Thursday, July 28, 2011
Vegan Doughnut Goodness from The Cinnamon Snail
The awesome Molly Yeh represents for Schnitzel & Things
Schnitzel & Things schnitz platter
Tres Leches Cake from Patacon Pisao; creamy, dreamy dessert perfection
Moroccan Fare from the Bistro Truck
Doug Quint serves up cones on the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Pork Souvlaki from the 2010 Rookie Vendor Winner, Souvlaki GR
Intensely refreshing slush from 2010 Dessert Winner, Kelvin Slush
There will be good food, plenty of beer and wine and awards. One finalist will take home the Vendy Cup and title of Vendy Award winner. As an attendee you'll be able to exercise your right to vote to choose the People’s Taste Award winner from the finalists as well as the winners in the Dessert Category and Rookie Vendor of the Year. Are you convinced yet?
While the focus of the day is on the food, the event has a greater mission as a fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project, a non-profit organization that's part of the Urban Justice Center, and provides legal representation and advocacy on behalf vendors. A portion of your entry ticket is a tax-deductible contribution to SVP, so it's a win all the way around.
Hope to see you there in September!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I opted for the original, fried with their heads chopped off, simply because I don't know if you're supposed to eat the heads and I like to start off basic. I'll admit that my non-anchovy eating was a product of American food culture-they're typically scorned and I took this as they must taste awful. They're salty and have an umami fishy taste, but a fresh fish taste, not a "this has turned" fish taste. If you like fish sauce, you'll like anchovies. Bon Chovie fries up the fish fresh which only takes a few moments. And then you dig in. For $6, you get five decent sized little fishes, and it took me until the fourth one to get how to eat them down properly. I quite enjoyed my plate, even if it was a bit oily, and I could easily see how a person could eat these all day. The plate isn't enough to get you full, but if you're out grazing at the Sunday Flea (or Smorgasburg), you should definitely stop by to have some.
Bon Chovie began at the Saturday Smorgasburg and started serving at the Sunday Flea this past weekend. Both of the markets take place in the same parking lot in Williamsburg on the East River Waterfront between North 6th and North 7th Streets. jump
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I believe that raspberries don't get enough play in pie; they're usually too tart for something on their own and the cost of a pint is prohibitive enough for most to even consider throwing into a pie. But this pie had just enough tart raspberries playing off the sweetness from the peaches to make it something special. It was almost like a Sweet-Tart in pie form. With really great crust! I hope I can score another piece before the summer's out.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Avenue,
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday morning I packed up my Cookie Monster bag with necessary sun essentials, grabbed my enormous umbrella (the kind that would make an i-banker cry from unwieldy umbrella envy) and bid Lawman and Little B farewell.
I helped with set up and watched the lovely shade disappear was the sun moved across the sky.
Thankfully Counter Culture was plying volunteers with delicious iced coffee, which I was happily slurping down, until my brother, Lil Bobo, cut me off on coffee #3.
Serious Eats Overlord, Ed Levine making the rounds pre-opening.
Serious Eaters, start your stomachs! Let the sandwich fest begin...
With Lil Bobo's help I was able to get through almost all of the sandwiches...
Bành Mí Zòn 's refreshing vegetarian bánh mì...
...and classic bánh mì, named best in the city by Serious Eats. I handed this over to Lil Bobo for a bite, and let's just say, I did not get it back.
Peanut Butter & Company's Elvis...yes, that's pb, bananas, honey, and bacon grilled up right.
Locanda Verde's lamb meatball slider. These two bites of lamb-y perfection packed a flavor whollop and turned out to be an awesome size as the eating wore on.
'wichcraft's Pork Belly Slider
and Ricotta and Zucchini sandwich with tomato and olive oil on artisan bread. This sandwich was sprinkled with just a touch of sea salt. I regret not going back for seconds.
Taim's green falafel
The house roasted turkey sandwich from Torrisi Italian Specialties was Lil Bobo's favorite for the day. "Great turkey, great bread, with just the right amount of kick."
My hands-down-couldn't-stop-blabbing-about-it favorite was the ham & cheese from Gramercy Tavern. I'm not really even a ham & cheese fan, but this is a crave-worthy rendition that starts with house smoked ham, shaved thin, topped with fontina cheese, pickled carrots and radishes topped with garlic aioli. BEST. HAM & CHEESE. EVER.
Not surprisingly on of the longest lines was for sliders grilled up by Serious Eats' own J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
Regular readers know that I don't eat beef. I just don't really like the taste. In fact it's probably been more than fifteen years since I had my last burger. But if I'm going to make a burger exception, a burger developed in the Food Lab kitchen is a good, no, great bet. Delicious.
Once sated with sandwiches I turned my attention to dessert.
Look! Full sour cherries inside!
And chocolate bouchons from Bouchon Bakery. Why have I never had these before? The heat of the day warmed these brownie like confections up so that the internal chocolate chippies were nice and melty. Heaven.
Also consumed was a curried coconut dusted Cococone from Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Unfortunately it was demolished before it could be documented, but suffice it to say I enjoyed it as much as the first Cococone I had a couple summers back.
Alas, I couldn't try the Cuatello with Grilled Peaches and Mint from Salumeria Biellese (can't do the hazelnuts) and I somehow missed the meatball sub from Best Pizza, but with the sheer number of food blogger in attendance I'm sure you'll be able to find plenty of pics and delicious write-ups.
