Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bent Spoon at New Amsterdam

The Bent Spoon
Ooooh, ice cream. Sweet, delicious, creamy ice cream. One of my most favorite vendors at New Amsterdam Market is The Bent Spoon and their perfect ice cream. It's enough to make me go to Princeton. But they're not always there!

The Bent Spoon
But fortunately for us, they are there this Sunday, and will hopefully be returning every first Sunday of the month through the season. Last month, I got to try their fresh mint nib, and ricotta. Both were a win all around.

(I was in a car for 12 hours yesterday. This is all I got, folks. Sorry. But you should all stop by the Market for The Bent Spoon this Sunday. It's totally worth it.)

New Amsterdam Market
Sundays, 11am-4pm
South Street & Peck Slip
www.newamsterdammarket.org
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Adventures in Recipe Testing: Making Tea Eggs

Three Tea Eggs 
In case you haven't heard...we're writing a book. A book on the best of New York street food with lots of recipes and stories from vendors around the city. Right now we're deep in recipe testing. How deep? Let's just say I have a freezer with dirty mint chocolate chip ice cream, two kinds of shaved ice, and my fridge is stuffed with one syrup for said shaved ices, a bag of tamales, daeji bulgogi and regular bulgogi, pork and zucchini pupusa filling, Korean-style Pico de Gallo, jalapeno cheddar corn cakes and tea eggs. Right now the tea eggs are occupying the most head space, mainly because I find them so interesting to look at...

The tea eggs I'm making for the book are from the Bian Dang Truck. Made with black tea, soy sauce, a bit of sugar and spices, these are a traditional Taiwanese snack. The first batch I made, didn't soak for long enough and the color (and flavor) was a bit weak.

On the second batch, I learned from my mistakes. These eggs soaked over night (and then some) so they really took on the tea flavor all the way to the yolk. I just love all the marbling on the eggs' surface. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe yet again with other kinds of teas.

If you've ever made tea eggs what kind of tea do you use?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dinner & A Movie at DeKalb. For $10!

Dekalb Market
We got word from an inside source that starting today, DeKalb Market is going to be running a special from 5-7pm, every Tuesday and Wednesday through June (yes, even though it's not yet June). For $10, you get a prix fixe meal (app, entree, and dessert) from a good list of options. And if you go tomorrow, you can even watch a free movie after eating = dinner and a movie for $10!

Here are your dining options:

Choice of Appetizer (Yellow Ticket)
Buffalo or BBQ Wings from DeKalb Wings
Choice of Caribbean Patty* from Nile Valley
Sample Sized Regular, Bacon, or Lobster Mac & Cheese from Mazie’s Bites
Choice of Riceball* from Arancini Brothers

Choice of Entrée (Blue Ticket)
Half a Braised Meat Hero from Mayhem & Stout
Local Farm Fresh Entrée Salad* from Nextdoorganics
BBQ Pork or Chicken Skewer Plate from Maharlika
Bratwurst on Fresh Pretzel Roll from Madhouse Bakery
Super Nachos from Big CHZSteak

Choice of Dessert (Red Ticket)
Iced Coffee* from Joe
Iced Tea* from Tea by Tiffany
Small Cone of Frozen Yogurt from Culture
Box of Mini Doughnuts from Cuzin’s Duzin
Assorted Cupcake, Brownie or Whoopie Pie from Robicelli’s
* Denotes Vegan Option is Available

Dekalb Market
138 Willoughny St
Downtown Brooklyn
dekalbmarket.com
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Pig Pickin' Cake 
With this touch-and-go weather we've been having, I hope you all are enjoying plenty of sunshine and plenty of good food for the holiday. If you need a last minute dessert for a crowd here are a few easy suggestions you can throw together in no time at all...

Pig Pickin' Cake: It just sounds like something you want to bring to a picnic. This super moist orange cake with pineapple whipped cream shown above is bright, citrusy and tastes like the promise of a good summer to come.

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie  
Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie: This is one of the easiest pies I've ever made. It takes few pantry ingredients (mainly just, well, sugar and cream) and cooks up to a perfect custard like consistency with little effort at all.

20120123-189362-haupia  
Haupia: I used to be a staunch coconut hater, but I've since come over to the other side. This traditional Hawaiian pudding is primarily of coconut milk and milk with just a touch of sugar and vanilla and a bit of cornstarch to thicken it all. It's cool, it's refreshing, it's a great dessert to have chilling in your fridge for the hot summer months ahead. What's your favorite dessert to bring to a picnic?
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Shhh, I Wore White Already This Season!

P&H Soda Co
Summer began about five minutes ago, and apparently the weather is supposedly turning in New York, leaving us with gorgeous mid-80s weather all weekend. Weeee! Yay! Splash! So what should you do on this fine weekend other than finally take advantage of Fleet Week as a single lady? Why, go to the beach, of course!

Rippers Cheeseburger
We hear that Rippers is finally open in Rockaway Beach---mmmm, cheese fries and burgers and Narragansett. Walk along the boardwalk for delicious eats or head a little in town for Rockaway Taco. See also: beach.

Denny's Banana & Pistachio
Or head to Coney Island, mmmm-Cyclone fun. And Denny's banana and pistachio soft serve. But mostly the Cyclone.

5boro-logo-500
Or head out to the opening weekend of Governors Island for the 5 Boro Picnic--stopping to see the ships from OpSail first, of course. $25 gets you good beer, good eats, and good music. Tickets are still available, so click here.

Or you could just go get some hot dogs and have a BBQ on your roof. Whatevs. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend, folks! We'll be back bright-eyes and bushy-tailed Tuesday morning.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Second Birthday Cake

Unfrosted Lambie Cake 
This past weekend was Little B’s second birthday. It seems like yesterday that I was celebrating his arrival with a Russ & Daughters bagel and lox in the hospital. Last year I made him a cream cheese frosted banana cake (shaped like a monkey, natch). And this year I was going big or going home. My mission? Making a cake that looked like his beloved Lambie…

The cake recipe for this is a moist and easy Devil’s Food recipe, one that I made for my recent Serious Sweets American Classics post on Bumpy Cake. To construct Lambie, I first did a cartoon sketch outline of the little stuffed guy and then cut that form out of cake. (Mmmm…cake scraps). The frosting, too, came from the Bumpy Cake recipe (it’s the buttercream bump recipe with a touch of food coloring).

Lambie Cake 
Next up was some piping action to get that wool down.


Lambie and Lambie Cake 
Pretty good likeness, no? Little B’s reaction? “Oh, Lambie! You cute!” And then he stuck his hand in the cake.

Earless Lambie Cake 
Lambie looked so happy it was hard to cut into him. But not that hard…mmmm…Lambie.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I Googa'd the Mooga

Brindle Room Burger
So Googa Mooga was this past weekend, in case you've been living under a rock or outside of New York City. I went on behalf of CBS and pretty much discussed everything I ate over there. But for those of you who don't like clicking, I'll tell you my top two favorites and the thing that every one was talking about (besides the Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken which I can get whenever I want at Brooklyn Bowl!)

Googa Mooga
Though I liked the Vinegar Hill House's Soft Shell Crab sandwich, my heart belonged to the Brindle Room cheeseburger. If their hope was to get some more people saying "Oh man! Can one of you assholes I call friends please come with me to eat at the Brindle Room so I don't have to eat another meal by myself at the bar?! (god, I need a good boyfriend who likes eating good food)," then I'd say mission accomplished. I was starving when I finally got to the stand and had to listen to the most moronic conversation in the history of Prospect Park (when I tweeted this out, I wasn't playing) for 45 minutes, but dudes, it was all forgiven when I took that first bite. I didn't even care that I got meat juice all over myself! It was just the most succulent, tasty burger ever. Look for me to make a visit in the very near future.

Katzie Guy-Hamilton's Dirt Cake
For dessert, my top honors went to Katzie Guy-Hamilton's Dirt Cake and not because she has one of the best names ever. The decadent milk chocolate pudding was topped with candied gummy orange peels, Oreo pieces, and mini chocolate malt balls. It was creamy and so much fun to eat. Plus, I'm a sucker for the whole "Look! Oreos as dirt!" bit.

