Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Eating in America or 10 States in 16 Days

...which probably is not so many if you are talking about the Northeastern United States + Washington DC, Maryland and Delaware.

So - America, America :) Loved it. New York swept me off my feet but I guess it is nothing unusual and I will not burst out telling all the likes and loves about it as it would take me hours. Just go and see for yourself :) As to food in America - well, you actually have to look hard to be happy about what you are eating. And New York was an unpleasant surprise in this respect. Unless you are a fan of a fast food. Maybe we were just looking in all the wrong places or maybe we should have done our homework of preparing ourselves in advance with all the dining tips collected from the recent New York goers or online advisers but even having tips from locals didn't help much as twice we were quite confused asking ourselves - is this what a common New Yorker considers to be a good meal?! Of course that would be very wrong of me to generalise so let's not.

I have to spare a good word for The Breslin bar and dining room (well, I guess they did not get the Michelin star for nothing) which was very conveniently located in the premises of our hotel (Ace Hotel) so we just had to drag our lazy ... downstairs and get served (we have to be forgiven having the jet lag and walking thousand miles each day all around Manhattan). The food was great not so much the welcoming having to face a stuck up hostess. I know it must be the hip place for some time already but what's up with the attitude?! I've been taught that humbleness is a virtue...
Photo from The Breslin

Next door there was a nice place called The John Dory Oyster Bar which we never went to but meant to (as I said, we were simply too busy running up and down Manhattan and even some of Brooklyn) but Mr Stanley Tucci apparently approves it as we saw him having lunch there while we were accidentally passing by three or four times (dear Mr Tucci, we sincerely were not thinking of stalking you, we just wanted to be sure if it really was you :))


Then I have to mention a place called Kitchen 2404 in Glover Park, Washington D.C. which I remember for the tastiest chocolate brownie or was it because I had too much wine? :S

But top of the tops and my very favourite was a restaurant called The Lobster Pot in Provincetown, Cape Cod. Great ambience, delicious sea food and good wine selection.

My discovery and new found favourite wine was Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viogner from Napa Valley, we tried  one of 2010 and 2011. Real summer wine. But the problem is that they export it to one shop only in Europe and that is in England so if any of you wants to chip in with me and order it let me know :)

And the last but not the least - The Original Pancake House. We tried the one in Buffalo. Well, to put it simple - very impressive :)
Photo of an apple pancake from The Original Pancake House

It was a great trip. I might be packing my bags soon to go there again. And by the way - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! :)