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Entries in Hell's Kitchen (1)

Wednesday
Jun152011

Hodge Podge

This post is going to be a little about a lot of things.  MB and I have had a busy time this past month. 

In mid-May, we visited DC for a couple of days and soaked in all that it has to offer.  We toured the National Cemetry, the various monuments (I have to say that the WWII monument was my favorite - it is very pretty at night), various musuems (the Air & Space museum rocks!) and walked and walked and walked and walked some more!!  We ate at Ben's Chili Bowl.  A place made famous by our President eating there.  MB and I were NOT impressed (to say the least).  We had to place our order several times with several different people (who, in the end, still did not get our order correct).  The food was less than average and the atmosphere was loud and sticky. And, the place only takes cash (hope they are calculating their taxes correctly!!!).  Mr. K's Soft Ice Cream here in Charlotte is SO much better!  As we were eating our meager dinner that we paid $30 for, all we could talk about was how we wished we were sitting at Mr. K's.  My favorite meal in DC was our first afternoon there.  MB and I had just toured the National Cemetry and had ridden the train to the Smithsonian.  We found hotdogs and fries and Pepsi (eech, I know) and we had a little picnic on the National Mall with a fabulous view of the monuments and the Capital Blding.

We arrived home from DC on a Saturday afternoon, just in time for me to be attacked by an extra-large German Shephard.  After being evaluated by four hunky fireman, two EMTs, 1 policeman, and 1 animal-control officer and several hours in the ER, 1.5 weeks of antibotics and pain meds - I'm doing OK now.  But I've found that I now have a slight fear of overly large dogs (with the exception, of course, of my 2 Goldens).

Sunday morning, hopped a plane to NYC for two weeks.  Love that city!!!  I ate at several great restaurants while there (this is such an understatement).  But yeah me!!!  I only ate dessert once - and I shared it!!!  Just a little listing of the restaurants I tried:

-Schnippers.  At the corner of 41st street and 8th ave.  Ate here at least 3 times.  Well okay.  Maybe four.  GREAT sloppy joes and sweet potato fries.  Bobby Flay did a sloppy joe throwdown here. MB had a dish that combines Mac & Cheese with the sloppy joe mixture - MB liked it so much that he licked the plate (I was little embarrassed by this but I love him).  MB also loved this place (see comment about licking the plate) and recommends it to everyone visiting the city.

- Sparks.  How can you not like this place? John Gotti had a mob boss whacked here - gotta love it just for that crazy fact.  Plus, the steaks are awesome!  I also had the tomato and onion salad - yumm-o!

- Minetta Tavern - has one of the best burgers in the City.  $26 for the burger.....and it was worth every penny!  Somehow, it was light and when I finished eating it, I didn't feel weighed down.  Also, I had bone marrow as an appetizer.  While it is a little disconcerting when a plate of sawed-in-half leg bones comes your way, the marrow that I dug out of the bones and spread on crostini was very rich and very sweet.  I'd order it again. Caramel ice cream for dessert - which I shared....

- Shake Shack - had a Strawberry milkshake.  Nothing special about it.  I think they used a strawberry syrup for the flavor.  I would not go out of my way to eat at Shake Shack again.  I was so so disappointed - I had high hopes for this place! The prices are too high - I think because of all the TV hype about this place.  Mr. K's in Charlotte uses real strawberries!!  What a novel idea!!!  Again, hat's off to Mr. K's.   

- Red Eye Grill - fabulous joint!  Had a great cob salad (great in taste and great in size).  The staff walk around with just-out-of-the-oven cookies.  How can you not like that???

-Osteria Al Doge - great Italian restaurant.  I was hungry and wanted comfort food.  I ordered the meat lasagna.  It was so so good.  Great atmosphere.  Can't wait to eat here again.  This place is about 2 blocks off of Times Square so a neat place to eat before a show.

-Bar Centrale - a speakeasy that you have to know where it is and how to knock just to get in....and the food and drinks were incredible.  Can't wait to take MB here to enjoy that fantastic atmosphere! Hint:  order a Sidecar.

-Amy's Bread - famous for its bread. Not so much for its cupcakes.  A couple of co-workers and myself dropped by one night after dinner for a cupcake.  I ordered the Red Velvet (you all know how I feel about Red Velvet).  I skipped back to my hotel room (giggling all the way), ran into the room, tore open the bag, sniffed, and took a bite.  And....the cupcake died in my mouth...have you ever had that feeling???  It was SO bad!  I threw the rest of the cupcake away while I tried to swallow my bite.  No more desserts from Amy's Bread for me.  EVER.  (glad I didn't buy the cookbook)

-Hell's Kitchen - great Mexican restuarant in the Hell's Kitchen area of NYC.  I had a fabulous aqua fresca - I could drink about 10 of them right now!!  The guacamole trio app.  was great also.  We all loved our entrees.  I had the pan seared Chilian Sea Bass with grilled Chayote, Plantain puree, and Salsa Verde.  I would go back again and again to this joint.

-44 & X - GREAT place in Hell's Kitchen.  Had a salad, pork tenderloin with grits, and a rubharb tart.  Oops.  OK, I had dessert twice while in NYC.  Not bad for 15 days there.  Sat outside and watched all the sailors roam around the street on the prowl (fleet week had started in the City).  Aren't they cute in their uniforms?

-John's Pizza - this has to be, hands down, the best pizza in the city!  Nothing else to say.  Simply. The. Best.

MB came up the weekend in between the two weeks and we had a great weekend.  A wedding anniversay weekend.  We saw Spiderman 2.0 and we both loved it.  While I thought the first 25% was VERY slow (the play was setting up the plot), the remainder of the show was great.  I loved all the flying and action.  The Green Goblin was fabulous!  The actor Patrick Page portrays the GG and I have followed this actor around from The Lion King and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  He makes the play!  So worth the money we spent to see this play! 

I have a lot of pictures to post, so I'll do that this weekend when I have time to pull them off the cameras.