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Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas…

So this year’s Christmas was a little off the norm. Usually I’m at home in Detroit with my family but this year there were some different traveling plans and moving plans in my family so I decided to stay in New York. It’s funny because at first I thought it would be a super chill Christmas watching movies the whole time, but turns out quite a few people I knew stayed in town! My friend Missy stayed with me a couple nights (I’m housesitting for some friends) and we tried to keep some of our family’s traditions even though we weren’t with them. For Missy all she needed was some chocolate milk and I needed to start Christmas morning by making cinnamon rolls. Mmm! Also you can see some pretty Christmas cookies from Ladybird (same as Two Little Red Hens) and some cut up fruit. It was pretty perfect.

Missy also made a traditional Spanish tortilla. She’s not Spanish but she’s studied abroad there with MSU and really loves the culture. I really loved the tortilla.

Mmmm. On Christmas Eve we went to my friend Jeff’s apartment for some hors d’oeuvres, eggnog cocktails, and Scattergories.

Who loves Christmas?

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Oh man, why do I do this to myself? Post pictures of amazing meals when yesterday I pretty much just had soup and a sandwich. Yey. What I would have liked to have was the steamed pork buns and ramen from Fatty Crab on the UWS (above.) I went to Fatty Crab with Kelly and Chloe not this past weekend but the weekend before after seeing The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. Perfect.

Well, hello, that’s me taking a bite out of a pork bun. And this picture also makes me realize that I’ve been wearing this dress pretty much every day for the past three weeks. But that’s what I do. I get something and I wear the crap out of it, eventually retire it and then bust it out occasionally as needed. So right now I’m wearing the crap out of this Madewell dress.

I will say one thing… it’s an interesting experience when everyone at the table has their camera out and is snapping pictures of the food. I’m actually not sure I can handle it!

That above is the chili crab which is AMAZING. It’s crab that you have to pull apart, crack, whatever to get at the meat and it’s soaking in this chili broth and there are also big pieces of bread and it is SO GOOD! A lot of work to eat but really delicious. I will likely go there again and order that again because it was good. Take a looksies:

 

And there you have it. Also part of Fatty Crab is Fatty Cue in Brooklyn, which I need to get myself over to stat. It’s been on my list for months and months and months now. I just saw on their websites that they are both open on Christmas Day, so there you go.

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Dan’s not going to like this. He’s very particular about his photographs (as are many guys I know… hmm) but as he said, there’s not much he can do if I put a picture of him on my blog. Hehe. You people know what you’re getting into when you go out to dinner with me. Let’s be real.

So there is Dan and myself at The Spotted Pig, aka my new favorite restaurant! I’ve said this to a few people since dining there last week, and pretty much everyone’s reaction to me has been, “What?! You’ve never been there before?!” Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. I have not yet been to every single good restaurant in NYC. And I probably won’t!

But The Spotted Pig. It is cuuuuute. There’s a downstairs and an upstairs, and the upstairs has a bar too. We had to wait maybe 25 minutes so we had a drink upstairs by the bar before they found us and gave us a table downstairs. There are pictures everywhere and it just has so much character! I remember pointing out that they had strings of lights in the shape of pigs. Pigs! Who makes those!? Anyway, they are famous for not only being cool, but also for their fabulous burgers, which we both ordered.

And here is a picture of Dan’s cheeseburger with a flash (funny because he scoffed at me taking pictures originally and then was all, “Now, you’ve got to take a picture of THIS” when he looked at the inside of his burger).

Oh yeah, those fries are crazy too. HEAPS OF FRIES!

We also had devils on horseback which were figs with pear wrapped in bacon? I think? Delicious. And we also had the sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi with basil pesto which was CaRazy. Flavor!

The only thing I wasn’t as thrilled with was this:

Flourless chocolate cake. Now, I have tried many flourless chocolate cakes and I’ve never really understood why it matters if there is flour or not, but this wasn’t really like a cake at all. It was more of a slice of frosting/fudge if you can imagine. Extremely chocolatey and a good flavor, just not what I expected. For the record, Dan doesn’t really care about chocolate and he thought it was great. He wanted you to know that.

So there you have it. The Spotted Pig is the ISH and the service was impeccable and I would glady, glady return.

