HOLY FUCKING SHIT I'M FREAKING OUT DREAMS COME TRUE DREAMS COME TRUE
Read the article here: Wegmans to Open at Brooklyn Navy Yard
But honestly I haven't even read it myself yet because I'm too excited to focus my pupils on words. Can someone tell me what it says?
For my first published article since October, click here for a review of Brod Kitchen's smorrebrod - open faced Danish sweet and savory sandwiches. They didn't have as much cheese as I like but I made an exception because this one has Nutella, hazelnuts, dates, and mint.
Now that I'm no longer working my day job in food, I need to get my fix elsewhere, so expect more of these soon.
Munchery, one of the latest players in the somewhat-prepared meal delivery space, just launched in NYC. Their private chefs create a couple of entrees, sides, desserts, and drinks, and you can order any combination of them to be delivered to your door around dinnertime. It's way easier than Blue Apron or Plated, because the meals are already fully made, so you won't have to spend the suggested 25-35 minutes preparing dinner (or in my case, chopping lemon rind and thinly slicing rainbow chard for 2 hours). The meals arrive "chilled" but not frozen, so they just need to be popped into the microwave or oven. You can order a week in advance or same day.
Some sample items from next week's menus:
Honey-Tea Braised Chicken Thigh
Seared Spring Salmon
Celeriac, Fennel, and Apple Soup
Banana Cream Pie
Want some free food? Click the link below to create your account, and get a $10 credit. Bam.
This is a tough one to write.
After some of the most wonderful times with the most extraordinary people, today is my last day at Cater2.me. I'm moving to a really awesome opportunity at CommonBond, a start-up that is changing the way grad students get and pay their student loans. My role will be helping borrowers make sense of the system, so instead of making people happy with meals, I'll be making them happy with large amounts of money, which some people like even more than food!
Even though this is a step forward for my career, I'm incredibly sad to be leaving behind such an amazing group of people. And even more than the people, I'll miss all the free food.
JUST KIDDING JUST KIDDING PEOPLE > FOOD
For my final days, one of my favorite catering managers, Jason from Papaya King (yes, that Papaya King!), came by with farewell fried oreos, because there's no better way to say goodbye than with obscene carnival cuisine.
That is a FRIED STRAWBERRY OREO.
Thankfully, my new company uses Cater2.me's services, so I'll still be getting awesome lunches once a week. I'll keep posting pics and writing about ludicrous food news and trends, so stay tuned.
To the next adventure!
In what will likely be one of the most gluttonous trips of my life (but not the most because no one should underestimate my future ability to eat delicious junk), I traveled to New Orleans and ate for three days straight. Here I am in GIF form enjoying a beignet from Café Du Monde:
And if you want to get up close and personal with that fine piece of legendary sugar and dough:
Was it delicious? Yes. Was it the best thing I had in New Orleans? No. Read on to find out what made it to the top of my list of N'awlins eats and lots more Cajun delicacies.
Commander's Palace is as old school as it gets, setting up shop in 1880. And Wikipedia says, "It was ranked the most famous restaurant in New Orleans," so it was obviously our first stop.
French 75 - Gin, champagne, lemon juice, sugar
Turtle soup (with 100% real turtle)
CRAZIEST MENU ITEM: Mardi "Foie" - Black skillet seared Hudson Valley foie gras over foie gras and cream cheese stuffed beignets with a Abita root beer-foie gras ice cream float. Shiiiitttt.
Pecan crusted gulf fish with crushed sweet corn, spiced pecans, petite herbs, and Prosecco poached Louisiana blue crab
Creole bread pudding soufflé
Get it here:
Commander's Palace – 1403 Washington Ave – 504-899-8221
Ruby Slipper Café is perfect for a really decadent brunch and a heart attack.
Bananas foster pain perdu
Eggs cochon (Ruby Slippers "signature item") - Slow-cooked apple-braised pork debris sitting on a homemade buttermilk biscuit, topped with poached eggs, finished with hollandaise
Get it here:
The Ruby Slipper Café – multiple locations – 504-525-9355
Pat O'Briens is the best time on Bourbon Street.
This giant sugar-laden red drank is a Hurricane, their signature cocktail. It will have you singing Taylor Swift karaoke on a stage full of strangers.
Get it here:
Pat O'Briens – 718 Saint Peter Street – 504-525-4823
Go to Apolline just for this epic bloody mary:
Pickled green beans, bacon, buttermilk biscuits, shrimp, celery, lemon, lime - in a drink.
