“One’s hard palate is important for feeding and speech. A palette is an important tool for a makeup artist. All of these importances come together in “Palette Diaries” : Reviews of restaurants and other venues I check out. My life as a freelance makeup artist, beauty blogger and beauty vlogger…it’s so much more than makeup…Enjoy!”
While on Twitter one of my friends tweeted about wanting to have brunch at a restaurant that was discounted on Groupon. I LOVE Groupon and have saved loads of money using it. It was a wonderful 60 degree day, sun shining bright and I was hungry, so of course I tweeted that I was in.
After tweeting crazy and realizing we missed the brunch menu, we decided on dinner instead. I tweeted Danielle of Thestyleandbeautydoctor.com asking if she could reccommend a place to dine at in Brooklyn. On Twitter, I called her “The queen of all things eaten and worn #food #fashion #makeup” You all have no idea how TRUE this statement is. Just check out her blog and you’ll see….
We settled on going to Footprints, known as the “Home of Rasta Pasta” and my friend could not stop telling me how great “Rasta Pasta” was; she even promised if I tried it I would love it. I’m almost scared to say I had never heard of it before. I mentioned that I hadn’t to a coworker and he made a public announcement; instantly, all eyes were on me! For anyone who resides in Brooklyn or is of Carribbean decent this is apparently unheard of. According to my co-worker, the ENTIRE borough had been there at least once and had Rasta Pasta, not sure where he got his statistics from because uhh duhh dude I hadn’t been there. But then again I live under a rock. LOL!
FOOTPRINTS HAS 2 LOCATIONS IN BROOKLYN & 1 IN GEORGIA:
5814 Clarendon Rd
(between 58th St & 59th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11203
1521 Surf Ave
(at 15th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11224
706 Grayson Highway
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
We settled on the Canarsie location.
It’s a small venue with 1 floor and tables that seat 2-4. From what I saw and what I hear it’s always crowded, especially on weekends. Be sure to arrive early. We arrived at approximately 7:30pm and waited about 15 minutes for a table. I’ve been told the Coney Island location is larger and has 2 floors of seating.
I love restaurants with low lighting and light music. Footprints definitely delivered. One of the first things I mentioned to my friend as we walked in was “I love the ambiance”. Although a small venue, there was enough space between tables for one to feel comfortable conversing with their date/friends.
With my juvenile palate, I’m not a lover of spicy foods and was a little apprehensive about whether I’d be able to find something on the menu my taste-buds could bare. With all the “Rasta Pasta” raving my friend did my eyes kept diverting to it on the menu and I decided to take the plunge! Described as a “penne pasta in a creamy sauce with fresh basil, garlic and parmesan cheese” who could resist. I was sold when I saw that I could add things to it, I ordered mine with BBQ chicken…As my son says “Yummy Yummy Yummy in my Tummy Tummy Tummy” LOL!
I chuckled when the waitress brought this out. Quite a strange “appetizer“. I never think of peanuts when I think of dinner. It seems I have much to learn about different cuisines. There are lots of recipes of carribbean cuisine where peanuts are a main ingredient.
To drink I ordered water, after my 30 days to Clearer Skin Challenge, it’s been a staple. I’ve grown to crave it as my “drink” of choice. When my friend ordered “Ting” I asked “Ting??? What’s that??” (The waitress looked at me a bit perplexed, it seems my unknowingness shocks. LOL) She explained what it was well and I can best describe it by sharing a recipe with you I found on Google on how you can make your own:
This recipe makes a drink very similar to the popular Jamaican soft drink, Ting.
- 1 bottle grapefruit juice
- 1 bottle lemon-lime soft drink (such as 7-Up or Slice)
- Crushed ice or ice cubes
- Fill a drinking glass with crushed ice or ice cubes.
- Pour in equal parts of grapefruit juice and lemon-lime soda.
I was to engrossed in enjoying my “Rasta Pasta” and didn’t ask to try my friend’s “Ting“. *insert sad face here* I’ll definitely order my own next time. Although I don’t drink soda I’ll give it a taste just for good measure. Footprints has a full bar and their cocktail menu is longer than the food menu… *insert surprise face here*
On Footprints’ website they have this to say about the restaurant,
“WE ARE NOT YOUR NORMAL CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT.”
“We focus on traditionally inspired Caribbean cuisine, with modern and international infusion.”
ENOUGH SAID!!!!! And after tasting this food I AM A BELIEVER!!!
I had Rasta Pasta with BBQ Chicken and Macaroni Pie. The penne is cooked to perfection (not too hard and not too soft). The creamy sauce blend that coats the penne has a cheesy flavor filled with various spices and a very little kick (I can’t take spicy foods at ALL so even that little kick had me reaching for my ice cold water). The BBQ chicken was ‘juicy’, skinless, thick strips smothered in a sweet/tangy BBQ sauce that MUST be made from scratch. This food definitely doesn’t have that frozen TV dinner taste some restaurants sneak in, with things like sauce. Melt in your mouth overload between the two. The macaroni pie was a dream on a plate. I LOVE baked macaroni and this reminded me of my grandmother cooking in the kitchen. Just the right amount of cheesiness and flavor. Velvetta and Kraft move on over….Footprints’ baked macaroni is in the house!!! My friend enjoyed her food too (kicking myself for not trying one of her BBQ shrimps, my dish wouldn’t let me cheat on it LOL!) The food was so great and satisfying I could not eat it all.. Doggie Bag Central!
The service was quick but the waitresses seemed preocuppied with tending to other tables. So they definitely had no smiles(actually one waitress gave me a horrifying fake smile perhaps it was because this was right after she found out I had never heard of “Ting” LOL) little conversation (explaining only the specials on the menu and that was all) and only came back to the table once (in the first 10 mins after our food was brought to us) in the entire 1.5 hrs we were there. A standard tip was left, but I did feel as if there needed to be more waiters on staff so the ones that were there didn’t need to be so “rushed”.
All in all, this restaurant is Sherry Blossom Approved!
I will definitely go to Footprints again and next time I will head over to the Coney Island location.
So Blossoms, have any of you ever gone to Footprints? What was your experience like?
Until Next Time,