Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Robicelli's is Opening TODAY!

Robicellis Sweet Potato Cupcakes
If all goes well, the Robicellis should be opening their new store TODAY. TODAY, people. You know what today is? Um, two days before Thanksgiving. And if you need desserts for your turkey day spread or just, you know, want to go give Matt & Allison a high five, you can head over to Bay Ridge to do that...

The official grand opening is on December 1st, but the soft opening is happening now. Full details are up on their Tumblr. Their current flavors include these INCREDIBLE Chocolate Frosted Sweet Potato cupcakes that I had the good fortune to try at their cookbook release party. Forget Pumpkin Spice Blah Bitty Blah, it's all about these spiced sweet potato cakes. Even if you are making a ton of desserts for your Thanksgiving festivities, you're going to want these, if only to give you energy to plow through all the cooking that the next few days will bring (at least that's what I'm telling myself). See you there, right?

9009 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Videos About Sandwiches!!

Those of you who know me in real life (and some of you who don't) know that I love sandwiches. I'll often forego the fancy entree at a restaurant for a crack at their lunchtime sandwich. When eating alone at home (a near daily event), I'll often simply resort to a sandwich. There have been conscious efforts to get me off sandwiches and onto real meals, like an adult. But the world and maturity can't deny my love! So, I'm here to share some sandwich news and this delicious sandwich video.

This video is part of a new series from Jeremy Spector, the Chef and Owner of The Brindle Room. If you haven't had their steakhouse burger (yes, burgers are sandwiches!) then that is a situation that needs to be rectified post-haste. I will even go with you to fix such situations. And now I have a feeling that a sausage sandwich is in my immediate future.

Most likely made with sausage from The Meat Hook. Last week, news broke (that I sort of knew about, but will deny everything!) (unless Brent Young's asking, he can see into my soul and knows it) that the butchers from The Meat Hook have bought a space to expand to! AND IT'S GOING TO BE A SANDWICH SHOP! I maybe might have sort of freaked out and bounced in excitement when I got the news (and possibly scared Ben Turley.) To keep up with their news like the date where I'll be allowed to eat my weight in sandwiches, follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Now go eat a sandwich for lunch!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Trying Out Doritos Dinamita

Doritos Dinamita
Road trips demand road trip food. You know the sort of junk food that you might not bring into your home on a regular basis, but that makes the perfect fuel for hours of night driving. A recent work trip necessitated some serious road food to make it through. When I found myself in a convenience store during the wee hours starring down a display of Doritos Dinamita, I had to snag a bag . . .

Let’s start with the shape. These rolled Doritos are tubular rather than triangular and are a good bit crunchier than your standard Dorito. They’re also an alarming shade of red as opposed to a shocking shade of orange. As for the flavor, when they say chile they aren’t playin. These chips are picante with some lingering heat. How much heat? Enough heat to slow you down from eating the whole bag in a single sitting and that alone is worth the price of admission. Would I buy these again? Absolutely.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I’ve Been Baking . . . Challah!

It’s fall. It’s chilly. And I’ve been baking . . . challah!

I love challah. So soft! So pillowy! So incredibly delicious! And warm challah? Well, that’s about as awesome as you can imagine times a million. The thing is, it can be hard to find really good challah. In my experience, unless you have an awesome bakery in range, the store bought stuff can be kind of stale and expensive.

Challah might look intimidating, but it needn’t be, especially if you’re armed with a great recipe. Molly Yeh pointed me in the direction of Ima’s Challah via Food 52 and it is glorious. Check out this post from The Shiksa Blog for some great braiding instructions. I’ve tried a few different braids now and the six strand is my favorite.

And I have to say there’s something super satisfying about making bread from scratch. I find the kneading and shaping soothing. Wait a few hours for it to rise and *boom* you’ve got bread. The only problem with challah is you’ll want to eat THE WHOLE LOAF. There will be no leftovers for French toast or stuffing or bread pudding. You will eat is ALL. Oh, and did I mention that the recipe makes two loaves? Yeah. Best advice I can give you is to give one to a friend. Share the love.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Check Out Good Eggs + Learn Trade Secrets!

Oooooh, just writing "trade secrets" makes me feel so accomplished and knowledgable. Well, next week you can meet me (along with much more important people) and perhaps learn a thing or two, but more on that after the jump. First up, GOOD EGGS! Good Eggs is an online marketplace for local food purveyors, and they're throwing their launch party this Sunday. For $5, you can learn more about the site while trying some of the food they have available (there will also be booze for you weekend warriors.) Info and links are at the bottom, after theeeee

A few weeks ago, I was approached by Brooklyn Based to sit on a panel for the day-long Indie Media Camp and of course I agreed. Over lunch, Tasting Table's Tressa Eaton, Edible's Gabrielle Langholtz, and I will "dish trade secrets." I am honored to even be considered in their presence (I got starstruck and acted all stupid when I finally met Brooklyn Based's Annaliese Griffin and Gabrielle in one night.) But anyway, there's a bunch of really great, really accessible people presenting and you should come or get your boss to pay for you to come. It's all happening on Wednesday, the 13th in Gowanus, Brooklyn and it's currently $150 (you missed the early bird $99 rate.)

The Good Eggs Brooklyn launch party is this Sunday, the 10th, from 2pm to 6pm at Colony Studios (67 West Street, 5th Floor) in Williamsburg. Here are links to buy a ticket and the Facebook event page.