Posts Tagged ‘cheesecake’

There’s NYC restaurant week and then there’s Dine in Brooklyn – a Brooklyn-specific restaurant week. And it’s hopping. Everybody knows Brooklyn is where the best new restaurants are at. So my friend Stacy planned a dinner for us and my roommate/friend Lucy at Bino Brooklyn, which was – surprise – also near my neighborhood! Being in walking distance to tons of fabulous restaurants is a very new thing to me as coming from living on the “other side” of Prospect Park before. (But Prospect Park, I do miss you so.)

Above we have the meatballs with Marinara & Caciocavallo. DELISH. The best appetizer since the other crazy ladies with me got salads. Let’s be real.

Our main courses I got blurry pictures of (go me!). Except for Stacy’s salmon – which as you can guess, looked like salmon. Lucy and I traded our entrees – she had hen w/ zucchini and pine nut spaetzle (spaetzle is apparently in, I’m not gonna complain) and I had bucatini with prosciutto or at least that’s what it says on their website but for some reason I am remembering it to be more like bacon. Anyway, that was the clear winner in the entrees.

And then we have dessert!

Key lime cheesecake, which unfortunately did not want to cooperate for this photo and promptly fell apart. That was delicious. And then:

I know what you’re thinking, but this is not chocolate cake. It’s chocolate bread pudding with vanilla gelato. (I do like bread pudding on occasion.) It was huge and it was very spongey and very chocolatey and quite good, naturally. I am also a fan of the chocolate sauce. Lucy and I definitely could have split one, but we didn’t. I couldn’t finish the whole thing actually, but I can’t say I only made a dent either. So that was good. I enjoyed Bino Brooklyn and will likely go back for a non-dine in Brooklyn experience. The staff was friendly and I especially appreciated the owners/managers sincere thank you for dining with us on our way out. It really makes me want to return. Oh, and for the food too.

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Hi, Kelly. Where are you in my life? Oh yeah, probably on a plane some where, flying to other lands for no good reason except just to go.

Well, this photo is from Sundaes and Cones, which I went to for the second time in my life and this was Kelly’s first. I’m not going to lie, it was not half as exciting as the time we went to Milk and Cookies.

This is my tiny scoop of Strawberry Cheesecake, which was pretty good. It’s actually completely absurd of me to get a flavor besides vanilla with chocolate chips. This Strawberry Cheesecake needed some chocolate, so Kelly let me steal a bite or two of hers. Doesn’t the world know that everything is made better with chocolate chips? Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Chip probably would have been perfect for me.

Just so you know, Sundaes and Cones has fancy flavors like wasabi, ginger, and corn. Kelly and I both tried the Black Sesame and Kelly and I both made faces. We’ll stick with the classics, please.

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Not all lobster rolls are made of lobster. This one, for example, is basically a giant cream puff. Cream and strawberry filling sandwiched between two biscuits. And ain’t it purdy?

Mike’s Pastry is a madhouse. I mean look at all the people outside. It’s a complete mobscene inside, too, with all kinds of lines in all kinds of directions. Luckily there was a woman somewhat directing traffic, but there was still the problem of not being able to see anything. There are cases and cases of baked goods and there are so many people you can’t see all the options. You can’t even see half. I tried to do some poking around but there were just too many bodies in the way and you can only push so many people. :)

Mike’s is most famous for their cannolis. Unfortunately, cannolis is one of probably four things that I actually don’t care for. Next time I may try one of their crazy flavors (since they have so many!) but I was not in the mood so I asked what they were second best known for. Ha. And that’s how I got the “lobster roll” above! I ended up carrying it around in my bag for the rest of the day and when we got back to the apartment it was good as new. It was kind of hard to eat, though! But I got the job done. Ended up eating some of it that night and a little bit of it in the morning. The boys thought I was weird to have it for breakfast, but come on now. I’d have ice cream for breakfast.

Anyway, what D and I did order and eat on the spot was something a little more my flavor:

I mean, I don’t know if you can ever go wrong with cheesecake. And chocolate chips happen to be one of my top ten favorite things in the world so it was basically perfect. D rarely eats dessert and he ate almost the whole thing. Mmm. Yeah, that was good.

Another thing I really liked about Mike’s was the packaging:

Isn’t the box so cute?

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I have a lot of stuff to post from Detroit, so let’s get it started, shall we? I had a great time back in my hometown with my friends and family, and as you can see from the above photo, we had some really yummy treats!

On Friday night we had a dessert party at my mom’s house. I had brought goodies from New York: cupcakes from Butter Lane and a cheesecake from Junior’s. The best part was I didn’t even tell anyone what I was bringing so when I got off the plane with my Junior’s bag, my mom was like, “Ye-ah!” It’s her fave.

My best friend Michelle made this awesome cookie cake (above) from this recipe I had seen online and passed along to her saying, “Please, please, please!” I was thrilled that she actually made it and it was my favorite thing I tried. She made the whipped cream from scratch and it was delicious! My cousin M brought in a giant mocha cake, truffles, and Candy Cane Joe Joe’s (oreos) from Trader Joe’s.

Here’s some of the spread and here is Michelli trying to sneak some frosting from the mocha cake:


Look at the concentration here:

And here’s little B and her big cake:

After everyone had enough sugar to last us the entire week, we gathered around the kitchen table for story time with R:

Good times, good times. And geesh, after looking at all these pictures, who wants to go take a run in Prospect Park? Or, you know, just take a nap. :)

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Um, would you like some cheesecake? I would. After Friday night, I spent the entire weekend being lazy watching movies at my friend’s apartment and all I wanted was something sweet. This little darling is from Eileen’s Special Cheesecake, a place I tried with my mom a few months ago. I’d heard many a good things about this place so I made her check it out with me the last time she came to visit. She’s a big fan of Junior’s and I wanted her to try something new.

The good: the little cupcake shape and the graham cracker crust.

The bad: it wasn’t “cheesey” enough for her.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a big fan of Junior’s too, but I pretty much only get it when I’m with her cause it’s just sooo heavy. If she’s lucky, maybe I’ll bring one to Detroit for Thanksgiving. :)

But Eileen’s is definitely something worth checking out. Besides that little baby on the top, I got myself an oreo one to take home and have later. Anything with an oreo crust can’t be too bad.



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