Food

Where to Eat This Weekend: Raclette

I have a simple question for you: Do you love cheese? If you answered yes to this, then boy do I have the place for you!  Meghan and I agreed to try new restaurants once a month. Monday evening we went to the first restaurant on our list, Raclette. Located at 511 E 12th St NY, NY.

Upon entering the front door your nose is hit with a stinky smell. It threw me by surprise initially and then my brain registered that it was the aroma of various cheeses, duh. Even though it was a Monday night, the place was packed. Just a tip for any one interested in going:  all members of your party have to be present before you can be seated. (I was late (as per usual) and Meghan had to wait a few minutes in the cold, Sorry Meg!)

Raclette’s evening atmosphere seduces the guests. The dim lighting and candle lit tables allow for feelings of intimacy in the setting. The tables are small so you can still hear the person you’re with even as music plays in the background. This restaurant is ideal for a date (whether it’s platonic or romantic). Hint to readers: Valentine’s Day is around the corner.

Prior to going to the restaurant I did a little research on the menu to see what I was working with. To my demise, I still was unprepared when the waitress asked me what I would like to order. For our starter we decided to share the tomato tartine. This dish consists of mozzarella pearls, cherry tomatoes, arugula pesto, and fresh basil on a toasted nan. It looks like this:

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Looks pretty enticing doesn’t it? Trust me, it tastes as good as it looks. Every item in this dish complimented each other.  I’m not big on tomatoes but when paired with the other ingredients, a true masterpiece. Tomato tartine: $14

With the main course we decided to go with the New York for Two. This item is one of the Raclettes which is rack-melted alpine cheese that is scraped table side. YES, this is the place that scrapes the oozing cheese right onto your meal. Talk about mouth watering. This moment is so beautiful you might want to document it so you never forget. To all my Instagram photogs, definitely worthy of being on your ‘feed’. This dish consists of a 12oz. filet mignon, sautéed mushrooms, roasted asparagus, (my personal fave) and potatoes. It looks like this:

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This was taken a few seconds after the cheese was scraped onto the dish. Picture perfect I know. I’ve always been keen on taking pictures of my food even before I started blogging, now my pictures have purpose! Anyway, getting back to the entrée, it was absolutely delicious. The New York for Two is pretty self explanatory in the sense that it feeds two people. If you’re one of those individuals that likes to put each food item on the fork before consumption you’ll enjoy this dish as the pairings are superb. New York for Two: $56

After eating my starter and entree I was just the right amount of full. Sufficed yet not overwhelmed. Quite the opposite of the type full that makes you feel like you could have a heart attack at any second.

All in all, I had a very pleasant experience at Raclette. Try it out and let me know what you think!

P.s. Look how cute my date was:

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Thoughts

It’s OK Not to Have Life Figured Out Yet

Dear Youth,

If I have one more person ask me “What are you doing after you graduate?” I think I might reply with: What are YOU doing after I graduate????

I currently work three part-time jobs on top of going to school full time. It’s safe to say I am a busy bee. My life right now is work and school. This is going to be a mini rant here so bear with me.

Everyone and I mean everyone in this entire world works at their own pace. I’m not saying that I don’t have any plans after I graduate but is it completely insane to NOT have a job lined up?! Just because Jane Doe has a job offer at XYZ Company does not mean that you and I are any less on the right path. As we all work at our own pace we all have different plans. Expecting a person to have their life figured out with a plan set in stone at the age of 21 is ludicrous. In a sense it’s forcing you to believe you’re typingdoing something wrong and it creates unnecessary and unwanted anxiety.

My aspiration in life is to become a novelist and I know I will get there (at my own pace). I genuinely love the look of confusion I get when I tell people I am an English major and Journalism minor. News flash: I love books people and as you can tell from reading this I have a strong love for writing. I am sorry if you are personally offended that I am choosing to follow the route of what I love opposed to the route of money. For all of you out there struggling with the same societal concept that you have to have your life figured by your early twenties you are not alone! I am here to tell you it’s OK. Take a deep breath. You are not alone and we are going to figure this thing (life) out.

With Care,

Briana Marie Benitez