Monthly Archives: August 2013

  1. Guac! Guac! Guac!


    August 31, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    Rob said this would put Rosa Mexicano out of business. I tend to agree – I think my guac is really good.



    Must be eaten with Fritos Scoops!

    I just added the ingredients I thought should in guacamole. So here is my recipe for the best guac ever. Everything is to taste; I didn’t measure anything but here are my best guesses:

    3 avocados
    1/2 red onion, finely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp hot sauce

    1) Mash the avocados in a bowl.
    2) Mix in all the other ingredients.


  2. Intermezzo (and Jason Biggs)

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    August 30, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    We went to Intermezzo on Wednesday night with a Groupon for a bottle of wine, two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts. They had a special menu for Groupon patrons, which irked me somewhat – can’t they just say how much you can spend on each course and give you the regular menu? Jeez. But whatever. The food was good.

    I had chicken parm because – as I’ve said before – I’m terribly uncultured, and chicken parm is pizza with fried chicken instead of bread, and how could you not want that?

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  3. Aww!


    August 30, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    Wordpress wished me a happy anniversary… That means that today is the one year anniversary of Fat in Manhattan! What a year. I got married, had an awesome recipe contest and went to Aruba, Miami and Paris. Year two will include an exotic trip south to Central America, cooking the Thanksgiving meal (just typing that makes me anxious), and something pretty darn neat that I’m hoping to launch soon. So thank you for all the visits and views and comments over the past year; keep them coming!


  4. Dos Caminos

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    August 27, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    I have always wanted to go to Dos Caminos, so yay! I am glad I went tonight. While I waited for my friend to arrive, I had a glass of sangria at the bar. The bartender asked me how my day was – I guess he could tell I was freaking awkward and not interested in the men’s tennis analysis on TV without sound – and I said good, that I was just waiting for my friend. And when I was almost done with my sangria, he gave me a margarita! How nice of him. I also gave him a good tip for the sangria, so that might have helped.

    One more thing. While I was waiting at the bar sitting by myself, an old guy who surely thought he was hot stuff walked over to his group of friends near whom I was sitting.
    Old guy, gesturing to three empty seats: “Are you using all these seats?”
    Me: “No.” Does it look like I am?
    Old guy, gesturing at his friend: “Is this guy bothering you?”
    Me: “No.” You, sir, are bothering me.
    Old guy: “Has he asked you if you’re Irish?”
    Me: “No.” Has anyone asked you if you’re an asshole?
    I hope my mono-syllabic answers don’t make me seem cold. I really am friendly. I’m just not interested in asinine commentary from strangers.

    Onto the food. The food was delightful! We got the guac, duh, which came with three salsas:

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    No picture of the guac. It was consumed before I thought to take a picture.

    And I got this chicken. The sauce was super spicy! It was fine because I wanted something spicy, but it didn’t even say on the menu that it would be spicy. Anyway and the rice was so good – it had chunks of avocado and some kind of fruit in it.doscaminos (1)

    Anyway, Dos Caminos was fun and the food was good. Next time, I’ll be bringing my husband.


  5. First Smorgs Trip of 2013


    August 25, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    FINALLY! We made our first trip to Smorgasburg this year. It’s really unbelievable how fast the summer has gone by and how many weekends we had booked in advance. Anyway, we had some old favorites, like Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut and the salted oatmeal cookies ice cream sandwich from The Good Batch (which is so freaking good, words cannot describe), and here are some new things we tried:


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  6. New Tumblr


    August 21, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    Good evening! I made a Tumblr called Exaggerated Pinterest Claims. Reasons you should read it:

    1) I think it’s funny. My sister told me it’s funny. Rob laughed when he read it.
    2) There are a lot of pictures of food, so it’s tangentially related to FIM.
    3) Because you are bored. This is perhaps your most compelling reason.

    Anyway, I don’t know how to check the stats (or do much else) on Tumblr yet, so I won’t know if you did read it, but I hope you do.

    Sweet dreams!


  7. Strawberry mint jam


    August 20, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    For a few weeks now, I have wanted to make my own jam. I really don’t know where this idea came from, but it’s been in the back on my mind for a while now. I saw an intimidating recipe in the NYT, so I thought maybe making jam is too difficult for me, until I saw this recipe on my friend’s new blog.

    Instead of apricots, basil leaves and lemon, as that recipe says, I used strawberries, mint and lime. My hands smelled like a mojito – which is always a good thing – after I was done picking mint leaves and squeezing the lime, and I wish I could describe the smell of it cooking. Goodness gracious it was amazing.


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  8. Smashed potatoes


    August 18, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    I have always had a fear of boiling potatoes. I’ve never made mashed potatoes because I just can’t bring myself to boil potatoes. I really don’t know why. But I finally gave it a whirl, thanks to the ubiquitous smashed potato pin (I used this recipe, more or less). Seriously, this pin is everywhere and ughh they look so good.

    Here is how my version turned out:

    smashedIf I make them again, I will smash them thinner so they get crispier. Some potatoes were thicker than others, and I preferred the thinner ones. Also, I would have some better toppings on hand. We dipped them in this, and it was pretty good, but I’m thinking cheddar cheese, sour cream and bacon bits. If you don’t feel like having a heart attack, ketchup would be fine to dip them in, too.


  9. Gazala’s

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    August 18, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    Gazala’s was the restaurant that brought us to the UWS this weekend. It serves Druze cuisine, which I did not know until literally right now when I looked at the restaurant’s about page. Hmm. You learn something new everyday!

    Anyway, I ordered the “homemade pasta dough.” I did not know what to expect from the name, but I was adventurous, and this was delicious. It came with lamb and tomatoes, and the pasta was seriously the perfect texture.

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  10. Treat House


    August 18, 2013 by Emily Pergament

    The time between deciding to go to the Treat House and going was rather short. We were planning to go to the Upper West Side anyway because I had a Groupon that was going to expire soon, and then when I read about the Treat House, making a pit stop there was a no-brainer.


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