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.
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, 5/17 – 7:00pm – Book Culture 450 Columbus Ave, NYC 10024
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
(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!
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!
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.
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!
As most of us know by now, KitKats of Japan come in an exciting variety of seasonal and regional flavors! On my recent visit to Japan, I picked up a bunch of exciting ones that were new to me. So, here’s the rundown:
News flash from Junior’s! It will be their 65th anniversary soon, and to celebrate, on November 3rd they’ll be offering slices of their famous Original NY Plain Cheesecake slices at their Flatbush Ave. location for just 65 cents (normally priced at $6.95 per slice). *Take out only or dine-in with the purchase of an entrée. They also have a new Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake out this month, so check it out!
Junior’s Brooklyn, 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY 11201
I’m excited to announce my November events in Japan!
11/15 11AM-4PM I’ll be exhibiting at Tokyo International Manga Festival -TOKYO BIG SIGHT 3-11-1 Ariake, Koutou-ku, Tokyo
11/18 at 7PM I’ll be doing a talk and signing at Kinokuniya Shinjuku South Store. Please RSVP on the facebook invite!
Hope to see you there!