Most people head out to Smorgasburg for ramen burgers – which is evident by the line 30 people deep wrapping around the perimeter when we arrive. The weather was cool and the sky was getting darker by the minute, so we opted to skip the line and see what other delicious finds were out there. We didn’t want to get caught outside if it rained – we were ill prepared with no umbrellas or jackets…
So we grabbed some mac and cheese from the Milk Truck. The line was long but it moved quickly. The mac and cheese had aged cheddar, gruyere & asiago cheeses blended into a creamy bechamel sauce and was topped with fresh mozzarella and house made bread crumbs. Of course we added bacon to the mac and cheese and a vanilla milk shake on the side (made with Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla)!
We decided to split up since the line was pretty long at the Milk Truck (divide and conquer the lunch lines!) – so our other tasty bite for lunch were these soft tacos and tasty side salad made with corn and edamame.
And for dessert, an ice cream sandwich from my favorite place, The Good Batch. I follow them on Instagram and I was hoping to grab a “crispy” (rice crispy “cookie” with vanilla ice cream) but the last one sold out two people ahead of us.
So we got an almond toffee (gluten free) which is an almond toffee macaroon with toasted almonds, burnt sugar caramel, toffee candy, and vanilla ice cream. The cookie was soft, which was a nice surprise, and the sandwich was gone before you could blink an eye. Thank goodness we don’t live closer!
What is your favorite find at Smorgasburg?
East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Last week I was invited to preview the new holiday collection at Davids Tea. They have a location right in Downtown Crossing where you can not only pick up some tea, but grab a cup to go. I personally recommend the eggnog latte and plan to go back one morning and try the matcha latte (I didn’t want to be up all night so I went with the eggnog latter instead).
Along the back wall they have tons of tea – did you know that there is such a thing as kosher tea? DAVIDsTEA also has fair trade and organic tea! They have caffeinated teas and decaffeinated (something for everyone) – the teas are naturally decaffeinated, they don’t decaffeinate their teas that already have caffeine. You can buy the tea loose from the cans by weight or in tins like the ones below.
How great are these seasonal cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes? Also on the table are the new candles that come in delicious scents like Blueberry Jam, Forever Nuts and Santa’s Secret ($19.50). On the far right are the tea filled mittens: the red is Santa’s Secret, the blue is egg nog and the green (not pictured) is sleigh ride tea filled ($9.50).
They have fun little gift sets, perfect for the tea lover in your life. (Top left) The 12 teas of Christmas ($29.50); (top right) The 8 days of Tea ($19.50); (bottom) The Christmas Morning Collection ($19.50),The Green Collection ($19.50) The Nutcracker Collection ($19.50), The Black Tea Collection ($19.50)
I had the opportunity to check out a bunch of great teas! What is great about DAVIDsTEA is that if you can’t get into the store, all the things you need to know are on their website. You can find out how much tea to use per cup, water temperature and steeping time (along with allergen information). The eggnog is a green rooibos tea with white chocolate chips, with meringue powder.
Sleigh Ride (back for a limited time) has the flavors of apple, hibiscus blossoms, pineapple, papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds , and popped rice.
Cocomint Cream (a new flavor) has apple, coconut, sweet blackberry leaves, peppermint, spearmint, and natural coconut flavoring.
Bubbie’s Baklava (I just love the name!!) is oolong tea, with roasted chicory root, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, walnuts, apple, ginger, roasted almonds, cardamom, rose pepper, pistachios, and rose blossom.
I had a chance to sample the chocolate macaroon flavor: it’s black tea, with toasted coconut, coconut, pecans, cacao nibs, and rock cane sugar.
The organic vanilla chai is a black tea, flavored with cinnamon, licorice root, ginger, vanilla. With natural vanilla and cream flavoring.
How cute is this? Santa’s Secret is a black tea, with peppermint and cute candy cane sprinkles.
Downtown Crossing – 298 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Guests gathered Sunday afternoon for a Good Ones Power Hour at South Boston Yoga. Everyone was decked out in their 80’s workout attire for an hour long yoga session followed by an hour of conversation and healthy treats. (Left) Carolyn Kim, Co-founder of The Good Ones; (top right) original artwork by Jennifer Brooke, Co-founder of The Good Ones; (bottom right) Alexandra Hynes, Partner and Co-founder at 44 Communications (left) and Jennifer Brooke (right).
