Friday, April 30, 2010

Travels with Brownie: Gilbert's Chowder House in Portland, Maine

Gilbert's Chowder
On our way home from Maine, Lawman and I had to make one traditional stop--Gilbert's Chowder House in Portland's Old Port, one of my favorite places for seafood in Maine...

Gilbert's Super Seafood Chowder

Located on the water in downtown Portland, Gilbert's makes a mean seafood chowder. Creamy, but not overly so, their chowder is filled with clams, tender Maine potatoes, and sweet native shrimp. We always go for the off menu special "Super Seafood Chowder" which involves an extra scoop of seafood on top. Filling and delicious.

Inside the Lobster Roll from Gilbert's Chowder House

Our lobster roll consumption this trip was a bit hampered by most of our go to places being closed for the season, so we decided to try Gilbert's roll. In the many years that I've been going to Gilbert's I've actually never had their lobster roll and that's a shame. This roll was heavy on the meaty lobster chunks, ever so light on the mayo and generous on the butter toasted bun. For $13.95 the lobster roll comes with chips and a pickle, but it's definitely worth it to splurge the extra $2.25 and get it with crisp and tasty French fries.

Gilbert's Chowder House92 Commercial St.
Portland, Maine
(207) 871 - 5636
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Travels with Brownie: Hot Suppa in Portland, Maine

French Toast at Hot Suppa
Last weekend Lawman took me up to Maine for my birthday and finally had a chance to try the much loved Portland breakfast and lunch institution, Hot Suppa...

Corned Beef Hash from Hot Suppa

Bon Appetit called Hot Suppa's corned beef hash "Portland's best breakfast dish" so naturally Lawman had to give it a try. The corned beef itself was meaty and tasty--not too fatty, but while heavy on the beef, the hash itself was decidedly light on the potatoes. Fortunately Lawman ordered it with the side of home fries so he was able to get those meat and potato bites together. Delicious.

I opted for the Biscuit and Sausage Gravy. The biscuit was tender and fluffy and seemed to have a hint of perhaps nutmeg that gave it more of a New England-y flavor than your typical breakfast biscuit. Never had a biscuit like that before, I might have to give it a shot myself. Top that with some rich sausage gravy and you have a most excellent breakfast. I couldn't resist the sound of their French toast so I went for a single slice on the side--you gotta love a place that will sell you just one slice of French toast.

Biscuits and Gravy from Hot Suppa

We arrived for a late lunch on a Friday and didn't have any wait, but I hear that on the weekends Hot Suppa can get wicked crowded. Next time I'm trying out their Fried Green Tomato BLT...mmmm BLT.

Hot Suppa
703 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102-3303
(207) 871-5005
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Peter Pan is Still Selling Chocolate Filled St. Joseph's Day Pastries!

Peter Pan's St. Joseph's Day Pastries
Not long ago I was lamenting the lack of chocolate filled zeppole, a New Haven Italian tradition for St. Joseph's Day. After years of searching, I hadn't been able to turn up a bakery in the city that made these light fried pastries stuffed with chocolate cream. Well, thanks to a tip from reader "MochiCheeks" we learned that Peter Pan Bakery in Greenpoint just might hold the key...

Blondie did a little investigating and discovered that Peter Pan is in fact selling what they call "chocolate filled St. Joseph's pastries." Typically zeppole season only lasts through Easter, but the woman that Blondie spoke with at Peter Pan said that they intend to sell their pastries through Mother's Day and possibly even as late as Memorial Day.

How do the "St. Joseph's pastries" from Peter Pan stack up to traditional zeppoles? Fairly well. There are definitely differences--the pastries from Peter Pan had more of a lightly spiced donutty flavor than a traditional zeppole which tends to just very lightly sweetened. The chocolate filling at Peter Pan was more of the chocolate buttercream frosting variety than the traditional pastry cream which made for a slightly heavier and more decadent treat. I've only had the pleasure of trying a few donut flavors from Peter Pan, so I'd be curious how these pastries stack up against their regular crullers in terms of flavor. While these St. Joseph's Day Pastries won't eclipse my love for Milani's chocolate zeppole, they are definitely worth checking out.

Peter Pan Bakery
727 Manhattan Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
(718) 389-3676
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

And Now For The Market with Workshops!!

Brooklyn Lyceum
I already know that my week is about to go really slow. Not only do I have two super special lunches next week, there's my favorite horse race running this Saturday (I will be trying my hand at Bananas Foster Bread) which leaves me only one day to check out the Brooklyn Lyceum. I'm super excited about it because most of the the food vendors are new to me!

Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Cupcake and Caramel Apple Cupcake from Robicelli's
Of course I want to get my hands on a Robicelli's cupcake AGAIN-when Brownie and I had some a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but appreciate the smooth creaminess of their frosting. Like velvet, velvet butter. That's not to say it's the only vendor I want to hit up: Little Buddy Biscuit Company promises to be there with some mac n' cheese, Yona's Gourmet Delights is going to be serving up some borekas, MilkMade Ice Cream will be available WITHOUT a membership, I can fill up my jam closet from Anarchy in a Jar and Miss Amy's Preserves, and there's so much more. Of course I'll take food breaks, maybe take a workshop, or get some shopping done. Either way, it's sure to be awesome.

The Brooklyn Lyceum will be occurring this coming Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 7pm both days.
227 4th Avenue, between Union and President Streets
Park Slope
www.bkcraftcentral.com
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Monday, April 26, 2010

My Post-Bake Sale Lunching

Salvatore Brooklyn
Two weekends ago, I participated in the Great American Bake Sale to raise money for Share Our Strength. I was partly excited because it meant testing out my Pig Candy cookies on the public (and Mrs. Rhonda Kave), but the greater part of me was excited to have a reason to go to the Ft. Greene Brooklyn Flea! Always such good eats there!

Salvatore Brooklyn
I knew Salvatore Bklyn sold their ricotta cheese, olive oil, and cannolis at the Fleas, but I was not aware of the on-site carving of prosciutto! I eyed the leg on my way in, knowing that their baguette was going to be a mid-day snack! For $3, you get a crunchy baguette smeared with their ricotta, a covering of arugula, topped with a fresh slice, and then drizzled with olive oil-the perfect little Italian snack for shopping.

Macaron Parlour
I did have a little sweet treat from the bake sale before leaving, one of the Bacon Macarons from Macaron Parlour. Between the bacon cookies lay some maple cream cheese frosting with a bite of candied bacon, the best brunch sweet I could ever have. It was truly delicious, and I can't wait to hunt them done to try out their other flavors. They are currently selling lemonade at the Hester Street Fair, but hopefully they'll add some macarons to the table!

Salvatore Bklyn cheese is available at select stores in Brooklyn. Check out their website, www.salvatorebklyn.com, for more information.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

The Lower East Side is Getting a New Street Fair!

Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Street Fair time is in full swing and this weekend brings another one that will go strong until the cold comes again. The latest one is the Hester Street Fair which will be open all weekend long until the holidays! And they've got some pretty awesome food vendors lined up.

Hester Street Fair
This is completely swiped from hesterstreetfair.com

The Hester Street Fair came about from 4 friends, one of the SuChin Pak of MTV fame along with her brother, Suhyan, who wanted to revive an old pushcart market space in the Lower East Side. This outdoor fair is only limited to about 60 vendors, 1/3 vintage wares, 1/3 crafts, and 1/3 food. But we only really care about that last third.

Bake Sale Set
Three of our personal favorites will be there: Roni-Sue Chocolates, Sarivole Organic Bakery, and First Prize Pies. Brownie, Lawman, and I got the chance to sample some of Michelle Sarivole's offerings and our personal favorite was the chocolate chip cookie. It blew us away, good chocolate to dough ratio, not too sweet, once it's warmed up a bit, the chocolate gets all melty and delicious. You need to get your hands on some of her cookies, they're definitely not to be missed. Roni-Sue will be bringing out her newest collection, The Bake Sale. I've tried 2/3rds of this box and each one is spot-on with my favorite being the key lime pie! I usually can't take more the five bites of anything key lime, but this is two-it's the perfect size! I love it.

Luke's Lobster
On the savory side, Maine is representing with some Luke's Lobster! Brownie may be up there getting the real deal, but don't feel left out! Eat some lob-stah! The lobster roll expect herself gives theirs a serious nod of approval, and she's harsh about her Maine food.

The Hester Street Fair is on every Saturday and Sunday until December
Hester Street & Essex Street (take the F to East Broadway)
10am to 6pm
www.hesterstreetfair.com
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Happy Birthday Miss Lady Brownie!!!

