Located at the pier, just under the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is in a prime location. The day was humid and frankly hot as hell. Of course after walking around at the Brooklyn Flea we were sweating and needed something cool, so we waited in the enormous line to get an ice cream.
The line went out the door and around the building. There are a few seats inside but most people tried to catch the shade of the building at the benches outside. Don’t forget your cash kids, this place is cash only!
There are rest rooms located in the back, and if you try to get to them before you have ordered, prepare for lots of dirty looks from the people waiting in line!
While their ice cream looked delicious, we went with the old fashioned ice cream soda, vanilla ice cream with coke. Although, while waiting to pay, the guy behind me ordered strawberry ice cream and sprite, which seems like sacriledge but I’m oddly intrigued. Next time!!
How do you order your ice cream soda?
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
The Corners of Old Fulton and Water Street, Brooklyn, NY
Little Cupcake Bakeshop was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn. They have expanded to two locations, one in Brooklyn and one in Nolita. We visited Nolita and loved the feel of the bakery (it just feels like a real bakery). They had an amazing assortment of cupcakes, it was hard not to buy one of everything! We got ours to go, but there are a bunch of tables for you to sit at and eat your sweets right away.
Rose Pistachio cupcake ($3.75) Such an interesting flavor – like the adult version of those green pistachio cupcakes. Great frosting to cake ratio.
Carrot Cake ($3.75) Delicious – carrot cake is one of my favorites.
Mini white chocolate raspberry cheesecake ($7) was really dense – and no matter who makes the cheesecake, there is never enough raspberry for me. That being said, this was an excellent after dinner dessert choice!
In addition to selling cupcakes and cheesecakes, they also have cookies, pies, ice cream, bars and breakfast items. They have gluten free and vegan items as well.
Little Cupcake Bakeshop
30 Prince Street, New York, NY
I’ve put together a list of things that I love – some things I have, and some I’m hoping for this holiday season! Check out my ideas below and let me know what’s on your list this year!
A coworker of mine has this and I love it. This nautical rope wrap bracelet, royal’s golden fleet wrap bracelet is hand knotted in Rhode Island and comes in sizes x-small to x-large. You can get one at Newportstyle.net and it retails for $75.
Now, the only question is, do I love it in all gold or the gold and navy?
Life is a little more organized when you have a beautiful planner to keep things in order. This 2015-2016 Lilly Pulitzer Tusk in the Sun planner is available for $28 at Paper Source and features weekly and monthly calendar pages, sticker pages and a dates to remember page. I picked mine up last week and am in love with it!
I always have a hard time with gifts for him because guys never really need/want anything. I love this Benedict weekender bag from Moore and Giles in titan milled honey. It retails at $860 and can be monogrammed for an extra $10. It has 2 interior pockets, an interior zip pocket and a 58″ adjustable padded leather shoulder strap.
If your guy is anything like mine, and he loses his keys every other minute, Tile is a great little product. For $25 a tile, you can track your lost keys from any cell phone when you log into the app. If you lose your keys, the app will send a signal to the tile to make a noise for you to easily locate it. Press the button on the tile and it will help locate your phone, even if it’s on vibrate. And a super cool feature is, if you put a tile on your bike and your bike gets stolen, you can mark it as a stolen item in the app. The program sends out a signal to all the other tiles out there and if someone else comes close to it, it sends you a signal and lets you know where the lost/stolen item is.
For the Hostess:
I love notecards, a handwritten note is just so lovely. These great cards by Felix Doolittle are amazing, they have a variety of image options, but I love the anchor. They are $75 for a set of 24 and can be customized in three different colors with your name.
The ultimate hostess gift, a Mariposa sailboat twist napkin box retails for $48. It’s made from recycled aluminum and measures 5.75″ x 5.75″.
I saw these when I was in Falmouth and I fell in love with them. They are called SeaSphere ornaments and this particular one is made with upcycled blue and green bottles with clam shell dust in Maine. I also like the lobster shell ornament, the clam shell seasphere and the mussel shell seasphere ornament. They retail for $20 and are a great gift for your or a friend. Check out their website for a look at all the different options.
