gras something or other…

Jonathan – Porcini Flan, Alaska Live Dungeness Crab, Black Truffle Dashi

Course three:

Miranda – Organic Connecticut Farm Egg, Comté Foam Steamed Polenta, Artichoke and Sunchoke (best among all – I have never had an egg like this before and of course they had me at comte) YOU MUST ORDER THIS

Jonathan – Sardines over a yummy sauce and um, I dunno

Course four:

Me – Organic Colorado Rack of Lamb Soubise of Cippolini, Zucchini Mint Pureé, Black Truffle Sauce (my least favorite but not discouraging considering I was a vegetarian over half of my life…prettiest dish though)

Jonathan – Slow Braised Kobe Style Beef Cheeks with Ricotta Gnocchi, Blue Kale

Course five:

Me – La serena cheese with beet puree

Jonathan – California organic orange flesh melon soup with fresh ricotta sorbet

Course Six:

Me – Hot Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé 2011 White Coffee Cloud, Chocolate Sorbet

Jonathan – I have no idea but it was damn tasty – key words: pistachio, walnut, cream, raspberries, gelato with a side of pure love (can you tell I liked his better?)

Verdict – Go here…order wine just the way you like it from some lovely region with the tasting menu and you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks, Bear, for a wonderful dinner. I couldn’t wish for a better person to spend a lovely evening of great conversation and some serious indulgence!

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I often catch myself overwhelmed by a sense of urgency – to live my life to the fullest and make every waking moment count. In reality, it is simply exhausting and I have to remind myself to slow down and live in the moment. It is a balance that I have not perfected but has become a journey or a path that I’m leading for myself. I want to live and experience. I want to fill my mind with knowledge, understanding, and culture – with memories of great places and unforgettable people. I want to build relationships with the people I love, making family out of friends and friends out of strangers. I want to fill my belly with food that evokes passion and enjoyment. Conjuring and fulfilling these desires fill my life with joy and happiness.

I can spend hours discussing the endless types of stinky cheeses that make me screech in utter joy or even how tater tots smothered in cheese at my favorite NYC dive bar can make me forget about the ugly day I endured…even if it’s just for a moment, it is always worth it. So here I am – sharing my guilty pleasures with the world. From the time I start digesting my first bite of a meal I’m usually thinking of what may come next or the initial planning a trip I’m thinking of where shall I go next, but always remembering to stop and enjoy the moment.

I’ve been told repeatedly to blog about my experiences of eating and traveling, to share my passion with others so that they too can follow my journey. I’m not sure of the importance of my blog but I do know that having a script to look back upon will help me remember every little bite that just put me over the edge and help me relive every trip that I return from that has me relaxed yet reenergized and well-fed!

So here’s to my first blog entry – salud y buen viaje!

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