A Different Kinda Beet

Hey there blogosphere! Long time no post huh? I know it’s been awhile but I wanted to tell you about this place I just ate at this weekend in NYC, called The Little Beet Table.  Now I discovered this place via Instagram and immediately thought of some peeps I know that are gluten free.  Have a friend in from AK made this a great occasion to try it.  If you have ever tried to eat a GF diet you know it can be a bit challenging to find places let alone dishes that met your dietary requirements.  Some people have to for health reasons, but I am not a health blog so about this place…

The Little Beet is located along Park ave, nestled between building and fairly non-descript. The premise is that the menu is influenced by what is in season and healthy vegetables and whole foods.  (Not going to lie I was a bit dubious, until I looked at the menu and was sold on the sweet potato toast)  The interior is the same, simple and straight forward.  Menu covered the basics and then some, and don’t worry meat eaters there are some meats on the menu.

So my friend and I went in and ordered the banana bread with hazelnut butter, sweet potato toast, maple French toast and the roasted sweet potatoes.  Course I love me some taters (in like any format) so I was like a pig in shit.  Not only was the service friendly and on point so was the food.  I mean honestly I think neither one of noticed that we ate a mostly vegetarian meal.  The banana bread was delish, light, creamy and not to banana-y if you know what I mean.  My French toast was AHHHHHMAZING, covered in syrup and crème fraiche.  I think they used the banana bread as the base and I’m mad I never thought of it.  I also got the roasted sweet potatoes with sea salt and olive oil.  HOLY COW, I think it will be my new go to for cooking them.  Everything was fresh, clean and seasoned just right and not over powering.

Overall I’d say 4 out of 5 forks, simply because of the sweet potatoes.  Even if you aren’t GF give it a try and see before you knock it.

Food Loves Tech

Food+Technology….two of my favorite things.  Thanks to the ‘gram I came across a sponsored post for this shindig and was like hmmmmm que es esto?  So to Google I went and found a press release with the below info  “Food Loves Tech will allow the public to taste and touch, and see and smell, how technology is transforming our food chain. And to understand what it means for our future,” says Brian Halweil, Editor in Chief of Edible Manhattan, as well as sister titles Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Long Island, all part of the national network of Edible magazines.

The premise is getting us to understand how pervasive technology really is becoming in our lives even when it comes to food production.  So there is also a competition and the layout walks you through a little tour showing the different areas impacted.  The event is from 6/10 to 6/12 with a special VIP event on 6/10.  The VIP is two parts, one that’s like an open gallery and the other a dinner.  Cant afford the $100, don’t sweat it as its open to the public on the 11th. Sounds like a good way to spend a summer weekend in NYC, right?

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Brunching In Maysville

So in an effort to bring you more content I went brunching this past Saturday with a friend.  We went to Maysville over on 26th in the Flatiron area and I must say, its definitely a little gem.  Pretty obscure as there was just a small sign above the place, very kinda speak easyish.  Which given that they are a whiskey joint (also a huge part as to why I picked it).  So the interior is very straightforward with the exception of the bar, which kind of made me think of the grand bars you used to find say circa 1940’s and earlier.  Wood, marble and glass to give it that refined industrial feel, which if you read the ditty on the site its named after the port that shipped out some whiskey.

So my friend ordered the Chef’s breakfast which entailed eggs and meat and I got the French toast.  We both had been drinking the night prior so we needed some heavy starches to bind to the alcohol.  I got regular coffee which had a nice chicory taste, great to cut though the syrup.  I topped off my meal with roasted potatoes, and sweet babay jesus they were soooooo tasty.  The French toast was a thick brioche covered with ricotta and fruit compote.  Super tasty and flavors worked well together and it was more than enough to leave us filled.  And did I mention the potatoes?  Must be an Eastern European thing, because I can’t get enough of potatoes, and these were small reds roasted with a hint of salt. Like I would go back just for those bad boys.

Overall we both agreed we’d go back as it was super chill and the ambiance was pretty low key which is nice.  Plus the food was delish so I’d say 4 out of 5 forks.  So if you’re in the Flatiron area go peep it.

Ladies Liberty

So last night I met up with my work thot for some food and dranks.  Although I don’t drink anymore I still ate and was a savage.  Its period season so ya’ll women know that means just shovel food as fast as possible into your mouth.  So we decided to go to the Liberty (I work right across the street) and invited another old coworker.  Course we hashed, browed and burned through gossip.

I ordered the turkey burger with duck fat fries (yea DUCK FAT), my one friend stayed safe with the margarita pizza, and the other ordered a Thai beef salad.  The burger was made with a chipotle mayo and had standard toppings with a side salad.  The turkey was seasoned and moist, which if anyone has made ground turkey knows that’s hard to do.  The fries were liberally coated in chopped garlic (yaaas!).  Now being that its shark week (click for reference) one could not be expected to NOT get desert.  Enter double chocolate cookies, with ice cream and fudge sauce.  Nuff said.

Overall a good place, with a decent selection of food and drinks.  Sadly the ambiance was a bit on the louder side but hey after a few Moscow mules who notices!  Overall 4 out of 5 forks.


