Remembering a trip to Flushing, Queens

IMG_1270I’ve just celebrated my one year anniversary here in New York, which got me thinking about my favorite culinary adventures thus far in the biggest of apples. I immediately thought of a trip to Flushing, Queens I took a few years back, before I was living here. On the everlasting quest for delicious dumplings and authentic Chinese food, my friend Alex and I boarded the train to Flushing, a first for both of us. The preponderance of Chinese characters was startling, even as a frequent visitor to Chinatown. Here are some snaps of fruits, food, dumplings and an insanely amazing scallion pancake stuffed with beef…

Pickle Pantry Essential #4

Taste memories can be unbelievably powerful, and the one that Cherry Jolly Ranchers elicits in me never seems to wane. For some reason, though, the artificial fruity flavor doesn’t represent a specific moment, but rather childhood in general. This is strange both because I’m not generally a candy lover and my family wasn’t really big on candy growing up, but there it is. No other flavor compares, and I frequently buy bags of Jolly Ranchers, select the cherry ones and discard the rest. By discard I obviously mean that I  foist the inferior candies on everyone else. Now, if only I had one right now…
(photo courtesy of Mandyssecrets.com)

Edible Fairyland and a Beautiful Blog

A few months ago, I was lucky to help out with a totally fabulous party thrown by a close friend. The theme was “edible fairyland”, with neon colored-treats, edible bowls and plates, bubbles and candy abound. We prepped much of the food (including the White Chocolate Sprinkle Popcorn you see below) in my kitchen then served it in my friend’s office.IMG_2880

Nikki, a fabulous photographer living in L.A. was in town on her way to Paris, and beautifully captured the entire day (and some great shots of my apartment!) on her blog which you should absolutely check out!

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Some Wine, Some Cheese

DSC_0062In case earlier posts haven’t made it clear, I love to entertain. Bringing together old and new friends for food, drink and TLC Waterfalls Sing-alongs (only sometimes, I promise) is one of my favorite activities. Although I run around like a lunatic before the party, preparations are a different kind of fun. I obsessively make shopping lists, lose said shopping lists and then re-make them, and go from grocery store to grocery store because of course everywhere has run out of thyme on the one day I need it. I come from the school of thought where entertaining translates to excess, so abundance is always an important factor in any Pickle Party.

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Pickle Pantry Essential #3

Photo Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph

Photo Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph

I know this item isn’t going to get me much love or understanding from my American compadres, but as a born Brit, I have to talk about my adoration for the salty-savory yeast paste that is Marmite. Marmite is the ultimate acquired taste, totally repulsive in flavor and texture to those uninitiated but a delicious and unique product for those who began their consumption at an early age. According to Wikipedia, Marmite was invented as a concentrated form of brewer’s yeast in the late 1800s, and the “Marmite Food Extract Company” was formed in Britain shortly thereafter. Since then, it has enjoyed a large following of English consumers and is eaten in a variety of ways, from dissolved in hot water, to in a cheese sandwich. It has a sublimely Umami taste, and when served in a thin layer on hot buttered toast, it’s nothing short of transcendental.

What I’ve Been Eating According to my iPhone

 

Roasted Mushrooms, Lettuce, Chickpeas, Feta, Hummus chez moi

Roast Pork and Dumplings @ My desk (ordered from Pure Thai Cookhouse)

Roast Pork and Dumplings @ My desk (ordered from Pure Thai Cookhouse)

Snaqpaq @ My Desk (Yogurt Pretzels, Choco Chips, Freeze Dried Strawberries, Dried Coconut)

Snaqpaq @ My Desk (Yogurt Pretzels, Choco Chips, Freeze Dried Strawberries, Dried Coconut)

Fruit Salad @ My Desk

Fruit Salad @ My Desk

Weisse Beer and Pretzel @ Zum Schneider

Weisse Beer and Pretzel @ Zum Schneider

Miso Soup w/ Gochujang (Spicy Korean Chili Paste) & An Egg, A Grain/Veg Salad of my own creation chez moi

Miso Soup w/ Gochujang (Spicy Korean Chili Paste) & An Egg, A Grain/Veg Salad of my own creation chez moi

Roasted Beets, Consomme, Dill, Buckwheat @ Calyer, Brooklyn

Roasted Beets, Consomme, Dill, Buckwheat @ Calyer, Brooklyn

Tasty Salad of my Own Creation Chez moi (apples, chicken, balsamic glaze, lettuce, feta)

Tasty Salad of my Own Creation Chez moi (apples, chicken, balsamic glaze, lettuce, feta)

Herring @ Aamanns-Copenhagen

Herring @ Aamanns-Copenhagen

Smørrebrod @ Aamanns-Copenhagen

Smørrebrod @ Aamanns-Copenhagen

Crispy Fried Fish with a Terrific Herb Sauce @ Amaans-Copenhagen

Crispy Fried Fish with a Terrific Herb Sauce @ Amaans-Copenhagen

PacMan Dumplings @RedFarm

PacMan Dumplings @RedFarm

Onigiri @ My Desk

Onigiri @ My Desk

So, I guess I eat a lot at my desk….Or at least take lots of photos while eating at my desk. Follow me on instagram @leahpickle for more updates on my food consumption.

Summer of Lambrusco

Last night at a tasty dinner here, I ate this delicious crunchy fried buffalo chicken sandwich:IMG_3545Yum. The highlight, (other than the company of my lovely friend) was, however, the wine we drank.

IMG_3550wine photocredit goes to Eliza!

Served chilled, the Lambrusco was a light and crisp pick-me-up, a perfect summer time red. Who knew a cold red wine would perk me up after a long and busy week? We vowed that the coming summer shall henceforth be “The Summer of Lambrusco”. Can’t wait.