Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Shake Shack's New(ish) Fries are AWESOME

Shake Shack new fries
So Shake Shack has been rolling out their new hand cut fries. The fries made their debut at the Upper East Side location this summer, but...I'm never in that neighborhood. Since then they've slowly been rolling out the new fries to more Shacks across the city, but my most visited Shack (aka the Brooklyn branch) has been kicking it old school with the crinkle cut fries. It took a recent trip to the Natural History Museum (and requisite post-museum Shake Shack outing) to get a taste of the new fries. And. They. Are. Awesome...

Crispy with just the right amount of salt. These are fries that you won't get bored of eating. I'm not going to lie. I wasn't one of those people that would turn up my nose at the crinkle cut fries, but these are much better. More potato-ey, if that's a thing. I'm convinced that they had to adjust the cheese fries sauce slightly to thin it out so it would adhere to the skinnier fries better without significant fry foldage from the weight of the sauce. On first glance it looked like they skimped on the cheese. But NO! The cheese was all there, it has just pooled in the bottom beneath the fry stack cracks.

Here are the locations where you can get "Shack Fresh Fries" as they are called. Naturally they have their own hashtag (#ShackFreshFries):
- Upper East Side, NYC 
- Upper West Side, NYC 
- Grand Central Terminal, NYC 
- University City, PA 
- King of Prussia, PA 
- Paramus, NJ 
- Harvard Square, MA 
- Battery Park City, NYC

Also, a friendly heads up to the Shake Shack custard gurus...I saw that "Big Easy Banana Chip" is the featured Tuesday flavor for the month of February. Alas, Mardi Gras is super late this year. It's not until Tuesday, March 4th. Hopefully Bananas Foster is in the rotation next month!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Get Your Love Something To Eat!

Peter Pan Valentines
Yes, Valentine's Day is on the other side of this work week. Don't worry if you still haven't gotten anything, I've got a list of delicious things to go with your, well, this. I'm basically doing all the work for you because I don't like it when my friends hand out uninspired gifts.

I just threw up a little in my mouth reading those sayings. Anyways. First up, you can go to Peter Pan, buy some pink frosted doughnuts and binge your mutual ways through an evening "House of Cards" marathon. (Let's not mention that this is totally my plan for Friday.) Those not in Brooklyn and/or in need of chocolate gifts can head down to Essex Street Market or Forsyth Street for something from Roni-Sue's Chocolates. If you're not a true fan of their Valentine's picks, the ladies there can help you whip something together. Have someone who loves those sweet confections known as macarons? Well, then head to Macaron Parlour. These vibrant hearts showed up in my Instagram last night and even I got sentimental and lovey-dovey.

Milkmade Ice Cream
Not here and need something for your honey in the city? You can start by getting an ice cream gram from MilkMade! Two pints of ice cream--Salted Caramel & Red Velvet Cake--hand-delivered on Friday with a handwritten note (with your love saying, obviously). Also, perfect for that "House of Cards" binge. Want to get a whole personalized medley of things complete with savory items and bouquets because we all know you can turn this holiday into a weekend at home doin' thangs? Then order some groceries through Good Eggs. For those needing your favorite New York things somewhere else in the country, then Farm to People is your answer.

Now no one has a reason to not buy your love, or me, something scrumptious.

Peter Pan Bakery
727 Manhattan Avenue
(718) 389-3676

Roni-Sue's Chocolates
in Essex Street Market at 120 Essex Street
(212) 260-0421
148 Forsyth Street (between Delancey & Rivington)
(212) 677-1216

Macaron Parlour
111 St. Marks Place
(212) 387-9169

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February Fun!

City Bakery hot chocolate and pretzel croissant's been a little snowy, huh? And maybe you're feeling kind of cooped up. Well, thankfully February offers an opportunity to celebrate two of my favorite food groups: hot chocolate and pancakes... First up, it's the annual Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery. Check out the calendar here. Caramel hot chocolate! Bourbon hot chocolate! Darkest dark hot chocolate! Grab a pretzel croissant while you're there!

Don't miss out on Pancake Month at Clinton Street Baking Company

Clinton St Pancakes
Here's the pancake line up:

3rd & 4th: Raspberry Pancakes: our signature raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, toasted almond butter, vanilla bean whipped cream
5th: Coconut & Key Lime Pancakes with warm maple butter
6th & 7th: Blueberry Crumb Streusel with fresh blueberry sauce, vanilla bean whipped cream and warm maple butter
10th & 11th German Chocolate Pancakes: roasted organic pecans, caramel, fresh coconut, bittersweet chocolate sauce
12th & 13th: Japanese Pumpkin pancakes with pumpkin seed streusel and warm maple butter
14th (V-Day): Chocolate Chunks, fresh raspberries, raspberry-caramel sauce
17th & 18th: Fresh Coconut Pancakes with caramelized pineapple, bruleed bananas, roasted macadamia nuts, and warm maple butter
19th, 20th & 21st: Crunchy Bananas with cinnamon-chili-chocolate sauce
24th & 25th: Swedish Apple Pancakes with caramelized apples, cinnamon cider glaze, and Bavarian cream
26th & 27th: Chocolate Chunks, fresh raspberries, raspberry-caramel sauce
28th: Fresh Blackberries with meyer lemon curd and blackberry syrup

FYI, for newbies, The special pancakes are ONLY served Monday through Friday from 8am until 4pm and 6pm to 11pm. And if you're not a fan of the particular pancake of the day, they do have their famous wild Maine blueberry, banana walnut or chocolate chunk, with warm maple butter pancakes on their everyday menu.

They only take dinner reservations for parties of six or more and if you're going with that big a group you'd definitely want a reservation to avoid a long wait for a table.

I'll admit I'm a little sad that my favorite pancakes the candied orange peel, bittersweet chocolate pistols, and blood orange syrup didn't make the cut this year. But perhaps that will inspire me to concoct some at home. Right now I have my eye on the Swedish Apple Pancakes, how about you?

Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St (between East Houston & Stanton)
(646) 602-6263