Report from New York

by Elissa

Last weekend, Josh and I were lucky enough to travel to New York for three whole nights by ourselves. We ate and drank very well while we were there, so I thought I'd share some of the highlights.

Best pasta: the ricotta gnocchi at Lupa.  I first had them with Katherine back when she was living in New York, and this was one of those rare dishes that lived up to my memory!

Best cocktail: the custom cocktails that we ordered at Lantern's Keep, the bar at the Iroquois Hotel near Times Square.  Basically you give the bartender a liquor or a theme to work with, and they will design a drink to suit your tastes. Mine involved London dry gin, lemon juice, orgeat, and absinthe. I'm going to try and re-create it at home, but will have to mix up a batch of orgeat (almond syrup) first. Runner up: The Guthrie Inn on the Upper East Side, a funky speakeasy-type place.

Best overall dish: the vanilla doughnuts we had during brunch at Perilla in the West Village.

The doughnuts were served hot from the fryer with a somewhat tart apple butter, which was a brilliant flavor combination.

Best food souvenir we brought back to DC: tie between a box of Kee's chocolates and a hunk of gruyere we bought at Murray's

We had an amazing weekend despite the frigid temperatures. Thanks again to Donna and Joanna for taking such good care of the kids while we were away!