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A Few Days in Brooklyn

July 12, 2013

Ben and I were recently in New York City for 16 days. That’s a lot of days. A few of those days were spent in Brooklyn – just to mix things up and try our hipster hats on…to try and be Brooklyn cool. And I think we managed to fit in quite well for a few hours of those few days in Brooklyn. That’s something to be proud of, surely. Put your glasses on, remember to not shave, button up that shirt and let’s do this…

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We spent Saturday morning at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg and then Fort Greene Flea. Fried anchovies, chicken schnitzels and egg on a pretzel roll and lemongrass lemonade were shared. There was also key lime pie and a s’mores milkshake. Yep.

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This market on the waterfront (with an ace view of Manhattan) is foodie heaven! It was even better than I remember from my last visit. This guy loved it too…

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Black Brick in Williamsburg serve the wonderful Stumptown coffee for all your brew beverage needs. Their cold brew is just the ticket during Summer.

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Ample Hills is the most darling corner ice-cream store. It’s super kid friendly, with books and toys and the cutest booths (so naturally Ben was happy). Their salted caramel ice-cream was supremely good. I mean, for real. Normally I avoid that golden flavour as I find most places just make a sweet blah concoction and then add some salt. But this one was so so good.

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Reading and napping in beautiful Prospect Park.

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Sidewalk gardens with herbs and veggies and more. I mean, how cool is that?

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Do you want a burger? Of course you do, what a silly question. Beers and burgers are mandatory after walking all day. Du Mont Burger is the business.

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Walking the Williamsburg bridge

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We met friends at The Commodore for fried chicken with biscuits and honey butter, kale salad and chicken soup. Random, yes, but really good and very affordable. Plus, it’s the coolest place and their happy hour made me very happy.

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Our meal at The Brooklyn Star was one of our most enjoyed of the trip. Ben drank Kool-Aid from a Mason jar and we devoured seriously good mac and cheese, incredible bacon jalapeno cornbread and the most ridiculously delicious hot meatloaf sandwich on fluffy white pullman bread. We took half of this meal home for the next night’s dinner (it was so much food) and we were so so happy eating cold cornbread the next day. I’ve heard their fried chicken and waffles is bananas, too.

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Oasis is great when you get off the subway from Manhattan and just NEED FOOD. Their falafels will make you very happy. Get them to go and eat them back in your Air bnb room while watching Netflix.

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Mast Brothers make the most phenomenal chocolate. Visit their factory in Williamsburg and revel in the brilliance of this local chocolate company. I adored every keenly sampled bite. Try to not leave with 20 blocks. Just try…

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Lastly, I implore you to visit Four and Twenty Blackbirds for pie. It’s a bit of a hike to get to (though you could plan your visit with a play in Prospect Park and a wander of the lovely suburb, Park Slope). Their pie…I have no words. It’s the most beautiful, lovingly crafted pie I have ever eaten. Both crust and filling reign supreme as the most tender, sweet, satisfying bites. Their Salty Honey pie and Strawberry Balsamic… just outrageously good. Their savoury parcel was lovely too but really, it’s all about the sweet pies. They stole my heart.

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Brooklyn. Do visit when coming to New York City. It’s totally liveable and provides a nice respite from the hectic city. Wander some…grab a coffee and laze in the park. See a movie at our favourite cinema and spot a hipster. Oh, and eat pie.

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Heidi xo

 

Oh, New York City

July 8, 2013

My goodness, New York City. You’re good. So so good. I heart you dearly and long to be back in your sharp, chic, fast embrace. Everything in New York City feels heightened. You experience things here, all of the things. It’s mostly wonderful, often excellent and sometimes magical. Here’s a bit of the magic we shared during our two week stay.

I’ll follow this up with a post on Brooklyn. If visiting NYC and after eating recommendations, please use this post as a guide in conjunction with my posts two years ago (I did a lot of posts back then). Here is the link to my NYC  posts, past and present.

The thing is, when in New York City there are so many good eats to be had. It’s overwhelming. The city is huge! I did not even attempt to eat my way through this city. It wasn’t going to happen. My goal was to make each meal a great one, whether a cheap bagel, and ice-cream date or a special dinner out. And I totally reached that goal. Oh, and just FYI, I’ve found that you can eat well in NYC on the cheap, but when the price goes up a little the quality doesn’t necessarily follow suit (unlike my experience in San Francisco).

Alright, let’s get stuck into this big apple post!

