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Michael’s Genuine take 1

August 10, 2010

After our scrumptious appetizers at OLA, we headed over to Michael’s Genuine in the Design District for dessert.  I hardly have any idea of what we Boyfriend ate here.  I was so full I could hardly concentrate.

The food scene in Miami reminded me a lot of New York.  It was almost 10 PM when we got to Michael’s Genuine but it was packed with people still coming in behind us.  I was worried we wouldn’t get seated but the host gave us one of the best seats in the house!  We got to sit at the “chef’s table” and watch most things get cooked and served.  I had fun watching things go into the oven.  The menu is split up into small, medium, large and extra large plates that are meant to be shared, tapas style.

Boyfriend wanted to try the pig ear salad and wow, there was a lot of pig ear in this baby.  I tried one of these crispy, flavorful things and had to stop because I was so full.

Off of the food menu, I was most interested in the crispy rice cake.  It had Florida rock shrimp, chorizo, manchego and a fried organic egg on top.  Unfortunately, this was probably the most disappointing dish we ordered.  The flavors just didn’t seem to mesh well for me and I didn’t care for it.

Who can resist some crispy sweet & spicy pork belly?  Boyfriend can’t, that’s for sure… especially if there is kimchee involved!  This mixed in with some peanuts and sprouts made for an excellent combination.

Now the real reason why we went to Michael’s Genuine was for the dessert.  We knew this had to be an amazing place if THREE people mentioned THREE different menu items in the same episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate!  Iron Chef Michael Symon chose the popcorn & peanuts dessert for the “sweet tooth” episode.  It’s a chocolate peanut butter candy bar with buttered popcorn and ice cream.  It didn’t sound all that spectacular but the salty / sweet combination sounded intriguing.  (I usually love my french fries dipped in ice cream!)  This dessert wasn’t bad but I’m not sure it’d be worth ordering again.

Scott Conant chose the tangerine creamsicle pot de creme as his dessert.  I wasn’t too interested in trying it but Boyfriend couldn’t wait to get his hands on it!  I took one bite and I was sold.  I absolutely get what Scott was saying.  The one listed on our menu was orange and tasted exactly like a creamsicle in the middle of summer.  I don’t know how each element of this dessert goes so incredibly well together but you take a bite of the doughnut, dip it in the blackberry tarragon jam, and swipe it across the cream and this one bite will take you back to your childhood.

There were so many other dishes that came out that I want to try.  Now that we know what’s popular (we literally saw the wood roasted cauliflower with parsley sauce, wood oven pizza and steak au poivre too many times to count!) we know exactly what to order when we go back. Until then, I’ll be dreaming of the orange creamsicle pot de creme…

130 NE 40th Street   Miami, Florida

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Totally weeeiiirrrdd ice cream

March 25, 2010

By weird I mean prosciutto weird.   Pistachio bacon ice cream weird.  And peanut butter curry weird.   I got sucked in by another episode of  “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and headed over to Humphry Slocombe for some dessert.  This episode was about the totally unexpected flavors you wouldn’t expect to go together.  Hence the prosciutto ice cream.   If you remember, Boyfriend couldn’t wait to try out Boccalone after seeing it featured on the show.  When Chris Cosentino mentioned his Boccalone prosciutto was mixed in with ice cream at Humphry Slocombe, Boyfriend couldn’t wait to try this out either.

Humphry Slocombe has tons of flavors which get rotated everyday.  They usually offer twelve a day.  Luckily, prosciutto was one of them the day we went!  Boyfriend went with a scoop of prosciutto and ancho chocolate.  Let’s just say the prosciutto ice cream was very weird and interesting.  I don’t know how I feel about meat mixed in with ice cream. There was a little heat to the ancho chocolate but the sweetness of the chocolate probably counterbalanced it.

Kio got “Jesus Juice.”  It is the red wine and Coca-cola flavored sorbet on the right.  I had a little taste and distinctly tasted the red wine flavor.  It was strange tasting red wine in ice cream form.

I love ice cream too much to have my experience ruined by a weird flavor.  I was boring and got Blue Bonnet Vietnamese Coffee ice cream.  It was delicious!  I think we’ll probably stick to Bi-Rite in the future though.

The sign was chained to the lamp post in case someone tried to steal it.  All in all I’m glad we went and I’m glad I tried little tastes of weirdness.

2790 Harrison St.  San Francisco, CA

Saint Cupcake

January 22, 2010

Ummm, did I mention we also ate cupcakes this day?!?

Saint Cupcake on Belmont was a quaint little place.  You feel like you stepped into someone’s house with a bunch of antiques and cupcakes are sold in the back.  So cute!

I got a hot fudge with vanilla cake and  Boyfriend got the peanut butter / chocolate cupcake.  Elisa and Matt got red velvet and said it was the best of them all.  They probably weren’t the best cupcakes I’ve had but I loved the store they were sold in!  The cake was a little on the dry side but I loved the frosting to cake ratio.  Other places have too much frosting.

