NYC | Peep-a-Boo at Dominique Ansel Bakery

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How cute are these Peep-a-Boos from

Dominique Ansel Bakery

?

They look up, all curious and nestled in real (!) eggshells. The perfect Easter treat.

Six to box, how to eat?

Crack the bottom. I tap it on the table, just a few notches past gentle.

The first crack is always heartbreaking, but do not hesitate.

Tap, tap, and then

whoosh

. What’s hidden under the marshmallow?

Caramel!!

Salted

caramel. It’s a wonderful, sticky mess, all hands and fingers in.

So indulgent ^_^

Dominique Ansel Bakery

189 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

(212) 219-2773

NYC | Terroir Wine Bar

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6pm, seats for two at the bar of Terroir. I like the 12th Street location best.

A glass of Bordeaux Blanc, Château Haut-Pasquet, 2011…

…and

Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

, just because.

Warming bowls of Ribollita (adding this to my list of 

dishes to recreate

at home)…

…and Whipped Lardo Bruschetta.

Oloroso, 15 Year, El Maestro Sierra, NV, Jerez followed by…

…a wedge of Cauliflower and Parsley Fritatta.

Don’t forget, no Terrior visit is complete without

Olive Oil Cake and Pears

^_^

Terroir Wine Bar

413 E 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

(646) 602-1300

NYC | One Day in Brooklyn

Sunday, March 24, 2013 4comments No tags Permalink 0

10:30am: Saturday morning with April and Bao (thanks for driving :).

First stop, coffee and doughnuts at

Dough

 in Bedford Stuyvesant.

Front row seats to the doughnut-making action…

…and a giant, fluffy Cafe au Lait doughnut…

…Sea Salt Chocolate…

…Blood Orange glazed…

…and Dulce de Leche, my favorite of the quartet. Goodness! You can get Dough doughnuts at various coffeeshops in Manhattan, but it’s not as

fresh

. I have my eyes on the

Lemon Meringue Doughnut

for our next visit.

12pm: 20-minute drive from Dough to Flushing.

Round one of

White Bear

. Order the #6 hot oil wontons.

1pm: A stop at Nan Xiang Dumpling House (too crowded) and 

Fang Gourmet Tea

.

Then off to Sliced Noodles in the basement of 

New World Mall

 for dumplings, round two. Golden pan-fried guo tie, just

look

at that crust.

Eight to an order, delicate and crisp with a pork and leek filling.

2pm: Snopo, home to grass jelly milk tea. And more importantly…

…shave ice! We got the large lychee shave ice with nata jelly, lilikoi jelly, rainbow cereal balls, strawberries, and sweet swirls of condensed milk.

3pm: Next stop, 

Biang!

A plate of cumin beef tendon skewers…

…and fiddlehead ferns with szechuan pepper oil and black vinegar.

“Sautéed Fresh Young Chicken Long-Pulled Longevity Noodles”

By

long-pulled

they meant one (just one!) very long udon-esque noodle. Comes with chicken, woodear mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, ginger, and garlic.

4pm: We were full. But you can’t leave Flushing without 

5pm: Once we got back in the car, it was decided that we could use a cocktail for all our hard work. Off to

The Shanty

in Williamsburg. The Shanty is a distilling company (rye and gin), but they also have a bar attached to the distillery.

April had the The Holy Mountain (Reposado Tequila, Appleton Rum, lemon, toasted orgeat, cinnamon, aromatic bitters, half n’ half, and nutmeg).

This is Bao’s Cannibal Corpse Reviver No.2 (Perry’s Tot gin, Pear Eau-de-Vie, Fernet Branca, lemon, and Prosecco).

And I drank Perry’s Glass-Bottom Boat (Perry’s Tot – Navy Strength Gin, Avèze, Lillet Blanc, Yellow Chartreuse, and orange bitters).

Maple-bacon peanuts to share.

7pm: Why stop now. We went for another round of drinks at

Brooklyn Winery

.

A flight of four wines (left to right):

 – Stainless Steel Aged Riesling

 – Barrel Fermented Riesling

 – Rosé of Merlot

 – North Fork Blend

And then Bao suggested fried chicken…

8pm: How can you say no to 

Pies ‘n’ Thighs

? Dark meat only! And a biscuit…

…along with mac and cheese. The wait for a table was too long so we ordered the food to-go and ate in the car.

Complete that fried chicken with a slice of pecan pie…

…and banana pudding pie. (Make sure to get 

doughnuts

 if you visit in the morning.)

Didn’t think I’d be hungry once we returned to Manhattan at 9pm…but I started craving

Luzzo’s

 close to midnight. Thank goodness for delivery and good friends ^_^