Jordan Pollard, Senior Consultant at Magenic.
(Left) Katy Dugan, Associate at Bingham McCutchen; (right) Molly Siegel, Owner of Athlete by Design.
(Top left) Gabrielle Bouquet; (top right) Janet Wu, Reporter for Channel 7 News; (bottom) Hillary Bucklin, Co-founder of Awake Boston.
The talented Hannah Christianson rocked out with live covers of 80’s hits.
Soulshine was displaying some of their merchandise at the event.
(Left) Carolyn Kim, Co-founder of The Good Ones with Jeff Venuti, New England Field Marketing Manager at Hint Water; (top right) Rebecca Ferrel, owner of The Ripe Stuff (left) with Abby Hueber (right) ; (bottom right) Kate Weiler, Co-founder of DRINKmaple (left) with Jeff Venuti (right).
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While we were in NY at Smorgasburg, we stumbled upon Vendome Macaron. Their super bright and bold desserts caught our eye. Vendome can recreate any color you would like for your special order ($10). We tried the French vanilla bean, strawberry, nutella, pumpkin pie, Italian pistachio and lemon meringue pie. The first bite into the crispy, crunchy shell proved that the macarons were light as air.
Did you know that macarons are naturally gluten free? They’re made with almond flour and Vendome uses Kosher coloring that is plant based.
So who are the ladies behind these macarons? Adriana Troli, Executive Pastry Chef; Betzabeth Toledo, Chef de Cuisine; and Taryn Garcia, President and Pastry Chef. Adriana, a protégé of Christian Le Squer’s 3 Star Michelin Restaurant, Ledoyan in Paris, France. Adriana comes from Caracas, Venezuela and has a Bachelors in Law from The Catholic University in Caracas. She began her career as a Private Chef to famed artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez in Paris, France. Betza, apprenticed to empresario and Celebrity television Chef, Sumito Estevez. Under Chef Estevez, Betza learned the newest cooking and pastry methods from Venezuela’s top chef. Taryn began her career as a food stylist working on Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa”, and Martha Stewart’s “Everyday Food”. After studying at France’s premier culinary school, “Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française: Gregoire Ferrandi”. Chef Taryn went on to train with Chef Arnaud Larher, recipient of France’s most coveted artisan award (MOF) Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
You can find Vendome macarons at Smorgasburg on Saturdays and Sundays, at Saks Fifth Avenue at the Cafe SnACKS Fifth Floor and at Bacchus at 409-411 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.
While we were waiting for our table at Momofuku Noodle Bar, we decided to take a walk over to the Milk Bar a few blocks away. Dessert before dinner? You bet. So we try the cereal milk shake which was tasty, not quite as sweet as I thought it would taste – more like cornflakes, less like sugary milk.
And how could you pass up the birthday cake truffles (3 for $4.35)? Can’t make it to NY? You can make them at home. Follow this recipe from their website.
Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E. 13th Street, New York, NY
Some posts get away from me. This post on the Farm House Tap and Grill would be one of them. We went to Vermont in the summer for a long weekend vacation and this post never made it to getting published with all the rest. We went on a great sailboat ride on Lake Champlain – a 2 hour ride was $40 per person and we could bring our own food and booze.
Some of us (I won’t name names) were still hungry after the boat ride, so we headed over to the Farm House – a restaurant just up the street. A gentleman on the boat ride said that he went there a few nights earlier and had one of the best meals (read: onion rings) of his life.
Vermont Heritage Grazers Pork Burger ($16.95) served with Cabot cheddar, a sunny side up farm egg, and coleslaw. A big hit at the table, because really, who doesn’t love a burger with a fried egg on top!?!
Farmhouse Meatloaf ($23.95) LaPlatte Farm beef & VT Heritage Grazers pork, whipped potatoes, roasted local veggies, mushroom gravy was a big hit. The dish really reminded us of fall. The meatloaf was flavorful and the local veggies made you feel ok about consuming that much meat.
Service was a little on the scattered side – the restaurant was packed even though it was later in the evening (we had to wait an hour to be seated).
