RESTAURANT REVIEW: SCARPETTA

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I love dining out with friends after clocking out of work during the week. Its a great little push to get all your work done and meet the girls for fab food and even better gossip. 

We headed to Scarpetta, an Italian restaurant with a dark and sexy decor. Modern and sleek, Scarpetta is housed inside a townhouse right at the forefront of the hip Meatpacking scene. 

Scarpetta celebrated 7 years this month, with a special 4 course prix fixe dinner menu with wine pairing included. How fab is this deal! Along with this restaurant being on my wish list for years, we figured a prix fix menu was a great way to try a new place and not put a dent in our wallets.  As we got situated and the prosecco began to flow, warm focaccia appeared on the table. The dining room began to fill and our first courses arrived, we didn't have that feeling of  "this is going to be a great meal".  The pasta course appeared next and I did not care for the wine pairing.  

Our 3rd courses arrived, and a few spoonfuls in, and we all agreed that we were under whelmed.  Underwhelmed with flavors of the dishes, underwhelmed with the service. None of the courses jumped out as amazing and they all lacked flavor, simply some more salt could have done the trick. The best course in my opinion was dessert, a citrus panna cotta which was the chefs choice. 

With all of the restaurant options surrounding Scarpetta, even small outposts housed inside Chelsea Market and the new Gansevoort Market, Im surprised that the food was not fabulous. The decor and atmosphere were great, but I can scratch this restaurant off my wish list and never look back. For a better meal, head 2 blocks down to Bodega Negra for fab food and a dope DJ after 7pm. 


FAB RECIPE: CURRY CHICKEN SALAD W/ GUEST FOOD BLOGGER APRIL W.

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The age old question, "What am I having for lunch this week" comes time and time again... especially after a 3 day weekend. Eating Fabulously's guest food blogger April of "April's Cookin"  has the perfect dish for lunch or a light spring dinner. This curry chicken salad makes a great sandwich for lunch, or dinner when its too hot to make a lot of food. As the summer heats up, stay tuned for more recipes from April. 




Curry Chicken Salad



Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)
2 Split Chicken Breasts, skin on, bone in
Olive Oil, for drizzling
Kosher Salt, to taste

Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
¼ cup Scallion, white & green parts, minced

¼ cup Celery, minced

5 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Curry Powder

2 tbsp Mango Chutney

1 tbsp White Vinegar

½ tsp White Pepper

¼ Cup Golden Raisins
1 tbsp Cilantro, chopped (optional)
1-2 Avocados, skin and pit removed, sliced horizontally (optional)

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place chicken breasts on it skin side up. Drizzle breasts with extra virgin olive oil and then season liberally with salt and black pepper. Roast breasts for 35 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, mince the celery, scallion and chop the cilantro if using it. Then, in a bowl, whisk together mayo, curry powder, chutney, vinegar, white pepper and kosher salt to taste (approx 2 teaspoons).

Once chicken has cooled, remove skins and pull meat away from the bone. Then, using a sharp knife, dice the chicken into small pieces and add to the bowl. Add the celery, scallions, raisins and dressing and stir to combine. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve in avocado bowls (as pictured) or serve as a sandwich or wrap. This salad also gets better with age so it’s recommended to make the night before serving.

FAB RECIPE: LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES WITH BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

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Im a big fan of breakfast, and I usually go for french toast when Im dining out, but recently I have been craving pancakes at home on the weekend.  Pancakes at home just scream its been a long week and its time to get cozy! I started putting ricotta cheese in my pancakes a couple years back while working in a restaurant and I haven't stopped since. The ricotta cheese makes the pancakes fluffy and also gives them added flavor, that you never knew you needed. 

Aside from lemons being a staple in my home, we always keep a bowl of blueberries in the fridge as soon as spring hits. They are perfect to pop in your mouth, and are perfect to spoon over these lemon pancakes. 

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote 

Your favorite pancake mix, prepare as directed 

4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese

zest of 1/2 a lemon + 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 

pinch of sugar + salt 


Blueberry Compote: 

2 packs of fresh blueberries, 
1/4c. sugar 
zest of 1/2 a lemon + juice of half a lemon 
pinch of sea salt 
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In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients for compote together and bring to a simmer. Blueberries will begin to make their own juice. Adjust sugar, salt and lemon juice to your liking. Once reduced, keep over low heat. 

In a large bowl, prepare pancake mix as directed. Once mixed, whisk in ricotta cheese, lemon juice plus zest, and sugar and salt. Taste a small amount of pancake batter to determine whether the lemon and sugar are to your liking. Heat a large sauté pan with a small amount of oil, drop 2 spoonfuls of pancake batter in and cook pancakes to your liking. 

Once pancakes are cooked, stack on a plate (I layer butter in between!) and spoon hot blueberry compote over pancakes. Eat fabulously immediately. 



BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, LUNCH & DINNER TO MAKE THIS WEEK

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I have been in a little food fog lately. Not only do I not know what to cook for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I don't even know what restaurant I want to eat fabulously in next.  Its such a weird feeling, Im not use to this! 

I had to dig in the archives a little and refresh my memory for some food inspiration, and out came all of these delicious (and quick!) reminders. If you are in a foodie rut, check out one of these quick and easy recipes and get back to eating fab! 


Breakfast 

Caramel Apple Hot Cereal 

Vanilla, Blueberry, & Blackberry Smoothie 


Brunch 

Homemade Granola 

Red Velvet Waffles 


Lunch 

Kale Salad 

Duck Fat Brussel Sprouts 


Dinner 

Roasted Asparagus 

Mixed Roast w. Chicken & Sausage 

10 PLACES TO EAT FAB WITH MOM THIS MOTHER'S DAY

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Ahhhhh how did we get to Mother's Day! We all love our mom's and of course mom's need to eat fab.  Whether its brunch and unlimited mimosa's or a special dinner celebrating the special lady in your life, getting a last minute Mother's Day reservation is pretty much equivalent to running out of lash glue.  (the horror) 


This last minute round up will put you at the right table to eat fabulous with mom. So fire up your OpenTable app and start reserving! 

A Voce Columbus
Minton's
Vinateria
The Cecil
Boqueria UES 
Burger & Barrel
Root & Bone
Brucie
The Smith
Bar Primi 
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