Friday, April 11, 2008

Linner & a Jean Georges Double Play Day



Ok, another week where I'm trying to figure out where my days went. Somewhere in there I had a birthday! That reminds me, I have an ice cream cake in the freezer I need to polish off! :-) I had this Linner liiiiiike Tues? I just never posted it. It was pretty simple. I called em Diner Burgers. Really because the goal was sloppy, but neat and crispy meat. lol, that rhymes! I seasoned then made the patties tiny, like a bit above a big meatball. Then used 2 per burger. I julienned some Jalapenos, thin sliced some onions ... the usual suspects. Nothing special here but seasoning the meat properly and cooking technique ... I did the bacon first and then used that fat to fry the burger patties, very yummy. Then some tomato slices with salt and pepper, equally simple and equally good. How about I died and went to Jean Georges yesterday??? I had a day of lunch, drinks, then dinner. I haven't had a day like that ever. Ever. I mean I did middays on the air and then afternoons for about a year, so going out to eat 3 times in one day??? I don't think I could have fit it into my schedule then, but somehow now I have. Lunch was at The Spotted Pig. This is a restaurant I found while just tooling around online looking at food sites early last year. I loved it from the first time I went and went back I think about 4 times that week to finish the menu. It's a small menu and it changes with the season, something I love. Everything is excellent, my faves are the liver any way they prep it and the gnuddi if you ever go. No reservations are taken and even if it's super packed, they will serve you at the few little free-standing-bar-on-a-column things they have upstairs. Then, for drinks I went to Jean Georges' Spice Market!! My exec producer and I thought we'd catch up, he's super busy working on other shows. I had the Lychee-Raspberry Bellini, two of them which is my drink maximum these days. We also got appetizers at the bar. Shared 3: Salmon Sashimi with Golden Garlic, Lemon and Soy, Spiced Chicken Samosas with a crazy bangin cilantro-lime dip, and Shrimp Tod Mon Pla, which is best described as a crab cake made of shrimp, accompanied by a cucumber, peanut relish that was UNBELIEVABLE, but try eating a crabcake with a chopstick and get back to me. Heck even the bar nuts at Spice Market were good. Took a sec to get refills on drinks, but the food made up for it, duh. Then, I went straight from there to meet up with friends at The Mercer Kitchen for dinner, another Jean Georges restaurant (really, have I gone and died?teeheehee). There we had prosecco to toast my birthday and just life in general, then we ordered 3 types of oysters on the half shell and Crunchy Squid with a Chili-Lime sauce for starters. For the entree I ordered the Salmon and it was cooked perfectly and arrived with the skin removed perched aside the salmon. It was soooooooo good, tasted like pork skin! I shared half with the table it was so yummy. I love a good crispy salmon skin. Then I shared dessert with my guy and really only had one bite and with held my urge to eat his whole plate for the next agonizing 10 minutes it took him to eat it. lol, he is gonna laugh when he reads this and tell me I just should've taken it, but I tried my skinny jeans this week and they said no. lol, just 1-inch difference and they said uh-heh. So, to the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar with sugary-crushed peanut garnish and shiny chocolate ganache and a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream stayed on his plate and not in my bellllllay! (think austin powers) Look, the meal was crazy and it now seems wack to give you my sowwy wittle Diner Burger close up that was just so yummy and juicy, but here goes ...

9 comments:

Chef Alex Lopez said...

looks goooood!!
I just posted a blog ..and dropped "Cooking For Real".

Jerri said...

Hey Sunny happy birthday! I love your new show! My husband is in the Air Force and I know he is going to love Shrimp Pot Pie When he gets back from his deployment... We are in South Dakota right now and I grew up in Baltimore so finding great tasting sea food out here is impossible as far as I'm concerned!-

Have a great weekend!,
Jerri

Lys said...

Happy belated birthday Sunny!!!! Glad you had a good time!

Sunny Anderson said...

jerri ... my uncle just got back yesterday from afghanistan ... i know the struggle, stress and strain the military can put on a family. hope your hubby comes home soon and safe. tell him no matter his role i appreciate his service. people have no idea the sacrifice military members and their families make. thanks for watching! hope you catch 2moro's show!

lys! thanks for the bday wishes, yeah ... i had fun, ate so much my skinny jeans are on vacation. lol.

chef alex, thanks girrrrrrrl! u r so sweet!

Crown Royal on Ryce said...

I'm waiting for that Korean show! ;)

I'm half Korean, half White, half Music, and half Food-lover.

A little mandoo, a little kalbi, a little soju...YUM! With some kimchee on the side...

Cheers from the DMV (DC/MD/VA)...home of the REAL crabcake...I got some spots for you...where there's more crab than cake. Word.

Sunny Anderson said...

ha! i just had some yakimandu last week! went and got some ginger and scallions and turned leftover seasoned burger meat into some korean. it was yummy! and gotta love the soju at a kettle spot! whatchuknow about that? teeheehee ... and i did some time in va, so i know what u mean ... crazy!

Crown Royal on Ryce said...

kettle spots is where it's at!

try adding finely chopped kimchee to your yakimandu mixture...whew...all types of yum!

Sunny Anderson said...

yeah .... i do beef, fresh ginger and scallions to start ... then the usual suspects. haven't put kimchee inside before... glad i'm not the only kettle-phile lol ...

Anonymous said...

SUNNY!!! i am so happy for you i just found out about your show!!! i have really missed you i hope that doesnt sound crazy haha but i got to talk to you once before when i was having a really bad time and you really helped me. i wish you much success and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :)