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I think breakfast/brunch is the prettiest thing to take pictures of. And maybe ice cream. Just look at this beaut.

Last weekend I had a girlie brunch with some of my favorite girlies at Westville East. One of my favorite things is brunch with the girls. We had to wait a little while and they came out with hot apple cider to warm us up! Probably the cutest touch, and it solidified the fact that we were going to keep waiting to get a table and not go somewhere else.

We were seated, looked at the menus, continued gabbing.

Stephanie put some sugar in her iced coffee.

MB and Melody wanted brussel sprouts and plantains. DElish.

And Megan got eggs and asparagus and mashed potatoes.

I really like Westville East. There’s always a line on weekends, but as I said earlier, if you’re lucky maybe you’ll get some hot apple cider. I must say that Stephanie and I both enjoyed our french toast. It was very doughy. I also was a huge fan of the mashed potatoes. Very good. I hope to have another girlie brunch soon.

In other news: three Germans are in my apartment for the week. Ha!

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This is a lobster salad sandwich. That I ordered and my sister ate. And his is the last of City Mitten: Naples, Florida and I would say I’ve saved the best for last but the best was obviously Michelbob’s. Still, The Riverwalk at Tin City has its own special spot too.

So, we had Clam Chowder twice in one day. I told you that. And The Riverwalk is kind of known for their chowda. It’s dang good. So that was our chowder number two.

Emily is not pleased I am staring at her eating her chowder. She probably thought I was going to steal it! I stole her grouper and chips instead. Mmm, mmm.

Yeah, the Riverwalk is pretty good. It’s right on the water and you can see all the boats, which is fun. It’s also in Tin City which is basically an awesome assortment of shops full of things you’ll never want and never need. Knick knacks and tacky jewelry and t-shirts and tons of ugly things that I would defriend you for if I saw you buy. It’s so ridiculous. But it makes it fun.

Yayyy, Tin City!

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If you want a sandwich the size of your head, look no further: Curly’s Vegetarian Lunch on 14th st.

This is one of my hot spots in Union Square, and I’ve covered it before. BUT I did not cover their sandwiches. The time I went with Missy (above), she got a veggie burg and I was major craving sloppy joe’s, which is probably the weirdest thing to crave. But I was. So I got the veggie sloppy joe’s and oh my goodness.

I don’t think I’ve had better sloppy joe’s. Even ones with meat in them.

So if you ever have a strange craving for a sloppy joe, this is exactly where to go. And, hello, also for the curly fries.

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So… this is not a cupcake. And that’s because Gracie’s Cupcakes in Naples, Florida has yes, cupcakes, but also: ice cream! And that’s what we wanted. You actually wouldn’t believe all the trouble we went through to find a decent non-chain place to get ice cream. And the cupcakes looked good too:

Who doesn’t love sprinkles?

Anyway, Gracie’s is our new ice cream and cupcake shop in Flor-i-duh. Emily and I had mocha chip ice cream, or something to that affect. It was very nice. And they had all kinds of cupcakes. They had a binder with pictures of special orders they had done and some were really neat and/or beautiful. Em bought some mini cupcakes to take home on the plane.

Yesterday I didn’t post because I ended up staying out ridiculously late the night before and by the time I made my way through the bizzaro world of MTA service changes and got back to my apartment it was Game Over. That means there’s just one more Naples post left for next week.

Last night I met up with some people to dine at Applewood in Park Slope, two of which are also foodbloggers so it was a VERY interesting experience that I can’t wait to tell you about next week! Have a good weekend and GO MICHIGAN STATE!

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Why is Florida so hilarious? Dolly’s Produce Patch may be a restaurant, but it also may be a senior citizen community center. But so is pretty much the entire state of Florida. Take a look at the inside of Dolly’s:

Oldies. Oldies. Oldies. And random chairs with random plates and random things on the wall. It’s frigging fantastic. Such a world that I am rarely a part of.

Now is the part when I tell you that one day in Florida this past weekend, E and I had clam chowder twice in one day. It just happened. First, of course, was Dolly’s:

Delisherous. And I’m aware of how I just spelled that. We also ordered sandwiches – egg salad and a tuna melt, which we both shared. Here’s the melt:

And here’s Emily eating her egg salad sandwich:

They also sell honey and muffins and pies and other baked goodies:

I bet this pie is delicious. You can also hang out with mannequins!

