Abbott’s Lobster, Noank CT

IMG_9488The best way to celebrate the wedding of a lovely couple is by gorging on lobster rolls the day of their nuptials. I was truly excited to attend the gorgeous wedding of some friends, and also visit a lobster haven I’d heard about, in the town of Noank, Connecticut. We prioritized lobster over scoping out Mystic Pizza, and I have no regrets. Continue reading

College in a bite

IMG_9445…well not really. I just returned from my five year college reunion, and if I were to sum it up in one bite, it would probably be a combination of the best bagels and sandwiches ever, all washed down with some Keystone light. However, the Ithaca farmer’s market is one of my favorite in the country (the world?), and I made a point of visiting it on Sunday, even in my somewhat worse for wear state.

During college, my friends and I would frequent the Farmer’s Market on weekends, and became obsessed with the Cambodian stall. Ithaca has many immigrant communities,  and the market also boasts Ethiopian and Sri Lankan cuisines alongside local farmers and artisanal handicrafts.

The Khmer pancake, or Num Banh Xeo, is a rice flour pancake filled with a choice of chicken or pork, thin vermicelli noodles and fresh veggies. It’s topped with a limey sauce, fresh mint and peanuts, and it’s one of my absolute favorite tastes in the world.

I happen to think it tastes even better while the hippie music plays and the sun glistens on the Finger Lakes…Make sure you get the mango with coconut rice for dessert!

Where Else to Eat 
Although it’s been a long time since I lived in Ithaca, here are some of my favorite haunts:

1. Collegetown Bagels (amazing sandwich and homemade bagel spot with a few locations in Ithaca) Locals call it CTB.

2. Taste of Thai After years of living in New York, my friends and I were scared that Taste of Thai wouldn’t live up to our expectations, but it was just as good as ever.

3. Hazelnut Kitchen Although we didn’t make it this time, as Hazelnut Kitchen is outside Ithaca in Trumansburg, this is a wonderful locally sourced restaurant that uses thoughtful ingredients in very delicious preparations.

Healthy Meatless Nomz

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So, you’re not supposed to eat meat every day, it seems. In America, it’s almost a rarity to have a meatless meal, but sometimes I try. Although this photo isn’t quite as aesthetically pleasing as I’d like, it does depict a super easy, healthful dinner that I basically threw together from what I had in the fridge. This time of year my appetite really does decrease with the heat, but this left me satiated in a seemingly healthy way.

1. Couscous (boiled and topped with some chopped mint and basil)

2. Tofu (cut in tiles, briefly marinated in some soy sauce and rice wine vinegar and roasted on a lightly greased sheet pan at 375-400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Flipped in the middle.)

3. Cucumber, mint, and yogurt salad.

4. Trader Joes frozen veggies. I know I know! But seriously, these are great and sometimes I just need them.

5. A random piece of tomato. Yep.

This took maybe 20 minutes (and about 5 of prep) and was consumed in about the same amount of time.

WHAT TO DRINK TONIGHT?

20150323-cocktails-vicky-wasik-Brooklyn-thumb-625xauto-421619Faced with a bottle of bourbon, bitters, and a boyfriend who purchased the wrong kind of Vermouth, what did I do?

Found The Brooklyn: a Manhattan with dry instead of sweet vermouth. Because it was a bit, well, tart, we added a dash of agave (hipsters that we are) to the Manhattan’s sultry artisanal sibling. I’m still very partial to a Manhattan, but, as I always say, Manhattan is the new Brooklyn.

*Image by Vicky Wasik

 

2 Amy’s

If you’re any self (and stomach) respecting DC resident, chances are you’ve already been to 2 Amy’s pizza in Cathedral Heights. I, as a new DC resident, had not been yet, and a balmy May evening after a long day of work seemed like the ideal opportunity. We sat outside, ordered a tumbler of wine each, and feasted.

I was dying to try the clam pizza, but sadly there were no more clams to be had. So, of course, I went for the mini-meatball adorned “Abruzzese” pie, and we ordered the “Puttanesca” as well, an appropriately piquant creation with broccoli rabe, anchovy, hot peppers, and small melting mounds of fresh mozzarella.

There is good pizza in DC! (Said like a total douchey ex-New Yorker) And at 2 Amy’s, it’s been recognized as DOC status, aka, the Neapolitans consider these pies real legit.

2 Amy’s Pizzeria
3715 Macomb St NW
(202) 885-5700

*excuse the highly sub par iPhone photos, although I think they still show how absolutely scrumptious the pies were.