* Reservations recommended, Mexican/Tapas/Small Plates, Cozy and Intimate
241 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
b/t Driggs Ave & Roebling St in Williamsburg – South Side
This past weekend, my husband and I went to dinner at Xixa pronounced (Shiksa). We were heading to South Williamsburg to meet a friend at an art gallery opening so I figured why not try a place we haven’t been before. It is a sister restaurant to Traif, also in South Williamsburg which I have been to and absolutely love. They have an emphasis on pork there, whereas Xixa is a spin on Mexican food.
Upon entering the restaurant we were surrounded by candle light and a warm and cozy ambience which was perfect as we had just had a snowy walk over.
The waiter came over, explained the menu and the way that they do some of the cocktails which was really cool. They have you choose your spirit, and then serve it to you over ice cubes in your choice of drink. My husband ordered a Mezcal Manhattan, which was a giant infused ice cube with all of the makings of a Manhattan. The waiter then pours the Mezcal over and it slowly melts the cube. I ordered a Hucklberrry-Lemon Margarita with salt and silver tequila. It came with a few separate ice cubes: margarita mix, lemon, a huckleberry cube, and two tiny salt cubes. Then the tequila was poured over… The rest is history.
We ordered the tasting menu, which was a shared 10 course meal that the chef selects. It was amazing and the perfect way to taste a bunch of different dishes. The menu is really unique, a savory and sweet dish of roasted carrots was one of our favorites and it is something I probably wouldn’t have chosen on its own. They started us off with a hummus guacamole, and slowly bought out the rest of the dishes…shrimp and citrus ceviche, foie gras over roasted pineapple, pork belly, short ribs, fundido of taleggio with chorizo and mushrooms, scallop and risotto, and a crab and polenta flan. Each dish was incredible. Desert topped it all off. We had warm churros with fresh strawberry sherbet, and mango cream and a chocolate flan topped with icy coconut whipped cream. It was heavenly.
Brunch Music: Wolf by First Aid Kit
As you probably know I live for Brunch. I really wanted to try making baked egg in avocado after seeing it all over the place. So I did just that. My husband was quickly on board, and we went to town on Sunday morning making a delish little brunch. We upped the protein and skipped the carbs being that we just came from the gym. But feel free to pair this with some rye toast. It goes really well with a fresh Orange Carrot Ginger juice too!
o 1 Avocado
o 1 C. Spinach
o 1 C. Broccoli
o Sm. Yellow onion cut into strips
o 5 Eggs
Start by taking a small baking pan and spraying it with a little coconut oil. Preheat the oven to 425. Next cut your avocado in half, removing the pit and scooping out a little bit of the inside of the avocado to make room for the egg. Place one egg in each half and place tightly in dish in a heated oven for 15-20 mins. As this bakes start cooking your bacon. Start on your scrambled egg mixture. Crack remaining eggs into a medium sized bowl and add a dash of garlic powder, red pepper flake, and turmeric. Put aside. Sauté onions on low for about 5 mins with a bit of coconut oil, add in broccoli. Next add in egg mixture and once almost fully cooked, fold in spinach and cook down until wilted. At this point your baked eggs should be just about done. Remove from oven and dust with a little paprika salt and pepper. Plate along side the bacon and eggs.
I was never a big fan of water which sounds pretty ridiculous when you think of how our bodies actually run on it. A big fan of all of the benefits of being properly hydrated however, I knew I had to figure out a way to drink more of it. I mean come on, who wouldn’t want more energy, clear and dewy skin, suppressed appetite.. The list goes on. First I bought two new water bottles. One of them has a cap which is perfect to throw in my bag and helps me to always have water on me. Just having it, makes me drink it- point blank. Walking around the city I carry it in my hand and try to drink at least half before I get to my destination. The second bottle has a straw.. which, lets be honest makes anything more fun to drink and drink quicker I might add. I keep that bottle at work so it is covered and nothing (mhm-hair) flies into it. It can get boring though just to drink water, so I’ve gotten in the habit of flavoring it with Lime, lemon or frozen fruit. I have been loving lime and pineapple lately. And my favorite thing to do is use my soda stream to make club soda. I swear, one of the best investments I made that had paid itself back along time ago.