Wednesday, November 26, 2008

No more regular cassoulet at Le Singe Vert

We had dinner with Crystal and Cristiana last night at Le Singe Vert. Cristiana is in town promoting her small poetry press, The Press Gang.

This restaurant is where I ate my first cassoulet. I just noticed that it was almost exactly one year ago. That's so crazy. Or maybe not. My point is that it's no longer a regular item on their menu. But the waitress said that it's sometimes a special. So I'll have to plan ahead next time. I've eaten cassoulet a few times over the past year, even once at Bouchon, but the one I had at Le Singe Vert a year ago is still the best.

They didn't have what I wanted last night, but there was a bonus. I got the hanger steak instead, and it came with a marrow bone! And it was a very nice one.

Mabel wants to add that the apple tart was really good. Very caramelly.

La Palapa

Mabel and I had an early dinner at La Palapa tonight.

Strangely, we've been trying to make an effort to eat out more, to try to save time on cooking and shopping. But I'm not completely convinced. I think I might have gotten too used to cooking on my own. I tend to feel a little ripped off after eating out at a place like this.

I mean, it's a mediocre Mexican place, and mediocre isn't a bad thing. It's just what it is, that is, mediocre. The prices are what restaurant prices are, but I just don't feel great about it. There are so many places like this. I don't know how they can all survive.

Also, this place has a bento box special. A Mexican bento box. Don't get me wrong. I think bento boxes are the cat's meow, and they sometimes pop up at asian fusion places. But at a Mexican place? I don't know. All I can think about is that creature from The Second Coming with a shape with lion body and the head of a man. What's going to happen next?

La Palapa
359 6th Ave (btn W 4th Street and Washington Pl)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-6870

Sunday, November 23, 2008

McDonald's West Village

I'm in the middle of writing my thesis, so I've been a little backlogged on posts (and cooking) lately.

At the beginning of the month Mabel lost her wallet and the ATM card we use for cash. So one night I had to go to McDonalds because they were the only cheap place I knew of that took credit cards.

This is the one across the street from the West 4th St basketball courts. I've been here a few times before, but this is the first time I noticed this sculptural mural above the food counter.

Anyway, I tried out the Angus burger which was not very good.

136 W 3rd St (near 6th Ave)
New York, NY‎ 10012

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dinner at Home

We had dinner at Home last Thursday.

Mabel had a pretty long day, and she lost her wallet, so dinner here was a nice distraction

I love this restaurant. It's pretty laid back, it feels warm, the food is simple and straightforward, and the ingredients are first rate. If I were to start a restaurant, it would look like Home Restaurant. I mean, it probably wouldn't, but I would want it to. They even play the music we listen to when we make dinner.

Their wine list is mostly New York. They have a few wines from Virginia, and a few from California. We got a bottle of non-vintage red wine from Shinn Estates. I was curious about the non-vintage part. You don't see that very much outside of jug wines. More wineries should go non-vintage. It's not as if most people can tell the difference between an inexpensive wine from 2004 and one from 2003 anyway. It went well with dinner.

Mabel got a Newport steak, which almost certainly comes from Florence. They don't fold their Newports over, though. They stretch them out. It came with a huge piece of savory bread pudding which I'd never seen or heard of before. It is the love child of Thanksgiving stuffing and mac and cheese.

I got duck with a bunch of sauteed mushrooms. I was happy to eat it.

We finished with more bread pudding, of the dessert variety. It came in a soup bowl. It was awesome.