We did have one negative experience here.  We parked at Zupan’s across the street and did a little shopping.  When we came out, there was a young couple who asked us for money because they needed gas.  We quickly put our head down, mumbled an apology and walked across the street.  The whole time we were in Saint Cupcake, Elisa felt guilty for not giving them money.  The couple moved and stood right outside of Saint Cupcake so Matt mentally decided to give them a couple bucks.  As we were shopping in the store, we noticed the couple had come inside.  The girl walked out right in front of us carrying a big pink box from Saint Cupcake!!!  When we walked out, the couple were a few steps away but the girl deliberately turned and came back to ask us for money again!!  All while holding her box of cupcakes!!  How can she look us in the eye and ask us for gas money while holding a box of cupcakes she had just bought?!?  Unbelievable.

3300 SE Belmont @ 33rd  Portland, Oregon

I’m darn good at eating

December 1, 2009

Did I forget to mention that AFTER we ate a scrumptious lunch at The Slanted Door, had Tasty Salted Pig Parts as a snack, and fought the massive crowd at Delfina, we rushed over to Bi-Rite for dessert?!?  I have no idea how I fit all this food in my stomach that day but that must mean I’m darn good at eating.

I love how a “single” here can actually be two flavors.  Boyfriend went with Honey Lavender and of course, Ricanelas (cinnamon with snickerdoodles).  He goes crazy for almost anything cinnamon.  The Honey Lavender was creamy sweetness and almost made me feel like I was eating flowers.  I will spare you the picture of my Pumpkin and Salted Caramel on a cone.  I was worried it would melt down and sides and you can see my lick marks.  I’m so glad I finally tried the Salted Caramel.  Salt with ice cream is an interesting flavor but it works with the Sam’s Sundae and it works here as well.

This place is teeny tiny but I managed to grab one of the three stools to sit on inside.  It’s not usually a problem but when you’re an ice cream lover and want homemade ice cream in the dead middle of winter, it makes it harder to enjoy outside.  Good news though – the Creamery is expanding!  It’ll probably be more packed than ever because yes, it is THAT good.

3692 18th Street  (@ Dolores)   San Francisco, CA

Crumbs Bake Shop

October 13, 2009

You’d think we would have had enough to eat after lunch at Cafe Vida but we just HAD to leave room for dessert!  (Not to mention the fact that we had stopped at 7-11 before heading to Pacific Palisades and all got slurpees and Boyfriend and I got corn dogs as a snack.)

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We went to Crumbs Bake Shop in Malibu for cupcakes.  It was cupcake and frosting galore in there!  So many choices!

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(From top L going clockwise.)  Boyfriend got a peanut butter chocolate cupcake.  He kept raving about how much he liked it.  I went with an Oreo cupcake.  It was quite boring and the half Oreo on top was soggy.  Next time I’ll be more exciting and not get something so predictable.  Faye got a Snickers cupcake with pieces of Snickers candy bar on top which she said was very good.  Jill got her usual, Red Velvet.  Jill once got a Red Velvet cupcake from Crumbs and said they put buttercream frosting on it instead of cream cheese, the nerve!  She gave them another chance though and this time she approved. : )

3939 Cross Creek Road   Malibu, CA

Bouchon Bakery

September 25, 2009

We’ve been on the go quite a bit lately.  The weekend after New York, we were in town but last weekend, we went wine tasting in Napa with Elisa and Matt.  It was my first time in Napa and I was quite excited about the food AND wine there since I had heard so much about both!

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One of the places I definitely wanted to try was Bouchon Bakery.  I had heard so much about Thomas Keller but didn’t particularly feel like splurging on one of his restaurants on this trip since I had been spending so much money lately.  Dessert was the perfect choice!

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Everything looked so scrumptious!!  Bouchon Bakery is known for their various flavored macaroons and even though I don’t like coconut, I was almost tempted to get one because they looked so beautiful on the top shelf.

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We tried the Chocolate Bouchon which was basically a small, rich brownie.  The size was perfect for its richness.

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I decided to get the TKO.  I asked the guy if I should try their signature “TLC cookie” or the TKO and he said the TKO is his favorite item in the entire bakery and that I must try it!  I think I made the right choice because it tasted like a wonerfully fancy oreo cookie and I heart oreos!!  The cookies were subtly sweet with cream sandwiched between them.  *EDIT* I just found out that TKO stands for “Thomas Keller Oreo.”  It definitely tasted like a perfect oreo!!

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Boyfriend went with the Thomas Keller’s version of a Nutter Butter.  (Can you tell he’s a huge fan of peanut butter?!?)  It was quite sweet and since we didn’t have water (or milk which would’ve been my preferred drink) we ate half and saved the rest for later.  The inside was smooth and creamy and smooshed between two peanut butter and oatmeal cookies.  I think the second half of the nutter butter almost tasted better after having been in the fridge!!

There are Bouchon Bakeries in New York, Yountville and Vegas… we didn’t hit the one in NY but we’ll be in Las Vegas in a couple weeks.  Maybe we can stop by if we have time!!!

6528 Washington St.  Yountville, CA

A snack, dinner, dessert, then late night dinner

September 22, 2009

This is everything we ate before dinner, for dinner and after dinner…

Needless to say, we pigged out!  Pizza from Ray’s Pizza for our before dinner snack.  Tons of small dishes from Village Yokocho at our izakaya dinner.  Joe’s Pizza as an after dinner snack.  Gelato from GROM for dessert, next door to Joe’s.  It was our last night in NY and it did feel like we walked a mini marathon.  After dessert, the group split up and Joy, Candace, Boyfriend and I walked (yes, we walked again!) to Balthazar’s for a late night dinner.

Mmmm, Balthazar’s deserves its own entry.


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