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:
Last night I went to a launch event for EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES, a partnership between the culinary community and the HIV/AIDS-fighting (RED) organization. I wrote an article about it for the Village Voice, which you can read here:
Mario Batali is spearheading the campaign. I got to interview him which is definitely one of the highlights of my life in food.
You might not recognize this man’s face, but you’ll definitely recognize his meat. NO NOT THAT KIND OF MEAT THIS IS STILL NOT A PORN SITE! This is Pat LaFrieda of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors.
Mario’s orange Crocs with red socks. This is real life.
After the soul-crushing frozen tundra experience that was Winterpocalypsegeddon 2013-14, this weekend’s first appearance of above 80 temps made me very, very happy. Like the rest of NYC, I took to the streets to absorb all the sun-soaked Vitamin D my body could handle. I also decided to do the same with calories.
My first stop was Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, a covered space that still feels like a cool outdoor patio with string lights and high ceilings. Real live Mexican person Fernando Acevedo came with me and says this is one of his favorite authentic spots in NYC.
Also there’s this old VW bus where tacos come from. Neat.
Spiked Horchata with Rum. Tastes like rice pudding but makes you drunk. Super.
Agua Fresca de Jamaica. Jamaica = Hibiscus.
Guacamole con Totopos
Barbacoa (brisket) Taco and Crispy Fish Taco
Pollo Quesadilla and Pollo Adobo Taco. Highly recommend the quesadilla if you like cheese (which you should.)
We poured this sauce on EVERYTHING.
Get it here:
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita – 267 Elizabeth St, NY, NY 10012 – 917-727-0179
On Sunday, I wandered around the Chelsea/Meatpacking area. Passed by this sign for Doughnut Plant on West 23rd Street and had to stop because LOOK AT THOSE MAY SPECIALS:
I grabbed two of their smaller donuts, “doughseeds”, and headed to the High Line.
Banana Pecan Doughseed
Get it here:
Doughnut Plant – 220 W 23rd St, NY, NY 10011 – 212-675-9100
Ever since I heard about the old school soda fountain opening at Bubby’s High Line, I’ve been dying to get my hands on an ice cream soda. SO. MANY. FLAVORS.
While the menu looks cool, the space was a little underwhelming. I expected a counter with metal stools staffed by soda jerks serving frosty specials in tall glasses, but this is really more of a grab-and-go ice cream joint. Sundaes are served in Chinese takeout containers which is… confusing?
Black and White – Chocolate Soda with Vanilla Ice Cream. This was pretty delicious, but it took them a few tries to make it correctly. I hope this place works out the kinks so I can come back and try everything (milkshakes, sodas, sundaes, and pies included).
Get it here:
Bubby’s Soda Fountain – 71 Gansevoort St, NY, NY 10014 – 212-206-6200