favorites of lately: march 2015

march soup 2

5. soup: despite the warmer days, soup is what i seek. the old lady that lives within me is thrilled thrilled thrilled.

Pinot Noir  by Tyler Feder of roaringsoftly.com

image by Tyler Feder of roaringsoftly.com

4. roaringsoftly.com: whenever i’m feeling glum, i just take a digital stroll through this happy land.

march egg game

3. working on my egg game: scrambled, poached, soft-boiled, omelette, all forms of egg. i want to make it all.

march addison

2. Addison: finally had a chance to sit down here. an incredible lineup of food. on par with the best in the country.

march sysk

image credit (top and bottom left): Stuff You Should Know podcast

1. SYSK: what better way to enjoy something free and easily-accessible in audio-format than trek 150 miles to pay to watch a live recording. i love these fellas and all the brainy stuff they’ve shoved into my head over the years.

BONUS pizza & wine favorites: born of the same evening this month. Pizza Nova signature pie was a killer find, especially paired with 2013 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre, a Loire Valley sauvignon blanc that makes me purr.

favorites of lately: NYC edition

nyc nomad cocktails5. cocktails at NoMad: the only place we returned for a second visit during our romp about New York City. each room had a new vibe and every cocktail thrilled in its own way.

nyc maison premiere

4. Maison Premiere: dollar oysters, Muscadet and hot buttered rum.

nyc booker and dax

3. Booker & Dax: the focal point of the entire cocktail tour. did it live up to the hype we’ve basted it in all these years? sure did. the drinks were unreal good and the bartender incredibly knowledgable, humble and welcoming.

nyc brooklyn fare 2

2. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare: the only three-star Michelin restaurant in Brooklyn. with zero pictures and only memories to look back on, what shines brightest are the first six courses, making up our favorite best bites of Japanese-style cuisine ever.

nyc emp 4

1. Eleven Madison Park: surprise: the top two favorites taken from New York are both sporting three Michelin stars. this one was truly memorable as an overall experience. we had many doubts about the reservations, spanning everything from receiving a lunchtime B-team to watching a restaurant flail as it desperately clings to many years of hype to being overexposure to rich tasting menus every day previous that we would be numb to their offerings. nope. it was incredible. arguably the best meal I’ve ever had.

special mentions:

Clover Club: as our first cocktail stop upon entering NYC, Clover Club set us up mentally for our new scene. the welcoming service found here proved to be the most incredible aspect of New York bar culture. they provided a killer introduction to the city, demonstrating what gracious hosts New York bartenders are.

Arturo’s: our favorite pizza out of the handful we tried.

Paper Plane cocktail: the best we’ve ever had and made by its inventor, one jovial Sam Ross, at our last cocktail bar stop, Attaboy. no better way to cheers goodbye to this amazing city.