April 2017

Tibos Electric Crepe Maker: Yummy French Treat, Beret not Included

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One of my favorite memories from a trip to Paris last summer—my daily stop at a street-side crêpe stand. Back in the States, I was determined to learn how to make these scrumptious treats.  I started with a regular skillet, and to my surprise they were incredibly easy.  I began making them regularly, and when my birthday rolled around, guess what I got?! This incredible electric crêpe maker.  The griddle cooks them evenly every time and even lets you know when the ideal temperature is reached.  While it has helped me make larger and more delicious crêpes, it has also become the centerpiece of social gatherings.  My friends and I love getting together to making crepes with a lavish assortment of fillings and toppings—and of course, a glass of wine.  Everyone wants to give the griddle a go along with the authentic utensils that came with it. This makes an amazing gift; just don’t forget the Nutella! Bon Appétit!—Emilee Malvehy

Buy Tibos Electric Crepe Maker, $150, williamsandsonoma.com

Sweet vs. Savory: The Crooked Tree

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I consider myself a curious eater. I love trying new things (my favorite shows include Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern). So, I’ve had dessert crêpes before but I’ve never tried a savory one. So I jumped at the opportunity to visit the Crooked Tree, as they are known for amazing crêpes. And whoa! Have I been missing out or what?! With black forest ham and mozzarella, it tasted like a panini but the deliciously fresh ingredients are in an incredibly delicate buttery shell. If crêpes aren’t your thing, try their crostini and bruschetta. All come with a mixed green salad.—Hyejin Kim

I am NOT an adventurous eater and would never imagine myself eating a chocolaty, sweet dessert—with bacon. But after spotting the chocolate, almond, and bacon crêpe on the menu, I (and my palette) was feeling a bit daring. The first taste was definitely interesting, like nothing I’ve ever tried. However, by the second salty, sweet bite, I was hooked. I may or may not have hogged the entire dessert—sorry Hyejin—but I could have licked the plate for its chocolate-bacon goodness. So go visit to this charming East Village crêperie and indulge your sweet (or savory) tooth yourself!—Lindsay Leff

What we loved!
– Crostini with warm goat cheese and pesto on toasted bread, $6
– Bruschetta with chopped tomato, onion, garlic, basil, and olive oil, $8
– Brie, tomato, and arugula crêpe, $8
– Black forest ham and Jarlsberg crêpe (we substituted for mozzarella), $8
– Chocolate, bacon and almond crêpe, $8

Visit The Crooked Tree