Kitchen eating

Yes, I know that organic and locally sourced are the ways to eat, and sustainability and eco-friendly are words to incorporate into my everyday lifestyle and eating habits, but I can’t help it. When I hear too many of those tree-hugging, reduce-reuse-recycle words and phrases thrown together I can’t help but think of hippies and nature freaks, granola, steamed veggies and tofu. I know, I’m awful, but I can’t help it.

But never was that less the case than at ABC Kitchen, where I recently had dinner with a friend, after she managed to make a reservation at the consistently full restaurant. Everything, from the “reclaimed wood tables” and “soy based candles” to the “consciously sourced ingredients” was exactly the opposite of what I might have been hesitant about. I can’t say I was really surprised though. ABC Kitchen, located inside the massive ABC Carpet & Home store, is a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, and really what doesn’t that guy make awesome?

Crab toast with lemon aioli

Because I was with a friend and not my allergic-to-shellfish boyfriend, I suggested we start with the crab toast from the market table section of the menu. A dark, nutty slice of toast was topped with sweet, meaty hunks of crab meat and a creamy, zesty lemon aioli. No tofu or granola in sight, just two very happy diners. Continue reading

A new M&M

The newest M&M's: pretzel

For someone who ocassionally struggles with decision-making (I’m always the person at the restaurant asking the waitress for “just a couple more minutes”) I really do love having a wide variety of choices. When I lived in Italy, choices were limited when it came to candy, M&M’s in particular. I could have regular, peanut or sometimes crunchy if the store in question was well stocked. But here, in America, the land of endless possibilities, M&M’s just keep adding to their collection, and I for one, am all about it.

Up close and personal with a blue pretzel M&M

In addition to regular, peanut, crunchy, peanut butter, walnut, coconut, dark chocolate and the unfortunately short lived dulce-de-leche varieties, M&M recently added pretzel to their list of dangerously-easy-to-eat-100-of candies.

For the time being (i.e. until I buy another bag) I have mixed feelings about the new M&M’s. The round, chocolate and candy coated pretzel balls were good, but I wasn’t crazy about them. They were almost too crunchy for my taste and just slightly on the dry side. On the other hand, these new M&M’s only  have 150 calories per bag, while regular milk chocolate M&M’s have 210 and peanut M&M’s have 250. For someone who eats candy in large quantities (but doesn’t aspire to wear elastic waistband pants), this is a good thing. They weren’t my favorite (I think those might be peanut butter M&M’s) but I’d definitely eat them again.