April 2011 was a long, dreary month that finally came to a close. It was a beautiful weekend, and I hope that it sets the tone for the next month!
We had been out late Thursday night at the Tribeca Film Festival (which I will get to blogging about soon!), so we took it easy on Friday night. We grabbed a bottle of wine and headed to Angelica Kitchen, one of my all-time favorite places to eat. It’s this vegetarian restaurant in the East Village, and it’s one of those vegetarian restaurants that actually focuses on healthful, delicious food, instead of using faux meat to imitate meat-heavy classics. It’s also BYO, which always makes me happy. We ordered one of each of the evening’s specials: one was a spicy tofu on rice vermicelli in coconut curry sauce with a side of pickled vegetables, and the other was tempeh and walnut patties with horseradish sauce served with potato wedges and slaw. Both were really good, as everything there is.
Saturday was warm and sunny, and so we spent the day meandering around Prospect Park. We popped into the Audubon Center at one point, and some little boys immediately rushed over and offered to let me hold one of the hissing cockroaches. Aside from not really wanting to hold the cockroach, neither had anything – at least that I could see – that identified someone with permission to reach into the glass case and free the cockroaches. I politely went outside to watch the ducks instead.
We met friends for drinks that evening: we started at Big Bar, and then moved on to The Redhead, which I adore. There’s a long list of creative cocktails (although I’m a little wary of their introduction of Kahlua into my favorite Manhattan), and the food is consistently good. We had to order off the late-night menu, so we shared a burger and some smoked trout toast.
Sunday morning started with freshly blueberry muffins. (Well, only the muffins themselves were fresh; the blueberries were frozen.) They won’t win any prizes for being the loveliest muffins made, but they tasted just fine. They were also fairly healthy muffins, having been made with whole-wheat flour and fat-free yogurt.
After a relaxing morning at home, we headed out into the sunshine. We picked up some #26 orders (grilled pork on rice vermicelli) from Cong Ly and ate them outside. Then, our way to the 6 train to head uptown, we stumbled across a Dos Equis promotion. They had a food truck with a giant scorpion and were giving away free tacos – but the tacos were made with scorpion, brains, and crickets. You’ll have to wait until Thursday to read more, when I have a piece on Smartly about it! Until then, enjoy this lovely picture in a Dos Equis-branded frame:
After that adventure, we moved on with our day’s objective: acquiring new herb plants from Home Depot. We picked up those and then spend the remainder of the afternoon hanging out in Madison Square Park, where we checked out the new art installation and watched dogs of all shapes and sizes go parading past.
Finally, we decided we couldn’t watch incorrigible tourist children accost small dogs all day, and we popped into Eataly to pick up some ingredients for dinner. We finished off a few more errands, and then headed home for a lazy dinner of Sunday night pasta and tending our new little garden … and then this happened. All in all, it was a pretty eventful weekend.
Did everyone else enjoy their last weekend in April?