5.28.2009

carrots and cupcakes

This past Saturday was really beautiful, and I spent it wandering around the city with my two visiting sisters, eating really great food and doing some fun shopping. Sisters are always good shopping companions because they'll be dead honest with you and they're looking out for stuff you might like. Sometimes girls aren't always as honest or nice - there's a reason why "frenemy" is only a word in the female english language if you catch my drift ;)

I had to take my vegetarian sister to TeaNY, which I've written about before but like I said, I go there a lot!

"BLT" sandwich on the left, "Chicken salad" sandwich on the right. If you get sandwiches here, order it on pumpernickel toast, the bread is so good!!


Mango scone with clotted cream and jam


The carrot off of the carrot cake

After doing some shopping in the Lower East Side, we walked up to Soho and went to the Designer's Market on Mulberry Street where both my sisters found some great handmade jewelry.





Outfit details: See by Chloé blazer, Urban Outfitters romper, Chloé Cyndi patent tote, Chanel denim flats


Working up an appetite by shopping is kind of the best way to go about it, so by late afternoon, we stopped by the Baked by Melissa cupcake stand on Spring and bought a few to share. They are literally bite size so it's perfect for people like me who like to have a lot of variety when I eat!


The flavors from left to right: smores, cookie dough, oreo, red velvet, tie dye, peanut butter cup, peanut butter and jelly


The ones we got: peanut butter and jelly, red velvet, oreo, peanut butter cup


Oreo is seriously good! My favorite.



This mannequin display at Bloomingdale's in Soho reminded me of the new animated Pixar movie that's coming out tomorrow, UP, which I can't wait to see! I love me some pixar!! walleeeeee :)


Dinner was a quick pizza bite at Artichoke where we split three slices: artichoke, crab, and margherita. P.S. to all of you who asked about the crab pizza, it's heaven!!!


After dinner dessert was at Stand, a really cute hamburger place near Union Square, where we ordered the Toasted Marshmallow shake (left) and a coke float with vanilla gelato (right)

The boy got a mini burger at Stand in addition to our shakes because he was still hungry. lol. I eat a lot too but sometimes the boy eats two dinners. boys ;)

5.26.2009

bulldogs and bagels

This weekend, I took my sisters to eat a late breakfast at Murray's Bagels, which is kind of a Parsons institution seeing as how it's right around the corner from the main computer lab building and also happens to be the best damn bagels I've ever eaten in my life. They are just the right combination of an incredibly chewy center + crusty outer shell. Oh and they have a crazy long list of every kind of spread you'd possibly want on your bagel. Don't ask for them toasted here, you'll get a bad look. Haha. Kind of like how you can't go to Peter Lugers in Brooklyn and ask for A1 sauce for your steak. People can take their flavor combinations a bit too seriously... but trust me, they don't need to be toasted!




I always order a Health Grain bagel with plain soy cream cheese. Ugh holy goodness in a round little fat form. If I ever moved out of New York, I'd seriously miss this little guy.






I took my little sister to Barneys uptown to check out the sale again. I wore out my new favorite top from this really cute boutique I found in the Lower East Side called The Reformation where they make all of their clothes from new and vintage sourced fabrics. A lot of great basics and cute party dresses! I love how this white silk top is kind of like the perfect white pocket t-shirt I've been looking for forever but in a more luxe fabric than cotton! And it's just the right amount of sheer, I think I'll be wearing this everyday when it gets really hot in the city come July.


Outfit details: The Reformation silk top, Topshop jeans, Miu miu ankle boots, Chloé odessa python bag


We had to stop and ogle at this little baby English bulldog. Seriously, who wouldn't love this little face?!? I love baby bulldogs, they are just like real babies all pudgy and chubby and cute.


The sight of these three French Bulldogs kind of took my breath away. I've been dreaming of getting a Frenchie for quite some time, but the price is a little... scary. haha. Anyway these babies were obviously from the same litter - they were all absolutely identical! I have no idea how anyone would pick from the bunch because they were equally adorable. It would be a sad sad day to separate them, they're like the Three Musketeers!


