Today's Special: November 22, 2013

Today’s Special: November 22, 2013

Today’s Special:  Totto Spicy Ramen, Totto Ramen, New York So you know that ramen is a big deal, right? Especially here in New York. Like, almost as big a deal as pizza. Wellllll maybe at this exact culinary moment in time, perhaps bigger than pizza. With ramen burgers causing crazy...
Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie butter cookies

Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie butter cookies

  I think we can safely say that baking weather has begun. Maybe some of you in cooler climates or some of you with central A/C can bake year round, but this apartment dweller in hot and sweaty New York cannot. Pretty much from May until October, the warmth from...
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Going for the veg at Mile End Sandwich

Going for the veg at Mile End Sandwich

  Eat your vegetables. How many times has that phrase been overused? Both as a voice in your head reminding you to be healthy and as the nagging refrain that so many children try to ignore. Thankfully, I think we’ve reached a point where “our vegetables” are no longer snoozers such as steamed broccoli or...
Momofuku Milk Bar's Corn Cookies

Momofuku Milk Bar’s Corn Cookies

I cannot for the life of me remember the last time I ate a bowl of corn flakes. Who ever pledged their morning cereal love to boring old corn flakes? I mean, perhaps you only ate them when they were the most attractive item on a Super 8′s continental breakfast spread. Because clearly they were...
City Bakery's Pretzel Croissant

City Bakery’s Pretzel Croissant

Does more really need to be said beyond “pretzel croissant”? I mean, really. This is ridiculous. French pastry revamped to represent new digs in New York City. Butter, flour, and salt (and some sesame seeds) deftly put together to yield one of the best things you could ever put in your mouth. Usually, I pass...
Beurre & Sel

Beurre & Sel

I’m a fan of Dorie Greenspan. I’ll never forget the first time I heard her speak on NPR. The energy and love she had for baking oozed from my speakers, and I was completely smitten. So, I was really excited to hear that her and her son were taking their pop-up cookie shop, Beurre &...
Today's Special: March 21, 2013

Today’s Special: March 21, 2013

Today’s Special: Pea, burrata, and mint crostini, Gjelina, Los Angeles Like everyone else and their brother, I’m really ready for spring to arrive. I know that March is never an enjoyable month (spring forward, winter’s strong grip, the Ides), but this March seems particularly awful. Perhaps it’s because this year is the first time I’ve...
Lucy Waverman's Pear Tatin Cake

Lucy Waverman’s Pear Tatin Cake

OMG. It’s been so long since I wrote a blog post that I’ve almost forgotten how to do it. All these buttons and choices and photo sizes that need to be dealt with. No wonder it’s been so long! Well, sorry. Life gets in the way, sometimes. And even with a penchant for quiet evenings...
Today's Special: November 21, 2012

Today’s Special: November 21, 2012

Today’s Special: Baked leftover pastry scraps Hold it right there, buster. I better not see you re-rolling your pastry scraps. In a cold kitchen, with cold hands, you toiled to ensure that your butter was not overworked. You can’t negate that effort by re-rolling and watching your tender dough go from flaky to tough. I...
Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies

Sandy. What a bitch. She really did a number on my part of the world, and two weeks later, the effects are still being felt by many in and around New York City. She was my first hurricane, though, so I’ll never forget her and how my world went topsy-turvy for a week. With requests...

My dinner at Blanca

If you haven’t heard, Roberta’s makes the best pizza I’ve ever eaten and also just happens to be one of my favourite places to be in NYC. If you visit, I’ll want to take you there. From Sam Sifton’s review of Roberta’s last year, I knew that Chef Carlo Mirarchi did a tasting menu a...
In need of pie: Four and Twenty Blackbirds

In need of pie: Four and Twenty Blackbirds

  It’s been months since I’ve had a slice of pie. Months. For a girl who can eat pie as easily as ice cream, I was in dire straits. My nostalgia for running along the seawall in Vancouver rivalled my nostalgia for heading to Aphrodite’s after dinner for tea and a slice of raspberry rhubarb. Cookies, cupcakes,...
Today's Special: October 15, 2012

Today’s Special: October 15, 2012

Today’s Special:  Caprese sandwich, Sullivan Street Bakery (Chelsea location), New York Forgive me. I forgot about this sandwich. I came across the photo and cursed myself for not posting about it at the height of summer, at the height of tomatoes. I don’t even know if the Sullivan Street Bakery is still making this sandwich...
Prosciutto, burrata, and peach sandwich: The time I patted myself on the back

Prosciutto, burrata, and peach sandwich: The time I patted myself on the back

“I am my own worst critic” is my understatement of the century. In my opinion, I can do everything worse than you. I never have a good word to speak of myself, and when one is spoken of me, I usually have a trick up my sleeve for convincing you that you’re wrong.  Three-plus decades...