What I Ate Wednesday: New York & Astoria

gluten free english muffin with peanut butter

Another hump day, another WIAW! Breakfast was a gluten-free English muffin with Cinnamon Swirl peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co. (it has raisins too!). These Ezekiel muffins aren’t as good as the gluten-ful kind, but you get used to them.

Homemade cauliflower soup

Lunch a few hours later was at my desk – leftover homemade cauliflower soup with parsley oil and bacon bits mixed in. You can’t tell from this picture that it was gorgeous and delicious, so look below for how it turned out the night before, when we made it fresh:

Homemade cauliflower soup with Parsley Oil

Gorgeous, if I do say so myself. I even made the parsley oil! This full recipe is coming soon to the blog, so check back…

Caesar salad in a cup

Later in the afternoon, I was famished (even though that huge container of soup had left me uncomfortably full earlier). My friend told me that as the weather is changing, we get hungrier. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve definitely been experiencing this. There was some leftover Caesar salad in the kitchen at work so I helped myself to a small bowl of that.

Miso kale with quinoa

An hour or so later, I was famished AGAIN and so I ate a miso kale and quinoa salad I’d brought with me, also from the previous night’s cooking session.

Washington Red Wine

Kiyo and I met for dinner at Francis Cafe, a brand new French bistro on Ditmars in Astoria. This is probably just because they don’t have a liquor license yet, but for now at least, it’s BYOB; so Kiyo and I picked up a bottle of red wine from Washington at a nearby liquor store.

Beef Bourguignon

You can’t tell what I ate whatsoever from this dark iPhone image, but I had the beef bourguignon, which came in a hot little cast iron pot and contained melt-in-your-mouth beef, with mushrooms (I could barely taste), onions, potatoes and carrots. It was very good but it was pretty huge, so I had some leftovers to take home. My only complaint is I wish they’d given us some bread for the table that I could have used to mop up the delicious sauce, which didn’t stick too well to the potatoes.

Steak frites Francis Cafe

Kiyo ordered the steak frites, and while his steak really wasn’t as good as my beef, his French fries and the accompanying super rich dipping sauce (I believe it was mornay). Kiyo ate most of his platter (it literally came served on a huge silver tray) but I made a huge dent in his French fries and mornay sauce. The sauce was just so delicious, and the fries were nice and crispy yet sort of soft- the perfect tool for more sauce consumption.

creme brulee Francis Cafe Astoria

If you can believe it, after that decadent dinner we actually for some reason decided that we deserved dessert. This is only because crème brûlée is Kiyo’s weakness, so once we heard they had it, we had to order one to share. It was oddly warm in some places and cold in others, which was pretty weird and annoying, but the taste itself was good. Overall, it was a great end to a hungry day and I finally didn’t feel famished anymore!

Total estimated calories: too many to even count!

What did you eat today? 

Date at Francis Cafe Astoria

Date night :)

Francis Cafe

Location: 3501 Ditmars Blvd. Astoria, NY 11105 Phone: (718) 204-5553

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