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Delish is Delish

With all the buzz surrounding the Celebrity Apprentice ice cream created by Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette for the Good & Delish brand at Walgreens, magic swirtle and maple macadamia mash-up, I thought I’d try some other Good & Delish products.  I got them at Duane Reade in Manhattan, but you can find them at Walgreens too.  (If you are looking for the Celebrity Apprentice ice ceams, I saw them this week at Duane Reade.)  Good & Delish products are not your average store brand products.  They are creative treats like these milk chocolate cornflake clusters and this tropical fruit white chocolate bar.

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These were delish. The cornflake clusters are kind of like chocolate with crispy rice in it, only the cornflakes are a bit crunchier and almost burst a little like Pop Rocks. I really liked these. The white chocolate had a nice burst of fruit.

I also tried these caramel apple caramels, sea salt caramel granola chips, cinnamon apple chips and dark chocolate with crispy rice puffs.  Guess what? Delish!  My favorite is the sea salt caramel granola chips.  They are addictive.  I also like the dark chocolate with crispy rice.  I’m thinking they would go well on top of vanilla ice cream.

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My exploration of Good & Delish didn’t stop there. I tried these red velvet caramels and milk chocolate and marshmallow smores. Have to admit, red velvets were not favorites of mine and the smores were just OK.

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These blackberry sorbet chocolate bars more than made up for the lackluster former two treats. OMG, these are more than delish.

chocolate sorbet bars

Finally, if you were a fan of raspberry cream Peek Freans, then you’ll like Good & Delish raspberry cream cookies.  I also love the cinnamon granola chips.

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So I definitely recommend the Good & Delish products, especially the milk chocolate cornflake clusters, sea salt caramel and cinnamon granola chips, blackberry sorbet bars dipped in chocolate, tropical white chocolate bar and dark Belgian chocolate thins with crispy rice.  Yum!  I mean, delish!

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Two for Tuesday: Appliance and Dinnerware Stores

If you are looking for the best in kitchen appliances, Krup’s Kitchen & Bath in Chelsea is the place to go.  If you want something with a retro feel or in a unique color, Krup’s has it.  Look at this adorable 1950s-style refrigerator from Smeg in pink:

refrigerator

How about this adorable oven range from BlueStar in purple:

oven

Fishs Eddy is the quintessential store for dinnerware with its interesting and kitschy designs.  If you’re a NYC fan, there are many local patterns like the New York skyline, the tunnels, the Brooklyn bridge, dog walkers, Brooklyn and more.  I got the Brooklynese set for my mom.

Fishs eddy storefront

They have other designs too like Alice in Wonderland, the New York Times crossword puzzle and this pretty pattern from Lotta Jansdotter that I wrote about before.

creamer and coffee mug

creamer and coffee mug

Fishs Eddy also has a cool collection of vintage dishes dating back to 1903.

vintage fishs eddy

I also like these small trays. I got one that’s a recipe card, but there are others like a parking ticket, a lotto ticket, a restaurant check, a prescription and more.

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7 Etsy Foodie Shops

I compiled this list of 7 cool shops on Etsy that have food-related goods.

1.  Cutting boards in the shape of your favorite state from AHeirloom.  Yeah, that’s mine.

New York-shaped cutting board from AHeirlooms.  Photo used with permission.

New York-shaped cutting board from AHeirlooms–photo used with permission

2.  AJ Sweetsoaps, my favorite Etsy shop, with soaps that look real enough to eat! Look just as good and a lot less calories!

Banana cream pie soap from AJ Sweetsoaps.  Photo used with permission.

Banana cream pie soap from AJ Sweetsoaps–photo used with permission

3.  Get your grandma’s recipe in her handwriting on a kitchen towel at Small Home Design.

photo used with permission

Grandma’s recipe on a tea towel from SmallHomeDesign–photo used with permission

4.  Custom kitchen canister labels from Kreative Corner.

Custom canister labels from Kreative Corner.  Photo used with permission.

Custom canister labels from Kreative Corner–photo used with permission

5.  Funny pin-up recipe cards from Istria Design.

Pin-up recipe card from Istria Design.  Photo used with permission.

Pin-up recipe card from Istria Design–photo used with permission

6.  Personalized recipe on a bamboo cutting board from Marcellas Engravables.

Custom engraved cutting board from Marcells Engraveables.  Photo used with permission.

Custom engraved cutting board from Marcellas Engravables–photo used with permission

7.  Heidi Schweigert’s illustrations at the redcruiser shop on Etsy–These cards, calendars, prints, tea towels and journals give you an easy way to get your veggies.

Greeting card from redcruiser.  Photo used with permission.

Greeting card from redcruiser–photo used with permission

Review & Giveaway of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights

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New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel, published by Rizzoli on April 2, 2013, is a comprehensive listing of all the places to get your sugar fix in NYC.  Whether you are an ice cream person, a bakery person or a candy person, there is something in this book for you.  Personally, I tend to lean toward ice cream and bakeries.  The book includes some of my faves:  Doughnut Plant, Jacques Torres, Payard, Villabate, L’arte Del Gelato, Sockerbit, Tea & Sympathy, Vosges, Ferrara and Van Leeuwen. This is one of those books I wish I had written!  The book is divided into neighborhoods, so you can do a sweets tour in each NYC ‘hood!  I want to try Puddin’ on St. Mark’s Place–a shop with puddings and toppings.  There’s plenty of eye candy in the hardcover book with color photos of goodies from all the shops listed and recipes for you to try at home.

