Happy Year of the Dragon, everyone. Enjoy these photos from Chinatown and a very cool chinese place called Nom Wah. They actually make an eggroll from scratch that is unlike any other eggroll ever. Its an crepe-like egg omelette wrapped around vegetables and then battered and deep fried. Best Eggroll ever!
13 Doyers St
New York, NY 10013-5104
Pan Fried Dumplings
The Original Eggroll
The inside of a soup dumpling
Sauteed Chinese Broccoli in Oyster Sauce (one of my most favorite vegetables ever)
(clockwise from front):The Blatt: Vanilla cake filled with raspberry jam, cheesecake buttercream, jam topping, fried cookie bits, powdered sugar / Port Poached Pear: Pear cake, vanilla buttercream, port poached pear, port reduction / The Hansel: Gingerbread cake, white chocolate pudding, speculoos buttercream, white chocolate dipped gingerbread cookie / Eggnog: Eggnog cake and buttercream, freshly grated nutmeg
You know that trend that you have going on in the midwest right now? The one that everyone is raving about and you can’t wait to be a part of? It’s over already in NYC. It came and went. For a while that trend was cupcakes, started by the annoying women from Sex and The City and the horrid cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery – they taste like oil people…they aren’t good and if you’ve ever walked through the West Village and watched some tourist act out their Carrie Bradshaw fantasy, you’d be just as disgusted as me.
So the moment passed, but it doesn’t mean cupcakes are out. They are just less talked about now. Probably because our mouths are still full with frosting. And besides this is a trend, not a fad – these are not SKIDZ we are talking about here. Its food. We all need food, even if it comes in the form of flour, sugar and butter – lots and lots of butter by the way. I mean, there are entire BLOGS dedicated to the cupcake. And there are cupcake companies out there that push the culinary boundaries. One company in particular, Robicelli’s in Brooklyn is a prime example. For me, Matt Robicelli redefined the cupcake when he put a piece of fried chicken on top of it. These cupcakes will never fall out of fashion or favor. Recently they’ve branched out into brownies, hot chocolate and whoopie pies – The cupcakes and the whoopie pies are the best I’ve every had, hands down! Here is a look at their operation and the wonderful things they do.
Robicelli’s at DeKalb Market
332 Flatbush Avenue Extension
Corner of Flatbush & Willoughby
I suppose it’s time to come clean and tell you that I’ve been a bit preoccupied with another little project. I’ve had my writing hat on for the last few weeks writing reviews of advanced screenings for the Tribeca Film festival for ScreenComment – a friends blog. Film, along with food is among my passions so, yes, I’ve neglected your salivary glands long enough. So to start you off, I bring you cookies! Amy’s cookies is a rare treat. I haven’t met an Amy’s cookie that I didn’t like. So here is a sampling of those cookies and if you feel so inclined you can order directly from here My personal favorites are the Ginger Sandwich cookies as well as the Key Lime Cookie – YUUUMMMM!!!! (styling by Emily Pugh)
225 34th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Assortment of fruity window cookies
Assortment of Sandwich Cookies
Assortment of Sandwich Cookies
Assortment from the Tea Cookie Collection
Amy’s O’s dipped in Chocolate!
A few weeks ago I posted a blog about a
"_blank">mexican food cart in Manhattan that has a restaurant in Brooklyn of the same name – Calexico. Last week I visited this restaurant with my girlfriend, this time opting for the Carne Asada Burrito over the grilled Chicken. Absolutely Amazing – the Carne Asada is juicy and rich, full of flavor. The best part about this spot is they have a salsa bar with 6 different condiments to choose from, one of which was a spicy Pumpkin Salsa. In addition the location provides a few interior seats and some very cool collage installations that are so-cal mexican inspired:
369-122 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231