March 2017

Our Favorite Frozen Treats: Best Gelatos and Sorbets

With the handful of heat waves we experienced here in New York this summer, we had to try just about anything and everything to keep cool, which means we’ve tried our share of frozen desserts, too! Summer may be almost over but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these cold, sweet treats anytime of the year to cool you down or just satisfy your sweet tooth.

Gelato is a type of Italian ice cream. Ciao Bella gelatos are available at most grocery stores and come in an assortment of unique flavors. This Key Lime Graham Cracker is light and refreshing while also super satisfying with the inclusion of crunchy graham cracker crumbs.

Sant Ambroeus has an amazing selection of authentic and gelato flavors. They are so creamy and delicious that they actually rival those found in Italy! Our Founder, Melissa Meyers is obsessed with the Gianduja (chocolate hazelnut concoction) and caramel flavors, and makes regular visits to all New York locations to enjoy her favorite frozen treat.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato has a few locations in New York but also ships fresh gelato and sorbet to your door. It is artisan-made in small batches for exceptional quality. Plus it has traditional and experimental flavors, from avocado to watermelon.

Sharon’s sorbet was the first to be mass-produced and available at major grocery chains, but is still all-natural and high quality. Nothing tastes like summer more than coconut, and with an array of other summery varieties like papaya and strawberry, this brand is a summer sorbet staple.

Haagen-Dazs is, of course, a household name when it comes to ice cream, but did you know they also make delectable sorbets? Their raspberry sorbet is fruity AND fat-free, so that means you don’t have to feel guilty about an extra scoop. The chocolate only has .5g of fat, so I like to do one scoop of raspberry with one of chocolate for a rich but refreshing dessert.

Buy Now, Ciao Bella key Lime Graham Cracker Gelato, $7.49
Buy Now, Sant Ambroeus Gelato
Buy Now, Il Laboratorio del Gelato, $60 (Pack of 4)
Buy Now, Sharon’s Coconut sorbet, $4.89
Buy Now, Haagen-Dazs Raspberry Sorbet, $4.79

We All Scream for PinkBerry

As a self proclaimed ice cream snob, I had heard the hype about PinkBerry—and resisted. Who needs the same old fro-yo with additional gobbledygook on top? But, on one of this summer’s 90-plus days, I walked by a PinkBerry and relented. With the first taste, I was hooked. Their soft serve is creamy and smooth with a rich yogurt-like taste that sets it apart from competitors. My favorite? Pomegranate topped with mango, blueberries, and strawberries. Other flavors include mango, watermelon, and plain. And my newest frozen obsession will be rewarded courtesy of my PinkBerry loyalty card, which earns me a freebie after 10 servings. Just give me a few days!–Caitlin O’Malley

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

Sweetiepie Restaurant: How Sweet It Is

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While my days of running around in all-pink ensembles and thinking candy = dinner are unfortunately over, I still love to indulge my inner child by visiting Sweetiepie in the West Village. With a mirrored, pink décor (imagine Barbie goes to Versailles) and a menu that will please the pickiest palettes, Sweetiepie is a great place to take anyone from the actually young to the young at heart for a delicious meal. My favorite: the teeny tiny ice cream cones, practically so bite-sized I’m tempted to order a second round!—Colleen Hagerty

Sweetiepie Restaurant
19 Greenwich Ave (between Christopher and 10th)
New York, NY, 10014
212.337.3333

Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookie: Mmmmm . . . Momofuku

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I found heaven—and it’s in a cookie. Walking down the streets of my favorite neighborhood in NYC (the East Village), I stumbled upon one of the longest lines I’ve ever seen. Being the type of person who needs to be in the know, I walked closer and found Momofuku Milk Bar, the trendy little shop selling unique sweet and savory creations. This place was right up my alley! After scanning the menu, I chose their Compost Cookie—a mix of pretzels, chocolate chips, coffee oats, butterscotch, and potato chips. And let me tell you, every bit was amazing—soft, chewy, and just delicious! I have to admit, I’ve been back more than once. Watch out—they’re addictive!—Lindsay Leff

Momofuku Milk Bar
207 2nd Ave (between 12th St & 13th St)
New York, NY 10003
212.254.3500

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

French Macarons!

macarons

Today my best friend and I had a French macaron face off.  Ever since I first tasted them about 6 years ago at BIZU in the Phillippines, I have been in love!  All I can say is that our macaron taste test battle ended in a draw; the macarons I brought from Macaron Cafe had a chewier shell, while hers from La Maison du Chocolat had a tastier filling. In the end, French macarons are French macarons and all French macarons are deliciously addicting.  I must confess, we finished all 24!—Katrina Caspelich

Buy at La Maison du Chocolat and Macaron Cafe

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