Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day Lunch at 52 Main

This past Memorial Day my sister Kim and her boyfriend Matt came down for the day to celebrate with some drinks and try out a restaurant in Millerton called 52 Main.  

52 Main is relatively new to Millerton, the restaurant had just celebrated their one year anniversary a few days before. 

This place is lovely, once seated you're surrounded by both red brick and golden mustard walls, inviting you to stay for awhile.
The spacious bar is beautifully back dropped by a glistening tile boarder and informative chalkboards with their menus.
 After sitting, we knew it was time to get our drink on! Once I glanced through the cocktail menu I decided on the Lavender Martini, with house organic infused vodka and fresh lemonade, served straight up with a lemon garnish.
I am a huge fan of lavender and once I saw it on the menu, something I've never see on any menu before, it was a must-get in my book! The lavender was extremely present, however I wasn't all that impressed and wish it had been slightly sweeter with more citrus. There was however, about four other cocktails I wanted to try, so I'm extremely excited for my taste buds during my next visit!

Matt opted for their Taste of Spain wine flight, he enjoyed all three wines very much.
Now...onto the scrumptious goodies! Being that 52 Main is a tapas bar, we ordered a smorgasbord of items and shared! We started out with their special Heirloom Tomato salad, with Burrata cheese, infused oils and aged balsamic reduction. 

This was a delicious dish. The burrata was so soft and creamy, and was perfectly highlighted by the oils, which was great for dipping the house bread in afterwards!

Next to come was their mouthwatering tuna tartar with capers, shallots, parsley, egg crumble & pita. I have one word, heavenly!
The pita was the perfect compliment to the fresh tuna, it was both crisp and chewy, and certainly my favorite dish of the afternoon!

We then moved on to the caramelized Brussels Sprouts in red wine & balsamic vinegar.
The sprouts were cooked to perfection. A slight crunch and tanginess from the balsamic made my taste buds dance.  

We then moved on to a slightly guilty pleasure, a tiny skillet of Smoked Gouda mac & cheese with crispy bacon & Parmesan breadcrumbs!
Just look at that! A dish full of bacon, cheese, and pasta! What could be better?

Lastly, three hearty Diver Scallops with an Arugula puree, roasted garlic & thyme butter, topped with a grape tomato!
 Scallops are up there on my favorite seafood list, especially these big fat puppies! They were absolutely amazing, the thin crust on the outside packed so much flavor!

After declining to see the dessert menu due to our full tummies, something I was slightly upset about, we headed over to The Backyard Garden for some frozen strawberry cosmos and beer!

I hope everyone else enjoyed their Memorial Day and thanked those who've served!
Check out both 52 Main and The Backyard Garden on Facebook to see what's happening this summer!

And be sure to keep up with me on Instagram too!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Belated Mother's Day Dinner at Crossroads Brewery in Athens!

Last Wednesday I spent the evening with my mom for a belated Mother's Day celebration! We met up, then headed to the river for a bit to enjoy the beautiful weather and surroundings!
 She lives on the outskirts of a beautiful little town that has such charming qualities. There are so many gorgeous historic buildings on almost every street!
The Stewart House, which was originally built in 1883, then restored in 2010, is an inn and restaurant, which unfortunately suffered sever damage from Irene, and has been closed for renovations.

After making our way back to the car we drove not even a minute up the road for dinner at Crossroads Brewery for some burgers and beer!

Luckily, the Brewery is located in another historic building in Athens, which is gorgeous both inside and out.

 Once inside, we were greeted by a friendly server, whose name I believe was Allie.

I have been to Crossroads a few times to grab a beer or two with friends, however my mom hasn't. Allie was kind enough to help us decide on what type of beer we would enjoy, and brought over a selection for us to taste!  

After tasting three each, we both decided on something scrumptious! My mom ended up with the Lighthouse, which is very light bodied and crisp. I went with the Brady's Bay Cream Ale.
Knowing it was going to take us some time to decide on what we wanted to get, we ordered a side of their Belgian Style Frites with assorted dipping sauces to hold us over! Perfect choice, by the way! 
 Each sauce was tasty and so different! There was a Sriracha ketchup, which had the perfect kick, a roasted red pepper puree, and a malt vinegar mayo. I couldn't decide on which I liked best, but we sure didn't leave any on the plate! 

When we finally made up our minds, my mother chose their Brewery Burger with a small Caesar salad, since we already indulged in their fries! She said it was a very tasty burger and had the perfect grilled taste, despite it being over cooked.
I went with their Smoked Pork sandwich with a BBQ sauce and sweet apple slaw.
 Just look at that monster! Holy Moly did I enjoy it! The BBQ sauce had the perfect blend of sweet and tangy goodness, and that slaw, oh that apple slaw was to die for.  Being the wonderful daughter that I am, I shared the slaw with my mother who thought it was quite divine herself! I smothered it all over my sandwich and finished every last bite!

 After we finished, I quickly wondered around snapping photos!
 I absolutely love this hallway! The walls are filled with historic information and photos.
Something you definitely need to know about this place is that they have live performances, hence this beautiful white piano! I believe the performances take place on Saturday nights, but check out their Facebook for the most recent happenings!

A few menu items that I must try during my next trip to Crossroads are:
-Local Cheese Board
-Brady's Bay Mussels
-Homemade Pretzels 
-Grilled Flat Bread Pizza

Another great must-do while visiting Crossroads is to try out their Beer Flights! You get to try 6 five oz. beers for only $12! Can't beat it!
Please share what your favorite beer/menu item is at Crossroads, and keep up with me on Instagram!

