• personal best = nyc

    personal best = nyc

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    hey hey,

    it’s been a whirlwind week here in the apple….but i’m surviving! (sort of)

    weather wise, a impromptu lightning storm kicked off my week, and endless gray skies convinced me i was really in the san francisco bay.

    work wise, my first work trip with the g-a-p was thrilling and overwhelming down to the minute. working on the holiday season is always a sensory overload…..and add a new job and brand into the mix and wow! what a terrific ride….

    food wise, since my brain was zapped after looong work days, i defaulted to a handful of my reliable, fun faves. and my wonderful girlfriend, J suggested i recap my nyc foodie adventures, so this post is dedicated to her!

    cool & comfy atmosphere and classic mouth watering menus, here are a couple of my “personal bests” i visited this week and ones i constantly crave.

    brass ring – keith mcnally’s balthazar

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    with my hotel around the bend, it’s hard for me not to eat here every day. i’m a sucker for brasseries, and balthazar is the one for me in nyc.

    my classics?
    savory french onion soup,
    perfectly prepared steak tartare,
    a bar steak & bernaise sauce from heaven,
    profiteroles & warm chocolate sauce that defines bliss,
    and a blueberry ginger champagne cocktail to sip throughout the night.

    and that’s just for dinner! i am also in love with their brunch….an all time best.

    rebirth of cool – freeman’s

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    this hidden gem has sparkled for me since it opened its doors in 2004. retro champagne glasses, majestic taxidermy and a backdrop of downtown cool kids make it superfresh. and the food? devils on horseback, truffled mashed potatoes, golden crisp roast chicken and so much more.

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    noodle stories – momofuku & ippudo

    {momofuku pic courtesy of here}

    i’ve had a love affair with noodles since i was a little peanut, which explains my weekly craving and consumption of noodles in all shapes and sizes.

    ramen noodles are my favorite by a mile, and exceptional ramen houses are virtually non existent outside of japan.

    except when momofuku’s talented young asian chef infuses the best organic ingredients into his ramen.

    and when ippudo, a famous japanese ramen house, sets up post in the east village! woo!
    it may be pricey for a bowl of ramen, but it’s much cheaper than a flight to tokyo 🙂

    {ippudo pic courtesy of here}

    stay tuned for more….

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    friends, your sweet thoughts and inspiring comments are the bright spot of my day. please make the jump, hang out and share what’s on your mind. 🙂

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