Thursday, August 30, 2012
I'm not actually much of a burrito fan owing to the fact that I don't particularly fancy flour tortillas, but I was hungry and when I saw that they had burrito bowls--all that good filling without the doughy tortilla to tie you down--I had to give it a try. The citrus cider pork burrito bowl ($7) was awesome and filling. The pork was super slow cooked and wicked tender. While Lawman doesn't mind sweet mixed with savory in desserts, he's not a fan in main courses. That said, even he attested to how good the pork filling was. The sweetness of the citrus didn't overwhelm the meat in the slightest. The bowl came with brown rice, beans, meat, veggies, cheese and for an extra $1 you could get a scoop of guac. Elsewhere in the country $8 for a burrito bowl might be a little steep, but in Freeport, I assure you this is a terrific deal. There's lots of pricey, mediocre food in town. Skip all those joints papering the town with menus and head down Nathan Nye Street behind the Starbucks for a tasty deal. jump
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Prospect Hill Orchards. It's more tart than sweet, and crunchy, almost like a Braeburn. I've been eating them all week, and plan on picking up a few for some sort of dessert treat. The orchard sells at the Tucker Square, Tribeca, Port Authority, and Ft. Washington markets.
Toigo Orchards stand. They're not organic, but they do use Integrated Pest Management--it means few chemicals, and using environmentally sensitive ways of dealing with pests. Also, their peaches are freaking huge, juicy, sweet and altogether perfect right now! They're like peach candy.
St. Stephens on the Upper East Side. It's small number of great stands means less of a crowd. Had I not just walked 50+ blocks, I would have sat and relaxed for a bit, maybe with a treat from nearby Two Little Red Hens. And another peach. jump
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The finalists are:
-The Cinnamon Snail (profiled in our book!)
-Uncle Gussy's (also profiled in our book!)
-Tortas Neza (yup, they're profiled in our book!)
-Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs (they're mentioned in our book, too!)
-Hamza and Medina Halal Food
-Piatzlan Authentic Mexican Food
The Vendys will be held on Governor's Island on Saturday, September 15th from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Ticket will sell out. I promise you, they will sell out. Today they just announced VIP tickets for a special early entry experience. Here are the details...
VIP Early Entry Tickets will get you into the Vendy Awards an hour early--during this hour (11:30am entry) you can eat to your heart (and stomach's) delight without the lines. The number of tickets at this level is limited to ensure the ultimate street eating experience. And if beginning your all-you-can-eat food experience an hour before the crowds arrive isn't enough, you will have exclusive access to the the following:
•Foodie “Meet-and-Eat:” Eat, drink, and hang out with some of this year’s celebrity judges and well-known foodies, including judge and Food & Wine Magazine Restaurant Editor Kate Krader, Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch, and Ed Levine from Serious Eats.
•Street Food Mini-Tours: Turnstile Tours will be offering a mini-version of their regular food cart tours, featuring an up-close and personal experience with two of this year's nominees. VIPs will meet the owners, hear their stories, and learn some tidbits on the history of street food in NYC. All, of course, while sampling the delicious cuisine.
•Cooking Demos: BlondieandBrownie.com and MidtownLunch.com bloggers, Siobhan Wallace and Alexandra Penfold (hey, that's us!), will demo a refreshing slushie cocktail recipe from 2010 Dessert Vendy winner Kelvin Slush for their upcoming book New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks (Running Press, Spring 2013).
Good for admission to the Vendy Awards. Copious amounts of food and wine. Each ticket is a tax deductible donation. Early Entry ticket buyers are entered into a lottery to become our "Citizen Judge," eat at Judges Table, and help choose our 2012 Vendy Cup winner. Limited Time Only, While Supplies Last. If you're already bought your ticket you can upgrade to VIP for only $50 more. And the money goes to a great cause, The Street Vendor Project and their advocacy for vendors rights. So what are you waiting for? Go get your tickets now! jump
Monday, August 27, 2012
At the end of five+ hours of data collecting yesterday, I saw the gorgeous face of Fany Gerson from La Newyorkina manning her stand at New Amsterdam. Her and I hadn't seen each other in ages, so I was excited to catch up and eat some paletas. But there were no paletas! Fany was selling her ice cream and sorbets, two things I'd never had. This is what I get for not hitting up New Amsterdam in the past couple of months. Fany suggested I have an ice cream soda, using the soda from P&H Soda right next door, to go with the tacos I was eying. This is like a triple win for a sweaty, tired lady I was at the time. I went with blackberry ice cream and hibiscus soda--so pretty, so tasty, so fruity. The ice cream is thick, creamy, and decadent; it was hard not to get a scoop on its own afterwards (I did not mentally block the cupcake waiting for me at home.)
New Amsterdam Market
100 Peck Slip
Open every Sunday 11am to 4pm
Friday, August 24, 2012
So, I told you how I'm going to Pig Island (September 1st, baby!) and I bought Lawman-in-law a ticket as a birthday present. Last night I went to a press preview at Palo Santo and sampled some awesome sauces in anticipation of the big day...
Because the R train decided to randomly go express I missed the intro, but I did get to meet Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's 43 and chat a little about pig butchering, New York state apple cider and Pig Island. Organizer and food events queen, Jackie Gordon aka the Diva who Ate NY put together a great blogger BBQ sauce competition. All of the sauces that were entered from a Black Cherry Chipotle to an Asian-inspired sauce with hoisin were very good. Very, very good. I wouldn't be sad to have any of them on my plate, but Justin Schwartz of Justcook NYC took the prize (and my vote) with his black plum & bourbon sauce. Sweet, savory, spicy and tangy, Justin's sauce was nicely balanced and tasted like you needed another serving. I hope he posts the recipe.
While you might not be able to get Justin's sauce, you can still get in on the 80 piggies they'll have at the event. Early bird tickets for all the booze and all the pigs are still on sale for $70 until Monday, 8/27 when the price jumps to $85. Keep tabs on Pig Island via twitter @ilikepig jump
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Once upon a time, I was in the latter camp. I love mac & cheese. I love lobster. Putting the two together, seems like a great idea, but do I need both to be satisfied? Can't I just be happy with lobster? Or mac & cheese? And does the addition of lobster really add that much? And are they really going to add enough lobster to make it worth my while? Well, if it's lobster mac from Freeport Seafood Company in Freeport, Maine the answer is a resounding yes.
This five cheese mac was outstanding on it's own, creamy cheese sauce, spiraled elbows (ideal for cheese sauce retention) and it's positively loaded with lobster pieces, and not wimpy chopped body meat pieces, but real, meaty claw pieces. CLAW PIECES!!!! This claw on top is not just for show. There are claws--sweet wonderful claws inside. At $18 it's spendy, but worth every nickle.
Freeport Seafood Company is the new kid in town, having just opened in May and I hope they stick around. They have a $9.99, whole lobster dinner special going with lobster plus fries and 'slaw. There are a lot of restaurants in Freeport that cater to non-discerning tourists ready to empty their wallets for a taste of Maine. You can get a real one here.
Freeport Seafood Company 175 Lower Main St
Freeport, ME 04032
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
rest of the official selections here, which includes films from our friends James Boo and Jason Lum. CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS!!!!
The official festival run-down has published yet, but keep checking thefoodfilmfestival.com for it to come out. We highly recommend going to at least one of their events. jump
Monday, August 20, 2012
This year's Pig Island will be held on Governor's Island on Saturday, September 1st. From 11:30am until 4:30pm attendees will feast on 80 (!) locally sourced piggies. There will be beer from Sixpoint and local cider and wine pairings.
Here are some of the confirmed chefs:
Chef Dale Talde of Talde & Pork Slope, Anthony Sasso from Casa Mono, John Stage from Dinosaur BBQ, King Phojanakong from Kuma Inn & Umi Nom), Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo & Fort Reno, King Phojanakong from Kuma Inn & Umi Nom), Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43 and more!
I. AM. SO. EXCITED.
Early bird tickets for all the booze and all the pigs are still on sale for $70 until next, Monday, 8/27 when the price jumps to $85. This week I'm going to a press preview, so I'll keep you posted on all the piggy news that fits. In the meantime you can keep tabs on Pig Island via twitter @ilikepig.
SIDE NOTE: There's going to be a blogger BBQ sauce competition at the press preview...I've never made BBQ sauce. I'm a little scared. Any and all tips and suggestions are most definitely welcome! jump
Friday, August 17, 2012
super cat, super cat
he will protect and save everyone
he is a millionaire and a cool bro
in a bitching mask, is fluffy and awesome
he only thinks about the fate of the world
he is not even distracted by cute ladies
because he has been castrated
super cat jump
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The southern coast of Maine is made up of lots of little peninsulas. Some are short, some are long, but I'd be willing to bet most--if not all--are beautiful. Harpswell, just off of Brunswick, is one such idyllic peninsula. Generations ago my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather owned a big chunk of Harpswell, alas I'm descended from his daughter so that land didn't get passed on. Still I feel a strange sense of peace and belonging when I make the drive out winding route 123. The Casco Bay views off of Harpswell are stunning and Dolphin Marina is no exception...
Just as I Facebook sourced my dad's birthday cake, I also found out birthday dinner spot view Facebook when I spotted some awesome looking blueberry muffins on a friend's FB page. Turns out blueberry muffins are something of a signature at Dolphin Marina. Our waitress told us that the muffins were a nod to the days when the marina used to serve breakfast. They don't do breakfast anymore, but I sure am glad they still make those muffins, because they were worth the ride themselves.
Dolphin Marina and Restaurant
515 Basin Point South Harpswell, ME 04079 jump
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Milk & Cookies has been around for years, yet I had never tried it out for myself. Wrong move. The ice cream sandwiches are made with il laboratorio del gelato, the cookies being made in house, naturally. They have a bunch of delicious flavor combinations, but I decided to go with the Overload--peanut butter and chocolate is one of my most favorite flavor combos. My friend went with the Grasshopper and liked it enough, but wished she had mine. These sandwiches are a win if you get a bigger cookie base. You'll get the same amount of ice cream, but the spreading means less chance of a ice cream cookie sandwich mashing, though the chewy cookies did prevent any epic failure. The con with bigger cookies did mean more melting onto your hand. I definitely need to stop by again soon to try more treats!
Milk & Cookie Bakery
19 Commerce St
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Thanks to Facebook, I recently discovered Scratch Baking Co in Portland, Maine and I've been dying to check it out. A Facebook friend recently posted about the virtues of their cake so with my dad's birthday celebration on the line, I knew I had to pay them a visit.
Coming from New York I was excited/thrilled/overjoyed to see that the small cake, a 6 incher that feeds 4 to 6 was only $15. I picked the Ring Ding Cake*, a chocolate cake with whoopie pie filling and chocolate ganache, because it sounded kind of like a Bumpy Cake with the bumps on the inside. Plus one to Scratch Baking for the lovely piping personalization.
The cake itself was super moist and very chocolatey. The filling was perhaps more buttery than I'm used to in a whoopie pie (I'm an old school purist when it comes to whoopie filling, give me sugary Crisco goodness any day), it was rich and creamy. Between five of us we only got through half a cake, which left cake for breakfast on my dad's actual birthday (today!). By the time you read this I will likely already be on my second (or third slice). Feel free to join me in raising a glass to my dear dad. Happy Birthday!
*According to their site, Scratch Baking Co requires a minimum of 48 hours notice for cakes and when I spoke to the woman on the phone she mentioned checking the "cake schedule," I assume they limit the number of cakes they make on a given day, so plan accordingly!
Scratch Baking Co.
416 Preble St. South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-0668 jump
Monday, August 13, 2012
Rockaway Taco. One is their fish taco--I did have a taste of it at last year's Food Film Festival and it's definitely *the* best fish taco in the city. Yes, there's a battered and fried fillet underneath all that slaw and radishes. I also finally got to taste their chilaquiles--those are only available until 11am, Thursday-Sunday. And totally worth the extra early morning haul out to Rockaway. Plus, early arrivals means less lines for beers at Rippers. And you all know that the real reason why Rockaway's become the place to be.
95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Recipe testing (and retesting) continues. I never thought I'd make so many batches of tamales. Thankfully Lawman's colleagues are willing to lend a hand and some help with the eating effort. One recipe I can't imagine growing tired of is Agua Fresca de Sandia...
This blended watermelon drink from the Red Hook ball fields, is incredibly refreshing. I feel cooler just looking at the photo. It also holds its liquor well. Mmm...watermelon and rum. What do you drink when it's beastly hot? jump
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Oh, check out the Behind the Scenes of Roberta's bread baking.
100 Frost St
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
What could possibly make fluffy, warm doughnuts better? Um, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck's Dulce de Leche (you know, that awesome sauce that goes on a Salty Pimp). Blondie and friends styled the awesome shot above of my woodland creature salt shakers (and a crab Christmas ornament) surrounding the doughnut. Mischief appears to be afoot! I can't say I blame them. The doughnuts were amazing add the dulce de leche and you have one awesome breakfast/dessert (dessert for breakfast?) combo. Our book is due out next April. All I have to say is get those stretchy pants ready because there are some darn tasty recipes. jump
Monday, August 6, 2012
Late Night Snack, this is right up your alley.
Ample Hills Creamery
623 Vanderbilt Avenue
Thursday, August 2, 2012
We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to bring you the news that it's apparently National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! Get up from your computer and go celebrate. I know I will...
There are some tasty, tasty ice cream sandwiches in this wonderful city, but I'll be raising a 'wich at Coolhaus after shooting a couple photos for upcoming street food cookbook among the savory goodies like Korean BBQ nachos, shrimp ceviche and jalapeno cheddar corn cakes, we're going to have plenty of awesome dessert recipes, like Coolhaus owner, Natasha Case's Dirty Mint ice cream with double chocolate cookies. Mmmmm. If you could have an ice cream sandwich anywhere in the city, where would you go? jump
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Left Bank opened late last summer and has managed to stay low-key--unlike many of the other restaurants in this neighborhood. The menu changes with the seasons and what's available at the farmers market, but one constant is the maple sugar pie. One of the owners, Micheline Gaulin, supplied her family's recipe for this Quebecois treat. The thick crust crumbles perfectly and doesn't overwhelm the maple custard goodness it holds. You don't even need the lemon whipped cream that comes with it.
117 Perry Street