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Southern hospitality, y’all

17 Jul

I have a pretty sweet spot for the South: the Best Friend is from Tennessee, and I love anything fried or barbecued the Southern way.  So when I heard about Pat and Gina Neely planning to introduce their Memphis-style barbecue to New York I couldn’t help but jump for joy.  The long-awaited opening arrived this past Wednesday at 62nd and 1st, and I was running — literally running — out the door from work.
Chicken fried steak – black pepper cream gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans
This one plate was the epitome of comfort food — comfort food at its finest.  The steak was so perfectly cooked (medium-rare) and juicy in a crispy, fried package with buttery, melt-in-your-mouth gravy, it automatically set off my taste buds.  And as if that weren’t enough of a delectable surprise, the green beans were not only served with thick-cut bacon but also overwhelmingly infused with the flavor itself.  Wow, right?
Memphis style baby back ribs – dry, with sweet potato fries
We chose to try this recipe dry so we may experiment with the different sauces available (barbecues ranging from sweet to spicy).  The meat on the ribs were very well-seasoned, flavorful and tender — could have stayed in the smoker for longer but it was fine.  I finally stuck a pin on the exact flavor: like summer sausage, who could resist.  Then of course I went with the spicy barbecue sauce, and the combination of the Memphis dry rub and sauce was something like fireworks.
Certainly the place to pig out, so to speak.  Oink!


Back to work

12 Jan

Is it?  Today New York’s managing its second snow storm of the season.  To be frank, it was all talk; the storm stopped as of early this morning, and premature calls for a snow day (and weather emergency) were certainly unnecessary.

Though I didn’t go off the grid, I still reached a wonderful state of relaxation.  The Boyfriend humored my playing housewife — rearranging the apartment, shopping, and cooking to my heart’s content.  He still had his fair share, like maintaining the apartment, which is near impossible because he throws everything all over the place.
I love how delicious, fluffy egg croissants and boxes of macarons from Macaron Café fill my days now.  Often when the Boyfriend comes home from work, we go for a walk and end up embarking on some adventure, and for that reason, that’s why I love New York.  I can’t see myself parting with this city for any permanent period of time.
My 23rd was sweetly celebrated with a dinner at Naya Mezze & Grill, a Lebanese restaurant I’ve been eyeing for several months now.  It was worth the wait!
Kibbé trio – trio of beef dumplings stuffed with minced beef, eggplant, and cumin
Did you know: at Naya beef and lamb are grass-fed, and chicken are naturally-raised.  Grass-fed and naturally-raised take “organic” to the next level — yes!
Batata harra – spicy sauteed cubes of potatoes with fresh coriander
I loved this dish mainly because of its similarity to french fries; the potato cubes were so crisp and wonderfully spiced.
Chicken shawarma – strips of marinated chicken roasted on a skewer and served with garlic sauce
When the waiting staff learned it was my birthday, they insisted on celebrating with some champagne!  Later, a group of friends joined the Best Friend (whose birthday was the day after), the Boyfriend and me for drinks at the lush Pegu Club, which was a great way to taper off the holiday.

If you like my manicure in the photo above, I’m sporting OPI’s “Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous.” Although the lacquer is from FW 2010, metallic, opalescent shades are still dominating the upcoming SS 2011.  It produces an edgy yet polished — pardon the pun — look.  My current favorite is Chanel’s Pearl Drop (Shade 511).  Also, check out Chanel’s Limited Edition Steel.

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