Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cheese Eggs

I was at MGH for an interview when I came across an old favorite.

Cheese eggs!



Brilliant idea. Horrible for your health. But delicious!

Massachusetts General Hospital
Eat Street Cafe
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Boka

Had dinner with Jason at Boka on Thursday. I'd never heard of this place before but they're partnered with Bon Chon Chicken. It's the same delicious chicken.

Boka
9 St. Marks Place (btn 2nd and 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-2887

Dosa guy

I got lunch at the vegetarian Dosa truck on Thursday.


I'm not a fan of the coconut chutney, but the dosa is good and you get a decent portion. Sitting in the park is the best part.

N.Y. Dosas
50 Washington Square S (at Sullivan St)
New York, NY 10014
(917) 710-2092

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mabel's 31st birthday

All Mabel wanted for her birthday was a quiet dinner with smokey steak, grilled romaine, and white rice, and last night I was happy to oblige her.


We planned on having dinner at Joe's Shanghai with Jen and Diana today just because we haven't seen them for such a long time, and Diana had the idea to get something for Mabel. So we picked up cupcakes at Crumbs.

We surprised her with the cupcakes. When the strangers at our table saw that it was Mabel's birthday, they started singing Happy Birthday! Here's the guy who started the whole thing!


Crumbs sells individual candles, and one of the waiters magically appeared with a lighter.


It was a nice time.


After dinner, we listened to Colin Huggins play Clair de Lune in Washington Square Park.


Crumbs
87 Beaver St (Financial District)
New York, NY 10079
(212) 480-7500

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Saw the Henri Cartier-Bresson show at MoMA today. I ran into Geoffrey who mentioned how influential Cartier-Bresson was to him and a generation of photographers. I could see how.

Admittedly, I stopped by the museum because I was excited by the prospect of eating in the cafe again. The food is very nice, there's good people watching from the large front windows, and with all the tourists in the dining room its like traveling to another place.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

$10

I found $10 on Cornelia St while riding my bike yesterday! It's going into the Vita-Mix fund.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Jack Bistro and Piola

Henry was in town this past weekend and stayed with Lucas who knew a few good spots to eat in the neighborhood.

We had brunch at Jack Bistro on Saturday. It's a solid place. The initial plan was for Grey Dog nearby, but the crowds were ridiculous. We couldn't get a table outside at Jack, but there was no problem getting a table for 8. The chicken parm sandwich is good, it's all in the toasted bun.

Today Henry held court at Piola for lunch. Really high ceilings, almost no one there. My kind of place. The pizzas are pseudo-Neopolitan style. All the pizzas we had got a thumbs up except for the carbonara which got a resounding thumbs down. This place is currently running an all you can eat pizza special from 6 pm to 11 pm on Sundays. I'll see if Mabel will be interested in checking out the place in a few weeks.

Jack Bistro
80 University Pl (at 11th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 620-5544

Piola
48 East 12th St (btn University Pl and Broadway)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-7781

Friday, April 9, 2010

Change towards the Vita-Mix

Our change jar was full so we decided to cash it in, so to speak. We're saving up for a Vita-Mix.


Here's Mabel on her way to our neighborhood Duane Reade where they have a Coinstar.


Here she is at said Duane Reade. The Coinstar machine used to be around where that Blockbuster machine and ATM are. Turns out that they got rid of the Coinstars from all the Duane Reades months ago.


Now we're stuck with this heavy jar of change while running the rest of our errands. Here's the jar at the dry cleaners.


And here it is at Mailboxes.


That jar is like our little garden gnome.

Here's the jar at Taim.


It is sitting next to a delicious berry and Thai basil smoothie made on Taim's Vita-mix.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dos Caminos Soho

Just got back from dinner and drinks at Dos Caminos in Soho. It was the first nice day of the season and everyone was out for dinner.

We tried getting a table at Bar Pitti, but it was really crazy there. I like Dos Caminos. They make good margaritas, aren't ashamed to make frozen ones, and the food is decent. They have very good guacamole. But most importantly, they have a huge porch (and heat lamps). It's still not very warm outside, but we got to pretend it was for a little bit.

Dos Caminos Soho
475 West Broadway (at Houston St)
New York, NY
212-277-4300

Home for the weekend: Vita mix and asparagus

Mabel and I were in PA last weekend and found that my parents had bought a new Vita-Mix. Awesome!


We've wanted one of these for forever, or at least since Mabel went through a smoothie phase in med school. We made several icy honey dew, watermelon, and Orange Julius (we like it with egg whites) drinks over the weekend and have decided that were going to buy one of our own using saved up spare change jars. Although I wonder how the Vita-Mix compares to the Blendtec.

Over the weekend I also tried to reproduce an asparagus and mushroom dish that we had at Aburiya Kinnosuke a few weeks ago.


Aburiya Kinnosuke used green asparagus, King mushrooms, and roe. I used white asparagus and Portobellos because that's what we had. Both are all good.