Tonight, the Great GoogaMooga kicked off. Last year was iffy. This time they started off with a concert with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flaming Lips and The Darkness. It was a lot of fun.
If you’re going this weekend and if it’s like it was today, then I say do NOT get beer tickets …unless you to pay extra for a commemorative cup (that you’re going to throw away in the compost bin or on the lawn) …and all the stands away from the entrance don’t even take tickets. They take cash and it was easy. Easy peasy.
I got hungry and had a hard time deciding what I wanted. A lot of carbs everywhere. So I got a Fried Chicken Sandwich from Joseph Leonard. It was sticky, covered in honey. But really good after putting Sriracha on it. A thick breast of chicken. I liked it …even if it had carbs.
Since there’s real no place to wash your hands and a bottle of water is $3 —a good tip is to ask the beer stand for a piece of ice from the cooler. I got rid of all the stickiness from my fingers from that honey. Another good reason to go to those outer beer stands.
My sandwich was $12. Most everything was around $10ish at all the stands.
Hyemi and I did this PSA for the UN for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. They put makeup on me.
We got $50 each and then blew it all at Rosarito Fish Shack right after. Last time I got brunch. This time, I got the Shack Stew (Octopus, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, White Fish, Calamari, Chorizo rice, tomato Chipotle sauce $24). I thought it was alright. Like it got better near then end after everything was soaking for awhile. It looked pretty.
I also decided to get a tequila and picked out Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo. I guess I ordered it because it was ironic …but I really liked it. I don’t know why I assumed it was going to be bad. Like if you were Sammy, why would you make a bad tequila if you had a choice? And now after I researched it, Sammy Hagar sold off his remaining stake in Cabo Wabo …I don’t know if it’s as cool to drink it.
I really can’t stop eating sushi and free hot sake. Todd and I went back out to Greenpoint to try another sushi/free sake place. We first went to Kyoto Sushi. They had a sign for free sake and Todd even called to confirm. But then I overheard that the table next to us were going to be charged for their second carafe. Turns out you only get one free. So we left. I think that couple were jealous that we left. For real, how do you think you can survive as a sushi restaurant in Greenpoint without free unlimited hot sake?
So we were about to go back to Sakura 6, but saw that Wasabi also had free sake. It turned out to be unlimited! They should really advertise it better online. It’s hard to find out which places are really free unlimited hot sake.
Wasabi didn’t have a sushi boat. So we got a Su-sa-ma Platter (for 2-3 people $49). It was a lot of food, but we somehow finished it.
They were very generous on refilling our hot sake. Even taking our half filled ones and filling it back up. Also generous on giving us wasabi when we asked for more. Looks like a broken off penis statue.
On the menu, there was a Bedford and Greenpoint roll. Although I’m not sure what makes it Bedford and Greenpoint. Oh, the Greenpoint has avocado.
We went to Cibao where I got that Cuban sandwich years ago. I feel like prices went up. Sandwiches are probably the best deal at around $6-8.
The Shrimp Cantonese was interesting. I wouldn’t thought they would have something like that on the menu. But it was surprisingly pretty good.
I got into a fight with Justin about whether to use flash or not on my camera. I used to be a proponent of non-flash food photos, but now I do a lot of flashing. I like the way it makes the photo look like an American Apparel ad. Also I don’t need to think and change settings and worry about the people waiting to eat the food. Plus it’s a lot sharper.
I took both flash and no flash. Okay in this case after I photoshopped them, no-flash turned out okay I guess. Sometimes you never know though. It wasn’t bright inside the restaurant and the original untouched images do look shitty.
I mean look how awesome these photos of Grilled Cheese I took at Subject bar earlier in the night…
I definitely couldn’t have gotten this shot without a flash. It would have been all blurry.
Cibao – 72 Clinton St (@ Rivington St) New York 10002
We went to lunch at the Japanese restaurant, Ootoya. It seems to be popular. We waited over twenty minutes to be seated. They gave us hot towels when we sat down to wash our hands.
The carafe of sake came out pretty fancy in a bowl of ice. And we got to choose our own sake cup. I can’t stop drinking sake.
Looking at the menu, it looked pretty expensive. But when I saw the food we got, it actually seemed like a good deal. My grilled fatty Mackerel was $16, but came with Homemade Pickles, Steamed Egg Custard, Miso Soup and Rice (topped with Grated Japanese Yam for an extra $2). The Grated Japanese Yam was interesting. I don’t think it really had much of a flavor, but it sure made the rice all gooey.
I liked Ootoya. Next time, I feel like I should dress up like a Japanese businessman though.
Ootoya – 8 W 18th St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave) New York, NY 10011
A few days ago, I thinking about going to Potlikker. It looked interesting from seeing it on Yelp and as a Suggested Page on Facebook. Then the next day, I found a Potlikker receipt in my pocket. I was like “WTF?”
Then I realized I went there already after I had a Sakura 6 free sake dinner. Afterwards we had beer and Jello shots at the bar around the corner. Then we were heading home and I ran into my old friend Diana. She said she was meeting my old friend Hinkle. So I tagged along and ate a second dinner. I guess I had too many sakes and Jello shots to know I was at Potlikker.
Everything was pretty good from what I remembered. The thing I picked off the menu was pretty impressive looking –Chicken liver mousse, sourdough french toast points, shallot agrodolce, tempura fried parsley & homemade pickles $13. They should call it French Toast with Chicken Liver, because I thought I was just getting chicken liver and some bread.
The Brick Chicken ($23) was really good. Crispy! I’ll remember that.
Potlikker - 338 Bedford Ave (btwn S 4th & S 3rd St) New York, NY 11211
I’m addicted to free hot sake. We went to Sakura 6 in Greenpoint, where I first learned that free sake existed. There’s no real minimum to spend on food to get free sake. I think just have to buy enough, like an entree.
Todd and I split a sushi boat for two, which was a little cheaper than Sapporo Haru per person. It was good. But honestly, I don’t know if I really paid attention because of all the free sake. And they were super generous. You didn’t have to ask them for more sake. They came by to check the bottle themselves.
This place is so awesome, we came back the next week with friends. We meant to keep track of how many free sakes, but we kept forgetting to count. Too many sakes to remember.
Sam brought these Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos, the chip based on the Taco Bell Doritos Locos tacos based on the Doritos chip. There were Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch versions. Each bag had a mix of two chips –Nacho Cheese and the Locos Tacos chip or Cool Ranch and the Locos Tacos chip.
I don’t think we understood when we first ate it. Some of us were like it taste like regular Doritos. Some of us thought it tasted like taco meat. You can tell which one’s which by seeing how much seasoning is on it. But honestly, I couldn’t tell the different that much anyway. Maybe the seasoning got mixed around in the bag onto other chips.
I thought it tasted almost like a plain taco shell with a little bit of Doritos seasoning. So kind of like a less flavorful Doritos. Weird. But I bet it’ll taste great with some taco meat on it.