Tag Archives: figs

al fresco dining under the NY[City] stars…

Tonight started off with a much needed happy hour in the infamous Meatpacking District. After a few drinks with a dear friend, it was time to move on to dinner reservations at Crispo. Upon arrival, we were whisked away to a tucked away outdoor area to enjoy an amazing dining experience! Choices were not easy to make thanks to a scrumptious menu, but the waitress would not have that!
To start the dinner off, I ordered us three different appetizers. First were mozzarella risotto balls, fried to a golden hue and served with classic marinara sauce. The first bite was a crunchy surprise that revealed a silky, creamy interior. Our second was a childhood favorite, eggplant caponata. A wonderful mixture of eggplant, green olives, capers, pine nuts and other lovely flavors married in to a medley of deliciousness. Our third appetizer was an amazing crispy pork belly served with figs and bitter greens… Need I say more! For my main course I ordered bucatini alla amatriciana.
This dish was classic Italian… a fresh spicy tomato sauce mixed with guanciale (cured pig jowl), chilies covered with a flurry of pecorino cheese! Smokey, slightly sweet and just an all around hearty dish with rich flavors!
After eating this masterpiece, there was no room left for dessert… perhaps something sweet will make its way into my belly tomorrow night!

at a low simmer…
-R

20120628-233632.jpg

20120628-233642.jpg

20120628-233653.jpg

20120628-233704.jpg

20120628-233713.jpg

20120628-233722.jpg

20120628-233739.jpg

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

it’s not easy being cheesy!

I’ve been craving a great slice of pizza for quite sometime now… as much as I enjoy preparing my own dough and throwing together more exotic elements compared to your average pizzeria, today did not afford me the time to do that. For tonight though, I want something comforting, relaxing and homey! The idea of selecting a place to venture out to feels almost too much of a chore this evening. Just want to open a great bottle of wine, have some cheese with sliced fruit and prosciutto and call it dinner [and that is just what I will do]!

I am a sucker for wine and cheese… years of taking courses like these really expanded my palate to the luxuries that can be experienced… from cheeses that are pungent and funky, to creamy and mild the list of varieties goes on and on. The same goes for wine. You don’t have to break the bank to experience a mind-blowing bottle! Some wine shops offer tastings of the wines, and I highly recommend taking the time to try some out! You may find that perfect bottle for a romantic dinner for two, one that can go along with friends to a bring your own bottle restaurant, etc… A tasting can also be a great way to learn a little bit about a variety you’ve always been curious, but were afraid to ask about…

So being a lover of Sauvignon Blanc myself, pairing with a tangy and sultry cheese seems like the only way to go tonight. I have a great triple creme that I just picked up, gorgeous ripe pears, lovely figs, salty, paper-thin prosciutto and some wonderful bread that I can toast for my cheese to be spread, and all my layers to be built on. The cheese has a slightly pungent essence on the outside, while the inside is earthy and mushroomy. For the pears, I will drizzle a reduced balsamic vinegar across and the wine… crisp and fruity to compliment the plate!

at a low simmer…

-R

Tagged , , , , ,