Coffee

Coffee is truly great in New York City, if you know where to go. I became heavily happily caffeinated.

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Abraco was our favourite coffee nook. This complete hole in the wall spot is terribly small and terribly cool. They serve delicious cortado and lovely baked goods such as this olive oil cake to loyal locals.

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Colombe make dreamy coffee in their chic, bright, fabulous shop. The staff here are very cool and very hip, but also very friendly.

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Stumptown coffee is supremely good. It represents what is right in the world. These people know good coffee and make a delicious latte, as well as a divine cold brew. They also stock doughnut plant doughnuts for all your peanut butter and jelly doughnut needs. Uhuh. Their Midtown location allows you to sit in the Ace Hotel and work on your laptop, using their wifi. It’s an excellent set-up. The West Village spot is equally as fabulous and accommodating.

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While in NYC, I also suggest you grab an iced-coffee from Mud truck. Good stuff.

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Smoothies and Juice and Ice-Cream and Snacks

Juice Generation make a super fresh green juice. Though I would tend to visit Liquiteria for my smoothie and juice needs. They also make a delicious acai bowl and yummy porridge.

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You might like to grab a doughnut from doughnut plant to balance out that green juice business. I’m just saying…

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When in Soho, do stop by the Chobani yoghurt bar. The menu is super fun (I sampled the pistachio, dark chocolate, orange, mint and honey creation) and it is served in a lovely glass bowl, which you get to keep!

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Visit Momofuku Milk Bar for their famous sweets (they have several locations. The Momofuku restaurant and noodle bars are also a good idea ). We tried the popular compost cookie (which was great but very sweet) and crack pie (which was not my cup of pie), as well as the famous cereal milk soft serve (with frosted cornflake crumbles). This was one tasty soft serve, what a treat!

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If you’re after ice-cream, scoops from Il Laboratorio Del Gelato, Van Leeuwen and Ample Hills (in Brooklyn) are sure to satisfy. Not to mention froyo from 16 Handles and Big Gay Ice-Cream‘s soft serve. Or, you might like to cool down with some People’s Pops. What an outstanding idea. Local to Brooklyn, these popsicles are ridiculously good and jam-packed with fruit.

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Oh, and you simply must follow Coolhaus on twitter to find their daily truck locations. Their ice-cream sandwiches are the bomb. After extensive research, my most favourite combination is peanut butter ice-cream with chocolate chip cookies. Yahuh.

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Breakfast/Brunch

You’ll find great, chewy bagels, cream cheese and smoked fish at Russ and Daughters.

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Barney Greengrass is a famous Upper West Side spot serving scrumptious smoked fish (white fish love), bagels and more. It gets busy on the weekends but come mid-week and you’re sure to grab a table.

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Hearth serves a lovely brunch. It’s not cheap, but you’re sure to find deliciousness on this menu. My vegetable frittata was glorious and they also serve an ace Bloody Mary.

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We love Cookshop for brunch. This spot makes continuously delicious scrambled eggs with creme fraiche and chives, along with perhaps some smoked trout or bacon and a buttermilk biscuit. I also very much enjoy their wholemeal buttermilk pancakes.

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Clinton St Baking Co is said to have the best pancakes, and while they are certainly delightful and fluffy, the service comes with a little too much attitude (and the line is so long) that I couldn’t insist on you visiting. Cookshop is more my bag, baby. Plus, you might see Rob Lowe there. I mean, is there really a choice? (PS. The photo below shows Ben ordering Lobster bisque alongside his chocolate chip pancakes. Whatever floats your boat…)

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Rosemary’s appears to be a popular spot amongst West Village peeps, and while the food is nice (particularly the focaccia) and the surrounds are lovely (they have a garden on their roof) I wouldn’t necessarily race here. My mind wasn’t blown. Though opposite to the restaurant is Jefferson Market Garden – a lovely spot to sit for an hour and read (it’s the garden where Miranda and Steve got married, for any SATC fans out there).

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Lunch Bites

I adore Taim and their falafel. It’s really delicious stuff. They aim to please all your falafel needs.

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Ippudo is a restaurant that serves super tasty ramen. It is so popular that people wait out front for two hours. It’s good, but it’s also pricey and I personally wouldn’t wait two hours for it. Go at an off time like we did – we were seated straight away at 2:45pm on a Friday.

