Tuesday, February 15, 2011

List | The Blog-Shy of 2010, i

I wanted to create a post or two detailing the meals I had during 2010 but failed to make it into Four Tines. They were quite memorable, but I definitely was eating faster than I could write! My resolution for 2011 is to make sure I don't fall too far behind on blogging. Busy season in the bean counting world is keeping me in line, so hopefully I'll share a couple of my meals so far in 2011 soon! In the mean time, here are the ones that were shy (I call it "blog-shy"--kinda like "camera-shy") of making it into the blog because I got so behind:

Shake Shack

I ate many a lunch at Danny Meyer's Shake Shack (I fear counting, haha), either with Marcus at the original location at Madison Square Park or with co-workers at the newly opened for 2010 location in the Theatre District as it is so close to my office. The flashing lights of the sign make it a perfect fit for Times Square, as it is the only Manhattan neighborhood with zoning ordinances requiring building owners to display illuminated signs! Go figure!

Here is the lovely ShackBurger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and the mysterious ShackSauce (my most favorite part)! I noticed that they started buttering and toasting the burger buns, adding an extra dimension of awesomeness to this burger. It is juicy, tender, and from my experience, never overcooked. The lettuce and tomato slice delightfully always fresh. And almost always, a food coma will follow a weekday lunch meal from Shake Shack. In response to the fear of said food coma, here are the wise words of my co-worker, Tiffany, each and every time before we decide to say, “Eff it, we're going to Shake Shack!”:
“Stefie, I wouldn't let anything else clog my arteries.”

Price point: $4.50 for a single ShackBurger.

Shake Shack (Theatre District)
691 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

--Summer 2010


My co-worker, Jess, and I went to Alto (formerly Michael White's restaurant with Chris Cannon, now solely Chris Cannon's) at the end of September as a nice break from work. We had some pretty good dishes here. We started with terrina di coda, a country-style oxtail and foie gras terrine. Jess had the gnocchi con pomodoro San Marzano with Russet potato gnocchi, slow-cooked San Marzano ragù, and basil. I had the risotto milanese con astice e midollo which was a Milanese-style saffron risotto with poached lobster and bone marrow. All were lovely!

And last, but not least, was one of the desserts we had, which was torrone, Piemontese nougat semifreddo, hazelnut cake, and a warm chocolate sauce. So good--a nice crunch, chewiness, and sweetness all rolled up into one! Our other dessert was the chocolate millefoglie, consisting of layers of chocolate crunch, white chocolate creme, blackberry sorbet, and chocolate caramel tulle.

Price point: $19 for the antipasta, $16-18 for each pasta, and $17 for 2 dolci.

11 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022

--September 30, 2010

Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen at MoMA

Marcus and I went to the Counter Space exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which "explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen."

The exhibit also highlights MoMA’s recent acquisition of an unusually complete example of the iconic Frankfurt Kitchen designed in 1926–27 by the architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky (seen above).

Price point: $20 general admission.

Museum of Modern Art
Counter Space: Design + the Modern Kitchen
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
on exhibition through May 2, 2011

--October 1, 2010

The Martha Stewart Show live taping

I finally was able to score tickets to a live taping (on October 6) of The Martha Stewart Show (my third successful attempt) and actually be able to go! This show included a recap of Martha's past kitchens (her first kitchen was made with her husband using an old sycamore tree)! She also mentioned her love for pot racks and her "Great Wall of China" (a wall lined with fine china)! The next segment surrounded kitchen renovations by Martha Stewart for Home Depot, her new kitchen design line! Also, coincidentally, the curator of the MoMA exhibit, Counter Space, Juliet Kinchin, was a guest on the show that day, displaying and demonstrating kitchen tools that appear at the museum. Martha even mentioned she wrote a review in The Observer about her recent visit to the exhibit.

The next guest on the show was Rachel Saunders, the founder of Blue Chair Fruit Company. She and Martha were making early girl tomato jam on the show together. Blue Chair makes a wide variety of jams and marmalades, and it even has a new cookbook available for sale now! Each audience member that day received a copy of it, along with some jam from Blue Chair!

Here is Martha having a Q&A session with the audience members, followed by the last segment that day, which was making specimen frames.

Lucyanna, Kellie, me, and Eleanor in the audience!

The SWAG we got that day: a $25 Home Depot gift card, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, and a jar of jam from Blue Chair!

Price point: tickets are free, find more information here!

Chelsea Television Studios
The Martha Stewart Show
221 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

--October 6, 2010

René Redzepi's NOMA book signing

I got to meet René Redzepi, well-renowned chef of S. Pellegrino's #1 restaurant in the world, Noma (in Copenhagen) at a book signing hosted by Williams-Sonoma at Columbus Circle back in October, the day after his lecture at the New York Public Library.

Here's my signed copy of NOMA: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine!

Price point: $49.95 for each book.

Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, Suite 114

New York, NY 10019

NOMA: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine
René Redzepi
available here at Amazon.com

--October 7, 2010

Marea, ii

After the book signing with Chef Redzepi, I decided to grab a quick dinner at Marea before heading to a concert with co-workers. During my first visit to Marea, I really wanted to order the fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow. but was so torn that I went with the agnolotti instead. Later, I read on Eater that Thomas Keller said that his single best dish of 2009 was this very one, so I promised myself I would go back to Marea to have it. It was so rich and savory--just the right amount where I didn't feel overstuffed. I would love to go back to have this dish again soon!

Price point: $31 for the pasta.

240 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

--October 7, 2010

I'll post the other half of the Blog-Shy of 2010 tomorrow!

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