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I like hamburgers. My favorite hamburger in Michigan is at Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak. Btw, they don’t even have a website. I have loved Red Coat Tavern for years. They have THE best burgers and THE best clam chowder. EVER! Sigh… I always tell Kelly about it, and one day we will both be in Michigan at the same time and one day we will both be at Red Coat Tavern.

Remember when you had a job in high school and every paycheck was just play money? We used to take our play money over to Red Coat. Me, my homeboy Eugene, and Michelle. Oh… those were the days. Phone bills? Rent? Never! Just hamburgers and Coney Islands. So when I’m home in the D, I like to bring back those memories with those people. And it’s kind of great. So take a look at the most glorious burger and plot Red Coat Tavern on your map if you’re going to be in Michigan.

By the way, it’s really dark in Red Coat Tavern and the lights are red and the booths are red which is why this photo looks the way it does because when we first got there I didn’t want to annoy people with my flash. But when we got the burgers I thought one flash picture and people could get over it. So why is the clam chowder so great? Well first, it’s probably the thickest clam chowder you’ll ever have and that scores huge points with me. Also, the chunks of potatoes and clams are plentiful. There’s really not much else to say. The best thing to do is get a cup of chowder and split the burger with a friend. Or get your own, I won’t judge. And when you split the burger, they split it for you and you each get your own pickle spear. Yay!

Btw, when we were there, I got a parking spot right in front of Red Coat which has never happened in all my life. It gets packed and there’s always a wait and I felt like I had won some major lottery with that parking spot. And I laughed to myself because parking spots is such a funny thing to care about, especially since I never think about that in NYC.

And there you have it folks, one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in Michigan and THE best burger in town: Red Coat!

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Well, hello baby. I’ve posted about the Good Batch, and all the glory that goes along with their stroopwafel ice cream sandwiches. A couple months back I was at the Brooklyn Flea with a hankering for one and one they did not have. I was very sad. But the Saturday before last was the last outdoor Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene and they had something special waiting for me (and my mom): Pumpkin Cream Pie. It’s soft pumpkin and spice waffle cookies with Maker’s Mark cream cheese frosting filling. Oh ma gawsh. For realsies, peoples. It was so good we bought a second one to take home on our way out. And that is what I have to tell you today. I wonder if the Good Batch will be at Gifted or any of the upcoming winter/holiday Fleas, and I’ll have to keep checking their website to find out.

Of course there was the obligatory stop at the Red Hook Lobster Pound table. My momma’s favorite.

And there is my momma in a very “Brooklyn” jacket! Way to go, mom! (It’s mine. He.)

So… basically I don’t know how many posts I can do about the Brooklyn Flea because there are always 8 million vendors with 8 million things to try and ahh you just have to go! And go hungry!

Til we meet again, Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene.

And oh yeah – last weekend was Thanksgiving and I was in Detroit. Some good stuff for ya is coming right up.

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Bushwick is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that is a little out on the L-train and is known for its warehouses and lack of trees. But there’s actually a little park there. I know cause I went there one time and ate Mexican popsicles with my friends on a bench. I said Mexican popsicles right there because there’s also a large Mexican population. And with that comes… dun dun dun… a tortilla factory!

When my friend Laura told me we were getting Mexican near her I just thought, “Oh yeah, Mexican.” Not anything special. I did not realize we were eating at a Mexican diner attached to a tortilla factory! That’s awesome!

La Tortillería Mexicana Los Hermanos is really like a diner and it is really cheap. There’s some standing room and some people were eating in tables on the factory side (seriously). And they have Coke in glass bottles.

I don’t remember what this was, but I remember it was good. If you’re ever in Bushwick, you know where to go.

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Hello, beautiful. This is a drink at the beautiful Union Square Cafe. When Robert was here, he wanted to go to as many Danny Meyer restaurants as possible, so I tagged along for some of them. Now don’t be fooled by the girlie colors of this drink because this beverage is not for the faint of heart. It was actually quite strong. I can’t tell you what was in it because the cocktail menu is not online but I can tell you it was lunch and on the lower left hand side of the menu. And I appreciated it.

This was the gnocchi, which was kind of like pasta marshmallows. I’ve had gnocchi before, but I’m not sure if I ever had it this fluffy. This was very good and I stole the last bite for sure. Also, the bartender told us if we ever come back, we need to try more pastas, so I’m hoping to do that at some point because I really liked Union Square Cafe.

This was the beef sirloin carpaccio with crispy artichokes. I am a beef carpaccio fan.

