Best Babka In Brooklyn

Best bites from the weekend…

Best chocolate babka in Brooklyn, probably the world, at Oneg Bakery.  It was so chewy!  Yet crumbly and crisp too.  And the chocolate was basically brownie batter!  We were absolutely smitten and I ate too much and made myself sick.


Vanilla iced latte at the adorable Hearts Coffee in Bushwick.



Brunch at Meadowsweet.  My iced Oslo espresso had sugar, milk, and bourbon in it.


And I had a beyond fantastic bowl of duck pastrami hash with parsley salsa verde and poached eggs.


Snack attack.  La Columbe canned coffee and a cheesecake cup.


Fruity yogurt bowl, with citrus yogurt, sumo mandarin, and pomegranate.


Leftover breakfast casserole with the dregs of my veggie drawer.


Snazzy pasta bowls.  Whole wheat spaghetti / brown butter and lemon / peas, green onions, and sun-dried tomatoes / crab meat.


May The Schwartz Be With You

^^^ That’s a Spaceballs quote for my title because this post includes a lot of meatballs!

Best bites this week…

Coffee combo from heaven, Birch cold brew roast and chocolate milk.


Even better, chocolate milk with a Grady’s cold brew.


Yogurt bowl wins.  Chobani mango with blueberries and doughnut cereal.


2% Greek with blueberries and a big scoop of MaraNatha caramel almond butter.


Important note – this is my new all-time favorite nut butter.  If you eat it straight out of the jar (as I’ve been doing all week) it tastes like delicious frosting!


Ball!  I made a batch of baked turkey meatballs with sage, lemon, and whole wheat panade.


Served on lemon pepper broccoli rice / with gussied up tomato sauce – with tomato paste, shredded sweet onion, garlic, anchovy, and oregano.


Plus we made toasted meatball subs!  With smoked gouda and Parmesan.


And a side of roasted broccoli.


I also did another round of hot dish.  This time an Asian take with shredded turkey, ginger, gojuchang, peas, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, and sweet potato tots.


And you can never go wrong with pizza.  What am I even going to do when I don’t live walking distance from buffalo chicken?!


I work the next three days but I hope everyone else enjoys their weekend!

Hello, 2018!

On a personal level, 2018 is off to a great start.  Adam’s and my last week of 2017 staycation was deeply wonderful, so I’m starting the year in a damn good mood.

Though perhaps I’ll be less ecstatic today, by the time this post goes live I will already be outside attempting to dig my car out from the foot plus of snow dropped by the bomb cyclone.  I work this weekend so thankfully I was already off for the worst of it on Thursday.

Here were the best bites from the year so far…

This week’s coffee – Starbucks espresso roast.


Plus on my snow day I sipped on a super fancy Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew with chocolate milk.  Total frothy, creamy, goodness.


Yogurt bowl work lunches are off to a good start.  Coffee and Cream Chobani with maple almond butter granola and a Pacific Rose apple and MadeGood chocolate chip granola minis.


Mint Chocolate Chunk Chobani with chocolate Cheerios and chocolate-covered cocoa nibs.  This new flavor was surprisingly delicious, just like mint chip ice cream.


Smoked turkey and Swiss sandwich box from Starbucks.


Popping champagne gummies for the new year.  I have loved all of the bears from Project Seven that I’ve tried so far.


Yummy vanilla bean French pudding.


Exciting limited edition seltzers tasting.  We didn’t like the cola as much as I had hoped – it was too weird to have the flavor without the sweetness – and the unicorn kisses wasn’t magical but was very tasty.


I totally rocked it in the kitchen this week; three meals were 10/10.  Like good luck bowls to start the year – forbidden rice / collard greens – sauteed with garlic / hoppin’ john – a slightly bastardized version with orange bell pepper added in.


Hot wing pasta with carrots and celery on the side.


Whole wheat pasta shells / sauteed baby spinach and green onion with fish sauce / shredded chicken breast with cream cheese and hot sauce / sharp cheddar.


Chick pot pie hot dish (loosely inspired by this recipe from Molly Yeh).


Shredded chicken breast / tons of sauteed mushrooms, onion, celery, and peas / roux + caned low fat milk and chicken broth with sour cream, hot sauce, mustard, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika / tater tots!