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Ahhh Shake Shack. This is a New York City institution. You absolutely have to go here for crazy yummy burgers, tasty fries and rad milkshakes (chocolate malt for me, thank you!). I’ve heard their custards, with all their sweet fix-ins, are a must-try, too.

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Dinner

Tasty balls of meat can be found at The Meatball Shop. This joint has a few locations and is a bit of fun.

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When in the USA, you’ve got to try fried chicken and waffles. You have to. It’s the law. I’ve heard good things about Red Rooster, though it is pricey. The Brooklyn Star is said to be ace too. But our cousin took us to the less fancy, less expensive Amy Ruth’s and I struggle to imagine a better plate of fried chicken and waffles out there. It was crazy good, y’all. So wrong but so right.

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For cheap, super delicious, spicy Chinese food visit the hole in the wall Xi’an Famous Foods. Try the cumin lamb burgers and hand-ripped noodles. I recommend eating the burger on the way home, where you’ll eat your take-out noodles while watching Netflix.

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Want some more take-out? How about Southern BBQ in the East Village? Done. The long queue for Mighty Quinn’s  brisket, ribs, pulled pork and beans is completely worth it. We got ours to go and ate it while watching Netflix and drinking Root Beer. It was amazing.

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Lil’ Frankies in the East Village serves up wonderful pizza and is a really nice place for a date. Oh, and their roasted chicken with capers…it’s good.

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And for a true New York slice of pizza, we stopped by Hakki Champion Pizza on Essex St in the Lower East Side. I mean, really, $1 for a slice…

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We had an excellent meal at The Breslin, an April Bloomfield gem. The seafood sausage and saltimbocca were outrageously delicious, and there was balsamic and campari in my gin cocktail. Yeah.

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Eataly is a must in NYC. This Italian food mecca is full of produce and food corners and general goodness. My favourite thing to do is grab a bar stool at the fish restaurant, order a glass of wine and watch the chefs do their thing.

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Activities

I encourage you to stroll the Union Square Greenmarket and lament the fact that you don’t have access to such a fabulous farmers’ market in your city (if you do, I envy you!). The incredible produce is so colourful, so fresh so plentiful and so cheap, AHH! I miss this.

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Wander Central Park. Every day, if you can. It’s vast and very very green and glorious and quiet and just the best sanctuary.

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You must also ride bikes in Central Park (hire them from behind the Boathouse). Multiple times. Nothing clears my head and makes me feel good like a bike ride.

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It’s also fun to row a boat in Central Park (again, hire from the Boathouse).

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Have fun exploring the stunning Grand Central Terminal (and maybe visit the foodcourt for some cheesecake).

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While in the area, head to the New York Public Library and marvel at the books and beauty of this gorgeous building. Then visit Bryant Park at the back of the library (in the Summer they play free movies here!)

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If you’re lucky, you can ride bikes along the Hudson River with a dear friend named Hannah (we rented from here, in the West Village).

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Take this advice. For real…

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Last time I didn’t get around to it, but this time I most certainly had fun walking the Brooklyn Bridge and getting rained on.

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Visit a rooftop bar for a drink. This is especially lovely in Summer. We had the privilege of visiting the rooftop of our cousin, who lives in NYC. I wouldn’t mind having this view at my fingertips…

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On the museum front, MoMa is a surefire hit.

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Oh, and definitely walk the High Line – it’s super neat!

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Jazz in NYC is a must. While you’re sure to find good jazz in lots of places, Ben and I, upon much encouragement from locals, visited Smalls Jazz Club in the West Village. And it was fantastic. An evening spent sipping red wine and listening to Ehud Asherie (who reminded me so much of my brother, the way he moved on the piano…) and the legendary Johnny O’Neal was truly special.

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I also recommend attending a poetry slam. Our friends took us to one two years ago and I was blown away. Fridays at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe are famously energetic and enthralling. Get there soon after 9pm to ensure a seat when they open at 10pm. You might grab a drink at Elsa, across the road, beforehand.

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A Broadway show is on your to-do list, yes? Us too. We saw Annie and had a blast. I wore my red cape, which I adore, and was told how “faaaaabulous” it was by a fellow broadway goer. Nice.

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Here’s a tip, catch the Staten Island Ferry for a free view of this lovely lady…

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I also think it’s nice to visit the Empire State Building (or the top of the Rockefeller Centre – I’ve done both and enjoyed them equally). I highly recommend splurging and purchasing “express” tickets – it is twice the price at $47 but oh so worth it as you literally skip every line. What would have been a two hour wait was done in 10-15 minutes. Sunset is a lovely time to visit. The views…

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And if in doubt, just throw on your walking shoes and wander, all day… Here’s our last day in New York City, in photographs.

