this space is a musing on all things snack related…from high brow to low brow, small meals (cupcake on the go) to epic feasts (dinner at greenhouse tavern), from eating in (currently putting in my own kitchen sink) to eating out (pies & thighs? anyone?). it is meant to be a reflection on how eating is a way to bring people together, and a reminder that someone is always going to be the fat kid and want to eat again. soon. it's probably me./Subscribe to RSS
June 9, 2011
Cake pops. Yes, you heard me. This is the new snack that Starbucks is selling. While we all know I love snacks on sticks, this is too much! I say this because a) this is a way to get people to eat high calorie bad cake and feel better about themselves, b) they are overpriced for a bite of cake, and c) they taste bad. Snacks on sticks should be amazing! One bite should say it all. This only says, I wish I had gotten something else.
Last weekend my father hosted an amazing lunch for all of his colleagues at their house in Connecticut. It was filled with tasty finger foods, crispy shrimp with a spicy mango salsa, tuna tartar with wasabi mayo on little toasts, miniature chicken empanadas, spring rolls, and that was just the finger food. Then we had grilled salmon, a mixed vegetable and orzo salad, and too many kinds of delicious deserts. I personally love hors d’oeuvre and so I sneaked back into the kitchen to eat the leftovers, as evidenced by the photo alone. The shrimp was pure perfection!
June 7, 2011
Cheese. I think cheese is magical. The different flavours, textures, the smells, the rinds, and the way it is made just boggles my mind. Archaeological evidence even suggests that as far back as Ancient Egypt, people were making cheese! Anyways I went home to Connecticut and stopped at Murray’s Cheese at Grand Central to bring my dad some cheese. The gift of Stilton is like nothing else.
June 4, 2011
Friday night dinner. After happy hour at Botanica with friends, I arrived home exhausted and made one of my comfort dishes. Tomato rice! It sounds displeasing but it is so tasty! I sauté onions, garlic, tomatoes in a little olive oil, add some tomato paste, a little red wine and then dump it over a bowl of perfectly cooked rice. Italian inspired congee perhaps- or a quick risotto rip off. This dish was created at a time when I had little money, few ingredients and the willingness to make it worth. It hit the spot then and did again on Friday.
Fridays lunch was vegetable pad thai from Saha Thai. A huge mistake. Too salty and dry, this lunch lacked zest, flavour, and made me feel a bit queasy. It didn’t stop me from eating half of it, as i didn’t get around to lunch till 3 but still. I knew I shouldn’t have been so quick to get off the sushi train. Better meals await in the future.
June 3, 2011
Thursday lunch was sushi again, also from Soho Sushi! This time I got an oshinko roll, and a roll fused out of spicy tuna, avocado, and roe topped with thinly sliced shrimp. It was delicious and I washed it all down with a trilogy kombucha. There is definitely a theme developing this week. Thursday night was dinner/drinks at the Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint. I had two glasses of a full bodied Argentina red wine, a small salad of mixed greens dressed simply in olive oil, salt, and lemon, and a corn, asparagus risotto with roasted brussel sprouts. My friend Sandra had the most amazing mussels, with Stilton cheese and chorizo, the broth alone was mouth watering and we lapped it up, asking constantly for more bread.