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My NYC TOPS list – September 2010

September 2nd, 2010 No Comments

A friend of mine just asked where to stay and chow down while in NYC for a few days.  They don’t have much time so I offered up my TOPS list.

Where to Stay:

The new Trump Soho Hotel

Restaurants:

Locanda Verde – Tribeca, fresh fare, great scene. You need a reservation or just walk in and enjoy a drink at the bar while you wait.

Marea– The hottest restaurant in town right now.  Chef just won the James Beard award. Ridiculously expensive.

Co. – my favorite gourmet pizza that will put Dolce Vita to shame

Alidoro – my favorite local sandwich shop on Sullivan in Soho.  I love the Brando, but you can’t go wrong.  It’s like the Seinfeld soup nazi in there so stick to the menu.

La Esquina – exclusive and delicious Mexican. Get a reservation to eat downstairs, especially for the weekends.  It becomes a fun lounge at night.

Bar on top of the Standard – cozy up in a booth around 4:30pm before the trendsetters descend. Order a martini and a few apps as the sun goes down.  Amazing views!

Morimoto – uber chic Japanese in the meatpacking district.  Best cod I’ve ever had in my life.  Also order the Tuna pizza.  SO GOOD!

Maialino – Danny Meyer’s new spot in the bottom of the Gramercy Park Hotel.  Best for lunch in my opinion.

Kitchenette – The best casual breakfast, go in your sweats. Order the Lumberjack with their famous turkey sausage.

Stumptown Coffee – in the Ace Hotel (29th and Broadway) – Best cappuccino in NYC and where all the cool kids hang out in the lobby.

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Not a pretty face.

August 5th, 2010 No Comments

Good morning crater face cappuccino.

Ugh.

After a long night only to be followed by an early morning, I was determined to find a solid cap in Houston.

Big mistake.

I ventured out headed to Inversion on Montrose where they claim their coffee is “artistically inspired and brewed to perfection.” Unfortunately their espresso machine was broken. Seriously? Fail. Then to boehme and Taft Street which were both closed. On my way home I attempted to find Agora which is hidden inside a small forest. Finally I set my sights on Brasil a block away. If it weren’t for Google Maps on the iPad I would have never made it this far.

I stroll in to see platters of fresh scones and I thought I had hit the jackpot.

With my expectations set high (Brasil is up for Best Coffee House in Houston), I ordered my cappuccino, no special requests, even with whole milk.

And this bubbling caldron of coffee is what was set down in front of me. The froth is obviously a catastrophe and the beans taste burned.

Big Frown!

Thankfully, the wheat bagel is DELICIOUS.

So needless to say my early Tuesday morning has been a little rough, but I’m determined to make this another productive day.

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No need to experiment, you’ll love this lab.

July 12th, 2010 No Comments

Lunch at one of my favorite WeHo hideaways, Food + Lab on Santa Monica @ Poinsettia. Think Urth Cafe but cuter and less pretentious. Everything they serve is super fresh Absolutely order the curried chicken salad sandwich and the chicken pecan salad. DO NOT leave without a Deluscious cookie (cinnamon sugar is my fave).

 

But if you’re in the mood for Moroccan….

The food at Ammo is some of the freshest fare you’ll find in LA. Moroccan stew isn’t your typical summer craving, but the warm veggies with curried yoghurt really hit the spot. (Photo taken with QuadCamera app.)

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August 6th, 2009 No Comments

Waiting for our table at The Standard Grille, we get to watch them prepare “fresh” prosciutto. Ummm…GROSS!

Updade:  You can’t see the pig’s foot behind his hand.  I understand where prosciutto comes from, but I really don’t need to see him scraping it off of the pig’s bone.

Grab an ear

August 1st, 2009 No Comments

Best corn in NYC is at Cafe Habana in Soho. I also highly reccommend the cafe con leche with your brunch. If you’re not in the mood for Cuban, hit up Ruby’s (an Aussie joint) a few doors down on Elizabeth street for a casual brunch.

August 1st, 2009 No Comments

One of my favorite things in NYC: bacon-wrapped figs from Salt. Melt in your mouth, small bites of heaven.

July 24th, 2009 No Comments

No wifi at home drew me out to the Coffee Bean in the Grove. How very Euro, no? I mean, my cafe au lait with a scoop of no-sugar added mocha (with corn syrup, but I had to indulge) is even in a real glass! If I was really trying to embrace a Euro experience I would have ordered a double espresso, but I’m not looking for a kick in the ass. Hope you are enjoying your Friday morning.

(Update: I know I have a brain, so I havd to wonder why I seem to choose not to use it all the time?! That’s a rhetorical question. Giggle to yourself, don’t feel compelled to comment.)

May 21st, 2009 No Comments

Bedford – Houston, TX

It seems the food critics have not returned to Bedford after its opening last year, and I can’t help but say to myself “what a shame.”  After my 5, 6,or 7 (I honestly lost count) course meal tonight, I can appreciate the innovative palate of Chef Robert Gadsby.  

I won’t claim to understand his concoctions with English, French, and Japanese (which he speaks fluenetly) roots, but what I can tell you is that the intricate dishes are divine.  Truly unique so a foodie will salivate and a layman will drool.

From the offerings above, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to choose an absolute favorite…but I will say the crab risotto (top right) made me weak in the knees and his signature mimosa salad (towering on the bottom left) was outstanding. 

The crowd may not be pushing to get through the door now, but mark my words, they will.  Oh they will. Did I mention the roof deck…..