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Del Posto – Meatpacking District, NYC

Oh the holidays! WPeanutPimpMama1-300x300e finally have a chance to sit back and relax with a couple of bevvies and watch as people become less and less appropriate and more and more full of “merriment”. While event coordinating has always been a huge element to my life over the years, this holiday season was extra special as I had the liberty of party planning with Del Posto. A big fan of Mario Batali and Italian food in general, I was elated to finally to dine at one of the country’s best Relais & Chateaux restaurants located right here in NYC.

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The experience:

When you enter Del Posto you can’t not be impressed by the dimensions of the towering space. Our guests were greeted by the most welcoming staff and copious amounts of prosecco (Flor, Prosecco NV Veneto). I was pleased with the newly refurbished Barbaresco room (downstairs level) where our event was held. It was softly lit and the dark wood contrasting with the crisp white linens and leather chairs created a perfect canvas for the enticing (and photogenic) meal ahead. I was excited to see bottles of white and red wines generously topped off as guests convened and a buzz slowly filled the air.

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The first plate served was the Antipasto course, an “Insalata Autunnale” composed of Slow Roasted Tubers, Mustard Greens & Foglie di Noce. Much more substantial than your typical green salad, it was a nice warm way to start off the meal on this cold and rainy afternoon. It was cozy! (PeanutPimpMama loves all-things-cozy.)

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For our mains, “Secondi”  we had the choice of a sea bass prepared with chestnuts, chicories and salsify or a succulent cut of NY strip steak with charred onion salad and eggplant alla Pizzaiola. (below)

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The bass was divine, but by the time I got around to trying a bite of my friend’s strip steak I was chewing for quite a while.

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Finally it was dolce time! The absolutely perfect slice of fig jam crostada arrived à la mode with Fiore di Latte Gelato and Aceto Balsamico drizzle. It was a perfect note to end this seasonally influenced meal without feeling like you were going to explode from pure gluttony.

imageLast but not least… A sophisticated plate of assorted biscotti were presented at the center of the tables. These were necessary since it was “coffee time” for some but not for most as the bubbles and chitter-chatter among tables continued to flow.

Del Posto Bartender

What would a proper holiday party be without after-party drinks? As our guests left the Barbaresco room the stragglers were welcomed up to the bar on the main level where we were presented with an extensive wine and cocktail list. While the knowledgeable bartenders can sell you on some fine Italian wines, we opted for a classic bubbly creation indigenous to Venezia- The Bellini.

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These easy sippers were quite a production to make. Fresh peach purée and a river of prosecco were combined in a magical mixing jar. After a few waves of a wand they were elegantly presented in two frosty flutes for our enjoyment. Totally worth the forty dollars après  an entire afternoon of pure decadence!

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Overall this was an impeccable experience full of delicious cuisine, professionalism and quality. I would only hope to have another event here one day. Please keep in mind that Del Posto is not a shot bar. I’m still trying to find out where all of this tequila came from!

Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

<3 PeanutPimpMama

For More Information: www.delposto.com

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La Nuit en Rosé – The Hornblower Infinity Yacht, NY NY

photoI can’t help but think of how funny it is that American’s have suddenly discovered avocados, Mexico, and rosé wines. I would say the average person’s college experience with Franzia, Paul Mason and Sutter Home has left some residual scar tissue behind. It seems we have turned a new leaf and the south of France is giving the U.S.A. the hard-sell on some of the country’s finest pink-vins. How are they doing that you ask? By joining forces with NYC’s luxury cruise-liners and responsibly containing hundreds of passengers with unlimited pink-sips and very light appetizers for four hours straight. All you need is an overworked crowd, unlimited booze on a rocky ship and you got yourselves a situation.

IMG_9034My friend and I have a bit of experience in hospitality and we were quite surprised at the set up of this event. It’s almost advantageous to turn up late and avoid being corralled into a garage with 300 people. The hot and steamy summer weather leaves one a bit parched by the time they get to the entrance. It is here that the glasses await you.

