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Dining Out: RIS

Restaurant Week was short for me this year- just three places, once of which I’ve been to before. Then I literally couldn’t find Todd Gray’s Watershed. (Seriously, drove around and around and around and no sign, no street numbers, no nothing, not even the hotel I discovered after calling, that it was supposedly housed in.) So it was down to two. Yikes. There goes my rep.

Luckily, I made it to RIS.

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Dining out: S’mac, Manhattan’s East Village, NYC

I admit it- sometimes I just have a craving for Kraft mac’n’cheese in all its orange-y glory. A dash of milk, a chunk of butter, swirl it around with cheesey powder and cooked elbow noodles, and stir. Maybe mix in some canned tuna or tomatoes or both. If I was feeling patient I’d bake it in the oven for half and hour. I’d skip the bowl and fork, and eat it out of the pot with a wood spoon. Sad but true, and I’d do it again except I’ve found a place that makes the ultimate comfort food too good for eating while leaning up against the kitchen counter.

S’mac (Sarita’s Macaroni and Cheese) is the thinking gals’ mac in varities like La Mancha (manchego, fennel and onions), Buffalo Chicken (buffalo sauce, blue cheese, chicken chunks),

Dining Out: Kushi Izakaya and Sushi, Mt. Vernon Square

Achieve true unagi with this delicious little dish that left our bouches amoosed.
 The problem with having the absolute best of something is that you get spoiled to the point where you’re loathe to ruin a good memory or experience with something inferior. True, something might prove to be better (or just as good) but WHY BOTHER? YOU HAVE FOUND THE GRAIL. Continue reading

‘Tis the (fig) season

To say “I don’t give a fig” is to say one doesn’t care. There are some interesting schools of thought on why “fig” is used– mostly impolite, given the center of the fresh fruit’s resemblance to female genitalia. It would seem to me that the outside of the dried fruit’s wizened appearance makes it look like the lowliest, saddest object, and therefore a good representation of how little, sad and lowly one feels about something. Continue reading

Thinky thoughts: Aaaaaaaaaand… WE’RE BACK!

>I’m pleased to report that I have found a place to live! It’s about 5 miles from where I currently hang my hat, and it’s got everything I want- reasonable rent, a good sized kitchen with a pass-through (and with more cabinets then there are closets in the whole place), windows in every room (but not the kitchen- the bathroom, but not the kitchen), and a washer/dryer. I’m moving in the middle of next month.

I also changed jobs within my company and will be switching to a writing position next week. Yay! More writing! The only way my life could be better is… well, it’s pretty good right now. Best not to jinx it.

Restaurant Week was August 6-12, but a handful of places decided to extend that another week. Or two. I was lucky enough to get in meals at14K (okay, not lucky because it sucked, but I got to have lunch with my friend Alison, who is a marvelous person), Oyamel, Poste, Hook (and again for my mum’s birthday dinner), and PS7’s. I could not have been more pleased- I’m like a puppy wrapped in sunshine, here. Truleh. Capsule reviews after the jump. Continue reading