le cahier de kev

le cahier de kev

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Mangiare, Miei Amici

This weather has been going back and forth, and it's crazy!  I looked at my phone and the weather said it was going to be sunny a few days ago, but when I went outside to head to the train station, clouds gathered and water just poured like I was at Niagara Falls.


Last week, I had dinner to catch up with one of my friends.  We went to Malatesta in the West Village.  It was authentic Italian and everyone was friendly and spoke Italian.  I spoke to them with my very basic Italian from college, but it became a fun experience! 


My friend and I started off with the Crostini Misti.  It was presented beautifully with four different variations.  There was gorgonzola, diced mushrooms/olives, salami, and tomatoes and mozzarella. Each piece had great flavors without overpowering.  I also had a glass of Chardonnay that I would have with my pasta.


My friend ordered the special of the day which was Spinach Fettuccine with Shrimp, and she loved it.  I totally forgot to take pictures of the Crostini and her dish. We were both so hungry that we were digging in!  I was able to stop myself to take a quick picture of my dish.  I ordered the Spaghetti Alla Chitarra which had fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and homemade pasta.  It was amazing!  At first I was debating whether to have that or the Tagliatelle Al Ragu (w/ tomato sauce and ground beef).  I decided to go simple and have the spaghetti.  It was definitely the right decision.



Spaghetti Alla Chitarra


Added the fresh Parmigiano Reggiano



It was filling and absolutely delicious.  I will certainly head back here again in the future.  Dinner was great and my friend and I were able to catch up.  It was nice sharing stories and discussing how our summer will pan out.  I explained the significance/history of Bastille Day to her and told her about the festivities in the Upper East Side.  It's exciting and as a member of the French Institute, I'm spreading the word.  Go PR! haha



J'espère que vous pourrez venir!  Nous allons nous amuser. :)


I hope all of you can make it, it will be lots of fun.


On to more good news, my brother's best friend got accepted to Rutgers Newark for graduate school.  He's excited to be pursuing his Master's, and we've had a lot of great conversations. I told him that grad school was a lot of work, but if you have a supportive and caring mentor, it'll be one of the best experiences ever.


I was listening to songs from my old music library, and I found a remix of Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter."  I remembered hearing that song back in 2001 and fell in love with it.  12 years later and it still makes me smile.  Here's the Jonathan Peters Remix of it:



People are heading to the beach now, and I might make a trip to the Jersey Shore in July or August when things start to calm down a bit.  But I am indeed enjoying the extra sunshine and longer daytime.  Good stuff.


Enjoy the song and if any of you are heading off on vacation, have a great time and a safe trip!

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