This is kind of a cheat but imma give myself a pass. Today was the Democratic mayoral primaries here in New York so I headed to vote after work rather than making food. It's IMPORTANT. I was also too lazy/busy yesterday to prepare a lunch, so I stopped at Paradis to pick something up for both lunch and dinner. I've written about this place a lot, as I have mixed feelings about it but one of the things I really have to give them props for is their use of sourcing locally and seasonally (so, kinda sticking with the theme!)
Not only does it mean that the food is more sustainable, but it is constantly fresh and constantly changing. The cooks at Paradis know how to pick the best produce and come up with something imaginative and new to do with it every single day. Serious props. This is something I would love to be able to do.
ME right now at the Farmers markets.
Roasted sesame-soy soba noodles with cilantro-lime carrots and Chinese broccoli. This was a little less delicious than lunch, but even that makes this about 15 times tastier than anything I could make. It was slightly salty and I should have known that I can only take so much soba but the vegetables were perfect.
One of these days I am just going to take notes on what Paradis makes and then do it myself because I want all of these things all of the time. They really know what flavors work with what. JEALOUS.
Another cool thing about today's lunch was that I ate it at the St. marks in the Bowery Church yard and was visited by TWO Blue Jays!! Blue Jays are my second spirit animal (after cats duh.) FYI.
Crappy photo, but....BLUE JAY!!!! I would not have even minded being pooped on by this beautiful bird. Good way to end a food post: poop.