Foie Gras Doughnuts
And yes, I had the foie gras doughnut from Do or Dine. I feel that I should have waited and had this at dinner sometime. The combination of the heaviness from the foie gras and it being the waking hours of my day held me back from getting into this. And it was $11! I felt so bad throwing out most of it! My few friends around me all passed on eating the majority of the doughnut and I thoroughly felt that I might ralph if I ate another bite after the first three. Le sigh.

For more photos of my two days at Googa Mooga--there's a pig head, a roasted cow, Hall & Oates, and other assorted pictures--watch the slideshow:


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Checking Out the Vendy's International Meats Local

Pupusa

A couple weekends ago we attended the Street Vendor Project's International Meats Local at the New Amsterdam Market, a special event which featured five popular New York street vendors (four Vendy's finalists and one winner) making their signature recipes with humanely raised meats and other locally sourced ingredients. Five tastes (and by "tastes" I mean plates of food) went for just $20, calling this a great deal is a huge understatement...

Here’s what was on the menu:
Taiwanese beef and kimchi dumplings by A-pous
Mexican egg and chorizo sandwiches by Eggstravaganza
Pork tamales by Guadelupes Tamales
Chicken pupusas by Solber Pupusas
Jamaican Jerk Chicken by Veronica's Kitchen

In season produce was sourced from Union Square Greenmarket farms; eggs from Knoll Krest Farm; pork and beef from the Marlow and Daughters butcher shop in Williamsburg; chicken from Bo Bo poultry; and the masa for the tamales and pupusa came from Hot Bread Kitchen and was made using New York State corn.

Every bite was awesome. I had to pace myself and I still ended up completely stuffed. I was so full that I was actually grateful that Veronica's Kitchen ran out of food before I could get a plate because then I didn't have to feel guilty for missing out. The pupusas and tamales were especially delicious. The masa tasted a bit brighter and a bit sweeter than the regular masa I’m used to tasting.

Pupusas on the griddle

While waiting in line for pupusas I was taking some mental technique notes watching the forming and shaping of the pupusas--Solber and all the other vendors from the event are featured in our upcoming best of New York street food book. And I'm pleased to report that years of pupusa eating and pupusa-watching have paid off. Last night using Reina Soler's recipe, I made some darn tasty homemade pupusas.

For more of our recipe testing antics (and news of where we'll be photographing carts and trucks for the book in case you want to try to get in the photos), follow us on Twitter @BlondieBrownie.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Getting the Hot Fudge Sundae from Ample Hills

Hot Fudge Sundae
I'm totally planning on telling you everything about Googa Mooga (well, everything that I haven't already said or shown on Twitter), but I'm totally wiped from this weekend of running, biking, walking, eating, birthdaying, singing, crushing, and drinking. One thing I can tell you, the hot fudge sundae from Ample Hills is AWESOME and they're going to be celebrating soon!

Anniversary Party
After having a not-so-great time at Googa Mooga on Saturday, I needed hot fudge or heroin to change my black mood. I (finally!) stopped by Ample Hills and discovered their hot fudge sundae--which you can get with caramel instead--is one scoop of any flavor on a gooey warm brownie base. I'm in love with this sundae. Just go get it. I'm going to rationalize my intake of this sundae by biking to and fro Ample Hills which will burn approximately the whipped cream, but whatever. AND they're having a party this Saturday! I can't believe it's only been a year since they already feel like a NY institution.

Ample Hills Creamery
623 Vanderbilt Ave
Prospect Heights
(347) 240-3926
www.amplehills.com
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Brooklyn Soda Works' Apple Ginger Soda

Apple Ginger Soda 
My high school boyfriend didn't drink soda. Ever. He didn't like the way it tasted. He didn't like the carbonation. He didn't like it at all. At the time I was a Diet Coke fiend. We always has a bottle in the fridge. I just didn't get how someone couldn't like soda. Fast forward a few years and soda has lost its charm for me. I can count the number of sodas I have in a year on a single hand. And if I do go for a soda it's usually some sort of out there flavor like grapefruit or ginger beer. A couple weekends ago Blondie and I hit the Vendy's International Meats event at the New Amsterdam Market. It was my first time at the market and after sample all the tasty Vendy's fare, I was ready for something cold and refreshing. That's when I spotted Brooklyn Soda Works' table and all those old soda lovin' feelings kicked back in...