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We had some overcast skies and a light rain shower to welcome us on board. After being herded like cattle for an hour, the overhead spritz was oddly refreshing. The ship left from pier 40 near Houston and wrapped around the financial district. We had a nice view of the Trade Center and an epic skyline.

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La Nuit en Rosé was quite literal since the food situation happened to be a bit scarce. (Never a good thing.) Pictured above: A sample of wine, cheese by Artisanal, Israeli cous cous salad, salmon salad and bread. I feel a bit queasy thinking about this moment still. It stayed with me for a while.

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IMG_9053As the night came to a close, the only sustenance left was an olive oil tasting station. It was like something out of the zombie apocalypse as people (barely able to walk) crawled up to the counter to dip the last crumbs of the bread basket in assorted oil flavors. Finger-lickin’ good!

IMG_9036The DJ started pumping as the sun went down and the lower level turned into a discotheque! The great selection of commercial house took me back to my younger days on the Riviera. It was a little precursor to my travels ahead. Unce unce unce (PeanutPimpMama Fist Pumps*)

IMG_9058It was all-class in the back of that boat as the magnums came out to play.

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Didn’t get to bust out your pink outfit as planned? Rest assured, the experience is complete with free accessories! (Pictured Above: A saucy passenger ports her free sunglasses complimentary of LNR.) It’s better than your average bar mitzvah. La Nuit en Rosé- Cause you need more reasons to drink pink wine on a boat? Just stay out of those bathrooms.

Keep Sippin. ~PPM

xoxo

(Disclaimer: Eat before you get onboard! Best to stay away from the Meatpacking District as tempted as you may be by proximity. You never know what kind of stale pizza the acquired company may lead you to.)

For More Information: www.nuitrose.com

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PeanutPimpMama @ Smorgasburg – BK, New York

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300Once Upon a Time PeanutPimpMama awoke with a buzz. (Not that kind, or maybe?) It must have been all that excitement building up for months of hearing about Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Today was finally the day to see it first hand. It was going to be extra special devouring all of the eats on Pier 5. However, I was particularly excited to help out at one of the newest and coolest Vendors- DUCK SEASON. That’s right, PPM’s first day at Smorgasburg and she was already V.I.P. working, swapping and eating to her hearts content.

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Pictured Above: Where all the Duck Season magic happened.

imageThe concept is so simple yet brilliant- It’s all about the duck! There are some pretty awesome items available on Duck Season’s menu including: Their soon-to-be-famous Duck Confit, available with a sauce of your selection (marmalade and/or traditional duck sauce) along with the Seasonal Sandwich, Seasonal Sliders (better for sharing) and scrumptious double fried Duck Fat Potatoes lightly blessed by sea salt and rosemary. When I first arrived there was also a massive bin of Duck Rinds available. You gotta get on dat -ish #tho cause it literally FLIES! Both the duck rinds and potatoes are way too easy to pop and make such a great accompaniment for the rich duck offerings. Pictured Above: The Duck Confit with both the marmalade and traditional duck sauce with a heavenly duck fat potato on a stick.

imageAfter a beautiful day of working and popping lots of duck fat potatoes and duck bi-products, I decided to venture out for another snack. There was no way I could leave Smorgasburg without trying “The Bomb” at Big Mozz. All my friend had to say was “pesto injected fresh mozzarella ball” and I was instantly sold. This place is a new vendor at Smorgasburg as well and pretty dangerous! They make fresh mozz right out of the bowl in front of your very eyes! This Bomb exploded with pesto-ey goodness as to be expected. Not in the mood for an explosion per se? You can buy mini-balls (you can stab with sticks) and sauce for dipping on the side. If I learned anything that day, it’s that people seem to prefer smaller balls (sometimes on sticks) for sharing and handling purposes.

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All the vendors are so fresh and exciting you could easily drop some dough getting greedy with all-the-things. The quality is seriously there and as far as I am concerned Smorgasburg is putting all the foodie-fleas to shame.What a solid afternoon of fun with foodie-friends!  If you haven’t checked out Smorgasburg yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. I certainly didn’t! PPM shall return.

