(Lilacs stolen from my mom's house in Connecticut!)
To chip away at our NYC to-do list a bit, Peter and I went on a fun mid-week date to Caracas Arepas. We've put off going here because everyone seems to complain about the super long waits, but ours was only 25 minutes. Here's a tip that works for lots of popular NYC restaurants: go when the weather is terrible! It's worked for us at a bunch of hard to get into spots.
In addition to the long waits, I was afraid that Caracas was perhaps a bit over-hyped. Could a little corn cake really be that good?
Oh yes it could! I stuffed myself with a La del Gato (guayanés cheese, fried sweet plantains and avocado slices) and a De Pollo (grilled chicken breast with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese). So yummy, and such a fun, festive atmosphere. I'm sad we waiting so long to visit!
Since we were practically next door, I insisted that we walk down to Butter Lane for a frosting shot. I got this amazing idea from Kate, the stylish lady behind Embarrassment of Riches. For only $1, you get a little cup filled with a scoop of Butter Lane's amazing frosting! I settled on sea salt chocolate after lots of internal debate (tiramisu? caramel? grapefruit ginger?!). Big decision.
The evening ended at a bar with my lovely book club friends to toast one member on her shiny new grad school degree. Yay for arepas and frosting and achieving fun milestones!