Tag Archives: desserts

Fantastic Lunch at Gramercy Tavern & Excellent Desserts from Chef Miroslav Uskokovic

[Translate] Gramercy Tavern is one of my perennial favorite restaurants in New York City. The restaurant looks pretty with the many colorful flowers on display (as it is spring) at the Tavern Room and the splaying tree on the bar. It feels cozy and home-y in the best way possible but in an upscale manner. We chose to stick with the Dining Room for a calmer atmosphere. The waiters are very astute, professional, and friendly. And of course, the food is fantastic. It reflects the seasonal changes of what the restaurant receives from the local farmers and suppliers with flavors..

Delicious Aussie and New Zealand Desserts from Waltzing Matilda’s

[Translate] My box of Waltzing Matilda’s baked goods Waltzing Matilda’s is a bakery selling treats inspired by Australia and New Zealand. After a fruitless search for the traditional Australian and New Zealand pastries she fell for while attending the University of Wollongong, NYC-import Laura Forer began baking them in her Harlem kitchen. She now delivers the made-to-order delicacies citywide. Since I have eaten a few Australian desserts in NYC, I found them to be fine but nothing great. The sweets from Waltzing Matilda’s are pretty darn delicious and a few are unusual as I have never seen them before. The..

Delicious Aussie and New Zealand Desserts from Waltzing Matilda's

[Translate] My box of Waltzing Matilda’s baked goods Waltzing Matilda’s is a bakery selling treats inspired by Australia and New Zealand. After a fruitless search for the traditional Australian and New Zealand pastries she fell for while attending the University of Wollongong, NYC-import Laura Forer began baking them in her Harlem kitchen. She now delivers the made-to-order delicacies citywide. Since I have eaten a few Australian desserts in NYC, I found them to be fine but nothing great. The sweets from Waltzing Matilda’s are pretty darn delicious and a few are unusual as I have never seen them before. The..

Sugar and Plumm, Upper West Side

[Translate] Sugr and Plumm: Exterior, retail counter, dining room Sugar and Plumm is the newest addition to the dining scene on the Upper West Side. Sugar and Plumm’s flagship location in Paramus, NJ expanded to this Manhattan location looking like a sophisticated, polished kind of Candyland with the general color scheme of lavender purple, cream, and touches of polished silver. When you step foot through the door of this bakery, gelateria, and restaurant, you’re welcomed with literally eye candy. Piles of cookies, muffins, and croissants on a display case near the register, along with the ice cream and sorbets, chocolates..

Lunch at Donatella (NYC)

[Translate] Executive Chef Jarett Appell at the blinged-out pizza oven & the restaurant’s interior This past Thursday, I had a delicious lunch at Donatella in Chelsea, New York with a group of friends. This is a casual Italian restaurant owned the well-known restaurateur and television personality, Donatella Arpaia. You probably might have heard of the famous blinged-out oven (as seen on Slice) that looks like a gold disco ball but it’s functional and built by Napoli’s best oven-crafters, Stefano Ferrara. Her executive chef Jarett Appell is creating delicious food and excellent Neapolitan-style pizzas that would make a pizza purist and..

Lunch at Waterbar, San Francisco

[Translate] Exterior, interiors, open kitchen, view of bar, close up of the oyster bar, and the menu A relative hidden gem to have a calm, delicious, seafood lunch near Ferry Building Marketplace is Waterbar Restaurant. It’s about a half mile walk from tourist central. The Waterbar is a sprawling, two-level restaurant with exposed brick walls, lots of natural light flooding in from the windows, and two floor-to-ceiling fish tank columns. At the bar, features the day’s catch of various oysters. There’s even an outdoor patio to soak in some sun and a spectacular view of the Oakland Bay Bridge. (more…)

Pierre Hermé Pastries – Book Review

[Translate] Pierre Hermé Pastries Pierre Hermé Pastries by Pierre Hermé, published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang. Is probably the most talked about dessert cookbook of 2012 after reading through a number of tweets from the food community. Inside the book There is substance behind this hype. This 288-page book is one of my favorite dessert cookbooks I’ve gotten my hands on as of recent. Pierre Hermé fanatics (like me) and home bakers who want to get a taste of Hermé’s genius or want to get a vivid reminder of eating his divine pastries from his boutiques in Paris, London or..

Holiday Sweets Gift Guide 2011

[Translate] Here’s the next edition of the holiday gift guide: it’s all about sweets. Chocolates, cakes, cookies, confections, and ice cream. Hopefully, you won’t go into a sugar high by just looking at the photos but these are a number of notable sweets that I like a lot. Have thoughts of other brands or sweets I should try? Please comment below and I might consider in the near future. A quick refresher as to how to look through this gift guide: Your computer/mobile device has to be capable of viewing Flash. (iPad and iPhone users, please view the PDF version..

Lady M Confections – A Jewelry Box Patisserie

[Translate] Lady M’s signs and looking down the display case I decided to head up to the affluent neighborhood of the Upper East Side and indulge myself with edible jewels from Lady M Confections. It’s certainly not the first time I ever been to this Cartier-like cake display, Japanese-owned patisserie/café, except they didn’t allow photography back then but it never prevented me from adoring everything they make and sell, and the friendly staff is always a plus in my book. (more…)