Sometimes I have homebody tendencies, I simply mean that I opt-out easily from plans if the weather happens to be sketchy or friends declare that they are on the fence about going out or not- I never push it because I am pretty content staying in. My friend, D & I haven't seen each other since last November & we don't even live in different states-we both live in NYC. We had planned a dinner months ago but we both forgot or something or other. Well, this time we made definite plans and I was already feeling the excuses pile up- oh, I really haven't finished my taxes yet or I'm feeling kind of tired...and then, of course, I realized during our phone conversation that my friend needed a friend and needed to be out, and so we kept our reservation & dinner with each other at Pure Food & Wine.
And more often than not, I'm always glad that I didn't cancel after all.
We started with a whole lot of catching up and some sangria & wine, then quickly moved on to food:
Hazelnut Crostini w/Crimini Mushrooms & Caper Bearnaise w/caraway sauerkraut- so yummy!We also had a spinach avocado starter as well- which turned out to be amazing!
My friend had the Portobello w/brussel sprouts- it was okay but underwhelming. I tried to steer her towards the tamales, but she didn't want something so nut heavy. Now, this friend is not vegan, but we always go somewhere vegan because she's great that way- but she usually always sticks to veggie dishes that are straight-up vegetables.
I had Pad Thai with Kelp Noodles & Baby Bok Choy, w/snow peas, king oyster mushrooms, tamarind sauce, sesame salted cashews & cilantro oil. It was so good- didn't even realize that I wasn't having a cooked dish! That Pure Food & Wine kitchen makes some serious magic back there.
Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart- pecan caramel, dark chocolate ganache, maldon sea salt & vanilla cream- should have been delicious but was simply okay.
The Mint Sundae of course is always a big hit- pure decadence.
It was great to share delicious food & share all the things that are going on in our lives in such a perfect setting. Good friends & good food are good for the soul.