Dinner: Friday, May 1, 2009

photo-8Light, lightly bitter, a little lemon-y, refreshing. I’ve managed to conjure up a salad that tastes exactly like what I’ve been envisioning since, well, lunch. 

I think the key is the endive, Annie’s lemon & chive dressing and the couple of spoonfuls of Wakim’s Foods garbanzo salad — which, being just chick peas, spinach, oil, roasted garlic, lemon juice, salt and spices I perpetually almost feel bad for buying and make note to self to try to find out how to recreate every single time.

What else was in there? Mixed greens, red onion, some cooked beets. After a couple of glasses of red wine, I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight. 

COST: <$5
PREP TIME: 10 minutes

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Lunch: Friday, May 1, 2009

Love, love, love Russ & Daughters.

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photo-3It’s so perfectly New York. The gorgeous smoked fish, the chocolate-dipped everything, the cheeses, the fresh-squeezed juice and premium dried fruits — makes me look at the rain outside and get impatient for summer and park picnics and all the good food and merriment that goes hand-in-hand. 

photo2I love the “Super Heeb” sandwich, which is horseradish creme cheese, whitefish salad and wasabi-flavored roe that are both so pretty and green and crunch so squeakily and give the whole thing a nice kick.

So how surprised was I to see that the Heeb and Super Heeb ($2 worth of the wasabi roe to make it “super”) have been renamed to the Heebster and the Super Heebster — what?!! LOL

There is some brilliance stirring here: Lower East Side (Jewish) institution enters 21st century, realizes is surrounded by cute young things with asymmetrical haircuts, decides to embrace the new LES culture, makes hipster pun yet remains true to heritage.

Not a bad model for neighborhoods everywhere which are evolving and changing: If you’ve got a good thing going, you don’t have to change. But there’s no reason you can’t some have fun with it. 

COST: $25 splurge
PREP TIME: 5 minute walk!  

Drool-worthy photos of fish and more after the jump: 

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Breakfast: Friday, May 1, 2009

photo110 calorie XXX (triple antioxidants) VitaminWater doth a breakfast not make.

Working from home today, which you think would give me more, not less, options, but fridge is barren. Just about noon though which means I’ll soon be foraging for lunch in a new neighborhood! 

I also foresee a meander through Essex Street Market in my near future… things are looking up.

COST: $2
PREP TIME: n/a

Lunch and Dinner: Thursday, April 30, 2009

I had such high hopes for today. 

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I even ate two small, light meals in anticipation of a highly-caloric night out at T.G.I. Friday’s with a friend of mine who likes to do the cheezy things with me. She found this amazing promotion, actually one of her interns did, where, per instructions from the flyer, we were to first sit at the bar and each order a one-cent appetizer and full-price drink, and after which we were to move to some more serious seating arrangement and each ordered an entree — the second, lesser priced, being $1. 

photo-2Amazing, no?!! Almost like 2-for-1. We were so close.

But, it didn’t happen, and what I am left with is idealistic pre-photos (very healthy lunch, parts 1 and 2, above) and post-realistic photos, where my best option to eat something is faux kiddie pasta in the shape of stars (left). 

And I’m just really wondering, what does it all mean. …