Dear Food Diary:
Went back to the chaos with my friend Cindy, she’s the one who told me about this pop-up cafe weeks ago. Thank goodness she had a “mental health day” and arrived early. While I waited outside for 20 mins (even though I arrived 11:50), she was inside battling the lines and crowd to get our food.
NOW TO THE FOOD PART TWO:
Special of the day Cat Cora’s Skirt Steak Tacos with Shiitake Mushroom Salsa. I’m no taco expert, but can this be called a taco? looked more like a cigar roll or a anorexic fajita to me. Sure the skirt was well marinated (good mix of garlic, honey, citrus and pepper), tender and juicy but did I mention this was $9? or $1 per bite! I did like the flavors, specially the shiitake mushrooms that had a heavy handed sesame with chipotle, sesame seeds and fresh cilantro, but a bit overpriced don’t you think?
Chubby’s RATING: (overpriced, but tasted pretty good)
Daniel Boulud’s Signature Terrine Trio wasn’t as amazing as I anticipated, actually it was just average, nothing really stood out, we didn’t finish it.
This was the worst thing I tasted in the cafe, Bon Appetit’s Spicy Thai Coconut Soup with Gulf Shrimp, I didn’t know what to make of it. Not much coconut flavor, mostly just spicy and sour, but also very very shrimpy, in the worst way possible. Tasted like a pot of shrimp shells in hot water.
Chubby’s RATING: No Yummy (that’s a first for me)
Best thing I tasted today, was Cat Cora’s CCQ Brisket Wrap, oh yeah! this is what brisket should be, juicy, extra tender and full of flavor from the spicy rub. It had a mix of garbanzo beans, and slaw. Sweet, spicy and tangy, full of crunch from the veggies, the very fine strips of celery was a perfect addition. All this awesomeness for only $8, what a great deal. It’s better than the briskets I had at the BBQ block Party held in Madison Square Park. I never really cared for Cat Cora on Iron Chef, but after tasting her food, I see why she has a spot.
The Cafe came and is going away after tomorrow, but I’ll have this bag to remember all the yummy dishes.
As promised on my Tuesday’s post, I ordered the Yuzu Tart once again and I loved every bite, so so good, the lingering citrus note is so pleasant. WD-50, here I come! We’re planning to go sometime in Oct, will keep you posted.
Tomorrow is the last day, so if you’re in the area, check it out.