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Oh Marea!

Anyone who has gone out to dinner with me multiple times know that when I enjoy a particular dish at a restaurant, and I mean really enjoy, I will forget the rest of the menu ever existed and always order the exact some thing every time I go.

Case in point – Marea. One of my favorite restaurants. It’s amazing that I can even name two dishes that I love equally as much here, but I struggle with the choice every time – Spaghetti with Crab and Uni or Fusilli with Bone Marrow and Octopus? Unluckily for my date, that usually means he gets to default to the other one I don’t get to order. Because I’d never order 2 mains for myself. Do I plan on fitting into my clothes tomorrow??

Any way, I digress. So. The only room left for experimentation at Marea is everything pre-entree.

Check out our spread during our last trip-

These are not small. It took up the entire table!

We had:


deliciously sweet lobster over creamy burrata and little pops of basil seeds

barely cooked egg and crispy little frog legs – really well dressed. the salad I mean.

grilled soft shell crab – like eating the most delicious spider ever. ok, that analogy is kind of gross. but this was really good.

yuuuummmmmm.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We made cornbread! It tastes funny.

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The texture, on the other hand, is heavenly.

Chicken and Waffles…cupcake?

Funky pop-up “indoor park” on Mulberry – Park Here – apparently is celebrating its last weekend with a big foodie blow-out including Robicelli’s Cupcakes!!!!!!

I’m ashamed to say even Cupcake Obsessed me was too lazy to make trips out to Brooklyn to stalk these babies, but lucky me, Kel made a trip to Park Here while I worked (right around the corner!) this gloomy and hungover Saturday.

And he did not disappoint!! Presented with a box of all the flavors available today, we sat in the showroom and all shared bites of cupcakes.

[via Robicelli’s tumblr]

Chicken n’Waffles
Vanilla “waffle” cake, vanilla buttercream, buttermilk soaked fried chicken dunked in pure Vermont maple syrup

The Hot Josh
Celery root & carrot cake with Point Reyes blue cheese buttercream and citrus tinged Buffalo chicken. 

El Guapo
Sweet corn cake, cilantro lime buttercream, Iowa yellow kernel popcorn

The Sarah
Apple spice cake, goat cheese buttercream, salted honey-almond brittle

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel
Chocolate cake, peanut butter buttercream, crushed pretzels, ganache drizzle

The Hot Josh… unique cupcake. Good chicken!

The cupcake aftermath.

Bad. Ass.

There I am! Posing on the back of a snowmobile. But I swear, I did go for a ride on that thing! (I was chaperoned by the birthday boy – Keith.)

I had so much fun this weekend even though I was surrounded (and at times nearly covered) by my least favorite thing in the world – snow. It was nice to take a break outside the city (although most of this weekend was go! go! go!). Fresh air, a frozen lake, a huge house to stay in with a bunch of friendly faces. We woke up to Mel’s chocolate rice, had the kind of ramen that you eat out of a styrofoam bowl (holy 2003, batman!), oven heated pizzas, little burrito thingies, and cocktail wieners. Not exactly a foodie’s vacation, but man… these simple pre-cooked oven heated treats… sure does cut the cooking time down.

Sushi at Marumi

The most amazing place in the world!!!!! MARUMI!

For $26 you can get the Chef’s Choice – a mini sushi omakase.

I’ve been here about 4 times now, chef’s choice each time, but only took pictures twice. Favorite pieces – tuna (because I’m boring like that), the squid with uni (almost always eaten first or second), and that weird thing that looks like maybe a clam. Oh, and the shrimp, so sweet, and the eel.

Their cooked food always smells amazing and is extremely tempting to get, but I just can’t bring myself to not order the chef’s choice. So that’s why I always go with a date. 😉

P.S. You don’t see me writing about Japanese food a whole lot, so believe me when I say this one is fantastic.