They had three sodas on tap but it was the apple ginger ($4) that immediately caught my attention. Made with fresh juice and sweetened only with cane sugar. This is a bolder and spicier ginger soda than you typically find on the market. Not too sweet and boasting plenty of fizz, it was the perfect drink to gulp down on a warm day after a big meal.

If you have a hankering for a decidedly grown up soda you can find them on tap at

Beer Table in Park Slope (they will fill a growler for you to take home!) 61 Local in Carroll Gardens Untitled, Whitney Museum of Art North End Grill, Battery Park City Growler Station, West Village

And at the Brooklyn Flea on both Saturday and Sunday. Keep tabs on them via Twitter @BklynSodaWorks.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Eating Tortas on Roosevelt Ave

Tortas Chivas
For the past few days, I've been reliving my Friday night through photos. In the name of book research and photo making, Clay, Donny, Jeff Orlick, and I wandered the majority of Roosevelt Avenue. We met up at Tortas Neza, a place Jeff told me about during the Street Vendor Project's Anniversary Party, underneath the 111th Street '7' station. This was the second time I'd been to Tortas, and I had been sold on that first visit.

Torta Monarcas
"Tortas" originally sold his sandwiches in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park before opening a store in Woodside. He closed down the store to open this truck, and it's quickly becoming a Roosevelt Ave destination. At my first visit, I went with what James Boo recommended (besides everything), the Tortas Monarcas. It's full of slow-roasted pork with lots of crunchy bits, and covered with quesillo (a mild, Oaxacan-style cheese). Note that every sandwich contains avocados, lettuce, and tomatoes. The sandwiches are named after Mexican soccer teams, so don't let that throw you off either. Like the second sandwich, Tortas Chivas, did not contain goat or Scotch. With eggs, chorizo and quesillo, it's the equivalent of a breakfast sandwich--the best breakfast sandwich in the world!

For more photos from our crawl, check out Clay's post. Donny has a post up too with more behind-the-scenes photos of our book making.

If you want to do the Roosevelt Ave food crawl, get in touch with Jeff. I highly recommend it.

Tortas Neza
Roosevelt Avenue and 111th Street, NE corner
Corona
(347) 666-1517347-666-1517
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wooly's Is Back!

Wooly's 
One of my favorite summer dessert discoveries last year was the fluffy, snowlike shaved ices from Wooly's, the 2011 Dessert Vendy's winner. Well, with nice weather finally in our 5 day forecast, I'm pleased to report that the Wooly's cart is back at work with a new location and plenty of news...

I had a chance to catch up with co-owner, Danny Che, earlier this week to talk recipes for our upcoming best of New York street food cookbook coming out from Running Press next year--yes, Wooly's will be featured along with many other beloved street food vendors. While we talked recipe logistics and techniques I couldn't resist getting the scoop on this season.

Unlike last year when the cart was operating in various locations in Lower Manhattan, this season they will be at the Seaport 7 days a week from Monday though Friday, 12-7pm. To kick of their launch month they've dedicated May to "Mango Madness" and will be serving the above mango-centric menu all month. BUT...there's incentive to start following them on Twitter (or at least occasionally stalking them on Twitter) because they occasionally have 'secret menu' items like their other ice flavors (original, green tea and strawberry) as well as secret toppings. If you go to the cart the secret menu won't be posted (duh, then it wouldn't be a secret), so you've got to follow to be in the know. This coming weekend they'll take a rare break from their Seaport spot to do Googa Mooga (where I have word that they'll be handing out a limited number of size upgrade coupons which can be redeemed at their Seaport location.
 Mango Madness Menu 
The regular rotation of flavors: green tea, original, strawberry and mango will all be back next month and regulars might notice that they've switched up their menu a bit. There's still a choose-your-own topping option, but they also have a few suggested combos to order based on their most popular pairings from last summer. This month those pairings include:

Mango Madness
-mango shaved ice
-fresh mangoes
-mango sauce

Mogo Loco
-mango shaved ice
-fresh mango, mochi
-sea salt leche sauce

Berry Delicious
-mango shaved ice
-fresh strawberry, fresh blueberry
-mango sauce

Mango Tango
-mango shaved ice
-fresh mango, fresh strawberry
-sea salt leche sauce

Mmmm...I'm looking forward to getting my fix soon...

