Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Custard Calendar

I can't believe there was snow on the ground yesterday!   It was so depressing I just wanted to stay in bed all day and close the shades.  But alas I had to go to work and actually be productive.  So on the way home I decided to use the bad weather to my advantage.  Cold temps equal a short line at Shake Shack.  I was waiting patiently for my order when I noticed the line up of custards for April- it's awesome!

The pic's a little bright so let me break it down for you:

Monday- S'mores

Tuesday- Salted Caramel
Wednesday- Red Velvet
Thursday- Strawberry Rhubarb Blondie
Friday- Chocolate Toffee Cake
Saturday- Honey Almond Cake
Sunday- Malted Marshmallow Milk Chocolate

I'm seriously swapping dinner for dessert every day next week.  This list is too good to pass up.

Shake Shack

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Front Street Bakery

My friends were out in Rockville Centre so I requested some regional specialties from the island- Front Street Bakery delights!

This box had everything  I wanted and more.  Thick, fudgy Rainbow Cookies with layers of raspberry jam, creamy Black and Whites with just the right icing to cookie ratio and mini Dot cookies that reminded me exactly of the sugar cookies my Uncle Walter used to make at his bakery growing up. 

Even more famous than the cookies at Front Street Bakery is their Crumb Cake. Look at the fluffy layers of dough in this thing... was soft and eggy with more crumb topping than I've seen on a coffee cake in my life.  Is you're a crumble fan this cake is for you.  Delicious regional delights from Long Island!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lunch at Peekskill Brewery

It was so gorgeous Saturday it seemed like the perfect excuse for a trip up the Hudson River to Peekskill Brewery.  The sun was shining bright, the water shimmered a glorious blue and the food was downright fantastic.

I was in love with my Chicken Cesar Salad.  They use kale instead of romaine and the big leafy shards were perfect for soaking up all the creamy dressing; big flakes of Parmesan, hard boiled egg and sourdough croutons rounded out the dish.  This was one of the most satisfying salads I've had in a long time and large enough that I had enough left over for a meal at home. 

Mr. T checked out their Buffalo Wings which were surprisingly large and meaty with a tasty hot sauce heavy on the spices. 

Even the French Fries were delicious...super crisp with lots of was almost impossible to stop eating these once you got started.

The beer was delicious as always.  We got the last glass of their new Double IPA Kneel Before Zod and then sampled old favorites like Amazballs and NYPA.  Overall just a lovely day out of the city!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lunch at Trattoria Il Mulino

In a city obsessed with brunch, Trattoria Il Mulino is a refreshing option for those who want to enjoy a regular lunch on the weekend.  In addtion to their regular a la carte menu Il Mulino offers a $24 three course prix fix option that has quite a large variety of options.

Meals at Il Mulino always begin with a few complimentary plates, this time a plate of spicy soppressata and some wonderful roasted eggplant.  Onto appetizers I chose the Burrata with baby frisee and watermelon.

The burrata was gorgeous...creme flowed out from the center as soon as I cut inside; just a splash of balsamic and a touch of salt is all this cheese needs to shine.

My Pappardelle with Lobster and Marinara was a bit of a let down. The pasta was exquisite, perfectly al dente and fresh with a creamy tomato sauce on top but the lobster was extremely overcooked.  I sadly pushed most of it to the side and just devoured the pasta.

For dessert a rich Chocolate Cake with espresso zabaglione and roasted pear brought me back to my happy place.  The cake was more like a brownie in texture with a sweet maple sauce on the bottom and crunchy toasted hazelnuts on top.  It was a decadent and delightful way to end the meal.

Trattoria Il Mulino

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Astoria Bier & Cheese

One of my favorite little stops in Queens is right off the N/Q train on Broadway and filled with two of the greatest things in and cheese.  Astoria B&C is both a beer shop and bar; a place to grab a couple of bottles to take home or a quiet environment to enjoy a pint.  The rotating draft list is small but well selected with an array of different beer styles and a significant amount of local brews like this crisp Other Half IPA.

The food menu boasts a lineup of sandwiches that sound absolutely amazing like the Bacon & Blue Grilled Cheese made with Cambozola Black Label Blue, Berkshire Bacon and Vermont Maple Syrup on Raisin Fennel Semolina.

I was just feeling like a snack on my last visit and ordered a small cheese plate and a side of prosciutto.  

The cheese recommendations were spot on as usual and the bartender was great about explaining the elements of each one. I was having such a lovely time I decided to swing over to their brand new location on Ditmers and check out the new digs.  They had the same great selection of beers and cheese, same friendly staff but in a larger space.  Plus I got a KBS which just really made my day.