And then the most amazing thing was. Robert and I barely glanced at the dessert menu but I told him that at some point in the day I did want dessert. We didn’t order any and then voila! The bartender brought us out this amazing goodness:

Warm chocolate brownie custard with coffee ice cream and Kahlua caramel sauce. Yes, please. It was so nice of the bartender to bring it to us, I was really so impressed. And it was the exact dessert I would have picked out for myself. Mmm. So I really like Union Square Cafe. I also really like sitting at the bar. It should become my new thing. Become a lady who lunches at Union Square Cafe. Oh, I’ll be back. I don’t know when, but I’ll be back.

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Are there reasons to leave Brooklyn? Sometimes I’m not sure. Brooklyn is freaking HUGE and there is really every thing you could ever want here. Every kind of neighborhood, every cuisine, every style. Last night’s adventures brought Kelly and I to Red Hook, a neighborhood I’ve been to all of one time, but a neighborhood I’m well-aware is full of good. And one good is the Red Hook Lobster Pound. Sure, you can get their lobster rolls on the weekends at the Brooklyn Flea, but we had a Blackboard Eats promo code so it was time to check out the actual shop.

You can get lobster packages to go at the Lobster Pound, or you can get your lobster to stay. Kelly and I decided to each go for a lobster roll and root beer and split a lobster bisque. Well, actually Kelly decided to get the lobster bisque and I decided we were sharing. But all the same!

There’s a lot of reasons I love the Red Hook Lobster Pound. One, it’s obviously delicious (just ask my sister), two, it’s Brooklyn and they’ve been at a lot of Brooklyn events (Brooklyn Flea and Brooklyn Bloggers Meetup on the top of my head) and three, I just like their style. And their Red Hook shop has a whole room with picnic tables for seating.

Oh, and the lobster bisque was amazing too.

And – if you’re in DC, they also have a Lobster Truck, which is an amazing idea and one I hope they bring to Manhattan, so I can grab ‘em on my lunch breaks.

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Hello, Nora. I have been a bad blogger lately, and my friend Kelly just said the same thing on her blog too. What can I say? I keep myself way too busy sometimes. It’s time for me to finish out these Prague posts so let’s get cooking.

One thing we did when we stayed at Sir Toby’s in Prague was we went on Richard’s four-hour walking tour. He took us around, told us stories and we ended up in a restaurant inside the monastery. And it was good. Nora and I split a beer and it was delicious.

I can’t decide if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that I’ve obviously acquired the taste for (some) beer. In college, I thought it was the grossest thing in the world. But then again we were broke so we were not drinking quality beer. Now I actually enjoy the taste of some brews and it strikes me as extremely odd.

This is the part of the post where I mention that we were sitting outside. In Prague. In October. Our tour guide Richard was shocked by the weather and we were too… except in a different fashion. I knew it would be colder in Germany and Prague than it was in the U.S. but I don’t think my brain really accepted that thought because I did not dress very warm.

And now we talk about fries. Look at those babies. Golden and delicious. And warm, because it was a little cold. Sometimes really nothing can hit the spot besides some warm fries. Europe knows how to do fries. Some places in the U.S. do too. But I love these fries the most.

And finally – beer goulash. BEER goulash! What does that mean? I have no idea. But goulash is one of my favorite things in the WORLD and I must discover where I can find some good goulash in New York because I know it has got to be somewhere. I mean it’s basically a stew and I realize that goulash does not photograph well. At all. But my goodness is it good. So if you find yourself in the monastery grounds in Prague – this is where you eat and this is what you get. Do it.

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Well hello there, Goulash. Have you had goulash before? It’s a glorified stew of sorts with meats (duh) and potatoes (duh) and who knows what else depending on where you go/what kind you get. This here is some goulash soup half way up the trail to Neuschwanstein. Neuschwanstein is a castle that is famous to Americans because it was the model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. For realz. So it’s all kinds of tourists up in there. Thankfully, Matti and Didi had never been anyway, so I felt less bad about dragging them there with us (and by that I mean driving us an hour and something outside the city to go see it… very nice boys). So if the area is touristy than the restaurants are touristy too. The Germans thought their food was crap and it probably was to their standards, but to me my goulash was soooo goood.

Another thing that was so good was D’s pancakes with plum sauce:

A-mazing. Nora said the plum sauce is one of the best things she’s ever had in her life.

And now here is me and Didi:

Yep.

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