Field trip to “Smitten Kitchen”

Time for a trip to another food blogger whose writing & photography make for a delicious diversion. Smitten Kitchen, which is subtitled  “Fearless cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City” is Deb Perelman’s funny and fresh blog focusing on the visual feast of cooking she creates at home. Yesterday’s post on “Heavenly Chocolate Cake Roll”  offers a  cake that passes Passover muster without reminding you that you are existing on Matzah for a week.

Like many other foodie bloggers, Deb is working on a cookbook to be published in 2012. But you can discover her now before she gets even more (justly) famous. Who can resist a writer who says things like:”Deb is the kind of person you might innocently ask what the difference is between summer and winter squash and she’ll go on for about twenty minutes before coming up for air to a cleared room and you soundly snoring. It’s taken some time, but she’s finally realized that there are people out there that might forgive her for such food, cooking and ingredient-obsessed blathering and possibly, even come back for more.”

Get smitten…and check her out!

The hat that is no more, alas. couple of weeks ago, I joyously posted about our visit to the S.F. Goorin Brothers hat store where my  haberdashery-shy hubby actually bought a hat. A newsboy cap. It looked great on him.

He wore it once on a drizzly day in S.F.. He brought it to NYC. He wore it the second time on a rainy Manhattan day enroute to a restaurant. He forgot it at said restaurant. We called them. They couldn’t find it. Hat gone. Husband hatless again.

The moral of this Aesop’s fable: You can’t make a zebra change its stripes and you can’t change a headless (er hatless) hubby.

I’m still wearing my 20 year old men’s fedora to keep my brains dry. But I give up on him.

Three NYC restaurants the locals don’t want you to know about

This is actually Tom's Restaurant, NYC. Famous...
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Neighborhood restaurants have some of the best cuisine in NYC without the tourist prices. We tried three this trip that met our S.F. foodie standards without the Big Apple mark up.

Hundred Acres. This farm to table restaurant serves all local, sustainable cuisine in a chic but no attitude environment.100 acres is one of three restaurants run by chef Mark Myers and is located in Soho. We had a phenomenal turn on ceasar salad with Kale as the romaine substitute, local potatoes with aioli and brilliant, roasted brussel sprouts. Mains included mussels in a smoky tomato base ,and a pork blade steak, and a fish & seafood boullabaisse. All were delicious, intriguingly spiced and hearty and all were created by chef Ricky King. The wine, a rich Gigondas, was also just right. Ths is a great place for dressing up or down as your whim or the occasion requires.

Last night we went to Manolo’s Tapas in the Washington Heights neighborhood. We had white sardines, garlic mushrooms, sauteed shrimp and patatas bravas with a crisp Albarino that sailed us home. Live music, a friendly vibe reminded us of our trip to Spain.

Tonight, we hit Vareli on Broadway in lower Morningside Heights or upper/upper West Side. Excellent mediterarrean food in a small, stylish bistro. All the goodies you expect like hummous and eggplant is there but so are sophisticated mains with scallops, fish, chicken and beef options. This place is Michelin recommended so we’re already savoring our upcoming feast. Unless it’s a disappointment, I won’t update this post.

What’s a trip to NYC without a slice of real pizza. We did that, too. But I’m not sharing where! Some secrets stay with the locals!