Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sunday, November 7, 2009

Mabel had been craving Home's Oyster Po' Boy, so we stopped by for lunch today. She feels guilty for feeling this way, but she likes their Po' Boy better than the ones she ate on her recent trip to New Orleans.

I got Duck and Butternut Squash Hash with two eggs which was good, but I don't understand why it's impossible to find "homemade" regular old corned beef hash in Manhattan like what I ate at Curly's Cafe in Signal Hill. It's always a fancy insert-meat-other-than-corned-beef hash that is made in house. I had something like that at the Spotted Pig once, I think it was steak hash, and now they have bacon hash. For once I'd like to see corned beef hash that's not out of the can (not that there's anything wrong with the stuff out of the can). But Home's duck hash was tasty, and I got a side of Fried Oysters which is one of my favorite things at the restaurant.

Anyway, service at Home was poor as usual (we're no longer in love with the place and are considering a break up). While we were waiting for our waiter to take our order, we read about City Bakery in the latest issue of Edible Manhattan that they had out for diners.

After lunch, we headed over to the Greenmarket to pick up Japanese Turnips that Mabel has been obsessing about all week.

She also got some grapes and Italian Plums (presumably not from Italy) for herself. The plums were exploding in the bag. And I got a bunch of my beloved radishes.

Then we walked to City Bakery, inspired by the Edible article praising their pretzel croissants and chocolate chip cookies. We'd never been there before.

We got everything to go and just ate one of the chocolate chip cookies. They are delicious. Chewy, salty, sweet, chocolatey, and there's a pretzel taste to it that I like. It's something special.

For dinner, I prepped the turnips by quartering the roots

then steaming them for 10 minutes, which I think may have been on the long side. They were a lot softer than I thought they would get, but they were surprisingly sweet and so good. We just sprinkled some salt on them.

The turnip greens are also fantastic, either fresh or sauteed.

The City Bakery
3 W 18th St (btn 5th and 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 366-1414

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