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What Claire Ate: September 3rd, 2014 (Anniversary Edition)

September 3rd was my third wedding anniversary!

Sean brought me a croissant in bed!

HAPPY DAY!

HAPPY DAY!

Then I didn’t eat anything because I was saving my strength for our celebration supper at Grimaldi’s.

Then I ate a lot.

We shared an antipasto appeteaser.

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And a bottle of wine.

Look at all that chemistry.

Look at all that chemistry.

Then a delicious pizza.

<3

Which we killed.

RIP DELICIOUS PIZZA

RIP DELICIOUS PIZZA

On the way back home, we grabbed some macarons and OH YOU KNOW AN ICE CREAM CAKE.

Ain't no party like a Lower anniversary celebration party.

Ain’t no party like a Lower anniversary celebration party.

We watched Alien and I had one macaron and one slice of cake and one glass of boxed wine (not pictured).

Pistachio

Pistachio

cakecakecakeimamakeyoumyhusband

cakecakecakeimamakeyoumyhusband

THE END.

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What Claire Ate: May 5th, 2014

The day started predictably:

You know.

You know.

Then a green smoothies was enjoyed.

'Cuz nutrients.

‘Cuz nutrients.

Meals were never really consumed, just a series of snacks.

A random slice of turkey.

A random slice of turkey.

Veggies wrapped in more turkey with a little blue cheese spread.

Veggies wrapped in more turkey with a little blue cheese spread.

With a sprinkling of garlic salt.

With a sprinkling of garlic salt.

More of this business.

More of this business.

Whole wheat!

Whole wheat!

After all of that randomness, I went to Sean’s Monday night running group where I dragged myself around for about four miles. I was literally the slowest person and everyone was like “it’s not a competition” and I was like “Uh, you’re not fooling me, everything is a competition.”

Plus, these are people who compete in races almost every weekend sooooo…

Anyway.

So I guess it was Cinco de Mayo, but I was not about to go drinking because:

1. It was a Monday

2. Like St. Patrick’s Day, all of the amateurs love to drink on Cinco de Mayo, even though they’re not quite sure what they’re drinking about. It leads to bros ordering Corona in craft beer bars and that’s great for the bars (that can charge $4 for a Corona), but I don’t want to participate.

ANYWAY.

I had been seeing pics of Mexican food all day, so we walked to our neighborhood Mexican restaurant and feasted (sans margaritas).

[NOTE: If you have not read this brilliant essay by Anthony Bourdain on the US’s relationship with Mexico, I urge you to. So spot on.]

I had a Diet Coke with lime.

Diet Coke with lime.

Chips, etc.

Chips, etc.

Sizzlin'

Sizzlin’

Fixin's

Fixin’s

Then I painted my nails and went to bed.

THE END.

 

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What Claire Ate: March 5th, 2014

Yesterday got away from me, kittens.

It started out pretty reasonably. I went to Datz Dough to get some typing done. They had a hybrid pastry out called a “cruffin” and I was like “just give it to me it’s practically in my contract.”

With iced cold brew, obvi.

With iced cold brew, obvi.

This is the inside of the cruffin.

Spinach, feta, etc.

Spinach, feta, etc.

It was pretty good. I ate about 2/3 of it, found it to be filling and continued to type.

I’m really sensitive to caffeine, and the cold brew was making me freak out a bit, so I needed something to smooth out the edges.

Hey bb.

Hey bb.

Cigar City’s Jai Alai talked me down.

After many words were typed and the beer was consumed and my hair began to smell  like baked goods, I decided to head home. It took me AN HOUR to get back. By then I was a little hungry again so I had a ham and fromage fort sandwich.

K

K

Then I did some things, I guess? Like went to the chiro or some crap. I think I went on the internet or something as well. I dunno, I don’t keep a diary.

When Sean got back from his swimming class, he made me some eggs and rice with cheese and soprasetta (we were low on groceries). We like piles of random food at this house.

Just mix it all together and shovel it in your mouth.

Just mix it all together and shovel it in your mouth.

I also sprinkled some of this in my hand and ate it plain because I’m a weirdo, guys.

:-/

:-/

Oh and just because:

For the road.

For the road.

Then we went grocery shopping so we wouldn’t have to live like this anymore.

We came back, I took a bath and read this book for a while, then it was TRUE DETECTIVE TIME.

True Detective snacks included:

PLANT THINGS

PLANT THINGS

More fromage fort on triscuits (7 if I were to guess?)

More fromage fort on triscuits (7 if I were to guess?)

Poison

Poison

About 1/4 of this pint.

