Where's the time?
I mean, it's not like I don't eat... and it's not because I haven't been lucky enough to dine out often.
As I've mentioned before, I probably go out to dinner way too much! And to be just plain honest with everyone, I haven't been home long enough to do much, much less write about my experiences. [commence pity party now and I'll kill you.]
Seriously though, I've been traveling to family and on business... far, far from NYC (the shame, I know!).
And make no mistake: Once you go outside this great city, it can be very difficult to find places that meet some very high culinary expectations.
For example, people just told me soooo much about Barcelona, Spain and its tapas, tapas, tapas! I was so excited!! Couldn't WAIT to get there. In the end, I spent almost 2 weeks in that town and didn't have that food fest that so many promised me that we'd have. It was a big let down. #epicFAIL
So yea, I knoooooow.... It was Europe, so it was far from home and very interesting -but not the exotic exploits that a foodie really wants. I just set my expectations too high, I think. (sigh)
So now that I'm back in the city (woo hoo!), I thought that I should at least write about something that I really, really love:
|Mia Gelateria - On 27th & 3rd Ave|
So Mia Chef has truly inventive flavors and you can sample each one before committing. You can try the likes of Figs and Tequila, Chocolate Whiskey Truffles, Mojito Sorbet and Belgian Chocolate (one of my faves -it has CHUNKS of the good chocolate enveloped in its mix). The servings are more than generous and the people that serve are consistently friendly. Oh yes, and they change their flavors a lot -so don't bank on one of the aforementioned to be there, per se. There are also many more than I mentioned as well.
I like this place so much that my husband and I just signed up for a class to learn how to MAKE the gelato ourselves. Yes, they have classes every weeknight and weekends. It's called the Mia Academy on their website. This is "get-a-babysitter-for-the-night-worthy".
Oh, and I'd be remiss if I forgot to mention their Hungarian pastry. It's just flaky albeit unpronounceable... it's simply delish. I like the chocolate, but don't take my word for it - try it yourself. With some of their very good coffee or a cappuccino. Really. Good stuff.
On their website, they mention, "Our menu, consisting of a varied selection of traditional and modern tastes, is prepared in house every morning by our resident chef. We bake our own pastries and we serve the finest drinks from our espresso bar.With over a thousand different recipes created to perfect the artistry in the centuries-old tradition of making gelato, we provide elaborate and modern flavors that allow our customers to take comfort in the traditional and find excitement in the unexpected. Our spaces were designed by Sheer Concepts taking inspiration from the rustic town of Orvieto, Italy to give it a warm and elegant vibe. Our company promotes sustainability by using green products and biodegradable cups."
So there. Spectacular ice cream, divine cuppa joe and they are environmentally friendly to boot. File this under #yummy.
Mia Chef Gelateria on 27th and 3rd, Manhattan