Sweet Links of the Week – August 1st!

Friday 1st August 2014 - 2:10:04 AM

Best July Sweets! (Serious Eats)
Color-changing Ice Cream! (Jezebel)
Baked Kit Kat Creations! (RocketNews24)
ChikaLicious to Expand! (Eater)


Junior’s Cheesecake Day Specials for Wednesday, July 30th!

Monday 28th July 2014 - 11:31:46 PM

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National Cheesecake day is back on July 30th and Junior’s is offering some specials to celebrate! Click below for details.

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Sweet Links of the Week – July 25th!

Friday 25th July 2014 - 3:20:40 AM

The Best NY Cheesecake! (Eater)
Matcha Milkshake Recipe! (Oh How Civilized)
Blueberry Rare Cheese Oreo Soft Cookies! (Eataku)
Peanut Butter Cup Oreos! (AV Club)
The Classic Egg Cream! (Serious Eats)


Making Taiyaki with European Fillings!

Thursday 24th July 2014 - 11:05:25 AM

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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.

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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!


Sweet Links of the Week July 17th!

Friday 18th July 2014 - 3:43:22 AM

Baked by Melissa to Close Soho Shop! (Grub St.)
Inside Ample Hills Gowanus! (Eater)
World’s Most Expensive Desserts! (First We Feast)
Milk Bar Coming to Band of Outsiders! (Grub St.)


Celebrate Bastille Day with a Coupe from Financier!

Monday 14th July 2014 - 1:50:13 AM

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Today is Bastille Day! Why not celebrate with Financier’s new Coupe Fruit Rouge d’ete! It’s the first of Financier’s new line of Coupes, featuring raspberry marmalade, vanilla bavaroise, and blueberry compote.


Sweet Links of the Week – July 11th!

Friday 11th July 2014 - 1:46:53 AM

Where to Celebrate Bastille Day! (Grub St.)
Best French Bakeries in NY! (Serious Eats)
Classic Mexican Sweets! (Fork in the Road)
The Expansion of Junior’s! (Eater)
Macaron S’Mores by Payard! (Grub St.)
Kicky’s Kitchen Has a Pop-Up Now! (Kicky’s)
Adagio Teas Giveaway! (Oh How Civilized)


Movie ‘n’ Food – Sapore Di Cinema!

Monday 7th July 2014 - 6:41:08 PM

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Last week, I got to attend a special event that blended Italian movies, fashion, and food! It was Movie ‘n’ Food – Sapore Di Cinema organized by Dress In Dreams – Movie and Costume , a non-profit Cultural Association dedicated to promoting Italian creativity and style. They held the event in cooperation with the Italian Trade Comission. Witty and knowledgeable movie podcaster Jon Cross (check out his After Movie Diner podcast) joined me and we had a lovely time sampling the wines and nine-course movie-themed tasting menu! In keeping with the theme, they played music from Italian film soundtracks during the event, which really added to the cinematic ambience. Here are a few highlights!

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Sweet Links of the Week – July 4th!

Friday 4th July 2014 - 2:43:52 AM

10 Great No-Bake Desserts! (First We Feast)
Canelé by Céline’s Bastille Celebration! (Grub St)
Ample Hills Gowanus Opens July 15th! (Eater)
Jeni’s Ice Cream Pop-Up! (Grub St.)
A Look at Prohibition Bakery! (Fork in the Road)

Exploring Davio’s Desserts!

Tuesday 1st July 2014 - 3:52:23 AM

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Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the recently opened Davio’s Manhattan (447 Lexington Ave.) to sample desserts by their accomplished pastry chef, Genevieve Meli. She has an impressive resume, having worked at Café Boulud under Raphel Hassz, Le Bernadin under Michael Laskonis, and Tumbador Chocolates under Jean Bonnet. She was also the Pastry Sous Chef at Corton and the Chef at both Vitae and Fishtail. Her desserts were beautiful and delicious!

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