About 1/4 of this pint.

And then my stomach was like WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU GOOD LUCK SLEEPING BYYYYYYYYYYYE.

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New Year, New Restaurants

Happy New Year Kittens!

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and are not experiencing too much post-Holiday let down.

Highlights from December/January included:

  • Sean getting me a new, grown-up human camera (Canon Rebel SL1), so there should be a noticeable improvement in my pictures (maybe).
  • A trip to New York (we stayed in Brooklyn with our dear friends John and Danielle), which included MANY a culinary excursion (post coming soon).
  • Sean ran the Disney Marathon
Example of food porn with new camera

Example of food porn with new camera

Post-Race Sean

Post-Race Sean

In between all the jetting around (I also spent a week in Mississippi) we somehow managed to go to Bern’s twice in the span of a month. Bern’s is easily my favorite restaurant in the Tampa Bay area, but I need to branch out, if only for the sake of $$$.

So here, in no particular order, are three Tampa Bay restaurants I want to check out.

1. edison food + drink lab

This place is trying pretty hard with the whole lab shtick, and I LOVE IT. Their only formula is product+technique+creativity^2, which doesn’t mean much, but I like all formulas regardless of whether they make sense or not.

  • Eat: chicken liver foie gras mousse > pickled plum, madras cashew crunch, lemongrass jam, toasted croutes; roasted marrow bone > truffled white bean purée, parsley white trumpet lardon salad, black garlic yuzu gastrique; bone marrow crusted halibut > rice bean lamb bacon cassoulet, organic swiss chard, root vegetables, orange juniper jus
  • Drink: Stock Ticker>High West Double Rye! Whiskey, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Bittermens Boston Bittahs
  • Sweet: peanut butter chicory > peanut butter cookie Liquid N2 shake; vacuum pot single origin coffee [prepared table side]

2. The Refinery

With a menu that changes weekly, and locally-sourced, ethically-produced food, I would expect to find this restaurant in Portland or Brooklyn. But it ‘s in Tampa, and that’s super fortunate because I really want to put their food in my mouth. WHAT IS CHOCOLATE BEET GUMBO? I don’t know, babes. All I know is that I want it. Unfortunately by the time I get there, the menu will be completely different.

  • Eat: BBQ Fried Chicken Livers>chocolate-beet gumbo, pickled okra; The Burger>English cheddar, dill pickles, tempura crisps, peanut butter-popcorn powder, candied apple aioli, Yukon gold fries
  • Drink: The usual hipster PBR or craft beer. Also they have a good wine list that I can’t access online.
  • Sweet: Red Pepper Sour Cream Cake> cinnamon cream cheese, spiced carambola jam

3. Cigar City Brewpub

This opened up aaaaages ago. It’s kind of far from me, but I need to go ahead and make the trek. Even if the food isn’t very good, I already know I love Cigar City beer, so there’s no losing here.

  • Eat: maduro brown ale cheese soup>smoked paprika & homemade popcorn; vande rose farms duroc pork chicharrones>mojo salt & lime; rum-cured wood-smoked swordfish tacos>malanga boats, house-pickled cabbage & pickeled jalapeños
  • Drink: Beer, obvs. Probably Angry Chair Brewing BANANA CREAM PIE or Cigar City Brewing and De Proefbrouwerij TROPICAL TRIPEL (BELGIUM)
  • Sweet: warm bread pudding of the day

How does all that sound? I think it sounds pretty good. When should we go?

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Food Highlights: Thanksgiving Edition

Hello everybody.

Posting what I ate everyday was getting overwhelming, so I quit doing it.

I’m not saying I’ll never do it again, but for right now I think I’m going to try a more curated approach with a new feature I shall refer to as “Food Highlights.”

This feature may be weekly, bi-weekly, or daily, depending on how eventful of a week it is (food-wise).

Let’s start this thing off with some of my favorite things I put in my mouth over the Holiday.

Thanksgiving feast (much casserole):

thanksgiving feast

Can you believe that I was the one to bring the salad??

Pies (cheddar crusted apple by me, pecan by Sean)

apple pecan

Note: My stepmom let me on to a secret. Instead of water, use SOUR CREAM in your pie crust. FLAKIEST. CRUST. EVAR.

Leftover sandwich

Obvs.

Obvs.

Tapas style meal courtesy of my stepmom

Not pictured: Sausage pastry things.

Not pictured: Sausage pastry things.

What were your favorite things you put in your mouth over the holiday?

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Celebrate Passover With a Traditional Matzo House!

