Ok before you dis the silly name, check out what they actual have to sell. That’s what I did one day when the line at Starbucks was annoyingly long and I immediately became a huge fan of BreadTalk. Unlike all the faux bakery places here in Beijing, at BreadTalk you can get good decent bread (of course) and also some really unusual, great tasting combinations of bakery goods that you can’t get anywhere else. Each pastry is sells in the range of 6-8 RMB ($.75 – $1.20)
For example, one of my favorites is the toast with ham and egg. Something you could make at home OR just get on the run at BreadTalk!!! They also have a ton of these ‘cutesy’ pastries such as the coco bear filled with chocolate and coconut (it is Asia after all – think Hello Kitty).
I think BreadTalk has some real potential, and would love to see how it would do in the states. So far it’s pretty successful with over 400 bakery stores in 16 countries such as Singapore, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and the Middle East. The holding company also operates more than 10 Michelin Star Din Tai Fung restaurants in Singapore and Thailand, as well as over 30 award-winning Food Republic food atriums in Singapore, PRC, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
I also like that I can get an Americano at BreadTalk for a fraction of the price at Starbucks and then walk through the Starbucks cafe on my way to work.
The Gallery Cafe
108 Jay Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Sat-Sun Brunch 9am-4pm
We don’t have too many casual walk in restaurants in Dumbo (The Dumbo General Store café went to table service a few years ago) so I was a little disappointed when the laid back cafeteria style Choice restaurant located diagonally across the street from the York Street F train stop in Dumbo switched owners to a higher end restaurant now called The Gallery Café. But overall the changes are quite remarkable and the evidence of returning Dumbo residents to the restaurant further imply it’s a good fit for the neighborhood. Some things have not changed such as the intricate molded ceiling and the wood panel window booths, but the long communal benches (which I liked) have been replaced with white napkin candlelit tables accompanied with an occasional jazz quartet on some nights throughout the week. You can credit the owner Michael for the transformation of the space. On most nights you can see him at the restaurant tableside attending to guests and soliciting feedback – something you don’t really see anymore.
But let’s get down to the food shall we? The overhaul of the menu has replaced simple lighter fare of burgers, salads and sandwiches to more fanciful dishes such as skirt steak, braised ribs, Saffron Arancini and grilled cod (the menu seems to change quite often).
I shared a dinner meal with two others and we were able to sample a variety of dishes including crab cakes, braised pork ribs. The ribs were amazing – tender, juicy and meaty.
I also went back for brunch and tried out the fresh juice bar where you can literally hand pick the fruit off the counter and they’ll magically transform it into a juice of your liking. I ordered a plate of waffles served with walnuts and a rich buttercream that was also very good. Enjoy!
Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!
From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.
Here’s the line up so far:
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream
This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.
See you there!]]>
Last year I checked out the food truck Vendr.TV bday party at the Cove in Williamsburg. Despite the cold and the long lines, it was a blast with great food, music and beers.
Well another year has quickly past and Daniel is setting up a 2nd party. Here’s his invite and link to register:
See you there!!!
Last year, many of you came to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to celebrate VendrTV’s 1st Birthday. The Party was a huge success. Tons of great food, killer music, and lots of dancing. Best of all, was that I got to hang with so many of you!
Well, VendrTV’s approaching it’s second birthday, and we’re trying to figure out what to do! We think we’ll do something a bit more low key this year, but we’re still figure it out.
I’m trying to get a head count of who might be around, and interested in attending. The party will probably be sometime in February.
If you think you’d like to come, please click the link below and add yourself to the list. I’ll update you with information when we start to lock things down.
Hope you’re all doing well, and I hope I get to see you all soon again!
Iron Chef TV Celeb Mario Batali is inviting you and other culinary luminaries to a special charity dinner atop the Empire State Building this December as a benefit for the NY Food Bank. Hang out with Mario, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Ted Allen, Andrew Carmellini, Brad Farmerie and many more of New York City’s most distinguished chefs, restaurateurs, and journalists while lending a hand in fighting hunger in New York City!