The Farmhouse Tap and Grill
160 Bank Street, Burlington, VT
I haven’t been to this area since I was in college, heading out to Great Scott for “Ladies 80’s Night”. My friend told me that we should check out Shaghai Gate because the food was excellent and so were the prices. Parking was a bit difficult at the meters on the street, so take public transportation if you can. We ordered the sauteed rice cake with chicken, pork and shrimp ($9.50). I’ve never had rice cake noodles in this shape before, but really liked the texture of them. The meat was a little sparse in this dish but I loved the sauce.
My friend went with the good old standby, General Gao’s chicken ($10.95). The dish was light with just a little bit of sweetness to it. At the end of the meal we felt full and had plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. Service was a bit spotty at moments, so perhaps next time we try take out.
204 Harvard Ave., Brighton, MA
I was invited down to Woods Hole to have dinner at Quick’s Hole Tavern and then spend the night at the Woods Hole Inn. See my post on dinner here. While I have been summering down in Falmouth for over a decade now, I have to admit that I never knew there was a charming B&B right in Woods Hole. So excited to have the opportunity to check this place out!
The inn is conveniently located right across from the ferry that takes you over to Martha’s Vineyard – a prime location in the summer months. The inn offers complimentary breakfast with your stay, as well as free wifi and free parking. The front desk is open from 9am-7pm, and should you plan to arrive outside of those times, you can contact the hotel and make arrangements.
We stayed in room 11 – a “premium king” room that goes for $355 in season. The room features a king sized bed and a spacious private bath. Let’s talk about the luxury linens on the bed, they were super soft!
The decor is just charming and the room is spacious. Some rooms even have their own private balconies. It was pretty quiet as it was off season (we had to drive to Falmouth to find a bar that was open), the area is bustling in the summer! While the Cape in the summer is beautiful, I think my favorite time to head there is in the fall!
The inn features Gilchrist and Soames products.
Since I came in late and left very early, I didn’t have a chance to meet any of the staff at the inn. I was able to chat at bit at dinner with Beth Colt, owner of the inn and the Quick’s Hole restaurants, and she is just lovely. So head on down to the Cape and stay at the inn or have a great meal at Quick’s Hole – you won’t be disappointed!
Have you stayed at the Woods Hole Inn or eaten at the Quick’s Hole restaurants? Let me know, I’d love to hear about your experience!
Woods Hole Inn
28 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA
Disclaimer: My room at the Woods Hole Inn was provided to me at no cost. All opinions are my own.
Pastoral opened in April of this year, the big draw being the wood fired oven. I’ve heard the space called “industrial farmhouse” which seems to be fitting. They have a great communal high top table near the kitchen, great for groups!
The pizzas are personal sized – probably the diameter of a large dinner plate. The pepperoni ($15) with fresh mozzarella and crushed tomatoes. I love the crust on the pizza. They offer all the pizzas on the menu as a gluten free option for an additional $2.
Pasta comes in full and half portions, I had a half portion of the ricotta dumplings ($14) that came with lobster and corn. The dumplings were light as air and the corn gave the dish a little bit of a sweetness to that I really enjoyed.
I also had a half portion of the mezzi rigatoni ($11) with bolognese sauce. Good, but it was no Sportello.
And the nutella pizza sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with fresh berries. The fresh berries helped with the richness of the nutella – very decadent! All in all a great casual meal out with friends with good food and good service.
345 Congress Street, Boston, MA
$5 validated parking after 5pm at the 17 Farnsworth Street garage
I recently spent the weekend in NYC and met up with my co-worker (and fellow foodie) Cathleen for dinner. She suggested that at some point during the weekend to head to NOLITA and try out Morganstern’s Finest Ice Cream.
A modern take on the classic ice cream shop, Morganstern’s serves up some of the most delicious small batch ice cream I’ve had in a while. They have eclectic flavors like burnt honey vanilla, Szechuan peppercorn chocolate, green tea pistachio, banana curry, fernet black walnut, and raspberry aperol sobet to name a few.
The peanut butter picoso’s was rich – a bold flavor without being over the top. Morganstern’s does not use eggs in their ice cream and they use relatively low sugar and low butterfat. So what is their secret? All natural ingredients and fine attention to detail when they are making the ice cream.
There is plenty of seating inside, whether at the counter or at the bench along the wall, as well as a bench outside if the weather permits.
2 Rivington Street, New York, NY