Tuesday, August 31, 2010

♫ i'm having a good time, they just trying to ruin it ♫

pine nut & fermented black bean crusted scallops with celery puree. best darn scallops eveeer.

grilled salmon w/ ginger black thai rice w/ cabbage, sweet pepper & shitake stir-fry

thai donuts - mr. yums donuts are way better


We celebrated my friend, Jaell and her old age at Tantra in Miami Beach. It's a kama sutra (really) themed restaurant/lounge. Tantra has seen better days because it was dead Friday night. I was secretly thrilled. I hate eating over loud music. & we had a great time.

We went for the Miami Spice menu and contrary to what I've been told, the food was awesome. Seriously the best scallops I've ever had. The desserts were wack and uninventive but I expected nothing more from a prix fixe menu.

I'm sorry this has become the molten lava cake of blogs. Bo-ring. I have little to say and I'm kind of bored of it all myself.

But I'll continue to share what's getting stuck in my braces (seriously, someone should have warned me - it's impressive) and hopefully some wit and my faith in humanity will return.

Keep it funky...or fake if that works for you.

On August 30th

I turned 100.

Since it was a Monday, I kept it low key and had my family over for some Cozzoli's pizza (my fave) and funfetti cake because nothing quite says "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" like sprinkle-filled batter.

Good thing about having your birthday on a crappy Monday is that you get to celebrate the weekend before and the weekend after. I've never been one to milk my birthday but that is the plan this time around.

This is where I'll be celebrating this weekend.


(ps. I'm 27)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

August Vacation via InstaMax

UWS flower vendor
Washington Square Park w/ my new cute friend Melissa

Habana Outpost - Brooklyn

Ben's Chili Bowl

Le White House

Waiting for the Bolt Bus

Georgetown Cupcakes
Strawberry Lemonade daiquiris @ the Baltimore Harbor
Chesapeake Bay

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers

left: beer battered fish taco w/cabbage, pico de gallo and crema
right: two roasted pork tacos w/onions, cilantro and salsa verde

double-double burger

Hm, so I know I said this is not a blog solely based on restaurant reviews and I stand by that but apart from the beach and nightclubs, there's not much else to do in Miami. Laying out under the Florida sun is no joke & I am in no way a "clubber" (once a year is more than enough for me).

But a girls gotta eat...

Oh, yes, a girls gotta eat.

& I'm loving that Miami now has tons of awesome food trucks cruising the streets willing to feed me. I think Miami is trying to con me into staying here. Nice try but until you've got a gay dude serving bacon ice cream sandwiches, consider me gone!

Anywho, went to Jefe's last night for some tacos. I had a fish and pork taco. I was partial to the pork maybe because I have an intense love for anything smothered in tomatillo sauce.
Seriously HEART tomatillos.

Had a few bites of the burger. It kinda reminded me of a Big Mac except that it had caramelized onions and the beef was definitely fresher (or maybe I should just say fresh). Not that the comparison is a bad thing anyway. I happen to think Big Macs are fast food burger perfection. So much so that I even capitalized "Big Mac".

Follow @jefesoriginal on twitter. All you non-twitterers need to get with it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Latin House Grill

[carne asada]

[cilantro chicken]

[There were little burger babies under that stack of potato strings]

[ Mad Love sliders on mini brioche]

Originally, I had no expectations of Latin House Grill but I couldn't resist so I went to yelp to see what they were working with.

5 out of 5 stars. I was impressed. Especially because when it comes to the South Miami mobile food scene, they're kind of the baby of the bunch.

I ordered carne asada & cilantro chicken tacos and their Mad Love sliders. All of which are topped with some of their homemade sauces, pico de gallo and fresh avocado.

Everything is made to order and while the owner (didn't catch his name) was preparing my food, we chatted a bit. He was super friendly and although there was quite a line forming, he made sure to take his time preparing my food and explain exactly what was going into it. & this guy could not stop smiling. I could tell he was proud of what he was serving. His enthusiasm rubbed off on me and by the time my food was ready, I could not wait to try it.

"This is so good" and "Oh my God"'s proceeded.

I won't go into details because you should get your ass over there and try it yourself but all the ingredients stood up on their own. Everything had its individual flavor but collectively, it was on.point.

can usually be found on Bird Rd & 82 ave.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New York's bestest chocolate chip (w/ walnuts) cookie?

Perhaps but my orthodontist told me to refrain from having nuts of any kind in my mouth for the next year (plenty of disappointed keebler elves) so I opted for the dark chocolate chocolate chip.

I don't love cookies. I'm a cake kind of gal. The stale cookies at Subway are the extent of my cookie cravings and I only choose them because they're sweeter than Doritos.

But between Levain's cookies and Havana Central's pernil, the Upper West Side is beginning to look a lot more delicious.

List of adjectives that describe the marvelous cookies: thick, rich, chewy, chunky, chocolaty, velvety, buttery, gooey & slightly raw. That seems to be the trick and I'll have you know it's very much worth the possible risk of salmonella poisoning.

Levain is conveniently located below a wax salon so after you get your cooter waxed, go console yourself and your stripped layer of skin with an 800 calorie cookie. Hell, get two.

'Cause you both deserve it.

July Twenty-Seventh

My new cute friend, Melissa and I surprised Amy at her job with party hats and super miniature cupcakes from Baked By Melissa (not my new cute friend Melissa but another Melissa).

We strolled through Chelsea with our party gear and headed to Taïm for falafel sandwiches (so tasty - no, seriously, that's what taïm means in Hebrew).

We had a mini picnic in Washington Square Park where we came across this lovely gentlemen. Possibly the cutest thing ever. & this is why I love New York City. It's so random. He made my day and it wasn't even my day to be made.

Sorry the video is shaky at the beginning. I was dancing then realized maybe I should stop.

*I know I'm on a "break" but I wanted to share my vacay before it became irrelevant. I will go back to neglecting you soon.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Georgetown Cupcakes

[deeerh, look at mah cupcakes]

Georgetown Cupcake is apparently, a really big deal. I saw the bakery and thought "Hooray!", turned the corner and said "Holy shit, you've got to be kidding me".

There was a HUGE line. Like 70 people deep huge. But I love lines. I love hype. I especially love when places live up to the hype so I stood in line right with the hoard of losers.

It took 45 minutes to get inside the bakery. I ordered a strawberry, milk chocolate birthday, chocolate ganache and a lemon blossom. The strawberry and lemon were my favorite simply because most cupcake bakeries don't offer these flavors (What's up with that?! So sick of red velvet!).

If I weren't so loyal to my beloved Buttercream, I'd say these were some of the best cupcakes I've had..but they weren't. Although, they were by a long shot, the prettiest.

Never too pretty to destroy!

Two favorite things about Georgetown Cupcakes is 1) fresh flowers on the tables and 2) fondant is used as decoration instead of those annoying, hard sprinkles.