Or buy strawberries, which you know we did.

Dolly’s is in Bonita Beach and as you can see it’s a pretty interesting spot. And the food is good too! They also serve breakfast, which maybe we can make it to the next time I’m in good ol’ Flordy.

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Another barbecue picture! This is from Fette Sau‘s table at the Village Voice Choice Eats 2010 last night. This means we’re taking a break from our regular programming, as I have some more City Mitten: Naples, Florida coming your way, but I like to be relevant and relevant is the tasting fest I went to last night.

First, you should know that it took place at the 69th Armory on Lexington and I was waiting in line on Park. The line went around the ENTIRE block. Insanity.

Inside it was pretty tolerable. Sure, there was some pushing and shoving at some of the more popular stations but there were also tables and tables of wine and beer so nobody was freaking out. Really this was a pretty good deal. We got our tickets early (over a month ago) and they were $35 and there was enough food to never be hungry again and enough to drink to never be thirsty again either. The sample sizes are actually pretty big, so if you’re not careful you can get full fast and not be able to try very much.

Here are some of my faves:

First sandwich: Cheeky Sandwiches. Sweet potato spread, beets, some sort of fried cheese and arugala. When we got in line for that one, the tattooed man serving sandwiches was like, “These are only vegetarian!” and I said, “Well, let’s have ’em then!” and the guy next to me smiled real big at me. I like happy people.

Then was Purple Yam sandwich. Apparently I really like sandwiches. But this one was also good.

Then we have a dessert from No. 7 which actually was not my favorite, but it sure was pretty.

Cullen skink soup from Highlands. That was pretty delish.

More pulled pork or something with cole slaw from Juliette, which is a place my friend Lucy really recommends. She says it’s “precious” and that’s the word she uses when she describes restaurants she really likes so I should probably go. Now THAT is what a sample size should be: the size of a spoon, not an entire plate.

And that last pic is shrimp sandwich from Luke’s Lobsta! Told you I love sammies.

Besides that, like I said there were lots and lots of people and some places ran out of food by 7:30 (It started at 5:30 for VIP and then 6:30 for us regulars). Porchetta ran out as soon as we were walking up to them and I didn’t get to try anything from Fatty Crab. Luke’s Lobster was crazy efficient and their Twitter says they gave out 900 mini shrimp rolls. Dang!

Well, that was fun. And now I’m really looking forward to all the food fests that come around in NYC in the summer! :)

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Do you like ribs? Is there even more than one answer to that question?

I decided to torture myself by writing this post because I came home from Florida with zero groceries in the kitchen and zero time to get any.

Welcome to Michelbob’s. The world’s most amazing ribs. There is never a time when I go to Naples, Florida and I do not go to Michelbob’s. It’s a given.

Grandpa asks, “Is there anything you want to do while you’re here?”

I say, “Michelbob’s.”

And then E and I text photos of the food to our dad to make him jealous. One year in college, my friends Kayti and Nora came with me to Michelbob’s and we even had a Michelbob’s boyfriend (a cutie server). Now that is commitment.

But how can you not like it?

It’s kitschy, they give you soda in GIANT plastic cups, AND it’s full of old people. Old people who were getting a little tooo rowdy for Grandpa and Evelyn(my step-gma?)’s taste this last time, actually. All I have to do is go to Michelbob’s and know that when I am 85, life will be nothing but a par-tay! With ribs!

And they are THE BEST RIBS IN NORTH AMERICA which we know because they ship their ribs and barbeque sauce anywhere in America by next day air! Can you imagine?

Another thing you should know about Naples, Florida. There’s this insane store called The Best of Everything and they are Everywhere and they really are The Best of Everything. Or so all the ladies think because it is PACKED. It’s basically all different kinds of jewelry and bags and whozerwhatsits and there were stuffed animals even and who knows what else… oh yah, TIARAS!

But anyway, Emily and I went ahead and made purchases of matching headbands!

Woo woo! We are so Southwest Florida. :)

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