Wednesday, March 17, 2010

En Why See

The whole point of coming to NYC is to eat food.

So far I may have consumed more calories than 1 and a half people should eat in a week.

Jaw-dropping mouth-watering food at Perbacco on Monday night. Parmesan creme brulee (the brulee part was balsamic vinegar), fried stuffed olives, truffle sauce for fried polenta, some sort of sweet pickled onion that burst goodness in our mouths, fried PASTRY CREAM, and my main course? Kabocha ravioli in browned butter with savory sausage on one side, sweet amaretto foam on the other. I am bowing to their genius and we went to bed so, so happy, for many nights to come (because of the food-induced coma). Of course, I will never, ever, ever be able to eat Italian food again because now I have an expectation. And Olive Garden lovers, there is something wrong with you. That is not an offense I will be apologizing for later, so don’t even ask in the comments.

Iz, I was wishing the whole time that you had been there. You would have been figuring out how to make all that food, and we were only thinking of how we would never be able to make that food.

Brazilian Charrascuria yesterday for lunch where the fat crackled with perfect sweet garlic (did I take pictures? DID I? NO! We were too busy eating. Like dogs half-starved, except we were still stuffed from dinner the night before), and several half cupcakes from Crumbs after that.

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Then we saw Snoop Dog walking out of the David Letterman building.


Whaaaaaat? We may have imagined it. Calories can play tricks on a person.

We didn’t stay for Kristie Alley, because we knew it was going to hit too close to home.


IZ said...

Waaaaaaat! NOW you come to NYC!? Give me a break!

OK, enough of the outrage.

But seriously, you couldn't come sometime while we lived there? I don't know how much stock to put into your comment about wishing I was there, given the circumstances.

OK, I'm done. For real this time.

As far as never being able to eat italian food again...welcome to my world. I was underwhelmed by italian food in NYC also. Though admittedly we never ate at the "nice" places. But I expected more from "little ITALY". Olive Garden is the version of Italian food one might expect to eat in...well, Helk! Never have understood how it is still in business. Before living in italy, I didn't like italian food at all, in large part because I only ever had it from such places.

What can I say, I was an Italian food snob from the womb.

Sounds like you got some great food though.

P.S. There is a 1/3 chance that we will end up in NYC again for the next 3 years. If so, you won't really have an excuse, now will you? ;)

Masayuki said...

HOLY CRAP! SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOP! That is awesome. I am so jealous of all the food you're eating. Hopefully Oregon will be able to offer something amazing. Actually, I know it will. But dang, those cupcakes look good. Hope your flight home goes better, although Amanda would've been ecstatic to be sitting next to a Hasidic Jew.

Mariko said...

Iz, I PROMISE, I would have made it happen to come visit you if I could. I blame other people for my failure to come while you were here, because I researched tickets like every single day. (but yes, I've been feeling guilty about being here while you were not here at least 10 times.)I think a mandatory trip to NYC at least once a year is totally acceptable, so I hope you end up here.
You would have liked this place. I promise. It wasn't some super high profile place-- completely out of the way and small, and no one even showed up there for dinner until 9:30pm, so we had the place to ourselves for most of the evening. And it was NOT in Little Italy.

Mariko said...

I forgot to say, everyone at the restaurant was ITALIAN. Like, definitely just came there from Italy Italian. I thought the waiter was totally faking his accent, but no. They were all Italian.

Heidi said...

So funny about Kirstie. And I am jealous about all the delicious food imbibing. BTW, even us Olive Garden lovers have started to think there is something seriously wrong with their food. Honest.

IZ said...

well, if they were all FOP italians, then I'm sure the food was good. Like if you go to a korean restaurant and you are the only white person. Or a japanese restaurant where the menu is all in Japanese. Or a Chinese restaurant with mice scurrying from the kitchen. All signs that point know it's good!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

AWESOME! You are really good at food porn. I'm almost addicted. You're almost better than Julie (and Julia).

And what an awesome picture of Snoop Dog. Seriously! Perfect focus.

Hope you're having fun in N.Y.C. Wish I was there.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

ps. we also saw the naked cowboy and I had to hold Mariko back from running up to him and...

just kidding.

we did see him though