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You’re going to have the best time in New York City…

Heidi xo

New York Cheesecake

July 5, 2013

As an avid pie fan, I felt it prudent to sample a few slices while in New York City. America is known for its pie skills, you see. Pecan, key lime, coconut cream…it’s a delicious list.

During my investigations, I happily happened upon a truly divine pie shop and sampled the most superb pies I have ever tasted. Oh, but you’ll have to wait a few more posts for those details. For now, I have a classic slice of New York Cheesecake for you.

Let’s talk cheesecake.

I am not a big cheesecake fan, in the classical or common sense. Rather, I prefer the less sweet, lovely and lumpier ricotta cheese-based cake to the cream cheese creations. The latter I find far too sweet and a little boring. Though I did not wish this personal preference to impede my pie research, and thus (with the encouragement of two sets of cousins) Ben and I headed to Junior’s, located in the grand Grand Central Terminal food court.

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Junior’s boasts the most fabulous cheesecake in the city. Let’s see…

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We ordered one slice of plain, classic cheesecake to share. This proud portion was incredibly dense and sweetly smooth, with a friendly sponge cake-like base. I suppose the “plain” moniker was quite true, in that it was certainly without the bells and whistles of many cheesecakes out there. There were no nuts or chocolate chips or toppings or swirls…thank goodness. Though I nevertheless found this pie to be too sweet for my taste. If they dialled back the sweetness I dare say I might enjoy this slice of New York Cheesecake. And I count that as an investigative win.

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Oh, and we also shared a slice of Momofuku Crack Pie. Yes indeed! I simply had to try his well loved creation – once you start you’re apparently unable to stop…

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Except that Ben and I did manage to stop. After a few bites, in fact. I found it to be overwhelmingly sweet and the texture a little boring. I prefer a bit of chunk and tenderness to my pie. But, as us hard working pie investigators say, you can’t feel like smashing your face into all the pies out there… The cheesecake won this round, my friends. Totally face-smash worthy.

I’ll return in my next post with a summary of our New York City recommendations. Oh my, it’s going to be a big one…

Heidi xo

A Bagel Date

June 18, 2013

It’s a tough choice, deciding what to order when visiting Russ and Daughters in New York City. Do you want a plain bagel or maybe one with poppy seeds? What type of cream cheese do you fancy? How about scallion cream cheese, or horseradish or lox? And don’t even get me started on the array of beautiful smoked salmon to choose from. Oy!

What I like about Russ and Daughters is how chewy their bagels are and the quality of the salmon. After visiting with my girlfriends two years ago, I knew I wanted to take Ben for a bagel date when we returned. And so, this morning, I did just that.

We shared the following breakfast, washed down with some green juice for good measure. It was completely delightful.

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♥ A plain bagel with plain cream cheese and pastrami-cured salmon, and

♥ A pumpernickel bagel with scallion cream cheese and Gaspe Nova smoked salmon

♥ Green juice

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We’ve been bagel spoilt on this trip, having enjoyed even more bagel lovin’ at Barney Greengrass (what particularly grabbed me at this Upper West Side institution was their whitefish. I’m still dreaming of it…) I’ve come to realise that bagels with cream cheese and cured fish make the perfect ‘anytime’ meal. Bagels for dinner…why not? But today, our Russ and Daughters bagels made the perfect breakfast for our Wednesday Breakfast Club.

What did you have for breakfast today?

 

Heidi xo

 

My New York City Window

June 15, 2013

Hi, friends.

Here I am with a little peek, opening the window ever so slightly into our  New York City visit. Think of it as a nice, gentle introduction. There’s a lot to speak about here. We’re talking white fish on my bagels and balsamic in my cocktail. We’re also talking dark brown squirrels and giant rats, true story. There’s been some rain and really good coffee, too. For now, some pictures. We’ll talk about the squirrels later…

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East Village, West Village, it’s all good.

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There’s been a lot of gelato and ice-cream going on.

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Lovely wallpaper.

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We’ve found more good coffee in New York City…

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Hey, lady.

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I’ve got a crush on The Breslin, April Bloomfield and her seafood sausage *blush*

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Why yes, I’ll have some bagel with my cream cheese. At Barney Greengrass with Mich.

