As Strange Overtones by David Byrne and Brian Eno plays into my ears as I stroll down one of the main drags in Westchester New York I cant help but smile to myself as I’m in search for a culinary adventure. The day is absolutely beautiful! A lovely 72 degrees is slowly heating the area around me and I am hungry for some breakfast!
The best way to meet new people is to ask where their favorite restaurant is to eat. That is one thing everyone has in common with each other, we all need to eat! I find that people open up very quickly when you ask them where they love to fill their bellies and the one restaurant that came up often was…….
The Iron Tomato. What a cute fun name I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to delight me with! OOhh they have a patio so I shall dine alfresco. Right away I was hit by the smell of fresh-baked bread! I am in heaven. everything is made in-house and they offer up dishes to please the simplest of pallets to some adventurous ones like this!
Hmmmm. I would try this, I love adventurous food but it is only 7:00 AM and I’m thinking an egg white croissant sounds a little more morning friendly lol.
So now I have my sandwich and cappuccino and I’m eating out side and I look at my breakfast and my heart sank 😦 I was looking at the saddest breakfast sandwich I have ever seen outside of a Macdonald’s. I was kinda confused… How can a place that creates such yummy bites such as these..
Make this??? Sigh… at least the cappuccino is good I shall live. I’m sorry Iron Tomato perhaps another time I will try you again but for now I bid you farewell.
Now Human by The Human League is playing and I’m slowly strolling through the streets of Westchester thinking of someone special wondering if I was being thought of as well.. suddenly my day-dream was interrupted by the grumbling in my tummy. It was now 6:00 PM and the only thing I had eaten so far was one bite of my sandwich and about 4 cappuccinos. This girl NEEDS to EAT!
Just as I look up the beautiful Ritz Carlton is standing in front of me 🙂
I immediately get excited because I know hidden at the bottom of this hotel is BLT I die!!
Upon walking in, I do a quick sweep of the restaurant to inspect the cleanliness of it. The last thing I want to be doing is eating my food as I stare at the ceiling fan wondering if that huge hunk of dust will fall and land on my plate! No thank you! I will leave at the drop of a hat if the place looks shady in any way.
As I thought, this place did not disappoint. there was not one speck of dirt or dust anywhere and if you want to see if a place is really taken care of, check out their plants and see if their leaves are clean and dusted 😉
Dinner for me is an event, I like to take my time and order one course at a time. Appetizer and a Chopin Vodka martini straight up with the little pickled onions to start, I finish that then I order a salad with a glass of wine then I order my entrée with another glass of wine. 2-3 hours is perfect for me and all to often many places want you in and out, but not here.
As with most places they serve you bread to start but this is no ordinary place!! They start you out right off the bat with a culinary treat! Popovers!! It was soooo amazing! Huge and hot, crusty on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. I think one more of these and I would be walking out the door stuffed before I even ordered anything to eat.
So setting aside my popover I ordered a ceaser salad with fresh anchovies.
WOW is all I can say! If you can take a simple salad and make it special, there’s real talent there! The romaine was crisp and cold, the anchovies salty, and the house made dressing and croutons were divine. Okay so my martini and salad are finished, it’s time to order the next course.
Ahi Tuna tartar with avocado and a citrus soy with a glass of wine on the side was next on my list.
What can I say? Is there even a word to describe what you see?? I will try.. Absolute perfection I AM IN LOVE WITH YOU!!!
Oh NO! I am soooo full! I really want to try to order my next course but I just cant do it. Instead I op for one more glass of wine to enjoy on the patio while I enjoy an evening cigar. I am by myself and As I reflect on my dining experience that I just had (1 1/2 hours) I realize and giggle to myself that it’s a good thing I enjoy my own company. That moment was the best experience I had my whole trip. I was in total peace and everything that was going on during that time didnt matter anymore. I was going to be ok.
Here are just a few awards BLT has won..
I will be back to see you! I would take a trip just to see you!! The service was fantastic and my waiter Benji made sure that I had a lovely evening. Please go and if you do, tell them Eden from OZ says hello!
Cheers to eating Waistline Friendly Meals to enjoy the ones on occasions that are not so waistline friendly 😉