I packed quite a few things in on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
I got up, ate breakfast, watched Wednesday’s episode of MythBusters, got back into bed for a little while, made my bed, went for a 2-mile run, showered, listened to Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, ventured over to several vantage points of the George Washington Bridge to take photographs of the flag flying (see blog entry HERE), came home, ate lunch, finally watched Black Swan (well-made, but really messed up – she’s a wackadoo. Also, I had no idea that was Barbara Hershey until I saw the credits.), and posted the aforementioned blog entry.
My parents and I keep meeting up to try new places in my area. My mom had heard about Khloe Bistrot, located at 200 Main Street in Fort Lee (though the entrance is actually on Schlosser Street). So, we decided to try it.
We got three appetizers. One of them was the Tricolore Salad (belgium endive, radicchio, frisée, baby arugula, dried cranberries, local goat cheese, spiced candied walnuts and fig balsamic vinaigrette). It was decent.
We also got the Mussels Beurre (maine mussels, shallots, garlic, parsley, butter, white wine). It was okay.
Our third appetizer was the Jumbo Lump Crab Stack (jumbo lump crab, avocado, mango, teardrop tomato, pineapple crisp drizzled blood orange vinaigrette). My father accurately described it as a disaster. The pineapple was nearly impossible to cut through, even with a steak knife. We were told it is designed to be picked up and eaten by hand. Well, if you did that, then the pineapple would present not one, but two problems. Not only would it be sticking to your teeth and the roof of your mouth, it would also be sticking to your hands. As my dad said, a disaster of a dish.
We each got one main course. I got the Shrimp Au Gratin (sautéed shrimp, béchamel sauce, gruyere cheese). It was heavy and uninteresting.
My dad got the Steak Au Poivre (peppercorn encrusted prime, cognac cream sauce pommes frites). He ordered it medium rare and it was cooked medium rare, but still had a burnt taste to it. The fries were good, though.
My mom got the Pan Roasted Arctic Char (sautéed spinach, orange zest, tomato, capers, beurre blanc). It was actually quite good and not too fishy.
Now the food isn’t the only problem for Khloe Bistrot. It is a small-ish space with hard surfaces and music whose volume and selection are inappropriate for the setting. So, it was rather difficult for us to even hear each other speak. In addition, our waitress was not very good at her job. If you are in a setting like that, you need to be able to project. When we pointed out the problems with the crab appetizer, she seemed at a loss for what to do.
After dinner, we had planned to go back to my apartment to watch President Obama and Seth Meyers at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on C-SPAN, but it wasn’t time for them yet. So, we went to check out a place I had heard of and have a little dessert.
That place is Cafe Archetypus at 266 River Road in Edgewater (though it is actually over on Old River Road).
It has these neat little cave rooms in the back (which require a $12 per person minimum order). Since we were only going to have one, perhaps two items, we sat up front. We had a dessert called the Junabee. It isn’t on the online menu and I didn’t grab a menu, so I can’t give you the exact menu description, but it had banana and vanilla ice cream peanut sauce, and wafers. It was yummy.
After dessert, we went back to my apartment and watched Obama and Meyers. They were just okay. At least Meyers wasn’t offensive like Wanda Sykes and I don’t think he bombed like Stephen Colbert unfortunately did.
After my parents went home, I changed and watched that night’s Doctor Who on my DVR. It had a great ending!
– Evan Bindelglass
(Photos taken with iPhone 4)