to eat / what i ate recently

Some things I ate recently in no particular order. All of the pictures were taken with my shoddy Blackberry camera because I’ve been too busy to open my new camera’s box, but you get the idea.

1) Petrie Court Cafe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC; Upper West Side)

I had Friday off so we decided to go to the Met, exclusively to check out the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit, which was extended to August 7. We got there around 10:30am and the line was 45 minutes long. The exhibit is highly recommended, if you can brave the lines and crowds! If you can’t, the book gets you close to it. Be forewarned that the cover is lenticular and can be scary. It was absolutely packed inside and I probably could’ve gotten away with a few Blackberry pictures, but I decided to respect the Museum’s wishes.

After the exhibit, we were famished and decided to grab a bite to eat at one of the cafes. We were one of the youngest tables there. This cafe is, not too surprisingly, very “in” with the folks way past retirement age. The lemon orzo chicken soup was delicious and the bruschetta was very in-season and fresh.

2) Lady M Confections (41 East 78th Street, NYC; Upper West Side)

After the Met, we walked over to Lady M, which I’ve wanted to visit for years but just never got around to it. It’s a Japanese cake boutique, opened by Tokyo’s Paper Moon. Their signature cake is the mille crepes cake. In NYC, you can also find it at Dean & Deluca. Out of towners, you can order from the boutique or from Saks (and probably Gilt City). It is delicious! After ogling the cakes for a few minutes, we settled on the banana mille feuille and the checkers cake. They have a lengthy tea and coffee menu, so we paired it with coffee drinks. I love afternoon breaks of cake and coffee. I’d previously read that pictures were not allowed – maybe just of the cake displays?

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weekends / fourth of july in nj & pa & ny

Over the long weekend, I:

~ drove a Mustang (I asked for a Corolla… thanks, Hertz) ~

~ had country fried steak at Cracker Barrel ~

~ trafficked halal down to NJ ~

~ ate at Red Lobster and finally tried their cheddar biscuits (not pictured) ~

~ drank a peach milkshake from Chick-fil-a, after Cracker Barrel ~

~ tasted some new flavors from Butter Lane (grapefruit-ginger frosting? lime frosting?) ~

~ hung out with my friend’s baby… ~

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to eat / what i ate this week

1) Financier Patisserie (Various locations)
These mini Financier Patisserie Palmier cookies are, as my friend J would say, “phenoms”. They are tiny, thinly sliced, and super crispy.


2) Porchetta (110 E 7th St, NYC; East Village)
I worked from home a day last week since there was “significant” snow fall. Porchetta’s lasagna has been on my to-do list for a while. Did you know that they don’t sell it on weekends, or at least that’s what they told me last time I visited. I love their signature Porchetta sandwich (mmm, fatty pork) and their lasagna comes with porchetta ragu.

Porchetta Lasagna

3) Butter Lane (123 E 7th St, NYC; East Village)
After Porchetta, we stopped at Butter Lane. I’ve been raving about Butter Lane since they opened in 2009. They’ve been improving since, adding icing flavors. They’ve also expanded next door for cupcake classes. I got a Groupon last month for their cupcake class and am waiting for my girlfriends to free up! I got a Bourbon Street and J got a caramel on vanilla (yes, that is popcorn). I also got a free cup of Stumptown coffee because that was their promotion of the day.

Butter Lane

4) Chick-fil-A (5 University Place, NYC; Greenwich Village)
I LOVE Chick-fil-A. They don’t have an official location in NYC, save for the Express counter in an NYU dorm. My cousin is living here this year and he hooked me up. There is a steady flow of students, so I’d say that everything is as fresh and tasty as what I’ve had at other locations. I’m pretty sure non-students can get in. After you enter the building, go straight into the dining hall. Non-campus cash is accepted, but if you go during peak hours, students may give you dirty looks for slowing down the line. I was in a rush, so didn’t have time to adjust my BB camera settings.

Piccolo Cafe

5) Piccolo Cafe (Various locations)
A few months ago, I tried a bite of my friend’s pesto sandwich from the cafe’s pop-up shop. Yelp had rave reviews. I finally passed their Gramercy cafe and had stomach space. Pictured is the pesto sandwich (#15) and the highly rated truffle egg sandwich (#1). Unfortunately, the sandwiches fell low on expectations. The foccacia was too rough; the egg was overcooked and rubbery (which proves that truffle oil doesn’t right a wrong). Oh well.

Piccolo Cafe