Hope everyone’s 2018 is off to a good start!

Duck Confit

Top 10 bites this week…

Pastries and coffees at Lilia.  An espresso-cream filled doughnut and something that tasted like a fancy funnel cake.


Egg and cheese on a whole-wheat roll.  With an iced latte and a tangerine.


Candy oats bowl.  Rolled oats with chia seeds, mini chocolate chips, and a few caramel M&M’s.  (<– they are so good!  Adam and I are both obsessed and we mailed a bag to my parents who flipped over them as well.)


Nectarine yogurt and red cherries.  So excited that it’s cherry season.


Cafeteria came through with a fancy pasta bar.  Tortelini with peas, pesto, and shrimp.


Best meal of the week was a midweek lunch date at Sauvage.  The service was impeccable and the space was beautiful.


I love a good tiled floor!


We started with the seeded Kouign Amann which was buttery good.  Plus an unpictured cocktail that was fizzy and citrusy but that I’m not finding on the online menu.


Adam ordered mind-blowingly good hen of the woods mushrooms with poached eggs.  I just got a salad — with oranges, za’atar, and duck confit!!  <– 2nd best duck I’ve ever eaten


It is disgustingly warm in NYC and I had ice cream in some form every day this week.  Best = Van Leeuwen‘s honeycomb and black sesame and ash flavors.


Yummy cola flavored hard candies.  Cola is our favorite candy flavor, hard, gummy, sour, or otherwise.


Trader Joe’s frozen lemongrass chicken sticks with a side of baby carrots.


2nd best meal of the week was this homemade masterpiece.  I know that chicken looks awful and raw but it was actually perfectly cooked.  I baked chicken thighs that marinated in miso, brown sugar, rice vinegar, ginger, and fish sauce all morning.


Paired with roasted broccoli and kimchi and turkey bacon fried rice.


Enjoy your weekend!

Salmon Cream Cheese Wontons

I had to work this weekend but somehow I ended up with a bunch of eats that were super good.  Because they all included sugar and/or cheese?  Probably!  Here were the highlights…

Three fun new coffee cups.  Halvah cotton candy on top.



Chocolate milk ice cubes.



Starbuck’s nitro cold brew.  I loved the velvety texture but was not a fan of it being served without ice.


Pickings are slim at the cafeteria on the weekends but I put together a pretty good lunch plate.  BBQ wings, veggie lo mein, roasted baby carrots, and cherry tomatoes with blue cheese dressing.


Mango yogurt with fresh mango on top.  Guys, fresh mangos are so flipping good, how did I forget about them all winter??


Cookie and coffee break.  From Bittersweet (a hopping Fort Greene coffee spot with no less than 7 cute doggies waiting in line when I walked in).


Another sweet snack, vanilla yogurt with chocolate peanut butter stirred in and mini chocolate chips on top.


Cinnamon dusted apple slices with sharp cheddar squares and chocolate peanut butter sticks.


Whole Foods hot bar dinner on an after-work shopping trip.  Crispy potatoes, vegan meat balls, roasted zucchini, tabbouleh, and pasta salad.


Best meal of the week was this quick and easy dinner I threw together Friday night.


Salmon cream cheese wontons!  I stuffed wonton skins with a mix of canned salmon, cream cheese, brown sugar, fish sauce, and minced ginger.  Baked at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.


They were creamy and crispy and delicious.  Served with roasted green beans.


A close 2nd for best meal was our dinner at Lady’s, a newish Italian spot in Brooklyn.


The food was all fantastic – so fresh, and perfectly seasoned.  Like this amazing salad with snow peas, sunflower seeds, and pickled radish.  <– 2nd best salad of my entire life


We also started with hummus with crispy chickpeas, charred cucumber, lemon, and focaccia.


With a yummy local watermelon ale.


And for our entrée we shared pasta with crab,


and honey butter pizza dough with sea salt and Calabrian chili.  The spicy-salty-sweet contrast was perfection.  I had a glass of prosecco with that course and the pairing was wonderful.


I got a giant scoop of the new cheesecake flavor at Ample Hills for dessert.  It was a tasty weekend!

I Can’t Choose A Favorite!

