Tag Archives: ice cream

Haagen-Dazs Free Cone Day May 13

Haagen-Dazs is giving away a free cone on Free Cone Day May 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Click here to check for participating shops.

Sweet Potato Ice Cream

For Thanksgiving dessert, we always have the usual suspect pies–pecan, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato.  This year, I wanted something different, so I made ice cream.  I made a pumpkin pie ice cream following this Cuisinart pumpkin pie ice cream recipe.  In addition, I was going to make a sweet potato pie with my North Carolina sweet potatoes but opted to make sweet potato ice cream.  Now, this recipe made a more liquidy ice cream, so for the sweet potato ice cream, I put less whole milk.  Also, the sweet potato had a thicker consistency than the pumpkin puree, so it also helped to thicken the ice cream.  This ice cream has a starchy mouthfeel similar to taro ice cream, so if you like that, you will like this.  I did!

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Sweet Potato Ice Cream

2 large sweet potatoes, mashed

1 cup whole milk

2 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

Wash and peel potatoes.  Prick potatoes with a fork and microwave for 20 minutes.  In the bowl of a mixer, mash potatoes.  Then add milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cream.  Mix well and add to ice cream freezer.  Follow ice cream freezer directions.  It took about 30 minutes of churning.

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Dina’s Top 5 Seamless Delivery

New Yorkers are known for their takeout.  Seamless makes it seamless, and I’m a big fan.  On a given night, I have over 400 restaurants to choose from in my neighborhood.  At this point, I’ve memorized my choices, and I’ve read the ratings.  I have favorites that I order from repeatedly.  This is how spoiled I am with takeout:  I’d like to move to a new neighborhood just to have some new restaurants to choose from.

So my top 5 cuisines on Seamless are:  Japanese/sushi, healthy, ice cream/desserts, Italian and Turkish.  This isn’t surprising because in New York, takeout is something you eat more regularly, and I eat healthy on a regular basis.  So I order sushi and health foods.  I have a favorite sushi place to order from:  Ageha Sushi.  I also have favorite rolls at Kodama and Ocha.  Kodama has this roll called red-eye with salmon, red pepper and cream cheese that is great.  Ocha has the winter roll that’s all yummy veggies like snow peas and baby corn.  I like the clean food from Fuel, and I often get grilled chicken and a sweet potato.  My favorite place to order dessert is Crepe Cafe Joli.  I don’t know what the frozen treat is made of but it’s low-fat and low carb and it’s delish.  I’m into the pumpkin right now, but I also like marshmallow.  When I’m in the mood for a turkey burger with sweet potato fries (and sometimes a milkshake), I order from Lucky’s.

So here’s my top 5 Seamless delivery restaurants (in order of how often I ordered from them and a dish I like from them):

1.  Ageha Sushi (sweet potato roll)

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2.  Fuel (grilled chicken and sweet potato and juices)

3.  Crepe Café Joli (pumpkin and marshmallow frozen treat)

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4.  Lucky’s (turkey burger and sweet potato fries)

5.  Kodama Sushi/Holey Cream (red-eye roll/midnight cookies and cream ice cream)

Two for Tuesday: Ice Cream

I’m going to do a Sweets Week, since we kicked off the week with Italian bakeries. So this week’s Two for Tuesday is ice cream. I can’t believe I haven’t written about my favorite ice cream shop yet. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has the creamiest, yummiest ice cream in NYC. They also have a wide variety of standard American flavors like strawberry cheesecake and Oreo, but my favorites are the Asian flavors like ginger, black sesame, red bean, taro, lychee, pandan and even durian!

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In the picture above, I have my favorite flavor on the bottom, almond cookie, followed by taro and red bean.  Yum!  While Chinatown ice cream is a classic, having been in NYC for 28 years, there are always new ice cream places popping up.

Davey’s Ice Cream is a new ice cream shop in the East Village.  A very cute shop, Davey’s has a limited menu of ice cream, but the staff is super friendly and very enthusiastic about the ice cream.  I got vanilla and sweet corn.  I was hoping it would be more creamy than it was, but the vanilla had a very pure vanilla flavor.  I am also a fan of corn ice cream, and I guess I was expecting it to be more like the corn flavor at Sundaes and Cones, a flavor I love.  However, it tasted more like the buttered popcorn jellybean from Jelly Belly, with caramel swirls.

