I'm a food lover –a food whore even! I love to eat. Even the hubs is surprised at the amount of food I eat. He said that before he met me, he never even ordered desserts when he eats out (nor did he frequent so many restaurants). I, on the other hand, love to try out new places (and here in NYC, there's always someplace new to go to) and re-visiting favorite joints. I don't discriminate. I can eat at a dive joint, a hotdog stand on the street, a fancy upscale place, a neighborhood diner, a trendy new spot, and anything in between.
This past weekend was all about eating. Friday night, I went out with my chicas Girlie and Trish and treated them to Aquagrill to thank them for helping out with our baby shower. Aquagrill is one of our favorite haunts. I also brought my other friends Jill and Chris along so they can try it. We had a great time and ate up a storm. I had spicy tuna tartare for my appetizer (and was thisclose to ordering oysters but I thought I'd save those for after the kid is born); for my entrée, I had Seared Diver Scallops with Homemade Potato Gnocchi, Sauteed Spinach and Leek and Wild Mushroom Fondue in a Mushroom Sauce. For dessert, I thought I'd try something new (I usually get the chocolate tasting platter) and ordered the Chocolate Crusted Deep Dish Walnut Pie with a Chocolate Ganache Topping and Vanilla Ice Cream. The other girls ordered different appetizers, entrees, and desserts --between the five of us, we sampled and shared each others' food and had a sublime time eating. Check out Girlie's blog for the other dishes we had.
Saturday night, the hubs and I went to out local Chinese restaurant Sally Ling's for great, authentic Chinese fare. The hubs ordered the General Tso's chicken (it's his favorite) and I ordered my usual pan-fried flounder with ginger and scallion sauce. Yum. Afterwards, we went out for ice cream at our local Baskin-Robbins. I usually go for a hot fudge sundae, but this time I got pistachio ice cream instead. Not my usual pick. I have pistachio probably twice a year!
Sunday, I had an amazing brunch at the Soho Grand Hotel with my law school friends. It was an appropriate place for a reunion of sorts considering the hotel is only a few blocks away from our old law school. The food was stellar! I've never been there before and didn't know quite what to expect. They had the usual breakfast spread that most places have (i.e., cooked-to-order omelettes; bacon and sausage; homefries; and melt-in-your-mouth pancakes). However, they also had mac-and-cheese, sushi and other seafood specials like shrimp cocktail, this amazing braised steak; sliced pork tenderloin; a whole slew of French pastries (chocolate madeleines! buttery brioche! and more!); tons of desserts and unlimited fresh juice and coffee. It was a bit pricey ($30 per person), but worth it in my opinion! Heck, I should've brought a ziploc baggie so I can take some of the madeleines home! Hehehe...I am not beyond "pilfering" buffet food. I am a food lover after all! I liked the brunch so much that I'm toying with the idea of bringing the hubs there for Valentine's Day (but on a Sunday) instead of going through with our reservations as L'Ecole. We'll see.
L'Ecole is the restaurant of the French Culinary Institute here in NYC that serves pre-fixed dinners. I've never been and always wanted to go and I made reservations for Feb. 17th --partly to celebrate Valentine's Day, and partly to celebrate my last day at work. I'll let you know how it is!
Since I love food so much, I hinted to the hubs (well, more like told him point-blank) that instead of flowers, he should get me some edible treats. I found so many cute places your can order Valentine's day gifts from. Here's a few you should check out: