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The 10 Best Budget Rums

Great list—this is going to be very useful. I too am a huge fan of the El dorado family of rums—their 8 and 15 year bottles are a fantastic value compared to their peers IMHO. On your rec, I am going to try this 5 . Plantation is another fave.

4 Great Places to Try Canelés in Chicago

Great sleuthing! This will definitely come in handy when I visit Chicago. Thank you!

How to Cook Ribs for 12,000 People: 2 Days at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Great read--very interesting. Would love to know the value proposition here as well. Do the teams get a flat fee to attend or just PR?

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@badeggsalad, Love this story! You should shop your caneles around to the local bakeries as a draw for more customers. Sunday mornings :)

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@thebirdie, you've made such a compelling argument--with so many specifics.

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@halfpint, Thanks for the tip. Laduree didn't have canele when I visted a few weeks ago. I'll definitely check it out.

@organicgal, your phonetic pronunciation is correct.

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@Jmena, Burdick does still make them and yes they use copper molds. They told me they bake 2-4 per day. I'll be curious to hear what you think of the Bosie canele.

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@Bigb, That's just it--it's not just the "crust I seek" the crust of the canele is 90% of the experience! I am also finding it difficult to believe that DAB were low in flavor given they use wildly aromatic (and expensive) Tahitian vanilla--but let's leave his canele out of this. Visit one of the other two in the top 4--Runner and Stone or Bosie--go early--and then let me know how you what you think.

@Chanjying, Keep in mind that if you invest in copper molds you'll have them for a lifetime and they retain 100% of their value (as long as the price of Copper doesn't go down too much). If you're into baking you won't be sorry. Even by two (JB Price has medium sized copper for $15.70 ea!) That said silicone still produces an excellent and tasty product.

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@max, I thought it only fair to recuse myself--but I'm glad you called out my omission.

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@11USCh7 The majority of the canele on this list use some kind of beeswax and oil or butter mix. It does provide the best crust.

BigB@ Really? I notice you don't provide any specifics. You just give your opinion. Please state why specifically, you think they should be on this list—do you disagree with the characteristics of a good canele?

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@KungSchu, It honetsly broke my heart not to include Balthazar on this list as they are a fantastic bakery in a million other ways. However, I visited them over and over again in the last year (as I have for years) and their canele always have a soft leathery crust and a matte finish. Even if you purchase them at 9:00 a.m. It's quite perplexing since they have baking expertese and even use very high end industrial copper molds. Celines canele (from her shop) have snap and a beautiful finish.

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

@RBNYC, A valid question worthy of further exploration.

A Lighter Take on the Gluten-Free Cookie From Foragers City Grocer

@Tommi, While it's true that less than 1% of people in US suffer from Celiac Disease, many researchers believe that 6-7% of people may have a gluten sensitivity. In NYC that would be >500,000 people.

In this case, where the price is reasonable--you could just think of it as a cookie with a non-traditional recipe.

Behind the Scenes: Making Edible Blown Glass at Aureole, NYC

This is pro as sh--! What beautiful and colorful plates.

Gramercy Tavern's Must-Eat Lemon Sherbet

sorry, never meant to say "local"--they're from Florida. My bad.

Yes, One of NYC's Best Black and White Cookies is in a Midtown Salad Bar

@pcsanwald, The short answer is that I've been writing about desserts in NYC since 2006. A few years ago someone told me about Dishes in-house baker and I have been trying their stuff for years--it's almost always excellent--from rugelach to tres-leches cake. When I saw their B & W cookie i had to try it. But Dishes is unusual. It looks like a random place but it's not. It's very expensive for everything but baked goods though.

Amanda Cook Doubles Down with Food Science and the Culinary Arts

So great that you featured Amanda Cook--she's the best. I have to visit and try that "choc-cuterie" board.

Cannelle Patisserie in Jackson Heights Still Has It

@gfweb, Actually although they aren't on the menu (either online or in the store) they do sell canele but only on weekends after about 10:00 a.m. They are $2 each and among the best in the city.

Amali's Dark Chocolate Beet Cake is Not What You Expect

@Deliciouslymeta, Thanks for checking in with a report--so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. I'll definitely put the pear/fennel crisp on the list.

Swedish Dessert Comes to Red Rooster

@Katie,

You are 100% correct that should be tart not bitter. It's never been bitter to me either.

Say Hello to Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding in Park Slope

@simon, your reasoning may be sound but no, croissant-based bread puddings are very common--especially in the comfort dessert category that this bakery specializes in (see Stewart, Barefoot Contessa Barefoot, etc.)

Zucker Bakery's Chocolate Matzo Cake is Your Passover Sweets Solution

The bakery is not kosher for Passover but the cake itself is Hametz free (not leavened) so considered to many as suitable for Passover.

The Best Sweets We Ate in March

@BarbaraD, Just so you know, there's no chocolate in the Nomad lemon tart--just shortbread crust surrounding the lemon curd.

For Eclair Fans, a Must-Eat at General Assembly

@mrw, Should have said "of the three varieties I tried..." The other two varieties available that night were coffee praline and coconut almond Joy. The coconut almond joy was also very good with a pronounced almond flavor and pudding like pastry creme filling.

Inside the 100% Vegan, Must-Eat Icebox Cake From Rouge Tomate

@Organicgal, I'm (obviously) not vegan either but I like a lot of their menu. Re: your question: the place is huge--for NYC it's one of the biggest places seat-wise I know of. They have a big bar and a lounge area. I doubt you would have any issues sitting for dessert and drink. PS read their site--much of their food is sustainably sources as well.