Wednesday, May 26, 2010

LOST Party and Yumminess.

Elizabeth brought something AWESOME to the LOST finale party we went to.

I made nothing themed but brought black and white cookies to symbolize...well if you watched the show you know what it symbolized and if you didn't watch it, you probably don't care.  I also brought Teeny Tiny Potatoes tossed in almond pesto, a black bean, corn and red pepper lime salad, annnnnnnnd something else apparently forgettable because I don't remember it.

On another note, I made an interesting meal last night with some chicken and jalapeno sausage from Trader Joes that I grilled on my new best friend with some vidalia onion and red and orange peppers then added to orichiette pasta tossed with a sauce of Pace roasted corn and black bean salsa (no joke - AWESOME product) mixed with sour cream and cumin.  Topped with Queso Fresco and pickled jalapenos.  Frickin' YUM.

Friday, May 21, 2010

new best friend




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Monday, May 17, 2010

Wine-n-Diner


E and I tried the Wine-n-Diner this past loverly Sunday afternoon.  It was pretty empty when we got there but it was gorgeous out and I imagine most were eating fancy pressed sandwiches on checkered blankets in the park and drinking champagne in a can.  Which is pretty cool in its own right but it made for a lot of open space in the place.

One of the first things that was WEIRD was that they have a huge menu - a really LARGE menu - but it wasn't on their website when I checked.

WHYYYYYYY?

Now, since I had checked for the menu a few days ago they HAVE put the other menus online.  And THANK GOODNESS!  Because there are THREE dishes that contain BEETS.  And the beet dishes were not on the brunch menu SO I WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN!

And I.  Love.  Beets.

Anyway, I forgive you W-n-D.  I will make peace with it in my own way.

Moving on.  Food:

Just so you know, the day before we went I pigged out on Sonic in Poughkeepsie on an Ikea trip and I PROMISED myself that I wouldn't eat too much.  So it was only veggies for me allllll day on Sunday.

So naturally I ordered the Black and Blue Burger. 



















Full of veggies and...health.  And goodness.  It was full of goodness.  Their meat patty was awesome and thick and juicy and cooked perfectly (medium rare).  It was spiced well and the cheese was great. The bun was buttered and grilled and made for excellent bread texture (brexture?). I could have done without the bacon but I will tell you why in a second.  In fact, I took the bacon off and didn't miss it one bit.  I know it was a boring pick, but I felt that I wanted to get something that I could compare to other places, and I have to say, it stood up quite well.  Very satisfying.  Yum.

E went all out and got the Carpet Baggin' Burger with cheddar, bacon, fried oysters and spicy aioli.  Yep.  The mofo had deep fried oysters on it.  Heck yeah!




















Yep.  That feeling going up your arm?  That was a heart attack.  Because LOOK AT THIS THING!  WOWEE!  It's DRIPPING in potential heart attack.  Potential DELICIOUS heart attack.  In fact, it may be one of the best last things you'll ever eat.  Consider it before you go into Albany Med for that lung transplant. 

So, the review from E was that it was very good (I am sure she will say more on her site eventually about taste and texture and fat content) but all I know right now is she finished the thing then sopped up the juice with her napkin and sucked on it so I assume she kinda dug it.

Because we hardly got any food, we also decided to split The Elvis:




















That is right.  That is a grilled sandwich with peanut butter, banana and BACON.  (See why I took the bacon off my burger?  See?)  And remember how much I said I love beets?  Well I love peanut butter more.  Times a thousand more.  And throw a banana on there and I am prepared to marry you. 

Speaking of marriage - um.  I want to marry this sandwich.  It was perfect.  Elvis REALLY knew what he was talking about.  Sweet, salty, fruit, grilled, meat, butter...it really has everything.  E mentioned it could have used some honey and I thought that could add another layer of flavor.  It was great without but I could definitely see it being good.

Surprisingly, that is all we got.  Although there is plenty more I would like to try so I will go back.  Soon. 

You should go.  There's parking, a great wait staff (the owner was there when we were eating and was very friendly and talkative) and lots of interesting things to choose from.  Next time I go will be for dinner.  And there will be beets involved.  And wine*.  And maybe even some more peanut butter too. 

The Wine-n-Diner is located at 544 Delaware Avenue in Albany and is open Tuesday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. , Friday 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.,  Be prepared for Brunch on Saturday and Sunday 8 - 4 and Dinner Saturday from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.  WHEW!


*To balance the fact that we did NOT get wine at the Wine-n-Diner, E and I went back and drank Mojitos with Matt.  The lime, minty, seltzery lightness really cut the fourteen pounds of meat and peanut butter we had just ingested.  Anyone got any fun Mojito recipes?  Email me them!  We will try them!  We will try them REALLY HARD!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lark Tavern Sadness...for now.

Most importantly:  Friday Puppy  (Matt B., owner of Bombers and Wolff's Biergarten) seems to have done it quickest and best.  Click here to donate to help Lark Tavern out.

I have spent many a night in this place drinking, eating, reading poetry, listening to music...  My most vivid memory is of when I first moved to the area - I googled  "Albany poetry" (because I am a nerd) and I read that there was a poetry open mic.  Right down the street.  At this place called Lark Tavern.  So, I went to my first open mic poetry night there.  I met lots of people that I know and respect as writers today.  Then I was invited to do my first featured reading there (a huge deal to me) thanks to Mary Panza.  Since then I have eaten many delicious meals and have seen a lot of music and said a lot of rhymy words and shared a lot of good times there.  The place is full of joy for me and I am so sad to think about all the little nuances that will be gone. 

NUANCE MEMORY ALERT:

I saw Super 400 there not too long ago.  C was recording and we were standing behind the bar in the back of the room.  Lori's bass was so intense that it kept pushing things off the shelves behind the little bar.  First salt and pepper shakers.  Then some to go containers.  I thought it was me doing it at first then I thought I was just crazy.  After the vinegar fell on my foot I realized it was the hot, hot bass playing of one Lori Friday.  I talked to one of the waitresses about it at the end of the night and she cracked up.  I am sure it wasn't the first time it had ever happened, but maybe it was the first time that when it happened, someone thought that ketchup and salt and splenda packets were trying to attack her personally.  Yes, I am paranoid.

NUANCE MEMORY ALERT OVER.

So - have no idea what the future will bring.  Something different.  Not always bad, but not the same.  So I will take a little while to remember what I loved then think about what there will be to love in the future.

I hope I can help in some way make the new Lark Tavern something wonderful.  Maybe they will let me come in and paint, or hang a picture or something. 

OK.  Go and donate some money now.  I'm done.

Here's the link again so you don't have to use your all your energy to scroll up.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Green Box Hot Fish

Elizabeth made something from Matt's green box.

Wow.  That sounded dirty.

I will link to Matt's site which will link you to Elizabeth's site.  So it's like looking in a mirror facing another mirror.  Trippy.

I missed this meal.  But it seems that really...I didn't.


LINK TO MATT'S HOT FISH HERE.

Wow.  That sounded dirty.