Dinner at ABC Kitchen, New York

dinner at ABC Kitchen NYC

Ever since I was little, on almost every (rather frequent) trip up to NYC from the Caribbean, my mother would bring me to ABC Carpet and Home. Sometimes we were picking out items to furnish our own homes, which were frequently decimated by hurricanes. Other times we just went for inspiration, to look. Everything in the store is so beautiful, that even as a child, I usually didn’t mind waiting around for hours (yes, hours!) while my mom did her designer thing. In a way, ABC Carpet and Home almost started to feel like a home-away-from-home to me. So, when I moved to NYC after college, I couldn’t wait to visit and eat in the store’s restaurant, ABC Kitchen. Known for using fresh, often local and seasonal ingredients, I just knew I would love it. Unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey so and it’s constantly packed, so attempts at dropping in, as well as making reservations for specific dates / special occasions, never worked. Finally, when I decided I was moving away from NYC, I got on OpenTable and booked a dinner reservation (a couple months out) for Kiyo and me.

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Since it’s in a luxury home-goods store, everything in the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. No detail is overlooked. Note the recycled-paper menus, the gorgeous little bowls for olive oil and salt, and the wooden plate for the bread. The decor is rustic but light and open, creating a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere even in the large dining room.

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Ordering was difficult because I wanted it all. I had a drink but I don’t remember what it was because I was too focused on the food.

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We decided to share two salads, to begin. This was the best decision; both salads were among the best I’ve ever had. The first I can’t find on their current menu (it was probably seasonal) but it had peas and green beans and was gorgeous.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Remember this today, everyone :)

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

-from A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer and poet

 

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Here is another post of meals from various days. Happy Hump Day!

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Breakfast: green smoothie: aloe water, frozen strawberries, frozen kale, moringa powder, acai berry powder, chia seeds.

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Lunch: leftover Thai food: chicken curry with bell peppers and green beans over rice.

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Dinner: burger night at Morning Glass… delicious burger, with homemade pickles and a small side salad. There was a long wait for a table though!

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Dessert: my mom had Vosges chocolate hazelnut truffles in the fridge, so of course I ate them. They were really pretty with gold on top!

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Friendsgiving, Astoria

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Is anyone getting excited for Thanksgiving? I know I am!

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This year we have friends visiting us in Hawaii, which is so fun. It’s the guy on the very right and his girlfriend. Two years ago, Kiyo and I decided to have a bunch of friends over in Astoria (Queens, NY) for “Friendsgiving,” and for some reason they all decided to wear the same outfit… it was weird but also hilarious.

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Kiyo did most of the cooking, I’ll admit it. He made us an appetizer to munch on while he finished cooking: rosemary foccacia bread – yep, made from scratch!

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I spread it with fig and honey jam…

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and topped it with bacon and brie cheese, which we melted.

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Oh man, it was GOOD!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Here are a few meals from different days recently…

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Breakfast: watermelon and coffee.

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Lunch: lemongrass chicken banh mi from Ba-Le.

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Dinner: homemade pizza! Kiyo made the crust and I topped it off: half homemade basil pesto, half tomato sauce, topped with goat cheese and arugula.

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