Tag Archives: dessert

Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn, NY

Ample Hills Creamery: Exterior; At the counter; Stacks of ice cream cones and organic toppings Last weekend, my friend and I headed to Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn before we we had dinner at Kiwiana since we had time to kill before our meal after making our trek from Manhattan. Ample Hills Creamery looks and feels like an old fashioned ice cream parlor. You’d see toddlers and tweens happily jumping around while waiting with their parents on line for ice cream for ten minutes. I remember seeing a few kids even peddling furiously on the window front’s stationary..

20th Anniversary of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine

Last night was the 20th Anniversary of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in the U.S. by Dessert Professional Magazine, hosted at the Institute of Culinary Education in Chelsea. This industry event had many recognizable food writers, editors and chefs that made it fun. In the midst of waiting for the announcement of the winners, Bobby Flay started a hoopla (my photo of him) as he made his presence for his winning pastry chef Clarisa Martino. Top 10 Pastry Chefs of 2013 This year’s awarded chefs are: Andy Chlebana, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL Bill Corbett, Absinthe, San Francisco, CA Christophe..

Nickel Diner’s Donuts (Los Angeles, California)

Donuts from Nickel Diner One of my best friends told me she’s flying out to Los Angeles to meet up with a few friends during the Easter weekend. Knowing how LA has a vibrant, interesting scene for donuts, I cannot resist asking her to pick some up for me and sent her a few ideas where she can find some. She happily obliged and went to Nickel Diner. (more…)

A Recent Visit to Dominique Ansel Bakery

Blood orange poppy seed cake I’ve always been a fan of Dominique Ansel Bakery ever since it been opened about two years ago. I adore his French pastries like the DKA and especially the cannele. Even his quasi recent release of the über, intensely decadent, fudgy chocolate flourless cookie that is the stuff chocoholics dream of. Anyway, I made a visit over this rainy weekend and was craving for Chef Ansel’s gorgeous pastries. I bought the blood orange poppy seed cake ($5.75, seen above). It’s a shiny, vibrant red-orange cake filled with creamy vanilla mousse, firm blood orange gel and..

Kumquat Cardamom Cakes

Recently, I was fortunate to receive a shipment of Kerrygold butter to work with. Kerry Gold butter is a premium butter brand that uses milk from Ireland’s grass-fed cows that are free of artificial growth hormones. Kerrygold supports and utilizes cream from Ireland’s small dairy farmer co-ops and co-op creameries. Since winter is citrus season and I’m obsessing over kumquats. I ate these small, entirely edible oval orbs over the years growing up, especially when it’s Chinese New Year yet I never baked with them until now. It’s a very unique flavor as it’s initially sweet and develops into a..

Coconut Oil Mixed Berry Pound Cake

During the month or so before Thanksgiving rolled by I thought of experimenting with healthier fat alternatives than my beloved standby, butter. I remembered hearing about coconut oil being the next best thing that is vegan/vegetarian friendly and most of the time, it tends to be organic. Lo and behold, I’ve discovered Kelapo coconut oil. It’s arguably one of the best extra virgin coconut oil I’ve used by far. When I melt the hardened coconut oil (it tends to be when cold or at room temperature), the sweet, nutty scent of coconut perfumed my kitchen and its flavor is still..

Thanksgiving Pie from Pie Face

I recently stopped by Pie Face for a brief pre-dinner snack of their Thanksgiving “stack” ($7.90; seen on my tweet). An individual-sized turkey & stuffing pie, topped with mashed sweet potatoes and jellied cranberry sauce. For someone who doesn’t really mash all of these items in a relative bite on my Thanksgiving plate, it actually works and I liked it. I also picked up a Family-sized coconut custard pie ($24.95; they do have apple, sweet potato and pecan pies available as well). A sturdy-crusted pie that has a dense, rich coconut custard topped with sweetened toasted coconut flakes. For those..

Francois Payard's Newest Flagship FP Patisserie in Upper East Side

Exterior & Macaron towers by the window To those of you who are native New Yorkers like myself or lived here for almost a decade, you would be aware of Payard Patisserie & Bistro, an Upper East Side institution that closed on June 2009 because his landlord raised the rent by a ridiculous rate. We were shocked about the loss and disheartened that Chef Payard would return back to the neighborhood over the years as the many rumors were false that he’s opening there. But within a couple of weeks ago, he did do a opening preview of this flagship..

Francois Payard’s Newest Flagship FP Patisserie in Upper East Side

Exterior & Macaron towers by the window To those of you who are native New Yorkers like myself or lived here for almost a decade, you would be aware of Payard Patisserie & Bistro, an Upper East Side institution that closed on June 2009 because his landlord raised the rent by a ridiculous rate. We were shocked about the loss and disheartened that Chef Payard would return back to the neighborhood over the years as the many rumors were false that he’s opening there. But within a couple of weeks ago, he did do a opening preview of this flagship..