Posts Tagged ‘fruit’

Well, unless you live under a rock in the middle of Timbuktu, you probably are aware there was this thing called “Hurricane Irene” everyone in New York City was preparing for this past weekend. It ended up slowing down to just a tropical storm, but when we thought it was going to destroy the city, Mayor Bloomberg shut down the subway system and instructed people to prepare for the worst. And people did. Stocked up on flashlights, batteries, candles and nonperishable food items, filled bathtubs with water, etc. I went to Trader Joes Saturday morning before they closed early and picked up some things myself – just in case.

The subway being shut down was the worst part of it. Restaurants and stores had to close simply because their staff couldn’t get in or they wouldn’t be able to get home. You couldn’t travel anywhere because you weren’t sure if you could get back. You were grounded to your neighborhood. But luckily, there were a few places still open for brunch –like Bar Tabac in Cobble Hill. I’ve been there before for the hamburger, but this time I got myself some french toast when I met up with my friend Donny. Life was all good.

Afterward, I made sure to stock up on wine and chocolate chip cookies on my way home. I mean, I had to be prepared.

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Welcome to Popbar and adventures with my mom! I’d seen pictures of these lovely pops in magazines but it wasn’t until my dear cousin M went there that I realized I had, had to go. Not to mention I started walking by it sometimes on my way to work.

You should know that these are not popsicles, they are gelato on a stick. You pick your flavor and then you can have it dipped or drizzled in chocolate if you like, as well as add toppings. I had a mixed berry popsorbetto, which means it’s made of 100% fruit. My mom went with pineapple.

They were friends. And mine was better. But there are lots more flavors you can try!

I am such a fan of artisan ice pops. Love, love. Btw, this place is next door to Grom, which makes life rather hard. Just so you know.

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For the record, I don’t always eat like crap. I post a lot of pictures of sweets and nonsense but I actually eat a substantial amount of healthy food. Breakfast, for example:


Delicious. Peaches, plums, blackberries and raspberries; all from the farmer’s market. I love fruit.

The rest of the day, though… not so much.

Is it okay to be kind of drunk by 6 o’clock on a Tuesday? I think so. I actually don’t drink a lot, but sometimes, when things are crazy, a drink (or two) sounds really nice. Tuesday was one of those days.

My friend Joe picked me up after work (yay, riding in cars!) and we went to Pala on the Lower East Side. Mmm pizza.


This is the bufala cruda: buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato sauce, fresh basil and prosciutto. This is very good. I’m a huge Grimaldi’s fan, but I’m going to say Pala is right up there on my list. It’s just got a little more style (and you need a few more dollar bills, naturally).

We sat at a table on the sidewalk and the best part was when double decker tour buses would roll by. By the way, since when do they go on Allen street? Interesting. But they would stop at the light and look at us and I, with interesting wine glass in hand, would look back at them and say ridiculous things (mainly only audible for me and Joe) like, “Welcome to New York. I’m having fabulous pizza and drinking wine. You’re on a bus.” It was funny – at least to me, as I was the one with the wine. And of course, when you’re on the LES, you get nothing but interesting folks walking by. Joe was one of them. He went to put more change in the meter and when I saw him walking back I burst into laughter because he was wearing his aviators and it was clearly not sunny out anymore.

After Pala, we ventured over to the Levee in Williamsburg and he kicked my ass in Connect Four. Humiliated me. I probably won three of 20 games. My Connect Four skills have room for improvement.


Beer, cheeseballs and Connect Four. Such is life at 7pm on a Tuesday night. :)

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I have never been to a place like this in the States. It’s basically a gelato restaurant. And it’s delicious. The menu is pages upon pages of beautiful gelato creations made with all kinds of ingredients and toppings. And the presentation is phenomenal.


Every time someone would walk by with a tray of gelato we would say, “Look at that one!” Some of them were GInormous and some of them came with cake or a giant piece of chocolate. You could also order cones and such at the window but we wanted to go for the gold and get some gelato creations.


Ingo gave us the tip on this place in Potsdamer Platz and when we found it our jaws almost dropped. It takes up an entire end of the second floor of a mall. We snatched a table in the center as soon as some kids got up and went over the menu. My mom ended picking something with vanilla and banana gelato and all kinds of fruits. Mine was chocolate-based (duh) with stracciatella gelato and hot chocolate! Part of it was like pudding. Mmm!



This place is so good we went back a second time. Hey, we were in Berlin for five days and we wanted something good for dinner our last night in town. Yes, I said dinner.


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