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Cafe Tallulah is Paris in New York

Cafe Tallulah is Paris in New York

My friends and I recently played tourist through New York City, and we stumbled upon a great eatery for brunch called, Cafe Tallulah, click here to view the restaurant website.  This place made me think I was playing tourist in Paris.  We ate in the dining […]

Foodie Engineer: Project Eats In Jersey City Outing

Foodie Engineer: Project Eats In Jersey City Outing

I recently took a quick ride to Jersey City for the Project Eats event.  Project Eats is a family friendly, outdoor food truck and food vendor event.  After a great workout at the gym, I enjoyed a few tasty bites at the Project Eats Event.  This […]

10Below Ice Cream on a Whim

10Below Ice Cream on a Whim

 

10Below Sign ice cream

Am I the only one that feels like a great meal is incomplete without something sweet, like ice cream?  The other night after an awesome meal at a cookout in Mount Vernon, I reluctantly asked my friend if we could take a detour on our trip back to Jersey from Mount Vernon, NY.  Most people in NJ and NY believe that traveling to one or the other is like crossing a country border.  So, asking her to take a detour is like asking someone to take a 2 hour detour on a 8 hour road trip.  Luckily she is a foodie too, and will travel for food.

10Below is an awesome hidden gem of an ice cream shop in the East Village on St. Marks Place, but it is not like any ice cream shop that I have visited before.  We have all seen the Facebook videos of the people making ice cream from the ice cream base and mixing in the fresh toppings on a freezing cold “burner” (advanced cold plate) and rolling up the strips of ice cream and finally placing them in a cup to make a cute little bouquet of ice cream rolls topped with what ever you can dream up.

My Order

I ordered the “Strawberry Shawty”.  When I ordered it, the guy confirmed with me that I ordered the “Strawberry Shorty”, and I quickly teased him and corrected him “I ordered the Strawberry Shawty, you named it that not me, call it what you named it”.  The Strawberry Shawty is made up very simply, with the vanilla ice cream base, strawberries and graham crackers, I had granola whipped cream and strawberries as my toppings.  10Below have several locations sprinkled through NYC, but I hear the guys behind this project are crossing a few state lines to open more locations for 10Below, so look for one in your neck of the woods, with this winning concept, I have 4 words, “move over Baskin Robbins”, and three more “Cold Stone who?”

Before I get to the video links and picture of my Strawberry Shawty, let me just tell you guys one more thing.  You know how you go to other ice cream places and order a shake, and they may make too much, but very rarely do they give you the excess? 10Below puts the little scraps that didn’t make it into the roll at the bottom of your cup, and then make your little bouquet of rolls, they save nothing for themselves.  I can’t be the only one that hopes for the extra little bit that didn’t fit into the smoothie or shake cup.

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Strawberry Shawty ice cream

Montclair Red Eye

Montclair Red Eye

I love Montclair, New Jersey.  Man, I sure wish I explored the area more before I moved to Georgia.  Luckily, I still get a chance to visit the area.  Recently I had breakfast plans at one of the other restaurants in the area, and when […]

Tasty Comforting Ramen in Montclair – Foodie Engineer

Tasty Comforting Ramen in Montclair – Foodie Engineer

A change of plans took me into exploring more of North New Jersey for dinner this weekend. On one of the coldest winter days of the year Ani Ramen House in Montclair seemed like a better idea cialis 5 mg daily side effects than my […]

Salvation Burger

Salvation Burger

Salvation Burger

I was so excited to check out Chef April Bloomfield’s new endeavor Salvation Burger.  I think I dined at the bar after the  eatery was only open for a week or two, which was really exciting.  I knew I wanted to try the Salvation Burger.  It was one of the most moist and flavorful burgers that I have ever had, but it was so simply dressed.  Ketchup was no where near my burger.  The burger is dressed with caramelized onions, that seem like they have been cooking for hours to become so tender and sweet, and the Taleggio cheese acted like another saucy element.  The burger was not the largest burger I have ever seen, but it was so rich and filling.  The meat is butchered and dry aged in house and it has the perfect amount of fat to ensure that it is juicy.

