Travels

New York

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I went to New York! I took photos! Half of them worked!

Like what is even going on in the first photo? I do not understand how only the bottom half of the film got exposed. Weird, but it’s a kinda cool effect!

Anyway, I’ve just put some of the photos below for you to take a gander at, and there’s a list of my food experiences strewn throughout. Basically everything I ate was AMAZING so unless the note says otherwise, you can safely assume that the thing was delicious and that yes, you should eat it too.

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ABC Kitchen – Kabocha squash toast, Mushroom and farm egg Pizza, Chocolate, malt and marshmallow layer cake.

The kabocha squash was to-die-for. Luckily the waitress was INCREDIBLE because she not only knew what was in it, and how it was made but she also just told us so I wrote it all down on my phone (p.s. recipe soon.). The pizza was very good – I did find it a little too intense to eat the whole thing (I was luckily sharing with others). The chocolate cake had lots of flavour but I think I would have preferred more ganache on the outside instead of the marshmallow frosting.

(P.s. the store is gorgeous. Even if you can’t get a table at the restaurant – which is like Power Lady Lunch central at midday, which is pretty brilliant! – walk around the store.)

Four & Twenty Blackbirds– Bittersweet chocolate pecan pie.

Pecan pie is my fave (I’m jittery at the thought of Thanksgiving being so soon because of the Maple Pecan Pie my mum makes) but the addition of chocolate, and the perfect pie crust made it 10000x more face-smashingly good. In retrospect, I’m a tad sad that I didn’t order MORE of this pie. Bonus points for an ultra cute business card!

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Seersucker – Heirloom tomato soup, grilled cheese, biscuits, pimiento grits.

The soup was creamy and light with a slight kick. The grilled cheese was also punch-the-wall delicious (why wouldn’t you want melted cheese and bread..?). Super light biscuits (first I’ve ever had! I’ve had scones, but not biscuits) which I loved because they were also square and had three little pots of jam with them. . I also had some pimiento grits which were like cheesy, peppery polenta. MMMMM. I don’t understand how everything here could be so tasty. I also got to meet Kerry (of Cherry Bombe) and Gabi here, who were genuinely the nicest people ever.

Empellon Taqueria – Chicken and black kale tacos, Queso fundido with shishito peppers (a brilliant rec. from Gabi), goood guac & salsas

It was reallllly busy and pretty loud (mostly due to the music though) and the waiter messed up one of the orders but that meant we got complimentary guac and salsa! My taco had loads of flavour and even though I ordered the ‘app size’ which is three small tacos, I was ridic stuffed by the time I’d eaten two. The thing I REALLY liked though was the cashew salsa. It was very creamy, smoky and quite hot. #ineedtomakeit. Queso fundido was a new experience for me – it’s literally a small skillet of melted Mexican Chihuahua Cheese with peppers in it. You wrap it up in a little tortilla and just EAT it. AGAIN: Bread & melted cheese. Can’t go wrong!

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Momofuku Noodle Bar – pork ramen, pork buns, lucky peach (lucky charms) soft serve.

The steamed pork buns were my favourite thing here. They had a little bit of hoisin schmeared on them and supremely soft pork. The ramen was tasty, with more of the tender pork and a nice runny poached egg on top. The soft serve was slightly strange (but still good!) – pastel green in colour and slightly salty. Having never eaten Lucky Charms in my life I can’t tell you how much it tasted like the cereal.

Zucker Bakery selection of cookies and a ‘rose’ (bread dough swirled with chocolate chips).

Sooo cute! Had a really good latte here along with plate of the different cookies. They were all spiced with things like clove, ginger and cinnamon, but not in an overpowering way. They weren’t overly sweet either which was a relief! Go here go here go here.

Lafayettewaffles with banana and nutella from the cafe. Canneles (first time I’e ever had them!), croissant and pain au chocolat.

I always order waffles if they’re on the menu because when you don’t own a waffle iron, believe me you get your hands on those breakfast treats whenever. you. can. They were light and the bananas had been bruleed with some sugar – yuuuum! The canneles were crispy,custardy perfection. The pastries had the best texture that I’ve tasted in a WHILE, mega flakes and crisp.

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Birdbath Bakery– vegan Raspberry Bran muffin (fave), blueberry cornmeal muffin ( a bit too gritty for me but the flavour was good), pear and ginger cornmeal muffin, bakers muffin.

When I visited New York 2 years ago, I went to Birdbath got a raspberry bran muffin . I got it again for the train journey to Boston this time, because it was so good last time. On a different morning I had the blueberry corn which I didn’t like as much as the raspberry, but it was still delicious corn muffin. On another day I had a bakers muffin – basically dough scraps rolled in cinnamon-sugar with walnuts and raisins, baked in muffin form. Like a cinnamon roll muffin. Delish.

