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Entries in savories (20)

Tuesday
Aug132013

Asparagus, Goat Cheese, & Honey Crostini

Remember my visit to Sanctuary T? One of the savories served was a goat cheese & asparagus crostini which I loved. I recreated it and added in a touch of honey, which enhanced the flavor of the goat cheese. 

ASPARAGUS, GOAT CHEESE, & HONEY CROSTINI

INGREDIENTS
Asparagus
Baguette, sliced
Spreadable goat cheese
Honey 
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper 

DIRECTIONS
1. Trim asparagus. Toss with olive oil, salt, & pepper. On a baking sheet, broil for 8-10 minutes. Cut in half.
2. Brush both sides of baguette slices with olive oil. Lightly toast.
3. Assemble crostini. Spread goat cheese, then top with cut asparagus. Drizzle with honey. Enjoy! 

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Tea Sandwich: Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato 

A mini, two-bite version of a classic BLT. This one is double-stacked and open faced, held together by a cocktail fork. 

Notes:
- I used Japanese mayo (Kewpie) for a bit more tang. 
- Romaine lettuce would work just well as Boston lettuce. 
- I didn't toast the bread since I didn't want to bread to be too dried out.

TEA SANDWICH: BACON, LETTUCE, & TOMATO

INGREDIENTS
Bacon strips
Very thin white bread
Cocktail tomatoes
Boston lettuce
Mayonnaise

DIRECTIONS
1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut bacon into thirds. Cook at 400°F for 15-18 minutes. Place bacon from oven onto paper towels to drain excess fat.
2. Use cookie cutter to cut circles out of the lettuce & bread. Slice tomatoes. Spread mayo on bread.
3. Assemble starting with bread, lettuce, tomato, & bacon. Repeat. Skewer with cocktail forks. 

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Wednesday
Jul032013

Fancy Food Show 2013

On Sunday, I walked about 10 miles, eating every step of the way. It was Fancy Food Show time! Every year at the Javitz Center, specialty food vendors dole out samples and introduce new food products. This was my first time attending. (Thanks to Abby for the heads up!)

It's not easy to take photos and gorge on tiny samples at the same time. 

The Fancy Food Show takes up two floors and what you see above is just a fraction of the show. It took about 5 hours to walk the whole thing. Thankfully, I wore comfortable shoes.

Lots and lots of food products I've never tried or seen before. Like Chuao Chocolatier's chocolate bars. They have a Firecracker bar where they combine popping candy and chocolate. 

A jam company, Granny's Secret, from the UK was there with their preserves and fruit juices. 

Discovered new tea companies, like tealish, and Chai Diaries.

Chatted a bit with tea expert and author, Bruce Richardson, who wrote several books on afternoon tea. 

After too many bites of gelato, chocolates and sweets, this giant olive bar was a welcome sight. 

More savories with cuts of jamon, and various cuts of meat. 

One of the final bites for the day was this freshly baked treat in the shape of a fish filled with cream. Toasty and tasty! 

Monday
Jun102013

Review: The Palm Court at The Plaza

When most people think of afternoon tea, they think of The Plaza. Iconic and a well-known tradition, the afternoon tea is served in The Palm Court. 

SETTING:
The Palm Court is a grand space and it's just for afternoon tea during the hours from 2PM - 5PM. Love that. For a little extra privacy, ask for one of the high-backed blue velvet chairs along the sides of the room. The room can seem a little too big and not so cozy, especially when you can see the lobby traffic around you.

SERVICE:
Very good. Our server was friendly and made sure that we were enjoying our tea service. Everything was done with a smile. I didn't find the host the nicest, however. He was all business.

TEA & TEA SELECTION:
Very good. They had a nice selection of teas on the menu with a 2-3 teas per type. All loose-leaf, as it should be. I got the Gyokuro green tea from Japan, which had lovely pear notes. 

My friend and I both ordered "The New Yorker" which is their traditional afternoon tea. Above, the three-tiered tray for two.

SAVORIES:
We each had five finger sandwiches and I appreciated the pretty presentation. Fairly good sandwiches made with care. No cold or stale bread on these. The cucumber sandwiches were made in advance; the cucumbers were starting to get a little slippery, so I ate only a couple of bites on those.

SCONES:
Freshly baked and warm, the scones were served with double Devonshire cream, preserves, and lemon curd on the side. Good size and two each. They were good.

SWEETS: 
A good variety of sweets from mini fruit tarts to mini financiers. All very good, although I was stuffed by the time I was halfway done with this course.

OVERALL:
If you've never been, I say go. 

Note: I first went without making a reservation on a Sunday, and to my dismay, they were completely booked. Reservations are highly recommended and call, instead of trying to book online since they'll have more time slots available.

INFO: The Palm Court at The Plaza | Fifth Avenue at Central Park South | New York, NY 10019 | 888.850.0909
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily from 2PM - 5PM 
COST: The New Yorker $50 | Menu

Monday
Jun032013

Review: Russian Tea Room

The last time I was at the Russian Tea Room was when I was a senior in high school, so it's been many years since I've been back. The last time, it was for dinner and this time, for afternoon tea with Abby, of The City Sweet Tooth. (The link takes you to her post on the afternoon tea we had.)

SETTING:
Punches of vibrant greens and reds lets you know you're not just in any restaurant. The dining room is grand and decadent. Since it's a restaurant, you'll see a mix of people getting late lunches or just a quick bite to eat during the afternoon tea hours. We were seated in one of the roomy side banquettes and it was pretty comfortable.

SERVICE:
Service was very good, although I wouldn't say the friendliest. The servers wear uniforms, which is a nice touch. 

If you make reservations online, you can get in on their special offer of complimentary glasses of Champagne with afternoon tea. As soon as we sat down and given our menus, our glasses of Champagne were brought over. 

TEA & TEA SELECTION:
A very limited selection of just six teas. Wish it was double that. I got the Formosa Oolong, which was nice and delicate.

SAVORIES:
The first course of savories are brought out first in a three-tiered trays. We each had our own. Eight savories in all, starting off at the top with a tasting of two caviars on blinis. Each sandwich was made with fresh bread and they were all tasty. I liked each and every one.

SCONES:
After we finished the tea sandwiches, the trays were taken away and replaced with another one with scones at the bottom and sweets on top. Three scones each were a bit much especially since we were already getting full from the sandwiches. Scones were a good size and slightly warm to the touch.

SWEETS:   
The sweets were a bit of a disappointment since every other course was so good. Sweets were just two cupcakes and two truffles each. I wanted more of a variety and in smaller portions. The cupcakes were just ok (I only had a quarter of one) and the truffles were good, but nothing fantastic. 

OVERALL: 
The tea service started off great, but fizzled by the time the sweets arrived. It's worth going at least once though! Oh, if you're looking for a Gluten-Free or Vegetarian Afternoon Tea, this place offers that along with a Children's Tea.

LOCATION: Russian Tea Room | 150 West 57th Street | New York, NY 10019 | 212.581.7100
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS:  Daily from 2PM - 4:30PM
COST: Afternoon Tea $50 | Menu