If you are in New York and have never been, the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street is worth a trip.  I love this store.  Rizzoli has wonderful art and photography books and a great international magazine section.

You can win a copy of this fun book by entering the giveaway.  If you win, Rizzoli will ship you a free copy of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel.

To enter the giveaway:

Leave a comment below, answering this question:

What is your favorite sweet shop or bakery?  (It doesn’t have to be in New York).

For additional entries, become a fan on Facebook or sign up for my Tweets on Twitter and let me know you signed up in a separate comment.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, April 12.  Contest closes on Thursday, April 11 at 12 PM EST.  (Rizzoli will ship the book to the winner.  U.S. residents only.)  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).  Good luck!

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Union Square Wines & Spirits

Union Square Wines & Spirits recently hosted a wine tasting of NYU alums.  There were some trays of Murray’s cheese (standard at a NYC party) and Italian meats, pates and other finger foods.  The event was for the NYU Women’s Initiative and the wines of the evening were all produced by female-owned wineries.  We were given some info on the wines and the women who make them.  Then the sampling began, from white to red:  Lini 910 NV Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy); Shinn Estate Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island); Heidi Schroeck 2009 Ried Vogelsang (Burgenland, Austria); DeMorgenzon 2011 Garden Vineyards Rose (Stellenbosch, South Africa); Foradori 2009 Teroldego Vignetti delle Dolomiti (Trentino, Italy); Herdade do Esporao 2010 Quatro Castas (Alentejano, Portugal); and Dominio de Atauta 2009 Parada de Atauta (Ribera del Duero, Spain).

My favorite of the evening was the Austrian wine.  It had a crisp, clean taste that appealed to me.  I enjoyed learning about wineries run by women.  This was a perfectly planned event for a women’s group.

In addition to hosting private events, Union Square Wines & Spirits also hosts its own tastings.  Some upcoming ones include vodka, gin and a tapas party.

Murray’s Cheese Caves

I toured Murray’s Cheese caves.  Who knew there was an underground cave on Bleecker Street where mold grows on aging cheeses in a painstaking, meticulous process.  If you go through the swinging doors to the back room of the cheese shop, you see an area you would expect to see where cheeses are cut and wrapped.  However, once you put on your blue booties, hair net and jacket to keep sterile and walk through another set of swinging doors, you arrive into a cold, temperature-controlled room.  There are four doors reminiscent of Medieval times.

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Behind each door is a small room with a different set of conditions to ripen each type of cheese inside.  Some cheeses take only weeks to ripen; others, months or years.  Some cheeses require a drier atmosphere and some require a more humid atmosphere.  Some ceilings need to be vaulted for air circulation and some not.  Some cheeses need to be washed or brushed.  Bacteria is added to some cheese, sometimes being sprayed on.  Each cheese is individually cared for to create its unique taste.

cheese cave

Here, you can see the younger, fresher cheese on the bottom shelf. This is something you would find at Whole Foods, for example, because they don’t have the special caves to age the cheeses. The cheeses that appear whiter are the aged cheeses, and the white is the mold that has grown.

cheese aging

On some of the cheeses, the mold looks like short, light hairs.  Or like ripples.


Some of the rooms smell like ammonia to varying degrees. In one particularly ammonia-smelling room, there was a French cheese with a particular mold that only comes from that area. On a shelf opposite that cheese is a cheese from Italy that the French mold spores attached to. This mold sharing affects the taste of the other cheeses to create something with a different flavor.


My favorite cheeses are the mountain cheeses, like Gruyere, which require low moisture and can take months or years to age.

Gruyere

The rinds are smooth when the cheese is young, and it is brushed, which dries it out, forming this rind.

The oldest cheese at Murray’s is a 5-year-old Gouda.

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks‘s shop hours are 1-7 p.m., 6 days a week and by appointment or by chance.  Ironically, by chance, I walked by 163 Tenth Street on my way somewhere else and remembered that I had always wanted to visit her cookbook shop.  Seeing a wooden OPEN sign outside, I walked up the steps to find a Dutch door and another door ajar.  Bonnie, who was sitting at a desk,  was incredibly welcoming and friendly.  The shop has new and vintage/rare cookbooks and some kitchenwares and interesting articles like handmade greeting cards and bookmarks.  I had read about Bonnie’s store in various magazines through the years, and now that I live a few blocks away, I am happy to finally visit.  Bonnie and I chatted and she checked out my blog, especially the link to NYU’s food library.  She showed me a copy of the New York World’s Fair Cook Book by Crosby Gaige that she has in shop, a book that was featured on NYU’s article about the library and that goes for $200.  In addition to her shop, she also appraises cookbooks.  I highly recommend visiting her shop.  It’s like looking through your mom’s and grandma’s collection of cookbooks and recipe booklets from days gone by.