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Friday, October 29, 2010

Tacombi @ Fonda NoLita

Two Sundays ago while walking Oliver around the hood, actually the same Sunday I stalked Ballato's, I found myself a little more North than usual. It was such a beautiful day and I was in a walking mood. I think Oliver was confused. Usually we don't leave our square block. I've got him trained! 

I turned south on Elizabeth Street from Houston and stopped dead in my tracks. I'm pretty sure what I saw would make anyone want to stop and take a sneak peek. I would have stopped to check it out if I didn't have the dog and more importantly some cash on hand. Like I mentioned before, we never venture that far on our walks. 

Being the foodie that I am, I snapped some shots of the interior and name to share with friends. I wanted to remember what it was called so I could tell everyone about this cool new taco joint in the hood.  

Yes it's true, I'm terrible with names. I could describe to you what street it was on, the cross streets it is between, how many buildings into the block it's located, details of the full facade and interior but not by any means remember the name of the place. At least I know my weaknesses. So, here it is... Tacombi!

I was so disappointed I didn't have any cash on me. At that moment a breakfast burrito was the one and only thing I needed. I decided I was going to visit very soon and I knew the perfect people to take. 

This week I have two of my good friends visiting. I'm in the process of persuading them to move here therefore I am taking them to the coolest places int he city. This was at the top of my list as well so I was excited too. Not only was it new and cheap, there is a VW Van inside. I didn't have to say anymore. I got em at VW Van inside.  

This cash only taco stand has a really cool concept. However, if they get too popular I might be scared to go. Basically here's the deal: 

All the tacos are the same price. 
They recommend you start with three. 
You line up and order how many tacos you want and your drink. 
You pay and they give you tickets you hand to the taco-ista (like barista?).
Then you stand in line (which took a while and there were only four people) at the VW Van to order your tacos from their Lunch/Dinner Menu...

As the meat eater I am, I ordered the three meaty tacos, in English, as my Spanish is a little rusty. I'm just kidding. I speak a total of four words in Spanish, mi culo es rojo! Don't ask. 

I believe between the four of us we tried the whole menu. We even met a new friend, John, who also was dining here for the first time. I think we all agreed they were pretty darn tasty. 

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Rajas Poblanas con Maiz Dulce (Vegetarian) 

Puerco Asado 

Barbacoa NorteƱa ala Sancez

Frijoles Y Queso (Vegetarian)

Rajas Poblanas con Maiz Dulce (Vegetarian)

Pollo Locochon Estilo Jalapa

Breakfast Tacos

I will be back for breakfast tacos soon. Spanish breakfasts are my all time top favorite dishes. 

They also had some fancy Spanish teas. I believe Emma tried one which she said was awesome. 

The concept is great. The big thing these days are food on the go like taco trucks. So why not a taco VW? 

The interior design is great for the concept. Very industrial with the concrete floors, industrial lights, high ceilings with the exposed HVAC, and the game tables as dining tables. 

It is a very relaxed and fun atmosphere to go and eat cheap yet delicious tacos and chill with friends. However, I don't recommend for a first date. They were a little messy and hard to eat. I highly recommend having the onions on the tacos which would also be a no no on a first date! But, it is a fun place that I will visit again. 

Emma with her tacos!

Corey with his tacos!

Britt with her tacos!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kindred Kitchens

I have a love for Kitchens. Excuse my capitalizing of the K in Kitchen. It's a work thing.  When I lived at home with my family, our Kitchens were our hang out spaces. Everyone always accumulated in the Kitchen. Probably more for the fact that there was food at arms length and we are all pretty lazy lounging around watching TV than socializing with the parents. Other than that, I can't really think of a great reason. But, I find this is the case for most families. 

People love to be around people especially when they are cooking. Over the years I have lived in many different styles of Kitchens from old fashioned to contemporary. My favorite is my parents current Kitchen, the contemporary one.  

I found some other Kitchens I wouldn't mind gathering around a table or island and hanging out in.  Obviously, they are all contemporary and industrial. Just to my liking.

After examining the Kitchens for some time I realized they look completely different but give off a similar feel. The contemporary, rustic and industrial elements were blended to work with each other instead of against one another. 

