Saturday, March 6, 2010

Butter Lane

After our extremely satisfying meal at Caracas Arepa Bar we were all craving dessert. We decided that after sitting on our butts for such a long time, we should find something that was mobile and did not include sitting. The dessert truck it was then. However, after exploring for twenty minutes to no avail, it appeared that our quest had failed. But then, due to the fantastic Yelp! application on the iPhone, we were redirected to Butter Lane, a cupcake bakery only ten doors down from Caracas. It was warm and toasty as we entered, allured by the smells of icing and fresh cupcake. I ordered an Elvis, which was made up of banana cake, peanut butter icing and marshmallows. It was so good that Kaitlin decided to order one as well. Crystal ordered a chocolate ginger cupcake that was nowhere as good as the Elvis. I give Butter Lane a 8.6/10.

Caracas Arepa Bar

For me, a normal Friday night consists of hanging out with friends or playing video games. However, a special guest had come to town, so I was forced to leave my comfort zone. Crystal Germond was my camp counselor from when I was 5 to when I was 9. Even though it was a against camp rules, she was biased, and I was her favorite camper. She was also my favorite babysitter. Anyway, five years later, Crystal and her musician friend Kaitlin had come to town on their so-called "food pilgrimage." My mother suggested that I take them to the hip part of town, St. Mark's Place. After walking around for a considerable amount of time, we stumbled upon the Caracas Arepa Bar. This small restaurant was jam packed with people, but we managed to score a window table. The menu was loaded with tons of amazing items, such as empanadas, arepas and salads. However, you probably don't know what an arepa is. Don't worry, I didn't either. It is almost like a sandwich or a taco. It's basic definition is a floury piece of dough wrapped around whatever you order in it. We had shredded beef, plantains, chicken, beans, cheese and avocado. Even though the restaurant was tiny, somehow we didn't feel cramped. One of the perks of the meal was that a reporter from the New York Post came up to us and interviewed us. Check the Wednesday edition for our interview! Anyway, this meal was simply fantastic and it could not have been any better. I give Caracas Arepa Bar a 9.1/10.