From the official press release:
Enjoy an evening of holiday-inspired cocktails and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres including presentations from David Burke Townhouse, Locanda Verde, Public & Double Crown, SD26, Riverpark, Morimoto, and others, and help celebrate the kick-off of the Food Bank’s newly formed Culinary Council. Bid for auction prizes including four tickets to the taping of Iron Chef and a private studio tour; tickets to the Emeril Lagasse Show, restaurant gift certificates galore and more! Finally, at this once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll be present as the iconic Empire State Building turns orange, the color of hunger awareness.
The Culinary Council, Chaired by chef/author Mario Batali, brings together prestigious leaders in the culinary industry to raise funds and awareness for the Food Bank For New York City and its sustained efforts to provide food and services for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on them. One in Five New York City residents relies on the Food Bank’s programs and services, including one in every five children.
Proceeds from this event, sponsored by Conde Nast Food Group and the Empire State Building, will support the Food Bank’s ongoing efforts to end food poverty in New York City.
Arrive in time for the ‘Orange’ Carpet at 6:00pm. Tickets are limited. Festive attire – $250 per ticket. To purchase tickets please visit: www.foodbanknyc.org/go/culinary]]>
336 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657
I was kind of surprised and relieved to find Tiny’s Local Natural Food Restaurant among the many deep fried fish and chip stands and gimmicky bars on Commercial St in the heart of Provincetown. Perched above the 2nd floor, Tiny’s is a casual self service restaurant that offers a great view of all the activity below on Commercial St and healthy amazing meals at reasonable prices.
We started off with one of the specials – a horseradish and potato crusted cod over a bed of pan fried beets, spinach, shallots and quinoa ($22). It seems like a simple dish but it was delicately prepared and the spicy salty crunchy radish and potato crust contrasted well with the supple soft sweet beets.
I got an order of their Thai Beef Salad. Again, a very simple dish but the flavors really screamed out – probably a lot to do with the fact all the vegetables are locally sourced from organic farms on Cape Cod.
Tiny’s unfortunately does not have an alcohol license yet (and the BYOB got revoked) but they do have many all natural juices and teas. Oh and why is it called Tiny’s? Because, well it is kind of tiny. To get to the bathroom, you have to walk through the kitchen. But don’t let that discourage you; it’s definitely a great respite from the craziness of Commercial St in ptown.]]>
When: Sat Oct 2, 2010 11:30-4:30PM
Where: Govenor’s Island NY (Ferry Schedule Link)
More Info: www.PigIsland.com
What: Twenty chefs from some of New York City’s finest
venues along with an impressive cast of food experts and personalities are expected to dazzle the crowd with their “whole hog know-how”. All participants will work with locally sourced ingredients, including whole pigs purchased directly from farms, such as Violet Hill Farm and The Piggery. The talent includes Sara Jenkins of Porchetta, Jacques Gautier from Palo Santo, “Chopped” champion Michael Jenkins from Butter Restaurant, along with other barbecue masters such as Hoppin’ John Taylor of Low Country cooking fame and Sam Barbieri with the award-winning Fuhgeddaboutit BBQ Team.
Ok, I know what you are thinking. The Parked Food Truck Festival a few weeks ago was a disaster (too many people and not enough food). But hear me out, I think the Pig Island festival will be a much different and awesomer event. First off, there a limited number of $75 tickets to the event in order to control the crowds. Your ticket to the Pig Island Festival gets you unlimited tasting of the dishes. Beer and other refreshments will be available for sale. It’s being organized by Food Karma Projects, and a charitable donation goes to Food Systems NYC Hope to see you there!
Waterfront Ale House
Tamarack Hollow Farm
Jimmy’s No. 43
The Green Table
The Piggery farm/charcuterie
The Food Experiments
School House Kitchen
Grill a Chef
Up Inside Park at St. Barts
The Brooklyn Standard
137 Rivington St (between Norfolk St & Suffolk St)
New York, NY 10002
What do you get when you combine traditional baozi with nontraditional stuffings like all natural hanger steak, or Pan fried organic tofu coated in sweet potato starch? You get some wildly delicious sandwiches like the CHAIRMAN BAO ($4.00) made with
Braised slow and low using all natural Berkshire Pork Belly served with Crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar in a traditional chinese white flour steamed bun. Another way to describe it – a trendy arepa but without the cornmeal wrap.