Until next time!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

In the City Part II: My BFF Ross!

A few days ago I dragged Nolan to the city for the opening night of Ross Mathews' book tour. O-M-G. Ross Mathews is SO DAMN FUNNY! 

 I bought a copy of his book, Man Up! for each of us to get signed after the show, where he was doing a little meet and greet! 

With the show beginning at 8PM we arrived promptly at 7:10! When I informed Nolan and Ryan we should arrive that early they were a little confused and most likely thought I was crazy/super excited.

 Being that I was a little bit of both, and a professional over preparer, I knew we shouldn't waste any time! Without having to wait in line we walked right in, had our tickets scanned, and received our big boys and girl bracelets, letting everyone know we were allowed to drink!

There were plenty of books for sale for those slackers who didn't do so beforehand! (Apologies for the semi blurry photos to come, it was very dark inside.)

We certainly timed our arrival perfectly and snagged a few seats in the second row!

Thankfully, there was an overpriced bar, some great throwback music playing, like a few of Britney Spears' hits, along with Shania Twain's "Man! I feel Like a Woman!" to distract us during our 50 minute wait!
Not quite impressed with what Brittney and Shania had to say, Nolan found another way to kill time.

The time finally came when my new BFF Ross came onto the stage, looking like his dapper self, in a blue suit with a cute pink polka-dot tie! Everyone in the audience clapped and cheered as he made his way to the mic, in utter excitement for all the laughs to come!

He spoke of his love for the adorable JTT, Oprah, and his days as an Amish man.

I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who might go see his show, or read his book...I'm just telling you to do one, the other, or preferably both! It's well worth it!

Ryan, me, Ross, and Nolan after getting our book's signed!

When in line to meet him I couldn't shake my nervous feeling. Once I began walking up to him he said, "Oh, aren't you gorgeous! Don't gorgeous people come to my show!" I giggled and gave him a bear hug! 

I love hugs. I'm a hugger, and I judge people based on their hugs. I can't stand those half a$$ed taps on the back where you stand too close to one another.

Let me tell you, Ross didn't do that! He is an exceptional hugger! He went in and squeezed me tight! 
Ross's little love note to me! 

I've only read about 30 pages, and am thoroughly enjoying it so far. It's a funny read, allowing you to breeze right through it! If you plan on buying his book online, I suggest buying it from Target. You get a discounted price! 

Until next time!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In the City Part I: Eats & Bulldogs

Nolan and I took a day trip to the city yesterday for the opening night of Ross Mathews' Book Tour! The book was released yesterday, so before heading to the city, I jetted over to Target to pick us each up a copy of Man Up! I read a bit on the train ride, I'm only 30 pages in and I could not stop giggling.  He is one funny mo'fo'! 

The show, at Gramercy Theatre didn't begin until 8PM, so we met up with Nolan's brother, Ryan for some scrumptious Mexican food at Blockheads! Oh, how I loooove me some Blockheads. 

There are six different locations. We met at the Midtown East location on 954 Second Avenue between 50th & 51st.
So far, I've been to two locations and they both have given off similar vibes. Very dark, crowded, with lots of decor and lights hanging about.

When seated, we were immediately welcomed with a generous bowl of chips and salsa. This was perfect because after the train ride and a 15 minute walk, our tummies were'a rumbling and maybe thirstin' for a BULLDOG! For those of you who don't know what a Bulldog is, my apologies because you are MISSING out! It is a frozen margarita topped with a shot of your choice and a mini upside down beer dumped in the middle!
While waiting for Ryan to arrive, Nolan and I both ordered their Orange Dog, along with a side of guacamole! At first I was going to go with the Red Nose Bulldog, which has red sangria atop a frozen margarita, with an upside down beer. But Nolan informed me that there was one with blood orange, something I just couldn't resist! I was very happy with my final choice, so much so, that I ordered two!

The Orange Dog is topped with a shot of Devotion Blood Orange vodka and frozen pieces of orange. Utter perfection.

 The guacamole wasn't my favorite...but we didn't have a problem finishing the little dish!

I've been to Blockheads numerous times and have always gotten the same thing: their Jamacian Jerk Burrito with black beans, Spanish rice, jack cheese in a curry wrap and a side of jerk sauce.

I haven't been in about a year, so I wasn't aware they changed the entire menu to be gluten free and vegan, which unfortunately changed the way my beloved Jamaican Jerk burrito tasted. It was still yummy, just not as scrumptious as I remembered.

Knowing that I would have to sit through a show, I decided to go mini! Instead of having the regular twelve inch burrito, I chose the mini size with a side salad! The dressing for the salad was delicious, unfortunately I forgot to ask what kind it was, darn Bulldogs!

Nolan opted for the super steak picadillo with guac and sour cream stuffed inside! I'm convinced he enjoyed his dinner, considering he finished the entire thing!
Ryan also had the Jamaican Jerk burrito, with a whole wheat wrap and brown rice!

On to round two of some Orange Dogs! 

Unfortunately for me, my round came earlier than the guys because I of course spilled my drink right onto my lap! :( I did feel a little warm, so I guess I couldn't complain too much!

After finishing up our tasty drinks we headed down to the show, giving ourselves enough time to get good seats! Luckily we timed it perfectly and snagged seats in the second row!

Until my next post, (In the City Part II:My BFF Ross) take a glance at my Instagram for a sneak peak of some photos! 
To find a Blockhead's location in NYC you can find it out here!