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Entries in Magnolia Bakery (2)

Tuesday
Nov292011

Tis the season

Well, the holidays are here and in full gear.  I'm trying to get into the Christmas spirit but it is hard for me this year.  I'm not sure why I'm struggling.  There has been a bit of travel - Minneapolis, Ft Lauderdale, Boston, the City (New York, of course) and a couple of other cities in between!  I've had my fair share of good eats over the past couple of months.

One place stands out in my mind - a Cuban restaurant in South Beach.  My friend Ana (beautiful Persian girl) was VERY happy at this joint.  She was having so much fun that I had to take notes so I would not forget her delights!  She was expressly joyful over a Pina Colada..."That's good sh$t.  I can't stop moving!  Call Gloria!!" (We were eating at Gloria Estefan's place). 

Salut continues  to not let me forget it (I think I've blogged about it before).  But the black cherry ice cream with the house-sized piece of Red Velvet cake is lodged into my memory.  This is reason enough for someone to live in Minneapolis and brave the artic cold!

NYC - what can I say??  Great Cuban food at Victors - a really really good chimichurri.  Comes close to that of Gloria's but not quite.  But, hey, I still slurped down as much as I could.  I even strong-armed the waiter for another round  ;).  Love love love the Halaal street cart just outside the Hilton NY.  This time I didn't have to wait in a 30 minute line.  I guess I got there just at the right time.  Cupcakes from Magnolia's - can't go wrong.  OH!  I found a new cookie while I was there.  A bodaga (am I spelling that correctly?  I don't know and I'm too tired right now to check the spelling - just bear with me) across the street from the Firm that I was visiting carries Tate's Bake Shop cookies.  I bought the chocolate chip walnut cookies.  They are thin and crisp and unbelievably delicious.  (I know what some family members are getting in their Christmas stockings this year...ssshhh - don't tell)

In Boston, I came across Mooo.  Can you guess what kind of a place it is?  Great steaks and I really liked the decor of the place.  It is quite on the expensive side so I busted my meal allotment that day!  This place has been voted the best steak place in Boston and I agree - it was really good.  I'd love to take MB there.  Next time I'm in Boston....

We also ventured into The Parker House while in Boston.  Parker House rolls and Boston Creme Pie was invented here.  So, of course I had to try both.  Loved the rolls - not so much on the pie.  I'm just not a fan.  But at least I've tried it from the source!  I'm happy about that!!

Back to Christmas.  I have decided to not decorate this Christmas.  It hurts to say that because of the traditions and fun that my family has over Christmas.  MB and I are not going to be in town over the holidays so I decided that since we will not be in town to enjoy the decorations, there is no need to decorate.  There is always next year!  And, I get to enjoy the decorations in TN this year!  I will be making loads of Christmas cookies to pass out to friends and neighbors.  I'll keep you posted on the Cookies that I decide to make with recipes and pictures! 

Sunday
Sep262010

New York, New York

Tuesday night I decided that I would try again to have dinner out and ignore all the road and block closures from the UN deal.  I walked (about 1 mile each way - yay to me!) to Mia Dona.  Mia Dona is a new Italian restaurant between 2nd and 3rd avenue, or is it 2nd and 1st avenue?  Oh well. Anyway, I was quickly seated and everyone was extremely friendly.  I initially ordered a Disaronno Sour and was told that they did not have Disaronno.  Really??  How can an Italian restaurant not have an Italian liqueur??  Whatever.  Water and lemon for me.... I had a nice salty salad with the saltiness being derived from olives, a nice skirt steak that while perfectly grilled didn't really have any depth of flavor.  My dessert, Zeppole with lemon cream, was amazing!  I would go back to Mia Dona and have the Zeppole - just the Zeppole.  While the food was good, it wasn't amazing.  And when I'm in New York, I kind of expect the food to be scrumptous.  Don't you?

On my walk back to the Hilton, I once again had to pass in front of the Warwick.  This time, instead of being mid-stream of the hotel, I was on the corner when the police car with siren blaring and lights flashing came roaring up followed by black SUVs that men in black suits and men in fatigues jumped out of.  The humongous men in desert fatigues jumped out with machine guns ready. And whom to my wondering eyes should appear? None other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current president of Iran (no wonder the machine guns were needed).  I gingerly made my way back to the hotel.

Wednesday night, I was tired and just plain tired of food.  There is a famous food cart right outside the hotel (Tuesday night there was probably more than 50 people in line) so I decided to give it a whirl.  I first went to the local deli and picked up $20 worth of fruit.  Trust me, it was not a lot of fruit.  I ran across the street to the Magnolia Bakery in Rockefeller Square and picked up a rather large piece of chocolate cake with chocolate icing for dessert and then ran back to Halal food cart to pull my stint in line.  I waited in line about 20 - 25 minutes and once I made it to the front of the line, I just said - "I'll have what he's having".  My dinner (minus the fruit and cake) was yellow rice, some kind of meat (I really don't know) and pita bread.  It was pretty good.  But since I don't like rice, I just picked thru it to eat the meat and threw the rest of it away.  And then ate my fruit.  And my cake!!