NYC! Day 2: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria


What? Grimaldi’s for pizza
Where? 19 Old Fulton St (Brooklyn, New York)
Price? $10-$20
The skinny: Voted “Best Pizza” in NYC by Zagat multiple times, you can’t help but be curious as to this magical pizza. The coal-fired oven was built by hand and it churns out some pretty amazing pies every day. You can’t go wrong with freshly made dough and fresh mozzarella delivered daily. No credit cards, no reservations, no slices, no delivery. Be prepared to wait.

Just realized I forgot to post this up before moving onto NYC Day 3. Oops. 


NYC! Day 3: Café Habana To-go


What? Café Habana for grilled corn
Where? 229 Elizabeth St (Nolita, New York City)
Price? $2-$10
The skinny: The original Café Habana is in Mexico City. The one in New York City? Well it was opened in 1997 by Sean Meenan and it’s all about the straight up authentic Latin food (w Cuban and Central Mexican foci). A year later, Café Habana To Go opened up to serve those in a hurry. Same great food, shorter wait time, still packed every day. :D


NYC! Day 3: Bouchon Bakery


 What? Bouchon Bakery for breakfast 
Where? 10 Columbus Circle (New York City) 
Price? $2-$4 
The skinny: Here’s a little piece of Paris in New York City brought to us by Executive Pastry Chef Sebastien Rouxel under the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. Think macarons, croissants and chocolates! And then there’s also the TKO, the “Thomas Keller Oero” or “technical knock out” for all the MMA and wrestling fans! ;D


Sticky Toffee Pudding


I love me a good sticky toffee pudding. Top it with ice cream and I’m set. Good to go. Thick pudding. Warm toffee sauce. Old ice cream?! Enough talk, time to bake!


NYC! Day 2: 7/11 Slurpee!!


Now for a super quick, silly post! :D Post-Jacques Torres, pre-Eataly, we went on a walk to a cycle store so the guys could pick up a few things. And that walk was long. 


NYC! Day 2: Eataly New York


Dilemma. Stay in Brooklyn, walk around until dinner time, aka pizza at Grimaldi’s. Or subway back and forth from Manhattan in order to visit Eataly. Seeing as this trip is all about food, we went for it.
Manhattan's Flatiron District. Check out the architecture of the buildings, especially the one on the right! :D


Hot Milk Sponge Cake


Cake batter! nomnomnom.

Yes, more super old baking posts! 

This was a cake intended for a friend who’s quirky enough not to like cakes. I already converted his “Danish cookies only” mentality with my ginger molasses cookies so it was time to do the same for cake! ;D

I could’ve went the whole fudge cake direction but I wanted something simple and yummy, not too sweet or decadent. Hot-milk sponge cakes are my go-to cake when I’m craving something sweet and fluffy FAST. 

Mango Ginger Cupcake w/ Vanilla Buttercream


What’s this? Finally something I made with my bare hands?! Yes. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted about food I made myself. The truth is, I haven’t had much time to bake anything for the past few weeks because school is really getting busy. Not cool.


Jacques Torres Chocolates


What? Jacques Torres for frozen hot chocolate!
Where? 66 Water st (Brooklyn, New York)
Price? $2.20-$5
The skinny: This is the first Jacques Torres location, at DUMBO—Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. There’s a little chocolate “factory” to one side where you can see all the action happen. Other than that, what do you get? Oh, well I don’t know a store full of chocolate!


Johnny’s Charcoal Broiled Hamburgers


What? Johnny’s for hamburgers!
Where? 2595 Victoria Park ave (190 / 85 bus from Don Mills station, Scarborough)
Price? $3.05-$7
The skinny: This burger joint has been around for a long time and has appeared on Wayne’s World as “Stan Mikita’s Donuts”. At this local landmark, you’ll find here one of Toronto’s best charbroiled burgers and for cheap (real cheap) too! They’re notorious for refusing to put lettuce in your burger haha. A place with real personality, awesome.


NYC! Day 2: Katz’s Delicatessen


Outside the famous Katz's deli in New York City!
What? Katz’s for smoked meat sandwiches!
Where? 205 E Houston st (New York)
Price? $5-$20
The skinny: Having been around for over 100 years (opened in 1888), there is no doubt that Katz’s is doing it (very) right. It was established by a Russian immigrant family, smoking and pickling foods when refrigerators didn’t yet exist. Nowadays, the deli is always busy serving their famous pastrami & corned beef sandwiches to hungry customers!

NYC! Day 2: Doughnut Plant


Such a fun windowsill-bench!
What? Doughnut Plant for breakfast! (yep, donuts in the morning)
Where? 379 Grand street (New York)
Price? $2.50-$4
The skinny: Story goes: 1910, Grandfather Herman Israel started working in a Minnesota bakery. The College Pastry Shop opens up in 1935. Grandson Mark, opened Doughnut Plant in 1994 with his Grandfather’s recipe. Since then, he’s developed his own techniques and now offers original creations such as the Jelly-filled Square Doughnut, Tres Leches, and Blackout!


NYC! Day 1: Max & Mina’s Ice Cream


What? Max & Mina’s for dessert
Where? 7126 Main st. (Queens, New York)
Price? $3.25-$7.50
The skinny: Max & Mina’s is a gourmet ice cream shop that all started with Grandpa Max experimenting with different flavours back in the 1970’s. Brothers Bruce and Mark Becker have set up shop in Queens and are known far and wide for their wacky flavours like lox, beer, and wasabi.


NYC! Day 1: Sik Gaek Korean Cuisine


Seafood Hotpot: yes that's an entire lobster. live.
What? Sik Gaek Korean Cuisine B.B.Q & Seafood Grill
Where? 161-29 Crocheron Ave (Flushing, Queens, New York)
Price? $20-$40
Skinny: A Korean restaurant where you’ll have a culinary experience like no other. You may have heard of this lively place from the time David Chang took Anthony Bourdain here. :D Think giant seafood platters, live octopus, and an amazing atmosphere!


Sushi Bong


What? Sushi Bong
Where? 5 Northtown Way (Finch station; 7 min walk, North York, Toronto)
Price? $4-$15
The skinny: Opened just a few years ago, Sushi Bong is a true neighbourhood haunt, known for their cheap sushi. The service is genuine and quick. Orders are filled right before your eyes with lightning speed and because of the high demand, the ingredients are always fresh.

NYC! Day1: Five Guys


The "LHB": Little Hamburger

What? Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Where? 1009 Shoppes at Stroud (Stroudsburg, PA)
Price? $3.50-$10
The skinny: Five Guys is a an American burger joint first opened in 1986. They use fresh gound beef and peanut oil! Voted best burger in quite a few places, this is a well established chain, with locations in Canada now too!