Category Archives: food

tailor, new york city

recipient:

Citibank/ PO Box 1899/ Hartford, CT 06144-1899

sent:

Tailor Business Card

reasoning:

i’ve been a huge sam mason fan ever since i discovered these Dinner with the Band podcasts, and was super excited when SL considered my suggestion of Tailor for dessert. check out the DWTB videos where sam creates tasty and interesting combination foods like miso butterscotch halibut, olive cobbler and avocado margaritas for indie musicians (matt and kim, tokyo police club, pela, el-p)  who then play in his brooklyn apt – it’s hipsters rocking their craft and making me wish i didn’t have an office job. everyone expected this place to be fancy schmancy and super tasty. it was fancy and tasty, but the menu threw a lot of people off – scallops with red papaya, maple-poached snails, bell pepper cake, and beet parfait.

to assuage the skepticism, i kept telling everyone that sam mason is a rockstar who used to be the pastry chef at WD-50 where wylie dufresne deconstructs food with science (molecular gastronomy) – coffee-flavored gnocchi, coconut milk in a gel, grapefruit molasses. dufresne been on top chef a couple of times and i saw this interview with him on epicurious, and while i can’t necessarily tell the difference or appreciate ‘fine cuisine’, WD is doing really cool stuff. pastry chef sam mason took rockstar mixologist eben freeman (also of WD-50 methodology) to open Tailor.

been reading up on the new restaurant for awhile, so when we cabbed it there and were kind of lost, i immediately recognized the entrance and excited pulled open the large wooden door. i was all flustered b/c i had to buy ‘proper’ clubbing shoes and was running around manhattan at 9PM looking for a store that was still open. and another reason we were in such a rush to make our 10PM reservation was if we didn’t show on time, they’d charge $25/head – so for our party that’d be $250 on my already-beyond-capable-spending-limit credit card. we all got there on time, and were made to wait downstairs at the bar for 45 minutes. i kept waiting for sam mason or eben freeman to walk by – of course it didn’t happen, but if it did, i’d be able to forgive everything that happened after. we ordered 4 desserts – manchego cheesecake on graham cracker ice cream, mango ravioli with cilantro and coconut, strawberries with celery ice cream, and chocolate with sesame ice cream & mole. i tried to order their solid cocktails – you get an 3 for $12: cuba libre, gin fizz and white russian. i knew getting that would have put everyone’s skepticism and gripes to rest when they saw how cool it was. unfortunately they ran out for the night. LAME. Continue reading

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peanut butter oreos

recipient:

Meyer and Associates/ 18 Washington Ave/ Chatham, NJ 07928-9903

sent:

The new peanut butter oreo, and chocolate peanut butter oreo cupcake recipe

reasoning:

oh drool. this seems like a delicious combination. it might be a little too much – milk or some other form of liquid would be definitely need to be close by. i couldn’t find these at my local grocery stores, but hopefully they’ll be on shelves soon. i did come across banana split oreos in a old, vintage-looking box. i couldn’t tell if they were stale, or if that flavor combination is a good idea. however, this is something i can definitely support: peanut butter & oreo chocolate. i wonder how far the oreo peanut butter tastes from actual peanut butter, i’ve heard comparisons to nutter butter – i suppose that wouldn’t be too bad. and if anything, you could also break them up and make chocolate peanut butter oreo cupcakes.

the chef who was a spy

recipient:

Honda Information Center/ 1152 W. Lake St, Ste B/ Salt Lake City, UT 84119-9803

sent:

Postcard from the National Women’s History Museum, along with NY Post article “Julia Child a Spy

reasoning:

my brief internet search has been giving me mixed results, so i’m not sure if this is breaking news. but tomorrow, the CIA is going to release about 750,000 pages detailing the names of military and civilian operatives who were involved in an extensive spy ring for the US during World War II. they worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), an earlier form of the now CIA, studying military plans, creating propaganda and infiltrating enemy ranks – the very definition of a national spy in a wartime situation. 

while I’m sure the “French” chef, Julia Child, wasn’t exactly trading secrets b/w the US and France, that would have been the perfect cover b/c it’s so seemingly obvious that no one would suspect. i think this only adds to her legend, and her grandeur. Continue reading

my date with the city

recipient:

O, the Oprah Magazine/ PO Box 7831/ Red Oak, IA 51591-4831

sent:

Taqueria Nacionale business card

reasoning:

there’s an episode of sex and the city where all of carrie’s love relationships are going wrong, but one thing she can depend on for company is New York City, her constant boyfriend. while the dry cleaners are never open, there are movie theaters, museums, beautiful parks, and cheap but delicious food to take part in. by yourself. you definitely have to be in a comfortable and confident mood to take on seemingly social activities alone, but when all the components are there, it’s a wonderful, warm and fuzzy feeling. i like the anonymity of cities, but also if you seek out the cultural opportunities, and talk to random strangers, the city can embrace you, like an old friend. it can also screw you over royally in so many ways, but i had a good day today, so let’s stick with the warm and fuzzy.

i made a new friend in AG today, she’s the friend of Lost with Eve‘s older sister and works at The Campus Kitchen Project. she bought me lunch at Taqueria Nacionale, one of the local joints right by the Capitol and Union Station. simple, cheap, and tasty. small corn tortillas, topped with either beans, chicken or steak, a bit of cilantro, add some spicy tomatillo green sauce and it’s scrumptious delicious. their fish tacos and yucca fries are awesome. we sat on the grass underneath a tree, and AG told me about her past job experiences, and gave me recommendations on job search books. Continue reading

Cafe Spice, Philadelphia

recipient:

TIME/ PO Box 61120/Tampa, FL 33661-1120

sent:

Cafe Spice business card/35 S. 2nd St/ Philadelphia, PA 19106/ (215)627-6273

reasoning:

on my night in the city with my Smith girls, SL, elizadoessmith, and theonlylivinggirl, due to some traveling difficulties, finally managed to get dinner at 10PM. we were in Old City, i found this sweet Omni hotel, right by Independence Hall and Liberty Bell. too starved to travel, we ventured outside to find all the young beautiful people out, walking the street in nicely ironed collared button-downs, or 3-inch heels. we couldn’t decide where to eat – it was a combination of being desperate to just have food to scarf down/make it a good experience that we’d go back to again and also be outside in the city with all the beautiful people we, one day, aspire to be. the weather was amazing, probably 70 with a warm breeze, i’ve never known summer night weather to be so nice.

we decided upon this place with some outdoor seating under some wood scaffolding. looked a bit renovaty, a bit warehouse-y, i figured simple, good clean food with a modernist touch. it turned out to be Cafe Spice, a delicious Indian food restaurant where the plates are huge, and loaded with tons of tasty dishes on each, no matter what you get. the only problem was with drinks, water glasses, and the enormous plates, our table was too small to hold everything. but we juggled and moved items around, . anything would have tasted good at that time of night, but i’m certain this place is delicious at normal mealtimes as well. nice list of specialty cocktails and drinks, they came in gorgeous, large flute glasses, and followed the essential rule of a good cocktail: tasty delicious with just a hint of alcohol. mine had gin, guava, and mango juice. at 11PM, the whole place changed, the restaurant closed, and the bar became the primary business, it was a bit awkward to sit amongst barfolk while trying to sip your cocktail and eat saag paneer at the same time. they have locations in NY right by NYU, NJ and this Philadelphia one. this place made me want to move into the city even more. i’m excited about DC, but i almost want to get the DC experience out of my system, so I can live and grow old in Philly. my only real issue is figuring out where the ideal place to live is: Old City, Chinatown, or Northern Liberties.

Capogiro Gelato

recipient:

Capital One/PO Box 30288/Salt Lake City, UT 84130-9897

sent:

Capogiro Gelato Artisans postcard

reasoning:

i’ve been on a huge Philadelphia and urban city travel guide kick lately, i picked up these at the library: eat.shop.philadelphia and not for tourists: philadelphia. both are awesome in that they have blunt, and honest reviews of restaurants, shops, hotels, where to find an ATM, and museum information. NFT has in-depth maps, and eat.shop is full of gorgeous “omg, i want to go there right now” color pictures. they seem less g-rated, family-friendly, and touristy than say Frommer’s or Fodor’s. I’ve been scouring libraries and bookstores to get my hands on these guide books as well: Blackbook, Wallpaper City Guides, or IDEO Eyes Open.

SL & i learned of Sailor Jerry’s through the eat.shop guide, that was an awesome store, of which once i have some sort of income will be spending lots of it there. we had sushi at 1225 Raw which had a tasty white tiger roll, a watermelon sake sangria and an awesome bathroom, with a tilted slab of marble for a sink, and thousands of tiny mirrors that we had all-too-much fun being obnoxious little teenagers taking pictures with all the cool angles for our myspace page. (we don’t have myspaces, but i’m sure that’s what those kids over there do).

around the corner, we went for gelato, only to discover it was a place in my eat.shop book! the place looked like something puccacharm would open up once she became a big-time gourmet: blue tile, clean, unique lighting, chalkboard menus… capogiro was so tasty, i had pompelmo rosso con campari (grapefruit campari) and steph had malt scotch (which had a little scotch aftertaste). they’re big on using seasonal fruits and ingredients, and flavors change daily. i want to go back and try: turkish coffee, thai coconut milk, champagne mango, lychee, lemon thyme, carambola con limone verde (star fruit with lime), banana foster, and bacio (chocolate and hazelnut). i need a job so i can move into the city already…