Posts Tagged ‘desserts’

It’s story time! Once upon a time, I lived in this tiny little craphole in the East Village. It was the East Village and that part was nice, but it was a craphole so it wasn’t. I rarely invited friends over, because it was a craphole AND there was nowhere to sit. I had guests sleep in the kitchen. Yep. Welcome to New York!

Anyway, one dark and cold winter night, I was walking home from The New School for Social Research (graduate degree I’m not using, what!) and I happened upon the good ol’ Dessert Truck near Cooper Square.

I approached the truck with hope and ordered a molten chocolate cake to go, asking if it would still be warm by the time I made it home. The sir promised me it would and when I got home I discovered that he was right! Used my plastic spoon and took a picture of said molten chocolate cake and sent it to my momma. Success.

I found out a while back that The Dessert Truck had gotten a storefront, Dessert Truck Works and a recent video from Amy Blogs Chow prompted me to finally go check it out. With my momma, of course.

That sign is cute! We went for the chocolate bread pudding and their espresso panna cotta:

Oh man. We almost died. For real. I need to go back there. And you need to go there too. Or stop at the truck and carry it all the way home. :)

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First things first. I am obsessed with this mirror. So if you go to the Brooklyn Flea next weekend and buy it, I will come after you, break in your window next to the fire escape, and be out in less than seven seconds. You’ve been warned.

Although, its’ not the exact size I want. I want it to be more of a rectangle, but this color is gorgeous to me so I feel like I should just buy it already. I mean, I wanted it months ago and it’s still waiting for me.

Anyway, let’s talk about some snackies, shall we? I freaking LOVE the Brooklyn Flea. LOVE IT.

We had some Red Hook Lobster Pound:

I had one of their mini lobster rolls at the BK Blogs event back in April, so I was more than willing to split an entire roll with my mom. For the record, I also had her try Luke’s over the weekend and her vote went to Red Hook. FYI.

Another lovely, lovely thing we tried was from The Good Batch. And oh my goodness.

Dutch stroopwafels, just like we had in Belgium and Amsterdam! I was so glad to be there with my mom, since we had the stroopwafels together in Europe. And then I saw the sign for the ice cream sandwich!

The. Best. Ice. Cream. Sandwich. I. Ever. Had.

There are no words. And I absolutely hate that phrase. Basically, you need to get yourself to the Brooklyn Flea, not buy my mirror and instead have snacks from Red Hook Lobster Pound and The Good Batch. Maybe a People’s Pop, too.

I also bought these fancy shoes from Guatemala:

They probably cost a $1.50 in Guatemala, but let’s be honest… am I going there any time soon? Probably not. Probably never! So I’ll pay a pretty penny more for some lovely shoesies. Now I just have to break them in so they stop giving me blisters!

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Have you been to Grom? No? Well, what are you waiting for?

Gelato, baby. And gelato is delicious. Kayti and I each got the same thing, which you see above: half stracciatella and half crema di grom (with battifollo biscuits and Colombian chocolate chips). My, my.

Even Tim Revell was in love.

Had no idea I was such a big fan of gelato, but glad to know since there are so many gelato shops in the city. Miss Kelly Purkey swears by L’arte del Gelato and I’ve got a feeling I’ll be trying it this weekend since my momma’s coming to town.

Yeah, I can’t say much more about Grom. My friend Lucy is lactose intolerant and she says it’s the one gelato she cannot refuse. So there ya go.

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I told you we went somewhere else for dessert after Motorino. And Momofuku Milk Bar & Bakery it is. David Chang FTW, if you will.

The Milk Bar’s soft serve flavors change all the time. Cereal milk is a standard flavor and right now they also have blueberry muffin, cinnamon bun, and zucchini bread. Soft serve, people. Yes. Nora got zucchini bread and I got blueberry muffin and we both got toasted struesel as a topping and the key is they put it on the top AND the bottom. It’s fabulous and the way things should always be done. Always.

Matty over here got a cereal milk shake with cinnamon bun ice cream I believe:

That’s Matt’s shake face and this is Nora’s soft serve face:

And this picture I just like:

Momofuku Milk Bar & Bakery is known for their milks and soft serves but also for their cookies and cakes and pork buns. Yep! They have this most amazing chocolate chip cake that I was able to try back in the day when they sold it by the slice. Now you have to get the whole thing so I’ll have to wait for a special occasion with special people who will appreciate a cake from Momofuku.

Will it be you?