Or come for this cinnamon bacon with brown sugar and pecans.
Get it here:
Apolline – 4729 Magazine Street – 504-894-8881
GW Fins is a fancy seafood place for fancy ladies and gents.
Lobster dumplings with fennel, tomato, and lobster butter
Parmesan crusted drum with asparagus, crispy capers, jumbo lump crab, Meyer lemon, brown butter
Get it here:
GW Fins – 808 Bienville Street – 504-581-3467
I obviously had to eat a po' boy, but I opted for a non-traditional variety at Killer Poboys, a po' boy pop-up in the back of a bar. And they are SERIOUS about the fact that it's a bar - the badass lady chef verbally chastised two young-looking boys for trying to buy a sandwich. The boys were terrified but the rest of us were quite amused.
Glazed Pork Belly Poboy - NOLA rum & ginger cane syrup, lime slaw, garlic aioli
Get it here:
Killer Poboys – Back of the Erin Rose Bar at 811 Conti St
Our final meal was at local celebrity chef John Besh's pizza mecca Domenica. From 2pm - 5pm every day, they have half priced glasses of wine, bellinis, and pizzas; best deal in town.
Half margherita and half gorgonzola with speck, apples, and honey
Roasted cauliflower with sea salt and whipped feta
Get it here:
Domenica – 123 Baronne Street - 504-648-6020
So what was the best thing I ate in New Orleans? An unassuming local donut hole called a buttermilk drop at Wink's Bakery.
Buttermilk drops are part cake, part donut. When I asked what made them so good, the person behind the counter said, "We use the real stuff to fry them." I don't think I want to know what that means, but this was definitely the best bite I had in all of New Orleans. Better than a beignet. Trust me.
Get it here:
Wink's Bakery – 1218 Decatur Street - 504-309-2481
I spend all year compiling lists of restaurants I would eat at if I had fistfuls of cash, and then I shove all the reservations into one weekend when my parents come to town. So when Mom visited this weekend, we ate HARD. From thin-crust trendy pizza to fluffy James Beard pancakes, read on to find out how you too can feed yourself and your parents like the morbidly obese kings of NYC.
(This omelette from Norma's in The Parker Meridian actually looks vile. Please do not ball out THIS HARD.)
Breakfast: Bubby's High Line
I've always wanted to go here, but every time I've passed by it's been ridiculously mobbed by a rough-riding stroller crew. Also, $10 for a side of bacon... no. We avoided the line by going at the Mom-requested (and Caryn-reviled) time of 9:30AM. $8 Valrhona Hot Chocolate sounds stupid crazy but was worth the price tag. We should have split one entree because everything was HUMONGOUS. I forgot to take pictures because 9:30AM is too early to function, so instead, here is a photo ripped from TripAdvisor of the James Beard-recipe pancakes I ate. And just to illustrate how big they were, I photoshopped myself into them for some perspective.
Get it here:
Bubby's High Line – 71 Gansevoort Street, NY, NY 10012 – 212-206-6200
While this place isn't super pricey, a quick search on OpenTable shows reservations for the next two weeks are extremely limited. You can either eat at 2:30PM with the unemployed or "creatively self-employed" types, or at 10:45PM with the monsters that think that's an acceptable time for dinner. OR you can plan ahead and make a rezzie for when your parents are in town like a boss.
Frittura di Zucca - breaded and fried delicata squash rings
Funghi Pizza - Fontina, Hen of the Woods, Chanterelles, Red Onion, Thyme
Get it here:
Marta – 29 E 29th Street, NY, NY 10016 – 212-651-3800
My favorite food blog The Infatuation just listed August as one of the must-try new restaurants of Winter 2014. This is a perfect parent place: warm and cozy, a little too expensive, in the Upper East Side, and occupied by a few other "older" people who aren't instragramming their meals.
Burrata, Roasted Beets, Walnut Soil
Roasted Organic Chicken, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Black Truffle, Roasted Carrots, Porcini Oil
Roasted Scallops, Celery Root, Honeycrisp Apple
Get it here:
August – 791 Lexington Ave, NY, NY 10065 – 212-935-1433
This weekend I attended Dominique Ansel's Wonderland Party, a 3 hour dessert buffet put on by the NYC Wine and Food Festival. I went by myself, brought a fancy borrowed camera, and did my best to pretend I knew what I was doing. After dropping several pastries on myself, sipping huckleberry kombucha from a tiny bottle that said "Drink Me", and interviewing Mr. Ansel the Cronut King himself, I produced this article for the Village Voice: The 10 Most Insane Things at Dominique Ansel's Wonderland Party
I also met Zac Young from Top Chef Just Desserts, who was super fabulous and definitely wins the award for most edible glitter on one table.
