Daily Archives: June 25, 2011

Breadfast

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My in-laws Wendy and David rode the train in from Philly to see us this morning, so we took them out to eat!

Multiple bloggers recommended Locanda Verde, a TriBeCa restaurant (part owned by Robert De Niro) which was written up in the Huffington Post as having “The Best Breakfast in NYC.”

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Don’t know if that’s true, but I will say they have the best bread-fast! All I ate were doughy slices in different forms. Starting with the complimentary focaccia:

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Soft pillows, swirled with balsamic glazed onions

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For an appetizer, we shared their famous Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, served with burnt orange toast

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Truffle honey usually comes on top, but since Wendy/David aren’t fans, it arrived on the side

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Drizzled on top of my toast…

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…then more with another 1/2 slice of focaccia!

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For my main dish, the king of carbs – French Toast. Hazelnut crusted, with a Sicilian Citrus Salad and powdered sugar on top.

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Warm maple syrup – I only needed 1/4 of this because the bread really didn’t need it…

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…not too sweet, not too soggy, not too dry. With the bitter zest and salty/crunchy hazelnuts, this was such a unique combination of flavors of textures

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But if you’re coming here and want something sweet, I highly recommend the dish that Wendy got – Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, with fresh blueberries and lemon curd. Light but filling, with a thin crispy crust.

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All of us agreed – some of the best pancakes we’ve ever eaten.

More tastes were exchanged around the table…

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…Abe’s Soft Scrambled Egg Crostino with leeks and shrooms (he asked for them to leave off the speck meat)…

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…David’s Uovo Modenese – Cotechino Hash (pork), Spinach, and Tomato Hollandaise

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When the busboy came to clear our tables, he was shocked.

“I don’t think I ever seen this before,” he chuckled. “Usually someone leaves SOMETHING!”

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I don’t get it. This is the way The Greenwalds and The Chens eat every time we go out!!!

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(P.S. – Happy early birthday, Wendy!)

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The Motherfucker with the Vegan Sundae

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One thing I haven’t done in FOREVER is see a Broadway show. Even when I lived in NYC we rarely went.

I know, I know, bad actor.

Friday afternoon Abe waited in the TKTS line to purchase 1/2 price seats for “The Motherfucker with the Hat.”

Before heading into Times Square, we hopped on the F train to the Lower East Side for ice cream. My stomach has been through a lot the past few days, so I decided to take a break on the meals and jump straight to dessert!

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Lula’s Sweet Apothecary = vegan heaven. Their old skool menu has pretty much every concoction you can imagine – with gluten-free options as well

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Knowing my intense passion for the non-dairy gelato at Scoops, a number of NYC readers suggested a visit to this shop. When I contacted owner Blythe Boyd, she was kind enough to offer some free treats for the blog!

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Started off with samples. First, a few tastes of their famous cake batter soft serve. I want a cruelty-free Fudgie the Whale for my birthday made of this stuff!!!

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Also their hand-packed flavors…

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…I tried Peanut Butter and Jelly, Vanilla Fudge Brownie, and Cola (<—shockingly awesome – someone should order a float made out of this!)

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Decided on a 2-scoop Sundae – Peanut Butter and Jelly, Mint Chocolate Chip

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Toppings: Candied Pecans, Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream (Coconut based) and of course, a cherry on top!

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There are a few stools by the window where you can sit and eat (that’s beautiful Blythe in the middle!)

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Had a show to catch, so we ordered to go – in corn-based, compostable containers

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I traded bites/sips with Abe’s Egg Cream (which, traditionally, is made with milk – not eggs or cream). This version had organic chocolate syrup, rice milk, and seltzer.

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We both hated to admit it, but we actually prefer Lula’s to Scoops. The texture, flavor, and overall selection blew our minds – I eat a lot of the regular stuff (much to my stomach’s chagrin) and this came really close.  Not just good for vegans, but for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Mouths happy, we made it to the theater with plenty of time before curtain!

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(I wonder what the passwords for these WiFi connections were?!?)

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The play was short – 1.5 hours with no intermission. It was cool to see Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale live, plus Annabella Sciorra (who I worked on the pilot episode of “Law and Order: Trial by Jury” with).

Got back just in time to hear the good news about gay marriage! What a sweet, sweet night.

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