Well, I was not even going to blog about my daytime food today because I had nothing exciting planned. But, lo and behold, my coworkers came through! (Is anyone even surprised?)
You may by now be able to identify that photo as the delicious Dominican delicacy that is mangu! I had barely been at the office for 30 minutes (and had already had a very full breakfast and a mini-snack) when Nydia, Belkis, and Lillian lured me into the conference room with promises of that mangu and this avena dominicana:
Seriously, this Dominican oatmeal is sooo good. I had all the ladies (see below for more) at dinner tonight sniff the [empty] container it came in, and Diana accurately nailed the scent when she exclaimed that it smelled like a tub full of flan. After this breakfast #2.5, my coworkers could not finish the mangu OR the oatmeal, so they gave it all to me! I estimate that I drank another 1.5 cups of the oatmeal over the rest of the morning. And the mangu came back for an encore on top of my packed lunch salad:
Belkis also added some tostones to the mix (check out the piles of minced garlic all over them!):
I had one angelic slice:
My other food for the day was not that exciting or new — just know that there was a lot of it!
After work, I went right down to the East Village to meet Diana, Olga, Vani, and Emily for Brooklyn blogger meet-up part 3! Now, I know the Village is not exactly in Brooklyn, but some things warrant crossing borough lines. In particular:
Milon has been my favorite favorite favorite Indian restaurant since my freshman year of college, errrr, nine years ago. When I found out Emily had never been to “curry row” or even eaten real Indian food, I immediately pounced on the opportunity to drag her there expand her food horizons. I haven’t been to Milon in a couple years. Since I was last there, they have apparently begun to use their “gardenlike view” as a selling point. What is a gardenlike view, you ask?
I can almost see the tomato sprouts pushing their way up through the hot chili pepper lights?
Obviously, Milon is a super teeny, crowded, and chaotic restaurant that is a crazy experience in itself. It wasn’t all about the sight-seeing, though. Food clearly had to make an appearance.
We enjoyed our complimentary papadum and chutneys:
And I ordered the only thing I have ever ordered at Milon because it is heaven in a metal bowl: chicken tikka mussallum.
Also, Milon has caught up with the whole grain times and added brown rice to the list of rice options!
(The meal also came with cabbage and lentil soup.) I had tastes of everyone else’s meals, too, but you’ll have to check their blogs for more details! (Ohhhh, the suspense :-P)
Every meal at Milon inevitably involves a birthday celebration … or seven, depending on how crowded the restaurant is. I guess we decided to pretend it was my birthday tonight.
The complimentary candlelit mango ice cream comes complete with a birthday celebration of flashing lights and festive birthday music. And I was extra lucky tonight because still-vegan Vani handed her ice cream off to me.
Emily got cozy with our waiter:
This man has been at the restaurant forevvvvvvvvvvvvver. We’ve shared many a birthday dance up and down the aisle. I love how affectionate the staff here is!
And more little goodies arrived with the bill:
Happy tummies, and all for only $9:
I love how my day began in the Dominican Republic and ended in India! Where would your ideal day begin and end?