Food Filled Weekend

What else is new? My life seems to revolve around food. All food, all the time. I probably should have named my blog that.

In any event, I ate a ton this weekend. I won’t lie to you. I did however exercise portion control, and everything was mighty tasty, so who cares? Plus, Saturday night was a friend’s birthday celebration, so tons of eating and drinking was in order of course. Full disclosure: this post is chock-full of photos.

I ran home from work (left way early, 4:30PM!) and went for a nice long run on the East River, because it was just too beautiful not to be outdoors. For dinner, I went to the Palm with TBW and our friends Sasha and Steve. Double dates are so much fun, and Sasha and Steve are great company. I had tomato and mozzarella as an appetizer and forgot to take a picture. Once dinner hit the table, I remembered!

I love asparagus. Steamed on the side is a great choice.

The Palm has amazing creamed spinach!

Hash Browns. The sides are the best part!

And for my main course….

Sea bass! I always get sea bass or lamb here. Their fish is so perfectly cooked and buttery.

I love the Palm because the decor is minimal, but rich in history. They have caricatures painted on the wall of famous people who have come in and dined there, as well as regular patrons. See?

Pictures Painted on the wall.

After chowing down on all this great food, I was completely overstuffed. I have said it before and I will say it again: the Palm is one of my favorite places to eat. Always a great meal, never disappointed. I love that.

Saturday rolled around and I had to run some errands in Westchester. TBW graciously came with me so I would have a driving buddy. I treated him to lunch at Palmer’s Crossing in Larchmont. I used to eat there a lot in high school, and I woke up craving this great sandwich they have called the Larchmont Panini. It’s supposed to be prosciutto, olive oil, tomatoes, pesto sauce and mozzarella, all on focaccia bread, but they had changed it around on me and it wasn’t the amazing Italian goodness I remembered from years ago. Disappointed, we got back in the car to head back to NYC.

I was in the mood for something sweet (which very rarely happens to me) and suggested TBW try out 16 Handles. It’s so good, and when Ali introduced me to it, I became an instant fan and couldn’t help but crave it ever since. I picked different fro-yo than last time. Want to see what I got?

Lime Tart & Red Velvet Cake Fro-yo with fun toppings!

TBW is now a big fan of this place as well, so we will definitely be going back.

Full of paninis and fro-yo, I went home for a big nap. It was such a great nap too. I felt tired and sleepy from not running, and wish I had, but baby steps, right?

Feeling a little refreshed from my snooze, I headed downtown for my friend Heather’s birthday. We were going to Spice Market for dinner and then out for drinks after, and I was pumped for the food. I love Spice Market. I have been there quite a few times, and am always happy with it.

There were five of us at dinner. When I sat down with the girls, they asked if I was going to blog about our night. I said “sure!”, and asked them if they read it. They all said they do, and looked forward to my posts. I was actually really surprised! I knew people like my mom read it, TBW reads it, other friends that blog read it, but I didn’t realize so many of my girlfriends were reading it too. It was cool to know people read my blog and actually liked it. Awesome! The best part was, they helped me remember to take photos of the food, and they even smiled for the camera and granted me permission for posting!

Then the food showed up and they kept telling me to take some pictures. I happily obliged. I’m not sure the people eating next to us loved me for it, I extend my apologies to them.

Heather (the birthday girl!!), Marcie & AnnieMe & Darcy

 

The birthday girl had lobster. Shouldn't everyone eat lobster on their birthday? That should be some sort of rule.

The Vietnamese Chicken Curry is SO GOOD. I get it every time I go. I can't help it.

Heather with her birthday dessert. The Ovaltine bar. It was nostalgic and yummy!

Other highlights were:

  • The Whiskey Passion Fizz (Bulleit Bourbon, Passion Fruit, Ginger Ale) – Incredible. I had one too many, but they were just so good. Annie and I couldn’t stop drinking them.
  • Fragrant Mushroom Egg Rolls with a Galangal Emulsion – They were so good, the sauce was the best part.
  • Lobster Summer Roll with citrus-dill gelee, Sriracha Emulsion – Also very tasty. Light dish with loads of lobster. No skimping there!
  • Peekytoe Crab Dumplings with sugar snap peas and aromatic spices – This was my favorite appetizer.
  • Avocado and radish salad with Chinese mustard and tempura onions – Surprisingly light, the crispy radish slices were a nice compliment to the tempura and the avocado.

I was so super happy with the whole meal. There was only one dish that was actually bad. The White Chocolate and Yuzu Pavlova. There is no other way to describe it other than bad. It had a weird licorice flavor drizzled on top and there wasn’t enough meringue, the creamy mixture inside was mediocre, at best. I wasn’t that disappointed though, because I was still swooning over my Chicken Curry entrée.

We decided to have more cocktails elsewhere, and after a way-too-long line at The Canal Room and epic winds coming off the Hudson, we walked to Kittichai.

I love Kittichai. They have the best food, the best drinks, the best atmosphere. Situated on the ground floor of The Thompson Hotel, and it’s thai food with a glamorous twist, orchids everywhere tufted leather banquet seating by the bar and a small pool in the dining room.

We got really lucky, because Ty Bellingham, the executive chef was sitting at the bar. It was great to meet him, as I have dined here numerous times. My mom was even married here last October. We ordered some Lychee Martinis (best in the city!) and relaxed as Carolyn and her fiance Patrick arrived to share in the birthday celebrations.

Cool decor, right? That's only one wall in the bar.

Once Kittichai closed down, we went upstairs to Thom Bar and had more cocktails before ending the night at Solas to dance it out a little. Fantastic birthday, fantastic friends. We were the only three standing at the end of the night. Troopers!

Annie, Me, Heather

I was so exhausted and slept late today, until TBW woke me up and took me to brunch.

More food? Yep.

We went around the corner to Eli’s Vinegar Factory, which has some of my favorite brunch on the Upper East Side. They have this incredibly homemade jam that will change your life, a bread basket to rival the jam and eggs benedict that are worth the trekk from anywhere else in the city.

Bread basket and jam. Awesome!

If you don't think that looks delicious, we may not be friends.

Happy, full and a little sleepy again (I’m super lazy, clearly) I’m settled on the couch with TBW and Ruby (TBW’s aunt’s dog) who is adorable and snuggly.

Ruby and I. Isn't she a cutie?

I’m going out again tonight (because there’s no work tomorrow, yay President’s day!) and will of course let you know all about my jaunt around the city.

Happy Sunday!

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