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Wednesday
Jan292014

Electric Kettles

1/ Nice and sleek, this electric kettle from Krups Silver Art Collection has a water level indicator window on both sides.
2/ Bugatti Vera Kettle in gloss white with a stainless steel body.
3/ A countertop electric version on an old-fashioned stove top kettle by Cuisinart.
4/ Eva Solo's carafe shaped kettle with a wireless on and off switch.
5/ Bodum's kettle is made of BPA-free plastic and stainless steel. 
6/ This one from Bonavita is my favorite of the bunch since you can set the steeping temperature, and holds the temperature of an hour. Plus, the gooseneck spout allows for precision pour control. There's also a lower priced version with less features. 

Photo Credit: From Linked Sources 

Tuesday
Jan282014

Tea at Three // Vive le Thé Green Tea & Saint-Honore

TEA: Vive le Thé [c/o Palais des Thés]
SWEETS: Saint-Honore [Mille-feuille]

Stopped by Mille-feuille near Washington Square Park to pick up lunch, and a sweet snack for later. I went with the Saint-Honore, a choux pastry with a butter cookie as a base. Inside the caramelized puff pastries are vanilla bean cream, and they're held together with whipped cream. With this, I sipped a lovely Palais des Thés' Vive le Thé, a green tea with citrus fruit (look at the orange bits!) and ginger. 

Monday
Jan272014

Matsunosuke

A new Japanese bakery, Matsunosuke, opened up recently near me, on 8th Street. The twist is that this Japanese bakery specializes in apple pies. 

I was about to get a slice of one of their pies, but then this Japanese Chiffon Pancake sign caught my eye.

It's a small place...

and they had a very small variety sweets to choose from. Basically all they had on the menu was an assortment of pies and the Japanese Chiffon Pancake.

There are two pancakes you can order, and you can only order them to eat in. The Japanese "Azuki" pancake ($13), and a Banana Caramel pancake ($10). 

There's no table service. You order, and pay at the counter. I got the Azuki pancake and a small hojicha tea ($3.50). I was given a little pin with a number on it for my pancake. The pancakes are made to order, and takes about 15 minutes.

And it's ready! Light, fluffy, with a dollop of whipped cream and red bean paste on top. It's served with a syrup, which they recommend you dip the pancake into, instead of pouring on top. This is to keep the pancake from getting soggy.

A side shot, so you can see how fluffy this pancake was.

Next time, the apple pie.

INFO: Matsunosuke | 58 West 8th Street | New York, NY 10011 | 212.529.5888

Thursday
Jan232014

Amedei Chocolate

Thanks to Abby, I got introduced to Amedei, a chocolate company based in Italy, in the Tuscany region. Abby invited me to join her at Amedei's event to celebrate their first, albeit tiny, shop in New York, near Union Square. What a find!

Stepping into their little space, we take a look at the chocolates on display. 

Neatly arranged under the glass case, chocolates, and more chocolates. I couldn't wait to try them! 

We headed to the private event space upstairs where there were chocolates everywhere!

If there was a raised flat surface, there was chocolate. All different kinds, and all really decadent. Blocks of chocolate cut into caveman sized chunks, dainty pralines, chocolate fondue (with carrots and celery for dipping!), I tried them all.

The flavors were so complex, and the textures so smooth, the chocolates just tasted luxurious. 

Along with the chocolate, they served bite-sized savories made with chocolate, like this white chocolate and cauliflower soup. Who knew cauliflower could taste this good?

And before heading out, a couple of more bites of this Toscano Nut Brown, a gianduja based chocolate, a blend of chocolate and hazelnut. So creamy, and rich with the perfect amount of sweetness.

INFO: Amedi Store NYC | 15 East 18th Street | New York, NY 10003 | 212.982.8005

Wednesday
Jan222014

Soup and Sandwich Lunch Special at Gramercy Tavern

I knew about the secret (not on the menu) lunch special you can order at the tavern section of Gramercy Tavern, and I finally went in to get it last week. $16 gets you a soup and a sandwich, which changes daily. Check out Gramercy Tavern's twitter feed to find out what the soup and sandwich are for that day. 

My friend and I sat at the bar and ordered the soup and sandwich special, not asking what kind of sandwich and soup was being served that day. 

Bread and butter came out first, then the lunch special arrived.

First the sandwich: House-made Pastrami with Reading Cheese, Sauerkraut and Smoked Onion Aioli on Caraway Rye Bread, served nice and warm. With that, Celery Root and Apple Soup with Brussels Sprouts and Bulgur. Delicious and filling. Best lunch deal ever!

INFO: Gramercy Tavern | 42 East 20th Street btw Park Avenue South & Broadway | New York, NY 10003 | 212.477.0777
COST: $16, for soup and sandwich lunch special 
LUNCH HOURS: Tavern section of Gramercy Tavern: Monday - Friday, noon - 3:30PM 

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