~PPM

For More Information: www.duckseasonnyc.com

More About Big Mozz: www.atlanticaveco.com

Smorgasburg:

Saturdays in Williamsburg – 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th St.)
Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5

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OUTTA my HUEVOS – Charleston- SC

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Gosh winter months are pleasant in the south. It’s nice that you can go to the park for a walk at the outdoor food market while listening to live music without any frozen precipitation falling on your head. It’s really the simple things in life that make PeanutPimpMama happy. My experience at The Farmer’s Market in Marion Square was especially pleasant and tasty at that. The market is comprised of your typicals- lots of tasty stands to get breakfast and lunch munchies at as well as local crafts and handmade clothing items and housewares. It was where I had the pleasure of experiencing Outta my Huevos. Not only was it the morning but I had to go see about some huevos after reading that adorable play on words.

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The Experience:

Not gonna lie, they’re serious about serving animals. They offered a salad, but there was no way I was walking away from this situation with a bowl of greens. I decided to order the Huevos Rancheros: Crispy corn tortilla, red peas, saffron rice, house chorizo, two slow-cooked eggs, salsa fresca, lime and crema, cilantro. When I looked at the menu and thought about omitting the house chorizo I decided against it because I wasn’t certain of what form it would come in. Maybe it would be avoidable? See the naughty vegetarian in me really wanted the flavor from the chorizo, but to not actually have to consume it.

417 I placed my order (as-is) and waited patiently. As I was on the line it grew longer and longer at an impressive pace. It seemed that I had picked their most popular item since only one out of every three people were changing it up. #winning

416Woomp there it is! This was one hell of a beautiful and tasty dish but the consistency was way less manageable than I had anticipated. There was no way that chorizo would be avoidable ground up into a chili form. So I did what I had to do. I started with the eggs and then I passed it off to my friend who helped me with the chorizo. #TrueFriendship

421(The good samaritan she is.) Afterwards I took it back to eat some of the rice. (#IndianGiver) The little sicko in me was so excited that the chorizo-juice was still left in the bottom of my paper plate since it gave the rice such an amazing savory and spicy kick. They know what they’re doing here.

423After the Huevos Rancheros was mostly gone, we had some time to listen to the cover band and look at all of the crafty things. I definitely recommend this market for an economical brunch or lunch alternative if weather permits. It’s also a great place to go for a gander and some alternative Charleston souvenirs.

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My meatlovin’ friends must hit this up when they’re in town. PeanutPimpMama sure knows tasty meat when she eats the juicy remnants.

~PPM and another cute Dog in Charleston

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For More Information: www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com

Outta My Huevos
Claire Masingill & Tim Logan
(843)743-8721
outtamyhuevos@gmail.com
www.outtamyhuevos.com
Brunch using local eggs & produce

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PeanutPimpMama does Yoga with Brad – Santa Monica- Los Angeles, CA

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People do not realize that having a food blog is really hard work. Collecting the data is the fun part but battling the bulge can be less exciting. If I had to break down my time management, I would say 30% of the time I’m not at work (which is a fair 60% of the time) I’m at the gym working the foodies off. That gives me 10% of time where I can actually apply my data to a post for your enjoyment. When my audience connects with me through social media questions generally start to arise like, “Where exactly do you put all that food you’re eating?” Well, I put it right in my pie hole and then I have to suffer the consequences just like everyone else. Mystery solved…The life is not easy for PeanutPimpMama when she wants to eat all the things!

 

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Since I was traveling through L.A. to collect maximum foodie-data, fitness was a priority along with eating and of course visiting friends and family. Thankfully they were just as supportive about getting some sports in as much as my yum yumz. Through my research on the Googlay I came across “Beach Yoga with Brad”. I would like to introduce you all to Brad (pictured above) who teaches yoga on the Santa Monica beach every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10:30am-12:00pm.

