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Monica’s Juicy Blog

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Doughnuts To Die for!

doughnut_plant.jpgTruth be told, I love dessert. Usually I can pass on doughnuts in favor of cupcakes, ice cream or cookies. Odd but true. Well, I have met my “doughnut” match! I visited Doughnut Plant at 379 Grand Street and was blown away. I sampled 6…I told you I love dessert. Mark Isreal’s creative creations definitely left me wanting more. Flavors do change with the seasons but my favorites were the carrot cake doughnut, filled with cream cheese frosting and the peanut butter glazed complete with raspberry jam. The creme brulee bursting with rich custard and topped with toasted sugar took my breath away. All the doughnuts are made on site fresh every day. It’s a tiny place so plan on grabbing a seat outside to sample your goodies…mine didn’t make it home.

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 12:24 pm  

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My “Peanutty” Celebrity Chef Interviews

monica_dinatale_peanut.jpgFew things give me more joy than eating peanut butter. I was happy to host an event for The National Peanut Board and interview celebrity chefs about all things “peanutty”. It was fun to get tips from the best!

Davi restaurant co-owner Suvir Saran has truely taken Indian food to the next level. His combinations of sweet and spicy and homemade curries will leave you wanting more! Be sure to have a drink at the bar to sample the nuts. These aren’t ordinary nuts! Devi is lovated at 8 E 18th Street in New York City.

If Thai food is what you crave in Sacramento, try Lemon Grass restaurant at 601 Monroe Street. I am a summer roll addict. I admit it.  Mai Pham’s fresh take on these rolls made my mouth water. The key…fresh herbs. Yummmm. 

Enjoy the video…

http://monicadinatale.com/nutsforpeanuts.html

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 2:18 pm  

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mercadito Cantina is Worth The Wait

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Patricio Sandoval’s mod taqueria in the East Village is ready and worth the wait! If you are looking for a mix of traditional with a modern twist, this is your place. Along with traditional guacamole you can feast on chipotle with pineapple & mint or sandia with watermelon & chile habaneros. Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed. Patricio uses only the freshest ingredients and it shows. I found the combination of flavors literally dancing on my palate.

Menu offerings include yummy tacos (more than 10 types) on homemade corn tortillas, marinated grass fed skirt steak and braised organic chicken barbacoa style. The pescado tacos with tilapia and chile poblano were my favorite.

The bar menu designed by The Tippling Bros. will delight you as well. Try the Bloody Mary with tric-quila, tomato, horseradish and habanero. It’s clear in color and delicious.

Mercadito Cantina (212-388-1750) is located at 172 Avenue B, between 10th and 11th Streets.  

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 2:56 pm  

Thursday, October 30, 2008

New York Halloween Parade

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It’s almost here! The official Halloween parade in New York City. It doesn’t get any better. Anyone can join in on the fun. Get involved this year. Here is the info….

Friday, October 31, 2008   Starting at 7 p.m.

All Those in Costume are Welcome to Join Hundreds of Puppets, 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, and Thousands of other New Yorkers in Costumes of their Own Creation in the Nation’s Most Wildly Creative Public Participatory Event in the Greatest City in the World !

Line-Up !

For all those in costume is on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Alert ! ONLY enter the line-up on 6th Ave. from the East and South between Canal and Spring !

Watch !

      Live: On 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street from 7 - 10 p.m.
      TV: NY 1 Television from 8 - 9:30 p.m.

Support Them !

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 2:12 pm  

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pumpkin Beer Has Arrived

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Often released as a fall seasonal, Pumpkin Ales are quite varied. Some brewers opt to add hand-cut pumpkins and drop them in the mash, while others use puree or pumpkin flavoring. These beers also tend to be spiced with pumpkin pie spices, like: ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and all spice. Pumpkin Ales are typically mild, with little to no bitterness, a malty backbone, with some spice often taking the lead. Whatever the variety, these beers are worth checking out. It’s like pumpkin pie in a glass! Some are sweeter than others so be sure to ask the bartender for a sample before purchasing.

Heartland Brewery is one of my favorite places for fun seasonal beers. There are 3 locations in New York City; 127 West 43rd Street, 35 Union Square and 350 5th Avenue.

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 8:06 am  

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Restaurant Week

monica_eat.jpgIt’s here…the Summer Restaurant Weeks dates and restaurants! It’s the perfect way to sample some pricey restaurants at a reasonable price. Make reservations NOW so you don’t miss out. Enjoy discounted meals on July 21-25 and July 28-August 1.

Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dining. Lunch $24.07 | Dinner $35.00 Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included.

Visit the web address below for all the yummy details!  Aquavit, Beacon, Cafe des Artistes, Gramercy Tavern and Gotham Bar and Grill are some places you should consider. Normally you could easily spend double. I’ll see you there. 

http://www.nycvisit.com

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 6:17 am  

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Cat Cora’s New Show

monica_cat.jpgI had the honor of attending the premiere party for Cat Cora’s new show “Disney’s What’s Cooking with Cat Cora?” at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cat will teach families how to cook, plan meals and eat together. Some kids have never eaten a vegetable but Cat makes it fun and delicious. Cat offers recipes and solutions to take you out of your average dining routine. To watch a full episode of this show, tune into Disney Travel on Demand on Cablevision channel 650. You can’t help having a good time when Mickey Mouse arrives! 

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 6:03 am  

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Shake Shack is worth the wait!

monica_small.jpgNothing says nice weather like eating outdoors in the Big Apple. If you’ve walked by Madison Square Park, you’ve probably noticed a huge line of people at all hours of the day.  Well, it doesn’t get more fun than The Shake Shack at Madison Avenue and 23rd Street. The burgers are so tender, the meat melts in your mouth. I don’t think I’ve ever had a burger so tender. You MUST try a “Concrete”…delicious blends of ice cream and your choice of mix-ins. They are a meal by themselves. My favorite is the Concrete Jungle with bananas, peanut butter and fudge. It’s worth the wait!!! Enjoy!Smile

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 1:59 pm  

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Restaurant Recommendations in New York

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There are many many places to eat in the city but here are some places  to check out that won’t break the bank…

Patsy’s Pizza. 61 West 74th. I love pizza!!! This is my favorite…and I’ve had them all.

Grimaldi’s. 19 Old Fulton St. Brooklyn. A fun destination in Brooklyn. You can walk the Brooklyn Bridge to get your pizza and your exercise. There is always a line outside but it is worth it! It’s the coal oven that makes it special. The best on this side of the bridge.

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Right across the Brooklyn Bridge. I stop there on my way back once I’ve had my pizza. You have to pass it anyway! Save some room.

Coppola’s. 206 W 79th. A nice reasonable italian place. Great pastas and pizza.

Gradisca. 126 W 13th. Pricy but worth it. All pastas are homemade. $20-$30 pastas. I love the gnocchi in a truffle cream sauce. The menu changes often so you never know what you might find.

Harry’s Burrito. 241 Columbus Ave. (67th) Great outdoor seating and killer margaritas. There is usually a wait but worth it. One of the large drinks is all you need! I like to build my own quesadilla.

Fred’s & High Life. 83rd & Amsterdam. They are across the street from each other. Great American food. High Life also has good sushi. There are tons of bars on Amsterdam so it’s a nice place to stroll.

The Half King. 505 West 23rd. The best and biggest burgers. I love the sweet potato fries too. Go hungry! In the back there is garden seating. It gets a good bar crowd also.

Zen Palate. There are a few in the city. The most popular vegetarian place.

Thai Basil. 860 9th Ave. A tiny place with authentic Thai food. The staff is always pleasant. Reminds me of my time in Thailand.

Serendipity. 225 East 60th. An ice cream lovers dream. You must get the frozen peanut butter hot chocolate. Trust me. They do serve food but I go for dessert.

The great thing about New York is that you can stumble onto a great restaurant at any time. All of these neighborhoods are worth exploring. Happy Eating!!

posted by funfoodwithmonica at 3:29 pm  

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Thanksgiving Day Parade

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  •  Some Things To Know About The Parade
  • The Parade begins at 77th Street & Central Park West at 9am.  
  • When the Parade reaches Columbus Circle (59th Street), it turns on to Broadway.
  • Heading down Broadway, the Parade marches through Times Square and down to 34th Street where it turns at Macy’s Herald Square and ends on Seventh Avenue at around noon.
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Public Viewing Areas
    Central Park West: West side of street from 70th Street to Columbus Circle & east side of street from 70th to 65th
    Columbus Circle: West side of street
    Broadway: between 58th & 38th Streets
    34th Street: south side of street between Broadway & 7th Avenue
posted by funfoodwithmonica at 2:29 pm  
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