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.
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!
Salvation Taco at Pod 39 Hotel
Veal and ricotta meatballs over polenta at Hearth for brunch
Toasted coconut Dough doughnut at the Brooklyn Flea Smorgasburg
1) Peels (325 Bowery, NYC; East Village)
Affogato and a Build a Biscuit (fried chicken, fluffy scrambled eggs, and red eye gravy).
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!
A few friends and I caught up at Masak, which is described as a Singaporean-influenced restaurant. One of us is Singaporean and we left unimpressed. It was pricey and the food did not wow.
We started with the fried mantou and chili crab dip. As you can see, it was yummy. We wiped it clean. We weren’t sure what qui pie tee… it is fried little cups with filling. Also tasty but I think it was $3/thimble for a small bite. The scallops were yummy. B got the rendang burger. He said he preferred the fries (ouch). They were out of the fish head so two of us got the oxtail noodles. It had tons of tendon, which I liked, but that was about it.
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.
I love ice cream. When I heard E 7th St was getting not one, but TWO, ice cream shops, I thought to myself once again, I love my neighborhood.
Van Leeuwen is a little further away and outside of from my area of frequent movement. After my experience, it’ll be a while before I return. VL ice cream is still good on its own and you can also buy it at Whole Foods. My advice is to stay away from the hot fudge. There was a weird waxy, unmelted texture going on and I got sick from it.
Big Gay Ice Cream started out as a truck. I’d only been to the truck once and the lines were horrendous. I was ecstatic when they decided to open a storefront really close to me. They had a Groupon that forced me to eat there more often then I preferred, so I visited it frequently. The lines were long when the shop just opened, but they have died down. Also, their staff is super friendly. I witnessed a proposal here. The last time I popped in, I got a salty pimp for free. I have no idea why none of the other patrons wanted a freebie. Not pictured are the ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery, which will be another post. I’m no ice cream sandwich connoisseur, but these were the best I’ve ever tasted!
- My top recs are the sundaes and the ice cream sandwiches. I like the spicy hot fudge.
- I advise studying the menu before visiting as the store layout is not slow decisionmaking-friendly.
- Subscribe to their Facebook/Twitter for specials and updates.
Some pictures with commentary. Please note that the following items were consumed across a span of four months.
The menu that changes – and has changed a bit since it opened.
The changing face of Astor Place… it must be weird for adjacent buildings to get direct sunlight all of a sudden.
I love my neighborhood. A few great places just opened up! This blog will feature Puddin’, Xe May Sandwich Shop, and Korzo Haus.
- Puddin’– 102 St Marks Place. It’s a pudding bar. Pick a parfait or make your own. They also have cakes, cookies, and brownies. It’s very pricey, but delicious. It’s also the worst place on the block for my waistline.
- My favorites are the caramel macchiato parfait (coffee pudding, chocolate pudding, salted caramel sauce, and brownie pieces), and the banana cream dream parfait (real banana pudding graham cracker crumbs, banana cake, and whipped cream). The cakes are good too. My only gripe is that the slices are inconsistent in size, small, and five dollars!