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Meanwhile, on the Brooklyn bridge

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…some crazy lady was dancing in the rain. Weirdo.

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A New York slice.

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Subway tomfoolery.

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Olive oil cake for breakfast. Yes.

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Riding bikes in Central Park. Just the very best.

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Not heading some just yet…

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Heidi xo

A New York City Love Affair

January 11, 2012

What can I say? New York, you’re beautiful.

I was not prepared to fall this far in love with New York City. And so fast. But it happened. It happened and I don’t quite know how to get it out of my mind.

It’s not an unrequited love, New York was incredibly warm and generous with it’s affection. It enveloped me with it’s charm, perpetually teasing me, enticing me to stay and leaving me with no doubt about it’s true feelings.

Yet it is a love that is separated by a grand distance. It’s not like it could never be…one day in the future maybe we’ll be together. But for now, I’ll have to settle on these memories. Snapshots of a beautiful time, my Summer romance with New York City. I will forever be in a New York State of Mind. And that’s just fabulous.

Heidi xo

NYC Mash-Up

January 9, 2012

What to do with random snapshots of your NYC travels that don’t quite warrant their own post yet you’re positively itching to share?

Put them all together in one post and give it a flashy name. So here you go, my NYC Mash-Up! Bam.

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Porchetta Rolls and Key Lime Pie at The Brooklyn Flea. A fabulous market full of cheap vintage finds – definitely visit this market when you’re in NYC. And eat pork and pie.

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Lunch at the Taco Truck… I long for more quality Mexican here in Melbourne – we do have Mamasita and Bluecorn, but we need more, people! Definitely smaller joints like this. This Fish Taco was delicious!

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Mac and Cheese and Home. Dim lighting so no pics but definitely worth a visit for homely (he he) Southern fare.

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Takeaway mixed salads at Wholefoods! Terribly overpriced but terribly delicious and fresh.

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Grabbing a Taco at Snack Dragon, a little hole in the wall joint, before seeing a Poetry Slam (wow, amazing).

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Brunch at Pastis. As you do. I had granola and yoghurt, not memorable hence no pics. Perhaps I should have been more adventurous with my order. But the interior was just gorgeous, see?

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Pinkberry! We need more frozen yoghurt in Melbourne. Or at least, a great shop closer to me… Can someone please fix this problem?

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Pork Buns at Momofoku. All the rage right now. Honestly, very likely too much information about to be shared, but the fatty meat was just too much for my system to handle. Yep. I can appreciate that they’re well made with beautiful technique and flavours. But yes. I’ll leave it at that.

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Wholewheat Pancakes at The Little Owl (aka the cafe below the Friends building and where No Reservations was filmed). This was my second last day in NYC. We dragged everyone out of bed early for pancakes, french toast and home fries (which are just cubes of potato, fried). Little Owl is a really cute place.

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Late night dancing and Cheerios. Cereal never tasted so good.

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Ben and Jerry‘s Taste Testing. All vastly different opinions, but Chubby Hubby gets my vote.

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Jazz at Cornelia Street Cafe in The Village followed by dinner at The Spotted Pig. The Jazz was fantastic, a real highlight. And the dinner was great too, from what I can recall… I had a delicious calamari salad, which photographed very poorly due to the non-existant lighting inside. I believe we also ate pie but that may have been a dream…

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A little bit of a random mash-up, but a lot of awesome memories for us girls and I hope it provided some entertainment for you, lovely readers who indulge my food ramblings and travel nostalgia. Only one more NYC post to go. I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye…

Heidi xo

The Deal with Biscuits

December 22, 2011

When I first heard about people from the USA eating biscuits with chicken, I thought that it was just one of those weird American things.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on America. They’ve got some great culinary badges – Cornbread and Gumbo spring to mind. But to me, biscuits are sweet little things, like Tim Tams or Teddy Bear Biscuits.

And let’s be honest, some of America’s food is a little…strange. Case in point, the Thanksgiving favourite, Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Casserole. And too, or so I believed, biscuits and chicken.

But you see, the deal with biscuits is that they’re actually…delicious. Kind of like a savoury scone, when done well they’re absolutely fantastic. And indeed very welcome with chicken stew, soup, scrambled eggs and more. They absorb flavours beautifully and provide a nice change from sometimes boring, occasionally bland toast. As it turns out, biscuits: not so strange after all.

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While in the States this past August, I tried three types of biscuits:

1) The first was at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg. Sometimes a biscuit needs to be quiet, like this one. This biscuits was really light and subtle in flavour, serving perfectly as a vehicle for the confidently delicious fried chicken, salty bacon and creamy ranch dressing. Quietly confident.

Other times a biscuit likes to stand alongside the other ingredients, vying for your attention. Sometimes this works, other times it doesn’t…

2) The second biscuit was served alongside scrambled eggs and bacon during brunch one Sunday. As a side note, this was the day I first had grits (!!!).

This biscuit was certainly confident, but it really needn’t have been so assured. Ouch, way to shoot a biscuit down. Despite being wonderfully flaky, it was a little stodgy overall. Stodgy and meh. It just didn’t wow me. It could have done well to stand back a little and improve itself – work on it’s posture, or something.

But the third biscuit…that was beautiful.

3) It too liked to stand alongside the other delicious bites on the plate, positioning itself super straight, unabashedly attempting to be that much taller than the other meal components. But this time it’s confidence was warranted. It really shone. And without arrogance too. Well, maybe just a little…it so knew it was hot stuff.

Vicki and I visited Cookshop for breakfast on our very last day in New York City. We loved it so much the first time, when we had ooooh so delicious pancakes and Summer fruit, so we knew it would be the perfect place to enjoy our last breakfast in this incredible city.

I ordered The Cookshop Scramblescrambled eggs with caramelised onions, creme fraiche and chives (love), with a buttemilk biscuit (love) and Applewood smoked bacon (love). Love.

Oh yum.

This biscuit was, as I mentioned, made with buttermilk. And in my very very limited biscuit eating experience, I’ve decided that buttermilk is the key to a good biscuit. Perhaps I shall start baking my own so that I can say such statements with some actual credibility. But for now I can happily recall my three biscuit experiences, and delight in my delicious learning curve and development of true biscuit appreciation.

Yep. True biscuit appreciation.

Especially buttermilk biscuits.

Heidi xo

Eataly

December 19, 2011

One of my favourite places when I visited New York City this past August was Eataly. What is Eataly? A place where you can Eat….in Italy? If you’re anything like me, this is what I was first thinking, and hence I was excited, hungry and confused all at once.

Many people were speaking highly of Eataly before I left for NYC, imploring me to visit. Some mentioned a restaurant, other mentioned a market. All raved. It wasn’t until I visited myself that I realised it was indeed a restaurant and a market. On a grand scale. It’s pretty much Heaven. Of course it is, it’s the work of Mario Batali.

Welcome to food, food and more food! Beautiful produce, cured meats, cheeses, chocolates and more.

Yep, I told you…Heaven.

See this post (link) by Emma Stirling, fellow NYC obsessed Dietitian, for information on what a Vegetable Butcher is. It’s a great concept!

In terms of eating at Eataly, an activity I highly recommend, you go about it as follows:

1. Select a station – would you like to eat vegetables, gelato, pizza, seafood, antipasti, pasta? Too much choice? I know. Here’s a tip, close your eyes and go wherever your heart desires most. But open your eyes before you walk.

2. Wait to be seated – they don’t like you to take your own seats (this was the case everywhere in New York, it would seem). Just FYI. Neglectful and slightly resentful service may ensue if you dare take a seat yourself.

3. Order away! This is the hard part, as it all sounds so divine. It’s a trouble I’d love to be burdened with more often though. It would be my pleasure.

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On my first Eataly visit with the girls, we ate at the vegetable station – Le Verdure.

Oh here we go…the best bread I tasted while in The States. Pure Bliss. Heaven.

Along with beautiful Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic.

We selected a Caprese Salad (our favourite!)…

…and Fritto Misto. These fried seasonal vegetables were incredible. The batter was very light, peppery and just gorgeous.

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My second visit to Eataly was a solo affair. Peta was about to board her flight home, Vicki was seeing a matinee of Wicked, Bhey was napping at home and I had just braved the rain to visit Moma. Afterwards I sought refuge from the downpour in Eataly. On this day I was in the mood for some seafood, and so I placed my soggy little umbrella at my feet, perched on a stool at Il Pesce and settled in to enjoy my lunch – a Frutti Di Mare Salad with Sautéed Summer Squash. In other words, Heaven. Simple seafood like this is undoubtedly one of my most favourite dishes in the world. If not served atop an al dente twirl of pasta, I will settle for beautiful bread to soak up the juices. But preferably both.

See? Heaven.

Heidi xo