BAKED NYC : As Good As It Gets

Baked NYC Red Velvet 6.21.09Baked NYC | 359 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, 718 222 0345

BY THE LOOKS of the last three posts, it probably appears that I decided to screw savory eats indefinitely for sweets. Truth is, while I have yet to give up cheeseburgers and chicken in real life, I find desserts much more photogenic than cuts of meat. (more…)

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June 24, 2009. Brooklyn, cupcakes, Dessert, Red Hook. Leave a comment.

As Good As It Gets

Baked NYC Red Velvet 6.21.09

Baked NYC | 359 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, 718 222 0345

BY THE LOOKS of the last three posts, it probably appears that I decided to screw savory eats indefinitely for sweets. Truth is, while I have yet to give up cheeseburgers and chicken in real life, I find desserts much more photogenic than cuts of meat. (more…)

June 24, 2009. Brooklyn, Dessert, Food Porn. 1 comment.

LISBON : In Pursuit of Portuguese Tarts

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IN MAY, my cousin Lily and I traveled around Lisbon for a week in pursuit of palaces and the famous Portuguese tarts.

After tasting ten subpar tarts over the first four days, we finally came across Pasteis de Belem on the fifth day. Pasteis de Belem is the Peter Luger of Portuguese tarts, if you will. We ordered one each, inhaled those in about three bites and realized how foolish we were for not ordering more. So we asked for seconds and were happy.

Portuguese tarts are ridiculously delicious plain but you can serve them sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

June 18, 2009. Dessert, Europe, Travel. Leave a comment.

In Pursuit of Portuguese Tarts

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Pasteis de Belém | Pastel de Nata (custard tart)

IN MAY, my cousin Lily and I traveled around Lisbon for a week in pursuit of palaces and the famous Portuguese tarts. (more…)

June 18, 2009. Dessert, Food Porn, Travel. Leave a comment.

Paying in (British) Pounds

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JUNE 2009 | Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Ship in Wandsworth, London

LAST MONTH I took a three week hiatus from New York City to see friends in London. As a traveler with a big appetite and limited budget, I tried to spend my British pounds on foods which I would not be able to get in the States. (more…)

June 18, 2009. Dessert, Europe, Travel. Leave a comment.

ENOTECA MARIA • The Real Housewives of Staten Island

Carmelina in the kitchen

Enoteca Maria | 27 Hyatt St, Staten Island, 718 447 2777 | offManhattan.com

TO SURPRISE NEW YORKERS who have tasted it all, sometimes it takes a leap of faith—and a trip to Staten Island—to experience a meal that warms the belly and the soul. At Enoteca Maria, six women chefs (five of whom are also full time grandmas) from different regions of Italy take turns firing up the stove. What’s for dinner? Depends on who’s cooking and which ingredients nonna finds in the fridge. Goodbye, Predictability. Hello, Iron Chef: Italian Grandma. (more…)

June 16, 2009. Italian, offManhattan, Staten Island. 1 comment.

The Real Housewives of Staten Island

Carmelina in the kitchen

Enoteca Maria | 27 Hyatt St, Staten Island, 718 447 2777 | offManhattan.com

TO SURPRISE NEW YORKERS who have tasted it all, sometimes it takes a leap of faith—and a trip to Staten Island—to experience a meal that warms the belly and the soul. At Enoteca Maria, six women chefs (five of whom are also full time grandmas) from different regions of Italy take turns firing up the stove. What’s for dinner? Depends on who’s cooking and which ingredients nonna finds in the fridge. Goodbye, Predictability. Hello, Iron Chef: Italian Grandma. (more…)

June 16, 2009. Italian, offManhattan, Staten Island. Leave a comment.

My Date with DESSERT TRUCK

dsc052512June 11 2009 | Dessert Truck Headquarters

IN APRIL 2008, I joined a dating website to supplement my offline attempts to mend a butchered heart. I quickly learned that for every good guy out there, there are twenty indiscriminate morons who will SPAM you with the hope of soliciting a quickie. After all, “any hole’s a goal” an ex boyfriend once said in jest. With a funny quip like that negating happier memories, I quit positive thinking for a while to become the best cynic I could be. And I think I played a pretty convincing Debbie Downer until Jason came along wearing a marshmallow-pooping unicorn.

Last Thursday he asked me to meet him in Hell’s Kitchen at 7PM. I got out of the subway station at 6:58PM and sprinted to the surprise destination, which turned out to be the Dessert Truck prep kitchen where their first baking demo was taking place. We were going to learn how to make molten chocolate cake and a caramelized banana, chocolate sabayon with coffee granite dessert.

Of course, I was late. But a year seems a short time to pay when you realize you’re once again running toward something, rather than away.

June 15, 2009. Dessert. Leave a comment.

A Date with Dessert Truck

molten chocolate cake

June 11 2009 | Dessert Truck Headquarters

IN APRIL 2008, I joined a dating website to supplement my offline attempts to mend a butchered heart. I quickly learned that for every good guy out there, there are twenty indiscriminate morons who will SPAM you with the hope of soliciting a quickie. After all, “any hole’s a goal” an ex boyfriend once said in jest. With a funny quip like that negating happier memories, I quit positive thinking for a while to become the best cynic I could be. (more…)

June 15, 2009. Dessert. Leave a comment.