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THE SPOTTED PIG – NYC

  • January 8, 2014 5:13 am

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The Spotted Pig has only been open 10 years but it has the look and feel of a 100 year old restaurant. The building itself is technically 177 years old (seriously).

Touted as NYC’s first Gastropub, the Spotted Pig is the essence of Greenwich Village and the epitome of a clusterf*ck.

Waiting for a table can take hours and once you’re in, it’s a menagerie of colors, smells, noise and heat and the voices of foreign tourists.

The room we were seated in did not contain one single English speaking guest. Was this place featured in a guidebook?

There were two things I was told to order here. The Burger and the Chicken Liver on Toast.

The burger was nice but MY GOD, that chicken liver toast was one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

I’ve only recently begun my foray into pureed animal organs spread on things, but this version was certainly the best.

The SP is a must try for local and tourist alike. The atmosphere is charming, the service is super friendly and the food is excellent. Just know you’re going to wait and get over it.

P.S., I’m not gonna lie, my pictures are dreadful. It’s dark in there and I was more in the mood to EAT my food rather than photograph it. For once.

314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
b/t Hudson St & Greenwich St
(212) 620-0393
thespottedpig.com

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Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestring Fries

Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestring Fries

Pumpkin Salad with Pecorino and Pinenuts

Pumpkin Salad with Pecorino and Pinenuts

Chicken Liver Toast

Chicken Liver Toast

Grilled Skirt Steak with Horseradish Cream

Grilled Skirt Steak with Horseradish Cream

Lemon Curd Tart

Lemon Curd Tart

MAISON – NYC

  • January 7, 2014 5:12 am

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NYC WEEK!

The following is my concise, detailed and lengthy review of Maison. You may want to clear your schedule, this could take a while.

Maison is a cute French bistro near MoMA that’s great for breakfast or brunch.

The pastries and breakfast crepes are the thing to order.

The End.

1700 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
b/t 53rd St & 54th St
(212) 757-2233
maisonnyc.com

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It's a grapefruit, dummy.

It’s a grapefruit, dummy.

Irish Oatmeal with Banana

Irish Oatmeal with Banana

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Homefries

Homefries

Ham, Gruyere and Egg Crepe

Ham, Gruyere and Egg Crepe

Times Square. I hope to never need come here again.

Times Square, I hope to never need come here again.

View from the top of the Empire State Building

View from the top of the Empire State Building.

View from the top of the Empire State Building

View from the top of the Empire State Building

GRAMERCY TAVERN – NYC

  • January 6, 2014 5:11 am

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NYC WEEK!

I’m devoting this week’s blog posts to the greatest city in the world, of whatever the hell it’s commonly called.

This is where I might normally give my ruminations on this illustrious city, by I’m going to politely decline. It’s far too early in the morning to say anything remotely original and you’re just here to look at food pictures, anyway.

Here’s a few notes on today’s meal.

I don’t recall the name of anything I ate here. This meal occurred all the way back in October and I completely forgot to write the blog. Bad food blogger, bad!

It’s a bit stuffy inside. Old school NYC, perhaps, if that’s a thing? Our server was friendly but things were quite formal here. Very funeral home chic.

The food was NOT good.

Gramercy Tavern has been a NY institution for ages and it was difficult getting a decent reservation, so needless to say, I was shocked.

The food was pretentious, expensive, uninspired and quite bland.

Is salt too expensive to procure in New York? There certainly weren’t many vegetables to be found.

It made me think twice if the food in NYC was going to be any good?

(Stay tuned, I will be posting NYC meals every day this week! Let’s see if the food improves…)

42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
b/t Broadway & S Park Ave in Flatiron
(212) 477-0777
gramercytavern.com

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MUD HEN

  • January 3, 2014 5:23 am

Lamb Meatballs, fresh chimichuri, yogurt sauce

Lamb Meatballs, fresh chimichuri, yogurt sauce

What can I say about poor Mud Hen?

Poor, poor Mud Hen.

Never had I anticipated a meal this much and been let down this badly.

The menu looked so yummy.

The servers were friendly and efficient.

The place has been remodeled from Street’s former dark, cold space to a warm, inviting Ho Down in a chicken coop.

But the food is more like chicken poop (sorry, that was pedestrian).

LOWLIGHTS:

The Classic Cheeseburger had a ton of this sour aioli on it that ruined the whole thing and for a medium burger, was vastly undercooked. Nothing very impressive about the thing, even once you scraped off what tasted like sour cream (I would have preferred that, actually).

The Lamb Meatballs were a bit dry and the tzatziki sauce sparse and boring.

The Mac and Cheese was ok but the parsley and lemon flavors were a bit odd. There was something just not right about this dish even though I loved the textures and consistency.

The Vegetarian tostadas were good but too simple to be on this menu. Zero creativity.

The Marguerita Pizza was absolutely like a frozen cafeteria meal, completely blah.

The Green Eggs and Ham needed a lot more filling, all I tasted was slightly spicy egg whites. Boring! Cram that thing full of egg yolk deliciousness, please!

The Shaved Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad could have used a citrus element and some other fun ingredients. They could take a lesson from Hart and the Hunter’s amazing version of a similar dish.

HIGHLIGHTS:

I really liked the Tuna Carpaccio. Normally $10, it was on the happy hour menu for $4 and was well worth it. Very flavorful!

We all agreed the Spinach Potato Pierogis were the best thing on the menu. Topped with beets and sitting in a tangy horseradish sauce, they were a fun treat.

The Maple Whisky Ribs were very good, especially loved the little shepherd’s pie you get with it. Solid entrée.