Dessert Nachos!
Yay! Today's Brownie's birthday, her last sans rug-rat. Her and Lawman have decided to make it a Maine weekend, and can I really blame them? No, I can't. Just know that I'll be out buying gifts for Little B because really, baby needs them more. Also, those are the dessert nachos that Ginger and I scarfed down the other day, not a birthday cake photo, but JUST AS FESTIVE!!! jump

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Another Blessed Sign of Summer

Donut Ice Cream Sandwich Time!
Yes, my love affair with Peter Pan continues. After hearing that they might hold the key to Brownie's long lost chocolate zeppole, I decided to stop by a few days ago for you know "research." That's when I came across this sign. Oh dear Lord Almighty, I have seen the light!

Peter Pan Red Velvet
I've heard about Peter Pan's doughnut ice cream sandwiches last summer, yet alas, I did not move around the block soon enough. Within my first few days of being a Greenpoint resident, I stopped by to try this gift from the Peter Pan angels, and there was no more ice cream! No more ice cream I tell you! Blasted! Oh, but there is more ice cream now, and I will be trying each and every flavor combination my hips will allow. A full report is forthcoming. Until then, let the doughnut ice cream sandwich eating commence!

Peter Pan Bakery
727 Manhattan Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
(718) 389-3676
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alias Restaurant Makes a Darn Good Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger from Alias Restaurant
Last week after picked up Pig Candy for Blondie's Pig Candy cookies and before hitting up the FIPS Brooklyn Blogger meet up, we found ourselves starving with some time to kill on the Lower East Side. Both of us had passed Alias Restaurant many a time, but never gone in, but one look at their menu's veggie burger and we were sold...

Alias' veggie burger is listed on the menu as "Amazing Veggie Burger on Sesame Bun" pretty high praise, but you do have to consider the source. That said, this panko crusted portobello stuffed with black beans, queso blanco, pico de gallo, jalepeno mayo was rockin. The outside of the burger was perfectly crisp. It reminded me of my beloved 'Shroom burger from the Shake Shack with a bean filling instead of a gooey cheese center. I'm a little mayo-shy, so I ordered it on the side, which was a good call because the mayo 1) was awesome, 2) is a totally necessary creamy addition to bringing the crunchy, gooey experience together, and 3) it was good to be able to control how much mayo ended up on the finished product. The burger is $8 at lunch time and $10 for dinner (and definitely one of the cheaper dinner options).

Pulled Pork Sandwich from Alias
We also tried the Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich which was messy and ample, but more on the sweet and smokey side of barbecue than the spicy/tangy side. The sandwich itself was fine, but with splitting this and the veggie burger, I definitely found myself favoring the veggie burger side of the plate and if I made I return trip, I'd be more likely to go the veggie burger route, though perusing their brunch menu, I might have to head back for their biscuits and gravy soon...

Alias Restaurant
76 Clinton Street, corner of Rivington
New York, NY 10002
(212) 505-5011
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's 25¢ Blizzard Treat Week!

Dairy Queen Mint Oreo Blizzard
I have a special place in my heart for Dairy Queen and an extra special place in my heart for their Blizzards. In honor of the Blizzard's 25th anniversary, DQ has a year's worth of Blizzard-y celebrations including this week's 25¢ Blizzard Treat Week...

As a card carrying Blizzard Fan Club member I got an email with all the details...so here's the deal: all this week through Sunday, April 25th when you buy a Blizzard at regular regular price you get another for just 25¢ Blizzard Treat Week--no coupons required. Small print disclaimer--this is good at participating locations in US and Canada only and offer applies to regular price Blizzard treats of equal or lesser size.

Unfortunately for New Yorkers the closest DQ is in Jersey City. If you're outside the city, click for the location nearest you.
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Food Truck-a-Thon, or How I Surf The Internets

Rickshaw Dumpling
Yes, my favorite waste of time isn't watching TV, it isn't playing my Wii, or drinking the booze, it's surfing the interwebs. I'm a click junkie, if there's a link, I click it. Last night, my click throughs led to finding out about an upcoming Food Truck-a-thon!

Ahhh, Summer
First, my trail went from Gawker.com to reading about Sam Sifton's week of food on Diner's Journal. He exercises more than I thought he would, and more than either of us do. It's intriguing and revolting at the same time.


Schnitzel Setting Up
Then I spotted in the right hand column "BLT Food Truck," wait, WHAT?! Red Alert NYC: We have a new burger truck, the Go Burger Truck, hitting up the neighborhoods. I haven't seen any first reports, but it's BLT (though no longer with the LT-Laurent Tourondel,) odds are high that it'll be good. I will seeking them out. Check out their Twitter feed here.

