A long overdue vacation – February 2013. BELIZE!
It was decided. I needed a trip out of the country in a place I had never been for adventures I’d been longing for… Belize! Amazing jungles, beaches, landscape and rich cultural history. I was in. Alex was in. Runa was in.
Photos from the Belize Zoo after the jump>>
During the holiday season, my friends invited me down to Bucket o’ Crawfish. It wasn’t bad…. for Utah.
A quick hash-out review of Bucket O’ Crawfish after the jump >>
Gingerbread men overtook my counter yesterday. Okay, Already Been Chewed gingerbread men…. Thanks Martha Stewart – recipe is taken from her Martha Stewart Baking Handbook. Royal Icing also a la Martha.
Fall hiking is best suited for quick canyon jaunts – especially in our my case (I like to snap lots of photos). So, after getting back much earlier than anticipated from Angel Slot – we chowed down with nothing but nature and friends at our side.
Oh, we also drank lots… you may think that bag is filled with chips…. but you’d be mistaken!
It was filled with chips! And now… empty beer cans.
Well, anyway… with early snacking, we did not finish the cobbler we planned on for dessert (s’mores were more desirable in their chocolate-y goodness and smaller portions).
No fear! That’s why there’s always tomorrow… BREAKFAST!
Canyoneering through Benign Canyon after the jump >>
Before friends move, I strongly believe we should Forage together. At least, that’s what we did before my buddies Tiffany and Rick made the venture up to Seattle.
Last meal, before moving day….
Photos of a Forage last meal after the jump >>
Pallet! A quick lunch – and a much needed work break – with Heather and Justin led us to Pallet on the last day of Dine-O-Round. The Dine-O-Round sounded lame so we opted for normal menu items. A bit pricey (local-vore though), but YUM! Next time: need to leave room for dessert.
Justin – BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
kurobuta ham / white cheddar / onion strings
Heather – Pallet Burger
pork & beef patty blend / blue cheese / herbed
aioli / sauteed assorted mushroom / ciabatta bun
Me – Grilled Pancetta Sandwich
braised pear / goat cheese / arugula / balsamic
I love the feel of this place. Close to Pierpont on 400 West… It has this old-time speakeasy/flapper piano bar aura to it. Like an ol’ saloon, almost… inside, at least. Outside, it’s all very low-key. Okay, next time: photos of the restaurant as well.
How can you take a trip to Italy Eataly without having some gelato?
Me – BANANA AND STRACCIATELLA
Michael – PISTACCHIO
Then, of course, a stroll through more food porn market goods.
More Eatal-ian food porn ahead >>
Eataly – aw, man. Fresh pasta (and dry pastas) cooked al dente with… oh, gawd, I can’t go on… I’m getting hungry. I’ll let the photos do the talking.
On our last day in NYC, Michael and I hit up Eataly – market, food, goods, education. We had lunch at the pizza and pasta corner of Eataly, La Pizza & La Pasta. After circling around the entire premises, I settled on fresh pasta. And yes, ever since that moment, I’ve been wanting to get a pasta machine or an attachment for my Kitchenaid. Pros and cons of either? Throw them at me!
Michael – AGNOLOTTI del Plin with Sugo d’ Arrosto: HOUSEMADE MEAT FILLED PASTA SERVED WITH A VEAL REDUCTION
Me – PANSOTTI di Ricotta e Spinaci: HOUSEMADE PASTA WITH LOCAL RICOTTA, SPINACH, LEMON BUTTER, AND PISTACHIO
Saffron Valley! Why? Because, apparently, you can’t get much Indian food in Japan… A friend of a friend, and now a friend, came into town from Japan and wanted to eat Indian. So, we ventured out to South Jordan because I love the chaat that Saffron Valley carries! If there are other places with chaat that I do not know about in SLC, please let me know!
Dahi Puri – loveeeee it, one of the best reasons to drive all the way to South Jordan.
Naan – um, I was the only one who did not get this, but it looked good? Bryce, Midori and Kotomi finished all of their portions.
Paneer (Indian grilled cheese) Dosa – good but I think I prefer their other dosas. it’s all about that giant, beyond the plate, ridiculous dosa!
Saag with chicken – this was Bryce’s dish… I think he liked it…
Yum, yum, yum.
A change of pace… throwing in some diversified food porn! I’m going to go all Disney up in ‘ere. Hahahahaha. Erm… Okay… I’ll stop.
While browsing through Cat’s photos this morning, I remembered that I hadn’t posted much of my NYC eats. Here’s one of a few to start us off: Yakitori Totto. I ran away from work to grab lunch up on 55th Street. There’s also a Totto Ramen – next time (as in… next time I’m in NYC, I’ll have to go, not… next time I post, sorry)!
Michael (who else?) and I sat at the bar to see all the action up close!
Salads first with miso, of course. I love that light, refreshing dressing on Japanese salads.
I got the Totto Don: Negima (minced chicken with negi), Wings and Meatballs on a stick with very lightly poached egg over rice.
And he – the Karubi Don: Galbi, or uh カルビ (Korean-style short rib) on three sticks with very lightly poached egg over rice.
I also had a drink – Fresh Shochu Cocktail, orange, if I remember correctly. Yep, went right back to work after this lunch – walked in the rain, went down through the subway and everything.
Oy vey! I need to stop doing these food porn posts so late at night. I’m hungry. And there’s nothing like this in Utah, crap, dammit.