Salvation Burger Beet Salad

Don’t get me wrong I started this meal on a light note.  I started with a salad of beets with tarragon dressing a tasty cheese, that tasted like a cross between pecorino romano and blue cheese, look at me, a cheese pro I am not, the menu called it a “smoky blue”, and finally the salad was sprinkled with walnuts.  I will be getting Chef April Bloomfield’s cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens, as my next book purchase.  I knew she was a vegetable genius, but this salad confirmed it for me.  Again, it was so simple, but the textures and the flavors that she put on the plate, were amazing.
Salvation Burger Grasshopper Milk Shake

I washed all of that down with one of the boozy shakes.  I am not sure what type of alcohol was used, but I am guessing it was crème de menthe, because it was described as grasshopper mint and chocolate cookie.  The shakes are well made with plenty of crunch and definitely requires the large straw that comes with the glass.

I will be returning to Salvation Burger, but next time I will try the fish sandwich and the fried apple pie that was sold out.  I love a good apple dessert, as soon as they said they were all served for the day, I knew I would be back, this way I can have another beet salad.  Oh and I will be sitting at the counter to watch the chefs in the open kitchen.

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg Cafe

During a recent visit to Jacksonville Florida, my hotel shared a parking lot with this great brunch spot. Another Broken Egg Cafe sildenafilviagra-rxstore specializes in well, you guessed it, eggs. Specifically omelets and variations of eggs benedict. Pancake and French toast fans, not to worry, […]

Brooklyn Streets

Brooklyn Streets

One of the best things to do in New York, is explore the neighborhoods.  One of the even better things that I do in New York is explore the various neighborhoods for places to eat.   Sometimes, when you are wandering the streets of New […]

The Best Cookie Ever – Compost Cookies

The Best Cookie Ever – Compost Cookies

Have you heard about the best cookie ever created.  This cookie will please the people that like crunch.  This cookie will please the people that enjoy a soft chewy cookie.  This cookie will even please the people that aren’t so into cookies, yep, I said it.

If you are not familiar with Momofuku Milk Bar, I invite you to come from under the rock you have been hanging out under, and pay a visit to any one of the Momofuku Milk Bars sprinkled around the NYC area and Canada.  Not only can you pay them a visit, but you can have this cookie delivered to your front door.  So, I say all that to say, you don’t have a choice but to try this cookie.  Ok fine, you don’t want to go to the bakery, you don’t want to pay for the shipping, blah blah blah.

Behold… Momofuku Milk Bar is so sure that you will enjoy their cookie so much that you won’t mind travelling to one of it’s locations or paying for it to be shipped, that they have shared the recipe with you FOR FREE, yes and not just the compost cookie recipe either.  In other words, bake the cookie and tell me I was wrong.  Oh and by the way don’t be turned off by the name of the cookie… Compost Cookie, instead, be intrigued.

You can watch me do it here:

IMG_3123 I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but feel free to make it as complex or as simple as you would like.  Th

IMG_3124 Cream the butter and sugar together IMG_3127

IMG_3126 Add the egg and vanilla

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Beat the egg and vanilla into the butter sugar mix for nearly 10 minutes

 

IMG_3130Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt)

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Now this is the fun part, you can follow the recipe or add what ever you like.  My favorite is the potato chips, I have made them without the chips one time… won’t happen again.  I was all out of chips because I got greedy the last time that I made these cookies and ate the rest of the bag of chips.  I think I will cut up some dates and add them to the cookies next time, feel free to experiment

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IMG_3134 Don’t forget the coffee.  When I made these cookies for my parents my mom handed me the coffee in the filter bag (fresh), and it actually worked.  I was suspicious breaking open a filter bag of coffee, but it really worked out.

IMG_3138 After refrigerating the dough for 1 hour on the tray lined with parchment paper, bake the cookies for 18 minutes and let cool on the tray.

IMG_3141 Do not forget that just because the recipe is on the website, I highly suggest you get this cookbook.  I can’t wait to try to make one of the cakes next.

IMG_2495 Finding a whole pretzel in your cookie is like finding the tiny plastic baby in your Mardi Gras King Cake.

Husk Nashville

Husk Nashville

I recently had one of the best dining experiences on a trip to Nashville Tennessee.  I had such a good time, that I stayed until 9:00PM after arriving at a seat at the bar at 5:30PM.  I will most certainly be doing more dining at […]