Craft New York

First, Happy Birthday Sister!

 

I want to preface this post with the fact that all photos were taken with my iPhone camera, I didn’t have my DSLR with me, but I loved this meal and needed to share with all of you, but the pictures do not do the food justice.

For Christmas, my Dad and his significant other gifted Nick and I a nice dinner in New York City during our visit. I decided on Craft

We made our reservation for Sunday night, we arrived a few minutes early and were still seated right away. The restaurant was full but not packed and not too loud. The restaurant had that perfect romance lighting, darkish but you could still read your menu.

Our waiter was at our table right away to take our drink orders.

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Paloma – Tequila, Combier Pampelmousse Rose, and Grapefruit Bitters

It was delicious but very strong. I loved that they poured it table side. Nick ordered the Bee Sting (Bourbon, Fresh Ginger, Cardamom Honey, Regans Orange Bitters) right up Cait’s alley.

They also delivered bread with the drinks and we had a bunch of different choices.

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Then the chef sent out an amuse bouche, beef tartar, Nick usually never touches this type of food. I made him try it, and he actually liked it. It was seasoned well and fresh.

For our meals we decided to share 2 appetizers, 2 side dishes and to pick our own entrees.

Appetizers:
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I picked Wild Arugula & Lemon Salad, that also had pine nuts. Nick chose the Pork Ravioli & Steens Cane Syrup.

My favorite was definitely the salad, I ate almost the entire thing, it was lightly massaged with the lemon and neither flavor took over the dish. The ravioli was good, but it was too sweet for my preference.

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Clockwise from the left: Roasted red snapper with a sun dried tomato sauce (my entree), American Wagyu Coulotte (Nick’s entree), Spring Garlic Risotto, and Sautéed Swiss Chard.

At first when the brought the sides (the risotto & swiss chard) the dishes were small and I was like hmm that’s kinda pricy for that size, but I was FULL after a small portion of each. We ended up leaving almost half the risotto at the table we were so stuffed.

The fish was amazing. I LOVE red snapper and it was perfectly cooked with crispy skin. I even spread some of the sauce on the swiss chard because I didn’t want to waste it.

The wagyu Nick ordered medium rare, and it was cooked to perfection, it melted in our mouths, I am drooling thinking about it.

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How cute are these dishes that our meals were served in? Every piece came in a different one.

We obviously had to have dessert.
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Nick’s Chocolate Pretzel Tart. Served with peanut butter & vanilla ice cream. I actually don’t like pretzels so I didn’t want this one, but it did not have that over-salted taste I associate with pretzels.

The best dessert on the planet!
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Chocolate Soufflé with caramel cream. This takes a little extra time to prepare so we savored our drinks while we waited. When the waiter delivered this gem you had the option to pour the cream on the soufflé yourself or have the waiter do it. I let the waiter do the honors and I let the cake sit for a minute before diving in. OH MY WORD. This was amazing, the cake was moist and their was a balance between the chocolate and the cream. I wanted to finish it but I had no room, I barely had room for half. I would go back for this dessert alone.

Since my dad called in advance, we didn’t get the bill, but with the bill they deliver you vanilla Madeline’s. We each had a bite and they were great, not dry at all and the flavor was phenomenal.
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As we were leaving, the maiter d handed us banana chocolate chip muffins, for breakfast he said. Wow, that is some amazing customer service.
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We did eat them the next morning since we missed the hotel breakfast, and they were impressed that after the evening the muffins were still full of flavor and were not dried out.

If you are looking for a place to eat in NYC, I highly recommend Craft. In fact I am trying to convince Nick that we have to go back soon.

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Agave NYC

Nick and I went to NYC a few weekends ago, the real intent was because I got him tickets to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, we decided to make a whole weekend out of it. I will say if you ever have the opportunity to see Crossroads the next time Clapton has the festival, DO IT.

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Nick & Eric

I made reservations for brunch at Agave the next day. I first heard of Agave through Cait, and one of mine and Nick’s good friends actually went for brunch the previous weekend. Cait’s review (for drinks) was great, our friends (for brunch) not so much. I went in with zero expectations thinking it could go either way.

When we got there for our 12 o’clock reservation the patio area was packed and the front part of the restaurant was as well. We were brought into the back and it was EMPTY. It was so weird, we felt a little uncomfortable but just decided to enjoy our time together. Our waiter had a very thick accent so it was a bit hard to decipher what he was saying sometimes, but he came to our table right away and answered all my questions. +1 for service so far.

