Category Archives: Food

Thai in the City: Lantern’s Drunken Noodles

Drunken Noodles from Lanter

I love drunken noodles, probably because they’re one of the spiciest things I can find on any given Thai menu. For my roommate’s birthday she had one request – “I want Thai in the city” – so after a little deliberation we headed to Lantern Thai. The cute and cozy spot sits on the corner of 2nd Ave and E 18th St, and the staff is beyond attentive.

I’ve been sampling this cities variations on drunken noodles since I got here and Lantern whipped up potentially the best drunken noodles ($10.00) ever. The tender noodles, chicken and veggies slathered in that oh so spicy and delectable chili and basil sauce sent me into food-gasmic heaven. As I sipped my ‘Muay Thai’ punch ($9.00, I’m a sucker for a good rum cocktail), each bite sent my taste buds on a new and exciting ride.

My roomie and her boyfriend raved about their tamarind salmon ($16.00) and red curry ($10.00) dishes respectively and my spring rolls were finger licking good, but it’s those drunken noodles that have me hankering to return to Lantern Thai extra soon.

Muay Thai Punch - Lantern Thai NYC

Lantern’s Signature Muay Thai Punch

Lantern Thai
311 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003
212.777.2770
(no reservation between 7pm and 9pm)
LanternThai.com

The Way the Cookie Crumbled (The Macaron Edition)

Pierre Herme Macarons

Before Blair Waldorf introduced every Gossip Girl fan to this French confection, a small patisserie on Queen St in Toronto called Nadège gave me my own introduction. I’ll have to discuss my favorite Canadian French Patisserie in more detail some other time, because it definitely deserves a post of its own. Known to some as a macaroon, known to the French as a macaron, the egg white, almond paste cookie sandwich is among my favorite of French things (others include the men, fashion, and the Seine).

“[Pierre Hermé] A genius beyond measure”

Upon my recent birthday trip to Paris I was on a mission to enjoy Blair Waldorf’s favorite version of these cookies. After all, if it’s good enough for Blair, it’s good enough for me. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. I’d heard wonderful things about Ladurée, but I’d somehow managed to spoil it for myself by visiting Pierre Hermé first. A genius beyond measure with particularly posh store fronts, Pierre Hermé and his desserts are the delightful sort of thing dreams are made of. As the servers picked up their PH monogrammed tongs and carefully placed each macaron into the bag, I had no idea what I was about to experience. I’d happily pack on twenty pounds if they were gained consuming his mogador macarons, a passion fruit and chocolate cookie that is beyond incredible.

The very next day, I ventured to Ladurée, expecting the same sort of wonderful experience I’d received at PH. Sadly, this was not the case. The server violently crammed the beautiful, and let me remind you delicate, cookies into a bag. Stunned, I watched the cookies crumble, not entirely, but enough to detract from this new favorite experience of mine. My sister and I returned to our hotel room and propped ourselves up on our beds, ready to devour these macarons, Blair’s favorite, in the same manner we had the day before. we inspected the coconut cookies, although cracked still delicious looking, we took our now ritualized first bite in unison. I don’t know why it wasn’t as magical, but the coconut filling was too sweet and the cookie itself not as perfect.

I think it was then I realized that Pierre Hermé had likely ruined all other macarons for me. So much so that I’m still nursing the box I brought home, contemplating if I should only eat half a cookie.

For the Love of the Bottomless Brunch: Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena

I love to eat (and drink), it’s just that simple. Nestled in Alphabet City is a New York City treasure, Yerba Buena, named after a herb in the mint family with a weekend brunch any self respecting brunchaholic will love.

Yerba Buena

When I moseyed my way on over to Yerba Buena, the delectable plate of huevos rancheros and the glass-never-empty mimosas (jalepeño bloody Marys or bellinis) seemed to have just been waiting for me. The posh space with its dim lighting and exceedingly attentive staff was utter perfection. It’s safe to say Yerba Buena has perfected my favorite weekend past-time, and with Mexican hot chocolate and mini churros on the menu to add to the scrumptious brunch offerings, I’m planning to become a frequent bruncher. In the words of Rachel Ray – “Yummo!”

Yerba Buena
23 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 529-2919
YBNYC.com

Brooklyn Brunching: Cafecito Bogota

Cafecito Bogota

I’d been dying to try this place Cafecito Bogota in Brooklyn, because I’d read somewhere or other about their Colombian Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Bolivarianos features Colombian salami instead of peameal bacon with two poached eggs on arepa halves with passion fruit sauce instead of hollandaise, sounds good right?

