Mango Sago in Chinatown!

Sunday 6th November 2016 - 9:39:29 PM

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While superstar comic artist Stephanie Hans was in town, we made a visit to Mango Mango to try out their sago. Stephanie loves sago and I wanted to try it out for the first time. We ordered Mango Juice Sago. I got mine topped with Lychee Jelly, and Stephanie ordered Basil Seeds on hers.

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New Comic in XY Magazine!

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - 9:40:50 PM

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Big news! XY Magazine is back with issue # 50, and I have a comic inside (excerpt above). The magazine is available at Barnes and Noble right now as well as at XY’s website. If you’re interested in seeing more of my LGBT comic work, Tough Love is available via Northwest Press and Comixology. Check out Dolltopia too!

A Visit to Ice & Vice!

Saturday 27th August 2016 - 7:54:24 PM

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This summer I’m trying out a few new ice cream places, and I recently checked out Ice & Vice. They’re an experimental ice cream shop at 221 East Broadway in Manhattan. Ice & Vice makes small custom batches and they are a Vendy award winner. On my visit, I tried the Tea Dance ice cream (Nigiri Tea leaf, Lemon Charcoal, Salted Caramel), it was refreshing and the flavors complimented each other well. I also had a slice of peanut butter, nutella, chocolate, potato chip pie with a pretzel crust. Good stuff!

Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America – 2016!

Saturday 25th June 2016 - 10:52:56 AM

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Earlier this month, I attended the Dessert Professional Magazine Top Ten PastryChefs in America tasting event, held at Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). It was a gorgeous event, and all of the pastries were so beautiful to look at and taste. It truly is an artform! Check out the winners below, and some of my favorite shots from the event.

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Chocola-Tea Party at Roni-Sue’s with Divalicious!

Saturday 18th June 2016 - 10:26:59 AM

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I was thrilled to attend the recent Chocola-Tea Party at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates (featuring chocolate fountains by Divalicious Chocolate). Both are longtime City Sweet Tooth faves, and I had regretfully not made it down to Roni-Sue’s shop at 148 Forsyth St. yet, so I was excited to check it out.

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They had a lovely spread for chocolate dipping, including dried hibiscus, which I adore! We also got to sample some of Ronie-Sue’s delightful truffles. The occasion was an opportunity to show off the spacious backyard at Roni-Sue’s, ideal for celebrations and events. You can also pick up chocolate fountains rented from Divalicious Chocolate at this location. Check out the website where you can arrange rentals and tastings. Of course, I had to grab a frozen hot chocolate on the way out, and it was amazing, a great summer pick-me-up!

Roni-Sue’s - 148 Forsyth Street (Between Delancey and Rivington), NYC


Afternoon Tea at The Lamb’s Club!

Tuesday 31st May 2016 - 10:28:35 AM

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All photos in this post by Janna Zagari

It had been way too long since I had afternoon tea and I was thrilled to meet with my friend Janna at The Lamb’s Club to check out their afternoon tea service. The decor at The Lamb’s Club is sophisticated art deco style, I imagine it would also be a fun space to go for some cocktails after work. We are big scone fans, and their mixed fruit scones made us very happy! They were served warm with clotted cream and raspberry jam.

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Signing with MariNaomi 5/17!

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 8:44:07 PM

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I’m looking forward to signing with MariNaomi 5/17 at Book Culture, and extremely excited for her new book, Turning Japanese! Come and check it out, New Yorkers!

Tuesday, 5/17 – 7:00pm – Book Culture 450 Columbus Ave, NYC 10024


Sakura Matsuri 4/30 and 5/1!

Sunday 17th April 2016 - 5:42:53 PM

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My next appearance will be at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Sakura Matsuri! I’ll be signing books at 3PM on both days. Advance tickets are available. This is one of the best Japanese cultural events in the NY area, so check it out! Also, I’ll be participating in Independent Bookstore Day 4/30 at Greenlight Bookstore ( 686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217) from 12pm-1PM!

Signing at HMV & Books Tokyo Friday 4/8!

Tuesday 15th March 2016 - 10:02:04 PM

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be doing a talk and signing at HMV & Books Tokyo Friday 4/8 at 6:30 PM. Facebook invite is here. Please RSVP!

