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Last night, the gang and I decided to do something completely new: we all dressed up and went out to have a nice formal dinner … with some not-so-formal conversation.  After a long and arduous search of the web for a new and noteworthy restaurant to try that’s within our financial means- twin finally helped to decide on this place [her and Rich went for rest. week last year]. 

Let me start by saying I heart restaurants that will replenish your water and clear your places- ie. service you without disrupting your conversation.  I like not being bothered by the bus boys [absolutely nothing against bus boys] and just carry on with whatever I’m doing.  Next, let’s look at some stats.

Where: Capsouto Freres
Party:
Jen, Phil, Dan, Jon, Stan, Me
Atmosphere: good; high ceilings and very cabin-y [wide open spaces with wooden trimmings]
Price: $35 pre fixe or teens/twenties for Entrees
Speciality:  Soufle! and flambe [har har button]

In addition to bread, they give quiche

So Stan [all-you-can-eat] and Dan [Nasdaq] got the pre-fixe.  They both chose smoked salmon…. the things they did to the poor salmon.. there should’ve been a video.. there were questions.. and odd cutting techniques.. I mean we eat out all the time.. and have had many a cuisines.. yet.. smoked salmon baffles them.. it’s quite cute and disturbing at the same time.


I do apologize for the god-awful picture but I was in a really bad position.  But here’s the salmon with various topping including fish eggs, peppercorn and garlic.


Salmon Sandwich- yummers. [dan’s creation]


Dan’s eating his creation


scallop&mushroom ravioli with white sauce & veggies


duck confit w/ mixed greens & some other stuffs


I understand this is good colored beef, but I’ll pass.


Soufle! [say in the tone of ole!]


sunken soufle- tangerine flavored. *slurplicious


Family Ties; all together now, “awww!”

Guys, I want to forbid you from this moment on to having any good new foods without me. Ok? ok. 

On a whole other note:

Brunch has got to exist beyond New York…. right??  I mean California’s gotta be up on it … Boston was very disappointing in not having brunch!  I was shocked and appalled and ate Wendy’s instead.

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You know you’re addicted to a restaurant when you:
a. run in high heeled shoes to get there for your lunch hour
b. make plans with a friend who works just as far to run with you
c. have some random friend meet you for lunch avenues and streets away from where said person needs to be
d. the service is good
e. you think about conducting business lunches there
f. you figure out ways to get your usual group of friends to go there on a weekend from LES to Midtown East
And duh, all of the above applies to me.  The most terrible thing is… it’s not even the BEST sushi.. the service/atmosphere/special dishes combo just makes us want to come back.  Oh yea. Their happy hour rules!

So with that said… another mention of FusiaBrace yourselves.

First off, I absolutely heart extensive menus- big, ginormous, gets you so confused you want everything twice menus.

Secondly, there’s real food [owned by non-Japanese people] in addition to the non-sushi lovers.

Okay.  So here goes…  wait.. I should mention who was in my party yesterday.  Jon [who came from Mad & 40something], Corinne [by Dips] and me [gcs].  After a mad dash from our respective offices [and Jon’s potential office], we all ended up at Fusia a little after 1. 

So now.. the food:


hot&sour soup w/all the usual trimmings


Plain-Jon got the salad sans special ginger dressing


Jon’s getting ready to dig into his Salmon Steak drenched in teriyaki sauce.  My oh my was that sauce good.  Sweet and doesn’t have that weird fishy taste like some of the bottled ones dude [yes, I’ve eaten it from the bottle before].  I kept digging my chop sticks into Jon’s sauce throughout the meal.


I had a craving for rice yesterday so I got chicken in garlic sauce- spicy but good.  I enjoyed it.  They put water chestnuts in there which is different and I had to pick them out as I’m not a fan.  They also used a red sauce which makes it have a sweeter kick than the normal garlic sauce- which I also enjoyed. 


Corinne’s broad noodles with a medley of meats & shrimp.

In the end:


Mine- seriously, you can’t be surprised right?


Corinee’s still picking at hers!  At least, she managed to eat the expensive stuff [the meats]

I lurve take-out rice and I get really disappointed when Chinese take-out places give cheap nasty rice.  Like that place near me [backlink later].. bah!  This place is okay- not the best, but at least a bit up from the place on 45th.  I like the hard Chinese take-out rice.  Not the soft soggy stuff. Ack! 

And thus conclude’s Thursday’s eating out.

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well, at least for the rest of the week.

Yesterday, there was more SSS.  This time- I went out on a fatty limb and not only ordered 1 but 2 cupcakes.  Am I sick?  Yes.  Did I go into a diabetic coma?  No.  Well, I guess it helps that I don’t have diabetes, eh? 

My two babies: A.. PUMPKIN cupcake.  Yep.  It’s like delicious [read: good soft succulent pumpkin cake x 10] with cream cheese frosting.  YUM!

