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#91 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:40 PM

OK, lunch!

As mentioned above, I decided on soup and sandwich at Dean and Deluca...the soup (pasta fagiole) was thick and rich, with lots and lots of beans, and just a little pasta. The sandwich was tasty - the roast beef was nice and rare, and didn't have that cold cut, plasticky flavor to it.

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For dessert, I treated myself to an apple galette from Balthazar...I mean, it's fruit, right? It was wonderful...the crust was light and flaky, and the apples were tender and sweet. Hard to mess up, I suppose. :raz:

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Now I'm on Diet Coke #1 and headed to a 3:00 meeting...
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#92 Pontormo

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 02:35 PM

Megan, I am sure it was not intentional, but you've just contributed something to this month's regional cooking thread in the Italian forum since your soup is associated with the Veneto.

Do you have any good cart food in either of your neighborhoods? Last time I was at the Modern, no one was to be found, though one of my friends said it's the favored spot of one of the majors.
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#93 I_call_the_duck

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 03:05 PM

Megan, onion roll, right? What was that lovely confection to the left of the fruit tart?


Do you have any good cart food in either of your neighborhoods?  Last time I was at the Modern, no one was to be found, though one of my friends said it's the favored spot of one of the majors.

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No food carts around the Modern? Hmm...hen was the last time you were there? Every time I go by, right across the street I see your standard hot dog, pretzel, and coffee carts, plus carts that sells empanadas and Middle Eastern food. There might also be a crepe cart, but I don't remember.

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#94 Shaya

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 03:35 PM

Megan, I'm loving these photos of the city, it feels like I'm right there. I've been in that Dean and Deluca so many times. Keep 'em coming. That apple galette looks really tasty. I hope the shots don't bug you too much. I've been there. Also good luck remembering to take your malaria pills every week.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 04:28 PM

If I were in NYC for a solo V-Day, I'd have to consider Twisted Burger's Breakup Burger with garlic mayo (although I realize you're not a cheese person):

"The Breakup Burger, as you may or may not know, is about a third of a pound of grilled ground beef dressed up with a ripe slab of Limburger cheese and a pile of chopped raw onion."


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#96 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 04:51 PM

If I were in NYC for a solo V-Day, I'd have to consider Twisted Burger's Breakup Burger with garlic mayo (although I realize you're not a cheese person):

"The Breakup Burger, as you may or may not know, is about a third of a pound of grilled ground beef dressed up with a ripe slab of Limburger cheese and a pile of chopped raw onion."


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Oh my god - that's amazing!!!

Megan, onion roll, right? What was that lovely confection to the left of the fruit tart?

Yes, onion roll indeed. In fact, with the onion roll and the horseradish, it was quite a stinky sandwich. Not quite as stinky as the Breakup Burger, however.

Do you have any good cart food in either of your neighborhoods? Last time I was at the Modern, no one was to be found, though one of my friends said it's the favored spot of one of the majors.

Yes, we have quite a few carts. Sixth Avenue in the 50's (and the 50's between 5th and 6th Avenues) are lunch cart hotspots...I know Alanamoana has some preferences. I have to admit I generally frequent the carts on Park, which are not as good, but are a wee bit closer and more convenient to my ATM (I am constantly low on cash, since I hate carrying a lot of money around).
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#97 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 05:39 PM

I'm running out the door for dinner, and I'm very excited...when he saw that I had nothing planned for tonight, Daniel (and the lovely Alicia) invited me over for dinner! I am headed to their place now...can't wait to report back on what I'm sure will be a fabulous meal.

See you soon!
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#98 lucylou95816

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 06:04 PM

lucky you! All of us out here in egulletland can only dream about a dinner at Daniel's. Have a great time, and looking forward to seeing what is in store for you tonight.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 07:29 PM

I'm green with envy about your dinner at Daniel's. Can't wait to hear about it. :wub:

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#100 LindsayAnn

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 09:52 PM

WOW, right when I read where you were going for dinner I thought "no way - lucky chick". Daniel posts the most wonderful meals....pasta's, meat variety that seem to go on and on, desserts, sides...that boy could make cardboard, glue and sawdust taste like perfectly seared duck with the most delicious glaze atop a rissoto!!

Jealous eyes cannot wait to see picts...I am crossing my fingers and praying to the higher-ups that you took a LOT of picts - as are all of my jealous fellow readers!
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hmmm - as it appears if you are eating good food with the ones you love you will be living life to its fullest, surely laughing and smiling throughout!!!

#101 Pan

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 10:28 PM

Tea with lemon has been consumed, throat is wrapped in a big scarf (a trick from my days as a singer back in high school and college), and I am off to bed for some healing/preventative slumber.

See you in the morning!  On tap tomorrow, I'm headed to Rockefeller Center for my India inoculations, so we'll probably grab lunch over that way.  What's a good lunch for a sore arm (FIVE shots!!!!)?

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I'm glad you don't seem to have had a bad time with the shots. When I got a cholera shot (among two other shots) in 1975 in preparation for an eventual trip to India (which also required a booster in 1977 after two years in Malaysia), it made me so acutely ill, it was truly scary! I actually got serious cholera symptoms - my extremities tensed up so much that my mother had to cut my shirt off with scissors, and I got a high fever and just felt awful! The booster was painful, too. Fortunately, when they realized that the cholera vaccine was only 30% effective, they stopped administering it.

Do you have any ideas of what you would like to eat while you're in India? I really ate well in India, and the trip was great and almost worth the suffering from the cholera shot (but maybe not quite).

Feel good! I'm having what might be the beginnings of a respiratory illness, which would be awful, because I have a recital on the 25th and again on the 28th...

I'm sure you had a fantastic dinner tonight! What's on tap for tomorrow?

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#102 Daniel

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 10:40 PM

Love in the Time of Cholera.. One of my favorite books. :biggrin:

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 11:44 PM

NICE!!! I can't wait to read all about your dinner at Daniel's tomorrow morning!!! nighty night!

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 11:53 PM

I imagine you are in your bed, full and happy now, but I can't wait to hear the full report tomorrow! You are a lucky girl indeed to be having dinner with Daniel and Alicia.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 04:04 AM

Hi Megan,

I'm relatively new to eGullet and your blog is the first one I'm following. I enjoy it so much, thanks for the peek into your life and onto your plate! Lookin forward to reading (and seeing) more :smile:

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 07:49 AM

Fantastic blog, Megan. Count me as another 'wanna be in NYC' enjoying a vicarious visit! And to be lucky enough to have a meal prepared by Daniel - and for Daniel and Alicia to be lucky enough to have Miss Megan as a guest - well if that doesn't send all of egullet rushing to NYC to find apartments, I don't know what will!!

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:02 AM

:biggrin: Hi Megan
Just now catching up on your blog, this looks to be a great week. I missed your question the other day about what to eat while watching Dracula. There is only on must have proper meal,a great big giant STEAK. :biggrin:

#108 caroled

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:18 AM

I've just finished reading your blog ,start to finish, and am enjoying it immensely.

WOW! you are one lucky girl to snag the hottest invitation in town and one that the rest of us can only dream about.I'm guessing the phrase "eatin' high on the hog" probably won't even begin to describe the tantalizing sensations you got to partake of last night.


Hopefully, by the time I get up tonight, or the very latest, off work in the morning, we can get a glimpse of some serious porn :raz:


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#109 Gastro888

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:27 AM

Have fun, Megan. Any thoughts on where you might have lunch in Chinatown?

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Not really...I've never been a habitual visitor...any suggestions? Doesn't have to be Chinese food...I would love some good Vietnamese!

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Depends on what you're looking for. Are you looking for a teahouse (chachanteng), congee, dim sum, wonton noodles, over rice dishes, roast duck, roast chicken, seafood, etc? Narrow down your desires and proceed from there.

I would stick with Chinese, Malaysian or Viet food in Manhattan's Chinatown. For Northern Chinese food, visit Flushing. Actually when it comes to Chinese food, I find Flushing has better quality than Manhattan's Chinatown. Now if we could only get Mei Lai Wah to move out here, it would be perfect. (Hey, there's a thought - go check out the grumpy old men at Mei Lai Wah and get some yummy buns.)

Remember, this Sunday is Chinese New Year and in the days leading up to it, Chinatown will be chock-a-block with families buying the necessary foods for the celebration. And I'll bet you on Sunday, it will be darn near impossible to find a spot in any dim sum house past 11am. Everyone's going to do the get together, gossip and once over with the extended families after they've done the visiting. (Or in lieu of visiting.)

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#110 Megan Blocker

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:46 AM

I KNEW you guys would get psyched about dinner at Daniel and Alicia's place...and with VERY good reason. First off, the crowd...present were Daniel and Alicia (the little one, having made an appearance, trotted off to bed - she sleeps like nothing I have ever seen before - she must have some incredible noise-blocking gene known only to children raised in Manhattan), Emma (luckylies) and her boyfriend, Emma's friend Silvania, and Alicia's friend Sam.

When I walked in the door, Daniel was walking through the front hall with a leg of bayonne ham in both hands, cradled a bit like a baby. I knew it would be a good night. He and Alicia shuttled me through to the living room, where we guests relaxed with a glass of rose champagne while Alicia and Daniel put the finishing touches on dinner in the kitchen. How they managed to come up with this meal on a WEEKNIGHT boggles my mind, but then I've never been less than amazed by their creative, welcoming food. Here goes...

First course: cromesquis with foie gras...Daniel described these in an early email as "foie gras nuggets," and indeed they were. Foie gras, gelatin and some port, dredged and fried...melty, rich goodness...(photos courtesy of Daniel himself, BTW)

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The inside...

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And we'd only just begun. Next up, a creamy oyster stew, velvety and studded with onions (or leeks? Daniel and Alicia - help!) and three tender oysters. And do they not have the coolest dishes?

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The salad course was based on one of their favorites from Ouest: a frisee and watercress salad with smoked chubb, a poached egg, and a mustardy vinaigrette. I really loved this dish - the meaty fish, the creamy egg, the crunchy croutons, the tangy vinaigrette.

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Next up, my favorite dish of the night, both in flavor and sheer creative joy. Fried quail (cornmeal batter) and waffles. The maple syrup was infused with rosemary, a sprig of which rested on the plate, the scent wafting upward.

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A palate cleanser followed in the form of a lemon, Campari and rosemary granita...sweet and fresh.

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For the final savory course, roasted baby lamb chops with potato puree, red wine butter, and green beans wrapped in bacon. Daniel was worried when we didn't all clean our plates - it was delicious, but we were so full (not that we didn't make room for dessert...separate compartments being not merely rumoured, but actual scientific fact).

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And, finally, dessert...burnt caramel pots de creme, chocolate sorbet, and buttermilk ice cream to cut the richness of the other two. Oh. My. God. SO GOOD. The course was accompanied by some maple whisky, which was delightfully light and just slightly smoky-sweet - really smooth, and paired perfectly with the pots de creme.

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And just when you thought you couldn't get more food out of these two, they bring you a gift-wrapped rocky road brownie for the next day. I'm saving mine for later...

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Thank you so much, Daniel and Alicia - what an amazing evening! You are the consummate host and hostess, and now I am completely terrified of ever having you over to dinner at my house. Give me some time, maybe I can work up the courage... :wink:

Edited by Megan Blocker, 14 February 2007 - 10:49 AM.

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#111 Megan Blocker

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:48 AM

Love in the Time of Cholera.. One of my favorite books. :biggrin:

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Someone needs to do a book-themed food blog...how has this never occurred to me before?
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:52 AM

wow, all that on a Monday night? Jeez, I had leftover chicken and dumplings and there were hardly any dumplings left, due to BF eating them all day long while I was at work. Thank you for sharing your truly wonderful meal with us.

#113 Daniel

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:57 AM

Last night was so much fun and it was an honor to have Miss Megan over..We were happy to be apart of her week.. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of her blog goes..

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#114 Dianne

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:00 AM

Good grief!! What a feast. I would be intimidated by that too. But I bet they love to get invitations and like any thing someone else prepares.

#115 Megan Blocker

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:08 AM

Hi Megan,

I'm relatively new to eGullet and your blog is the first one I'm following. I enjoy it so much, thanks for the peek into your life and onto your plate! Lookin forward to reading (and seeing) more  :smile:

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Thanks, Annabel! I'm glad you're enjoying...it's always exciting to have new members come along for the foodblog ride...they're a really neat way of peeking into someone else's life for a little bit.

Gastro888, thank you for the suggestions! I'm headed down on Friday, so hopefully I will be able to get a good meal without waiting too long in any one place. Chinatown is where I have to be, since I have appointments in SoHo that morning and afternoon, but hopefully I'll make it out to Flushing soon...

Last night was so much fun and it was an honor to have Miss Megan over..We were happy to be apart of her week.. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of her blog goes..

The honor was all mine. As for the rest of the blog, I can't believe it, but I'm heading out in about an hour for lunch at The Modern...in the meantime, I think I'll help myself to a Diet Coke. :wink:

Edited by Megan Blocker, 13 February 2007 - 09:09 AM.

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#116 Gastro888

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:22 AM

You're welcome. I don't think Friday afternoon will be that bad. Chinatown's usually busy in the morning/early afternoon. People don't venture into Chinatown late at night to shop. Dinner & wedding banquets are the main reasons people go to Chinatown at night.

You can always check out the afternoon specials at Egg Custard King. It's a set menu for an afternoon snack, Hong Kong teahouse style, aka Chinese diner. They have two locations - one on Mott and the other on Grand st. The Grand St. location is bigger and a bit cleaner. If you're lucky, you'll be there when fresh egg tarts are coming out of the oven. Good stuff. Their menu is in English but as with most Chinatown places, not many servers speak English well.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:46 AM

I'm just discovering the blogs , and this is the first one I've caught from the beginning. Lucky me, it's taking place in my own city. I'm really enjoying seeing what life is like waaay up in yorkville :laugh: But OH MY GOD, that meal at Daniel and Alicia's last night. How does anybody do that in a new york apartment? Speaking of which, I don't know if you did this in your previous blog (I'm going back and reading the old ones in reverse chronological order, so I haven't gotten to it), but I'd love to see some pictures of your kitchen. Thanks for blogging!

#118 Megan Blocker

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:54 AM

I'm just discovering the blogs , and this is the first one I've caught from the beginning. Lucky me, it's taking place in my own city. I'm really enjoying seeing what life is like waaay up in yorkville :laugh: But OH MY GOD, that meal at Daniel and Alicia's last night. How does anybody do that in a new york apartment? Speaking of which, I don't know if you did this in your previous blog (I'm going back and reading the old ones in reverse chronological order, so I haven't gotten to it), but I'd love to see some pictures of your kitchen. Thanks for blogging!

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Good point...I did do kitchen and fridge pics in my last blog...I will take some more tonight to show you my new table/magnetic wall boards (great for putting recipes at eye-level). Here's a link to the old post!
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#119 monavano

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:56 AM

Fried quail and waffles. What a brilliant take on a southern classic.
Thank you for the pics, Megan.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:45 AM

Wow! What a fantastic-looking meal. What a treat to have a meal made by Daniel and Alicia.

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The foie gras nuggets remind me of these incredible bone marrow croquettes I hade at Vidalia in DC. :wub:

Thanks, Megan, Daniel, and Alicia for sharing your dinner with us.

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