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Not all lobster rolls are made of lobster. This one, for example, is basically a giant cream puff. Cream and strawberry filling sandwiched between two biscuits. And ain’t it purdy?

Mike’s Pastry is a madhouse. I mean look at all the people outside. It’s a complete mobscene inside, too, with all kinds of lines in all kinds of directions. Luckily there was a woman somewhat directing traffic, but there was still the problem of not being able to see anything. There are cases and cases of baked goods and there are so many people you can’t see all the options. You can’t even see half. I tried to do some poking around but there were just too many bodies in the way and you can only push so many people. :)

Mike’s is most famous for their cannolis. Unfortunately, cannolis is one of probably four things that I actually don’t care for. Next time I may try one of their crazy flavors (since they have so many!) but I was not in the mood so I asked what they were second best known for. Ha. And that’s how I got the “lobster roll” above! I ended up carrying it around in my bag for the rest of the day and when we got back to the apartment it was good as new. It was kind of hard to eat, though! But I got the job done. Ended up eating some of it that night and a little bit of it in the morning. The boys thought I was weird to have it for breakfast, but come on now. I’d have ice cream for breakfast.

Anyway, what D and I did order and eat on the spot was something a little more my flavor:

I mean, I don’t know if you can ever go wrong with cheesecake. And chocolate chips happen to be one of my top ten favorite things in the world so it was basically perfect. D rarely eats dessert and he ate almost the whole thing. Mmm. Yeah, that was good.

Another thing I really liked about Mike’s was the packaging:

Isn’t the box so cute?

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So… this is not a cupcake. And that’s because Gracie’s Cupcakes in Naples, Florida has yes, cupcakes, but also: ice cream! And that’s what we wanted. You actually wouldn’t believe all the trouble we went through to find a decent non-chain place to get ice cream. And the cupcakes looked good too:

Who doesn’t love sprinkles?

Anyway, Gracie’s is our new ice cream and cupcake shop in Flor-i-duh. Emily and I had mocha chip ice cream, or something to that affect. It was very nice. And they had all kinds of cupcakes. They had a binder with pictures of special orders they had done and some were really neat and/or beautiful. Em bought some mini cupcakes to take home on the plane.

Yesterday I didn’t post because I ended up staying out ridiculously late the night before and by the time I made my way through the bizzaro world of MTA service changes and got back to my apartment it was Game Over. That means there’s just one more Naples post left for next week.

Last night I met up with some people to dine at Applewood in Park Slope, two of which are also foodbloggers so it was a VERY interesting experience that I can’t wait to tell you about next week! Have a good weekend and GO MICHIGAN STATE!

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Guess what? I freaking love Oysters.

So here are some really dark ones that I had at Marlow & Sons when I was on another date with Kelly Purkey (whose first and last name sound so good together I pretty much always say the whole thing). We decided next time we might bring boys.

I actually couldn’t remember if I liked oysters or not when I ordered them but once I had one, I remembered the last time I had them at DBGB Kitchen and Bar. And they were good. So I like Oysters. They have $1 oysters at the Mermaid Inn and now that I definitely know I like them, I may be hitting up that deal.

So Marlow & Sons. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There are wayyyy too many good restaurants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It pains me.

Marlow & Sons is too cute. I need to go there for a lunch one day or something so you can see how truly beautiful it is. The front part is a general store with all kinds of candy and who knows what else, but it is too cute!

For dinner, Kelly and I each ordered the same thing: risotti with short rib. Mmm hmm.

There was a salad on top, a layer of short rib, followed by a layer of risotto. I would say we were pretty pleased. We were also starving. But I would order it again even if I wasn’t.

Another thing I would order again: the chocolate tart with sea salt.

Whomever came up with the idea of adding sea salt to chocolate is a freaking genius. I tried a Mast Brothers candy bar like that before and almost died. So this chocolate tart was delicious. I do have a question though: what exactly is a tart? I was thinking this would be more pastry-like, not that I wasn’t at all pleased when it came out more like a hard chocolate/caramel pie. The crust was super chocolately and super crumbly and the rest was like two layers of hard chocolate with caramel in between. Pretty good!

Well now I know why everybody and their brother talks about Marlow & Sons. And this is why I go to dinner with Kelly:

And because AS I WAS TYPING THIS, she emailed me a picture she took with her fancypants camera of me and some glorious artwork on our walk back to the subway after dinner:

Williamsburg, What?! I love it.

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