Friday, April 30, 2010
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.
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.
(207) 871 - 5636
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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.
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.
703 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102-3303
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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
Monday, April 26, 2010
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. 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. jump
Friday, April 23, 2010
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.
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! 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
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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
(718) 389-3676 jump
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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).
76 Clinton Street, corner of Rivington
New York, NY 10002
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Miss Softee hopes to be rolling through the streets by June, the Red Lentil Soup from Dervish Turkish is delicious, Urban Lobster did not pass her lobster roll tests, let the late tax filers in on a pizza joint by Farley Post Office, and tried the bureks at Djerdan.
a vigil for the Halo Berlin Cart, ate a baked potato disguised as a sandwich, rejoiced in finding out that Chikalicious cupcakes are merely blocks away from me, and accidentally covered my camera lens with BBQ sauce while eating a steak sandwich.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
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.
"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.
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!)
click here after noon today and get some! Or if you want to see the films for this year's festival, go here. jump
Thursday, April 15, 2010
425 West 15th Street, 10am to 9pm
or both weekend days at the Brooklyn Flea
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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.
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
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
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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.
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.
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
Monday, April 12, 2010
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...
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!
65 4th Avenue (btw 9th and 10th)
New York, NY 10003
Friday, April 9, 2010
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.
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.
Saturday from 10am to 5pm in Fort Greene, 176 Lafayette Street
Sunday from 10am to 5pm at One Hanson Place (at Flatbush Avenue)
Greenpoint Food Market
Saturday from Noon to 5pm, Church of the Messiah at 129 Russell Street
Thursday, April 8, 2010
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
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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.)
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 jump
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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.
Monday, April 5, 2010
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.
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.
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!
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