I know I am not good about posting to this blog, but this time I had an excuse! I have been vacationing in Rome the past 7 days and am now inspired to post a few recipes later this week (always the procrastinator). Obviously Rome is an amazing city for carb and wine indulging, but more important is their LOVE of pork. I think I consumed more pig in Rome then I did in Barcelona, which is hard to do. It was awesome, but the next few days I am only eating iceberg lettuce and drinking coffee, recent pics of Christina Aguilera should inspire me to do this.
Here are a few noteworthy food pictures from the trip along with the restaurant name in case you are planning a trip. I suggest asking Chef Morgan as well, girl has a great list from her abroad days. – ts
L’Enoteca Cul de Sac (near Piazza Navona)- small plates great wine list http://www.enotecaculdesac.com/
Pastificio San Lorenzo- you MUST go here. It is in an up and coming artsy area behind the termini called San Lorenzo, fun live music venue bars as well around the area; incredible meats and cheese; http://www.pastificiocerere.com/ristorante/index.php
Il Matriciano- Roman fare by the Vatican; the BEST artichokes I have ever had
Pork stand in Marino, a small hill side wine town just outside of Rome-
While not a bacon recipe, this still goes along with Bacon Thursday theme. The holiday season is quickly approaching, so I suggest you get your wrapping paper STAT! Show your loved ones you care by wrapping their gifts in Bacon Wrap. It is sure to turn the worst gift into a real treat. – ts
While doing my daily (ok hourly) internets research, I stumbled upon an amazing site which features 30 grilled cheese recipes. Now I fully plan on keeping Bacon Thursday theme up today. Bacon and cheese always go together, so you better believe these recipes feature the good stuff. Since the weather for some is turning cooler, why not plan for a tomato soup and grilled cheese night. This site surely will inspire. -ts
Grilled Cheese Acadamy
Recently I got the amazing opportunity to be a food critic for a night. A good friend invited me to go check out Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn and give comments on it for an article she is writing for an undisclosed NY publication (link will be sent when its published). Chef John joined as well and it was a major treat. Pretty much I was approached with, Hey Tanya you like food and gossip, want a free meal where we can taste everything on the menu and talk about it? SOLD! End result, one of the best meals I have had in a while in New York. It is known for its pizza, but honestly while tasty, it was my least favorite item on the menu. The space was great, and it has a cute outdoor area. The menu is seasonal, and they grow some of their produce right outside in their garden.
As mentioned previously we ordered almost everything on the menu, so I will only mention the highlights. The veal sweetbreads were lightly fried and practically melted in your mouth. They were unbelievable and hands down the best sweetbreads I have ever had. I could have had like 2 more orders of them. My second favorite item we ate was snap pea salad. They were mixed with mascarpone puree, pickle ramps, and black garlic sauce. It is ramp season, so they were highlighted on most of the menu items and were great. The homemade trofie pasta with oxtail and greens was surprisingly light and very tasty. The duck egg poached with aged Shelburne cheese and maitake mushroom was amazing and all components went perfectly together. We also had soft-shell crab lightly battered and fried with spring onion and mint and skirt steak with salsa verde and market greens both incredible.
The meal then ended with this NummyNumNum writer’s photo in the NY Times! This was completely by accident and unrelated to my Roberta’s meal. It just happened to be that I was browsing a vintage truck while waiting for my car after Roberta’s. Luckily it was a side profile and no name shot. Considering I had just eaten about 15 lbs of food and multiple bottles of wine, that night was not the dream night for my NY Times debut. However, it is a great way to say bye to this amazing city because I am moving to NOLA tomorrow! – ts
It is Friday; I am bored, and have pretty much quit my job already. Needless to say today has been a major google researching day. I decided to google image NummyNumNum and animals, naturally. Below are the gems that I discovered. They make no sense, but I love them. I wanted to post to make this slow Friday afternoon a bit more enjoyable for y’all. In the words of the best boy band ever, “Thank God it’s friday night and I just, just, juuuust…GOT PAID.” Sorry that will be in your head all weekend. -ts