to eat / what i ate this week

1) Financier Patisserie (Various locations)
These mini Financier Patisserie Palmier cookies are, as my friend J would say, “phenoms”. They are tiny, thinly sliced, and super crispy.


2) Porchetta (110 E 7th St, NYC; East Village)
I worked from home a day last week since there was “significant” snow fall. Porchetta’s lasagna has been on my to-do list for a while. Did you know that they don’t sell it on weekends, or at least that’s what they told me last time I visited. I love their signature Porchetta sandwich (mmm, fatty pork) and their lasagna comes with porchetta ragu.

Porchetta Lasagna

3) Butter Lane (123 E 7th St, NYC; East Village)
After Porchetta, we stopped at Butter Lane. I’ve been raving about Butter Lane since they opened in 2009. They’ve been improving since, adding icing flavors. They’ve also expanded next door for cupcake classes. I got a Groupon last month for their cupcake class and am waiting for my girlfriends to free up! I got a Bourbon Street and J got a caramel on vanilla (yes, that is popcorn). I also got a free cup of Stumptown coffee because that was their promotion of the day.

Butter Lane

4) Chick-fil-A (5 University Place, NYC; Greenwich Village)
I LOVE Chick-fil-A. They don’t have an official location in NYC, save for the Express counter in an NYU dorm. My cousin is living here this year and he hooked me up. There is a steady flow of students, so I’d say that everything is as fresh and tasty as what I’ve had at other locations. I’m pretty sure non-students can get in. After you enter the building, go straight into the dining hall. Non-campus cash is accepted, but if you go during peak hours, students may give you dirty looks for slowing down the line. I was in a rush, so didn’t have time to adjust my BB camera settings.

Piccolo Cafe

5) Piccolo Cafe (Various locations)
A few months ago, I tried a bite of my friend’s pesto sandwich from the cafe’s pop-up shop. Yelp had rave reviews. I finally passed their Gramercy cafe and had stomach space. Pictured is the pesto sandwich (#15) and the highly rated truffle egg sandwich (#1). Unfortunately, the sandwiches fell low on expectations. The foccacia was too rough; the egg was overcooked and rubbery (which proves that truffle oil doesn’t right a wrong). Oh well.

Piccolo Cafe

to eat / four & twenty blackbirds, torrisi, and cake man raven

My parents recently found out (through their college friends) that my brother has a blog. In the most noncompetitive spirit, I shared that I had one too, and that it was mostly about shopping. My mom didn’t hide her disappointment. A few weeks later, I sent her a link to a NYC food blog written in Chinese (to give her more incentive to visit me). Her response was that I should write about “interesting sights, not always shooooopping!”. I’m interpreting sights as food, so here is a food update. I haven’t been eating out/food adventuring much lately because I started cooking again, weekends are too short with other obligations, and it is cold outside!

Last weekend, C and I trekked out to Brooklyn for Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie (and to discuss our upcoming Barcelona trip). I’d been craving good pie for ages; the pumpkin stuff that Trader Joe’s calls pie was a huge disappointment, even with Cool Whip. Our trip there took much longer than expected. I’m used to getting on the subway and it taking me reasonably close to my intended destination. I didn’t do research on getting there like I usually do and relied on Google Maps transit. Big mistake. We were talking and didn’t know that the F line turned into the blue line. We ended up at a station with heavy police presence. After backtracking a bit, we took the G train for the first time and walked from the Fort Greene area (= CAKE MAN RAVEN).

Distance truly makes the heart grow fonder. Cake Man Raven‘s red velvet cake is to die for and a MUST for any red velvet fan. I grabbed two slices to go (pre-packaged) because we didn’t want to spoil our appetite for pie. One slice is currently sitting in my freezer. I’m so glad I don’t live closer.

Photos from October 2009.

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to eat / birthday treats

I received many sugar-laden treats for my birthday. Talk about major sugar overload and pressure to consume. I usually take a bite (visibly seen below) and photograph it if I have my camera handy. And, if you’re around me, I’ll force you eat some. Works best in the office!
(l to r) Chocolate or meringue covered alfajores from Buenos Aires. Doughnut holes from Bouchon Bakery.

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to eat / macaron vs luxemburgerli

I’m not sure where I first read about macarons, but I tasted them for the first time when I visited Paris in 2005. I made a beeline for Ladurée. I got a box of 20 and fridged them upon arrival. They slowly died one by one.

For my October trip to Spain, I built a long layover in Paris on the way back because my mom had never seen Paris. A seven hour layover in Charles De Gaulle gave us approximately 2.5 hours of leisure. I planned to pick up macarons for a friend’s birthday from the Ladurée on Rue Royale after an obligatory shopping stop on Rue Saint-Honoré. It was a random Monday and the shop was packed to the brim. I did not have the patience or time to wait in line so I decided to go to the airport location. A painful Blackberry search showed that there is a shop in CDG Terminal 2F. Too bad I was leaving from 2E. Unlike some U.S. airports, the CDG terminals aren’t connected beyond security and they only allow access to the terminal you’re ticketed for. Imagine my surprise when I saw this cart sitting right outside of the Terminal 2E security gate! Mission accomplished. Unfortunately, they did not have the Christian Louboutin boxes…

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