Wednesday, July 29, 2015

nykeiko travels and eats: Toups' Meatery [New Orleans]

What was left of our meal at Toup's meatery...nothing!

Oh yes, we did a whole lot of eating in New Orleans as you have seen here and here and I'm not done writing about it. Maybe I'll talk about stuff we saw or what we did for fun but FOOD was the main drive of our itinerary in N.O.L.A. so I won't deny it of a spotlight. Dinner on our second night in New Orleans was at Toups' meatery. You guessed right if you thought that there was a lot of meat consumed during the meal. The guys really loved this meal when I was hoping there would be some greens to pair. The food is mighty salty as mentioned before so we did order an additional side of white rice (not the dirty rice which was salty too!). The boys also loved the cornbread so much they ordered extras on the side to finish the meal strong. We were no doubt very full. Only good things to say about this meal and would highly recommend it even though it's a bit out of the way.

To start....

Boudin balls

Crab claws
Lamb neck
Not sure what this dish is...maybe a special of the day...
Gulf shrimp stew
A side of dirty rice

Toups' meatery menu

Oh yea before dinner, we checked out the Roosevelt hotel's Sazerac bar to get a taste of the original Sazerac cocktail! I personally don't love it so I just had a cat lick out of it...

Toups' Meatery

Monday, July 27, 2015

nykeiko eats: A nice quiet dinner at Adler [NYC] + meeting Wylie Dufresne!

The idea of a romantic dinner for two in New York means taking your loved one to an old stomping ground where you know the food is always good orrrr you take them somewhere new and hope for the best (but know it's good food because all the food critics and food bloggers gave it a thumbs up). 

For our wedding anniversary dinner, Dave made reservations to Wylie Dufresne's Alder in the Lower East Side. "We celebrated our engagement at WD-50 so I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate at another of Wylie's restaurant". The chef's highly praised WD-50 closed its doors in 2013 and Alder is Wylie's "new" baby. Dave mentioned Mr. Dufresne is helping his dad open a sandwich place so maybe we can celebrate year 3 over there! I don't need fancy, I just need gooood food! But Wylie made it clear that this is his dad's project and not his!

It was not difficult to get reservations for Alder which made Dave worry a bit. Maybe it's not good anymore??  Could be since restaurants in New York are generally hard to book at decent times if they are exceptionally delicious. It's okay. We can't knock it until we try it right? Right. So, verdict? 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happy 2

Um..I love my husband more and more every single day which is a good sign that things are going pretty well so far. This marriage thing is not hard work for us... yet. Maybe when we have kids and it's going to be chaotic. But right now, he's my favorite person in the World and I miss him even when I am with him (I'm just needy like that.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

nykeiko eats: La Contenta [Lower East Side, NYC]

It has been a while since I have been out to play. When the city starts to get super hot, I like to shelter myself indoors with the AC on full blast. But, from time to time when a friend is in town, you just have to get your lazy butt off the couch and conquer the blistering heat wave (why are the subways so goddamn hot?).

A friend of ours organized a little get-together at his friend's bar 'La Contenta' in the lower east side. La Contenta serves up authentic Mexican cuisine with French accents and specialize in Agave-based cocktails and spirits. Having never heard of this place before, I was not very enthused. Just another neighborhood bar I thought. I demanded food to be served upon my arrival (as a half-joke) since I get super hungry after work and the only way to cheer me up is food. To my delight, my friend had some happy hour appetizers and drinks ready upon our arrival. Maybe I was hungry but the food was very, very delicious. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

nykeiko shops: Fivestory Off-site sample sale [July 2015 NYC Sample Sale]

Fivestory sample sale: Balmain crop top $604
I always look forward to the Fivestory sample sale. Although I never ever walk out with anything, I just like to cover the sale to see what kind of clothes cool rich people like to buy and I would never have the chance to wear. I also get to see all these clothes from international brands I might have never heard of. Some of the clothes and shoes that are 80% can be affordable but most pieces are still priced pretty high even after the generous 80% off. Here's my report for Racked.