Well with one perfectly poached egg and the other wildly overcooked, I have to say I was disappointed with my meal’s main star. It didn’t help matters that the salami’s flavor was so strong, my arepas weren’t toasted and everything else needed salt (something I refuse to add to my food once it’s been cooked). The passion fruit sauce, Maracuya, it just didn’t have the pop of flavor that a passion fruit is supposed to have: wonderfully tangy and sweet, divinely delectable. The flavor composition just didn’t melt in my mouth the way I desperately wanted it to. At $15.50 for the entire brunch (even though their website menu says brunch is $14.50), my three glasses of passion fruit sangria were the best part of my meal. I’d go back for the cocktails perhaps, but I’d only eat there again if their chef learned the art of using a little salt or spice to better develop the flavors that simply fell flat on my cute banana leaf shaped plate.

Cafecito Bogota
1015 Manhattan Ave.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
718.569.0077
CafecitoBogota.com

Coveted Deeply

Coveted Deeply

[1] I am a confirmed member of #TeamBlackBerry so the new BlackBerry PlayBook is right up my alley. It may take a while for this new tablet to catch up to the iPad and it’s host of functionality, but I still want it. It’s smaller, lighter, and addition to the BlackBerry family that I welcome with open arms. It’s available for pre-order now, but if it doesn’t make its way to my purse soon enough I may need to get an iPad.

[2] This Forzieri hand made purple rose sterling silver fashion ring is an instant favorite. It’s delicate and beautiful, but it’s size makes a strong statement. I love the detailed petals, and the bright color made simple by the sterling silver band. This cocktail ring will make itself very useful this summer.

[3] It’s a corset, but instead of it being all stuffy with a lacey bodice this one has a tribal make up that I think it so sexy. This Mara Hoffman tribal chic bustier will look great with a pair of high waisted trousers, a pencil skirt or harem pants.  I kind of wish it was a swimsuit top, because I can envision myself in this top in so many different places.

[4] This necklace is made of everything from pieces of a vintage chandelier to seashells. The Paradis necklace from Dannijo couldn’t look dull if it tried, the pops of color will take everything from a plain t-shirt to a shift dress up another level with its tropical indulgence. As a girl from the tropics you’d think I’d eventually get tired of all of the Caribbean oceanic pieces, but that’s one thing this girl will never get enough of.

[5] I’m certainly no Julia Childs but that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about cooking boeuf bourguigon in a Le Creuset dutch oven. I want the entire line of these, they’re beautiful classics that every foodie or wanna be foodie should own. Forget about Pyrex and Faberware, these dutch ovens are the creme de la creme of cookware that I covet deeply.

Yummy Confection: Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery

Lilly Magilly's Cup CakeryI’ve been a fan of Georgetown cupcakes for a while, mostly because they’re a great stop on my day trips down M Street and because I love the cute fondant and the inventive flavors. Up until now, Georgetown Cupcake trumped them all, then came Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery. It’s a smaller selection in a quaint, cute little bakery in Gaithersburg so I never expected to find the moistest chocolate raspberry cupcake I’ve ever had. Held in an upside down Solo cup (the play on the word ‘cupcake’ wasn’t lost on me) with the trademark Lilly Magilly logo was a moist, delectable chocolate cake that had the perfect amount of sweetness topped with a simple fresh raspberry and yummy raspberry icing. While my sister indulged in a snicker doodle cupcake that was more for anyone with a real sweet tooth, I took my dear, sweet time tasting each of the simply delicious flavors that my new favorite DC Metro Area cup cakery put together in one little treat. The combination of chocolate and raspberry melted together in my mouth so harmoniously with a flavor jolt that shot through my veins unlike any other sugar high I’ve experienced. I have one word to describe Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery – Yum!

Cupcakes are $2.75 each, which seems to be becoming the standard price for these mini cakes these days.

Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery
220 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-208-2828

I Love Matchbox Chinatown

Matchbox Dessert TrioMatchbox Chinatown: Vintage Pizza Bistro serves up some delectable gourmet pizza, but it’s not for those people that like plain toppings on their pizza like pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. I’ve been warned that the DC location is abominably packed on a regular basis, and the size of an actual matchbox. So when I decided to venture out to try this so called vintage pizza bistro, I knew I was headed to the Rockville location, that is, at the very least, a more spread out version of the downtown haunt. After scarfing down a few slices of the paper thin brick oven baked pizza (being rather unladylike), I ordered the dessert trio. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that I might do it again, but there’s one pairing on this plate that tops the other items by far. The cinnamon donuts and what I believe is a Kahlua creme sauce are a pairing sent straight from heaven. I love how the coffee mixes with the powdered sugar and the sprinkles of orange rind on top, it’s a delight for the taste buds that will leave you covered in powdered sugar. The vanilla gelato on the molten lava cake were a nice petite chocolate fix and the trio of sorbet was, to my great surprise, a great little burst of flavor. The sorbet flavors supposedly change regularly and while I expected to enjoy the raspberry scoop the most I found myself hoarding the lime sorbet away from my sister, it was simply delicious.

Note: Even if you’re not a gourmet pizza lover, you’ll still want to pop in for this dessert in particular. I promise.

Matchbox Chinatown
1699 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
301-816-0369
MatchboxChinatown.com