Wooly's Ice
South Street Seaport
@woolysice
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Best Thing to Eat at Yankee Stadium

Parm Meatball Sandwich
During my rally to finish this last damn paper of the semester (it's like it never ends!), I got an invitation to this past Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium. Andy Pettitte was returning to the line-up! It was Mother's Day! I hear there's a meatball sandwich to be eaten! I'll let you guess which one of those reasons sealed the deal.

Inside "The Great Hall," you find a wee little stand topped with tomato cans: it's the Yankee Stadium outpost of Parm. The stand opened last year, but seeing as my ticket hook-up didn't have season tickets anymore and the few times I was offered an extra, I was out of town, I never made it to The Stadium. There is only one picture that exists of my meatball sandwich because my race earlier in the morning had left me on the far side of famished. I found the sesame roll soft, chewy and perfect, while the well-seasoned meatball was big and thick enough to be mistaken for a patty. I loved the cheese and savory, not too sweet sauce, but I was really won out by the basil leaves. It needed the flavor and texture. My one grip: $14! I mean, W-T-F!

Extra Sprinkles
But I let that go when the Carvel guy hooked it up with extra sprinkles!

Parm Stand
Between Gates 4 and 6 in the Great Hall
Yankee Stadium
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Taking on the Treats Truck Stop One Treat at a Time: Chocolate Chip Macaroons

Chocolate Chip Macaroons

Last weekend I had the opportunity to check out the unofficial opening day at The Treats Truck Stop, the Treats Truck's brand new outpost in Carroll Gardens. Of course I couldn't say no to trying a treat. While The Treats Truck Stop will eventually be serving items not available on the truck--owner, Kim Ima promised there would be all sorts of wonderful new Truck Stop exclusive treats in the future--on that first day they had the standard treat spread including the Chocolate Chip Macaroon which surprisingly after nearly five years of following the Treats Truck, I've never tried. Until now...

Actually, it's probably not all that surprising that I've never tried the macaroons. Until fairly recently I thought that I hated coconut. And for that very reason I've studiously avoided macaroons until a few months ago when I tried Danny Macaroons at Choice Eats and a love affair was born. Sinking my teeth into a salted caramel macaroon, I felt like the universe had been holding out on me. I hunted macaroons at Bergdorf's. I made macaroons at home (and no joke, I even brought some to Kim on the truck). So really, it was only a matter of time before I tried the macaroons from the Treats Truck. The verdict?

Certifiably delicious. These macaroons made those sad, dry, lumpy things that come in a can around Passover-time look like the pathetic macaroon imposters. They aren't overly sweet, yet they still package a monstrous coconutty punch. And the outside is perfectly toasted. If you're a coconut fan, these are for you. And even if you think you're not a coconut fan, I'd give these the thumbs up.

Looking forward to taking on some more treats soon!  

The Treats Truck Stop
521 Court St
Brooklyn, NY
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Trying a Connecticut-Style Lobster Roll

The Claw Lobster Roll
Prior to knowing Brownie and the recent lobster roll influx, I'd never had lobster rolls. Sure, my mom went up to Maine frequently during my late teens and early 20s, but that was usually to escape us kids. Plus, I'd tried fresh lobster, dripping with warm, melted butter before and well, wasn't that impressed. I couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Then Brownie and Luke's came into my life. Life altered.

Well, now. Now I've had my lobster roll education, but it's mostly been with Maine rolls. Brownie isn't fond of the Connecticut rolls, but I was always curious. I recently found myself at the only lobster shack in Chelsea, The Claw. It's all claw meat, all Connecticut-style. This way is more like lobster salad than what I'm used to, and there's scallions involved. And a hot dog bun. And that hot dog bun isn't full. And I found myself longing for Luke's. Though I do like cornichons. I hear there'll be another of these opening soon, and I do want to try some of the other things on the menu. Let us know if that lobster mac 'n cheese is a do or a don't.

The Claw
269 West 23rd Street
Chelsea
(212) 627-7700
clawnewyork.com
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Eating Cookies in the Library!!


