Thursday, August 28, 2008
Yep...good food, good company and it's Christmas x 1000! What more could a girl ask for on her birthday? Birthday or no birthday this place is cheap, byob, casual, and hella entertaining. The vegetable samosas are good and fried, just how I like em while my Chicken Tikka Makni was delicious, spicy and creamy. I'm always very satisfied with my dishes no matter how divergent the tastes may be. Jay ordered the best dish but it was called dildar something something but we kept calling it dildo...hehe. It was actually my 15th birthday not 24th. Some describe this place as being slightly on the "tacky" side but it's important to let loose and get into the holiday spirit! I will go back a thousand more times.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Not! Vine restaurant on the wee tip of the Northfork has some commendable dishes (crab cake w/mango salsa and macaroni and cheese with truffle oil and mushrooms) however the Heirloom tomato situation made me sad :( The heirloom mozzarella salad ($13) contained not even a hardy piece of heirloom! In fact the salad consisted of ALL cherry tomatoes with a small piece of a brandywine. I asked the waitress just to make sure she was aware of the issue and I concluded that she had no idea of what an heirloom could be. Us ladies did not let the issue at hand get us down...We topped our night off with some ice cream at the infamous Nina's and had a very memorable experience star gazing in the grass. I have posted some pictures so everybody can familiarize themselves with these beautiful and precious fruits!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I started with a delicious Calamari Salad drizzled with a carrot ginger dressing and Mussels in a buttery, white wine garlic sauce... The broth was the best part of the meal and I slurped it up in the most polite pinkies-up-ladies-who-lunch kind of way. Donna spilled her $15 Bellini all over herself and the waitress even brought her a free one without us having to ask. Phew! Our service was good except for the food taking a tad too long and I noticed a waitress (thankfully not ours) who had a big stick up her you know what.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
It's all small stuff. Isn't that genius?
Spending August in "the country" takes more energy to amuse one self especially when you are friendless in these parts. Well not anymore. I have found my new favorite bible located in the pool house bathroom but I managed to sneak it out. It's called "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff..." by Richard Carlson Phd.
There's even a whole chapter dedicated to patience which, if you know me, I have a difficult time with. Here are a few of Richard's ideas:
1) Make peace with imperfection.
2) Let go of the idea that gentle, relaxed people can't be super achievers.
3) Don't interrupt others or finish their last sentence (ahem).
4) Do something nice for someone else and don't tell ANYONE about it.
5) If someone throws you the ball, you don't have to catch it.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Yesterday I took a nice evening jaunt over to Lathams farm stand after smelling the fresh cut basil from a mile away. It's not only the most beautiful view in Long Island but it has the freshest assortment of beautiful fruits, vegetables and herbs that I've ever laid eyes on. The price is great and the farmer gave me samples of different types of heirloom tomatoes which are only around in August!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Monkey Town! That's right folks...I said Monkey Town. The garage warehouse-esque restaurant/theater has reopened after a month of renovations. The mole enchiladas were delicious but a HUGE portion. I could have split it with my table and still been full. Our service was great and the manager was super excited to make sure we got back to see the movie even though it was sold out.
Friday, August 1, 2008
|My favorite description in any poem. |
I know I'm supposed to be reviewing customer service and food but I came upon this pretty little poem and had to post it. Have a nice weekend!
Chansons Innocentes: I
|by E. E. Cummings|
She is my Mom.
Here is a special recipe called: Want to try something really refreshing? Chilled Cucumber Soup!
Peel and seed 3-4 cucumbers chopped into 1”chunks
½ of a large sweet onion in chunks
2 cloves garlic
10-12 oz buttermilk
1 cup plain yogurt
1 T red wine vinegar
2-3 T seasoned rice vinegar
1 t dried dill or 1 T fresh
Fresh ground pepper to taste and salt if you like
Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
Refrigerate (or put in the freezer briefly) to make really cold
Yesterday was another fantastic day for the ladies of leisure. We decided to venture out of our comfort zone to the Cloisters. On our way up we decided to take a brief (but not so brief) stop at El Cocotero, a haven for empanadas, arepas and tostones maracuchos. Marisol, the friendly waitress, gave us some suggestions which we appreciated greatly. We ordered a crispy green plantain crostini with chicken and avocado, a ham empanada and a Pebellon arepa. It was so scrumptious but I didn't feel grossly pukey full. We were definitely in Venezuelan Heaven. Jenn really liked how it wasn't greasy but next time she would order the Carne because the chicken was a little too mild tasting.
Marisol, just moved here from Caracas and is taking us Brazillian dancing on Sunday. I am giving this place a 10 out of 10 and I can not wait to go back. Thanks Marisol for giving us an excellent dining experience and wanting to be my friend :)