talenti caramel apple pie gelato

Talenti is my favorite store brand ice cream (gelato). The Sea Salt Caramel  gelato rocks my world and I buy it even when it’s 5 or 6 dollars a jar. It hurts my couponer soul to pay that much but we all have needs.  Anyway this is a new flavor and its almost as good as Sea Salt Caramel. Caramel Apple Pie gelato is made with cinnamon gelato, soft apple pieces, soft pie crust pieces and a caramel swirl. Perfect for fall no?
Caramel apple pie - talent gelatoClick here to find Talenti gelato near you.

* For the record, Talenti has no idea who I am. I just think the product is neat. But it would be sweet if they sent me some coupons…

potatopia

Potatopia serves nothing but potatoes. Sweet, tots, curly, mashed, smashed, baked– whatever kind of potato you want they have. I’m almost embarrassed by how many times I’ve been to Potatopia. Three, maybe four times? But I like potatoes and cheese and it’s a pretty inexpensive meal. Potatopia has several signature dishes to choose from, or you can create your own. Below is The Comatoser. It’s made with thinly sliced potatoes,  cheddar, asiago , and pepperjack Cheese, green and red onion, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, broccoli, bacon, roasted pepper and ranch sauce. Yeah, there’s a lot going on in there but but somehow it works and cheesy saucy mess tastes good.
Comatoser- Potatopia My favorite Potatopia dish is the I Think Therefore I Yam.  It’s made with sweet potatoes crinkle fries, cheese and sauce, and it is heaven. From now until November 1, every dish at Potatopia costs only $5 so it’s a good time to try the place out.

I think therefore I yam- Potatopia Check out the full Potatopia menu here. And just for kicks here’s a photo of the mashed pie. Yes I’ve been to Potatopia many many times.

Mashed Pie- Potatopia

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trader joes pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin butter

I am probably the exact type of person Trader Joe’s tries to market to: likes to try new products and is easily swayed by free samples and meals of convenience. And that’s how I purchased a bunch of pumpkin themed products. They lured me in with with free samples of Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli served with a pumpkin butter cream sauce. By the way, Trader Joe’s has corned the market on pumpkin flavored…everything. It’s like a sea of orange in that place.

Trader joe's pumpkin butter and pumpkin ravioliThis picture below looks horribly unappetizing (I really need to stop using my cell phone and break out the nice camera) but man that stuff is good. The ravioli is stuffed with real pumpkin (not some imitation garbage) mozzarella, ricotta, brown sugar, and honey. It’s sweeter than regular ravioli but what else do you expect from honey roasted pumpkin ravioli? I ran out of heavy cream so I sautéed some Bird’s Eye Recipe Ready Vegetables (because I’m too last to chop) with olive oil, butter and pumpkin butter and made a sauce togo over the ravioli. I never measure things but gradually add pumpkin butter and taste as you go so you don’t end up with an overly sweet sauce. Pumpkin butter and pumpkin ravioli is only available during fall and winter so if you’re going to get it, go now. I’ve also learned not to go to Trader Joe’s between 5-8 in NYC. I once had to wait in line for 20 minutes just to enter the store.

trader joe'e pumpkin ravioli

 

* For the record, Trader Joe’s and Birds Eye have no idea who I am. I just think the products are neat.

stuff and things

 

 

  • A new podcast from This American Life called Serial.– Instead of telling multiple stories in each episode, each episode is one chapter of a single story. This season the story is the murder of Hae Min Lee.

 

  • 2 Dutch pranksters trick foodies into thinking McDonald’s is a new organic version of fast food– Embarrassing. People need to stop pretending they dislike McDonald’s. we all know those fries are addictive.

 

  • I went to Tacos and Tequila at NYCWFF this weekend and well there was tequila so I recorded this video. Enjoy the old people dancing.

 

  • I bought a new skirt from Anthropologie– Too bad winter is approaching.
Nicky Hilton wearing my new skirt

Nicky Hilton wearing my new skirt.

new york city wine and food festival

Last weekend was the New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) and it was a blast. The festival is in its seventh year and is put on to raise funds for Food Bank for New York City.  I attended two events, The Burger Bash hosted by Rachel Ray, and Tacos and Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay. The Burger Bash was definitely my favorite of the two, and next year I hope to attend a brunch event and one of the intimate dinners. Oh and I want to go to a dessert event too. Basically next year I want an all access pass.  I was quite lazy with snapping pics. In fact I have zero pictures from Tacos and Tequila except for a video on my Instagram. I just wanted to eat all the food guys.

Hudson Common burger-NYCWFFThis was my favorite burger at the Burger Bash from Hudson Commons. The peppercorn aioli made the burger taste great.

ramen co - NYCWFFRamen Co, one of my New York burger faves was there. They served ramen burgers topped with pork belly. I had two.

