Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fun and Fine Dining: Bagatelle Part Deux

By: Finance Foodie

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to revisit the Meatpacking hotspot Bagatelle for dinner. It had been a few years since my previously impressive gluttonous feast at this joint,  so I was excited to taste some of the new menu items!
When I arrived, I noticed the place was decorated in a retro theme, complete with Pac Man motifs and a old projector showing movies from my childhood (yes I am that old).  Tables were decorated with old vinyl records placemats and rainbow confetti which brought the party atmosphere - I knew it was going be a good time!
Tartare de Boeuf
Our table started with the Tartare de Boeuf ($24), which were delicious raw beef tartar bites served on crispy rice.  The beef was melt in your mouth tender and the rice crisps' solid consistency melded well with the soft tartare.
Filet de Flétan en Croute
For our entrees, we split a variety of dishes including the Filet de Flétan en Croute ($40), a bread crusted halibut served on top spaghetti squash with a touch of pumpkin purée; the Saumon d'Ecosse ($34), a grilled salmon accompanied by a medley of cauliflower, spinach, pine nuts, and grapes; and the Magret de Canard ($37), a honey glazed duck breast with brussels sprouts, blood orange, and macron almond.
Saumon d'Ecosse
Both the fishes dishes were excellently prepared and full of flavor, but my favorite by far was the Magret de Canard. The duck breasts were juicy and so well executed that it gave my mouth a feeling of "joie de vivre"! The blood orange was also a well paired lighter and citrusy contrast to the heavier duck and the almonds provided a welcomed nutty crunch.
Magret de Canard
Weekday dinners at Bagatelle tend to gravitate towards a more "classy hip" vibe versus "debaucherous hip" as during their legendary weekend boozy brunches, which is nice because it really allows for their well executed food items to shine. All and all, Bagatelle combines a fun time with fine dining and I can't wait for my next meal here!

1 Little W 12th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488-2110
Cuisine: French

Monday, March 19, 2018

Celebrating Carbonara Day at Barilla Restaurants

By: Finance Foodie

The other night, I visited the Barilla Restaurant in Herald Square to celebrate pre-Carbonara Day. Carbonara Day was established in Italy last April 6 as a way to hail a particularly delicious pasta that most believe was first made in mid-20th Century Rome as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers. Barilla Restaurants will bring Carbonara Day Month to the States by adding Chef Alfonso Sanna’s signature Pasta alla Carbonara on April 6 to its menus and keeping it until May 6. However, yours truly got got a special sneak peak at this tantalizing menu item along with a special cooking demo by Chef Sanna himself!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn by Popcornopolis to Debut at Costco

By: Finance Foodie, in partnership with Popcornopolis

Popcornopolis, an artisan popcorn purveyor, was founded by Wally and Kathy Arnold. In 2003, the Arnolds opened their first Popcornopolis retail store at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, California. Today, the family-owned company’s iconic cone-shaped popcorn packages can be found in grocery and club stores, professional sports stadiums, movie theatres and at www.popcornopolis.com

Beginning March 13, Organic Nearly Naked will be in Costco stores across the country selling for $5.39 a bag. From April 19 – May 13, the cost will drop to $3.49. You can follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @popcornopolis or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/popcornopolis/

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pizza, Pasta and Pizzazz at Acqua Restaurant NYC

By: Finance Foodie

During the President's Day long weekend, the Mister and I journeyed to the south end of Manhattan to visit the Seaport District (aka/fka South Street Seaport). As both of us hadn't visited the area since pre-Hurricane Sandy, we were excited to see the new restaurants, stores and buildings that have redeveloped the area from yesteryear.
Exterior on a snowy night

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