Thursday, September 16, 2010

Top Chef Masters Dinner

What of my job descriptions is client entertainment - What a cross to bear! My client that comes in from California is a HUGE Top Chef fan. We went to Barbuto in the Meatpacking District. This is Jonathon Waxman's place and he was a "Top Chef Master."
We decided to do the tasting menu. It was 65 bucks a person - which is pretty reasonable in NYC. Actually, I don't know why you wouldn't do it. We had an appetizer course, pasta, protein and then desert.
It was am-az-ing. Loved it.
I listed the different food out below. The pictures are not that great..the only light in the dang restaurant was from one tiny tea light on the table. I don' tlike bright lights when I eat, but I'm also tapping around like Helen Keller on the table trying to find my fork.

If you get a chance - and have some spare cash - stop by. You'll have a small heart attack when you see the wine prices. 16 bucks for house.. but it is Manhattan. Home of the 10 dollar Coors light.

1. Appetizer: heirloom tomato salad (my fav), an antipasti platter (un-inspiring) bruschetta (I believe it was caramelized onions.. it was really dark. I know for sure there were no mushrooms!)

2. Pasta: heavenly gnocchi with roasted potatoes (this was my fav dish of the evening), sausage ragu with ricotta and thick lasagna noodles.

3. Protein: Grilled hanger steak, roasted chicken with salsa verde, braised ribs. (by this time - I was really full and wishing I was wearing sweat pants.. I hardly ate any on this course)

4. desert: tiramisu (ehh.. so so) and this UNBELIEVABLE chocolate ganache pudding thing.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Meth has to be easier to quit than Carbs!

Hellooo blog world. Yes - I know.. I've said it before.. and this time I mean it. No more empty promises... I will be blogging on a continual basis. I don't know if anyone will be reading it because I have been gone for so long.

So my low carb diet lasted for an even shorter amount of time than my vegan diet. (I didn't know that was even possible.) Basically, I can do the "no carb" thing.. if it's in between meals. Everything is carb-a-licious! So, I'm going to try to not eat as MANY carbs.. baby steps.. or maybe not eat "WHITE" carbs. Yes, that's it.. that's what I'll do. I like to do diets that require absolutely no change in my lifestyle what - so - EVA!

Glad to be back! I'll be "seeing" you soon!

PS - Check out the addition to my blog roll.. my little cousin is in Italy for the semester. It's called "Livin' the Dream"