New Brew Friday- Aslin/Stillwater Recess

It's New Brew Friday and time for a collaboration beer from two great breweries on the east coast Stillwater Artisanal in Maryland and Aslin Brewing in Virginia- Recess.  

This beer pours a gorgeous deep pink color with tight little bubbles that cling to the sides and bottom of the glass.  The aroma is big fresh raspberries with a tart creamy raspberry flavor balanced with a hint of lime.  This beer is dry, sour and incredibly refreshing.  Perfect for crushing during this summer heat- Cheers to the weekend!

Aslin Beer Company
257 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170

Cookie DŌ

Ahhh New York City food crazes... There was the year of the Cronut, the year of the cupcake, the year of the rainbow bagel.  Now it seems like the year of cookie dough has arrive and that's thanks to this tiny new spot DŌ.

My childhood favorite cookie dough right from the bowl now available in multiple flavors and safe.  No more fear of salmonella!   DO offers all sorts of great flavors like Brownie Batter and Oatmeal M&M, Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle and Fluffernutter but I like the classics- one scoop of chocolate chip and a dollop of Sugar Cookie sans topping. 
The line stretches across the street and can last up to two hours on sunny days so stop in at open (right around 11:00 am) for a quick bite or be prepared to wait.  
Cookie DŌ 550 LaGuardia Place New York, NY 10012

Brunching at The Smith

I always get a little stressed out when I'm asked to pick a spot to eat near the Lincoln Center.  There are a lot of great places in that area for sure but I find so many of them to be overpriced and geared towards the tourist crowd.  Luckily the Smith opened its doors a few years ago and although it is also overpriced in my opinion it is easily the best brunch spot in the area that consistently cranks out delicious food with excellent service.

Hot Potato Chips layered with a blue cheese fondue and blue cheese crumbles... 

...a decadent Breakfast Pot Pie stuffed with sweet sausage, bacon, eggs and cremini mushrooms encased in a fluffy cheddar biscuit...  

...and the Simple Scramble with home fries and crispy smoked bacon.  Not exactly a healthy meal but certainly a satisfying start to the weekend.

The Smith
1900 Broadway at 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Rainy Days at Radiance Tea House

Saturday was such a cold, wet mess the only thing Mr. T and I felt like doing was curling up with a big bowl of matcha at Radiance Tea House.

I used to frequent the Midtown West location quite a bit but this was my first time at the East Side restaurant.  The space was a bit smaller and more sparsely decorated but the tea and food list was just as extensive as always.

After some soothing sips of tea and biscuits an order of Szechuan style wontons arrived.

I am absolutely OBSESSED with these dumplings lately.  Ever since Yaso Tangbao took wontons off their menu I have this insane fear deep down that they will be erased from menus everywhere and can't stop eating them.  The radiance dumplings were much firmer than most with big chunks of fresh white meat chicken sprinkled with green onion and cilantro.

Mr. T added on an order of Golden Crispy Oversized prawns and these were seriously the biggest shrimp I've ever seen; easily four to five times the size of a regular shrimp with a del…

Shake Shack Breakfast!

Remember when I booked a trip with Delta just because Shake Shack was serving breakfast?Well that was four years ago and finally I no longer have to travel so far for that wonderful food.  The Madison Square Park Shake Shack just started serving breakfast!!! 

Now it's just a quick walk across 23rd Street to pick up this incredible spread- a thick Sausage, Egg & Cheese for Mr. T and a Bacon, Egg & Cheese for me...

...delicious cold squeezed orange juice...

...and a warm cinnamon sugar dusted Apple Turnover from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

Breakfast is available every day but I try to save it as a special treat for Sunday mornings.

Life just got a whole lot happier in the AM!
Shake Shack 23rd Street between 5th & Madison Madison Square Park New York, NY 10010

Lunch at Jeffrey's Grocery

Steamy hot summer days like today call for lots of AC, a light delicious salad and a crisp glass of Rose to cool down at Jeffrey's Grocery.

This lively little spot from the Happy Cooking family  is always buzzing with excitement. The morning crowd dines on fluffy lemon blueberry pancakes and coffee while the afternoon tuns into a menu of cocktails, oysters and a variety of small plates like the crisp Cesar Salad dusted with Parmesan cheese and shrimp.

Their Cesar is made with smoked whitefish giving a creamier texture to the dressing and a slightly smoky finish.  It's crisp, cool and refreshing- just perfect for these 90 plus days.  Stay cool!
Jeffrey's Grocery
172 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014

Weekend Happenings- Dog Days of Summer at One Mile House

If your perfect weekend involves drinking copious amounts of beer, eating delicious hot dogs and hanging with some fantastic people then I got you covered.  Head down to One Mile House tomorrow for Chef Rob's annual Dog Days of Summer event! 

There will be an incredible line up of beers from Queens favorite Singlecut Beersmiths including their hazy, hoppy IPA Does Anyone Remember Laughter and their tart fruity Kim Raspberry Berliner Weisse...

...along with an incredible menu of specialty hot dogs created by Chef Rob like the classic NYC Bagel Dog topped with cream cheese, everything seasoning and scallions, the decadent Haute Dog with foie gras, fig jam and truffle mayo and the spicy the Perros Elotes with corn salsa, Oaxaca, chili powder and lime.

Delicious dogs, incredible local beer and a great outdoor patio in back to catch some of this wonderful summer sunshine.  Saturday plans secured!

One Mile House
10 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002