Tavern on the Green

So last night the mans and I went to Tavern on the Green, its restaurant week here in NYC so that means dinner for $38 (plus tip and tax).  Being that tog is a historic NYC  landmark I felt that this was a great time to check it out.  As a mere mortal there is no way I could afford to eat there non-restaurant week.   As you’d guess it was opulent but refined in its elegance.   The building was built to house the sheep that grazed in the meadows (hear that ny’ers,  this area was open land at one point) and was converted into a restaurant in the 1930’s. 
So after depositing our coats and being escorted to our table, we went with the pre fix menu for NYC restaurant week.  My bf decided to add the wine pairing for an additional $20.   So he started with a Caesar  salad and I with a Atlantic char tartar.  I’ll tell you his salad was phenomenal!  My tartar was good, and the pickled beets served to offset the consistency of the fish.  For the main course he had the chicken with mushrooms and parsnips and I had the pasta carbonara.  To die! If I could have that everyday it would never be an issue for me.  They managed to toast the top without burning the macaroni (which if you’ve ever made a pasta dish in an oven know that’s a rare skill).   It was soooooooooooooo creamy and delish!  But it was not overpowering, which sometimes creamy dishes can be.  I think the noodles may have been homemade….
For desert we got the bosc pears with ice cream.  Originally it was supposed to be salted caramel, but by the time we got there all they had was vanilla.  Now here’s where it gets interesting, it was cooked with peppercorns!  It added  nice tang, but the vanilla did nothing against the peppercorns.  Salted caramel would have been just right.  
Overall I would give this place 4.5 our of 5 forks,  if you want to go a do fine dinning this is a great place plus its an icon in and of itself.  Even in winter its gorgeous. 

Fashion, Food and…Fitness?

So like most people I have decided to start 2015 with getting fit. I came across this page called fit girls and decided to give it a whirl. Now the premise of this is to give you an eating plan along with at home excises that you can do. I am taking the 28 day challenge (check out the photos on IG with #28daychallenge to see what’s happening) and so far I like what I see. With anything, please check with a doctor first! So after purchasing the eBook I was given 4 weeks of meals and workouts coupled with instructions and motivation techniques. The eBook also provided game plans and easy prep steps. Not going to lie, I started a day after as I failed to plan doing the meal prep but I’m digging it. Also there are rewards you earn for completing each week! And they encourage the consumption of CHOCOLATE!
Now I wont barrage you with photos of me in my before stages, but needless to say personally I feel that I have put on some extra layers and want to get more toned. The meal plan give you 3 meals and a snack, but because I know that I have to eat every 3 hours I plan on breaking out my lunch into smaller portions. You are given a total of 1400 calories, and before you whine that’s not enough it is. As Americans we don’t take the time to chew or drink lots of water. So if you feel that this isn’t enough check this out, the next time you plan on eating drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. Hungry? Ok now eat, but count to 20 to make sure that your food is properly masticated. Reason behind bloating and indigestion? Not chewing properly to prep the food for digestion….. The meals are tasty and filling and they even give you ideas to mix it up so its different. Also the eating plan calls for oatmeal, and that for me es no bueno so I switched it to Quinoa and yes it mean some more prep but worth it. So check out my posts on IG for the food at @bkblueagave to see what is in these meals.
The program also encourages you to get at least 30 minutes of activity EACH day…now here’s where I’m cheating. I have to take PE for school (yes to get my AAS I have to complete 2 credits..) so that class meets each day for the duration of this challenge.
Overall, I am looking forward to this and hoping that I can shed some weight and get toned. I know that I will never be the size I was in high school, but am hoping that this helps me develop better eating habits to use the rest of my life. Its a challenge to change your habits, but stick with it and find others to keep you motivated and you might just surprise yourself. If your doing this find me on IG and leave me some motivation and I’ll return the favor!

Buenos Aires

So Friday I was feigning for some beef, if ya know what I mean…and I had heard about this Argentinean steakhouse downtown over on 6th St and Ave A.   So off me and the novio went for some steak and quality time.  I had read about this place and been meaning to make my way on down. Since I got out early we got there before the dinner rush.  The place has exposed brink that is covered with pennants from various footbol (aka soccer to us Anglos) leagues.   There was also TV’s broadcasting the games.  As the dinner crowd showed up the candles came out and the lights went down.  The service was good, our waiter had more personality then the hostess and was great about keeping up with us.  We started with bread and butter, and he ordered the beef kabobs and I got the skirt steak with mashed potatoes.  A note, if you are not a serious meat eater, I would avoid this place as the Argentineans are KNOWN  for beef.

And we were not disappointed either.  My steak came with the traditional chimichurri sauce and was cooked to perfection (medium well).   My novio’s kabobs were tender and juicy and easy to eat.  Because nothing is worse than getting meat that is just this said of rawhide….. Overall the meat was tender and juicy and seasoned well.  Even my boyfriend was impressed with the tenderness of the meat.  Now of course if you have learned anything its that I also need desert.  So one panqueque de manzana y cafe coming up!  We got the apple crepe with ice cream and two coffees.   And man the coffee tasted like someone’s abuela put their ankles in it, sock and all (which is a good thing ask any Hispanic).  Overall the food was great and the service was decent.  I’d give it 4 out of 5 forks and cant wait to go back.