Remember this meal?
Just simple minced beef with onion, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and some chili pepper if you wanna spice it up. Baked int he oven at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes and let rest for 5.
That turned into a late night dinner since I sliced almost the whole tip of my ring finger off while prepping in the kitchen? Yep, J and I were happily partying it up with drunk people in the ER for an ill minute.
Thankfully this baby is feeling up quite well now…
Anyways mama felt bad for me and our night being ruined so to cheer me up she offered to treat J and I to a lovely dinner of our choice, anything under $200.
See poor finger? :[ Need yummy food
Besides. J wouldn't let me go near a knife for awhile....
I found an ear cuff to hide my "alien bump" ahhahaha....
We played around with food ideas but really just wanted to stay in the neighborhood. It was beautiful out so we decided on Italian or Tapas... and we wanted to dine outside. So J immediately suggested Giginos At Wagner Park and we got a beautiful seat outside with a gorgeous view of the Statue of Liberty.
J picked out two wines we could try and I chose the one with a cooler name that I liked.
And he let me pick out the food :] As long as he got his olives!!!!
[ps they have yummie bread which you get to dip in EVOO and Balsamic Vin.]
The olives come in a mezze trio or whatever of also cured meats and other stuff but we only wanted olives. J <3 Olives hehe Olive Monster…. so they let us just order that.
As an appetizer we got the simple Mussels with white wine, garlic, black pepper and…. basil I think it was. DEEEELISH!
There were a ton of mussel dishes to choose from, and just saying, the menu was HUGE… HUUUUGE… intimidatingly so which is why I ended up choosing the simplest items.
Grilled Monkfish with Broccoli Rabe and Baby Bok Choy
This was a special…. it was between this and the branzino but since I had gotten the branzino last time I had Italian, when J’s parents were in town, I wanted some tender juicy Monkfish. Need to spice things up a bit, y’kno?!
Pappardelle San Marzano - Fresh pappardelle with San Marzano tomato, garlic, olive oil and basil AND a beautiful fresh shavings of parm all over it. YUM.
SUPER SUPER FRESH TENDER AMAZING NOODLES. Perfectly al dente. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.. pasta made so simple and delicious with my favorite type of pasta. HEAVEN.
We opted out of dessert… and I think we ended up back home watching tv and probably having a scotch or whiskey on the rocks. It was a beautiful walk around FiDi even tho it started to get a bit chilly. MMM MMMM MMMMM I would love to come back during the day and when it’s a tad bit warmer to see the day time view.