One of the main purposes of my trip to NYC was to help JL celebrate her upcoming nuptials. She shirked at the idea of the typical garish, penis-themed bachelorette party (who wouldn’t?), so a low-key event was planned instead. We started off at JL’s apartment with drinks and appetizers. DIY goddess EF graced us with homemade ricotta cheese and pesto made with homegrown basil for a delicious bruschetta. She also made guacamole from scratch, though she wants everyone to know that did not grow the avocados herself. The cocktail of the evening was Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka with lemonade. It was delicious and deceptively easy to drink, despite the high alcohol content. Because JL eschewed all penile-themed party favors, we went with a silly “girls rock!” theme, with Bonnie Bell lipsmackers and personalized “J+N 4-EVAH” temporary tattoos.
After the pre-party, we headed downtown to Sazon restaurant, which specializes in Puerto Rican cuisine. I had a San Juan martini (ok, maybe I had a couple), which were delicious. The gin was infused with cucumber and it was really refreshing. Since there were 9 of us, and because it was already past-dinner time, we opted to share the appetizer sampler, a couple of large salads, and dessert. The appetizer sampler was all fried and all delicious: empanadas, fried plantains topped with seafood (which I regretfully did not sample), fried calamari, fried shrimp, and fried pork. The highlight of the rest of the meal was the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Timbal. (I had to look up what a timbal was, and all I figure out was that the dessert resembles the shape of a drum… so if anyone can clear this up, please comment!) It was like a cake/mousse, with a crunchy crust at the bottom.
The strangest part of the evening had to be when they sent a birthday dessert to our table, even though it wasn’t anyone’s birthday. At first I thought the cake was for JL, because it was her party, but then they gave the cake to her sister NL, who thought there had to be a mistake because it certainly wasn’t her birthday. We realized that the restaurant seemed to be giving every table a free dessert and acting like it was someone’s birthday. So weird!
This will most likely be my last post for a while. I’m off to Japan for a week tomorrow… I might hijack the blog and make it about travel instead of food. That will depend on wi-fi availability.