This is a longer wrap-up (Monday through Sunday) and I ate too many yummy things to chose a single favorite for my post title.  I’ve got my top three – 1) Thai-style crab fried rice, 2) roasted garlic bread, and 3) black sesame shaved ice.

Here were the highlights…

Killer coffee combo – Volcanic roast with chocolate milk.


Usually I just have coffee for breakfast or eat something on my train, but this week the cafeteria sounded amazing first thing in the morning.  Eggs and hashbrowns, with humus.


Cafeteria lunch, a spicy chicken sandwich on ridiculously cheesy bread with mustard, lettuce, and bell pepper.


Last weekend I spent forever trying to make coconut curd.  I didn’t make jam, but I did filthy every last inch of my stovetop.  My experiment didn’t work, at all, but I did kind of like the end result – a vaguely sweet, egg, cake.


I enjoyed my “jam” in lunches all week.  Like with vanilla bean yogurt and blackberries.


And plain yogurt, berries, maple quinoa granola, and black sesame seeds.


Whole Foods hot bar lunch.


Sesame broccoli, turkey salad, and cole slaw.


Plus a maple soda that was not as exciting as I was expecting it to be; it had an off-putting aftertaste.


Snack time.  Ice cream = maple walnut and a white chocolate vanilla marshmallow flavor.


Milk bun.


Crème brulee milk stout.


My workweek dinners were on point!  Like crab fried rice with roasted broccoli and sliced cucumber.


I loosely followed this recipe, except I used brown rice and waaaay more crab.  It was fantastic.


Vampire killer, I roasted three whole heads of garlic for this recipe.


Garlic turkey meatballs with red sauce and roasted zucchini.


And amazing homemade garlic bread – I mashed butter and roasted garlic and then slathered it on sliced sourdough and baked until delicious.


Even our leftovers meal was tasty.  Cheese tortellini with meatballs, peas, roasted garlic, and red sauce.


One night I had dinner out with a coworker.  We checked out the new Brooklyn MŏkBar location.  They have a liquor license now, and I got a yummy vodka “cloudsicle.”


Plus chicken ramen with kimchi and poached egg.


And the new Brooklyn Snowdays location was right next door!  Black sesame shaved ice with oreo, mochi, and condensed milk.


Plus a dinner date with the husband.  Brinkley’s has Genesee Cream Ale on draught!


We got pimento cheese dip and duck fat fries to start and I dipped my fries in the pimento cheese and pretty much died of heart failure happiness.


Plus fish tacos with mahi, guacamole, and pineapple salsa.


The other two dinners were decidedly less exciting.  Like Chipotle take out.  And more hot bar.  Yes, I went to Whole Foods two different days, it was an exciting week.  I was too busy at work yesterday to break for lunch so by the time I got dinner I ate a giant plate of all of the things.


Now it’s two days of work before a break on Wednesday.

Have a great week!


Duck Hash At Colonie

I hope everyone had a nice Easter!


We had friends in town from PA and had a great weekend doing our favorite things with them – walking and eating!

Friday night highlights:  Grand Army / Barcade / Brooklyn Star

My drink at Brooklyn Star was packed with exciting stuff, including aperol and papaya puree.  Plus we had spicy duck wings which are 10/10.


Saturday highlights:  Sweetleaf / Ice & Vice / Chelsea Market / John’s on Bleecker / we walked across the Williamsburg Bridge, on the water through Battery Park, then over to Brookfield Place and through the Oculus building

Ice and Vice did not fail to impress the out-of-towners.  I got a scoop of Shade (smoked dark chocolate with caramelized white chocolate ganache) in a sesame cone.


John’s was actually a pizza place that they introduced to me!  Our pie, topped with green peppers, was delicious, and I plan on going back.


Sunday highlights:  Colonie

All four of us ordered the duck hash at Colonie, it’s that good.


Adam and I had some fun on our lonesome too.  Like talking a (sweltering!!) walk in Brooklyn and getting coffee and baklava.



And I made us a very Easter-y salad for dinner.  Greens + fresh cilantro + spring onion / tossed with homemade creamy lemon poppy seed dressing / topped with fresh peas / and medium-boiled eggs.


Have a nice week!