Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Haagen Dazs Caramel Cone goodness

My friend introduced me to Haagen Dazs' Caramel Cone ice cream a few weeks ago, and I have not stopped craving it since. I regret not having a second helping when he offered it to me. Damn my wanna-be dieting!

I have checked 1 Gristedes, 3 Duane Reades and 1 Bed Bath & Beyond.

Today I visited the Haagen Dazs website and looked for the ice cream. This is the description for Caramel Cone: "this creamy blend of caramel ice cream with rich caramel swirls balances the sweet crunch of chocolate-covered cone pieces for a harmony of caramel, chocolate and crunch in every bite." I promise it really tastes as amazing as the description sounds.

Interesting fact: you can enter your zip code onto the website and a list pops up with grocery stores that have recently received shipments of the flavor you have requested. You can even select certain grocery stores, enter your email address, and be notified each time there is a new delivery!

Okay, I'm going to leave the Haagen Dazs website now. I feel like my "peripheral" roommate who researches things to death.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Casual brunch at Cafeteria

I just realized that all my recent entries have been on brunch foods, but I really don't think anyone would be interested in what I eat on week nights... Mostly pasta, edamame, pita & hummus and Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia. (Different combinations of these over and over again).

Anyway, two weeks ago I went to a really nice brunch at Cafeteria in Chelsea. There was outdoor seating and lots of natural sunlight in the restaurant. I love how casual and reasonably priced this place was.

Homemade crispy buttermilk waffles with fresh berries and cinnamon cream. The cinnamon cream was so so tasty. The cinnamon gave a little kick but wasn't overly sweet. I didn't even need to add any syrup.

Beer Battered Fish and Chips. Are you supposed to taste the beer when there's beer batter? My friend and I discussed this for a while and couldn't figure it out. The fish was fried nicely-- the batter was thin and crispy.

Cafeteria is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Their website:

I just looked at the menu online and saw that they serve truffle parmesan fries! I have been craving that for the past few weeks and really want to go try it.

119 7th Ave,
New York, NY 10021
Phone number: (212)414-1717

Here is a bigger map.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Birthday pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company

For my birthday last month, the roommates and I went to Clinton Street Baking Company for pancakes! I shared pancakes and fish 'n chips which was more than enough for two of us. Breakfast for dinner is suuch a wonderful thing.
I didn't take a picture of the buttermilk biscuits and homemade jam that is served at the beginning of the meal, and I regret it now. Look forward to that if you do visit the restaurant.

I honestly dream about these pancakes. Well worth the trek down to the Lower East Side.

Fish 'n Chips. Not as superb as the pancakes, but it had a nice and crispy batter. The french fries were quite tasty, too.

4 Clinton Street (btw. East Houston & Stanton),
New York, NY 10002
Phone number: (646)602-6264
*Cash only

Clinton Street Baking Company website:

My previous entry on Clinton St. Baking Co.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


One of the best things about living in the US again is the huge selection of fresh and cheap fruits! While walking down Washington Street in Hoboken on a very hot summer day, I took this picture:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Brunch at Turning Point

Brunch is one of my favorite things about living in New York. I really can't get enough of pancakes and waffles and other breakfast foods. During one of my last weekends in Hoboken, New Jersey, my roommates took me to a really good brunch place right next to the waterfront. We were seated in a small room full of screaming children, but the food was good enough to compensate the noisy experience.

Bananas Foster Waffle. I'm quite addicted to waffles. This was not the best I've had, but very good.

Basic skillet of potatoes with cheese and bacon.

Hot chocolate. The temperature was just right for me, which means it would not be warm/hot enough for anyone else.

Prices are very reasonable at Turning Point. There are lots of dishes to select from for under $10 each. The view's not bad, either!

1420 Frank Sinatra Dr.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone number: (201)222-3797

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Turning Point's website:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An Unforgettable Brunch at Balthazar

I realize that Balthazar is frequently raved about, but I really do believe it is worth all the hype. (Check out its 4 star rating out of 757 reviews on Yelp-- that's something to be proud of!) I had brunch at this French brasserie a little over one week ago, and I'm still thinking about it.
My friend and I arrived at 11:35 on Sunday morning, and although the restaurant was completely filled, we did not have to wait at all. The tables are very close together. It was only semi-awkward at times. The servers had to reach over from behind my friend to hand us menus or clear our plates.

Juicy oysters

Eggs Norwegian. I stayed away from eggs for a short period of time after I was cooking one night with my sister and we cracked an egg and found blood inside. Needless to say, I was scared of eating eggs for a while afterwards. This dish could definitely keep me eating eggs for the rest of my life, though. The hollandaise sauce was superb.

Hazelnut waffes with warm berries. Hands down the fluffiest waffles I've ever had in my life. I used to really love the waffles at Fred 62's in Los Feliz (LA), but these just blow those out of the water. An added bonus of these waffles are the bits of hazlenut that emerge at random bites.

Pavlova (baked meringue with warm berries). Amazing. As full as I was, I really enjoyed this dessert. I like that this type of dessert isn't too sweet. The warm berries was a nice mix, too.

80 Spring Street (between Broadway & Crosby St),
New York, NY 10012
Phone number: (212)965-1414

Here is a bigger map.

Balthazar's website:

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