[Super delayed post from Monday, July 5th. I had it all typed it up, but never posted.]
Long weekends are awesome.
Saturday (July 3rd):
- We try to remake the ham & cheese sandwiches that we had in Paris with Emmenthaler cheese and ham from Whole Foods and Stirato from Sullivan Street Bakery
- Unsuccessful attempt at shopping
- Chinatown to pick up some blueberries, lychees, white peaches and such
- J makes some pig hocks for dinner (just like at home!)
Sunday (July 4th):
- Slept in until 10:30…I never used to sleep this late
- With the temps to reach the high 90s, we decide to stay in (with a short trip out to the grocery store to pick up some snacks and veggies).
- For dinner, J single-handedly cooks up a delicious meal of steak, couscous (made with chicken stock), and roasted cauliflower. He also makes a wonderful mushroom sauce to go with the steak. I fully admit that the only contribution that I made to the meal was helping to eat it.
- Around 7:30, we head out to watch the Macy’s fireworks on the Hudson river. Large crowds and hot & humid weather are not such a great combination, but it was J’s first time seeing July 4th fireworks in NYC.
- We make it safely back to the apartment, albeit a bit thirsty. To solve this problem, we dig into a watermelon that J had carried back from his Whole Foods trip on Saturday
Monday (July 5th):
J and I went to lunch at Del Posto to try out the $29 3-course prix fixe lunch. While nothing was revelatory, all the dishes were solid and well crafted.
The waitress brought out the amuse bouche to start: gazpacho in a shot glass rimmed with celery salt, arancini (fried risotto balls), and a semolina crisp filled with a salmon (or was it crab) stuffing.
After the amuse bouche came the bread basket, filled with 2 each of four different types of bread. The lardo and butter accompaniments were rich and creamy.
For the first course, I chose the spring salad – apparently a deconstructed spring salad. The memorable parts of the salad included the pea puree and the (deconstructed) carrot cake crumble, which entailed a stub of a carrot surrounded by what seemed like toasted graham cracker crumbs.
J chose the cotechino, a sausage.
Second courses – J chose a pasta dish. The pennette was very al dente, and the dish itself was intensely flavored with the tuna.
I went with a meatier dish – the lamb. It was definitely not of the melt-in-your-mouth/falls-apart-with-the-touch-of-a-fork variety. Instead, it needed some force with a knife and fork to cut into smaller pieces, but oh flavorful it was. A bite of the lamb with a swipe of lemon yogurt was a great balance of tangy and gamey.
Then came the desserts:
The sweet pea cake was very unique. Extremely light and moist cake, with just a hint of pea flavor. Quite enjoyable. The strawberry gelato was so intensely strawberry-ish… I also loved the colors on the plate.
Lastly, came a box of goodies to end the meal.
And there was more in a little drawer!
A few bonus pictures from previous weeks:
J surprised me at Grand Central a few Fridays ago with this beauty – a pumpkin cheesecake from Magnolia Bakery. I love pumpkin.
Falafel from Taim, reportedly the best falafel in New York:
I liked the toasted pita. The falafel themselves were yummy as well.
And lastly, a clam, tofu, and mushroom soup that J made for me one night. He had filled himself up on xiao long bao earlier in the day at Joe’s Shanghai. Thus, the clams were all mine.