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New York City: Pasha & Magnolias

on June 19, 2011

Pasha Turkish Restaurant @ 70 W 71st St (Columbus Avenue and Central Park West)
One of my matched speed daters, Paul is also one of my girlfriend’s high school friend. He took me out to my first Turkish restaurant. I was super excited to try Turkish food.

Pasha - Bread

Pasha - Bread

I don’t know what kind of bread this is, but it was fluffy inside and crusty on the outside. It is addictive dipping it with olive oil. Be sure not to load up on bread because the entrees are more important.

Pasha - Soslu Patlican

Pasha - Soslu Patlican

I rarely get a chance to eat eggplant, because I don’t particularly like the texture/taste. However, cooked right, this dish was absolutely delicious to eat with the Turkish bread. It had cubes of spicy eggplant tossed with fresh chopped tomatoes, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

Pasha - Tavuk Gogsu Sarmasi

Pasha - Tavuk Gogsu Sarmasi

I ordered the marinated chicken breast stuffed with rice, pistachios and currants to be on the safe side. It was served on a bed of sauteed spinach with white wine tarragon sauce. What I thought was safe, was overcooked chicken breast, so this dish was semi-dry. I didn’t like it that much.

Pasha - Yogurtlu Kebab

Pasha - Yogurtlu Kebab

Paul, on the other hand, have eaten at Turkish restaurants before. This dish was yummy! With slices of grilled lamb topped with a flavorful tomato sauce and yogurt, it was served on homemade pita bread. I didn’t know it was lamb! There was gamey aftertaste. A must try for those who haven’t had grilled lamb off a spinning roaster.

Magnolia Bakery @ 200 Columbus Ave

Magnolia's Cupcakes

Magnolia's Cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery have various locations throughout NYC. It just so happened we walked by this popular, but expensive bakery. I always try to get a red velvet, just because it’s the more well-known cupcake flavor. At $3.50 each for their specialty cupcakes, I had ordered only 2. It’s 50 cents less for the classic vanilla, chocolate cupcakes. Paul ordered a carrot cake cupcake. Another one of my favorite flavors! Magnolia bakes their pastries from scratch and in small batches to keep items fresh. The red velvet is made red with cocoa, a little vanilla, some other mystery ingredients and topped with their own special whipped vanilla icing. The carrot cake version is made with freshly grated carrots, coconut, pineapple, raisins and walnuts. It is topped with a delicious cream cheese icing. We walked over to Central Park and sat on a bench to eat them. If you’ve never had a cupcake from here, then you should. Just so you can sample a morsel of bakery heaven.

– Charmin Bear J

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