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.


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Theres an App for that…

So recently I signed up for a newsletter from Tasting Table because well I love food, I mean who doesn’t right?  Plus living in the NYC one is bombarded with countless places to eat it’s almost impossible to keep up.  I signed up because I wanted reciepes and things to know about NYC food scene (ummm food blogger here) and liked how TT had it all together.  So I get the email and scroll down and see a call out for this app called DINE.  Not to be confused with the dating app….

But there is a serious lack of food dining apps that allow you to curate what you want to eat.  I had one years ago and well they went the way of the dodo so DINE it is.  I love that the app allows you to search be hood, food type and even “hot spots”.  So I honestly have yet to really use it but I figured all my foodies would enjoy knowing about this gem, as if your like me sometimes you want a new place but Google doesn’t give you want you want right away.  Plus what if you are on the go?  Who not open the app and find a place?  Hopefully this app will allow me to save faves along with reviews.

I will report back once I have used it and let you know my success.  But if you have it let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Buen provecho!

Night at Nobu

So the other week I went to Nobu with a friend of mines for dinner.  Now this was all prompted by a family member who asked me to go and peep the scene.  First let me say Nobu is one of those places that you go to be seen with the expectation of good food.  So the experience…

The décor was dark and reminded me of a wine cellar, lots of dark woods and lots of little lights.  Now it wasn’t initially too bad as we got there BEFORE the dinner rush and nightfall.  So we had lots of natural light.  We also went to the original location on 57th and because it was before the rush we got prompt seating.  So we scored a booth close to a window right above the bar. Terrible idea, the acoustics of the place do NOT lend themselves to having a conversation that didn’t lean towards screaming.  I did enjoy however the cases of sake they had behind the wall of the bar that ran alongside the stairs to the dinning level. As the sun started to set there was such minimal lighting it was kinda hard to make out some of the foods brought unless you got close.

So on to the food.  My compadre decided to get the Omakase, which is basically a mystery serving of dishes based on what is in season.  Which is totally cool if you want to see what a place is about and sets you back about $100. You get about 8 dishes, small samples really. I however decided to get California rolls and Creamy Spicy Crab.  Honestly what a bust.  I could score better Japanese food in Chinatown than what I got.  The creamy spicy crab was imitation crab in a cheese sauce that had been broiled and served with might have been roe.  There was no side to accompany this dish and was considered a “main” dish.  Some of the things that my friend got were an avocado hand roll, fish soup, black miso cod, ramen, and crab tempura.  The best thing was the crab tempura that came with rice vinegar that got poured over it.  They were stone crab claws (which are pretty good and meaty).   I decided that black miso cod is sooooooooooooo not my thing.  The desert she got was the Whisky Cappuccino, OMFG great.  Whiskey foam, gelato, and a mix of cinnamon and cardamom.  So delish.

Overall, don’t do it to yourself. And not for that price.  We had a good time and some of the pieces were decent but Nobu was more about the hype than the actual food.  Maybe I’d go back and try something else but I kind of doubt it.  I’ve had better Japanese at the spot down from my job in downtown.  I’d give them 1.5 out of 5 forks.  As always this is my personal opinion and I always encourage people to try shit on their own.  I mean we all like different things right?

Black Miso Cod

Their version of a taco.

“Creamy” Spicy Crab  

Some fish soup

Cajun

Thanks to the three day weekend I was able to meet up with some of the crew for seafood this Sunday.  Being that we live in NYC and there are a bevy of places to check out it took some time to narrow it down, but we decided on Cajun Sea Seafood & Oyster bar in midtown.  Part was location as many of us live in different boros and if you’ve ever been on the subway on a weekend you know how tedious it can be to get around thanks to all the track work.  So on Sunday we gathered…

Now the place is fairly non-descript and located on a street that doesn’t see much traffic, but that means less people.  Now the idea is that they offer Cajun style dining, and having grown up in the bayou I think I have a good grasp on Cajun food.  My whole reason for picking this place was that they offer crayfish (or crawdads) depending on how you get down.  I grew up on these little tasty morsels and are a summertime staple if I ever met one. Imagine miniature lobsters, nom nom nom.  Sadly they don’t carry etouffee..  Now the inside is heavy wood, and nautical nonsense, nets, lighthouse lights, brass, and that jazz.   I mean if you’ve been in a Joe’s Crab Shack you know what I mean.  The back wall with the menu has a giant lobster on it…

So because the crew and I get down we got appetizers, oysters on the half shell and mussels in a spice tomato sauce (say that with an Italian accent!) and for the main course I got the crab and crawfish boil (Cajun style), someone got the gumbo, another seafood pasta, and jambalaya.  And like most seafood places they bring bibs, trash cans, shell crackers, and even gloves.  I was too much of a fatass to deal with gloves or a bib and dove right in.  Spicy….Oh shit I wasn’t ready (Kevin Hart voice) like there was legit a kick to the Cajun seasoning even on mild.  Most places say Cajun and kill it in red pepper, no which is NOT how you do it.  Google Paul Prudhomme and you will learn about Cajun cooking.   The crab wasn’t over cooked and the shells were crackable, not soft and pliable.  Everything was well seasoned and just the right amount of heat and flavor.  Not sure about the other dishes as I was waaaaay to focused on mines to pay much attention to anything else.  But from the sounds and looks, it appeared that everyone else enjoyed their dishes as well.  And to round out the meal we naturally ordered dessert.  Also a friend just broke up so they wanted to go full kilt, and who am I to say no to dessert.  Crème brulee and beignets along with coffee is what we got and shared.  Coffee was eh, weak and the brulee was decent but slightly watery.  The crust was well done and the flavor was good, just that it didn’t seem to have set very well.  Now ive never had actually beignets, but these were reminiscent of say zeppole’s or loukoumades. Basically fried dough dusted with powered sugar.  Um yes please!

Overall we had a good time, much to the disdain of some of the other patrons (because we are a bit loud….) and the food was good.  Service was decent but wasn’t all that attentive.  Overall 3.5 out of 5 forks, and they have happy hour EVERY day.  Good for a quick whetting for Cajun, but now I want to go to New Orleans for the real deal….

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?

Click to get your tickets here

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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.

Lunch at Zaitzeff’s

Today had me all “Where’s the Beef?”  (Gen X and older will get that reference).  So for lunch I decided to take myself out and partake in some quality beef products courtesy of Zaitzeffs.  I love that it was super simple and straight forward no frills kinda place,  plus everything is humanly raises sans antibiotics and crap.  And yea I’m about that clean eating life ya dig?  So cheeseburger and fries is what I got.  Took about 10 minutes and well worth the wait.  Meat was juicy and tasty, as it should be if the cows are fed the right diet.  I know this because I was in 4H as a kids so trust when I say i know.  Fries were tender and clean.  Meaning the grease wasn’t so overpowering that it coated and left an after taste.  Overall I dug this place and would say 4.5 out of 5 forks.