the most important part of our recent trip to napa was probably what we ate and drank. everywhere we went, even the most casual diner, served dishes that blew our minds. perhaps it is all the access to fresh, local food? i mean where else in america can you get perfectly ripe strawberries in december? below are some shots of our favorite dishes.
i clung onto the end of summer as long as i could. these tomatoes from the union square market were sweet and juicy, and were a great way to finish a great season. i made a quick spread of mayo and calabrian chili paste. yum.
my best friend and i spent a recent saturday brunching and jewelry shopping. now if that isn’t a perfect day, i don’t know what is. our spot of choice was bobo, a little taste of a parisian bistro in the middle of the west village. they also have a great roof deck for private events.
we had a wonderful long weekend in charleston, and ate some memorable meals. the tomato tart at fig still haunts my dreams.
dinner at fig
pre-dinner nibbles at husk
we went for a date night at wayla in the lower east side, and it was worth the wait. the food was fresher and more authentic than what you normally get in thai takeout. can’t wait to go back. (sorry for the dark pictures!)
i binge watched salt, fat, acid, heat one weekend on netflix and have been making this roasted vegetable salad on repeat since then. i just use whatever veggies i have around. so delicious and easy – and the long cooking time is totally worth it.
i’m on a big asian kick with testing new recipes. they usually have a lot more ingredients than i normally cook with, but they are oh so tasty. i found this recipe here.
as soon as i saw an instagram story of someone making this recipe, i knew i had to try it. i didn’t have all the ingredients and subbed where i could, but even with the imperfections, it turned out beautifully (and delicious!).
i dished it up with spinach and brown rice, but next time, i will definitely use white rice and broccoli. also, i’m not a food blogger, but i promise i am going to try to take better food pictures this year!
you know those recipes that are so easy that you can remember them after making them once? and are perfect for using the sad mediocre produce that is the only thing you can find in the winter? yea, ina’s zucchini pancakes recipe is one of those. so quick, so delicious, and turned our perfectly on the first try.
i was going through my photos and found this gem from thanksgiving. a good friend of mine and i made this sticky toffee pudding, and it was easily one of the best desserts made in my kitchen. the sauce was better than any salted caramel. i wanted to sit in a corner and eat it with a spoon. oh and it was topped with vanilla whipped cream. clearly I couldn’t wait to take the picture before digging in.