A Tale of Two (Food) Cities, Part II

Today Preston and I had lunch at the Modern, the restaurant at MoMA. It’s very close to Preston’s office, so he went to work. I did not go to work. I went to MoMA.

Lunch was sublime, just as it was last year. Here’s what we ate:


Preston: SEASONAL GREENS: Almond-Crusted Goat Cheese, Smoked Grapes and Verjus Vinaigrette

Tami: SLOW-POACHED FARM EGG: Black Winter Truffle, Salsify, and Squid Ink Spaetzle (I’m a big fan of soft-boiled eggs with toast. This was like that except way, way, way, way better. It was something my Nana made for me. Sort of fitting that I had it today on the anniversary of her passing.)


Preston: BEEF TENDERLOIN “À LA FICELLE”: Pressed Root Vegetables, Horseradish, and Verjus-Pickled Juniper Berries

Tami: MAPLE-BRINED BERKSHIRE PORK TENDERLOIN: Crushed Walnuts, Mangalica Lardo, and Whole Grain Mustard Jus



Tami: CARAMEL PARFAIT: Mango Ravioli, Coconut Tapioca and Ten Flavor Sorbet

We also drank a delicious bottle of white wine. It was DIRLER-CADÉ, Bergholtz Vieilles Vignes 2010 (noting here partly so when Preston turns to me and says “What was that wine we had at the Modern?” I can look it up … ) The service, like all USHG restaurants, was just wonderful. Warm and friendly, knowledgeable without being snotty.

Wonderful way to send off 2012 and get ready for 2013.

A Tale of Two (Food) Cities, Part I

Today Preston and I did a City Food Tour called Tastes of New York. It was so fun! We toured all around the East Village, learning about the neighborhood and eating all kinds of yummy New York goodies.

To wit, we had the following;

  1. Egg Cream
  2. Salami on Rye at the Meat Market
  3. Borscht from Veselka
  4. Compost Cookies at Momofuku Milk Bar
  5. Hot Dog from Papaya Dog
  6. Pizza
  7. Cannollis

The guide was great and all of the foods were completely delicious. It was a nice mix of old and new New York — a great way to enjoy the city. We were the only New Yorkers on the tour, which was cool. We were giving little tips and tricks and recommending restaurants to the others on the tour.

Tomorrow we are having lunch at The Modern, which will be my other tale …

Wants vs. Needs

Tonight at dinner Maddie and I were discussing wants vs. needs. Apparently she is learning about this concept in school. I sort of think 5 is young for this concept, but maybe better to start young. There are adults that don’t understand the difference.

Anyway, we reviewed various wants versus needs. She correctly identified food, clothing, a house and love as needs. She also correctly identified chocolate, toys and jewelry as wants.

She wanted to do more. We decided to discuss drinks at more length. The following conversation ensued:

Me: Is juice a need?

Maddie: No.

Me: How about milk?

Maddie: Yes, milk is a need.

Me: Good. How about chocolate milk?

Maddie: That is a want.

Me: Good.

Maddie: Let’s do more. What do big kids like to drink?

Me: Soda?

Maddie: No. Big kids. Big kids like you.

Me: I’m not sure what you mean.

Maddie: How about wine?

Me: Yes, Mommy and Daddy drink wine. Is that a need?

Maddie: Not really.