Nick and I both went with the pre-fixe eggs menu which was $24.95 for one of the egg entries and 2 hours of bottomless mimosa, wine or traditional Agave margarita (note the menu said blended margarita). You can get the egg items without the bottomless drinks for a lower price.

We started with some coffee, necessary after being out until almost 1 am

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We both picked the house margarita but we were able to get them on the rocks.

For my meal, I ordered the Southwestern Eggs Benedict

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with avocado, tomato and chipotle hollandaise, served with a side of potatoes and grapes…not together

The egg was cooked perfectly and the avocado and tomato were ripe, the hollandaise wasn’t too spicy (which I prefer) but the english muffin was a bit over toasted making it a little difficult to cut.

Nick ordered a Three Egg Omelette with cheese, chorizo and spinach.

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However he received a Three Egg Scramble with chorizo, ham and mushrooms. Unfortunately, we realized it after he ate a decent amount and said it was good so he wasn’t going to say anything.

By this time we had finished our marts, but they were strong and I was already feeling the first one so we switched to mimosas. The wait staff were walking around with pitchers filled with mimosa and kept re-filling our glasses. To say we were tipsy was an understatement.

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my favorite breakfast beverage

When we got the bill it had 20% SrvChg, and at this point I could not find our waiter. I ended up flagging down a waitress and she told us it was the gratuity so we didn’t need to leave a tip. I have never seen this before, and I don’t want to be that person that doesn’t leave a tip.

I will note that our section slowly started filling up 20 minutes after we arrived and was packed when we left at 1 pm.

After brunch we decided to take a long walk, because it was a gorgeous day, and also because we were buzzing. Thanks for a great brunch Agave, I most certainly will be back!

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Playlist Thursday: Vacation Songs

First things first, we have a giveaway winner to announce. This is my first video so I apologize for the quality. Also, I was on my way out the door to team track workout, so I apologize for my appearance!


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I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Here is the format via Pavement Runner:

Something Old: These will be songs that are at least 5 years old. I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.

Something Current: These will be songs that have been released within the past year. I know, but you have to give me some leeway here.

Something to Consider: These will be songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to. This is the wild card category, can be old or current.

Today’s theme is: Vacation. Songs that make you think of being someplace else, or songs that make you think of traveling!

SOMETHING OLD

Artist: Toto

Title: Africa

Side Note: I have always been obsessed with this song, definitely reminds me of traveling.

Quotable: “I hear the drums echoing tonight. But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation. She’s coming in 12:30 flight. The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation.”

SOMETHING CURRENT

Artist: Owl City featuring Carly Rae Jepsen

Title: Good Times

Side Note: Clearly, I am still a teeny bopper at heart, damn these songs are catchy.

Quotable: “Slept in all my clothes like I didn’t care. Hopped into a cab, take me anywhere. I’m in if you’re down to get down tonight.’Cause it’s always a good time”

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

Artist: The Beatles

Title: Back in the USSR

Side Note: I took Russian in high school and have been wanting to visit ever since.

Quotable: “Been away so long I early knew the place. Gee, its good to be back home. Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case. Honey disconnect the phone. I’m back in the USSR. You don’t know how lucky you are, boy”

Vacation Photo Dump

I didn’t take a ton of photo’s while on vacation, but I thought I’d share some of the few I did take.

Just hanging with dad
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Stop it, you’re embarrassing me
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Christmas Morning with Mommy & Nouna
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Presents…
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I’ll take the paper instead
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With Nouna (B’s godmother & my sister-in-law)
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With Uncle Chris! (brother-in-law)
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Finally, a toy I can play with, now that all that paper is gone
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He looks like such a big boy here
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AND SO EXCITED
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Wordless Wednesday: Escape from Snow Mountain

In Massachusetts we are experiencing one of the snowiest winters ever. At least that I can recall. And while I don’t usually mind the snow too much, I wish right now I was on the beach. So for wordless wednesday I am going to include some of my favorite photos from my Honeymoon. My husband and I waited 6 months from our July wedding, to take a cruise to the Caribbean in January 2009. We knew we would need our warm escape in the dead of winter. It was the best vacation either of us has ever been on.

Puerto Rico:
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Bacardi Factory:
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On the 30 ft Schooner around St. John, where I got the worst sunburn of my life. Always remember sunscreen, even when you are leaving New England in January.
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Husband and rum punch:
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Me on the boat:
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One last shot of St.John:
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Husband and I:
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View from our balcony of St.Maarten:
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Leaving St. Maarten:
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