It's been a crazy week of nommin' for me. Marcus and I celebrated his birthday by taking two days off, to make it a four-day long extravaganza. It was so much fun to check out some new spots (Sakagura, David's Tea, and Maison Kayser) and to visit some old haunts (read: Dos Toros, Eisenberg's, and Argo Tea), so be on the look out for some new posts coming your way. In other news, this week Alice and I also finally booked our trip to Charleston for early November, so I am super psyched and pumped for that -- let the planning commence! :)
Happy Friday to you, and have a spectacular weekend!
This week's noteworthy eats:
- fish and chips along with a fried Mars bar from A Salt and Battery
- sugar doughnut from Balthazar Boulangerie
- matzoh ball soup from Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
- hazelnut Earl Grey teapuccino from Argo Tea
- Marcus's birthday dinner at Sakagura, including uni soba (homemade cold buckwheat noodles with fresh sea urchin sashimi and sea urchin sauce)
- pancakes with wild Maine blueberries and warm maple butter along with sugar-cured bacon from Clinton Street Baking Co.
- crispy chicken tacos from Dos Toros Taqueria (twice!)
- chocolate-covered pistachio gelato bar from Popbar
- hot long life oolong tea from David's Tea
- macarons (gianduja, almond, green tea, yuzu, pistachio, pear, and spiced chai) from Bisous Ciao
- French onion soup and croissants at Maison Kayser
- pistachio-crusted sea scallops with roasted broccoli and garlic mashed potatoes
Some ruminating reads:
- Wired UK magazine's piece on Chef Ferran Adrià and how he has been staying creative since elBulli closed plus more details on the elBulli Foundation's plans.
- The battle between "The Forager" and "The Scientist" featured in The Wall Street Journal -- who do you think would win?
- Some interesting articles came about after the recipients of Michelin stars were announced earlier this week: the new director of the Michelin guide also gave an interview with Eater International which addresses a lot of the suspected controversy behind the red guide; Vanity Fair delineates what's wrong with the Michelin guide (quite hiliarious yet accurate); and John Mariani of Esquire (of course he did) weighs in as well.
- To jump in all the excitement, Esquire reveals its Best New Restaurants list for 2012.
- Lovely piece on Stanley Tucci, his marriage, and his love of cooking.
- Grub Street New York shows you how to take you parents to hip restaurants.
- Beautifully written mini-vignette on 5 Second Rule on watching kids grow up and how grilled cheese ties in.
- Great "New York Diet" feature on former New York Times restaurant critic, Sam Sifton.
- A little history of James Bond, 007, and his drinks of choice over the years.
In case you missed it:
- WANT: this spiffy mason jar cocktail shaker.
- Aran Goyoaga's new book and its trailer!
- Easy to make edamame snacks from Mark Bittman.
- Chef Michel Richardof Citronelle and Central restaurants in D.C. demonstrates three methods on how to poach an egg.
- A Q&A on Restaurant Girl with Chef Justin Smillie of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria.
- Good Food Stories talks about her experience with the Gwyneth Paltrow cleanse diet from GOOP.
A roundup of drool-worthy recipes:
- brioche and dark chocolate grilled cheese sandwich from Oh Joy!
- best brussels sprouts you'll ever have from Oh Joy (via A Cup of Jo)
- zucchini (no-noodle) lasagna from Say Yes to Hoboken
- miniature mushroom-tomato galettes and Dorie's hummus with Roquefort and walnuts from Eat Live Travel Write
- fresh tomato soup with mascarpone from Love and Olive Oil
On the blotter for upcoming noms:
- Amateur Gourmet's review on Roberta's has me super tempted.
- Time Out New York rounds up 100 of the best dishes and drinks in New York City.
- I want to go to there (i.e., The Ice Cream Bar in San Francisco -- the photos from Desserts for Breakfast are gorgeous).