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5-Day Birthday Dining Extravaganza (Part 5): Lunch at NoMad

January 24, 2017

NoMad Atrium

Having lunch at NoMad on the day of my birthday was a no brainer! My birthday occurs during white truffle season. I adore white truffles as does Michael. And there is no better place to have them than at NoMad. Added to that, the dessert cart was back! It had been part of lunch service during NoMad’s early days. We’d loved it, were bereft when it was no longer available, and so were thrilled when we read it was returning. White truffles and the dessert cart on my birthday! We were stoked!

We’ve had countless meals at NoMad since it opened nearly 5 years ago. As I said in my previous post about Mamma Guidara’s, we are flattered to be considered members of the NoMad Family and are always made to feel special whenever we dine at NoMad. When we come for dinner, we always sit in The Parlour because in the evenings, it is quieter than the Atrium. However, The Parlour is not open at lunch, so the Atrium it must be. Fortunately, it isn’t noisy in the afternoon. And, frankly, the brightness that comes from the enormous skylight makes for excellent photos (so much better than the dim lighting and red décor of The Parlour).

Flatbread

House Made Flatbread with Sweet Potato and Apple

The filling changes with the season. Hot and crusty. Yum!

Bay Scallops

Bay Scallops Marinated with Yuzu and Pistachios

We each started with the scallops. Light, flavorful, delicious.

Champagne

Though Michael had not ordered wine to go with the scallops, the sommelier arrived with this surprise gift for him — the perfect accompaniment.

Alba White Truffle

White Alba Truffle

Look at the size of that beauty!

Alba White Truffle

Intoxicating aroma!

White Truffles

Tagliatelle

Ready to be shaved upon. The NoMad offered the truffles at cost, 4 or 8 grams, the latter dubbed “The Ridiculous.” They’ve been doing that for the past few years. Now, you couldn’t possibly be thinking we’d skimp and get a measly 4g’s? After all, it was my birthday lunch. But the fact is, even when it hasn’t been a special occasion, we’ve always opted for 8 g’s.  So, bring on The Ridiculous!

White Truffles

Sometimes, the shaving takes place in the kitchen.  We felt honored to have them shaved at the table.

White Truffles

Tagliatelle with White Truffles: 8g’s aka The Ridiculous

In a word: Orgasmic!!

Coravin: Barolo

Coravin: Barolo

Coravin: Barolo

At NoMad, Michael always requests at least one wine from the Coravin list. Barolo is a classic pairing with white truffles.

The Dessert Cart Is Back!

The Splendiferous Dessert Cart

There was no way we could possibly choose just one! Nor even two. The solution? We’ll have one of each and share! (We didn’t include the Chocolate Bar because we had one at home.)

Raspberry

Raspberry, Violet Macaron, and Cream

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Blueberry Streusel Cake

Blueberry Streusel Cake

Blackout Layer Cake

Blackout Layer Cake

They added a surprise gift for me: the NoMad’s signature dessert with a birthday candle. Of course, I shared it with Michael.

Milk and Honey

All the cart desserts were wonderful. But without a doubt, my favorite was the blackout cake. Seriously chocolaty without being too sweet, it totally bowled me over! We polished off all the sweets with the exception of the blackout cake. The slice was enormous, so we finished half and asked that remainder be wrapped. But the NoMad’s generosity knows no bounds. When we got home, we discovered that they’d included another large slice!

Truly a memorable birthday lunch!

Here are the links for the previous extravaganza posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. The link to Part 4 is in the 2nd paragraph of this post.

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Eleven Madison Park/NoMad/Made Nice Holiday Gift 2016

December 30, 2016

It’s that time of year. Once again, those endlessly creative folks at Eleven Madison Park, NoMad and the soon-to-be open Made Nice have put together a fabulous holiday gift.

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

It arrived on our NJ doorstep on December 3rd. As you can see, there were 24 boxes. Since the instructions said we should open a box each day until the eve of the 24th (which happened to be both the first night of Chanukah and Christmas Eve) and it was now the 3rd, we immediately opened boxes 1, 2, and 3.

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

From then on, we opened one box each evening after dinner up to the 13th.

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

On the 14th, we went into the city for several days leaving the boxes behind. When we came back on the 19th, we opened boxes 14 through 19 at once.

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Card 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

We then opened one box each evening on the 20th and 21st.

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

On the 22nd, we headed back to NYC in order to prepare and have our Chanukah dinner with Jen and Louis on the 24th. We opened boxes 22, 23, and 24 when we returned to NJ on the 25th.

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

Eleven Madison Park Holiday Gift 2016

I think you have to admit that they do, indeed, know how to “Make It Nice”!

To Daniel, Will, and the entire staff, our sincerest thanks for this incredible gift! But the true gift you give Michael and me is considering us members of the EMP/NoMad/Made Nice family. We look forward to seeing all of you often in 2017.

It’s My Birthday!

October 24, 2016

It’s going to be a Made Nice day!!

Lunch:

The Atrium

Dinner:

Eleven Madison Park

A “Care Package” for Me from Our EMP and NoMad Family

April 17, 2016

In this previous post, I mentioned that I’d had periodontal surgery at the end of January. It was actually the first of two procedures. The second took place (as did the first) in NYC on Monday, April 4th, at which point, I was back on the same restricted diet.

In early March, we had impromptu drinks and food in EMP’s bar area after attending the C-CAP benefit honoring Chef Daniel Humm and chaired by Will Guidara. Though I wasn’t going to say anything, Michael insisted on telling Will and G.M. Billy Peelle that we wouldn’t be back to EMP for quite some time because of my upcoming surgery and the ensuing dietary restrictions. He had also mentioned it to the NoMad’s E.C. James Kent when we saw him at the fundraiser. They all made note of the date and said that they intended to send a “care package” of soft foods to our apartment.

The surgery went very well. We had originally planned to remain in the city a day or two longer.  But since I was feeling fine, we decided to go back to NJ that evening. Another reason for that decision was that the following day there was not going to be any water in our building for several hours because the rooftop water tank was being cleaned. This would have been a huge hindrance with regard to following the necessary post-surgery instructions.

Michael didn’t check his email until Tuesday morning. He discovered that Billy had sent him an email the previous evening asking how I was doing. He also asked how long we’d in the city because they wanted to send over the care package. I immediately emailed him that I very much appreciated his concern and that we were back in NJ. On Thursday, he emailed that they’d be sending the package to NJ the next day. I was a bit stunned. Sending it to our apartment was one thing as we are conveniently located a few blocks from EMP. But sending it out to our house?! Really?!

Sure enough, at 9:45 p.m. on Friday, our doorbell rang.  The special messenger said he was so late because he had run into traffic.  So typical in NJ.  But my care package was here!

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

There was a card…

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

And all of these jars:

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

And at the bottom buried in ice packs were these containers:

"Care Package for Me from EMP & NoMad

I sent Billy this email:

“WOW! You all have really gone way beyond above and beyond!

Since the surgery, we’ve been starting all our lunches and dinners with puréed soup. And, as I mentioned in a previous email, I’ve been eating quite a bit of ice cream because my periodontist encourages its consumption as it helps to curtail swelling. Thus, the contents of the package couldn’t be more perfect!

It actually came at just the right moment. Since we’d had our main meal in the afternoon, we were just about to have a light supper. So, it was great to be able to begin with the always fantastic chicken velouté and end with scoops of the luscious ice creams and sorbet.

Please extend my sincerest thanks and deep appreciation to everyone at EMP and NoMad who had a hand in putting this package together.”

They truly are THE BEST!

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad