Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Around the corner from NYC's Washington Square Park sits an old fashioned 24/7 joint, Washington Square Diner (at 150 W 4th St). This is one of those places that seems to have always just been there. The facade in unimposing but welcoming. We figured we'd try it out one day when we were in the mood for a no frills, NYC diner lunch.
Inside is classic -- shiny pleather diner booths with lacquered wood tabletops, a counter with stools and a view of frosted cakes and flaky pies behind glass. We had a friend with us so we sat at a small booth, leaving the counter for the older gentlemen dining by their lonesome.
It was cold outside so we wanted something comforting and hearty. We started with a cup of the Split Pea Soup, which was velvety, savory, piping hot and topped generously with buttery, herbed croutons. The taste was outstanding and it gave our belly a warm, snuggly feeling. We then had the Tuna Melt. This open-faced treat came on white toast with American cheese, crisp iceberg lettuce and tomato slices. It tasted like a quintessential retro American meal and we couldn't think of a more perfect way to satisfy our hunger. The tuna salad was prepared with celery and lots of tangy sweet dressing which made it delectably creamy and light in texture. The smooth American cheese tasted spectacular with the tuna salad and the lettuce and tomato really brightened up the whole meal. This was a 5 star lunch and the price was very reasonable. Score!
We're excited to have found such a gem and look forward to going back, next time to sit at the counter and maybe leave room for dessert.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Hello Kitty has just invaded U.S. convenience stores and pharmacies with her NEW pink vanilla and blue raspberry flavored cotton candy. We adore the festive Christmas colored packaging design, and what's inside is just as magically fluffy and sweet! The pink vanilla flavor is super sugary with a strong vanilla taste and hint of saltiness. The blue raspberry flavor tastes a lot like the pink vanilla, but with a subtle dash of fruity berry tang. We think both varieties taste purrfectly amazing!
Keep an eye out and grab a bag of Hello Kitty Cotton Candy as a fun treat or as an amusing gift!
Monday, November 17, 2014
We haven't had an official Cronut since last May when we featured our very first Cronut experience. Although the worldwide Cronut obsession has somewhat subsided, the Cronut lines remain long at Dominique Ansel's famous bakery here in New York City and it is still difficult to get one of these prized croissant/donut hybrids. So it is with relish that we got to enjoy November's distinctive flavor, Caribbean Rum Raisin with Tahitian vanilla sugar and sultanas (white seedless raisins).
Like the Blueberry Lemon Verbena Cronut we had in May, this month's variety is so intensely rich and complex that the experience of eating it is like no other in the confectionary world. There is so much rum in this Cronut that we thought we may have gotten buzzed after eating it! The Cronut is layered with sumptuous pastry cream and rum soaked raisin puree. The flavor effect is creamy, buttery, sweet and tart with the perfect amount of bitterness. The vanilla sugar adds to the sweetness and lends a nice bite that blends beautifully with the silky cream, smooth icing and flaky pastry layers. If you are lucky to get your hands on this flavor, we recommend eating it slowly to savor the scrumptious and intricate flavors and textures. This is indeed a special and unique treat!
Friday, November 14, 2014
McDonald's has recently revamped their Dollar Menu & More with an exciting new addition, 3 Piece Mozzarella Sticks with marinara sauce!
Whenever McDonald's releases a new menu item, it's safe to assume that they spent hundreds of hours perfecting the taste in a food laboratory, and that seems to be the case with these cheesy bites. The balance of flavors is spot on and we were left wanting to order more! The cheese in the stick has a nice creamy and rich mozzarella flavor and the texture is gooey but firm. The breading is nicely spiced with Italian seasonings and has an appealing crunchy bite. The marinara sauce is spectacular with the perfect amount of tanginess and sweetness and a noticeable hint of garlic. The best part about McDonald's Mozzarella Sticks is that they are only $1, which is a real bargain given the fact that restaurant cheese sticks will set you back anywhere from $5-10 depending on where you go.
These hot snacks have taken center stage on the Dollar Menu & More so make sure you try 'em out!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joe's Pizza has been dishing the definitive New York City pizza slice since 1975. After famously serving Greenwich Village for nearly 40 years, they have garnered a reputation for having the perfect piece of pie. In fact, Joe's Pizza has topped lists for years as making one of the best pizzas in the country!
On a recent night we were in the mood for a hot snack so we decided to give the Carmine Street location a try. The small, intimate spot looks like your typical no nonsense New York pizzeria. From behind the glass counter the worker asked what we wanted and we told him "a slice." He pulled a fresh pie from the oven, cut it in record time and slid the pizza onto a white paper plate.
We sat at the window and dug in. The piping hot pizza is exactly what we expected for a New York style slice and we were very happy with the taste and texture. It wasn't the best pizza we've ever had, but it was undoubtedly a solid, well executed treat. The crust was cracker thin, crisp and fresh and the tomato sauce was nicely salty and tangy. The cheese was perfectly gooey and had a nice chewy bite. It's amazing how much flavor you can get out of such a simple concoction.
The past few years here in NYC has seen hole-in-the-wall 99¢ pizza slice places pop up on seemingly every corner. While some of these places actually serve decent pizza, it's comforting to see places like Joe's continue to produce quality pizza at a reasonable price. We thought $2.75 for a slice of cheese was pretty fair, if not standard for old school pizzerias. We definitely suggest giving Joe's Pizza a try if you're in the mood for a quality snack and a classic taste of New York.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Snaxtime recently had tea with a lady friend at Tea & Sympathy in New York City's Greenwich Village. Tea & Sympathy offers a full menu of quintessential English treats. Whether you are in the mood for a full meal, a light snack or some tea time munchies, this is the ideal spot to satiate your British cravings.
We started with some rose petal tea with sugar and milk. The tea was aromatic and floral and tasted just like sweet, creamy rose petals. Yum! Our friend enjoyed some apricot tea which was equally as soothing and delicious. We shared a selection of finger sandwiches to go with our tea. The dainty sandwiches with the crusts cut off were filled with egg salad, chicken salad and tuna salad. All three salad varieties were flavorful and rich and the bread was fresh, tasty and dense.
We then tried some Victoria sponge cake and sticky toffee pudding with hot custard. The sponge cake was light, buttery and fluffy and filled with the perfect amount of sweet jam and smooth cream. The sticky toffee pudding was lavish with a nice spiced caramel flavor which was complimented beautifully by the piping hot creamy sweet vanilla custard.
Next time you're in the city and looking for an intimate, elegant and delectable spot to have a date with a good friend, seek out Tea & Sympathy. It's Queen approved!
Friday, October 31, 2014
IT'S HALLOWEEN and we've found the perfect scary sweets to celebrate this horrifying holiday, GUMMY BRAINS!
These gross-out treats were discovered at CVS Pharmacy. We're not sure what kind of creature's brains these are, but they taste spectacular and fruity. Who knew brains tasted like fruit punch?! These organs have a nice firm, fleshy membrane and the insides are pleasantly soft and squishy.
Make sure you shamble over to your local CVS and feast on these ghastly snacks!