by  • March 10, 2012 • FOOD & DRINK, LIVING, NEW YORK CITY • 1 Comment

    A week and a half ago Nick took me to a fun little pop up tasting for what else, but one of my absolute favorites: GRILLED CHEESE! I couldn’t believe my ears when he told me he had scored a freebie entry for himself as well as yours truly. Thanks Time Out New York!!! That was such a treat!! Tickets were $25 for all you can handle tastings as well as drinks (for 1 hour of course!). We showed up to our assigned time slot and grabbed ourselves a beer from the local craft brewery, Sixpointwhile we waited to be herded in. There were 7 different stations to choose and taste from (in no particular order: Little Muenster, Lucy’s Whey, Big Daddy’s, Tartinery, Casellula, Murray’s Melts, and The Melt Shop) and then we had to place our votes at the end of the hour. We made our way through the 7 stations, judged then picked our favorites. Our top 3 were: Lucy’s Whey, Little Muenster and Big Daddy’s. In the end we both voted for Big Daddy’s. Who can say no to the heart stopping macaroni & cheese with bacon and truffle oil?? We don’t actually know who won the contest or what they won, but we sure had a good time. It was a grilled cheese lover’s dream!


    by  • January 30, 2012 • FOOD & DRINK, NEW YORK CITY • 4 Comments

    La Churreria, a traditional Spanish café and bakery in Nolita, has been open for exactly 1 month. We’ve been wanting to go get churros since we heard about it, from Hither & Thither, and today was as good as any, lately, to do just that. Our apartment is rather dungeon-like since we don’t get too much natural light in there and we go kinda stir crazy sometimes. After working all day Saturday, having our usual lazy Sunday morning, it was time to get out and enjoy the last bit of sun in the afternoon hours. We ventured down to Mulberry & Houston and cozied up in the back corner booth. We ordered a plate of Churros w/chocolate dipping sauce to share and each had a Café con leche to go with. The couple sitting across from us got a tall glass of milk instead of coffee which I think we’ll be doing next time. I’m salivating just thinking about it now. The churros are cooked perfectly and you can’t really lose with chocolate. There are a few different ways they prepare them; Plain. w/Chocolate sauce. w/Condensed milk. Filled with chocolate. Filled with condensed milk. Whichever way you like it will be delicious and it’s worth the crowd. If you’re in the area for shopping or a walk, be sure to stop in for an anytime dessert. You’ll be glad you did.


    by  • January 25, 2012 • FOOD & DRINK, NEW YORK CITY • 1 Comment

    Last week Coffee Common came to NYC and set up a pop-up store in Chelsea. I had been wanting to go all week, but between client meetings, phone calls, a few thousand {ok, like 10} emails, and the occasional edit I was unable to get there until Saturday night. \\ More about Saturday day in the next post \\. We got there just after sun down and had quite a time finding the entrance. We walked around the two sides of the building a few times, before we realized someone had just placed their luggage against the entrance, which had lead us to believe that entrance was locked. It wasn’t. The entire place was floor to ceiling windows and I’m sure we looked rather ridiculous looking up and down the windows to see if any of them were actually doors, but we finally made our way in and hung our coats on the complimentary coat rack. It’s $5 for a ceramic mug and you can taste as many coffees, as many times as you’d like. We were both under the impression that there would at least be a station to buy a full cup, with milk & sugar to your liking, for Yanessa since she doesn’t drink black coffee. There wasn’t. Neither was there anywhere to sit, so she ended up standing for about 45 minutes until I was done. The roasters that were highlighted were, in no particular order, Ritual Roasters, Counter Culture, Intelligentsia, Heart Roasters {my personal choice of the tasting}, & Gimme!. Would’ve loved to have some of my coffee buds here to share the night with. Maybe next time!