Danny Macaroons • TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT

Danny MacaroonsI’M A LITTLE SKEPTICAL ABOUT MACAROONS and I think I’ve tried enough of the coconut-based sweets to decide that cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts, pudding, pie, French macarons, and just about every other incarnation of sugar seems to have macaroons beat in the Desirable Dessert category. So when Dan Cohen, owner of Danny Macaroons, asked if I’d sample his macaroons for review, I had to be honest: I’m not crazy about coconut.

Dan wrote back with a gracious reply to say I was just one of many who have resisted his mighty macaroons and, indeed, he’d already converted a few. Since I had nothing to lose – except that last small shred of respect for coconut – I figured I’d give Danny Macaroons a go.

As much as I love to be right, it’s almost nice to be wrong when food prejudices are in play. Danny Macaroons won’t have me running away from croissants or ice cream anytime soon, but if biting into a moist and chewy shredded coconut cluster made with condensed milk and salted caramel isn’t enough to change the hearts of the macaroon-adverse, then nothing ever will. amy • september 13, 2010

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September 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Dessert, macaroons, review. 7 comments.

WINE COCKTAILS with Joe Campanale

I’VE KNOWN OF JOE CAMPANALE FOR A WHILE. After all, there are few restaurant owners under the age of thirty, like Joe, in New York City and who happens to own not one, but three solid establishments in the West Village – dell’anima, L’Artusi, and the newest, a wine bar called Anfora. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I met Joe at a “meeting of minds” hosted by a food corporation that wanted to pick our brains about snacks. (I’m a snack expert, didn’t you know?) I recognized Joe and after shaking his hand, told him I was a fan of his mom, Karen Campanale, who so diligently keeps her twitter friends in the know with food recommendations and motherly updates on her son. I figured that if I name-dropped his mom, he’d warm up to collaborating on a Stupidly Simple Snacks video. I am a genius.

All kidding aside, I really love how this episode turned out. The only constant is change and it was only a matter of time before we added alcohol to the snack series. Without further ado, I present three light, stupidly simple wine cocktails – the spritz from Austria, Tinto de Verano (aka “poor man’s sangria”) from Spain, and the Italian bicicletta. Watch Joe go! I’m sure his mom would be proud. amy • september 7, 2010

SPRITZ ice | sparkling water | Grüner Veltliner or Riesling
TINTO DE VERANO ice | lemon-lime soda, like Sprite | red wine, like Cabernet Franc or Tempranillo | orange wedge or lemon slice
BICICLETTA ice | Campari | aromatic white wine, like Scheurebe or Riesling | orange wedge

MUSIC Julian Bachlow • Stars In The Moonlight • buy the song on iTunes

September 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos, West Village, Wine. 7 comments.