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I finally made it to the Pembroke Room at The Lowell Hotel (28 E 63rd St, NYC – 212-605-6825) for afternoon tea, after reading about it on my fave tea blog, Oh, How Civilized. It was a fun and relaxing time!
Recently, I was invited to a green tea tasting at Ippodo (125 East 39th Street, NYC). Ippodo Tea Co. is a Kyoto-based tea purveyor specializing in premium Japanese green tea. At the New York outpost, you can sample and purchase interesting and very high quality varieties of green tea.
National Cheesecake day is back on July 30th and Junior’s is offering some specials to celebrate! Click below for details.
By now, sweet followers, you know I love taiyaki (Japanese fish-shaped pancakes with fillings). They’re great, but typically difficult to acquire outside of Japan. Luckily in New York, we can get them at Otafuku (236 East 9th St., NYC), but that’s really the only local spot I can think of. A while back, I received a taiyaki pan as a gift and finally put it to use along with this handy recipe from Mamaloli. I made a few recipe adjustments, like adding more flour to thicken it as needed, and I found it worked better to cook each side for 60 seconds (let the batter bubble and solidify a bit before adding the filling), heating it for about a 4 minute total per batch. Also, remember to be conservative when filling the iron with batter. It can easily overflow and run down the sides if you put too much in.
The other big change is I decided not to use traditional fillings (sweet red bean or custard cream) this time. I got Nutella, Biscoff spread, and raspberry preserves to try. All were great, but Biscoff spread was the biggest hit, also the raspberry preserves took longest to cool down to an eating temperature, but tasted great. I already bought some sweet beans for next time too. I encourage everyone to get a taiyaki pan to try this out and don’t be afraid to get creative with the fillings!