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Say hello to some gnocchi. I love gnocchi.

Left Bank is on Perry Street in the West Village and it’s a new restaurant from old Mermaid friends Laurence Edelman and Micheline Gaulin. I loved working with them both back in the day and I am loving visiting them in their new restaurant now. I was there opening week and told Laurence how much I enjoyed everything and he said, “You know we’re just getting started.” EXCITING!

This is my homegirl Mara, whom you’ve met lots of times. I knew she’d be the one to take to Left Bank because she, like me, loves trying new restaurants and also she works at LeDu Wines just around the corner from Left Bank. It was perfect! That very large glass in front of you is an “International Stud” named after the gay bar that used to be in the space and also featured in this video of my friend Colby making it while wearing a Knot By Tiffa bowtie. Yes I am shelling for my friends’ companies right now (Knot by Tiffa included) but they are all pretty legit.

For our meal we also had a beefsteak tomato salad and the pork rillettes. Don’t think I’ve ever had pork rillettes before but they were fun to eat and delicious. And of course the beautiful salad was, too. Tomato salads are so perfect for summer.

We also had a pan-roasted pork chop with sauerkraut and mustard. Look at that sauerkraut! My mom would have died. A happy death, of course.

For dessert we had some really delicious cheese, and I never get cheese for dessert. I always think dessert = chocolate but I’m trying to branch out. And cheese is fancy. More cheese, please!

So that’s it! Head on over to Left Bank and tell ’em I sent you. I know I’ll be there again soon. :)

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Abby is Greek. I like Greek food (study abroad, what?). We are great friends.

When I first moved to the city, Abby visited me and we went to Astoria to meet up with her Greek friend and he took us to a fabulous restaurant where we ordered what felt like the entire menu. Yesterday we went on an adventure to Bay Ridge to go to Agnanti Meze.

I have a takeout menu in which Abby starred everything we ordered, because she did all the ordering and I was just happy to be there.

The only thing I made us order was a Greek salad, which you could say is a boring thing to order, but traditional Greek salads are pretty much my favorite thing in the world.

I love tomatoes, cucumbers, and FETA!

This is ntakos: Cretan rusk, tomatoes, feta, olives, capers, oregano and olive oil. Abby says she cannot buy Cretan rusk anywhere in Michigan and she really wanted to try it, so we made sure Agnanti had it on the menu before we went.

Kolokythokeftedes Mykonos: zucchini and cheese croquets that were really good.

Beef bourek, which was maybe my favorite. The crust was homemade and phenomenal. I would order this again.

We also got vegetables pikilia: fried zucchini, eggplant, peppers and garlic mashed potatoes. Basically we got a lot of food.

There was a huge family sitting next to us and they kept ordering more and more food and it was kind of hilarious. The servers would come out carrying a bunch of plates and go back to the kitchen and come back out with their arms full of more. That’s just the Greek culture though. We ordered a bunch of appetizers and they ordered a bunch of appetizers and THEN the main course. I love Greek food. And I love Abby. She has left me now and I am very sad. She’s going to move here and have a classy housewarming party and make a ton of Greek dishes and it’s going to be great. Come back to Agnanti with me soon, Abby!

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Do you need some color in your life? Let the Union Square Greenmarket help:

red and orange

greens

purple

light purple

orange and red

the brightest green

What a great season.

I don’t think flowers get enough love. Who doesn’t love flowers? I mean just LOOK at those beauties! Those are brought in from the Catskills, the man told me. He was very nice and made sure I took a picture of those orange and red bouquets cause they’re the prettiest. I should have bought some.

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