I ordered the Chairman Bao, the UNCLE JESSE ($3.50)
VEGETARIAN Pan fried organic tofu coated in sweet potato starch topped with our Haus Sauce, cilantro, crushed peanut and Taiwanese red sugar, and the HAUS BAO ($4.50) all natural Hanger Steak Bao
served with Crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar. They have a special 3 Baos and a drink for $10.
As I was getting my Chairman Bao, I noticed the enormous chunk of fatty pork and couldn’t resist asking for some hot sauce. I guess it’s kind of a natural instinct for me to eat fatty meats with hot sauce, but here it’s kind of a no no. They don’t have any hot sauce, don’t ask them for any hot sauce. The reason is because Bao Haus believes hot sauce drowns out the unique blend of flavors that they worked hard to create. I get it – I mean I would never use the Peter Luger steak sauce on their steaks but they still provide it for those who want to try it. My argument was really that hot sauce opens up the taste buds and further intensifies the flavors of grilled and braised meats and hoping they would produce some secret stash from behind the counter but it didn’t happen. We kind of agreed to disagree after that although someone on the staff said it would be a good idea for them to sell their own brand. I’m going to say that although the baos at Bao Haus are all awesome even without hot sauce, if you’re like me, BYO hot sauce to Bao Haus just to do a comparison.]]>
Got your plans set up for Labor Day weekend yet? No!?? Go check out the Parked NY Food Truck Festival on Governer’s Island this weekend on Sunday. It’s free to take the ferry and it’s free to attend the event. The food? Not free, but it’s going to be a stellar food truck line up and well worthwhile!
Some of the food trucks confirmed for the parked food truck festival so far include:
Jamaican Dutchy Food Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling Food Truck, Green Pirate juice Food Truck, Joyride Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Food Truck, Halo Berlin, The Cinnamon Snail, Kelvin Natural Slush Co Food Truck, Hermelinda Mexicana and more!
WHEN : Sunday, September 5th
WHERE : Colonel’s Row @ Governors Island
DOORS : Noon – 5pm
COVER : Free!
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 26th
Ferry Schedule Link: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml
I checked out Governer’s Island last week for the Jazz Age Lawn party – it was awesome. If you have a bike, bring it along. It’s a great way to check out the entire island. Governor’s Island is kind of shaped like an ice cream cone. Colonel’s row is runs West East across the island at the upper (bottom of the ice cream scoop) portion of the Island. Enjoy!! These NY Food Trucks won’t disappoint!]]>
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I’m on day 18th of a 21 day cleanse and feeling pretty good. It’s the third time I’ve done this cleanse and I think the familiarity with the routine (buying vegetables & fruits in bulk), the daily preparation, and the new raw recipes are making it a lot easier. When in a bind for time, the salad bar at Wholefoods and some Indian vegetarian restaurants are great places to get decent prepared meals.
The problem is that after the cleanse, I tend to drift back to poor eating habits such as not continuing the levels of fruit and salad, and having probably way too much fried food. As a preventative measure I watched Fast food Nation and Food Inc over the past week so hopefully that should cut down on fast food, ground beef and more incentive to buy local and organic. (Still going to eat the new Burger King Pizza though – hey, it’s for the sake of the blog right? haha)
But I also think having a better awareness of alternatives is going to help. Prior to the cleanse, I checked out Energy Kitchen in the West Village. Sure it’s still ‘fast food’ but it’s well prepared and the menu has many ‘healthy’ options, and they claim nothing is over 500 calories. I tried the Thai chicken wrap ($7.99) which includes grilled chicken, carrots, baked Chinese noodles, and cucumbers with a spicy peanut sauce. I thought it was very good and not very heavy on the sauce which can be a problem when ordering wraps. For $3.99 I got 2 more sides: garden salad and mashed sweet potatoes. All together my meal with sides was a little over 800 calories but that’s still lower than any 2,500 calorie BK Pizza!]]>