A dream is a wish your heart makes. Sometimes you dream about blintzes. Sometimes you dream about being on television. Sometimes YOUR DREAMS COMBINE AND YOUR WORLD EXPLODES AND LIFE IS AMAZING.
Yesterday, Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" shot an episode in Sarge's Deli, a local spot that has been near and dear to my heart ever since the owner Andrew Wengrover let me hang out in the kitchen when they reopened earlier this year. Knowing my love for his product, Andrew invited me to be one of those goons you see on food shows eating delicious things slowly, making weird pleasure faces, and using a plethora of descriptive adjectives (creamy! gooey! moist! no JK no one says moist).
My friend Ben and I spoke animatedly about Sarge's 24 hour service, paper thin pastrami, and of course the blintzes. I may or may not have said that I would rather have a giant blintz instead of a cake at my wedding.
The episode won't air until the summer, and there's a possibility that my parts could end up on the cutting room floor, but I'm still thankful for the experience. And the blintzes. Always thankful for the blintzes.
One year ago today, I started this little experiment in food, bad GIFs, inappropriate language, and general lunacy. Thank you to everyone who has ever read a post, or told me they read a post, or even LIKED a post. I am incredibly thankful to all of you and have had the best time watching this project blossom into something I'm actually proud of. If you want to reminisce about the good old days, scroll down to find the "Old Stuff" header on the right hand side where you can browse old posts and see how LGBM has evolved.
Other big news, I'm back from Africa. I have content coming out of my ears so its going to take me several weeks to get all of the posts out, but for now, here is some sneak peek footage of my dad trying crocodile in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe:
And I also wanted to apologize for verbally shitting on biltong in my first Africa post (found here). The dried game meat isn't really that bad.
I've been in transit for nearly 24 hours and we've still got about 16 to go before we reach our first destination of Victoria Falls. We took a 7 hour flight to Paris last night, arrived at 11:00AM, and had about 12 hours of layover time to kill so we did what any normal family would do: go into Paris and eat buttloads of French food. See below for some airplane food (full disclosure: we used a bunch of miles to fly Business Class so everything is amazing) and Parisian cuisine:
My bro starting the trip with some champagne and cheese
The cheese plate that came with my airplane dinner. NOTE VERY IMPORTANT DECORATIVE LEAF
This was the appetizer: Maine lobster with wasabi mayo and chopped mango salad. THIS HAPPENED ON A PLANE. The "ambassador of French cuisine" for AirFrance is Joel Robuchon, so you know this shit is legit.
Main course:"pan-seared tournedos of beef with truffle butter, mashed potatoes with horseradish, buttered asparagus" (I'm keeping all the menus for safekeeping.) I swear I think there were real bits of truffle in the butter.
Made it to Paris! Here's a quiche.
This is my mom. Her favorite candy in the whole world is Rocher Suchard, which they don't sell in the US. We went into a grocery store and she cleaned them out of their supply. This will last her about 3 days and she will not share.
Our last stop in Paris was at Berthillion, a legendary ice cream shop. Unfortunately the original Berthillion is closed until September, since all of Europe goes on vacation for the month of August (those lazy jerks JK I'M JEALOUS) so we went to a shop next door that stocked the frozen treat. These flavors are wild blackberry and pear.
Off to the next flight, au revoir!
In exactly one week from today, I will be flying to South Africa for a 2 week journey filled with animals, waterfalls, selfies in safari hats, and copious amounts of family time. I also assume there will be food. I don't know much about South African cuisine, except that their version of beef jerky, called biltong, is thicker and not sweet. It also looks like shit:
Hopefully it tastes better than it looks and I will eat and write about lots of other delicious, non-shit-looking things.
Before I go, anyone have any good food-related book recommendations?