Look at his little tongue!!


so sleepy


secrets! Three Musketeer huddle ♡

spice market

This weekend, I took my family to Spice Market, an amazing Jean-Georges restaurant in the Meatpacking District. It's one of the coolest restaurants I have ever been to in terms of the decor - when you're eating there, you feel like you're no longer in the city but rather at an exotic destination like a tropical South East Asian island. It's the perfect place to go in the summer time because even if you don't get a table outside, the entire restaurant 360° has open windows and when the weather is nice, they open up all of the windows and the summer breeze just floods the entire place. The food is also incredibly flavorful and spicy, the menu a blend of different types of Asian cuisine.

There are a lot of "trendy" restaurants that are popular in the city where the menu + execution don't necessarily warrant the hype, but Spice Market is a great exception. I would recommend this place to pretty much anyone, or any of Jean Georges' places for that matter - Perry Street, Mercer Kitchen, Nougatine, Jean Georges, Matsugen. He's just an amazing chef + restaurateur.




This restaurant is really really spacious. We were seated downstairs next to the little party rooms.

Appetizers
Amazing crispy rice chips with a spicy dipping sauce


Peeky toe crab dumplings, sugar snap peas and spices


Mussels steamed with Lemongrass, thai basil, dried chili, coconut juice


Crunchy squid salad with ginger, papaya, and cashews. This was absolutely incredible. It's spicy so be wary if you don't like food with some heat, but the squid was cooked so well. I would also recommend the Shaved Tuna appetizer with chili tapioca and asian pear. It's a great refreshing, light appetizer to eat during the summer time.


Tentacles!!!



Main courses

Striped bass with wok fried napa cabbage, water chestnut, and cucumber. I would also recommend this for people who like spicy food. The wok fried napa cabbage tasted a lot like Korean kimchi.


Spicy Shanghai Noodles with chilled silken tofu, garlic and herbs. If you're looking for a rice dish, I would recommend the Ginger fried rice which is beautifully served with a cute little fried egg on top.


Cod with Malaysian chili sauce and thai basil


Nonya seafood laksa with Gulf Shrimp and scallop. I wasn't too thrilled by this dish... the first time we ordered it and we barely touched it. It is pretty to look at though!

Desserts

Green Tea Cake with Passion fruit ice cream


Vietnamese Coffee and Chocolate Tart with Condensed milk ice cream. This is so good. Perfect for all you coffee lovers out there.


How adorable are these stools? What I love about this restaurant is that all the tables are a little different from one another - adds to the eclecticism of both the menu + decor.




p.s. some of you have expressed interest in me compiling a list of the restaurants that I write about - I will definitely try to do that but in the mean time, I just wanted to let you guys know that I do try to label the posts where I talk about food places I love as a "restaurant recommendation." You can find the label on the left side of the sidebar on the webpage

5.24.2009

locavore heaven

One of the best things about beautiful Saturdays in Manhattan is the Greenmarket in Union Square. I love going here to buy seasonal fruit, vegetables, and freshly baked breads, cookies, and scones. While Saturdays gather the most vendors, they also hold the markets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. At the market, you'll find local farmers who gather to sell their produce: think ripe, juicy, plump heirloom tomatoes, and soft, succulent, fragrant peaches, all at great prices in an engaging atmosphere that supports small family farms. Eat well and feel good about the bang in your buck! Top restaurants from all around the city order their produce from some of these farmers so feel yourself in good company when you buy your ingredients here. It's not just produce, but also fresh cut flowers, plants, herb plants, cheeses, meats, fish, honey, jams, and organic wines that you can find here.

I like to maneuver around the place by doing a leisurely survey of what's available on the day I go, looking at prices and tasting some of the samples, and then going back to whatever stand I thought was the best to make my final purchases.




Ingredients this fresh and grown with such care only need minimal preparation + ingredients to make a great side dish! Salt + pepper + lemon juice + olive oil, blanch in boiling water, ice water bath = done!!








Cookies!!



Outfit details: Top from Intermix, H&M shorts, Emma Cook boots, Chloé saskia tote, Ray bans

My family has been in town for my graduation (which finally happened yesterday!! yay!!) so I'll be back to regular posting by next week :)

I hope everyone is enjoying their three-day Memorial weekend!!!