· March 26, 2014
Recently, I joined Graze.com to get some new, healthier snack options to mix up my afternoon snack break at work. The website is very easy to use and shows all these different types of snacks they offer (you can pick which ones you like and they will continue to show you similar options, kind of like curating your own snack box). Here’s my first Graze.com delivery:
I’m not eating sugar for a while so I couldn’t have some of these options (and I’m kind of surprised that I ended up with the apples and caramel dip because I really dislike dried apples), but I really liked the sour cream and onion nuts and the natural nuts:
You can pick how often the snacks show up and you can continue to curate your picks based on what you receive and what you see on the site. If you want to try it out, use my friend code: GRACEY3NP!
Ken and I had a little staycation a few weeks back while my mom was in town – we stayed at a hotel near his office in midtown and ended up exploring the area while we were staying at the hotel. We took my mom out for brunch at Lexington Brass before we went shopping (a very successful trip even though I didn’t end up buying anything). Lexington Brass is a nice change of pace compared to the other stuffy restaurants in the area. My mom was in the mood for omelets and ended up ordering a Western-style omelet with a salad and multi-grain toast:
Ken ordered an egg white omelet with a side of chicken sausage:
I ordered a kale salad, but it tasted so off that I had to return it (and didn’t have a chance to snap the pic before I sent it back to the kitchen). My mom’s omelet and Ken’s omelet were both really good with a good combination of proteins and veggies, but Ken’s chicken sausage was not that good and I had to send my dish back so I ended up not having anything substantial to eat for lunch.
There were a lot of people enjoying bloody mary’s and mimosas during brunch (and a large celebration for someone’s birthday nearby). Ken’s been there a few other times in the past and has always said that their food is good (but not great). I would agree – not a place I’d go back to for food, but the drinks are good and it’s a place I’d go back to for happy hour only.
The blog has been a little sparse on the updates recently. Most likely because Ken and I haven’t been eating out at new restaurants a lot – we have been cooking at home, ordering our usual salads for dinner, or just getting something on the go (on our own!) Ken has also been traveling and we just haven’t had time to dine out at new restaurants recently.
Since Ken was out of town on a boys trip (golf, of course), I went with my cousin and his girlfriend to a Taiwanese restaurant on St. Marks, TKettle:
Hsiao-Mei was in the mood for the chicken at TKettle, which is made with breast meat and lightly fried and seasoned. We ordered the sampler as an appetizer (you can choose three different types of fried goodies for $9.99):
We ordered the Taiwanese fried chicken, the fried tofu, and the fried fish cakes, which are fried and then served with long skewers (just like in Taiwan at the night markets!) They are pretty plain without lots of seasoning, but we seasoned with lots of cayenne pepper and white pepper.
For Andrew’s entree, he ordered the sesame noodles with won tons and veggies:
And Hsiao-Mei and I ordered a bento box – she ordered the Taiwanese fried chicken and I ordered the Taiwanese fried pork chop:
The bento boxes come with white rice that is topped with meat, some vegetables, and half of a tea egg. Everything is served semi-plain and then you season on your own.
The food is pretty decent and it was packed in there because everyone was getting their bubble tea fix. We didn’t get any bubble tea because it was too cold outside, but there are so many flavors there that it’s definitely a good spot if you’re in the mood for bubble tea or something quick to eat.
For our first Christmas dinner as a married couple, Ken and I decided to have dinner at Babbo. The last time I was at Babbo was in 2007 (my post about the Babby visit here) and we wanted to go eat casually at the bar. The weather was unseasonably warm (this was the weekend in December when the temperature hit 65 degrees!). We walked from our apartment to Babbo and were hoping to walk in and sit at the bar. Luckily, we snagged two seats at the bar right away because I think we arrived a few minutes before the big dinner rush.
The beginning of our holiday dinner:
We started off by sharing an Octopus appetizer:
Then shared two different types of pasta – the first, a papardelle with a very rich Bolognese sauce and lots of Parmesan cheese:
Then, of course, we had to order the beef cheek ravioli:
It was a little bit heavy and rich, especially since we already had a large portion of the parardelle, but definitely worth it. I’m glad we shared the pastas – by the time we finished, I was ready to head home and lie down…but we still had our final course, the halibut:
They roast the halibut, present it to you at your table, then take it back to the kitchen to debone. Our dinner was very filling and by the time we finished, we were so stuffed that we had to walk back home!
· February 3, 2014
,Things to do in NYC
I was lucky enough to spend an early Valentine’s day at Circo with their executive chef, Alfio Longo. We spent an afternoon in his kitchen preparing some of the dishes from his Valentine’s day pre-fixe menu and made a video for people to recreate the dishes at home. The pre-fixe menu was really delicious and I recommend making reservations now, but if you aren’t in NYC, these dishes are easy to prepare and will definitely wow your Valentine.
I’ll post recipes later this week – enjoy the video!
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