It's the week where everything's due at NYU. Undergrads are studying away for their finals, while the grad students, like myself are putting the final touches on our semester-long research papers. I'll give you two guesses what I spent yesterday doing (and what I'll probably spend tomorrow doing.) And hopefully, the end result will be A's (or at least B's?) Also, I'm totally Cookie in this video when I spot a hottie in Bobst.


BUT in other good news for me is that I will be visiting at least two, maybe three farms this summer. And staying at one of them for at least a week. This one is certified in the middle of nowhere *and I'm so excited!*
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Alice's Teacup Makes for a Great Lunch Spot

Lapsang Souchong Smoked Chicken Breast

I’ve blogged about how much I adore the scones at Alice’s Teashop, but I’ve never mentioned my love for their lunchtime fare especially their tea smoked chicken salad . . .

Pumpkin Scone from Alice's

To me Alice’s Teacup ranks up there with the ultimate girly spots in the city. They serve tea. They serve killer scones. 

Chocolate Cupcake

They serve cute cupcakes and cakes. Alice’s is no one trick pony. Their savory menu options are actually really, really tasty, too. 

My go-to lunch here is the Lapsang Souchong Smoked Chicken Breast ($15) on mixed greens with sliced tea-infused eggs, granny smith apples, and crispy carrots in their signature ginger soy dressing. The tea adds a pleasant earthy flavor to the chicken breast. It’s a decent sized salad, one that won’t leave you starving but you’ll have plenty of room to enjoy a cuppa (and who am I kidding, a caramel topped pumpkin scone). The dining room tends to be a mix of ladies who lunch and moms with kids (and depending on the time of the school year, there may be more or less kiddos in the mix). Alas, they don’t take reservations unless your party is huge, so go early if you want to get a table. I’m partial to Alice’s Chapter II on Lexington and 64th street.

Alice's Teacup, Chapter II
156 E 64th St 
New York, NY 10065
(212) 486-9200

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Treats Truck Stop is here at last!

Kim at the Treats Truck Stop 

Blondie and I have been following the Treats Truck for a LONG time. Don't believe me? Check out this archive of all the treats we've eaten from the truck. You might say we're a little obsessed. The Treats Truck lady, aka Kim Ima, is also pretty much the nicest person you'll ever meet, so we're absolutely thrilled that after 5 years of truckin', Kim now has a Treats Truck Stop to call her own...

 Treats ARE good 

The Treats Truck Stop, the brick and mortar outpost of the truck (fear not fans, Sugar is not coming off the road anytime soon) has been in the works for awhile now. The baking for the truck has been coming out of their gorgeous kitchen for sometime, but as with any food business in New York, there's a lot of paperwork to take care of to officially open the doors.

Treats Truck Lucky Cats 

When I found out that last Saturday was unofficial opening/Day 1, naturally I had to make a visit. And while I was there I got to meet Treats Truck royalty! 

 Kim's parents 

Kim's parents: Leslie and Kenji Ima had flown in from CA for the opening and they were there helping out, hanging out and taking lots of photos.


Kim Showing handmade Treats Truck tags 

 That's Leslie above capturing some tags that Kim used to hand make back in the earliest Treats Truck days. The store is charming and adorable. There's plenty of vintagey tables and chairs up front and more space in the back where there's a huge window to watch all the baking action. The garden will eventually be open, too. 

Mexican Hot Chocolate 

Right now they are just serving sweets and drinks (coffee, tea, Mexican hot chocolate, like the little shot above that Kim let us sample). But soon they will be rolling out savory dishes like grilled cheese and some breakfast items. I'm not-so-secretly most excited to try their decorate your own cookie plate that's in the works--you'll get a cookie, frosting and all the sprinkles to make it your own.

 Checking out the Treats Truck case 

One of my favorite things about the shop was the really tall bakery case. You don't normally see super tall cases at bakeries, so even taller grown ups still get the same feel as a kid looking at the treats eye-to-eye. Just a stone's throw from the Red Hook Ballfields (seriously, photographer extraordinaire, Donny Tsang spotted me in the window while coming back from getting his tamale fix), the shop is on a great stretch of Court Street (Buttermilk Channel and Court Street Grocers are just a couple blocks away). The shop has as great vibe to it. I meant to just drop by to congratulate Kim but I ended up staying and visiting with her folks and Donny and other people who were passing through--plenty of Kim's relatives and friends. I told Kim the place already has a Cheers vibe for the sweets set. I only wish I lived closer so I could hang out there more often. The official opening will be on Saturday and it sounds like Kim some fun things planned for the big day. On Saturday, May 12th the shop will be opened from 9am-9pm. But at 2pm, they’ll have a toast (with milk and cookies!) and a ribbon cutting!

