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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blossom at Carmine Street, take 2

Yet another Groupon, yet another stop at the West Village Blossom outpost. This time (last time here) was much more delicious. Sorry about the fuzzy photo quality; G insists on blowing out candles and RUINING DATE NIGHT AMBIENCE.
 
Right into it:
This was my entree: Barbequed berry tempeh with roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed swiss chard and horseradish cream. Entirely perfect. Flavorful sauce, toothsome tempeh, and an actually sizeable amount of chard.

Greg got what he had debated getting last time and was much more pleased: Seitan and mushroom sliders, carmelized onions, pesto mayo, housemade tomato sauce, mozarella, and salt & vinegar garlic fries. He said the fries were a little soft but otherwise loved the entire thing.

You can see we also each enjoyed a Sixpoint Sweet Action beer with our meals.
Abby's stop to a different establishment put in my mind that a fancy drink and a nice appetizer can be a out of the ordinary treat. Sans Groupon, it also sounds a bit more wallet-friendly than an entire meal. I even find Blossom's appetizer menu slightly more appealing than their entrees.
No dessert, if you can believe it. We were okay with that.

                                    G striding determinedly to the West Fourth Street fountain.

Photo by Greg. Some weird sculpture. Through the upper left section, you can see the glowing Empire State Building.
It was a nice night out.

21 comments:

  1. Lucky you! I haven't used groupon for ages... I don't think there aren't too many of them for restaurants in Oregon. Hmmmm, the BBQ berry tempeh is interesting....more like sweet and savory flavors? I think I will go with the Seitan and mushroom sliders, that looks really good...and cute, too! It's funny because at some restaurants, the appetizers menu is better than the entrees, because you can try a variety of them in reasonable portions. :)

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    1. That's too bad! But being in Oregon probably makes up for that in its own way :) The bbq sauce wasn't really spicy and only slightly sweet. I liked it a lot. Definitely agree on the portion size of appetizers.

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  2. Your entrée sounds really excellent. It's good that you actually use the groupons — we forget about them until they expire, which is dumb. I know we can get our groupon money back and one of these days we will. I hope. In the meantime, I think it's cheaper for us to just pay for a meal. The sculpture looks a little like a garden plant trellis on steroids.

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    1. You can always use the Groupons for however much you paid for them. This was actually only good for the month of August, so I didn't get a chance to forget about it!

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  3. I'm suitably jealous. Not just eating at Blossom, but also the after dinner stroll (stride?) by a fountain and a view of the Empire State Building.

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    1. It was more a stride. Like, "I'm GONNA go look at this fountain. Just try and stop me."

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  4. Heh heh. Entertaining narrative as always. :) Your food looks and sounds great - I probably would've gone for Greg's entree!

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    1. I like the way the cheese melted onto them. I'm sure they were good but I think we were both so happy with our meals we didn't even think to share, so I wouldn't know.

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  5. A perfect date night (even without the candles) a delicious meal, and a beautiful walk with great weather! Horseradish cream does sound like a great compliment to the meal. Tell Greg that the fries look good from here. ;)

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    1. P.S. I like the new look of the blog!

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    2. The West Village is a really nice place to walk around. And a post-dinner promenade is always a good idea. The cream wasn't all that spicy, from what I remember but it was awesome with the chard.
      Thank you!

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  6. Your tempeh dish sounds incredible.

    I dated a guy once who'd always blow out any candles, but that was because he knew I'd get completely distracted by playing with the flames and either a) lose track of the conversation constantly or b) burn the place down accidentally.

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    1. Ha! Yeah, I'm a bit of a klutz so maybe it was safer for both of us.
      G's exterminated candles before and the waiter will just come around and re-light them. It's kind of funny.

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  7. I'm with Ingrid, I love the new look! Sounds like a really great meal! Glad this time was better than the last visit. I am also envious of the post meal walk through the city. The city is so beautiful at night.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! It was a delicious meal and the city is definitely nicer at night. Things calm down a little, it seems. At least in the Village.

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  8. Barbeque berry tempeh with horseradish cream sounds so so so so good. Why don't I think of these combinations?

    Tim always blows out the candle, too. Mostly because he usually has a migraine. We have to make our own romance :)

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    1. I know! Here I am eating plain tempeh all these years, when there's barbeque berry sauce to be had?
      I'm sure you do a fine job of making yr own romance.

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  9. Everything looks amazing. I still haven't made it for dinner, but brunch #2 was a huge disappointment. I'm loving the green!!

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    1. Is it really crowded at brunch times? I'd be afraid to go! Gotta take a look at the menu though.

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  10. I was there for brunch this weekend! Definitely make a reservation. The lunch menu is slightly different from dinner, so take that into consideration as well.

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  11. How do i miss their groupon deals?!?!
    (((Smacking forehead)))))
    That sounds like a great mix of flavors for the tempeh, and horseradish cream sounds so decadent! No dessert does not compute. Not even to go?
    I'm a bit off to the right side of the empire state blding from your photo :)
    Ttrockwood

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