I would highly recommend you only keep this place in mind for Happy Hour with a few sides and few beers or their signature cocktails (I did enjoy the two that I tried) and not even venture to the full menu.

Truth be told, we ate a ton of food and each had a cocktail or two and still didn’t spend more than $40 a person, so it also has some decent prices going for it.

742 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Happy Hour is a great deal, several items over half off.

Happy Hour is a great deal, several items over half off.

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Cynar Swizzle

Cynar Swizzle

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Tuna Ceviche, avocado, tangerine, chipotle, toasted corn

Tuna Ceviche, avocado, tangerine, chipotle, toasted corn

Spinach Potato Pierogi, roasted beets, mustard, horseradish cream

Spinach Potato Pierogi, roasted beets, mustard, horseradish cream

Shaved Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad, lemon picada

Shaved Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad, lemon picada

Marguerita Pizza

Marguerita Pizza

Vegetarian Tostada, refried beans, walnut "chorizo", avocado salsa, sour cream

Vegetarian Tostada, refried beans, walnut “chorizo”, avocado salsa, sour cream

4-Cheese Mac and Cheese

4-Cheese Mac and Cheese

Maple Whisky Glazed Short Ribs, mini shephard's pie, sweet and sour cabbage

Maple Whisky Glazed Short Ribs, mini shephard’s pie, sweet and sour cabbage

Classic Cheeseburger

Classic Cheeseburger

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding, moonshine and brown sugar syrup

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding, moonshine and brown sugar syrup

THE BAZAAR – SLS HOTEL

  • January 1, 2014 5:21 am

"Philly Cheesesteak" the secret (oozy cheese) is inside...

“Philly Cheesesteak” the secret (oozy cheese) is inside…

Nothing at The Bazaar is what it seems.

Located at the uber trendy SLS Hotel, Chef Jose Andres has been wowing guests with his famous brand of molecular gastronomy for ages (4-5 years in LA speak).

It has been exactly four years since I last went, as you can see here (I’ve obviously upgraded cameras since then) and surprisingly not much has changed.

Another reason I know not much has changed is that no kale has popped up on the menu! I salute thee, SLS! You’re probably the only restaurant to “just say no!”

We even ordered several of the same menu items from four years ago. Even one thing we should have avoided last time and sadly, the dish (ceviche) has not improved.

But we loved everything else!

Tonight, we dined in honor of Sonigram moving across the world to NYC. Cheers to you and the best of luck! Try not to choke on a slice of pizza. Kidding, we love you. But, still, don’t choke or anything.

The menu (all small plates) is divided into two main sections: Traditional and Modern Tapas.

Even the traditional tapas had some kind of unique spin on things. There is so much attention (and science) attributed to each dish, you need to sit back and admire for a moment before diving in.

Our absolute favorite dish of the evening was the Jicama Wrapped Guacamole. I love jicama and love how they were able to slice it so thin and fill it with spicy guac and a few teeny tiny tortilla crumbles to create a lil bite ‘o’ Mexico.

Some other items we loved were pretty much any of the fritters (I seem to be the only one that fully appreciated the carrot fritters, some folks just don’t care about good eyesight) as well as the most popular “Philly Cheesesteak” which come ingeniously on these little puffed, melted cheese stuffed breads topped with a few petite slices of Wagyu beef. Note: the cheese is messy and will leave your hands in an obscene state afterwards. Laugh and then move on.

Cocktails are fun yet pricey (we are in a hotel, after all) but nott nearllye boozie enoughh fore my likingg. Theyy may hav bin nonalcoholicc.

The Bazaar is a must do LA restaurant but be prepared to spend some dough. So, make it a special occasion place and you won’t feel so guilty. Like if someone is moving away and you hope they don’t choke. Perfect place for that.

SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 246-5567
thebazaar.com

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"Magic Mojito" - Before

“Magic Mojito” – Before

"Magic Mojito" - After

“Magic Mojito” – After

"Liquid Cherry" Manhattan

“Liquid Cherry” Manhattan

Smoke on the Water (The Pliska) - Blackberries, Atomized Scotch, Islay Mist, Flame

Smoke on the Water (The Pliska) – Blackberries, Atomized Scotch, Islay Mist, Flame

Bagel and Lox Cone

Bagel and Lox Cone

Not Your Everyday Caprese w/ liquid mozzarella

Not Your Everyday Caprese w/ liquid mozzarella

Smoked Yellowtail and Crispy Rice

Smoked Yellowtail and Crispy Rice

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Jicama Wrapped Guacamole

Jicama Wrapped Guacamole

Jicama Wrapped Guacamole - BEST DISH ON THE MENU

Jicama Wrapped Guacamole – BEST DISH ON THE MENU

Ottoman Carrot Fritters

Ottoman Carrot Fritters

Bunuelos - Codfish Fritters

Bunuelos – Codfish Fritters

Papas Canarias - Salty Wrinkled Potatoes with Mojo Verde

Papas Canarias – Salty Wrinkled Potatoes with Mojo Verde

Croquetas de Pollo - Chicken Bechamel Fritters

Croquetas de Pollo – Chicken Bechamel Fritters

Boneless Mary's Farm Buffalo Chicken Wings

Boneless Mary’s Farm Buffalo Chicken Wings

"Philly Cheesesteak" Air bread, cheddar and Wagyu Beef

“Philly Cheesesteak” Air bread, cheddar and Wagyu Beef

Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Air

Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Air

Market Fish Ceviche and Avocado Roll

Market Fish Ceviche and Avocado Roll

Nitro Coconut Floating Island with passionfruit and vanilla

Nitro Coconut Floating Island with passionfruit and vanilla

Wedding / Salted Chocolate Cookie

Wedding / Salted Chocolate Cookie