The idea of gluten free has been around for a long time now but I’m still quite not 100% sure what gluten free really means. Is it just no flour? What else has gluten in it? So when an invite to attend dinner at Wild, a gluten free restaurant in Williamsburg, I decided to go. I was curious about gluten free and was hoping to learn something.
We were treated to two gluten free pizzas, the Wild Mushroom Truffle pizza with ricotta and arugula and the Wild White pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, truffle oil and cracked pepper. There were also the house salad with beets, tomatoes, artichokes, and goat cheese, pan seared salmon, wild chicken parm, gluten free penne pomodoro, and couple bites of desserts.
I love that there is a gluten free centric restaurant for people that are allergic to gluten, a place to dine out. But this place isn’t for me. I felt bad as I was eating the pizza because the entire time I was thinking about the slice of non-gluten free pizza I was going to eat when I get home. Am I bad? The flavors were there on the topping, I especially liked the white pie but I just love a good pizza crust way too much to give it up. There were hits and misses for the rest of the menu. The penne was over cooked but nice sauce and the chicken parm was pretty good.
Overall it was a fun night and I got to try some gluten free stuff but I just don’t think I’ll give up gluten anytime soon.
Wild, 340 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Few weeks ago, I was invited to an interesting event. The Tastemaker dinner, hosted by Chopped’s Ted Allen, took place at Pok Pok NY in Brooklyn. When I got the invite, I wasn’t too sure what it was about especially when the event was from Pepcid (yes the heartburn medicine) and Eater. Thai food doesn’t make me think heartburn and was Andy Ricker suppose to cook the whole dinner from a mystery basket?
I’ve never been to Pok Pok NY and have heard so many great things about it, I decided to check out this event. The night started off with cocktails, signing waiver forms and getting your table number. The bar, the tables and even the restrooms had bottles of Pepcid lying around. Finally, Ted Allen gave a quick speech and afterwards we all sat down at our tables. Dinner was served family style and we all enjoyed yam samun phrai (a herbal salad), Ike’s Vietnamese fish sauce wings, sai ua samun phrai (Thai sausage with chicharron and curry), phak buung fai daeng (stir fried bok choy with chillies), plaa neung bui (whole steamed striped bass with preserved plums), kai yaang tua (whole roasted chicken), and sangkhaya fak thong (sticky rice with pumpkin and palm sugar custard).
Thank you to Eater, Pepcid, Ted Allen and the Pok Pok NY crew for a great night and good food. Everyone was super nice and always great to meet other food people. I can’t say that the meal was amazing like how other people had talked about it but it was definitely good. While everyone was crazy over the chicken wings (I thought they were too salty), I was all over the stir fried bok choy and the salad. Crunchy, light, refreshing, and went so well with the sticky rice. The other dishes were pretty good. I mean, I’m pretty familiar with the flavors so the dishes were good but nothing truly jumped out at me as WOW. I did surprised myself by eating the dessert. If you don’t know, I hate Asian desserts but I didn’t want to offend anyone so I gave it a try and….it wasn’t too bad. The custard was darn tasty.
Thank you to Hunter Public Relations for the invite. I’ve always wanted to try Pok Pok NY and I finally did. Definitely good to have them in the neighborhood.
Pok Pok NY 117 Columbia St, Brooklyn
This past Sunday, I was introduced to something I have never heard of or seen before. Hot beef!
Four & Twenty Blackbirds hosted an event with Amy Thielen (host of Heartland Table on the Food Network) where Thielen served hot beef (a combination of smoked brisket sandwich with a scoop of mashed potatoes and covered in gravy) and the Elsen sisters paired it with their blackbottom oatmeal pies PLUS complimentary Jeni’s ice cream and Kelson beer. Oh…boy. The hot beef was delicious, well I mean what’s not to like about meat, bread, potatoes and gravy?! The meat, smoked by Fletcher’s, was tasty and tender. I went back and forth between the hot beef and ice cream. Dude, that’s Jeni’s ice cream! I couldn’t let it melt so 2 bites of hot beef then 1 bite of ice cream.
It was fun hanging out and catching up with the Elsen sisters and Alex aka Brownie.
Also the unlimited flowing of Kelso beer. Ah yeah.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds, 439 3rd Ave Gowanus, Brooklyn
M. Wells is known for their decadent…over the top dishes and M. Wells Steakhouse definitely delivered. A stack of pork chops (7 total) for dinner? Sure! A bowl of tomato-y tripe? F yeah! Though probably my favorite bite at M. Wells Steakhouse and yes…so far this year in 2014 was the little scoop of bone marrow that was sitting inside the bone. It had absorbed all of the deliciousness of the soup and it made something that was already tasty into something crazy tasty!
Also, they make a really good New York cheesecake. Remember when cheesecake was all the craze?
Sorry for the crappy iPhone photo, the place is dark.
M. Wells Steakhouse 43-15 Crescent St, Long Island City, Queens
Ever since the weather got cooler and it wasn’t INSANE to turn on the oven, I’ve been roasting a lot of stuff. I mostly roast big chunks of meat but lately I have found much join in roasting veggies. In the past, whenever I roast veggies it’s usually carrots or potatoes, as a side dish. But ever since I had a pasta dish at Allswell that had roasted red cabbage, I was hooked.
So now, every Sunday I would walk down to the Park Slope Farmers Market, pick up some veggies and roast them. It’s quick (well 30mins or so), easy and mighty delicious. I have put together a small list of veggies everyone should try roasting.
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This is my second time going to The Commodore in Williamsburg and I can confidently say that their fried chicken is preeetty awesome. Back in May I had my first experience and The Commodore quickly jumped to the top of my “favorite” list. There’s a lot of great things about The Commodore, close enough to the G train, tiki drinks, crazy good nachos, friendly bartenders..etc. But obviously the most important thing is their delicious, dark meat only, fried chicken ($12).
This isn’t some $24 fancy pretentious fried chicken and that’s what I like about it. It is simple, good, straight to the point and it comes with honey butter for you to smear it on the fried chicken or the three biscuits that accompany the plate. Every restaurant should start serving honey butter. Oh and prepare to get messy, this is pretty much a hands on, no knife and fork sort of fried chicken. Take a bite and all the crispy bits fly in all directions, some might land on the plate but most likely on your lap and that’s okay. Be sure to wash it down with a mint julep which the bartender said to me, “good choice.”
The Commodore 366 Metropolitan Ave (corner of Havemeyer St), Williamsburg Brooklyn
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I keep getting Walter’s and Walter Foods mixed up, thinking they’re the same place. So Walter Foods is in Williamsburg while Walter’s is in Fort Greene. Got it? Got it.
My friend that had the fried chicken at Walter Foods in Williamsburg said it was just average and she’s right. The chicken here, 1 drum and 2 thighs, is served with mashed potatoes, gravy and spicy honey. While the idea of jamming fried chicken into my mouth with mashed potatoes sounded perfectly comforting in this cold weather, I couldn’t help but felt the chicken was lacking a little something. Extra bit of salt? More flavor to the brining liquid? Though a generous pour of spicy honey on the chicken didn’t suck.
This is no destination fried chicken but a pretty okay if you live in the neighborhood sort of chicken.
Fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and spicy honey $16
(They serve chicken and waffles for brunch)
Walter’s and Walter Foods, Fort Green (166 Dekalb Ave) and Williamsburg (253 Grand St)
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