Kim and her parents 2 

Alas, the shop will most likely be closed for the next couple of days possibly reopening on Thursday and Friday for some more unofficial practicing. Keep tabs on the shop's status and on events for the opening via twitter. Congratulations to Kim and the whole Treats Truck team! Can't wait to visit again soon!  

The Treats Truck Stop
521 Court St
Brooklyn, NY
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Domo Taco's Japanese Nacho Tots

Domo Truck Nacho Tots
What is this? What are you showing me? This isn't photogenic! I don't want to eat this!

If you like savory flavors, and tater tots, and fishy Japanese foods, I recommend this: Domo Taco Truck's Japanese Nacho Tots.

Okay, editor's note: I ate these tots a while ago. I was running late for class, saw the truck, took a peek at the menu, got the nacho tots, checked out two men from the NYU intramural soccer team (I'll cheer for the Violets if it means checking out hotties), and then ate these in class. They were smelly and elicited many responses from my classmates. Thank heavens, it's food studies. I've seen a number of pictures of the Japanese nacho tots, and not all have the sweet brown sauce--that sauce is key to making the dish a win. Also vital are fresh hot tots and a generous hand with the bonito flakes (flakes of dried, smoked bonito fish). The flakes get everywhere and totally do their moving/breathing qualities (they're light as air and move with the slightest air movement.) I like the crema though I did wish it had a little kick to it--maybe a sriracha crema (can they even do that?).

Check out where the Domo Taco Truck is by checking their Tweetters @DomoTaco.
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Friday, May 4, 2012

The Red Hook Vendors are Back!

Pupusas with Chicharron 
Last weekend the Red Hook Vendors took to the ball fields for the first days of their 2012 season and Blondie, Lawman, Lawman-in-Law, Little B and I were all on hand to get our first huaraches and pupusas of the season. Even if the weather was chilly on opening day, eight of ten vendors were out in force serving up authentic pan-Latin dishes. As far as I'm concerned it's still one of the best deals around for recreational eating. Here's just a small sampling of what we had...

Agua Fresca de Sandia

Agua Fresca de Sandia from Vaquero's Fruit Truck. On a hot summer's day there is nothing better than fresh watermelon juice. Not even a dip in temperature could keep me from this drink on opening day.

Ceviche Mixto

Ceviche Mixto. Chock full o' pieces of seafood, we're talking squid, octopus and shrimp with plenty of onion, cilantro and tomato.

Pupusa Platter

Pupusa Platter with Chicharron from El Olomega. These traditional pupusas revueltas (pork and cheese filled) were so good we got one platter in the morning and one at the end of the day.

Huarache with Chorizo

Chorizo Huarache from Country Boys. No trip to the ball fields would be complete without a chorizo filled huarache from the Vendy award-winning Country Boys truck. Secure your place in line as soon as you get there as there's always a queue. You won't be sorry.

Pupusas with Chicharron

The coming weeks will bring some exciting events to the ball fields. This weekend is the official opening of the Soccer Liga and there will be several tv shows filming vendors the follow weekend. Andy Bates All American Street Eats on will be filming for the Food Network UK on May 13th and Cooking with Kelsey will film on on May 19th.

RH Food Vendors Sign

This is the last year for the Red Hook Vendor's six year permit that they had to fight so hard to get from the city. As with any vendor permitting in the city, there's no telling what the future will hold. The Red Hook Vendors have been a culinary treasure for going on 38 years, but we can't take that for granted. Many of the vendors are still paying off the trucks they had to invest in to comply with the city regulations. The costs of doing business, from the time and hard labor to the permits, commissary parking fees and equipment fees are very high considering they can only work eight days a month from April until October. Traffic can depend greatly on the weather. The vendors need your support and if you love great street food it's a win/win. Let's help the vendors have their best season ever!
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