It Was Love At First Mini Bread Loaf
I met a mini bread loaf at Blue Fin. If you’re not familiar with Blue Fin, it’s the newly renovated restaurant located inside the W Hotel Times Square. My friend was running late so when the waiter served me this adorable, warm, miniature loaf of bread I didn’t know what to do. Do I pet it and tell it how much I love it? Do I give it a new home in my purse? Do I eat the whole thing and have it taken away before my friend arrives so I don’t have to share it with her? The loaf’s partner in crime, a tiny scoop of olive oil and sea salted butter, was also on the plate. This made my second plan of attack a little harder to pursue (hello, grease stains) but it did cross my mind. I thought I’d go for option number three but then my friend arrived. I cried a little on the inside and dejectedly told her about the half loaf of tiny bread beside her. She shrugged it off like it was nothing. Does this adorable bread not have feelings? (No) Did I feel for this loaf? (Yes). My friend almost disregarded it entirely until I told her how delicious it was. She seemed to be more a fan of the butter (which was delish but not quite as adorable as the baby loaf).
Then I met a cocktail called Smoke & Ash.
It immediately filled me with excitement - like when you meet eyes with that cute guy at the bar for a second too long. The mixture of Nuestra Solidad Mezcal and hibiscus merged perfectly with the coating of black salt (that I may have nibbled on throughout the meal). Refreshingly tart yet smokey at the same time, I knew we’d be together a while. Well, until that awkward break up mid-dinner.
But every girl knows you have to flirt a little to get what you want. I found the perfect rose to keep me occupied while my friend and I noshed on some seriously delicious Shishito Peppers with bonito, togarashi, and sesame.