Summer Lovin’

And here, a few tasty treats I have recently enjoyed:

avocado toast Avocado toast

So, this isn’t something I ate at a restaurant, but it’s something I have been eating nonstop. The tomatoes are not quite at their peak yet, and in lieu of my favorite tomato sandwiches, I have been eating avocado like it’s my job. Right now, avocados are so buttery and lush that it’s criminal not to eat them. I prefer them a little firmer vs. softer, and if you get some less ripe ones, you can just put them in a paper bag for a day and they will ripen right up for ya. The onions (Vidalia!) are also still so sweet you can almost eat them like apples. Spread the avocado on toast (sourdough or multigrain), top with diced onion, cilantro, salt, and a little hot sauce, and you will be in heaven.

hu Hu hot and cold buffet

So, those pay by the pound places in midtown generally don’t do it for me. Trays of gloppy orange chicken, picked over Caesar salad, and lumpy mashed potatoes aren’t what I crave…ever. However, Hu is totally different. It’s a paleo style restaurant, where no gluten or dairy is served and grains are limited. That probably makes it sound gross, but it’s actually…kind of great. Think rare roasted venison, stuffed peppers with fresh veggies and ground beef, lentil salad with vinaigrette, and a dynamite Thai chicken stew. It’s all really good for you, really tasty and yes…you guessed it..pretty expensive as a by the pound buffet goes. But, on the upside, it’s less pricey than buying a bigger pair of pants to accommodate your cheeseburger loving thighs. So…win? Yes, a major win – once you try that Thai stew, you will know why I say that!

magnolia Magnolia Bakery’s coconut cupcake

It’s not my favorite cupcake place in the city, but in a pinch, it will do. And the coconut cupcake is especially great. It’s light and fine crumbed with a moist, coconut scented interior and sticky, sugary boiled icing. I just love it.

What have you been loving lately?

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