• Bagel

    Everything Bagel @ Tompkins Square Bagels

    Today was pay day so my wife and I decided to treat ourselves to bagels. We ordered from Tompkins Square Bagels on 2nd Avenue in the East Village. My go to is an everything bagel, not toasted with vegetable cream cheese and today was no different. Upon unwrapping, the medium sized bagel was very fresh with a good amount of everything seasoning. The bagel was not too dense but could have used a bit more cream cheese. Unfortunately, the everything seasoning was a bit too salty. The vegetable cream cheese had a nice veggie to cream cheese ratio and tasted great. While I’m not a fan of carrots in cream…

  • Croissant,  Donuts

    Pineapple Jam & Oolong Tea Ganache Cronut

    Today is my wife’s birthday so to kick it off I got her favorite pastry ….. the world famous Cronut from the Dominique Ansel Bakery. The flavor for July 2023 is Pineapple Jam & Oolong Tea. Chef Dominique Ansel invented the cronut in 2013, it’s a hybrid of a croissant and a donut. While the cronut is 10 years old it is still incredibly popular. I placed a pre-order but on a Monday in the summer there are plenty of Cronuts available. The presentation was typical cronut perfection. Layers of flaky, buttery dough dipped in sugar, topped with bright yellow icing and garnished with a small dusting of oolong tea.…

  • Ice Cream

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream

    While picking up a prescription at Duane Reade I spotted a pint of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream in the ice cream freezer. I had never seen it before and since Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my favorite cereal I had to try it. I was excited after reading the carton’s description: “cinnamon light ice cream with a cinnamon graham swirl and cereal pieces”. Unfortunately, the cinnamon light ice cream is lacking in flavor. The cinnamon taste is abundant and tasty. Also, the bits of cereal are tiny and few and far between. I recommend skipping this and instead mix Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal with you favorite ice cream. Rating: Skip…

  • Sandwiches

    Shawarma Sandwich @ Mamoun’s Falafel

    My wife and and I have a tradition of going to Mamoun’s Falafel after the annual NYC Halloween parade. Due to the Covid 19 cancellation last year we couldn’t go. Out of the blue my wife said she was craving a pita sandwich so we fired up Seamless and placed an order. For those who are unfamiliar, Mamoun’s Falafel has been serving high quality, authentic Middle Eastern food since 1971. It is the oldest falafel restaurant in New York and one of the first Middle Eastern establishments in the United States. I ordered the Shawarma Sandwich with is described as “100% lamb made with our signature spices and cooked slowly…

  • Burgers,  Chicken,  Sandwiches

    Double Chicken Zinger Sandwich @ Tallgrass Burger

    Tallgrass Burger is burger place in Manhattan’s East Village that serves organic, grass fed halal meats . Since it’s Halal my wife can eat anything on the menu 🙂 I ordered the Double Chicken Zinger Sandwich which according to the menu consists of “two crispy and spicy breaded chicken patties with ranch dressing”. It was topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. After a seemingly long wait the sandwich was delivered to our table. It was served open face and thankfully the pickles were on the side (I’m not a pickle fan). The sandwich looked huge, the two generously sized chicken patties resulted in a thick sandwich. Biting into the…

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