Sunday, November 25, 2012

Vege Favor: I Went There

I'mma break it down for you. If you're from the general Islip area, chances are you've seen Vege Favor on Main St. and been like, "WTF is Vege Favor and how do I treat it?" Then you heard it was vegetarian Chinese food but saw a meat filled menu and were like, "nuh-uh with that hippy tofu food." I must admit that when browsing the website out of fear months before opening, I developed a humorous outlook on the supposed chain restaurant. The site boasted great reviews after the to-be flagship store's June 2012 opening... when the store wasn't even open yet. That's funky. Also, what's with that spelling? What were they going for there? (I think they meant flavor, but you can draw your own conclusions.)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I'm Thankful for Pear and Almond Tart

...and a lot of other things! I recently had a really delicious plum and almond tart served with cold creme fraiche at the Charles Lamb, my favorite pub to eat at in the Islington area of London. Almond is kind of an obsession of mine right now, and if you ask me what I want to drink at the bar I'm likely to make you order me a Disaronno on the rocks. In all seriousness. So, I told Denise that I would be making a plum and almond tart for Thanksgiving. Of course, it's not plum season.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Toast Monster is on my Radar

It's Thanksgiving week, so it's finally OK to stuff our faces unapologetically until we go into food comas. To start all of that off, Emily and I decided to go to the Toast Monster cart on Tuesday for an appetizer before we sobbed at our desks into our boring brought-lunches. (Mine was boring, not sure about hers.) This cart is a fairly new addition to the corner of 50th and 6th, and what I saw on the menu Tuesday morning really piqued my interest: Mac and Cheese sandwiches.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Meat at Mangalica & Társai Húspatika

Húspatika's slogan is "I Feel Food!" I like that cheeky attempt at an English play on words. On our first night in Budapest we told our hippy hostel dude that we wanted to eat Hungarian food. He directed us to Húspatika down the road from our place. It's a butcher shop and restaurant specializing in meat from the Hungarian curly-haired pig species. Hungarians love meat.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hungarian Classics at Szatyor Bár és Galéria

Ahh. Szatyor was like our little go-to spot in Budapest, if you can have a go-to within just three days. Charlie and I were directed to this bar on our first night for drinks after dinner at Mangalica, and we entered to packed tables and a lively atmosphere. A friendly, English-speaking manager told us we sat on a reserved couch, but swiftly grabbed us from the bar as soon as a table was open. We drank Soproni for 490 HUF for a large. That's like $2.25 each. A couple at the table next to us were fascinated that we were speaking english and struck up a convo with us -- in this area of Budapest, tourists are few and far between. We left drunk to walk home in the rain. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hummus Bar and Bors GasztroBar in Budapeshhhht

Let's talk about study abroad. Americans love it for good reason. There's nothing better than a 5 month vacation in a "historical" playground that has alcohol that mom and dad are funding or you don't have to pay for until a few years later when you realize that your student loans are real. Many of you who studied abroad might join me in fond memories of running around cities like Prague and Amsterdam and taking photos of everything and putting cool filters on them and looking AWESOME on Facebook. You might also remember Bohemian Bagel in Prague and Bagels and Beans in Amsterdam. These spots are heaven for study abroaders in cute Euro outfits with new piercings. Each have a few locations, trendy menus and welcoming atmospheres. I got the same vibe last weekend at Hummus Bar in Budapest.
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