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For only $10.00 you can experience the joy of a zen yoga class on one of the most beautiful beaches of the “Best Coast”. Really you can’t beat this great deal! You get 90 minutes of exercise with a beautiful view, free suntan lotion (in case you forgot your own) and a thorough photo shoot taken (in the moment) by Brad himself. Trust me, he doesn’t miss a pose or angle! Care to know what you look like first thing in the morning (hungover) doing Parivrtta Pārśvakonasana in the sand? Now you can since Brad likes to feature his photos conveniently on his facebook page!

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My friend and I agreed that downward facing dog was the most interesting experience we may have had in a yoga class…ever. He made us all line up facing away from the sea. Then he asked us to bend over in unison and take in the view. It was a new perspective for all I would imagine. What a true L.A. experience! I walked away feeling 100% rejuvenated and ready to face the world. By golly gee, I think I left with the same smile Brad had on that day.

Oooooohmmmmmm* ~PPM

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(PPM does L.A. Right 2014)

For More Information: www.bradkeimach.com

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PeanutPimpMama’s Grand Finale @ MAD SQUARE EATS 2014 (Fall Session)

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300We’ve officially passed “hump day” and that means we have ONE DAY left of MAD EATS for the season! (More like one meal) Why would you end a food event on a Thursday leaving peeps with no plan for Friday? Everyone I know has a flexible lunch on Friday! (Mind boggling) That said, I’ve decided to do one last post about all of the foodies before I start to write about “white girl favorites” like … PUMPKINs. Don’t worry, I won’t tell you about all of the fabulous yoga pants I just bought at lulu. Meanwhile, let’s check out the dishes that PeanutPimpMama had the pleasure of consuming. You better go out and get yours before it’s too late!

 

 

The Stand:

Mexicue is serving up Southern-Style BBQ-Mexi-Fusion!

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The snack:

PeanutPimpMama ordered: The Kale and Quinoa Bowl -including kale, blackened brussel sprouts, corn salsa, slow-simmered black beans with cotija cheese in a creamy chipotle sauce.

On The Side: Green Chili Mac N’ Cheese

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The Thoughts:

The kale and quinoa bowl was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be. There’s just something about all of those fibrous irony-greens that will make any girl’s eyes glow. The charred brussels were a nice contrast to the creamy chipotle sauce, and just a sprinkle of cotija cheese and sweet corn gave it a hint of salt which balanced out those slowly-simmered black beans that tend to take over. All of that deliciousness combined with another protein packed superfood and this partial-veggie was sold! It was a well balanced meal packed with nutrients for under $15.00 that kept me sustained well into the evening. All the good I did with my Mexi-Bowl I surely undid with their Green Chili mac n’cheese. My macaroni was OTT creamy that any sign of green chili was lost. (Quick someone grab the sriracha!)

The Info: www.mexicue.com

The Stand:

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The Snack:

Regretting there was no sign of Birthday Cake Truffles left, I begrudgingly chose the Apple Pie Cake…

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The Thoughts:

These truffles were pretty self explanatory for a Milk Bar patron. Sadly I have only been to the East Village location once and I’m excited to hear they have ventured off to new locations of NYC. I have been lucky enough to have these magical treats on the dessert menus of various Momofuku restaurants. I felt like I could have easily popped these apple-cinnamon balls in the oven and they would have turned into the most amazing biscuits of my life. The essence of apple and cinnamon was so strong it felt like Thanksgiving Dinner. I had that gobstopper moment where I could finally taste the buttery crust. It was really hard to make it through to the third one as truffle one and two slowly lost utility. They were so compact you could use them as weapons of self defense… Slingshot anyone?

The Info: milkbarstore.com

The Stand:

Another restaurant on the run… You have to access their website to see where they’ll be next! (Bandits)

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Takumi Taco is serving up Japanese inspired Mexican street food… There was a line, it’s true.

