Thursday, January 3, 2013

Day 955: Here's to 2013!

Fromagical hopes that everyone had a very healthy and happy New Year and is starting off 2013 on the right foot! A few days late but better late than never!

2013 was started off surrounded by good friends, good times, good food and good drinks.

New Year's Day brunch was spent at the new Blue Ribbon Izakaya on the LES. A lively, warm and inviting space full of families enjoying their first meal of the year together, groups of friends exploring the restaurant's new brunch offerings and couples starting the new year off with a bite and a drink. Here for $40 you had your choice of a buffet composed of fresh sushi, cured meats and cheeses, yogurt, granola and fruit, bagels, cream cheese and lox and prawns. But that was not all! You could order any of the dishes off the a la carte menu as well. And order off the menu we did! Of the dishes I had the pleasure of trying my favorite was the Cheesy Rice an Lump Crabmeat scramble with tomatillo and fresh herbs -- Asian interpretation of risotto -- creamy, warm, and comforting. There was also the LEO scramble composed of fried rice, scrambled eggs, onions and lox that was satisfying and filling on a chilly first day of the New Year. Sure there were many other dishes ordered that I didn't participate in but each of which was a fun and inventive take on East meets West brunch and at $40 for this wide array of dishes, you really couldn't do better! A great way to kick off the New Year!

Fast forward approximately thirty six hours - it was time to get on a plane for warmth and a 200 mile relay race, called Ragnar, from Miami to the Florida Keys. Checking two things off my list that I have always wanted to do - go to the Florida Keys and do one of these relay races. So stay tuned for a full recap of the race starting tomorrow morning at 6:30am. Here's to following your passions, expanding your horizons, and exploring new opportunities in a new year!

Fromagical wishes each and everyone of you a happy, healthy, and absolutely fabulous 2013!!

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