Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Green Table in Chelsea Market, New York City

The Green Table has become one of my favorite restaurants in New York City.  It is a "farm-to-table" venue, using local purveyors for all the ingredients.  Plus, it is very close to the High Line, another favorite spot in New York.
I was in NYC for an event last weekend so I made reservations for dinner with Jamie and her daughter.
We began with a cheese plate, an order of multi-cheese mac&cheese (all shared).

Jamie checks out the menu.

I had a fantastic hamburger and splurged for dessert.
This burger was served with homemade ketsup and kim chee.

Dessert:  cucumber mint ice cream, grilled peaches, and pavlova.

...and we walked the High Line before, and after, dinner

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dining Out in NYC

I ventured to NYC recently to visit my daughter and attend a quilting event.  One of my daughter's favorite places to dine is Alice's Tea Cup - delightful restaurant.  Great menu with sandwiches, salads, and yummy pastries.

This is a lemon berry scone and the most delicious scone that I've ever had.  We ordered their signature tea, and it was absolutely magical.  The entire experience transported me to another world for just an hour.

As we shopped, walked and ate good food, there was always time to stop for a cup of coffee at Starbucks.  And like Seattle, there is one on every corner, it seemed.

Blueberry pancakes with blood orange syrup at Max Brenner's is my all time favorite breakfast spot.  The three of us split a salted caramel shake, which was divine.
They have a sweet and savory menu.  Sandwiches made with waffles!  Their coffee was the most delicious and smooth tasting coffee of the entire trip, and it is served with heavy whipping still my heart.
Starbucks Lemonade and Passion Tea, after a long and hot walk from the Container Store, to the Subway at Columbus Circle, to where we were going.  Came out of the subway, and there was Starbucks, just in time to quench our thirst.
Starters for our meal at The Green Table in Chelsea Market.  The best macaroni and cheese that I have ever had the pleasure to eat.  I don't generally like it, but this had unusual cheeses in it, like Goat Cheese.  It was simply divine.  A very nice cheese sampling with grapes, raspberries, and honey to compliment the cheese.  We also shared a Caprese salad.  For the entree, we each had something different, and shared a bite with one another.  Burger, Flat Iron Steak and a Chicken Pot Pie.  Dessert was a three some of their homemade ice cream and coffee.
The perfect place for after the theatre.  Cafe Lalo, which was featured in the movie "You've Got Mail" where Meg Ryan waits to meet her on-line fellow, with a rose and a copy of the book "Pride and Prejudice."  We each had something different.  This is a mixed berry tart, and it was velvety smooth and delicious.  The peanut butter pie, which I did not take a picture of - was the cats meow.
The outside of Max Brenner's - brown for chocolate.  They have a store inside too.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Meal Planning and What's for Dinner?

Meal Planning and Cooking for 2
We grocery shop on Saturday for the week of cooking dinner.  I mostly buy enough for two of us, and the only leftovers we have are veggies, which are used for lunches during the week.  Here is last week and this weeks meal planning, to give you suggestions of what you could make for dinner.  This is cooking 101, nothing fancy, just good tasting food.  What's for Dinner?

Monday - We had frozen pizza - and we like DiGiorno - Classic Thin Crust Supreme Pizza, and I pick all of the green peppers off, before it goes in the oven.  Their pizza is alot of flavor, and a crisp crust.
Tuesday - Lamb Chops (baked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes), sauteed sweet onions (diced) and steamed green beans with garlic, and rice pilaf. 
Wednesday - Swordfish steaks, marinated in vegetable oil, with soy sauce, salt, and pepper (baked in the oven), steamed broccoli and Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (I used 4 and saved 4 for another night).
Thursday - went out to dinner for Mexican Food
Friday - Sirloin roast (seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic salt, baked in the oven at 350 degrees, till the meat therm reaches 130, and then let it rest for 10 minutes, before cutting), caramelized sweet onions, and Portobello mushrooms, and steamed asparagus (in microwave for 3 minutes in very little water).
Saturday - out for a nice dinner (the cook had the night off!)
Sunday - Steak cooked on the BBQ, baked potatoes, and steamed mushrooms
Monday - Baked Sockeye Salmon with plum jam on the top (baked at 350 for 30 minutes), steamed broccoli and rice pilaf
Tuesday - Marinated Lamb Roast (garlic, olive oil, rosemary), steamed green beans
Wednesday - Pork Chops, corn on the cob, applesauce and a side of sauteed onions

and I might change my mind when the new week rolls out, by what night I will serve what, and with what side dishes.  I try to be pretty flexible when it comes to making dinner.  Enjoy!