B. Another red velet- look at that redness!
 

And here we have Sam eating Bob.  Yes, they named a cupcake Bob.  It’s chocolate almond I believe.  He says Lemon is better; go figure.

I totally love that these cupcakes aren’t too sweet!

So long Triple S- see ya in June.

….. and it’s time for lunch. 

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The following is from my second visit [during restaurant week o5] to C&B.  It was Ander, Bak, Eva, and me.  Unfortunately, they didn’t put their best dishes on the menu and skimped a bit for the cheapie $35 3-course dinners.  Aside from that, our experience was good on a general scale.  Gone were the bass and the quail [that I raved about yesterday] and here are ribs and chicken.  Please don’t ask me what’s in this stuff as I have already forgotten and never recorded [sad, I know].  The pictures should be yummy enough without the descriptions.  Actually, knowing my dorkass foodie self, there’s probably a record in my Journal but I don’t have it here so deal.

Starters:


salad [derf]- there was suppose to be duck in this but they skimped


olives, cherry tomatos, mozz cheese?


cashew w/something or other


some samosa type thing

Entrees:


the ribs are not very photogenic but were verry yummy


bakkie with chicken & veggie on sticks.  This one was all about the presentation- chicken was undercooked [gag!] and it everything was just char grilled.  Disappointing.  They should’ve put better stuff on the Rest. Week menu.


seriously? was this really an entree?  4 prawns. i heard they were good though.

Dessert:


akin to the greek dessert with some lemon sauce


there was banana in here I remember.  vanilla ice cream on top.

To save the best for last:  Instead of the bread basket, this is what you get.  Tap pearls as caviar and plaintain chips sprinkled with cinnamin sugar .. which brings together.. caviar & banana

…and thus concludes our meal.

 

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Everytime I come back from visiting Kat in Boston these days, I feel like I’m failing at love.  Not just “love,” but the whole realm encompassing it; boys/relationships/dating- the whole enchilada.  Not only that, I used to be good at it.  There were boys- ALL THE TIME.  Of course, Kat never fails to remind me of this and my dating decline.  Why’d I have to grow up and want a “relationship” anyways?  College has seriously had an adverse affect on my dating life and my social life!  The things you trade for good grades and stability- sheesh!  It has to be said though, kudos to your juggling ability. 

Besides Kat, I am super fond of Anna’s and have to go there every time I’m in the area [these days, much less since I’m a cheapass]. 

on Anna’s:
kat: was this the sole purpose of your trip?
me: …. err.. yes..

she’s gonna bring me another one if she comes to NYC this weekend too!


chicken burrito 1/3 of Chipotle’s price

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suits & cupcakes

Yesterday, Jon & I accompanied Stan to get a suit for our formal dinner next week.  Things wouldn’t have been so bad if I wasn’t yearning for my damn cupcake the whole time we were at Macy’s.  After ages of measurings and combing through colors; we decided on a Liz Claiborne black silk(?) stripped suit (black stripped pattern on black basically).  The bad thing is that even though the blazer fits and looks good on him; the pants are PLEATED.  ACK!  That’s just disgusting.  The sales woman and I were both like- yea… that’s going to make you look fat.  Maybe he’ll prove me wrong and be able to pull them off.. but I guess we’ll have to wait until next week to see.  It will be excrutiating if we have to repeat this process- actually, it’s not bad if I don’t have my foodie cravings.  But… it’s safe to say that’s pretty unlikely.  Thankfully, Macy’s is a place where there are tons of food shops for men and people like me. 

So after the suit shopping, we rushed over to…. Sugar Sweet Sunshine for my Sexay Red Velvet Cupcake with cream cheese frosting!  Seriously, Stan & Jon can attest- one was not enough for me- it was a damn tease!  But I refrained- I didn’t go back for seconds.  The cake was soo succulent and soft and the frosting didn’t overpower the cupcake itself.  I enjoy their cupcakes because it’s not too sweet- it’s perfect for people who like sweets but don’t have a ginormous sweet tooth.  I have to admit that their red velvet isn’t as flavorful as it could be, but like I said- that’s just the way I like it.  So if you want something richer, sweeter, and frosting friendly- go for Magnolia’s.  I will stick with me triple S.

What’s left to say but, CRAVING SATISFIED!

Notice the two-hands-hold?  I had to be extra careful not to be my usual klutzy self since i dropped, yes, dropped a Magnolia’s cupcake last time. =X  Jon was there to witness it.  It was not pretty.  I tried to save it but it just did not want to be saved. 

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more on the tea

Sipping on my Raspberry tea .. again.

I’ve just come from browsing the Tea’s Tea website.  I present to you… the delicious Apple tea I was talking about yesterday.

An all natural, sweetened black tea brewed with the finest Sri Lankan tea leaves, blended perfectly with apple, delivers a purely enchanting taste like no other.

Simply irresistable.

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