I have had a weird last couple of months. Most of June was spent in the US, holidaying, partying and having the time of my life. After a long long time we three sisters got together and the husbands and kids were considerate (although I am sure a tad bewildered) to let us be our wild young selves again! I came back to Delhi (upset) and promptly fell and broke my foot. Uggghhh. I’ve been in bed for three weeks now and I guess I have another couple of more weeks to go before I regain full mobility. Needless to say, I am bored out of my wits, unable to cook, clean or do anything fun or even mundane. I never thought I would say it, but I miss office so much!
Well, other than just wanting to whine a little, what I really wanted to do was to share a few pictures of some delicious food we chowed down in the US. We managed to take very few pictures (only when we remembered) since we all find it fairly difficult to wait for photo-ops when delicious plates of food wait right in front of our faces. I had to hold back some hungry (and slightly angry) wolves to get these few pictures!
So first up, Vegas, baby! In sin city, it is REALLY tough to choose which restaurant, café or buffet you really want to eat at. After walking almost the entire strip in Las Vegas, we were in desperate need of some good food and great alcohol! We finally picked Otto at the Venetian by celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Although it is really famous as a pizzeria, we didn’t end up eating any! The food was simply incredible, fresh and delicious! The service was fantastic too, and they were more than willing to accommodate our food restrictions and allergies! Bonus points for that! So for dinner that night, we ate:
Antipasti (Salami Cotto and Mortadella)
Octopus Celery and Potato Salad
Grilled Pork Chop (with scallion pesto and endive)
Steak Tagliata (with arugula, parmigiano and aged balsamic)
Grilled Swordfish (with tomato, olive and capers)
Next up, dessert in New York! We stayed at a hotel which was literally across the Cake Boss Café by the very famous Buddy Valastro (yayy!!). This place is always stuffed with humans poring over their desserts and treats, and unable to do much else but stuff face. We decided to join in! We ate at the café, packed some for later and went back again for breakfast. Need I say more? We loved their treats and couldn’t get enough!
Red Velvet Cupcake
Red Velvet Cake
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake
Last, but definitely not the least, and my most favourite place evvvaaaahh (*drumroll*), Momofuku Noodle Bar by the eccentric food genius, David Chang.
Now this was a spectacular experience. This place truly feels like a bar and serves amazing food. The best part, you can sit in front of the kitchen at the ‘bar’ and watch the chefs make magic! The ramen girl was the fastest person I have ever seen in a kitchen! The chef preparing the scallops (I ordered one because they looked mighty impressive), meticulous and friendly. He managed to chat constantly while never stopping for a second!
I wanted to order almost everything on the menu, but unfortunately couldn’t. If there is one place I want to go back to it will be this. Flavourful and wholesome, edgy and chic the food is everything you want and more. The warm bowls of ramen feel homely but are dressed up like fine-dining. It is beyond wonderful. This is what we tried, you should try everything.
Diver Scallop (with grapefruit, daikon and chervil)
Sausage Buns (with mustard, cucumber and pickled red onion)
Shrimp Buns (spicy mayo, pickled red onion with iceberg)
Momofuku Ramen (pork belly, pork shoulder and poached egg)