The Serious Eats Guide to British Sweets

No way is that proper UK scone in the photo! It's iced for starters (frosted) and is way too thin. British scones are never iced and are at least twice as high as this sorry example, which looks like one of those dodgy Starbucks numbers....

Why Have I Never Tried: Crunchie?
The chocolate bar that inspired NZ's favourite TV commercial of the 1970s...

Why Have I Never Tried: Crunchie?

Honeycomb? Sea foam candy ?? It's called hokey pokey and is a classic make-at-home candy in New Zealand.. Golden syrup, sugar and butter brought to a boil, add baking soda and stand back... Pour the swirling sticky toffee mass onto baking paper and then smash it up into pieces when it sets.
Stir it into vanilla ice cream and you have New zealands culinary gift to the world - hokey pokey ice- cream
PS Never chew a Crunchie. The approved technique is to crack off the chocolate coating on all sides with your teeth and then gnaw the hokey pokey.

Open Thread: What Oreo Flavor Do You Wish Existed?

Coming at Oreos without any " nostalgia baggage" ( i.e. I didn't grow up in the US eating them as a kid) I have to say they are crying out for a coffee filling - all that dark cookie goodness going to waste ....

Behind the Coffee Drink: The Flat White

It is debatable whether the flat white is Australian or New Zealand in origin- perhaps another battle to join our mutual claims over the pavlova?
One thing I have always noticed in Oz, is a single shot of espresso seems to be the industry standard, whereas in NZ it is a double. Kiwis wanting a flat white like they enjoy at home, remember to specify a "double" or you'll get some horrid wimpy thing...

Which iconic hotel for special Sunday brunch?

Meant to add - we are considering afternoon tea at The Plaza during our stay, which is why it's not on the brunch list..

Which iconic hotel for special Sunday brunch?

We are visiting NYC in May and planning Sunday brunch at an iconic hotel to kick off DH's 'significant birthday in NYC' celebrations. Factors to consider:
1. Location, history and ambience are major considerations - I realise the BEST NYC brunch right now may well not be in an iconic hotel
2. We will have two restaurant-experienced, house-trained tween sons in tow...
Narrowed down to:
The Carlyle - front runner so far
The Peacock Rm at the Waldorf Astoria (but seriously, $400 for a family of 4??)
The Four Seasons - mostly for the space - I realise the food has slipped, but's The Garden!
Opinions? Any others we should consider?

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