January 19, 2016
I have not written a food blog post in over three months! I am so sorry to do this to all of you. I wish I could say it’s because I have been so busy and haven’t had the time to sit down at my computer and write about my meals. But in reality, I forgot my password to the website builder.
First off, Happy New Year! I am so excited to see what amazing new cuisines and meals 2016 will bring. Unlike last year, I am not making a resolution to “eat healthy” or “join a gym” – but to be more adventurous and daring with my meal choices. Does this mean that I am not going to eat bacon cheeseburgers anymore? Of course not – I aint crazy! What it means is that if I am at a new restaurant – or even someplace I go to often – I am going to force myself to try something different, giving me and my readers (you) a little variety.
I repeat – I will be eating mac and cheese and bacon cheeseburgers still. Just wanted to make sure that’s clear.
It’s 19 days into 2016 and I have had some pretty amazing meals so far. On New Year’s Eve (still technically 2015, but shut up) I went to a fancy French restaurant and tried foie gras for the first time. That was pretty interesting. I had no idea what to expect – or even what the hell it was – but I have to say, I was not impressed. I’d prefer a bloomin’ onion over expensive duck liver any day.
A few other spots I found randomly this year were also really good. The first was Pescatore located on 2nd Avenue. My friend and I stopped in here because, well, everywhere else in the area was jam-packed and we were in desperate need of a glass of wine. Four glasses in, we took advantage of their happy hour menu, offering smaller and affordable plates of flatbreads, meatballs, and pasta. We were also talked into ordering the “best” chocolate banana pizza in the city.
The second was Piccolo Fiore – an elaborate and modern Italian restaurant located in Murray Hill. Normally I would not go to such fancy and expensive restaurants for a good Italian dish, but it was a special occasion. For an appetizer, we got a prosciutto, mushroom and ricotta pizza which was by far one of the best pizzas I have ever had. For my entrée, I opted for the veal saltimbocca: veal cutlets topped with prosciutto and fontina cheeses in a savory wine sauce. It was incredible! And lastly, for dessert I got a slice of the carrot cake. Ya know, to be healthy and stuff.
While I did have the luxury of dining at some upscale establishments, I also had my fair share of “junk” food by eating an enormous plate of chicken nachos at Miller’s Ale House, three baskets of biscuits at a Red Lobster, and participated in a Wing Night special in Astoria, Queens.
I hope you all are having a fantastic and delicious 2016! I can’t wait to see what we all eat this year!