I wrote an article this past Friday for the Village Voice about one of my favorite places in the world: Ithaca, NY. You can check out most of the amazing things I ate here: Where to Eat, Drink, and Debate the Birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae in Ithaca For some other awesome eats that ended up on the cutting room floor, keep reading:
The BoatYard Grill, named for its location next to the boat docks on Lake Cayuga, is a perfect place for outdoor dining and sunset watching. The seafood is decent, but for a real treat, get the sizzling cookie served on a hot skillet and topped with banana ice cream.
Get it here:
The BoatYard Grill - 525 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850 - 607-256-2628
Backyard Bakeshop is another stellar stand at the Ithaca Farmers Market for both sweet and savory baked goods. Pictured here: a roll stuffed with cheddar and artichoke served warm, raspberry chocolate shortbread, and apricot pecan shortbread. Get there early if you want a crazy huge, fresh-baked cinnamon roll.
Get it here:
Backyard Bakeshop @ Ithaca Farmers Market - 545 3rd Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
While I already mentioned both Collegetown Bagels and Ithaca Bakery in the Village Voice story, I didn't get to talk about their pizza bagel, which deserves its own article. While these are nothing like the puny, limp Bagel Bites of your youth, they're still just as good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or if you're in college (or back in Ithaca pretending to be like I was), they're also good at 2AM.
Get it here:
Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments or shoot me a note in my Contact section!
It is with great sadness that I report the closing of a restaurant that is near and dear to my heart: 5 Oz. Factory. The Greenwich Village Wisconsin cheese and custard shop shuttered on Sunday, leaving nary a cheese curd or stray sprinkle behind. But let us not wallow in sadness. Rather, let us rejoice in the glorious cheesy life that it once had:
Happy Birthday America! Can't believe you're finally 2014 years old! (JK.)
Here are some photos of the Ameridiculous cookout menu that was served at The Dutch yesterday. May your long weekend be filled with lots of goodies as rich and fattening as the dishes below. Because THAT'S what it means to be an American.
Mexican Street Corn with Lime, Chile, and Cotija Cheese
Corn Dog Stuffed with Cheddar
Texas-Style Smoked Brisket Plate, Watermelon, Hawaiian Sweet Roll, Potato Salad with Bacon
Peach Pie, Blackberry - Buttermilk Ice Cream
Get it here:
The Dutch – 131 Sullivan Street, NY, NY 10012 – 212-677-6200
This past weekend I attended another event by (RED)'s Eat (RED), Drink (RED), Save Lives Campaign, but this one was at my favorite place in the world, Smorgasburg. Mario Batali and Dominique Ansel judged a competition, which I wrote about for the Village Voice. Check it out here: Have a Taste of the Smorgasburg (RED) Dish Competition
I interviewed Batali and Ansel before the festivities, and here's part of the interview that didn't make it into the article:
LGBM: I asked you last time I met you if you were going to wear red Crocs on the launch date for (RED). Did you actually wear them?
Batali: I did!
Ansel: You can wear red underwear.
LGBM: What are you wearing that's red?
Batali: He's commando, I'm pretty much gonna bet...
Ansel: I can't show you.
LGBM: Ok, maybe next time!
Thus, in conclusion, I basically asked Dominique Ansel to show me his
For one of my last assignments at my old TV job, my co-worker Marisa and I went to legendary Brooklyn soul food joint Pink Teacup to interview the staff for a possible reality show. While this wasn't normally part of my responsibilities, I obviously tagged along so I could get a taste of their famous chicken and waffles. A Fox Business Network crew was also in the restaurant to talk to the owner about "government intrusion on small businesses" (predictable). Unbeknownst to Marisa and I, some important moments of ours were captured in FBN's piece. Look how hard I'm concentrating at what this guy is saying:
Listening to these people talk about their insane lives was great and all, but the real highlight came when the owner delivered me my piping hot waffle. Thankfully, this moment was captured for all to see:
You can watch the full story here, though I'm not sure I recommend it:
Marisa recently went back to Pink Teacup to follow up without me, and two separate staff members who didn't hear each other asked, "Where is the little girl who was housing that waffle?"
I've never been more proud.
One of my favorite writer ladies and high school friend Mandy Oaklander is kicking ass as a Senior Writer at Prevention Magazine. Even though Prevention promotes healthy eating, which is not always my jam, Mandy has a new web series where she eats weird shit like bugs and meat bars, which is pretty awesome. Watch her eat cricket sushi below: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnSzXR3inKY?list=PLzB7BYtdwWf5lnayFgd4aYN9z7Bj1-mmL]