Chalk Point Kitchen’s delicious spring menu

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I love you too, Chalk Point Kitchen!

Spring has sprung in NYC, and that means a new, delectable menu from Matt Levine’s Chalk Point Kitchen (527 Broome St. New York, NY). The West Village restaurant specializes in seasonal ingredients delivered farm-to-table, but it is the creativity of its chefs that truly sets Chalk Point apart. A glance at their brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert menus and it’s clear that this is not ordinary dining. Baked Sourdough French Toast is exalted to include toasted hazelnuts and crispy rosemary, and the Devils Food Cake is crafted with raw cacao and topped with cream cheese icing. The rustic charm of Chalk Point Kitchen’s decor complements the restaurant’s honest ingredients and well-constructed dishes, and heightens an already intimate dining experience. Last week, I was invited to an exclusive tasting of their spring menu, and it is exceptional even by Chalk Point’s standards.

 

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The whipped, herbed feta was amazing!

Up first was whipped, herbed feta with toasted baguettes. The flavor combination was remarkable! The sweetness of the feta cheese, tangy spice of red pepper flakes, and savory and satisfying crunch of the baguette were heavenly together.

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Blood Orange Vitamin C Salad

While it was difficult to move on from this appetizer, it was time for the second course: a crisp and refreshing Blood Orange Vitamin C Salad. This item is also on the dinner menu, and features arugula and goji berries for a meal that was surprisingly hearty.

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Chicken Liver Mousse Toast

A surprising treat was Chalk Point’s Chicken Liver Mousse Toast. Even liver-averse diners such as myself can appreciate the goji berries and balsamic vinegar reduction that add a tart yet sweet contrast to the dish.

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Scallops

Though I was pretty stuffed at this point, I had to make room for the scallops. Served with purple yams and green goddess dressing, this entrée was succulent. The scallops were cooked perfectly– tender, juicy, and delicious.

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Matcha and pistachio panna cotta

Dessert was a matcha panna cotta with pistachios, cookie crumbles, raspberries, blueberries, and powdered sugar. The recipe was just sweet enough, and a refreshing cleanser after four delightful courses.

View all of Chalk Point Kitchen’s menus on their website, and follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @ChalkPointNYC!

#WethePeaple #HappyatCPK

DIRECTV is worse than all the cable companies combined

Just had a mind-numbingly ridiculous experience with DIRECTV. I am paying too much over at FIOS, but I will just have to suck it up for now because these idiots had me at Level 8. I called to inquire about new service. I was transferred to three people who asked me the same exact set of questions before I finally got a sales rep. This rep was unprofessional– using slang terms, and talking to me as if I was his friend. Then, when I told him I would think about switching (no way I’m just going to sign a two-yr contract off a phone call with this idiot), he got mad and defensive as if I broke his heart. I told him I had more research to do, and he said “Why didn’t you do research before you made the call?” What??? LMAO!

I literally laughed out loud and said: “So I shouldn’t have called?” What kind of salesman is this? I told him: “I know you’re a salesman, but relax. I called you because there is not enough information online about bundling DIRECTV with internet and what the prices are. After talking to you, I learned I can get AT&T for internet, and save $10/month on my bill. That information was not presented online. I am not going to sign a two-year contract off a five-minute conversation with a salesman. I will do my own research, and if I am interested, I will call back.” Mind you, while I’m talking, this idiot keeps trying to interrupt me. Nice try, dummy. Wasn’t going to happen.

Then, I tried to file a complaint against him. I was literally transferred to six different people, because they had no idea how to process a complaint (I’m sure all of this was done on purpose, btw). On the second to last person, the girl tried to transfer me to someone else and I told her, “No. You are not transferring me to anyone else. You are the fifth person I’ve talked to. This is how you treat a person who is thinking of becoming a customer? I’m sure your existing customers get treated even worse.” To which she replied, “We treat all our customers with care, blah blah.” I told her that you would think they would treat potential customers like me the best so that we can sign that two-year contract. Then I got her supervisor, who also told me she has no way to escalate the complaint, and gave me yet another phone number to call to complain. That is where I gave up, and decided to tweet and blog instead.

I had Time Warner Cable for years. They have a reputation for the worst customer service in the industry, and I STILL never received the horrible, horrible treatment that I received today from DIRECTV. Especially when it came to signing up with Time Warner. They treat their new/potential customers great. There is no way there would have been a 20+ minute wait time, and half a dozen phone transfers to resolve an issue with a potential customer.

I had AT&T U-Verse for years. Had some outage issues, but I was generally satisfied. Customer service was very good.

I currently have Verizon FIOS. Service is overpriced and underperforms, but the customer service is good.

Cox Cable and Optimum (nice customer service rep) do not service my area. Xfinity is not much cheaper than FIOS. AT&T U-Verse is not available in my area. I’ve never heard anything good about Dish Network.

Although that one DIRECTV sales rep was horrible, they had the chance to turn it around and still keep my business. They failed. Horribly. I talked to about 10 of their employees today. It is hard to tell if they are incompetent, lazy, poorly trained, or the product of a horrible system. Either way, I cannot be subject to shoddy customer service when I’m not even your customer yet. I got bounced around to so many people, and had to dial too many numbers (877-244-8906, 800-531-5000, 800-347-3288, 866-319-9838), and I still wasn’t helped. I can only imagine but DIRECTV customers have to go through. Imagine when there’s a storm and your satellite goes out (inevitably?), or you have a billing question (inevitably), or any number of problems that will occur while you’re dealing with these people under a mandatory two-year agreement. Imagine having to deal with those idiots or five dozen others like them over the course of two years. Sounds like a nightmare to me. I’m hoping AT&T (my cell provider) will partner with someone else soon.

Before you order my food for me

This is certainly not the norm, but it does happen. You’re at a restaurant with a guy, and he decides to order your food for you. What? This is particularly bizarre when it’s a first date. Just because I say I like pork chops, doesn’t mean that I want a pork chop RIGHT NOW. Très bizarre.

However, I do like it when I tell a man what I want, and he places the order. Unfortunately, 99 percent of the time the guy either forgets something or messes the order up in some way, and I end up interjecting, and it pretty much ruins the whole thing. Once in a while I come across a man who gets it right.

I pretty much order the same thing from every chain restaurant I go to, and yes, I love chain restaurants. My fake ex-hubby used to give me crap about all the great restaurants in New York, and how he would never go to a chain, blah blah blah, but give me a chain restaurant any day of the week. I know exactly what I want, and I know how it will be delivered. If you order something from Olive Garden in Ohio, it will taste pretty much the same as if you ordered it from an Olive Garden in New Jersey. And I love Olive Garden.

P.S. Guys: It’s better to ask ‘Would you like the pork chop?’ to confirm it’s what I want before telling the waiter.

My faves, i.e., what I order from these restaurants pretty much every time I go there.

Olive Garden – Lasagna Classico, Strawberry Limoncello Martini
Red Lobster – Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Mai Tai (seriously, the Mai Tai’s at Red Lobster are AMAZE)
Applebee’s – Artichoke & Spinach Dip, Double Crunch Shrimp

Mmmm. Hungry now.