Happy birthday to MEEEE!!
I love birthdays in general, but I especially love my birthday. I love getting presents and doing whatever I want all day long. On my birthday eve, I celebrated with my lady friends by having pizza and beer out in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at Paulie Gee’s. They make some amazing pizzas in their wood-fired oven. Since there were six of us, we greedily ordered six pizzas and we managed to finish them all! A few of the favorites were the Hellboy (Fior di Latte, Italian Tomatoes, Berkshire Sopressata Piccante, Parmigiano Reggiano, and finished with Mike's Hot Honey), the Anise and Anephew (Fior di Latte, Braised Fennel, Anisette Cream Drizzle, Berkshire Guanciale and Fennel Fronds), and the Greenpointer (Fior di Latte, Baby Arugula, Olive Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice and Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano), but they were honestly all delicious!
On my actual birthday, Josh and I spent the whole day eating and planning what to eat next; the perfect day in both of our minds. It was the first weekend of the Hester Street Fair and it was one of the first weekends of nice weather so everyone was out and about which meant long lines for food from the various vendors at the fair. In the end, we decided on lobster rolls from Luke's Lobster (still the BEST lobster rolls in NYC) and chicken biscuits (a fried chicken cutlet on a biscuit with hot sauce and honey butter) from Pies 'n' Thighs. Washed down with some root beet, it was a delightful little lunch!
While digesting, we walked around lower Manhattan and I got a baby coconut in Chinatown. The coconut water inside was as delicious and refreshing as promised by the man selling them. It was perfectly sweet and better than anything you can get in a tetra pak!
Next, we went to the Union Square Greenmarket to pick up some fresh, local ingredients for dinner. I love going to the Greenmarket. Not only does it feel good to be supporting local farmers, but the produce is better than anything you can get in a supermarket because it hasn't had to travel thousands of miles to get to you.
We got some spring onions and ramps. Aren't they gorgeous? Ramps are only in season a couple of weeks each spring. Their flavor is a cross between onion and garlic. Since Josh loves me oh-so-much, I took a nap while he finished the grocery shopping. Those who know me know that I LOVE NAPS. I really do.
Anyway, to stay on subject, here is the menu for the evening: a giant bone-in ribeye steak, roasted spring onions, sautéed wild mushrooms with ramp leaves and spring onion tops, and twice baked potatoes with ramps and a white cheese that we got at the Greenmarket (it's been too long since we actually made this dinner and I don't have a picture of the cheese to jog my memory). Wine accompaniments were a 2008 Chassagne Montrachet and a 1983 Bordeaux from Graves to match the year of my birth! I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Enjoy!