I can’t believe it’s the end of summer already. There’s a lot of stuff that we’ve eaten that wasn’t really worth mentioning…or mentioning AGAIN (Hi, Talde!) and also I’ve just been lazy to post. Apologies but not like there’s a gaping hole in your life or anything. Stuff we’ve been eating lately:
The spread at No 7‘s 4th Birthday dinner – a sampling of favorites from the past four years. My favorites: spaghetti squash salad, fried chicken, and brussels sprouts.
Our home for a night at Boatel, located in the Far Rockaways. I’d booked this a couple of months in advance and so had no idea that the following day a tornado would touch down at Breezy Point. It’s at the other end of the island but as far as I know, we were the closest. Yeeee!
We arrived after sunset – Mimi and I had planned the menu. She brought watermelon, 2 lbs of Italian sausage from Eataly, and buns. I made my red cabbage slaw with marinated Bulgarian sheep’s milk feta from BKLYN Larder and toasted walnuts. I used the oil that the feta was marinated in (with rosemary) to make the dressing. It really made a difference. Now that we are on our own we can buy the good quality olive oil without worrying that a nasty Gremlin is going to use it up and not replace it. We also grilled some corn. And that was a very good, simple dinner.
On a rare trip into Manhattan, we bought bathroom things and headed to Eataly for dinner ingredients. Cod, Manila clams, and shrimp. Some heirloom tomatoes, basil, garlic. Ryan made pesce en brodo (seafood in broth) and we made crostini with olive bread I’d bought previously.
Howard’s Peanut Noodles at Mission Chinese. We finally got to try this place the weekend we moved. Got some Chinatown massages, then headed over just before they opened. We were seated in the first round and ordered the Mouthwatering Chicken (too spicy, and the Sichuan peppercorns altered our tastebuds in unsavory ways), cold peanut noodles with pickled mustard greens (delicious!), Salt Cod Fried Rice (a childhood favorite), and Pork Jowl with Radishes (good but the sauce lacked flavor/seasoning). Would love to go back and try some other dishes.
We are currently on our second day in SF. I’ve been planning this shit for months now – we have a Google map and spreadsheet all centered around eating. Stay tuned for notes about AQ, House of Prime Rib (my brother’s bday spot), Burma Superstar, oyster shucking at Hog Island, eating our way through wine country, and more. Woop woop!