City Bakery – chocolate chip cookie

I’d heard a lot about the City Bakery cookies- mostly because of Maury Rubin who started the whole ‘age your cookie dough’ thing (a rule which I’ve lovingly adopted). It was crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle, perfect texture. BUT it had semisweet chocolate in it. I felt that due to the sweetness of the dough, the semisweet chocolate made it a bit sickly and would have preferred a 70% cocoa chocolate in it instead. Plus a sprinkle of salt. But now I’m basically describing my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, so lets move on.

The Butcher’s Daughter – the best kale salad, kale chips.

This was very close to where I stayed so we went there on the day we landed, for lunch. I can’t even describe how GOOD it is to eat something like a kale salad after travelling all day. It was just what I needed to re-set! I also tried the kale chips (which had that cashew, lemon juice and nooch dressing on them) which were A++++

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BAKED caramel coconut cluster bar, sweet & salty brownie, brookster

Coconut, caramel and chocolate in bar cookie form. Verrry goood apart from the size – it was giant! haha. The brookster was awesome – and surprisingly less sweet than I was expecting which meant it wasn’t overly rich. Hooray!

The brownie I was looking forward to trying because of the Baked brownie having so much hype. I don’t think it lived up to it though. It was too dense for me, more like eating fudge to be honest. I prefer to have brownies that are a little lighter in texture.

Ace Hotel / The Breslin pumpkin muffin, currant scone

The pumpkin muffin had golden raisins in it which was nice, they added texture and sweetness. It was lightly spiced and not heavy or dry. woooohooo! The scone was super buttery (so it didn’t require any kind of spread with it) and totally moreish.

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Blue Ribbon bakery Market – Matzoh

Crisp and addictive. Probably could be made easily at home…! One had cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on it, and one had cheese and herbs. Can’t fault it.

Non-Food Things

Ikea Ferry – easy to take across the river when coming back from Redhook, instead of trekking to the nearest subway station!

The Highline – pretty pretty pretty! You can get away from the crowded streets up to the brilliant view of the city. Somehow it was also a golden zone for my film camera which decided to actually work up there (which you can see from the multiple photos I took on the highline, above)

Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene) – After searching for a while I bought some stacking rings here. Also got a pizza from some dudes with a pizza stall and a wood burning oven on wheels (can I have one of those too? please and thanks.)

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  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate November 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Sounds like you had a great trip and ate some amazing sweets, I’m jealous!

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I totally did haha 🙂

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today November 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I want to go to NY! 🙂 I love this pictures, so interesting. And all this foooood.

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      NY is my faaave! Yes ofc loads of food 🙂 I really did spend most of my time there eating

  • Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering November 18, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Oh yumm…it’s all about the food, especially in NY

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Definitely!!

  • Gaby @ NutellaIsMaFella November 18, 2013 at 12:03 am

    So jealous right now. Everything sounds so delicious, and your trip sounds amazing too 😀

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      I’m jealous of past me with all the food! I already want to go back for more

  • Billy November 18, 2013 at 12:07 am

    GUESS HOW BADLY I JUST WANT TO GO EAT A BUNCH OF FOOD WITH YOU?!

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      COME TO LONDON PLS AND THANK

  • Sharon November 18, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Oh gosh, everything sounds so fantastic!!! You just knew exactly where to look for food and where to take pictures!

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      There was quite a lot of food planning that took place before going to maximise the food experience 😉

  • Amber November 18, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Whoa! What an amazing sounding trip! Everything sounds DEEELISHIOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing, I am now filled with inspiration, especially for chocolate pecan pie, gonna have to whip up some of that jazz xx

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      It was!!! Oh god the pecan pie I am going to have to make

  • thecitygourmand November 18, 2013 at 2:28 am

    NYC 2014. For sure.

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Totes

  • Buttercream Fanatic November 18, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Looks like a fantastic (and tasty) trip! Thanks for sharing your photos and reviews 🙂

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      It was indeed! 🙂

  • Maria @ Decaf Doesn't Count November 18, 2013 at 4:54 am

    How perfect is Four and Twenty Blackbirds? Ugh. No words.
    This list is great. I’ve been to several places during my time living in New York but some of these are new to me. Sensing some excellent weekend foraging in the future.

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      So so so good. The pastry is unbelievable!

  • Kezia November 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I’m so jealous! I love your photos too, very cool!

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Hahah thank you!

  • yossy November 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing trip! Next time you’re around, let’s meet up for a coffee. xx yossy

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      I really did! That would be amazing, I would absolutely love to 🙂

  • Knutas November 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    In the first photo I’m guessing you were using a flash and the sync speed was too high, ie the shutter was not fully open when the flash went off. Or your shutter simply got stuck. If it keeps happening when you are not using a flash it might be time to have it looked at or clean it out.

