Sunday, June 23, 2013

TRIP: New York 2013 Day 3

Our last full day in NYC. I had my obligatory I (heart) NYC t-shirt, seen a broadway show and ate at some cool places. So our last day in was reserved for meeting with friends and one last bit of walking around.  We made it to Grand Central station which is an amazing place, there was even a very ethnic food court located downstairs. Very hustle bustle I need to print out that picture and hang it in my office.

We were originally going to meet my wife's friend at a brunch location, but it had a 45 min wait which we weren't up for and I took the opportunity to suggested Brasserie Les Halle that we passed on the way. I had to explain to my wife Les Halle was where the "tall guy on the travel channel goes around the world eating and swearing a lot use to work." the light of recognition hit her eyes. (we're both big fans of Anthony Bourdain). Of course Les Halle's executive chef is no longer Anthony Bourdain but Carlos Llaguno.

We opted for the classic french breakfast. My wife got the crepes, which were fantastic and I got the Parisian bread basket with a baguette, croissant and chausson aux pommes (apple turnover). I inquired if all breads were made in house and the reply was "of course". The croissant was every bit of what I remembered from the Parisan bistros of which I had a devil of a time to find in Austin. I kind of wish we got a tad bit later to order from the very interesting lunch menu.

In the evening we went off into Brooklyn and found my long time friend Lee. He and his partner prepared a wonderful meal for us, I only regret that it was so dark I took some pretty crappy pictures. We started off with some grilled eggplant and fennel.

Lee whipped up a Korean inspired bean thread accompanied with four different marinaded mushrooms and a pickled zucchini. I'm still trying to get the recipe from him.

The main entree was a barbecued striped bass (sorry an especially bad picture, considering it was pitch black in all these photos I still applaud my camera). Lee asked me to dig thru their pantry to whip up something to go with the fish and I came up with a sunflower and smoked pepper pesto that was applied as we finished the fish. I figured the added fat would bolster the leaner fish.

Ok that was it for New York. My memory card managed to fail and I think I lost all of my Boulder photos. We had a pretty memorable meal at Ten Ten Brasserie I hope I can recover the photos, if not go and check it out for yourself.

Monday, June 3, 2013

TRIP: New York 2013 Day 2

Day 2 was a bit uneventful food wise, but I'm writing it up none the less since I need to get back on the blogging habit.

We went and saw the Spiderman Broadway show (the picture is Time Square at night, we stayed right off Broadway). The show was quite good, the wire work to swing Spiderman thru the audience was pretty spectacular. Our seats were within 20 yards of the stage and we managed to get them at half price. I could have stayed a few more days just to catch a few more of the shows, they have a "day of" ticket counter where they sell excess tickets at half price and if you're willing to "get what you can get" it's a great value.

I got my obligatory slice of NY pizza. I have since cruised past several pizzerias and I regret taking the first slice I got. The pizza was still pretty good, but not anywhere near some legendary step beyond what I've had. I blame the fact that we didn't have many days in NY and there were a lot of food choices to pick from so i had to squeeze in what I could.

For lunch we went to ZeyTuna (we were still in the financial district) ZeyTuna was a market in the middle of the area, they featured a food bar/counter similar to the Wholefoods flagship we have in Austin. There was quite a variety of food and all of it was quite delicious (considering it was a buffet  priced by the pound). I've had plenty of disappointments where the food looked good in the case/bar and then the meat was dry or just didn't live up to expectations, this was not the case today lots of flavor and plenty of choices both healthy and otherwise.

Finally we stopped by my friend's bar the Iron Horse. If you want a rowdy hootin hollering good time this is the place to be. There was a swing over the bar (actively being used by the bartender and patrons alike), shots of whiskey poured directly down someone's throat and a big cup of ice being thrown down someone's pants and all this was happening around 3:30pm. I can only imagine what happens prime time on a weekend evening. If you want authentic NY attitude and a place where the drinks don't stop flowing I've got the place for you.

Ok one day left then I head out to Boulder.