Guys. I made a matzo house. I saw it on Epicurious. Theirs is super pretty.

Photo from Epicurious.com

Photo from Epicurious.com

I feel bad for Passover, guys. Easter is such a pastel-hued harlot who is always stealing the spotlight. How can Passover compete? All it has is weird gummy candies and some more different chocolate covered gummy candies and Gifilte fish.

Easter has caramel Cadburry eggs and Whopper eggs an Reese’s eggs and giant chocolate bunnies.

BUT.

But…Passover has matzo, and matzo is pretty awesome. You can make matzo brittle , people. Matzo brittle almost makes up for Gefilte fish…almost.

What better way to celebrate the awesome unleavened bread that is matzo than build a house out of it? When I first ran it by my Jewish husband, I expected him to be all “That’s not a thing, babe.”

And he was, but only after he expressed unbridled joy for the idea.

ANYMATZOBALLS. Let’s do this thing.

1. Assemble your supplies.

This was pretty much the entire Kosher for Passover section at Publix. The Easter section was of course obscene, but let’s not talk about that candy-colored tramp.

Building Materials.

Building Materials.

2. Lay down the foundation. I used peanut butter.

Lay it down thick.

Lay it down thick.

This was not enough peanut butter to keep the walls up. I would have been frustrated, but I kept saying “Shaka, when the walls fell,” and giggling to myself.

3. Put in reinforcements.

I used some coconut marshmallows around the foundation to prop that business up.

Darmok and Jalad, at Tenagra.

Darmok and Jalad, at Tenagra.

 

4. Decorate.

Mine is not nearly as festive as the one on the Epicurious site.

It’s okay, I guess.

Tradition!

Tradition!

So yeaaahhhh…it’s okaaaay.

My life can basically be summed up by the following:

cookie-monster-cupcakes-nailed-it

 

WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

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What Were You Eating New Year’s…New YEAR’S EVE?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, BIBBLES!!!

How did you celebrate the last day of the 2012? I celebrated it by eating AND drinking! Do you want to know what I ate-slash-drank? If you do not, then you are reading the wrong blog. If this is the case…please leave. Just go…I don’t wanna talk to you anymore.

ANYWIZZLE.

I began the last day of last year with lots of bread!

Some baked brie…

With apricot preserves, natch.

With apricot preserves, natch.

 

NEXT: An unnecessary croissant.

I did not need this.

I did not need this.

 

THEN: Some necessary OJ and champagne.

I needed this.

I needed this.

 

AND FINALLY:  A Rueben Crepe. WHAT?! YES. THAT’S RIGHT? I AM GREAT AT PICKING THINGS OFF MENUS.

With some mustard.

With some mustard.

 

That crepe was actually a little soggy.

Then we took a drive to the city. I didn’t get a picture of all the cows on the beautiful hills… which is a shame…When I pointed them out to Sean, he said: “THE HILLS HAVE COWS!”

I’m sorry I’m not sorry that I laughed at that.

Cow-less hills.

Cow-less hills.

 

Once we reached our hotel, we did what any red-blooded non-terrorist would do…

Some Sorta Chocolate Stout.

Some Sorta Chocolate Stout.

 

Then we walked around and I bought a tacky-fabulous fake leopard coat. Then we went to dinner…which I will present without comment…in pictures.

THE CUCUMBERS TAKE THIS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

THE CUCUMBERS TAKE THIS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

I LOVE RAW FISH.

I LOVE RAW FISH AND TAPENADE.

THIS HAS ANCHOVIES IN IT.

THIS HAS ANCHOVIES IN IT.

Don't GnocchIT until you try IT.

Don’t GnocchIT until you try IT.

Party Time.

Party Time.

Oh hai, glitter nails.

Oh hai, glitter nails.

Guess what this is for.

Guess what this is for.

Shhhhhh...

Shhhhhh…

Because there was an after party coming up.

Because there was an after party coming up.

Sean's Dessert.

Sean’s Dessert.

My dessert.

My dessert.

 

And the owner took our picture AND GAVE IT TO US FOR FREE.

The owner was kind of a hipster.

The owner was kind of a hipster.

 

I guess that wasn’t completely comment-less.

Here, have some more pictures:

So festive!

So festive!

Just drinking coffee guys.

Just drinking coffee guys.

Old Blue Eyes, they call him.

“Old Blue Eyes”, they call him.

 

Then we went to a speakeasy and drank punch and champagne and whiskey and saw a burlesque show and had our own table because we are super important.

One drink had leaves.

One drink had leaves.

Nice "e".

Nice “e”.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR BIBBLES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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