missmaggiepops

Eating my way around the world

Category: Restaurant Reviews

Pain au Chocolat

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So I walked into Soho this morning for yoga, only to find there was no class. So I hopped over to Dean & Deluca for a fresh pressed juice & a small bite to eat. Although this place is ridiculously expensive (it makes Whole Foods look like a discount dollar store), the pastry was well worth it: buttery & super flakey, with dark chocolate. Sometimes you just need to treat yourself.

Dirty French

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Was able to try Dirty French in the Lower East Side last night with a good friend. It was a great welcome meal to my second night in NYC. We split the chicken & crepes. It was amazeballs; you get an entire chicken to split with another person, although this could have easily fed 4. The white meat arrived on a wood cutting board in a cast iron pan with a simple dijon sauce. Delicious with the creme fraiche. The dark meat, complete with chicken feet, came separately & was served on the cutting board beside the pan. It was fragrant from the lemongrass & coconut, & the skin was melty-caramely in your mouth. You popped that into your crepe with the radish & mint accoutrement. Tast-y.
That was all we had. That was all we needed, save for the glass of red we each had with dinner.

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And if you get there between 3:30 & 5:30pm, waiting for the restaurant to open as we did, lounging at The Ludlow Hotel’s lobby with their wine list isn’t such a bad way to kill time.

Bavette le Boucherie

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Ate at this spot in Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward with a friend recently- Loved the menu. Although I wanted to order everything, we ended up sharing the rabbit rillette, the steak tartare, a roasted cauliflower salad, and lard covered mixed nuts with hints of cinnamon. We washed it all down with a dry rosé. They also feature charcuterie, which I will have to come back for….

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Joe’s Crab Shack Chicago

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We had a feast fit for a mob boss last night: (L – R, top – bottom) Ceasar & Stuffed Mushrooms, 1 perfect Crab Cake with nary a breadcrumb as filler, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Lobster Stuffed Dover Sole, Seared Scallops with Pork Belly.
Not shown: asparagus & mashed potatoes as sides

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Dessert: Key Lime Pie, Banana Cream Pie, Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Eataly Chicago

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Was at Mario Batali’s Eataly in Chicago for the first time last week to have dinner with a friend from out-of-town. The place is a candy store for adults obsessed with food. I walked around with eyes as large as saucers, while my friend had to help guide me through to find something for dinner, lest she loose me, drooling in a pile of pasta somewhere….
Whole Foods be damned, Eataly is where everyone should be shopping.
Along with tins of Lavazza espresso, cold-pressed olive oil, and every other food item you can think of for purchase, there was a beauty section lined with organic products made with olive oil.
For dinner, we sat down at the wine bar that serves small plates. With the above salad that contained the most delicious shards of parm, we shared perfect arancini, deep fried cod balls, and a caprese salad flecked with Maldon salt. For dessert, we went downstairs and helped ourselves to the chocolate bins, which you can purchase by the pound. O.M.G….

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Cuca melons: tiny cucumbers shaped like mini-watermelons. They were slightly sweet. I suspect these will show up on everybody’s appetizer plate soon. I mean, they’re just so Pinterest friendly for all of our food snapshots….

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Shishito peppers, ’nuff said.

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The cheese section was Insanity. If I didn’t have a husband to answer to, I would have bought every single cheese offered. There was also butter for sale; cultured butter from Vermont, might I add. I did snag that.

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Whole ham hocks & cheese for sale, in case you’re having a party. In which case, you should totally invite me……

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There was a gadgets section, which I’m actually not-that-into, but this was kinda’ neato- it’s a pasta measurer. Because who hasn’t slipped up on how much dry pasta to make for 1, or 2 people?
If you havn’t been yet, get to Eataly as quickly as you can. And make sure you just got paid so that you can blow it all there.

Dinner at Clyde Common

At the Ace Hotel in Portland. A charcuterie plate with sopreseta, pork rillette, chorizo, marion berry jam, pickled onion; padron peppers; cheese plate served with sweet beet bread

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