And if you can believe it, the company was even better than the sandwiches. It was great to catch up with food lovin' friends both Serious Eats contributors and commentors alike. All-in-all it was a fabulous day. Special thanks to Ed, all the folks at Serious Eats (way to many to name, but you know who you are!), Amy, JoAnne and all the fabulous volunteers. So, um, when's the next sandwich fest? jump
Thursday, July 21, 2011
What's so great about Qathra? Well, there's Crop to Cup Coffee and Rishi Tea. A sweet, sweet sunny back patio with a reading library and a very cool ice cream fountain/tiki bar(?!) serving scoops, floats, and egg creams. I wonder if I could convince them to whip me up a vanilla ice cream soda, my childhood go-to treat at our town pharmacy's 1950s soda fountain...
1112 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Midtown Lunch special list among a few other pretty big and important web sites. More information on where the real people eat some really great, cheap food will be added, so be sure to check back often. And if you have ANY recommendations, feel free to send us the tip! jump
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
It's never a good idea to go food shopping at Trader Joe's when you're starving. That's when you end up with six boxes of Candy Cane JoJos and three bags of Mandarin Orange Chicken...and nothing else. Thankfully on a recent Trader run, just as I was about gnaw on my handbag, I spotted the Souvlaki GR truck and noticed that they are now rocking more veg options...
Vegetarians can rejoice that in addition to the chicken and pork pita, they now have a veggie pita ($4). Comprised of chopped cucumber, tomato and red onion drizzled with tzatziki in a warm pita this makes for a refreshing snack on a hot day.
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Good Batch is at both weekend Brooklyn Fleas; if you would like to buy their cookies, they do have an online shop. jump
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Kansas made his own with banana cake and chocolate filling topped with peanut butter frosting, chocolate chips, and nuts. My Elvis was enjoyable, the cake was fluffy and moist, and the frosting was pure American buttercream, but I wished for something more to truly make this an Elvis. Maybe some bacon bits?! That would have made it truly special.
Iwig's ice cream. Iwig's is basically like the Ronnybrook of Kansas: a small local dairy churning out an array of assorted products. We spotted their ice cream at Lawrence's Thursday farmers market and procured some peanut butter chocolate chip. What really impressed me about this wee container was that the peanut butter flavor was dispersed throughout the chocolate, it wasn't a ribbon or such. And it was pure creamy deliciousness. Iwig definitely deserves to grow as big as Ronnybrook is now, it's that awesome. jump
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
For the full tour, including $1 fried chicken (hello!) check out the Vendy's blog.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I came from a basically cherryless household. My dad can't stand cherries, so we never had them around. My revelation came in the form of a sour cherry pie made for 4th of July by my high school boyfriend's mom with cherries that she picked from her backyard. I still dream about that pie and this one ranks right up there with it. Tart with just the right amount of sweetness and plenty of juicy whole sour cherries, this is a pie worth changing your plans for.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Ave. at 8th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Monday, July 11, 2011
Courtelyou Road in Ditmas Park is home to a couple of our favorite brunch spots: Mimi's Hummus and The Farm on Adderly. I'd always heard good things about Puple Yam as well, but when faced with the other two tried, tested, and well loved options, invariably Purple Yam got pushed aside. This past weekend, we were in the neighborhood for dinner and eager to try something new...
The Jap Chae ($9) was also well received, but the slippery sweet potato glass noodles proved to be a little hard for Little B to chew. He thought they were funny to pick up--can't say I blame him there, it's not easy eating glass noodles with your fingers.
Overall, Purple Yam is a win. Next time, brunch!
1314 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Thursday, July 7, 2011
My family has been going to Freeport, Maine well before it was the outlet shopping destination that it's become. Much of the town is geared to the tourist trade, but if you know where to look there are some bargains to be found. Take for instance the roast leg of lamb sandwich from Bow Street Market...
Bow Street Market recently reopened in huge, new digs (can you say wine store?). Quite a step up for a great catch all market that was my first hint of what NYC bodegas would have in store for me--seriously, I don't know how those stores manage to stock so many things in such little space. The first thing I noticed at the new store was the sandwich menu at the deli. This menu isn't listed online, but they have a fantastic Roast Leg of Lamb sandwich that's to die for.
Served on a baguette with a herbed cheese spread, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a more than generous portion of perfectly roasted leg of lamb, this handsome sandwich clocks in at only $5.99--the lamb alone goes for $15.99 a pound! Awesome deal. The only catch is they don't always have the leg of lamb in stock. Still if you love lamb and you're willing to walk just a few blocks off the beaten path you'll be well rewarded with a trip to Bow Street Market.
Bow Street Market
79 Bow Street, Freeport, ME
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Last week the first blueberries of the season made their way into pies at Four & Twenty Blackbirds and I was fortunate enough to score a slice of Blueberry Rhubarb...
As a kid I didn't eat rhubarb at all. My mom can't stand it, mainly because in the wrong hands rhubarb tends to be oversweetened completely robbing it of it's natural tartness. I've since made friends with rhubarb, adding it to my Chai Spiced Raspberry Rhubarb Pie (which is among my best pie recipes, if I don't say so myself...) But I've never though to pair it with blueberries. Fortunately Melissa and Emily Elsen, the pro-pie-ators at Four & Twenty, did. The rhubarb plays off the blueberries perfectly adding a hint of tartness. Thehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif tender, sugar sprinkled lattice butter crust will make even the staunchest of Team Cake members consider jumping ship for Team Pie.
Blueberry and Blueberry Rhubarb should be in the regular rotation while the berries are in season.
For pie updates check out their Facebook page and their twitter.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Ave. at 8th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11215