Lamb Marc- NYCWFFThis Lamb- Marc burger won the judges choice award. This was my first taste of lamb and now I know I don’t like it. That’s all I have to say about that.

Macaron burger- Iili NYCWFFThis was the neatest burger themed dessert from Ilili. It was a toasted sesame macaron with almond and cardamon butter, a slice of strawberry, orange blossom marzipan and micro basil. And the waffle fries are were made from funnel cake. I had two of these as well.

Some of my favorites from the Tacos and Tequila were the Peking Duck taco from Buddakan, and white chocolate margarita truffles from El Toro Blanco. They oozed margarita when you bit into them. I had quite a few more than two truffles.

The New York City Wine and Food Festival is definitely an event worth splurging for, and it’s for a good cause. I met a couple who flew in from Wisconsin just for the festival.

bug juice, the disney channel

Did anyone watch Bug Juice on the Disney Channel in the 90’s? Every episode is on youtube and I fell down a rabbit hole watching the first season this weekend. I remember being jealous of the kids camp experiences and I thought they were all mature (LOL). It’s funny to re-watch the episodes now because the romantic entanglements are innocent and awkward and hilarious. Praise the Lord my middle school years aren’t memorialized on VHS. It was neat to see how the kids worked out their issues with one another and I loved how tuned into the camp experience they were. There was no Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to distract them. And wow the boys counselor Rhett was attractive. Here’s part 1 of the first season if you want a trip down memory lane. Man the 90’s were so pure.

And some inquisitive (or stalkery) person tracked down most the kids and counselors from the first season and a where are they now video. Rhett has aged nicely and he’s a television producer.

The Disney channel used to rock. I wonder if I can track down my favorite Disney channel original movies. Smart House, Zenon, Brink anyone? But that’s a project for another day.

broadway bites

Broadway Bites is the same thing as Madison Square Eats but in a different location, (33rd Street and Broadway) which makes sense because it’s all run by the same organization; UrbanSpace.

Broadway BitesYou know the drill, it’s market in Greeley Square where a bunch of restaurants converge so we can all sample tons of food.

Pumpkin Spice lemonade- Mayhem and StoutThis is pumpkin spice lemonade from Mayhem and Stout. I’m sick of seeing pumpkin spice everything but this is a great product. It’s mild, and not sickeningly sweet like a pumpkin spice latte. Though like the pumpkin spice latte, I doubt there’s any actual pumpkin in the drink.

Check out the full Mayhem and Stout menu here.

Mayhem & Stout on Urbanspoon
Sigmund's Pretzel'sThe last thing I bought was a warm truffle cheddar pretzel from Sigmund’s. Side note: is truffle decadent anymore now that it’s added to everything? I fear it’s become so common that McDonald’s will start offering truffle fries at the drive thru. Nevertheless, the truffle is a nice touch. I wish I’d tried the Gruyere paprika pretzel too. I’ve also heard good things about the pretzel Benedict served at brunch. It’s been too long since I’ve made time for brunch.

Check out the full Sigmund’s menu here.

Sigmund Pretzel Shop on Urbanspoon

 

Broadway Bites runs until November 14 from 11 a.m. -9 p.m. I see some lobster mac and cheese from Red Hook Lobster Pound in my future.

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen

I just contributed to my first Kickstarter campaign!  Carla Hall, one of my favorite Top Chef’s because of her positive attitude, is attempting to bring a Nashville style hot chicken restaurant to NYC.
Carla Hall's Southern KitchenI contributed $10 which gets me one free whoopie pie a month for a year once the restaurant opens in early 2015. That sounds like a steal to me. Click here if you want to donate. Right now the Kickstarter has raised $77,000 but the goal is $250,000 and there are 13 days left to donate.

Frying chicken gif

P.S here are some other Kickstarters that I’m considering making donations to:

 

 

  • The Wedding Week, a children’s book by Chimaechi Allan. It’s about 7 weddings around the world and will be translated into 4 languages.

 

*For the record, Carla and Kickstarter have no idea who I am. I just think the products are neat.

la esquina

Sorry I can’t jump on the La Esquina bandwagon. Everything I ate was mediocre. I think sometimes when restaurants get super popular they stop trying because they know tourists will show up anyway. The salsa on both tacos had zero heat. The top is steak (which was salty) and the bottom was rotisserie chicken (which was dry). There is better Mexican food in the city. Go seek it out.

Tacos - La EsquinaOh yeah I had corn too. It was blah also.

Grilled Corn - La Esquina

Check out the full La Esquina menu here.

La Esquina on Urbanspoon