Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oh yes it could

(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 (guayan├ęs 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!


  1. I am so glad and relieved that Caracas lived up to the hype! Thanks for the shout-out too :)

  2. I love your NY to do list! NY is just amazing. I've been several times and always leave wishing I had more time. Definitely taking note of these recommendations!

  3. Now I want a shot of frosting. What a great idea!

  4. mmm, yum! i love going out to eat -- and trying new places!

  5. frosting shots sound like delicious trouble - at a $1, i'd have been hard put to choose at all!

  6. Kate, your recs were spot on! Thank you!

    Kimberly, thank you! It's definitely a fun city to explore.

    Bryn, I fully support this -- you need a frosting shot.

    Nals, me too! Too much, actually.

    MBB, that's an excellent point. We should have gotten more!


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