Thank you, (really, super thank you from the bottom of my heart) for your comments on my last post. Insightful and just so sweet. You made my weekend :) Six years sometimes feels like a lifetime in blogging years, but I truly love every minute of it. It’s just the negative comments and/or emails that occasionally get me down and questioning the type I posts I write. Too frou-frou and superficial, not frou-frou enough? Too indulgent, or simply too ordinary? Too much questioning can drive anyone crazy.
So I think I’ll stop thinking so hard and let things flow naturally. The way they used to…and see where we go from there. Thank you for being such super awesome readers!!! I appreciate you all and don’t think I say that often enough!
This weekend was a slow one. We’re both out with a head cold-ish thing and decided to take it easy. Lots of time indoors though we ventured out today for a walk around the neighborhood. Machiatto at Abraço where we ran into Maggie (Hi Maggie!) and a Berry Jam Scone to share. Unlike any other scone I’ve tasted – in a good way. Cornmeal mixed into the batter gives every bite a slight crunch and the surface is sprinkled with sugar and salt. Can always trust Abraço to bring a little touch of savory to the sweet. Crunchy top and little pockets of berry jam keeps the whole thing moist.
From Abraço we walked down 1st Avenue with plans to stop either the NYC Apple Day festival or the San Gennaro festival. Instead we were distracted by a Chinese festival on Houston Street. So many festivals this weekend! The festival itself wasn’t very interesting, but we did spot Yao’s Dragon Beard Candy, a true NYC legend.
Read Danny’s post on this guy before you go further – excellent photos and step-by-step description on how Yao turns plain sugar into this pillowy soft confection in minutes.
He only comes out when the weather is right – too hot or too cold and the candy won’t form correctly. The man pulling the sugar is Yao and he has a woman (his wife?) that does the packing and selling. If she thinks you’re unfamiliar with dragon beard she explain it as, “sweet vegetarian dim sum.” Definitely doesn’t do it justice.
It looks like heaven! Soft white pillows, a fairytale candy. Shaped like a cocoon, with feathery, thin strands of pulled sugar and an interior of toasted chopped peanuts and coconut. Don’t chew – if you do it will stick to your teeth. Be patient and let it melt in your mouth. So delicate. How many ways to eat this? Serious Eats counts four and I’m partial to the itty bitty bites method where the taste of all the elements seem to be intensified. Six pieces for $3, indulge while fresh because they don’t hold well to moisture. Pierre and I took the box to Whole Foods (plenty upstairs seating at the one across the street) and ate half there, and the other half at home with fresh mint tea.
Off to San Gennaro festival! We got to Mulberry Street and were put off by the sweaty crowds and excess smoke coming from the vendors. The air on the street was visibly cloudy – thanks to grilled sausages, fried oreos, meatballs, and we decided to pass. Off to Soho…where we ran into Matt (Hi Matt!) a friend from Hawai’i. I used to be surprised anytime I’d run into people on the street, but now it feels so normal. NYC is a tiny town.
We walked across Prince Street, stopping at Xocolatti for truffles and spotted rabbits in the boutique next door. Funny how rabbits in a storefront grabs attention. Everyone who passed stopped to stare, to ohh and ahh, then take photos. Myself included.
…and Lime Paneer Roll (grilled paneer, red onions and coriander) on the left, $5 each. We waited an usually long time for our order – 30 minutes! But it turned out they were making a fresh batch of parathas as they just ran out. Lucky! So worth the wait, flaky, crisp surface with a gentle chew and just oily enough.
…and the piano man near the arches. Ahh Autumn, by far the best season of the year.