Food Pic of the Week (FPOTW)

It has been a while since I’ve posted an FPOTW. For some reason, I just have not been able to get into my WordPress groove . . . much like my diet plan. 

Tacuba Hell’s Kitchen ( *** )

The restaurant is a kind of bougie-style, slightly upscale Mexican joint. This was my second time visiting the restaurant. For my first visit, I really had to pee so I bought a margarita, which was delicious. Normally, if I have to use a business’ restroom, I will order an item . . . it’s just polite. This was my first time eating at Tacuba. Although the food was good, it was a bit pricey because I have eaten better Mexican food for half the price. In NYC, you pay for a restaurant’s rent, not for the food. 

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Carnitas

I was playing around the small ass tortillas. Then again, I do have large hands. 

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Some drink served in a pineapple

My roommate from grad school and I shared this $24 “adult” pineapple beverage. It seems as it was a $24 thing of pineapple juice. I believe that there are grilled pineapples in there somewhere . . . maybe that’s why it was so pricey. 

All in all, it was an ooooook place that I would visit once in a blue moon. I would not mind getting happy hour drinks, then going someplace else for food. I tend to visit more hole in the wall type Mexican restaurants because the food is cheaper and you get more bang for your buck

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Food Pic of the Week

This picture of the week is not bougie or classy at all. The other day I wanted to deviate from my daily lunch protein shake and grabbed a slice of pizza from Sliced ( *** ). In addition, I was a tad hungover from the previous night’s Yelp Elite event, and we all know that pizza is a perfect hangover food.

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A Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Pizza!!! I hate to say this, but I think that eggs on a pizza can work. However, it probably would have been better if the eggs were scrambled. After eating this slice, I was this close ||in ordering another slice.

Food Pic of the Week

Sottocasa Pizzeria -Harlem

The “bu” and I did not feel like cooking in our heat trap of an apt. I swear, boiling water increases the temperature in the apartment by 20, 000 degrees. We hit up a somewhat fancy pizza place in our hood. I guess it wasn’t that fancy since the wall was covered with children’s artwork.

Sausage Pizza

What a lovely spread.

  • Enjoyed the pizza and the ambience.
  • Did not enjoy all of the kids.

(Lame) Food Pic of the Week

This past weekend, my “sister-aunt” was town, and she visited me uptown in my new hood of Harlem. *I call her my sister-aunt, because she is mom’s sister, but she is only 12 years older than me”. We tried to eat at Red Rooster (a more extensive rant on that below); however, we settled for Corner Social – a place that I have visited a few times.

Corner Social ( *** ) is your typical American-style restaurant with a touch of southern flair. In my previous experiences, I recognized that the restaurant served huge portions of food, so the price point versus quantify of food was fine for me.

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Or so I thought.

I order a fried fish “platter”, which was about $23, and this is what came out.

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Fried fish and romaine lettuce

When that mess came out, I was like:

  • Oh, so the rest of the food is going go come out a little later?
  • Maybe the rest of the “real” food is under the lettuce.

Hell, the restaurant could have supplemented that strugglin’ ass fish and lettuce plate with a piece of cornbread. Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the amount of food on the plate. Well . . . there was plenty of lettuce. Part of that annoyance could have been attributed to having ran a 12-mile race ( *** ) a couple of hours earlier.  Here is the thing. If this dish is NOT a salad, then lettuce should NOT be the main ingredient. Although my dish was a struggle, I ate the  rest of my sister-aunt’s shrimp and grits (and her friend’s toast and bacon), and was very pleased with grits.

Also, the plating of the food was nice.

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Time to Rant

Red Rooster: what is it with over-hyped restaurants? I will warn that this is a bit of a hater rant, because I have not actually eaten at Red Rooster. I have said this before, there is no way in HELL that I will wait more than 45 minutes for a table at a restaurant or entry into a bar/club/lounge/crack den in NYC!!! There are way too many comparable options in this city to wait more than 20 minutes for ANYTHING. Like I mentioned above, I figured since and my aunt and her friend were tourists that I would take them to Red Rooster, since EVERYONE raves about this place. Honestly, I wanted to see what all hype was about too. Ok, I get to the restaurant and wait in the line, because I did not have a reservation. I was behind about 10 people, but I figured that the wait would be for about 3-4 tables, since most of the people were in groups. The line did not move for about 15 minutes, so I asked the hostess about the wait for a table. The hostess told me that the line was for PUTTING YOUR NAME ON THE LIST TO WAIT FOR A DAMN TABLE.

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Also, the wait for a table could be 1.5 – 2 hours. What?!!! You mean these idiots were planning to wait over 2 hours for table, then wait another 30 – 45 minutes to order and receive your food. To me, that’s insane. After hearing that, I immediately told my people to meet me at Corer Social where I got that struggling plate of food.

I guess this is one of those place where you have to plan your hunger around getting a table. For example, I plan to be hungry at 1:30 pm, so we should arrive to the restaurant at 10:30 and begin the process of waiting for a table.

Word on the street is that Red Rooster is the restaurant of one of the Top Chef winners. Iimg_2242 do not care if Jesus, himself, was mixing drinks at the bar, an over-priced plate of food is not worth all of that waiting. Plus, the restaurant is too damn loud. Then again, I could be wrong, because I have not tried the food.

Another thing I’ve noticed with my limited/jaded view (due to my cheapness and general hater personality) of the NYC dining scene is that folks lie. By “lie”, I mean folks will front and say how great restaurant is, because they do not want to hurt their egos over waiting 2 hours, spending a ton of money, and leaving the restaurant still hungry and/or sober. I added in the sober part, because you know cocktails probably are around 20 bucks.

What’s was your most underwhelming dining experience?

 

Food Pic of the Week

Homemade edition

As I may have mentioned in the past, I am a member of a beer drinking group . . . shocking, I know. Honestly, the group is pretty legit, I think that we have well over 500+ members. For the group, we have events at different beer-friendly bars all over the five boroughs of NYC and drink beer. Sometimes, I sneak in a few gin-based drinks. Every now and then we have cook-off competitions, and in the past we have had a cook offs for meatballs, chili, and holiday cookies. I’ve only participated in the holiday cookie bake off, and my Acon-bay Ocolate-chay Ip-chay cookies placed third (I should have gotten first place and I’ll explain the reason at the bottom of this post). This time around, we had a salsa off.

I did not have a funky name for the salsa, but it was a sweet and spicy, pineapple, strawberry tequila based salsa. 

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The finished product. . . I like “juicy” salsas.

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After draining most of the excess “juice” from the salsa, you basically had a pineapple-based, tequila bloody mary . . . I guess that would be a bloody maria. Not only did I make a salsa, the excess product of the salsa was a cocktail.

Hell, I even made homemade rosemary tortilla chips. Which were a pain, because I baked (rather than fried) them, and my apt stays at the temperature of HELL.

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Yes, I did burn a few of the chips from the first batch.

What was the verdict? I came in FOURTH place and I was a little pissed.

After hearing the results, it took all of my strength not to channel Lisa “Left Lopes and/or Teresa Giudice and flip over a table. . . . because I was sitting on ready.

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Any fun plans for the weekend?

Why I should have won the holiday cookie bake off. 

I am not trying to be a hater, but the winner off the cookie bake off was a f*cking pastry chef from Dean & Deluca. That should have been an automatic disqualification. That would be like if the beer club had science fair that focused on molecular biology and I entered a project; I was still a scientist back then. Ok, if he were disqualified that would have bumped me up to second place. Next, the second place contestant MADE BITE-SIZED BISCUITS. Biscuits are NOT cookies . . . he should have been disqualified too. Now, you see that I should have won the bake off . . . mostly by default. Hell, I will take a win whenever and where ever I can.

Food Pic of the Week

Rice and Beans ( *** )

Great Brazilian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. My steak was perfectly seasoned and super tender. I think that the steak actually melted in my mouth. Ok, that may be an exaggeration.

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Of course you cannot have a Brazilian meal without a caipirinhas.

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The funny thing is that I have walked past this restaurant A MILLION times without considering trying its food. I guess that I assumed from the name, Rice and Beans, that it was a general Mexican restaurant . . . boy was I wrong.