Jeremy and Annie in Chad.
A friend of mine who I have known since high school (25 years ago….yikes!) just shared a fundraising website to a group of friends. Her husband “Jeremy Smith, just found out that he got accepted into SUTROFOR (Sustainable Tropical Forestry), a 2 year Masters degree that is tough to get into. He applied for the scholarship, he didn’t get it but he was high enough on the list that they sent him an acceptance if he can get 8000 Euros to them (University of Copenhagen) by May 1.”
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My husband was already waiting for me at Brasserie Cognac, 1740 Broadway in New York City. I was walking as fast as my short legs are able to. Walking three avenues to the brasserie in this very cold New York City weather can be quite a feat for me. I made it, thankfully. My handsome husband was already at the bar with a bowl of warm French onion soup for both of us.
I order my drink: the Le Pasion–a passion fruit and flavored vodka cocktail. My husband orders a glass of Kronenbourg beer on tap.
The food at this brasserie is so amazing. We had a croque monsieur/madame that is made with emmenthal cheese, sourdough bread, french ham, and truffle bechame. The second appetizer we ordered was the yellow fin tuna tartare made with wasabi marinated avocado, sushi grade yellowfin tuna, topped with potato crisp and micro greens (YUM!).
We will definitely be going back for more delicious food!
Yellowfin Tuna Tartare
Cuban Pete’s — a Montclair restaurant with an extremely friendly and fast service. The food was so delicious–just ignore the noisy environment. This is the closest my husband and I can experience what seems to be “Cuban”–through food and restaurant ambiance. One day we can visit Havana (in my dreams!) and get real Cuban food. But for now, Cuban Pete’s will do!
Piquillo peppers stuffed with sausage and fried plantains.
Bite-size cuban sandwich.
Crispy ribtips with mint chimchurri.
Guarapo marinated skirt steak and spicy chimichurri.
Spicy creole jumbo shrimp.
Tucked away in Forest Hills (Queens, NY) was a Polish restaurant named “Just Like Mother’s“. I thought that it was one of the best restaurants in Forest Hills. I used to live nearby and would go there sometimes for a Saturday or Sunday brunch–a plate of sauerkraut and mushroom pierogies, cheese and fruit blinztes or a small stack of banana pancakes. Oh, so delicious! And after work hours in Manhattan, I would at times have dinner there–for my usual, the Hunter Pork’s Chop. A moist breaded pork chop that had been stuffed with sauerkraut and mushrooms. Yep, I love mushrooms! Can’t go wrong with mushrooms mixed with sauerkraut!
I love this hole-in-the-wall Polish restaurant so much that I had taken my husband (the boyfriend then) there for dinner. He ordered the Long Island Roast Duck (half). It was stuffed with green apples and served with cranberry sauce and fries on the side. Ohhhhh…..the duck meat was so succulent–it just melted in your mouth.
Long Island Roast Duck (half). Stuffed with green apples and served with cranberry sauce and fries on the side.
And what did you think I ordered? Yep, the Hunter’s Pork Chop with an order of spinach.
My husband and I wanted to go back there again, but unfortunately, it is now closed. Per the restaurant’s website, they were unable to “reach an agreement” with the landlord. Sigh. I get so angry and sad at the death of another restaurant that serves such delicious food. We will definitely miss this place.