July 30, 2012

FOOD SKETCH #52: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie


The legendary chocolate chip walnut cookie from Levain Bakery, Upper West Side, NYC. It's $4 and feels like it weighs a pound, but it's worth it. Not sure why it took me six years in the city to finally try it.


July 25, 2012

FOOD SKETCH #51: Kung Pao Pastrami at Mission Chinese Food



Kung Pao Pastrami with peanuts, celery, red peppers and Tianjin chiles.

From Daniel Bowien's Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side, NYC.


FOOD SKETCH #50: Egg Custard at Mission Chinese Food



Savory egg custard with scallop, roe, green apple and basil seeds.

From chef Daniel Bowien's Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side, NYC.

Pete Wells just reviewed the restaurant in the New York Times yesterday. Read his piece and see a photo of this dish here.

July 17, 2012

FOOD SKETCH #49: Sullivan Street Bakery Strecci



Tomato strecci from the Sullivan Street Bakery stand at New Amsterdam Market, NYC.

Their pizza bianca dough is shaped into these chewy sticks, studded with tomatoes, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.

July 10, 2012

FOOD SKETCH #46: Taiwanese Shaved Ice



Taiwanese shaved ice (tsua-bing). A mound of finely shaved ice topped with condensed milk, azuki red beans, mung beans, tapioca balls, mochi and a scoop of green tea ice cream. You can order it with any number of toppings, including fresh fruit, taro, lychee and coffee jelly, grass jelly, sweetened peanuts or fruit syrup. This one is from a little cafe in the East Village, around St. Marks.

July 8, 2012

FOOD SKETCH #45: DiNic's Roast Pork Sandwich



Roast pork sandwich with sharp provolone, broccoli rabe and red peppers on a hoagie. From DiNic's at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.

July 5, 2012

FOOD SKETCH #44: Federal Donuts



Fancy donuts from Federal Donuts. Pomegranate-Nutella with sesame seeds on top and Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with rhubarb glaze, crunchy pie crumbles and strawberry icing.

See photos and read Pete Wells' article in the New York Times here.

FOOD SKETCH #43: Salted Caramel Budino



Salted caramel budino at Barbuzzo, in Philadelphia.

Dark chocolate crust, vanilla bean caramel and sea salt served in a small mason jar. Whipped cream and cookie crumbles on top. Had heard so much about this dessert and I am happy to report that it was really, really good.

Bon App├ętit published a recipe for this budino here. Can't wait to try making it.