For the Kids:
We love all the Jellycat stuffed animals, but Bartholomew, or as we call him, “Bart” is one of our favorites (we have 2, one medium and one large!!). Each stuffed animal comes in a variety of sizes, but the medium sized one is $22.50. You can pick up Bart on Amazon.
Great for young children, the Manhattan Toy Winkel rattle and sensory teether is a great option with lots of bright colors and easy to grab tubes for kids to chew on. It retails for $10.27 on Amazon.
I love good books, so this one only seemed fitting: Foodie Babies Wear Bibs by Michelle Sinclair Colman. It retails for $5.51 on Amazon and comes in other great titles like Urban Babies Wear Black and Artsy Babies Wear Paint.
For the Cook/Baker:
I went to the launch party for Maggie (the founder of Eat Boutique) and I just love her book – there are tons of great recipes to make and fun ideas on how to gift wrap your home made goodies. The book can be found at Amazon and retails for $13.75.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking…who gives pickles for a holiday present? I totally would because my friend Ziggy make some of the best pickles around (and rumor has it, he’s working on carrots, which are MY FAVORITE). But seriously, I love the idea of a bloody mary gift basket using the spicy dill pickles as the centerpiece. You can grab them online for $9 for shipping or find him at stores all around Boston.
Sprinkles is located in Brookfield Place, on the second floor, in the food court. Sprinkles was the world’s first cupcake bakery, founded in 2005 by Candace Nelson. The first store was opened in 2005 in Beverly Hills and they have expanded to 14 locations across the country. If you can’t make it to a Sprinkles store, you can buy the mix at Williams Sonoma and make them at home! The signature dots on the cupcakes tell you what flavor cupcake you’ve chosen. See the menu here. They have gluten free, sugar free and vegan options in addition to their standard and seasonal flavors.
(Clockwise starting at top left) ($3.75 each) Red Velvet: red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, Key Lime: key lime cake with key lime vanilla frosting, Cuban Coffee: Belgian light chocolate cake with coffee frosting with notes of cinnamon and cocoa, Chocolate Marshmallow: Belgian dark chocolate cake with marshmallow cream and bittersweet chocolate ganache, Carrot: walnut studded cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, Vanilla: vanilla cake with vanilla frosting.
My favorites were the cuban coffee (I loved the flavor), the carrot (for the cinnamon cream cheese frosting) and the classic red velvet (decadent but not overly sweet).
225 Liberty Street, New York, NY
Good Ones headed out last Thursday to ’47 Brand on Newbury Street, donned in sports gear for a “47 people at ’47 Brand” party. Guest mingled with local professional athletes and checked out some cool sports gear from their favorite teams.
’47 Brand is a sports lifestyle brand based out of Boston. Started by two twin brothers and a single street cart in 1947, the company has grown to be a licensed partner with the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL, as well as over 650 colleges.
They have all the latest baseball hats, winter hats and apparel.
Featured guest Erik Smith (left), was the first Air Force player to be drafted to Major League Lacrosse and plays on the Cannons. Featured guest Kelyn Rowe, right, plays for the New England Revolution.
Check out Erik’s highlight reel above. And for more on Keylan, check out this fun interview where he talks about his favorite places to eat around Boston.
Check out the some of the Good Ones below.
(L-R) Curtis Colly, Iman Rezaei, Scott Weiman.
(L-R) Patricia Johnson, Antonio Aniello, Kristin Khederian.
(L-R) Amanda Souvannaseng, Steve Tsolakis, Muideen Ogunmola, Jenn Studaker.
Featured guest Muideen Ogunmola (aka Blocknation) is a headwear designer for 47 Brand. He has been commissed to do illustrations for NESN, ESPN, New Balance, adidas, Sports Illustrated, and Reebok.
(L-R) Joe Hunter, Jennifer Brooke, Peihu Wang (model).
(L-R) Joe Hunter, Joe Malaika (fashion designer).
’47 Brand is located at 286 Newbury Street in Boston. Check out their website here.