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The Snack:

Spicy Tuna Taco: Sashimi grade big eye tuna, jicama, avocado, cucumber, spicy mayo, tucked inside a crispy gyoza shell

Spicy Shrimp Taco: Shrimp, corn salsa, avocado, scallion, chipotle aioli, tucked inside a crispy gyoza shell

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The Thoughts:

The Market Greens were a waste of space. I was into the charred corn salad which had shishito peppers, cilantro, edamame, avocado, Thai basil, shiso, and wasabi citrus dressing. It might have actually been my favorite part of the entire meal. I was also excited to be sitting on the lawn with my friend on one of our last warm and sunny days of the year. They do have Sriracha on the counter and offer gluten-free options.

The Info: www.tacotruck.marketmymarket.com

The Stand:

Baaaaaaaahahahhahahah! (That’s all.)

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The Snack:

One of a couple Ball-Purveyors out there…They make balls with mix and match sauces and toppings that all seemingly suit each other. I’m not sure you could make their balls taste bad (even if you wanted to).

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The Thoughts:

While I believe that two balls are certainly enough for me, Mighty Balls come in threes. While three is company, you get to try a whole other sauce and topping which certainly is a great incentive for overcrowding. They also offer their balls in pork in addition to beef along with their veggie balls (for those who would rather abstain from carnivorous consumption). If you like saucy balls and would like to sauce your own balls at home, they sell their specialty sauces over-the-counter for your take home enjoyment!

The Info: www.mightyballs.com

The Stand:

They have a box and they have a stand.

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They are well versed in social media. PeanutPimpMama loves to engage in friendly banter with them!

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They have healthy concept with Mediterranean inspiration. That deep fryer tho…

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The Snack:

I oredered The Brussel Sprouts, A falalfel sandwich and hummous. (Girls gotta eat.)My eyes were certainly bigger than my stomach as I walked away with an entire basket of food heavy enough to feed me for a week at least.

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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened up the brussel sprouts. It was that moment you feel like all your friends that worked in this area had been holding out on you the whole entire time. This container easily had 1000 calories (no joke). I watched as they chucked them in a deep fryer to char them, strained them into a metal bowl consisting of fig jam and sherry vinegar for a toss, then finally dropped them into this cardboard box (pictured above) where they were lathered with mint yogurt and walnuts and finally crowned with some juicy red grapes. This might possibly be the most indulgent side of brussel sprouts I have had in my life. This could have been my meal alone.

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Then I did this to myself- I ordered the Falafel Beiruti with pickled turnips, tahini, parsley and tomatoes. I was still hungry ya know…Those pickled turnips were a delightful surprise. (PPM loves anything pickled.)

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The Thoughts:

Too much food for PeanutPimpMama… I needed two coffees to get through the afternoon. Zzzzzzzzz

The Info: www.ililibox.com

The Stand:

What is up with “The Eye”? I finally got to try Roberta’s after all the hype. It lived up to it to be fair.

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The Snack:

There were a good amount of pies to choose from. I decided to go with ‘The Famous Original” because it had some Grana Padano and chili on it along with the fresh mozzarella. YUM! The meat eater in my totally wanted “The Bee Sting” which includes some sopresata chili and honey!

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The Thoughts:

While their pizza was downright awesome at a stand, I’d love to try it in BK next time my friends recruit. It’s good to have friends in BK.

The Info: www.robertaspizza.com

Finally…

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I decided to end my MAD EATS season on a sweet note with two cannolis from Stuffed Cannoli. To the left we have “Peanut butter Cup” to the right we have “Birthday Cake”.

The Thoughts:

I’m going to lose so much weight now that MAD SQUARE EATS is gone for the season. Until next time!

The Info.: stuffedcannoli.com

Just think… Next time we see you we will have survived the winter and ditched our parkas once more.

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Au revoir and Adieu!

~PeanutPimpMama

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Macaron Parlour Patisserie @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300Let’s talk about dessert! I kept skipping over these guys with my 30 minute lunch breaks spent mostly on perusing MAD EATS for my daily nosh. I decided to look a little closer after my friend NEEDED to go back for a “treat” post meal. While I try to avoid “treats” at lunch because they normally lead to “treats” after-work too, I could not turn down macarons! Back in the hizzay when I studied in Paris, I learnt what a macaron was for the very first time. Before having one myself, I often confused our sophisticated little treats for our less than posh piles of coconut (macaroons). In my mind the pronunciation was way too similar to get the idea of coconut out of my head.

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Since then macarons have blown up just like their predecessor THE CUPCAKE. We will finally know when macarons have met their demise… They will trickle down from cool and end up mass produced in every grocery store of suburbia. I can see it now, “macarons by le Stop n’ Shop”.

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Until then we’ve got the likes of Macaron Parlour serving up macarons of all fun-sorts, including savory bites! This NYC based bakery located in the East Village and the UWS prides themselves on unconventional flavors and are smart enough to serve other baked goods such as various cookies and pastries. While I sense the wave of the macaron to be a bit short lived, their flavors really are wicked-cool and totally make me want to hit them up for the S’mores, Honey & Cognac as well as the Elvis. After all, I can’t turn down anything with peanut butter or an infusion of booze.

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I ordered the Cheetos flavor at MAD EATS. It was sweet with a cheesy finish…Not offensive at all. I look forward to trying the others.

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 Definitely not the same kind of experience as macarons on the Champs-Élysées.

For More Info.:

www.macaronparlour.com

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Red Hook Lobster Pound @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

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A couple stalls down from Calexico is the marvelous Red Hook Lobster Pound. Funny name isn’t it? It makes me envision little lobsters caged up in a hall with passersby gawking as they look for one special little creature to take home as their new family addition. It caught my eye because I am familiar with their food truck and remember having their Lobster Roll back in 2012. I was cursed with an awful temp. job in a location that required me to walk through Time Square on the daily. Can you imagine seeing the Naked Cowboy 10 times a week? That’s just way too much Cowboy for me. Thankfully that assignment came to a close, and I am grateful that I had an enticing food truck selection and fun lunch buddies to get me through those tough times.

 So check out this sexy Lobster Mac N’Cheese … #NOFILTER

imageCooking this dish was a surprisingly quick effort for the Red Hook Peeps.They totally wanted me to chill out and come back when my name was called, but PPM had to know how they were going to pull this off. They had it down to a science as they lightly boiled the noodles, threw them into a plastic container with freshly grated cheeses (four of them to be exact) and a generous amount of lobster meat and shook the heck out of it! Last, the cheesy top was torched for that crispy layer of chees-it YUM we all love so much. I put my hot sauce on, asked for some salt and away I went. I totally killed that crispy layer first.

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For my second trip back to this stand I ordered the Downeast Bisque with some Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips, Yum. I also decided to test drive one of their ginger-lemonades. (No Regrets)

Mixed Seafood Bisque- Red Hook Lobster PoundThe Downeast Bisque was $7.00 for a serving, but it was loaded up with lobster, clams, haddock and shrimp. While it was not very spicy as claimed, it worked. While I neglected to have the lobster rolls (their claim to fame) it was nice to venture off and try their other dishes. I just couldn’t bring myself to throw down a whole $16.00 at lunch. (PeanutPimpMama budgets sometimes.) Besides, aren’t these lobster-creatures suddenly grossly overpopulated? Why are they so expensive then?

imageFor a whole dollar less and a lot more flava, the New England Clam Chowder is the way to go! I could have done away with those sandy bits that always come along with eating clams. They love to get you right in the back molar. It’s like nails on a chalk board. (Spinechilling*)

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 7 days left and counting! Be There or Be Square.

~PPM

For More Info.: www.redhooklobster.com

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Two Tablespoons @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

EviPeanutPimpMamadently as I’m typing this, Liv Tyler just decided to chow down at Two Tablespoons’s booth @ MAD SQ. EATS. I found this out as soon as I decided to hit “like” on TT’s Facebook page. (I totes tweeted it too!) So what does it take to get Liv Tyler to your food stand? Well, evidently she’s into snacks that are vegetarian, gluten free and organic. (So is PeanutPimpMama!) I decided to do a little research after discovering these chock little barrels last week. As it turns out it’s run by a couple of chefs that concentrate on spreading their “granola” love at street fairs, and catering private events without a traditional brick and mortar location. Good for them not letting Manhattan eat up their profits with ridiculous rents!

