“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
Food-wise that is! As I mentioned earlier, I had a quick business trip to New York this week to meet with a few people, including these guys, can you guess tell where it was?
But before that, I had a delicious dinner with my team, at this well-reviewed spot near where we were staying:
The Dutch, which I’d heard was a good place for foodie groups, was a hit. It had a great neighborhood vibe and an interesting enough, but not polarizing, menu. The hits were the lobster cocktail and razor clams for appetizers (but be forewarned, the portions are small, so better order 2!), and the super flavorful spinach side dish. For mains, I had the duck with polenta, currants, and foie gras, and it could not have been richer or more delicious. The duck was cooked perfectly!
And then, of course, I made time before the morning meeting to stop by a neighborhood patisserie, Dominique Ansel. It opened in 2012 by the chef of the same name, who recently received a James Beard nomination …(also formerly the Executive Pasty Chef of Daniel, under Daniel Boulud). The place has a great vibe and was hopping both mornings that we stopped in for our goodies and lattes. The DKA (short for Dominique’s Kouign Amann – or “butter cake”) was a little puff of heaven. It was so tender and flaky, with just the right amount of carmelized, crunchy crust surrounding the moist and butter-soaked inner pastry dough.
These treats were some consolation when I realized there would be no time to stop by the Christian Louboutin store that we had passed the night before on the way home from dinner. Ah, well, can’t win ’em all. 😉