weekends / good friends & good eats

On the road again

Snagged a few samples of the Clarins Double Serum and piled it on with moisturizer pre-flight. I quite like the serum! Pat, don’t rub.

Weddings are a precious time especially when you’re allowed to stand on the sidelines.

Eden Gardens

Waiting for brunch at Griddle Cafe.

Finally met my girlfriend’s toddler. I love pudgy little hands and babies in checks.

Tons of quality time with one of my longest friendships!

Tres leches cake from Porto’s.

Fried boquerones drizzled with honey and saffron at Bäco Mercat.

Root beer + chocolate soda at Bäco Mercat.

Finally tried Jeni’s brambleberry crisp ice cream!

Monday Sundae at Big Gay Ice Cream

Back home and back to the routine!

to eat / {my east village} peels, laboratorio del gelato, pok pok wing, and more

1) Peels (325 Bowery, NYC; East Village)

Affogato and a Build a Biscuit (fried chicken, fluffy scrambled eggs, and red eye gravy).

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weekends / {my east village} brunch at goat town

Two friends were in town. We gathered for Sunday brunch at Goat Town down the street. The subway tile seating was a bit weird… and heat inducing. We shared the buckwheat ricotta pancake which was moist and fluffy, and the pork belly ranchero, which was a true star. I love a bit of sweet and savory at brunch!

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to eat / {my east village} melt bakery ice cream sandwiches

I sure love a good ice cream sandwich, but the good ones are hard to find and I am not diligent enough to try everything that nymag recommends. As I mentioned in the Big Gay Ice Cream entry, they carry Melt Bakery sandwiches (which I now see is included in nymag’s latest batch of rec’s). Even though Melt isn’t super far from me, BGIC is only a block away. How convenient! Over time, I’ve tried three flavors:

  • Lovelet – red velvet whoopie pie + cream cheese. Verdict: Not a fan. Too cream cheesy.
  • Minimalist – chocolate chip + vanilla. Verdict: My fave!
  • Thick Mint – crackly chocolate (which is basically chocolate + sugar crystals) + mint. Verdict: It’s ok… I still love the minimalist.

What do I consider to be a good ice cream sandwich? The perfect marriage of a cookie exterior and an ice cream exterior, where either distracts from the other. At the Meatball Shop, I eventually stopped ordering the cookie and just got the ice cream because the cookie wasn’t the right consistency. I’m not sure what Melt Bakery’s secret is, but I’m sure a part of it is having everything weld together for enough time.

I eventually need to make my way over to Melt Bakery. Their flavors are… irresistible.

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