Truffles are a foodie’s best friend


Wild about wild mushrooms? Black truffles, white truffles, truffle oil make your mouth water? Well the seasonal addition to the menu at Restaurant Medure is the fix that all you truffle addicts need. Truffles really are magic mushrooms…the legal kind. On the current menu at Medure there is a section solely dedicated to- you guessed it – TRUFFLES. If you are reading this post and don’t like truffles, well, I know for a fact I could change your mind – but – this whole post is not solely dedicated to the magic mushroom species. The truffle section on the menu at Medure is divine. I would’ve ordered all of the items on it…But there is only so much room in your stomach (and daily caloric intake…if you’re counting). 

My dining companions and I decided to start with something from the expialidocious truffle section. We basically inhaled the mushroom black truffle and arugula tart. It tasted so good that I’m pretty sure I looked like Augustus Gloop scarfing down all that chocolate in Willy Wonka. 

photo (1)the magical mushroom and black truffle tart 

We also shared the beet and goat cheese salad as another appetizer. It’s pretty hard to mess up a beet and goat cheese salad, but the dressing was unique and made the dish tastier than most beet and goat cheese salads. Had to get some greens in there – eat your vegetables! 

We all enjoyed different libations while we waited for our main course. I enjoyed a moscow mule and it was pretty basic but good. Probably how Sochi will be described – on a good day.One of my dining companions guzzled down a peach whiskey drink that was pretty original. Note: be careful when drinking a sweet whiskey drink – you are at your own risk of hangover.

Onto the main courses. These were exceptional. First – my entree was absolutely delectable…and it was a chicken dish. I never, I mean NEVER, order the chicken dish when I am at a gourmet restaurant. But, this was one special chicken dish. This dish included just about everything that I like – yes truffles included. The dish was prosciutto topped farm fresh chicken with mushroom bread pudding and truffle spaghetti squash. I never want to have bread pudding as a dessert anymore – I’d rather have the mushroom bread pudding for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The chicken was very flavorful and the truffle spaghetti squash was the best thing since sliced bread…no carbs, I’m ok with that. 

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My two dining companions both ordered the same thing to avoid getting order envyIt is serious business. They had the flounder francaise with whipped potatoes and feta cheese. I tasted it and loved it. Potatoes and feta cheese – for the meat and potatoes meets Greek goddess in all of us. photoflounder francaise with whipped potatoes and feta

We were dining on my friend’s birthday, so dessert was to be had by all…and it was pretty awesome.

Can you say flourless chocolate cake with kettle corn? 

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AND last but not least – Cheesecake with raspberry sauce in a mousse-like preparation – #winning 

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The Mermaid Inn: Manhattan Staple…Only thing missing is a dinglehopper


“Under the sea”…actually in a back-room-indoor-courtyard-oasis with dim lighting and filled with smiles. Happy customers at this East Village stronghold. Who knew Manhattanites could be this happy eating seafood on a freezing winter night.  


My friends and I were a bit overwhelmed by the options. So cliche, a group of women who can’t decide on what to eat because everything on the menu looks good. We knew we wanted to start out with oysters, but we got into a debate over East vs. West Coast oysters. Can you say first world problems? Luckily we returned to our senses. 

So the waiter helped us create a beautiful combination of East and West Coast oysters, and let’s just say they looked pretty on the plate for a whole 3 minutes – before they were devoured.

If you don’t want to bug your waiter to help you order or you’re just so into the convenience of your iPhone, iTouch, or iPad, and want to use it at dinner, there is an Oysterpedia app that The Mermaid Inn created. OK so this is definitely a first world problem in more ways than one. But, I must say it is pretty genius and seems like it could be useful. 

The oysters were great, and even though I liked the East Coast ones A LOT –  my blog name is the EAST COAST food blogger after all – the West Coast oysters were incredible.

The true highlight of my meal was the main course. Even though I generally find all things to come out of New England a bit annoying – OK just the Patriots and Tom Brady – I ordered the lobster roll. It was pretty much everything and more than you can ask from a lobster roll. Oh and it came with Old Bay seasoned fries. #yesplease

photo-3 lobster roll at The Mermaid Inn – Photo Credit: Gotham Magazine’s best lobster rolls in NYC article 

This lobster roll was included on a list of the best lobster rolls in the city. The fact that this list exists makes me want to try all of them and see for myself. It will be hard to top this one from The Mermaid Inn.

I loved the company I was with, the ambience in the nautical indoor courtyard space, the lobster roll, and last-but-not-least the complimentary dessert. Literal “icing on the cake”.

They give you chocolate pudding cups (which they also give you at the sister restaurant Mermaid Oyster Bar which I have also dined at). In addition to these bite-sized, perfectly portioned pudding cups, you get a fish fortune. A plastic fish that moves when placed in your palm and tells you what you are feeling. According to my fish fortune I was feeling passionate, but one of my dining companions was feeling envious according to her fish. HMM. 

Imagefish fortune and chocolate pudding

A pleasant , happy, tasty meal. I mean anywhere with oysters + lobster + free dessert… can you say happiness?