Woo! New media! This is long overdue but I hope you enjoy nonetheless.
LAW, the very best director I know and my very best eating partner, put this video together for me from our November Paris trip. I’m thinking of doing more of these if people like them – so let me know!
Seafood, seafood, seafood. I often crave great seafood but rarely find places worth going to a second time. I’m not too sure I would go to Prima again but the food was pretty amazing. Prima is a tiny restaurant hidden on 1st and 1st. The space is tiny. The seats are tiny. The food is tiny too. But the food is deelicious and incredibly fresh. Think Upstate but with a nicer ambiance. And instead of beers at Upstate, you order cocktails at Prima. I ordered the Prima Mimosa ($10), with Little Blanc, Raspberry Puree, Yuzu Juice, Rose Water, and Prosecco. The drink was light, sweet, and slightly tart, like a grown-up sweet tart.
For our apps, we shared the crab cakes ($14) with radish, pickles, and tartar sauce, and the octopus ($14) with aromatic oil, nicoise olives, feta, and preserved lemon. The menu said crab cakeS so I left it that way in my description, even though in my photo it clearly displays a singular crab cake. Sure, the cake was good and filled with way more fresh crab meat than flour but $14 for a tiny tiny cake is a bit too much, don’t you think? Particularly because the crab cake wasn’t anything special. I can get that at any decent seafood chain. The octopus, on the other hand, was worth trying. Octopus is often too rubbery but when made right, is chewy and tender. The preserved lemon, a common Indian condiment, added more than just a slight acidity, as a fresh lemon would. Preserved lemons are intensely lemony, almost like a lemon syrup without the sweetness.
Craving seafood on a Friday night, per usual, I scoured the Internet for good options near home. Upstate popped up a number of times as a low key beer and oysters kind of shack. They are known for simplicity and freshness. Sounded good to me. I hear that normally there is always a wait on weekend nights but we managed to arrive right when a table of two was leaving – score! We ordered 10 oysters ($2.50-$2.75 each), two of each: Sheepscot River (ME), Fanny Bay (BC), Kumamoto (CA), Hammersley (Puget Sound), and Skookum (WA). Notice how we only ordered one East Coast type… both LAW and I prefer creamy sweet oysters to briney ones. Kumamoto oysters won by far, as expected!
If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love scallops and will typically always order the scallop dish if there is one. Well, since I started buying scallops on my own, I’ve stopped this nonsense because scallops are so darn expensive and petty at restaurants. Case in point. The scallop special ($18) included four very fresh steamed (I think?) scallops over a bed of summer slaw (zucchini and cucumbers), drizzled with olive oil and vinegar. It was suuuuuuper simple and very healthy tasting. I quite liked it and thought that the fresh, sweet scallops went very well with the veggies. LAW thought it all tasted just a bit too healthy and was not quite filling enough. I’ll have to agree with the not-quite-filling enough part… four scallops with zero grease equates to an appetizer portion in my mind. I could definitely have two portions of these, easily! Continue reading Upstate in East Village→
Sorry I’ve disappeared off the face of this blog. My family was in town so I was busy eating with them (yay more blogging content!*). I like to keep somewhat of a schedule for blogging… it’s kind of like running. The more you do it, the more you enjoy it and want to keep doing it. Once you stop… it’s so hard to start again. So here I am, starting again, after a one week hiatus.
I have more Vegas restaurants to post from my recent trip but I will publish them later… thinking about Vegas makes me tired. That place is seriously draining… draining physically, mentally, and on my wallet. After all hardcore restaurant binges, I seriously just want to eat at home all week. Here is a home cooked meal I made for LAW and I after my parents left this weekend.
My mom bought me a pound of fresh scallops and fresh handcut pappardelle from Eataly (among other things… she really tried to stock my fridge with things I only buy on “special occasions” … ah she spoils me :D). I tried to look up some recipes but was uninspired so decided to just wing it and create something of my own. Tomatoes? Always. I was in the mood for corn… why not? Continue reading Fresh Pappardelle with Scallops – I love eating at home.→