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      I figured out that I think it was the shutter being stuck! I don’t have a flash on that camera so it wasn’t that 🙂 and I recently cleaned it out but it’s a £20 second hand Praktica so I’m not exactly expecting it to be amazing haha

  • Teffy November 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    What beautiful pictures! That is what I love most about film, the positive surprises that come when it is developed. So stunning.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      I really love the imperfections too 🙂

  • BerryBloomXO November 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Ahhhh the pumpkins!!! I can’t hold my excitement! The pictures look awesome!
    xoxo,

    http://berrybloomxo.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Heheh yess, pumpkins!!! Thanks 🙂

  • Kathryn November 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    The Highline is the best isn’t it? I so wish we had something similar here.

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      So pretty! Ohhhh yes, I would love it if there was something like it in London

  • Linda November 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Agh, visitors. You guys have way more fun than the locals. 😉 But seriously, you hit up some really great spots. I have a guest coming in a couple days, and I am definitely taking her to Seersucker now!

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Ahaha I always feel that way when I read visitors’ London posts!! I don’t really actively search out food places here to visit :/ yaaay seersucker was brilliant!! I hope you and your guest like it

  • vanillasugarblog November 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    You need to add Levain Bakery!
    Home of the 1/4 pound cookie!
    Isn’t Baked the best?
    Can’t wait to hear about you movie!

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Oh jeeeez I completely forgot about Levain! I’ll add it to my ‘next time’ list along with all the other things I missed out!!!!

  • Kelsey November 19, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Where you able to go to Smorgasburg?? It is one of the funnest foodie events.

    http://www.smorgasburg.com/

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Nooooo I didn’t #sadness 🙁

  • Jin November 19, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I absolutely love your pictures! They’re so incredible and magnificently capture the charm of film. I was just wondering, what camera and film do you use? Thank you so much!

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you!! I was using a Praktica MTL3 with some rando drugstore brand of 35 mm 200 film

  • Trisha November 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    yumizzle to the final cake photo. YUM. IZZLE.

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Hah that was definitely yumizzle to eat 😉

  • Erika November 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    A dear friend of mine works at the Butchers Daughter. Their spicy kale caesar salad is major!

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Dangggg I’ll have to try it next time I’m there!! 🙂

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  • Ashley November 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Just beautiful. Love all of the food notes, too! Also, I’m obsessed with The Highline. I did a crap ton of research on that during my thesis about 5 years ago and even made 2 trips to NYC to study it [my thesis was on food and architecture]. It wasn’t completed at the time but I snuck up there and walked around, which was kind of nuts because I was all alone and never do sneaky things like that, haha. So glad you had such a great time! xo

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      THATS SO COOL!! Heheh what a rebel 😉

  • Chef Matsui November 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Fantastic city and fantastic photos! Sounds like someone had a fun trip 🙂

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you! I certainly did 😀

  • Cristina November 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    You fit in so many of my NYC favorite eats! I am also a little obsessed with Four & Twenty. (PS. They have a cookbook now, so that’s dangerous.)

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Woooh! Yessss I know I think I’ll be putting that on the Christmas wish list, yes pleaseeee mmmmmm

  • carey November 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Ooooo, I love oddly exposed film. It looks so cool and unusual that it’s kind of hard to be disappointed with the results. (:

    The fact that I’ve lived in the northeast all my life, been to NYC on a number of occasions, and yet haven’t eaten at any of these places….oh the shame! (In my defense, my good friend that I used to visit all the time lived less than a block from Blue Apron Foods, so we’d spend weekends gorging ourselves on bread and cheese and pastries.) I’m due for a trip back sometime soon though, and I’ll definitely use your foodventures as a guide! I will also be going to Levain Bakery first thing in the morning so I can get my hands on one of their Valrhona chocolate rolls. (It’s a sourdough roll filled with chocolate. Like, FILLED: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eatingintranslation/3743422433/.) My life will not be complete until I eat one.

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Me too 🙂 it adds so much character and can make a really boring photo so pretty! And holy woah I need that roll. WHY DID I MISS THAT!? Something is wrong with me. I’m DEFFO not missing Levain next time

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 22, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I loved reading this post! I’ve visited a few of the places that you mentioned (but not enough of them)–my sister lives in NYC and there’s never enough time when I go to visit. I love the highline though, it’s such a great retreat. And, of course, all of your photos are briliant. Love the film ones too. I can barely remember film cameras, LOL!

    Also, I might need to recreate that cinnamon/sugar dough muffin…even though I’ve never tasted it. Yeah, need to do that.

    • Izy November 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Hahaha I’m trying to get into the film camera groove. Managed to get my mum to lend her better one to me so I can actually try to get more than a 50% success rate!

      Yes. Christmas breakfast : HELLO

  • Chris @ Shared Appetite December 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    You hit up a ton of my favorite places here in NY! Love the steamed pork buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar. They are pretty amazing. You should check out Momofuku Ssam Bar next time you are in town. Love a ton of their small bites. And the pork buns are on the menu there as well 🙂

    I’ve been wanting to get to Four and Twenty Blackbirds for a while now. I’ve heard incredible things about their pie!