Fantastic black & white cookie
I haven't had it in a while but I remember the tres leches cake at Cafe El Portal on Elizabeth Street rather fondly. Let me know what you think!
I really enjoy the coconut cake at Amy's Bread. A slice is about $4 if I remember correctly. It actually has coconut custard frosting, very tasty!
In regard to the question of good hoagies in NYC, I really enjoy the Italian special sandwich they have at Faicco's. It's 10 dollars last time I checked (I know that's a bit steep but it's a HUGE sandwich) and it has a good selection of meats (prosciutto, cappy, and hot or sweet soppressata) as well as fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers or sun dried tomato, lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. Faicco's is at 260 Bleecker Street (between 6th and 7th avenues). Hope this helps!
Jacques Torres Dessert Circus at Home. I learned a lot of basic french pastry techniques which I use all the time and he admits to having a kid's taste- just like me!
Di Palo on Grand Street. They have a wonderful selection and Lou is extremely helpful and informative. Here is the website: http://www.dipaloselects.com/diary.php
I use a Henckels sharpening steel; it works great and lasts a long time. I am not a fan of electric sharpeners and they also take up more room.
My family actually lives on a farm in Maryland and we (my mother and I) went foraging this weekend, unfortunately we found none. We think that we just missed them. I was therefore disappointed and am now looking for a comparable replacement. Thanks for the input all!
Stichelton is available for mail order from Di Bruno Brothers in Philadelphia http://www.dibruno.com/ -- it's my favorite blue cheese so far. I have never tried to pair it with wine but I am betting a nice California Chenin Blanc would go very nicely.
Thanks so much. I have been meaning to try Co. for a little while now. Was there a line last Thursday? I will probably go there between 6-6:30.
Bouchon Bakery is a nice place for lunch in the Time Warner Center. They have great pastries as well.
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