It's been a while. I am still eating! Just not posting so much. A few things:
One of my favorite sites Tastespotting has come down, because of certain "legal complications." Come on - really? I don't know what happened but I am guessing that someone got pissed that they were linking their photos/pages on the site. But it was generating a lot more traffic to those sites so I don't see what the problem would be. Chill out!
Have you ever tried the Shroom Burger at Shake Shack? Don't. Unless you like unseasoned mushroom caps + disgusting oozy cheese, just stick to the Shack Burger. Unless you don't eat meat, and then you are just shit out of luck.
Big Apple BBQ. Too hot to enjoy. It just happened that the hottest weekend of the year coincided with the event. I stood in line (not ON line, because...where is the line you stand on?) for almost an hour for half an Elgin sausage and brisket. The brisket was a little dry. Blue Smoke actually had decent ribs this year. Usually they are dry, but this year they were delicious, slightly crisp on the outside with a little fat and just enough bbq sauce. And this year instead of a pickle they came with some tangy okra salad. I only had enough stamina for one plate before I started to feel the heat so we found a soccer bar in Chelsea and drank $4 Bloody Marys all afternoon. I believe the place was called Rogue. More and more, the Big Apple BBQ is becoming less and less worth it. It's too crowed, and with almost half of the pitmasters being from NYC, no real incentive to stand in line for hours, waiting for mass-produced 'cue. Sad but true.
This past Tuesday we met at Bozu in Williamsburg for David's birthday. I'd only been there once before, and the food wasn't that great. They've got yummy cocktails though (kalamansi margarita!) and a great selection of house-infused shochu and interesting sakes. We had a very knowledgeable waiter who walked us through our choices. And we were on the back patio when the thunderstorm hit, which made it seem like we were somewhere in wild southeast Asia. It was great.
Every day eating:
Frozen ravioli from Whole Foods. Prepare, add frozen peas (boiled) and goat cheese. Toss with brown butter sage sauce and garnish with fresh black pepper.
Romaine lettuce with pluots, cucumber, sugar snap peas, parmesan cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and seasoned rice vinegar for a bright, crisp dinner.
That's it for the past week or so. Tonight we are going to try Amorina Pizza in Prospect Heights so be on the lookout for those photos!