Restaurant review: Fig and Olive 5th Avenue

Fig and Olive NYCFig & Olive has six locations (3 in Manhattan alone). The restaurant’s menu is inspired by cuisine from the Riviera and coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain.   When you first enter the 5th Avenue location you notice beautifully packaged olive oils available for purchase next to a long, white marble bar that seemed more like something out of Southern California than NYC.  The upstairs dining room has large, beautiful potted olive trees and rosemary plants. The name and first impression gave everyone high hopes for dinner and while I enjoyed my meal, I was the only one to leave satisfied, which makes me wonder about the consistency of the kitchen.

Fig and Olive 5th Avenue New YorkOur server was very attentive and brought over a sampling of olive oils and thinly sliced focaccia bread after we had ordered a bottle of some delicious full bodied, Italian red wine. I started with the Fig & Olive Salad for $19 that was plated with romaine lettuce figs, sliced apples, manchego, sweet gorgonzola, tomato, walnuts and dressed with a lip smacking fig balsamic and olive oil (of course). I thought the salad was one of the best I’ve had in recent memory and could eat this every night.

Fig and Olive 5th Avenue NYCA second bottle of the same wine was ordered and arrived as our main dishes were served.  I had opted for the Fig & Olive Chicken Tajine for $27 which included side plates that contained couscous with cilantro, toasted almond and harissa.  The chicken and the sauce accompanying the main dish was incredibly flavorful and enhanced by the wine selection (much thanks to my colleague who selected it).

I think the reason I may have enjoyed my meal so much more than my colleagues was the fact that I intentionally ordered items the waiter recommended. One of my colleagues thought the meat she ordered lacked flavor; another who had pasta described it as ‘goopy’ and thought it overcooked.  My only disappointment with the dinner was the fact that my colleagues didn’t feel the same as I did about my meal.

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Tweet of the day: Anderson Cooper

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I love Anderson Cooper and stories like this just make me love him even more.  Last week Derrick Gordon who plays for the University of Massachusetts basketball team came out as the first gay player in Division 1 men’s college basketball.  

After Anderson Cooper tweeted a congratulatory message to Gordon, disgraced Canadian sports anchor Damian Goddard, who was fired back in 2011 for anti-gay comments, tweeted Anderson.

I love it when Anderson gets all sassy.

Temptation Tuesday

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Boston Pride musical acts announced

Boston prideEarlier today Boston Pride announced the five musical acts will headline the Boston Pride Festival on Saturday, June 14th from noon to 6pm at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. This year’s entertainment includes: Mary Lambert,  A Great Big WorldAlex NewellJD Samson & Men , and Jeanie Tracy.

4/15/2014 Update: I was contacted by an employee of The Trophy Room who confirmed the Saturday Block Party will indeed take place as in past years outside the Chandler Inn.

Boston Pride according to BosGuyWith Fritz no longer at the corner of Chandler and Berkeley, I’m wondering if the unofficial block party that typically follows the parade on Saturday will still take place there.  Last year AIDS Action Committee (the beneficiary of the Saturday block party) merged with Fenway Health so I’m unsure of the status of that event.  Anyone happen to know?

 

Go Out Loud

Go Out LoudLater this week  Go Out Loud will host a dance party tribute at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.  Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite 1960s sitcom character or styled in your favorite look from the era to fashion for a chance to win prizes!

Thursday, April 17th – Starting at 6:00 PM at the P.E.M.

The retro dance party that pays tribute to over-the-top icons of television will have music spun by my buddy and DJ, “Gay” Jim Clerkin and Joslyn Fox. The fun starts at 6PM and more details about the evening are available here.

How to speak Italian: Use your hands

Check out this adorable video of Leah, a two year old, having a discussion with her great-grandma (bisnonna). Thanks for sharing Mom.

Monday blues

animalTime to get up and get moving.