DATE: 8th Apr 2016 (Friday)
Venue: HMV & BOOKS TOKYO
5F Shibuya Modi 1-21-3 Jinnan Shibuya-ku Tokyo, 150-0041

The talk will be in English. For Japanese audiences, Tuttle staff will translate into Japanese if necessary.

Play Fair NY February 13th & 14th

Wednesday 10th February 2016 - 7:49:12 AM

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My first 2016 appearance is coming up at Play Fair NY Feb. 13th &14th! Play Fair is the public companion event for the legendary Toy Fair! I’ll be at the Aw Yeah Artist Alley (booth # 461) for 12pm and 3PM signings on Saturday and Sunday. I will also co-host Comics Quickfire withDave Roman Sunday at 1PM!

Play Fair NY February 13th & 14th

Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America 2015

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - 10:48:16 AM

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Bonbons by Stick With Me Sweets

Last week I attended the Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America event, held by Dessert Professional Magazine. It was a fabulous event with plenty of opportunities to try several truffles from each of the talented chocolatiers.

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Dipped Blood Orange by EHChocolatier

Here’s the list of talented chefs, and my extra congrats go out to the NYC-based honorees: Fine & Raw (288 Seigel Street, Brooklyn), Voila Chocolate (221 West 79th Street, NYC), and Stick with Me (202A Mott St. NYC). I’ll have to pay visits to those shops soon!

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City Bakery’s 2016 Hot Chocolate Festival!

Sunday 31st January 2016 - 1:20:34 PM

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City Bakery’s annual February Hot Chocolate Festival is always a highlight of winter in NYC! Here’s this year’s flavor calendar. Enjoy!

City Bakery 3 West 18th Street, NYC


Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental!

Sunday 31st January 2016 - 10:43:32 AM

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This month, I visited the Mandarin Oriental for afternoon tea with Lisa of Chambre de Sucre. The view was spectacular!

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I chose the Lychee Green tea which had a beautifully floral aroma. My favorite of the tiered pastries was the Passionfruit Meringue Tart. It’s a luxurious escape for those times when you need a break from the hustle of NYC!

Mandarin Oriental, New York
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street,
New York, New York 10023, USA


Dublin’s Delicious Highlights!

Sunday 24th January 2016 - 6:48:47 PM

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(berry crumble at Queen of Tarts)

After Edinburgh, Heather and I spent a few days in Dublin. I’d always wanted to visit Ireland, and it was a lot of fun! Dublin is lively and very easy to explore via walking (we stayed in the Temple Bar area), and we were blessed with mostly dry weather. As you’ll see, I continued on my tea and scones kick!

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Mochi Ice Cream from Mochidoki!

Monday 11th January 2016 - 11:17:03 AM

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image from Mochidoki

Recently, I got samples of Mochidoki’s mochi ice cream. Mochi ice cream has always been a favorite of mine, usually I get it at Japanese restaurants or grocery stores in NY. It’s a small dumpling of ice cream wrapped in mochi (a dough made of pounded rice). What makes Mochidoki different is the flavor collections, and some even have chocolate chips inside! Normally, you see mochi ice cream flavors like green tea, red bean, strawberry, or mango. Mochidoki has a huge flavor selection, it’s very cool! I was able to try the Americana Collection, Exotic Collection, and Salted Caramel. All are very good. They have mail order and could make a great gift for the sweets fan in your life!


NYC Will Miss Robicelli’s!

Sunday 13th December 2015 - 1:16:26 PM

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News broke in October that on Christmas Eve, the beloved Bay Ridge Robicelli’s bakery storefront will close and they will go wholesale-only for NY. NYC will miss the shop! The good news is, the Robicelli’s won’t be gone altogether, they’re just moving to Baltimore. Robicelli’s products will still be available in NYC at locations including The Bean and Blue Apron Foods. They also supply babkas to Shelsky’s.

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I made it down to their shop last weekend and got one of these amazing Cinnamon Buns (and some brownies, blondies, and cupcakes of course)! I only wish I lived closer, so I could have gone there all the time!

Readers will know that I’m a huge Robicelli’s fan. I did illustrations for their cookbook (Buy a copy here!) and I had their incredible cake and cupcakes at my own wedding! Thanks for all of the delicious cake and memories, and I wish the Robicellis the best of luck on their move!