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Dinner: Rosa Mexicano

I recently went to Rosa Mexicano for dinner.  Yes, the ice cream festival drew me in.  My friend and I started with Rosa Mexicano’s freshly made guacamole of avocado, jalapeno, tomato, onion and cilantro.

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My friend got the cheese enchiladas made with Chihuahua cheese in corn tortillas topped with Mexican roasted tomato sauce.  She liked it very much.

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I got the enchiladas suizas. The homemade corn tortillas have a grainy texture and fresh corn flavor.  The creamy, slightly mustardy sauce was very good.

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Our enchiladas came with rice and refried black beans, different from the traditional refried beans at most Mexican restaurants.  I prefer black beans, so I liked them.

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And of course, the ice cream.  From left to right:  plantain and peanut butter, honey-amaranth crunch and sweet cream with shaved Mexican chocolate and cajeta swirl.  If you are a peanut butter lover, the plantain and peanut butter is very peanut-buttery.  The sweet cream was a bit disappointing, as it sounded so flavorful with chocolate and cajeta, but it fell flat for me.  My favorite was the honey-amaranth crunch, creamy and sweet with a little bit of crunch.  I want to return to try the raspado and also the alegria ice cream sundae.

Rosa Mexicano

Weekend Whets 8/9

Rosa Mexicano Ice Cream Festival, July 31, 2013, through August 25, 2013, local locations in Manhattan and Hackensack, NJ:  Try homemade Mexican paletas, or ice pops; raspado, or Mexican snow cones; ice cream desserts like ice cream stuffed churros or ice cream and sorbet in flavors inspired by Mexican cuisine.

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, through August 9, 2013, participating restaurants in Hudson County, NJ:  Celebrate Hudson County restaurants with discounted prix fixe menus.

Marlow Summer Fair, Sunday, August 11, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., parking lot across from Diner and Marlow & Sons, Brooklyn:  Sausage & Peppers, Grilled Corn, Snow Cones, Draft Beer from Single Cut and more.  Four tickets for $35.

In Our Own Backyard, Thursday, August 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan:  Food and drink sampling from local vendors and restaurants.  Tickets $20 until August 15.

New York City Restaurant Week 2013, through Friday, August 16, 2013:  Celebrate NYC restaurants with $25 lunch and $38 dinner menus.

Tomato Fest 2013: Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC)’s Annual Celebration of the Tomato, Sunday, August 18, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Green Table, Chelsea Market, Manhattan:  Celebrate tomatoes with drinks and bites.  Tickets: $50  FSNYC members; $55  non-FSNYC member; $75 ticket + annual membership (includes $5 discount). All proceeds benefit FSNYC.

The Brooklyn Slur, Slow Food NYC Monthly Happy Hour, Monday, August 19, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Terroir Park Slope, Brooklyn:  Meet the Slow Food NYC leaders and sample some Terroir wine, sherry, mead, ciders, beers, veal and ricotta meatballs, panini, salads, cheese, and more.

How to Prepare a Korean Feast, Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make kimchi and shop for a Korean feast.

Blues BBQ, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 2 p.m., Hudson River Park:  Blues musicians along with Brother Jimmy’s and Dinosaur BBQ.

La Toscana nel Mondo Brinda Per Arcobalena D’Estate, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Per Lei, Upper East Side, Manhattan:  Celebrate Tuscany’s art, music, theatre, food, history, nature, and tourism. Tuscan wines will be offered at the cash bar with complimentary appetizers, along with live performances.  For those who have an interest in  Tuscany to meet one another and join the Tuscan Association of New York. Please call for more information.  RSVP by August 21st. Space is limited.  tuscanassociationnewyork@gmail.com

Ultimate BBQ Bash Southampton Summer 2013, Saturday, August, 31, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton, NY:  Say goodbye to summer with a bbq, desserts, wine tasting and complimentary beer.  Live music and a DJ will entertain.  Tickets $60-$110.

Taste Talks, Saturday, September 14, 2013 and Sunday, September 15, 2013, Brooklyn:  A two-day event with discussions and workshops on food, featuring Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, Dan Barber, Alessandro Porcelli, April Bloomfield and more.  Talks include those on food porn, food photography, Brooklyn food, gluten and more.

The 10th Annual NYC Dumpling Festival Eating Contest, Saturday, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park on East Houston Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets, Manhattan:  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City in this dumpling eating contest with men’s and women’s divisions.

Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Bonanza

Today was a gorgeous day to be out and about, so I went to the Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Bonanza in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  I sampled ice cream from many vendors:  honey lavender from Luca & Bosco, salted caramel from Fort Grace, Thai from Odd Fellows, mole from La Newyorkina, banana whama and coconut key lime from Phin & Phebes, Old Bay corn from The Bent Spoon and sweet as honey and ooey gooey butter cake from Ample Hills.  My favorite was the ooey gooey butter cake from Ample Hills.  This was seriously delicious ice cream!

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Paper’s Super Duper Market

I went to Paper magazine’s Super Duper Market in Nolita today.  The second annual pop-up shop features food vendors from New York and across the country.  My favorite yummy ice cream Humphry Slocombe from San Francisco was there again, and of course, I got secret breakfast again.  I swear this is soooo good!

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There were a lot of interesting food vendors with anything from jams, salsa, ice cream, popcorn, pies and pickles to blintzes.  I got a taste of a maple bacon corn bread at Jack’s Chedbred.  This was out-of-this-world good, and I want to try other flavors.

Jack (on right) of Jack's Chedbred

Jack (on right) of Jack’s Chedbred

I also got a free Super Duper Market/American Express tote bag and a strawberry fruit strip and a box of raisins from Target.  Tomorrow is the final day of the market, so be sure to check it out.

Weekend Whets 8/2

Rosa Mexicano

On my visit to Rosa Mexicano’s Ice Cream Festival opening night, I got the ice cream selection.  From left to right:  plantain and peanut butter, honey-amaranth crunch and sweet cream with shaved Mexican chocolate and cajeta swirl.  If you are a peanut butter lover, the plantain and peanut butter is very peanut-buttery.  The sweet cream was a bit disappointing, as it sounded so flavorful with chocolate and cajeta, but it fell flat for me.  My favorite was the honey-amaranth crunch, creamy and sweet with a little bit of crunch.  I want to return to try the raspado and also the alegria ice cream sundae.

Rosa Mexicano Ice Cream Festival, July 31, 2013, through August 25, 2013, local locations in Manhattan and Hackensack, NJ:  Try homemade Mexican paletas, or ice pops; raspado, or Mexican snow cones; ice cream desserts like ice cream stuffed churros or ice cream and sorbet in flavors inspired by Mexican cuisine.

Paper’s Super Duper Market, Friday, August 2, 2013, through Sunday, August 4, 2013, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6 p.m. on Saturday, 268 Mulberry Street between Houston and Prince, Manhattan:  Try artisanal food from around the country.  Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco’s delicious ice cream, will be back this year, yum!  I loved it last year.

Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Bonanza, Saturday, August 3, 2013 and Sunday, August 4, 2013, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  Try organic and interesting flavors of ice cream from Brooklyn and beyond.

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

The Billion Oyster Project, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 7 p.m., Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park:  Take a look at the park’s oyster gardens and discuss the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School’s plan to put a billion oysters back in New York Harbor.

Short Stack Eggs Bookbinding Party, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6 p.m., Kitchensurfing Townhouse, 456 Carroll Street, Brooklyn:  Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks about ingredients.  This party will feature Ian Knauer, renowned cookbook author and writer, who will prepare some of the recipes from his Eggs book while attendees stitch their own book.

The NYC Taco Challenge, Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Studio Arte, 17th Floor, 265 West 37th Street, Midtown Manhattan:  Tasting and judging of six different tacos.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, through August 9, 2013, participating restaurants in Hudson County, NJ:  Celebrate Hudson County restaurants with discounted prix fixe menus.

New York City Restaurant Week 2013, through Friday, August 16, 2013:  Celebrate NYC restaurants with $25 lunch and $38 dinner menus.

How to Prepare a Korean Feast, Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make kimchi and shop for a Korean feast.

Blues BBQ, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 2 p.m., Hudson River Park:  Blues musicians along with Brother Jimmy’s and Dinosaur BBQ.

Cool Food Blog

Life, Love … and Sugar is a very cool food blog of a woman who loves sugar.  Today is the last day of National Ice Cream Month, and what attracted me to her site was this page of ice cream cakes.  How cool is the rainbow ice cream cake with fresh fruit?

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

I love the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream pie.  It looks delicious!  Every now and again, I enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream, and her mint Oreo brownie ice cream cake looks sinful.

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

Yes, the ice cream cakes are appealing, but so are the other treats she has.  I love the chocolate chip cookie cake, the Neapolitan cake and the red velvet cheesecake cake pops.