View of the Navesink River from Monmouth Beach, New Jersey (taken via Instagram)
Some noteworthy eats from this week:
- avocado halves stuffed with homemade lobster salad (chunks of lobster claw meat with chopped boiled eggs, mayonnaise, sour cream, and mango) at a family clambake birthday party
- lunch at Made Fresh Daily with Alice
- chai-der (chai tea + hot cider) at Jack's Stir Brew (referred to as Apple Jack here) -- my new usual hot beverage these days
- housemade bomboloni from Bottega Falai with homemade mixed berry jelly (including strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
- Kookaburra red (berry) Australian licorice from Russ & Daughters
This week's list of ruminating reads:
- The Amateur Gourmet and his "meditation" on green and yellow Sour Patch Kids, including "removing a single Sour Patch Kid from my box of Sour Patch Kids, holding it up to the light, and evaluating its color" -- something I still do while I'm at the movies.
- Bon Appetit releases its top 50 Best New Restaurant nominees for 2012, including Atera, Battersby, Blanca, and The NoMad Hotel in New York City.
- Bon Appetit's The Foodist, Andrew Knowlton, makes a cheeky (but true) observation about Newsweek's cover of its latest issue on "101 Best Places to Eat in the World" -- why asparagus, indeed!
- Ben Schott of The New York Times graphically maps out "The Secret Language of Restaurants" in "Terms of Service," where LOL isn't what you think it means, but rather represents a guest who needs lots of love.
- Monica Bhide of A Life of Spice addresses whether food writing matters in her latest post.
- Eating Our Words of the Houston Press names twelve celebrity chefs and each of their cartoon dopplegangers.
- Ars Technica names its top five iPad cooking apps.
- Tricks of the trade for food photography is detailed by The Guardian.
In case you missed it:
- Some wise words on seasonal eating from Jason Fox, executive chef of Commonwealth in San Francisco, on the blog this week.
- The Brooklyn Kitchen named the next cookbook featured in its monthly Cookbook Club -- fittingly, Nora Ephron's Heartburn. Sad I won't be able to make it! :[
- I found sparkler candles for an upcoming blog post (and Marcus's birthday in October) from Sparklers Online -- box of 288 wands for $45!
- Like a kid in a candyshop, Spice Station is every gastronome's dream -- only instead of candy, it's spices and herbs!
- The new Whole Foods in Midtown East is set to open on August 23 -- cannot wait for grocery shopping whilst living on Roosevelt Island to get easier!
A round-up of drool-worthy recipes:
On the blotter for upcoming noms:
- Bouchon Bakery at the Time Warner Center is starting a series of family-style dinners called Friday Feasts next Friday (kind of like Ad Hoc in Yountville) -- three-course dinner at $38 per person. Definitely going to try to make the first dinner!
- Marcus and I finalized the details for our Labor Day weekend trip to Block Island, RI -- about an hour ferry ride from Montauk, Long Island. Getting myself into the mood with these two write-ups by Wayfare magazine and La Tartine Gourmande. Bicycle riding and beach breezes, here we come!
- Hitting up Williamsburg over the next two weekends for oysters and Argentinian fare. Hoping I can stop by Bellocq up in Greenpoint from some new blends of tea, too!
- Upcoming birthday celebrations for some friends will bring me back to Pegu Club, and for the first time, to Jin Ramen!
Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend! :D