My favorite aspect within the photos is the use of multiple finishes such as stone, concrete and metal. They have multiple use of finishes and textures which makes up for the lack of color. 

I'm also a big fan of light fixtures in Kitchens! Check out the fixtures above! Of course my favorite chandelier from Ochre is present! I just love when I find my favorite pieces while pursuing the internet.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall in the Forks

I had a perfect fall weekend. Everything we did would be considered your typical fall event. We headed out to Sag Harbor Friday after work. After a wonderful dinner at Tutto Il Giorno we were so exhausted after the long week we both decided it was bedtime. 

1 Dine at your favorite restaurant.

Jen took me to her favorite Italian trattoria in Sag Harbor. It was perfect for the evening and the food was divine. 

I had the pesto pasta and Jen had the ricotta and granny smith apple ravioli. We also shared a delicious salad. 

2 Cook breakfast at home.

The next morning we made a wonderful home cooked breakfast of breakfast burritos! I spent a good hour in the yard running around with Oliver. He was in heaven. Then we set out on our adventure to the North Fork for the day to indulge in wine tastings with friends. 

3. Visit the North Fork with friends for a daily excursion of wine tastings at various vineyards.

The first vineyard we visited was Paumanok Winery. Jen's favorite wine of the day was a Sauvignon and Chardonnay blend from Paumanok Winery. I enjoyed a nice Merlot. 

Getting a little sassy. 

The second vineyard we visited was Shinn Estate Vineyard. Our wine tasting experience here was a little bit different than the first vineyard. At Shinn Estate Vineyard we had our own private room which included a tasting of five wines. 

We also enjoyed a wonderful homemade lunch courtesy of a wonderful friend of Jen's! She made three different sandwiches, Roast Beef with some spicy and delicious sauce, Turkey, Avacado & Honey mustard and Prosciutto & Mozzarella. She also brought red and green grapes, kettle cooked chips and Tate's Chocolate Chip Cookies. My absolute favorite!!

Our final vineyard of the day was Bedell Cellers Winery. This vineyard was the largest and crowded. Not a bad crowded. They definitely had the space. There was a large outdoor deck which overlooked the vineyard and a sun room with included the tasting bar and a large seating section where a band was playing. 

We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. The day was amazing. 

We headed back to the South Fork by way of the Shelter Island Ferry. 

4 Indulge in a fatty meal after all that wine. 

After drinking wine all day we all decided something greasy is what we all needed. We ate dinner back in Sag Harbor at the new burger restaurant LTBurger

5 Hit up the beach.

I didn't just sleep that night. I believe the right terminology would be pass out. I woke up to the little one pouncing on me with an expression that would make anyone want to laugh. Oliver and I took the little bug (that would be a car) to The Golden Pear and picked up breakfast for Miss Sleepy Pants upstairs. Then we hit the beach in Southampton. 

Oliver ran sprints back and forth between both of us the entire time. 

Sometime around here... my Mom got a phone call from which she thought would be me. Unexpectedly, it wasn't. Unless I inquired a French accent during my weekend away, but that wasn't the case. About this time, I realized my phone was missing from my shallow pocket. I guess I had bounced around too much and my lifeline went flying. 

Luckily, I was prepared thanks to the iFound app for the iPhone. I wanted to put a password on my phone because I didn't want anyone to be able to have access to it. Then I realized, if they don't have access to it, they can't get into the address book to call Home, Mom or Dad. So I found the iFound app and added two phone numbers to call just in case of emergencies like this one. 

That is how they called my Mom. During the conversation with my Mom, Jen called my phone to which the French woman told my Mom a Jen is calling and that is how I got my phone back. It was only missing for what probably was 15 minutes. But it still gave me a minor heart attack. I highly recommend this application! 

Pick your own pumpkin at the local pumpkin patch.

After the beach we headed to the local pumpkin to pick our own pumpkins. We had this idea we would carve our pumpkins but after such an exhausting weekend, they managed to find their way  back to the city. It was still a great experience. 

My pumpkin will get carved and there is no doubt you will see a picture of it on one of my many sites.  I hope everyone is falling in love with fall with year!

Thank you to my wonderful and amazing friend Jen for inviting me out for the weekend! I feel so spoiled and special! I love you!