I apologize for my infrequent posts over the past few weeks!  I have been traveling a bit for work including a week to NYC and a day trip to San Francisco (not recommended if you live in the eastern half of the US as I do…) so that has taken away from my baking/cooking time, but not from my eating time.  Here I share with you the best of what I ate on my travels.

New York

A scoop of Taro and a scoop of Black Sesame ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.  I can’t believe I used to live within walking distance of that place and somehow didn’t put on 50 pounds.  The Black Sesame is the best.  Look for me to attempt to recreate it with my ice cream maker one of these days…

Fancy Italian coffee at Eataly.  The market at this place is out of site.

The whole gluten-free-for-Lent thing was not the most fun to keep up with while in New York but fortunately I discovered macaroons are made with almond flour and proceeded to eat like twenty of them.  From Macaron Cafe which is both delicious and conveniently close to my company’s NYC office.  Score!

Korean food in Koreatown.  Bibimbap, seafood pancake, and the “free” pickled stuff that comes before the meal were all amazing and are a much missed ethnic food that is nonexistent in my current neck of the woods.

Flourless chocolate cookie from Dominique Ansel in Soho which is both a beautiful space and a tasty bakery.  Sometimes you get one and not the other, but rarely both.  What a treat.  This cookie was thoroughly enjoyed on a bench in the sun with a good friend.  What more do you want out of life?

Not pictured but worth mentioning: Peruvian chicken and Salchipapas at Pio Pio.  Salchipapas are basically French fries with chopped up hot dogs in it.  If I would have known about this dish as an eight-year-old  it would have been my favorite thing to eat, but even as an adult it’s pretty stinking good.

San Francisco

I was literally in San Francisco for all of 13 hours and about 7 of them were spent working but I was happy to have been able to meet up with an old friend for dinner in the Mission.  Unfortunately I neglected to photograph any of our food but I can guarantee you it was all delicious.  We ate at Lolo which is a Mexican/Turkish fusion tapas place.  My favorites were the fried Brussels sprouts, asparagus with Turkish cheese, and the carnitas tacos with blue corn tortillas.

We tried to get ice cream (my favorite food ever) at Humphry Slocombe but unfortunately they were already closed by the time we hoofed it over there.  Next time.  Their Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee and Peanut Butter Curry flavors sound awesome.

I have done a bit of baking and a little ice-cream-making this weekend so will be back in the swing of things later this week!  Check back in later.

the rest of what i ate last week

Dim sum from Ping’s Seafood:

Bubble tea from Teariffic:

Other things I ate but neglected to photograph:

Bibimbap, scallion seafood pancake, and bbq pork at Kangsuh Restaurant.

Kosher pickle, matzoh ball soup, and potato latke at Ben’s Delicatessen.

Half a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of creamy parsnip soup at The Green Table in Chelsea Market.  While in the market I saw a judge from Iron Chef.  I was super excited and remembered what it’s like to pass a celebrity in daily life which is not uncommon in NYC.  When I saw an actor at a sample sale twenty minutes later I wasn’t even fazed.

There was so much more I wanted to consume while back in New York but just didn’t have the time or space in my stomach for it.  Next time!

This weekend I am hosting a little Christmas party so will be preparing some serious drinks and appetizers for the occasion.  Will share those recipes with you next week, so please check back for that.


what i’ve been eating this week

Cappuccino from Ninth Street Espresso:

The best cookies in the whole world from Levain Bakery:

City Bakery hot chocolate with their most excellent homemade marshmallows:

Shake Shack burger:

Off to grab dim sum in my old neighborhood now.  Exciting!