 

 Ze Summer Menu:

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While their stand cannot do them justice, a visit to their minimalist website or peeping over the counter at Mad Eats to see the colorful array of veggies (and they are that colorful) instantly makes your soul feel cleansed. I had this sudden urge to put all of that health inside me. While I count down the last days of Mad Eats, I’ve only just started to discover the magical dishes. This is certainly one of them!

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The Stand @ MAD SQUARE EATS…What I walked away with: The Corn Coconut & Curry Sauce (Liv has great taste.) along with The Lentils, Beets & Goat Cheese (Cheese- because I have to be a fatty).

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The Lowdown:

First off, I took down the Corn Coconut Curry roll loaded with Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, corn, quinoa (a super-food), pickled onions,  and shredded coconut-almond-curry sauce. (Crunch*) This crunchy fiesta made me so full it felt like Thanksgiving minus the turkey, plus a whole lot of fibrous raw veggies. While I love a good decadent curry sauce, I’m ashamed to admit that my inner obese-child was crying for some saturated fats and salt! (Wah*) The rice noodle paper shell (I find to be genius) made me feel like I should be dunking this in some soy. In all of its fabulous-ness, it was just missing that little something. We all know I have some issues with sodium-intake but it is also a challenge to eat raw food when you’re used to being a glutton.

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The second roll I selected (as they are forced on you in pairs) was the Lentils, Beets & Goat cheese pictured above. Accompanying those three ingredients are Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots and a citrus vinaigrette. The see-through skin is visually appealing and takes on the colors of the goodies inside but doesn’t perform as the best sealant. The moment I picked it up, the beet juice bled all over my life as the ingredients imploded in my palm. It was like a beet-root massacre, a tasty one at that. I really appreciated the body and I suppose it served as a good contrast to my prior selection. It was protein packed with chewy little French lentils, a creamy goat cheese and citrusy zing! Those are always a bangin’ combo with beets.-Truth

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9 more days to get your Two Tablespoons in! Next time I want the noodles.

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Be There or Be Square.

~PPM

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ASIADOG @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

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I ran into ASIADOG one cold Autumnal evening last year during my never ending apartment search. Anyone who lives in NYC knows that you do the-move once every two years on average and the process is absolutely daunting. I was walking around Little Italy waiting on a friend after seeing possibly the 100th apartment since August, when I  saw this curious little venue with a wooden sign and glowing interior. Was it Asian? Was it a hotdog resto? They certainly weren’t selling dogs in Asia… Now I can’t lead you on because as much as I wanted to stop and check out this mind-blowing concept, I never did get my ASIADOG that night. Instead we ended up in the West Village for way more expensive and pretentious snacks. That said, I was ready to give ASIADOGS a go.

ASIADOGI give mad props to whomever did their branding. It somehow sums it all up- South East Asia, Nolita and just a touch of LES grime edge. Fo real though, it’s like they brought their entire front door to Madison Sq. Park. That had to be heavy.

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So here is what went down: I ordered the “Mel & Steve” and substituted my dog for a veggie-weiner. I was tempted by this dog specifically because it said “Asian Sesame Slaw”. Now call me a gringa, but any time I have seen “Asian Slaw” on a menu it often included a light mayonnaise base with black sesame seeds and maybe even a touch of sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce and pepper. (Delightful) I’m open minded… I requested that they include some spicy mayo along with my selection and I am happy I did. (Now shame on me for personalizing.) The infused ketchup and purple cabbage bit caught me off guard, but props to them for providing sautéed kale! Serving up sautéed leafy greens in a plastic take-away container is pretty daring for a pop-up-stand. It’s nice to have an alternative to fries and they’re obviously sensitive to the vegetarians and their wallets. The whole thing cost me $8.00. Chouette!

The un-weiner hot dog

It did the job. Seriously though, who needs real meat in their wiener anymore?

Did I mention I had to stand while eating this? Be There or Be Square.

~PPM

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