Soler Dominican Pupusa Truck
But that wasn't the end of the click parade, it ends here-Edible Manhattan's "More Food Trucks Than You’ve Ever Seen Together, Under the Brooklyn Bridge", The World's First Food Truck Drive-In Movie. Oh yes! During the Fourth Annual NYC Food Film Festival, there will be a massive amount of food trucks under the Brooklyn Bridge on June 26th from noon to 10pm. Watch movies, eat whatever (Please Dear God, bring us Kogi!)

Rickshaw Dumplings and Treats Truck...Sharing the Street
If you want to score some free tickets to this shindig, click here after noon today and get some! Or if you want to see the films for this year's festival, go here.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

People's Pops Raspberry & Cream Tastes Like Summer

People's Pops
I managed to check out the One Hanson Place Brooklyn Flea for a hot second last Sunday. I wasn't there long enough to really check out much, but I did make the time to get a Raspberry & Cream from People's Pops. Did you know that their Chelsea Market shop is opening today? Now you do.

Brooklyn Flea
And the raspberry and cream was the perfect hot spring afternoon treat. Though they're using frozen fruit, it tasted like everything good and holy that makes up summer. Chock full of seeds (I like this), sweet and tart from the berries, it melted down my hand in a thick trickle, and stained my mouth a beautiful shade of red. It won't be as hot out this weekend, but you should stop by anyway or better yet, their new shop!

People's Pops
Chelsea Market
425 West 15th Street, 10am to 9pm
or both weekend days at the Brooklyn Flea
www.peoplespops.com
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pig Candy Cookies! Brillant!

Pig Candy Chopping
I had an epiphany a few weeks ago, why don't I take some of Roni-Sue's Pig Candy, break it up, and stick it in some cookies?! Why isn't this available? Surely someone would have thought of this and done it, right? I'm not the super creative baker here, that's Ms. Moses Peep, so I expect everything I think of to have been done and perfected by many before me. Experimenting was to be done!

Pig Candy Cookies!
First, I approached Roni-Sue herself, Rhonda Kave, at Cochon 555 asking if she's ever done it, or if one of her assistants had. I know that her right hand lady, Michelle Sarivole, has begun a bakery business, and wouldn't she have tried this long ago? The most insight Mrs. Rhonda gave me was to be careful, they use Callebaut chocolate and it may melt/separate from the bacon during baking. I picked up two strips of dark chocolate when I got my First Prize Pie, knowing that I was going to use my leftover Easter chocolate in some cookies. I made my cookie dough and before adding the chocolate, I took out about 1/4 cup of batter. It was time to see what happened.

Mmm, Bacon & Chocolate
My two strips ended up being about the right amount for 6 cookies, I do make them on the smaller side for maximum cookie quantity. I used a quite popular recipe for chocolate chip cookies, one that calls for baking at 300°F, and folded the bacon chunks in carefully to avoid any breakage. Thankfully the baking didn't result in pure chocolate melting or naked bacon bits. And the finished product? A success, I brought in enough for my guinea pigs-The Brit, Co-worker Friend Numero Dos, Grey, and Ginger-and all LOVED it: "Delicious," "Mmm, bacon," "Cookie, I love cookie," etc, etc. Like a chocolate chip cookie with a porcine kick, so fantastic I've decided to bring this cookie to Saturday's Great American Bake Sale! Jacquie of The JLH Life is the NY organizer for this year's national bake sale with proceeds going to Share Our Strength to help their fight against childhood hunger. The Brooklyn Flea has donated a table and a crazy number of desserts will be up for buying, so please come down on Saturday and buy some goodies!

NYC's bake sale will be this Saturday, the 17th, at the Ft. Greene Brooklyn Flea.
176 Lafayette Ave.
10am to 5pm
Map here.

Pig Candy is always available at Roni-Sue's
Essex Street Market (Delancey St & Essex St)
Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 7pm
www.roni-sue.com
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Attention Italian Bakeries: Milani's is Schooling You on the Zeppole Front

Zeppole Trio from Milanis
Last month I lamented the utter lack of chocolate zeppole in NYC. Though most Italian bakeries in the city roll out the traditional St. Joseph's Day pastries with either vanilla pastry cream cannoli cream filling, you just can't find chocolate filled zeppole, a staple in the New Haven area for Southern Italian St. Joseph's Day and Easter celebrations. This year I discovered that Milani's Italian Bakery & Cafe in Northford, Connecticut, not only makes chocolate zeppole, but they make quite possibly the very best chocolate zeppole I've ever had...

