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Saturday, June 9, 2018

TICONDEROGA CLUB GROG STREET MARKET...ATLANTA

turnips


"Where are you from? " the waiter asked as the locals leaned in.  "BKLN... I was in Marietta in 1968...that make me a local?" They nodded yes.
1968 . last visit to Atlanta


    • soft shell crab
KROG SREET MARKET WAS A "WORTHIT "WALK FROM OUR HOTEL.  After a more than worthit gathering at The Carter Center with The Doris Duke Foundation a quiet dinner was in order.
The market was only partially opened on a Monday but Ticonderoga Club was hidden and open.
Rustic and friendly with a neighborhood feel. The tempura soft shell crab in shrimp sauce over peanuts, snow pea tips, and noodles soaked with papaya and mango was crisp . A side of turnips was good enough to take home if I were closer to home.  My last visit to Atlanta was in 1968 (a story for a different blog). My next visit won't wait that long...and when I go ...I will go back to my club.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

TERRE 341 5TH AVE PARK SLOPE (3RD ST)

OUT of L'Abero Dei Gelato a slow food cafe featuring panini has come Terre...a full menu Italian restaurant filled with charm and flavor. With romantic candle lit ambiance and a menu of unusual organic wines and flavors of Umbria and Rome unfold. The gnocchi was basil rich and the texture was airy. Full disclosure this is close to home and convenience matters. But it also close to Italia and close to perfection.
Shishito Peppers
gnocchi

prosciutto
grilled radicchio
Endive and Apple salad






Sunday, February 18, 2018

LA VARA COMIDA CASERA...268 CLINTON ST BK

The snow flakes fluttered as an overlay on the window sparkles after a brief wait for the doors to open on this brownstone street. Kind informed service by a team lead by Meagan began immediately with the bartender's tending to the table wobble without any signal from us. Ambiance? La Vara!
"Tapas" tells only part of the story.  A white wine ..Martinsancho and red sangria perfecta...fried olive amuse..citrus olives..spicy garbanzo fritos cut the hunger and chill. THEN THE CRESCENDO STARTS....Croqueta jambon ,Gurullos pasta...Spanish shrimp... and a lush grain salad...onion and blue cheese flat bread...cymbals
and snare drums!  I had previously tasted olive oil cake but this was our first olive ice cream sprinkled with course salt, but combined with a long walk and a catch up talk with Jeanne and a used book store stop...it came as close as a dining experience could get to neutralizing the  week's residue.

Best sangria


Fritos


Pasta

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Rachels and Chela changed places in a magic act. Go to 408 5th AV for the shazam

Tex Mex Rachel's was exceedingly casual but the Tex Mex food overlapped with their Tortilla house a few doors away..so they did the Abracadabra Mexican-style and moved on up.to classic upscale but affordable   Superb Duck Mole with pomegranate ....and wines less Frat house jug like than the Rachel's choices .... and more carefully chosen.  And the Margaritas have had an upgrade as well. An amuse bouche chicken soup in a small cup packed  a kick.  Supreme guacamole  and salsa with warm double layered chips.The tricks extend to the decor with Rachel's skeleton but after it bulked up on style . Earnest and cordial staff who all seemed to be as glad to be there as we were. Hola!
Chela !
Guac and salsa and warm chips

rice and beans


Duck mole
Veg enchilada



Sunday, October 8, 2017

CECCONI's Dumbo NY; Proof of life

Outdoor seating with skyline view
 The walk here was worth it. After Sandy, Dumbo was in pain. I hadn't been there since the merry-go- round had revived. The maitre d
at River Cafe escorted us for a look at their better than ever dining room. Vinegar Hill had landed with an elegant off shoot at 55 Water that was part of several embellishments to the river front park's fortress.
             THE NEW OPPORTUNITY WE VISITED MIGHT HAVE BEEN NAMED FOR AN ITALIAN SOCCER STAR (JUST A GUESS). CECCONI WAS BOOKED BUT AFTER A WAIT AT THE BAR WE WERE SEATED.  THE LENTIL SOUP WAS LACKING A GARNISH BUT JEANNE LOVED IT .WITH A GLASS OF GAVI IN HAND WE ORDERED THE DIP AND THE DIPPERS....RADISH/CARROT/CELERY.  THEN HEIRLOOMS AND CREAMY BURRATA. LOBSTER AND SPAGHETTI  WAS MEATY AND THE PASTA WAS AL DENTE.



merry go round

Pizza oven and show

Vinegar Hill House has an annex next also in 55
Water st/Empire Stores


Heirloom tomatoes  and burrata







Lobster and spaghetti

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Le French Tart . 579 5 av Park Slope(16 st)

New for fresh made Chips and Croissant and crepe and omelettes and baguettes and French groceries
and sandwiches and salads and AND...
      My friend Frank and my Francophiles and my Frankophiles will love this Parisian Cafe. When Sophie at 5 went to France I asked her how it was..."They have a lot of Eiffel Towers there!" she exclaimed. They do here as well little metal ones on each table . AND they have treats everywhere.
Bonjour Le Tart...welcome to the Slope. Abiento!










Sunday, May 7, 2017

LADY'S 572 Fulton St

Downtown Brooklyn once meant Juniors. It still means Juniors but also BAM. And now it means Lady's . Across from the Harvey and up from a grand food court there is now a place to complete the theatre and dinner...

or  Movie and Brunch goal.  

As a child the Million Dollar movie introduced me to stylish restaurants that looked so different from Himrod street I came to think those hazy dreamy places became Voisin and Luchows .
But now there is an update: Lady's.  Grand open kitchen and comfortable spacious seating
and pro wait service from thoughtful people like Ashanti. And the menu brings more likes from  varied guests than I usually encounter.  The food itself rang pleasure bells.
  1. The crispy cheesy roasted potatoes were irresistible.
  2. The cavatelli scored a 10
  3. Agnalotti were ricotta stuffed pillows in an asparagus pesto and olive gush. 
  4. The margharita pizza was ...even for BK outstanding ...especially the crust thin and fried and maybe with kind of an olive oil fried fluff without being fried ...but airy....oh try it.
  5. The allagash draft and erbaluce white were also favored.



crispy cheesy potatoes with rosemary

cavatelli


agnalotti