For more information about the Good Ones and to inquire about a membership, check out their website.
Siena is an Italian restaurant located in Mashpee Commons. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating.
Of course I ordered the bolognese. It was served with linguini and the sauce was a combination of beef and pork. The serving size for lunch was generous, but the dish was average.
We also ordered the blue crab cakes that came served with a lemon caper aioli. These were pretty tasty. Service was spotty at best even though it was past lunch hour.
Where is your go-to place in Mashpee Commons? I’m still looking for a good place to eat.
Siena Italian Grill
Mashpee Commons, 17 Steeple Street, Mashpee, MA
Our second stop before heading out of town is Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. I wish we had come here for breakfast yesterday because they had delicious sounding specials – they had a breakfast sandwich with crab meat that had my mouth watering while I was waiting in line. The small shop has the specials handwritten on butcher paper on the wall – super cute. Did you know that they make the biscuits by hand?
If you’re dying for these biscuits but can’t get to Charleston, you can order them off the website, they come frozen and you just pop them in the oven!
They are sold in pairs – so we had two of the buttermilk biscuits, super tiny and light, it melted in your mouth. Add on some salty butter or jam to one of these and it is a little slice of heaven in your mouth.
While the buttermilk biscuits were delicious, the blackberry jam biscuits brought things to a whole new level. By far my favorite, these jam filled biscuits have just enough sweetness in them to satisfy that craving.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
476 1/2 King Street, Charleston, SC
On our last day in Charleston we ran around King Street hitting up all the good places. First stop of the morning was Glazed, a gourmet doughnut shop. The shop is the brain child of Allison Smith who makes the doughnuts in house as well as all the glazes and the fillings.
The menu changes daily, so be sure to follow them on Facebook to see what they have available. And when they sell out, that’s it.
The shop had a line out the door but it went quickly. Dougnuts are priced from $2-$3 a piece. It was hard to choose, they were so many delicious options the day we went.
The flavors of the day were: glazed, maple bacon, raspberry, lemon old fashioned, chocolate with sprinkles, cookie monster, cinnamon sugar, honey bun, black and white, kulfi (cardamom pistachio filling with a mango glaze), the purple goat and an apple bacon fritter.
There are plenty of seats so if you can’t wait until you get home to gobble up one of these goodies, grab a coffee with your doughnut and wolf one down while you’re there. We were going out for breakfast, so we brought these babies back to Boston with us! I’m as surprised as you that they made it all the way back – it was sheer will power…
The lemon old fashioned was light and bright.
The glazed was simple and had just the right amount of sweetness.
The raspberry was my favorite. The doughnut was light and fluffy and the glaze was sweet and fruity – it just reminded me of summer.
The cookies and cream was so decadent – I loved the chocolate doughnut.
They had such delicious flavor combinations, I definitely want to go back in hopes that they have the coffee cake, the sweet corn and blueberry, the key lime pie or the tiramisu!
I’m dying to know where your go to doughnut spot is! Leave a comment below!
Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts
481 King Street, Charleston, SC
On our last day in Charleston, we decided to have a real breakfast. We walked to the Hominy Grill from our hotel, which is a bit far… and the neighborhood goes a little down hill on the walk there – as in we definitely walked by a dead cat on the sidewalk. Like many of the restaurants in Charleston, Hominy Grill is located in a house and has been serving up food since 1996. The restaurant has two dining rooms inside and a lovely patio outside. The restaurant is pretty crowded on a weekday morning, we are able to get a sunny table by the window!
We start with the banana bread ($5.50), two slices to an order and it’s thrown on the grill which I absolutely love. Add on some melted butter and it is heaven.
We order the breakfast sandwich ($4.50) that came on a biscuit. The eggs were light and fluffy and I loved the biscuit!
The omelette ($10.50) is a build your own, I had mine with ham, mushrooms and cheese. It came with a side of toast and homefries. Again, the eggs were light and fluffy and it was filling, a great way to start off our day!
Service was so so, our waitress was in the weeds and wasn’t very interested in us – which was fine, we were in and out in under 30 minutes.
207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC