Fridays with Frankie D: Volume 21
My party people!
Happy Friday! Happy August! Happy days!
I’m about to embark upon a long-a$$ Rhode trip up to Newport. (See what I did there?!!!!) Why Rhode Island? Because Lindsey is getting hitched! Time to strap on my dancing shoes and pop open the champagne. I couldn’t be more excited!
I voluntarily missed out on Frankie D’s cooking this week so I could meet up with my long-lost friend HAYLEY who I legitimately haven’t seen in YEARS. Unacceptable. Hayley is one of the loveliest, most beautiful, most successful people I’ve ever crossed paths with and I will kick myself in the BUTT if I ever go that long without seeing her again.
Without further adieu… Sir Lank.
That’s right. It’s Friday. Let’s do this.
It’s great to be back with a prime time, full length FWFD for my favorite people in the world. I really mean it when I say the world. I have to give a big shout out to our friend Jenna in Nova Scotia who absolutely killed it last week when recreating the Spicy Mango Tilapia Tacos from FWFD 15. She’s a big FWFD fan and, for that, I salute her. Check out her blog HERE!
FWFD Fun Fact: I absolutely love “caption photos.” Alyssa found this one the other day so I just had to include it in the post. I truly hope none of you feel this way after reading my recipes, but I trust you would let me know if you did. Like I’ve said before — limited ingredients, infinite greatness.
New FWFD feature: Restaurant Recommendations. Over the past few months, a lot of you have come to me for advice on where to go and what to eat, which could not make me happier. Whether it’s a last minute date spot, a game-time food craving, or a future reservation for family and friends, I pride myself on being able to deliver some high-quality, tailored goods in a simple and timely manner. Am I the utmost authority on all things dining? Of course not. Do I know the menu of every eating establishment in NYC and Hoboken? Maybe one day. Until then, I’ll fill you in on what I’ve become familiar with and we will take it from there.
My first recommendation is hot off the press since we had a quality “man dinner” there last night. If you’re looking for some authentic beautifully priced Italian in an unpretentious atmosphere, then I would suggest trying to get a table at Bianca in the LES. Bianca came highly recommended by some trusted food-passionate friends, so we decided to give it a shot. The restaurant is small and they don’t take reservations, but you can put your name in, grab a drink next door at Von Bar, and Bianca’s owner will come get you when your table is ready. The plates are simple, the pasta is fresh, and the baby lamb chop special was just magical. Besides the Ricotta Cheesecake that left something to be desired, and the failed attempt at fried baby artichokes, I would certainly go back for seconds. Look for the full food rundown and review on NYC Food and Travel soon.
Besides debauchery in Ocean Grove and some cooking here and there, life continues to ramble on at an alarming pace and I’m just doing my best to snag whatever I can from the chaos. The proverbial lemons of life have been tossed at me quite rapidly lately, but you best believe we’re slicin’ and dicin’ to make a five-course meal out of those sour suckers. Although entirely cliché to say, I’ve found that through all the madness, your family — whether made or blood — is the only thing you can truly count on. I believe that I have the best friends in the world, but I am certain that I have the best siblings in the world. This FWFD is dedicated to my little brother Mikey Deez and his beautiful girlfriend Leeza, who made the trek to Hoboken on Wednesday night for a quality culinary sesh at Club 522.
It’s crazy, but Mikey** is the first of my three siblings to experience a real FWFD style meal, so I knew I had to go big. Mikey eats like he has a tapeworm, and Leeza has a little bit of a sweet tooth, so I decided to go with something meaty and wholesome, topped off with a killer Sweet Whiskey Peach dessert. I marinated a real decent cut of flank steak on Tuesday night with a whole slew of seasonings so that the steak would be extra juicy on Wednesday night.
I’ve had some leftover Italian farro sitting around for weeks now, so I figured I would toss some of that together to sit under the flank steak, which I grilled on my cast iron grill pan. Although I killed it on the grill and the farro dish was delicious, the highlight of the night had to be the sweet whiskey peaches. I strongly recommend making this dish sometime this summer. It only takes about 10 minutes and it’s the perfect rendition of “Peaches and Cream.” (Classic song.) Much like our friend Stacy back at FWFD 15, Leeza asked me if I had a straw so that not a single drop of creamy greatness was left behind on the plate. It’s peach season, people. Go do big things.
Let us know if you have any good restaurant recommendations for next week. All opinions and reviews are welcomed and encouraged.
Here’s to the family you love and made. Here’s to wine headaches on Friday mornings. Here’s to a beautiful August. Keep that belly full and just MARINATE.
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak » Recipe HERE
Sweet Whiskey Peaches » Recipe HERE
Musical Pairing: Asaf Avidan, “One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix)”
Wine Pairing: Rei Cannonau Di Sardegna Capo Ferrato
Keep Calm & Dine On,
**Note from Alyssa: No matter how old he gets, this is how I will always view Mikey. (Apparently I’m all about embarrassing people today.)