Let's start with the zeppole shell. These airy donut shaped treats are light, lightly sweet and fried to perfection. They fill them to order so there's no chance of the zeppole getting soggy while they wait to be purchased. Always a plus.

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Milani's fillings are what take them over the top. Not only can you get vanilla and cannoli cream and chocolate, but they also have Nutella and panna filled zeppole. Yes, that's zeppole filled with Nutella and whipped cream. Genius. Still, even with the delicious, yet unorthodox Nutella and panna zeppole in the mix, it's the chocolate zeppole that reigns supreme. Milani's chocolate filling is darker and richer than most other bakeries in the New Haven area and for that they take top marks.

Chocolate Zeppole from Milani's

Alas, now that Easter has come and gone so to has zeppole season. Next year you can be sure that I'll be hitting up Milani's.

Milani's Italian Bakery & Cafe
855 Forest Road
Northford, CT 06473
(203) 484-5017
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Ippudo's Karaka-men is just what the doctor ordered

Karaka-men Special from Ippudo

I don't know if it's allergies or just a changing of the seasons cold, but last week I was experiencing some serious head stuffiness. The kind of stuffiness that just won't go away and sucks all the joy and flavor our of eating. But even serious head stuffiness proved to be no match for Ippudo's Karaka-men special...

Karaka-men Special from Ippudo

Made from their famous Tonkotsu broth with pieces of pork belly, kikurage mushrooms, cabbage, onion, ground pork and scallions this hearty bowl of ramen has enough spices to clear out your sinuses and let you taste food again. If this were on the regular menu, it might quickly become my go to dish at Ippudo. Karaka-men FTW!

Ippudo
65 4th Avenue (btw 9th and 10th)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0088
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Brooklyn Weekend Food Activities

Pizza Moto Magarita
Hasn't the weather just been gorgeous dahlings?! Maybe no more 90° days for a few weeks, but the weekend will still be good for wandering and eating, and there will be two delicious food events going on that both of us want to hit up.

Pupusas at Brooklyn Flea
First up, the Brooklyn Flea is back in Ft. Greene this Saturday, and continuing at One Hanson Place on Sunday. Unfortunately for those us with wonderful memories of eating papusas underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, there's no DUMBO flea this year (sad panda.) We will just have to console ourselves with popsicles and chocolates. A good amount of food vendors will be on hand both days, but for detailed lists check out www.brooklynflea.com. For maps and directions, click here.

April Greenpoint Food Market
Another market completely worth checking out is the Greenpoint Food Market. The list of independent foodies is sort of insane: Anarchy in a Jar, Sour Puss Pickles, Milkmade Ice Cream, this market is expanding and just keeps getting better. Unlike the Flea, this is only tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 5pm, at the Church of the Messiah, about eight blocks from the Nassau Ave G station, and across from the nicer Greenpoint park.

Brooklyn Flea
Saturday from 10am to 5pm in Fort Greene, 176 Lafayette Street
Sunday from 10am to 5pm at One Hanson Place (at Flatbush Avenue)
www.brooklynflea.com

Greenpoint Food Market

Saturday from Noon to 5pm, Church of the Messiah at 129 Russell Street
greenpointfoodmarket.wordpress.com
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Little Tasty Lambs Cooked Twenty Ways

Lamb Takedown
It's Takedown time again, and this time up it's the gyro meat of my dreams, lamb! Look at the adorable punk lamb on the poster, don't you want to just eat him slowly roasted and smothered in tzatzki sauce? I do.

Two Sundays from now, the 18th, it's lamb time at Brooklyn food competition location du jour, The Bell House. $15 and you can see lamb cooked in ways you've probably never thought of before (and a couple where you have.) The whole hot mess starts at 4pm, but you want to make sure you get in right? If you're smart like us, be sure to buy your tickets now by clicking here. And oh yes, we'll be there. If you want more information on this and other Takedown events, please visit Mr. Matt Timms site at chili-takedown.com.

The Bell House
149 7th Street
(718) 643-6510
www.thebellhouseny.com
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

First Prize Pies are Completely Awesome

S'mores Pie
The Kave family has some crazy culinary gene that has resulted in mom Rhonda opening Roni-Sue (one of our favorite places in NYC), son Corwin cooking at the Fattys, and now daughter Allison starting First Prize Pies. They could probably start auctioning off tickets to a Kave Family Dinner and get top-dollar.

Inside S'mores Pie
First Prize Pies was only recently created after Allison found inspiration in her win at the 1st Annual Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off last November, and of course as soon as Brownie and I heard that she would be selling pies out of Roni-Sue on Saturdays, it was a race who could get pie first. To the winner, go the spoils-my tummy said "thank you." Since my famous S'mores Cupcake I'll admit that I haven't come across a sold bakery item that's better than mine. Until I ate the Allison's S'more pie, that is. It's the pie version of my cupcake-graham cracker crust, milk chocolate ganache, and toasted marshmallow topping, and quite possibly the best tasting thing I ate all weekend. It all comes together so perfectly, nothing overwhelming, truly the sum is greater than the parts. One slice is enough to satisfy a craving, but I completely plan on buying a pie as a summer BBQ dessert (or for a post-breakup vegging binge.)

Pecan Pie
But that's not all I had, I also scored a mini personal Pecan Bourbon pie which I swear I tasted bacon in, but the website says that was in my head. Nutty goodness, flaky crust, I should have heated this up and placed it in a bowl with vanilla ice cream. Or bacon ice cream!

I'm completely prepared to try every pie Allison can concoct, they're available at www.firstprizepies.com, as dessert at Fatty 'Cue, every Saturday at Roni-Sue in the Essex Street Market, every Sunday starting April 11th at the Good Buns Market in Williamsburg, and beginning April 24th at the Hester Street Fair on Hester & Essex
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

CupcakeCamp NYC 2010 is Coming This Friday!


This year's CupcakeCamp NYC promises to be bigger and better than ever. With Buttercup Bake Shop on board as one CupcakeCamp NYC's official sponsors donating some of their yummy cupcakes AND paying for an open bar during the first hour of the event (or whenever the tab runs out - whichever comes first), it's no wonder there's a waitlist for the cupcake gathering of the year...

CupcakeCamp NYC will feature the lovely ladies from Cupcakes Take the Cake, Kathy "Metalcakes" Bejma and cupcake author, Jennifer Ross and will take over Happy Ending for the second year in a row for 2.5 hours of cupcake love, this Friday, April 9th.

Follow this link get on the wait list. All the details are available on the official Cupcake Camp Blog.
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Monday, April 5, 2010

April at the Shack!

Strawberry Blonde

Hooray for April! I'm hoping for lots of sunshine and lots of visits to the Shake Shack. How could I not when this month's custard flavors at the Shack look so enticingly delicious...

One of Blondie's favs, the Strawberry Blonde (natch) is back on Wednesdays. But I have to admit that the two I'm most interested in trying are Fluffernutter (Fridays) and Pancakes and Bacon (Saturdays). I wonder if the Pancakes and Bacon is the same as the Pancake Custard with Bacon topping that Blondie had way back when.
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Midtown Lunch: Chocolate, Pizza, and Fried Sandwiches

Oyster Bar Sandwich Line Up
Brownie and I share love for a lot things; one love is celebrating holidays, even when it isn't for us. Sort of like how the Arabs in Israel are eating all the matzoh! Oh, Nutella-slathered matzoh, delicious. Here's what we've been up to in Midtown Lunch-land.

Two Boots' No. 6
While I didn't find Nutella matzoh, I did eat a respectable amount of Passover sweets. Our love for the pizza runs deep, and we need to eat lots of it. First I tried the special No. 6 at Two Boots in Grand Central (first time I'd had Two Boots in well over a year,) and then I tried the $6 special from 57 Napoli Pizza e Vino. Finding treats from great bakeries in places other than the official location makes us feel like we stumbled upon a 13 1/2 floor. The love of ice cream is being indulged by our stalking of Big Gay Ice Cream.

BOUILLABAISSE SANDWICH from the Oyster Bar
Brownie displayed our love of free-loading by checking out free cone day at Ben & Jerry's, and free waffle day at Wafels & Dinges. Our love of cheap Japanese lunch specials came out with Teriyaki Boy's $3.99 lunch. Thankfully the love of fried sandwiches from Grand Central Oyster Bar is shared by our fellow Midtown Lunch contributors. Fancy Viennese desserts, while delicious, should never cost $8 a slice. Lastly, I may love the booze, but I don't think Brownie's supposed to (or ever should again) eat a vodka slice!

Check out our Midtown Lunch-ing highlights and lowlights over on MidtownLunch.com.
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