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.
Get the joke? No? Remember JFK’s famous speech? “Ich bin ein berliner” – well kind of means that he’s a Berliner which is a jelly donut. What’s kind of confusing is that in Berlin they don’t call them Berliners (who know’s why?) but they are called pfannkuchen – which means pancake everywhere else in Germany. Confused? Yeah, just call it a JFK and maybe it will stick over time.
Found some at a cafe in the Metro near Potsdamer Platz
Considering it was from a metro cafe, it wasn’t all that bad, not as good as say donut plant in NY’s East Village but still great with coffee. Enjoy!!!
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.
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#1 Jerk-off Jerky Competition at the BellHouse
Sun Jan 23rd 4pm
Come on down to the Bellhouse in Brooklyn to learn all about making your own jerky while competing for awesome prizes from Wusthof, Anolon and Microplane. $10 admission ticket allows you to sample all kinds of jerky.
The Bell House, 149 Seventh St.
#2 Fourth Annual Pie Contest at The Bedford (Williamsburg)
Enter your baked pies (sweet or savory) for a chance to win prizes or pay the $10 admission (purchase tickets at the door) and sample all-you-can-eat forkfuls of at least 50 pies. The competition benefits Growing Chefs, which connects people to food through farm-based education.
The Bedford, 110 Bedford Ave. (at N. 11th St.)
Almondine Bakery DUMBO85 Water Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Monday – Saturday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am -6:00 pm
Almondine Bakery Park Slope
442 9th Street, Park Slope NY 11215
Monday – Saturday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am -6:00 pm
Looking for some great baked goods for the holidays? Come down to Dumbo and check out Almondine Patisserie Bakery. Voted the Best Bakery and Best Croissants in NY by New Yorker Magazine in 2009, Almondine is just across the street from the Jacque Torres Dumbo chocolate shop so you can double up on great sweets.
It’s hard to start on what to recommend because the menu does rotate and change. You can’t go wrong with the triple layer cakes such as the one that has berry jam, pistachio cream and topped with a crispy sugary meringue.
If it’s not too cold outside, grab a coffee and sit on the bench outside next to the vent from the bakery in the basement – the aroma is simply intoxicating.
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!]]>
245 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
Cooling off during summer heat wave…
LAST LICKS ICE CREAM STORES INCLUDE FLAVORS DEVELOPED AND NAMED FOR GIANTS SUPER BOWL CHAMP BRANDON JACOBS, ALL PRO RUNNING BACK TIKI BARBER AND RANGERS STANLEY CUP CHAMP
MANHATTAN LOCATION AND THREE WESTCHESTER STORES ARE STOPS TO COOL OFF DURING SUMMER HEAT
New York, July 28—Everyone, especially sports fans, can cool off during the summer heat wave is a stop at Last Licks ice cream stores in Manhattan and Westchester. The “Sports Bar for Kids,” features signature flavors developed by star athletes, as well as the traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
With 16 flavors of ice cream, as well as six low fat yogurt flavors, there are plenty of choices to satisfy any summer craving. Among the Last Licks signature flavors include Giants Super Bowl champ Brandon Jacobs’ “Louisiana Pecan Crunch,” former Giants All Pro running back Tiki Barber’s “Tiki-Tacchio,” and Rangers’ Stanley Cup champ Mike Richter’s “Ricky Road.” Among the fun sundaes available at Last Licks include the Mint Messier, the Lickey Mantle, and Ali’s Knockout Sundae.
“Sports stars are a better combination with ice cream than sprinkles,” says Steve Costello, executive vice president for Last Licks ice cream stores. With locations in New York City (93rd Street) and Westchester (Armonk, Rye Ridge, Scarsdale), “The Sports Bar for kids” caters to the youngsters, as kids can enjoy a sundae, meet major league stars past and present, watch televised games on monitors throughout the store, and fantasize in a simulated Yankees dugout.
“It’s a place that little league teams come after the game, watch sports, eat ice cream, and just be kids,” says Steiner Sports CEO Brandon Steiner. Founded in 1997, Steiner is a partner and contributed his experience and connections in sports memorabilia to the dynamics of this traditional retail operation.
The Last Licks flavor list also includes: Double Fault Chocolate Malt; Fairy Floss (Cotton Candy); Madagascar Moose Tracks (Our Vanilla is flown in directly from Madagascar). Minty Chocolate Chip™in; Free Throw Cookie Dough; ™more Oreo- Decisions; Weize Guy Chocolate (This is not Weize Guy, like certain famous TV gangsters, this is Weize Belgium, where we find the very best chocolate for our ice cream); Cake Batter-Up; Off the hook Lemon Sorbet; Snow Dayz Vanilla; Raz-berry-Sorbet; Strawberry Fields; Cookies and Cream; Vanilla Fudge Brownie; Superman; Healthy Vanilla; and Kids Coffee.]]>
114 Montague St
Last week, we went up to Brooklyn Heights and checked out a few more places on Montague. Our dinner at a sushi place wasn’t very impressive (it was run by Chinese) but a spoiled evening was quickly averted when we discovered the Lassen and Hennings Bakery. Everything at Lassen and Hennings is made on the premises which says a lot about the quality and freshness.
I heard the sandwiches are amazing especially on their fresh baked bread, but having just finished dinner, we opted for a slice of their Red Velvet cake and sat outside on the promenade park overlooking the Brooklyn harbour and the financial district.
At first I was doubtful about the Red Velvet Cake because who can really beat out Cake Man Raven in Brooklyn right? But in all honesty I have to say that Lassen and Hennings makes a really good Red Velvet Cake and the fact that they serve coffee and its located a block away from an amazing park and just minutes from where we live in DUMBO, it’s a plus. I’ll have to do a side by side comparison one of these days!
386 Flatbush Avenue
It seems like a month already but it’s only been three weeks since we moved to DUMBO and it’s been a lot of fun discovering a lot of the local restaurants (stay tuned). A few weeks ago, we checked out Junior’s on Flatbush. It’s not technically in DUMBO, more like Ft Greene but let’s just say it’s DANGEROUSLY close enough.
This is the original location by the way so F’ the tourist packed Times Square location. Inside you can see photos of Ebbets field and signed memorabilia from the original Brooklyn Dodgers.
But back to the cheesecake. I kind of forgot that there was more than just the original. My sister and her boyfriend got the Apple Crumb, Gisa got the Black Forrest, and I got the original. The Apple crumb and black forrest were pretty amazing but you can’t really taste the creamy cheesecake as much as you’d expect – still not a bad option though. Guess I am kind of purist. Anyhow, will need to go back and slowly work my way through the rest of the menu. There are more than twenty varieties from what I could count on the menu!
Haven’t tried one yet?
Click here for a free slice of Junior’s!