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Sweets Week: Day 4: Sugar and Plumm

Sugar and Plumm on the Upper West Side is one of those places that appeals to the kid in all of us.  It’s part retail candy store, part café, part patisserie but all fun.  There are a number of specialty crepes, milkshakes, sundaes and cakes, but on my visit, I opted to try a little of all of them.  I ordered the earthquake in a fishbowl.  Earthquake in a fishbowl is a sharable dessert that could also be called kitchen sink because it has everything in it–chocolate caramel cake; key lime pie; Brooklyn blackout cake; New York cheesecake; butterscotch pudding; vanilla, chocolate and dulce de leche ice cream and whipped cream.  I’m not sure the bowl is really a fishbowl, as it has a lid on it, but it looks like a large bowl used to store candy in a traditional candy store.

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My favorite parts of the fishbowl were the cheesecake, the butterscotch pudding, and the key lime, but everything tasted good.  This dessert was fun and delish.  It’s great for kids, a family, or a romantic date.

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6 Fun Halloween Recipes

Good news–the Village Halloween parade is happening!  Yay!  So in between now and then, I have to get a costume and make some yummy Halloween treats. Here are some great ideas!

1. Candy Corn Cakes from Your Homebased Mom

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2. Halloween Funfetti Pudding Cookies from Skinny Not Skinny

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photo used with permission of Skinny Not Skinny

3. White Chocolate Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge from Lil’ Luna

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photo used with permission of Lil’ Luna

4. Mellowcreme Pumpkin Cookies from Lovely Little Kitchen

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photo used with permission of Lovely Little Kitchen

5. Chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies from Kirbie’s Cravings

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6. Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with a Cheesecake Pumpkin from Hungry Happenings

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photo used with permission of Hungry Happenings

5 Fall Flavors in NYC

Every season in NYC is special, but the fall is a great time to be here.  Everyone comes back from summer vacation.  The lecture circuit heats up again (hey, I’m a nerd).  New restaurants open.  New students come from all over the world for a new New York adventure.  And new treats (and old) pop up with seasonal flavors like apple, pumpkin, maple, pear and sweet potato.  Enjoy one of these fall treats in NYC!

1.  Maple pecan pie macaroon from Danny Macaroons

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photo used with permission of Danny Macaroons

2.  Pumpkin nuage from Lady M

3.  Caramel apple cupcake from Crumbs

4.  Sweet potato cake from Spot Dessert Bar

5.  Chocolate pear tart from Once Upon a Tart

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photo used with permission of Once Upon a Tart

Cool Food Blog

Outside Oslo is a very cool food blog by an American of Norwegian heritage, Daytona Strong.  The blog features traditional recipes like her great-grandma’s waffles, recipes for holidays like this cake for Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai, or May 7) or seasonal recipes like rhubarb soup for spring, as well as anecdotes and stories.  I’d like to try this Scandinavian Potato, Egg, and Dill Salad for a summer barbecue.

Weekend Whets 5/10

The Porktacular Dinner, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7 p.m., Brooklyn:  Chopsticks or a Fork chef and owner hosts a dinner.  $52.

Frites and Fries with Leonard Lopate, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7 p.m., The Cooper Union–Great Hall, Manhattan:  Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin and Eric Ripert chat with WNYC’s James Beard Award-winning host, Leonard Lopate about food and restaurant culture of France and the United States.  Tickets are $30.

The Prophets of Smoked Meat + Delaney Barbecue: Books, Booze, and Brisket!, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Kings County Distillery, 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn:  Daniel Vaughn, Anthony Bourdain and Delaney BBQ host a night of smoked meat, bourbon and western swing.

North Brooklyn Takes the Cake, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 6 p.m., The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn:  A cupcake bakeoff!  Tickets are $15.

40th Annual Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2013, Noon to 5 p.m., Ninth Avenue from 42nd to 57th Streets, Manhattan:  A celebration of the diverse restaurants on this strip.

The Sweet Escape:  New Jersey Confection and Dessert Tasting Expo, Sunday, May 19, 2013, The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison, NJ:  Sample tastings from the state’s bakeries, pastry chefs and sweet shops.  Tickets $65.

Gluttony:  Deconstructing Dinner, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor, Manhattan:  Part of a series on science and the deadly sins.  Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed, and Dwight Eschliman, photographer of Foodstuff, discuss ingredients in popular processed foods.  $15-$25.

Meat Hooked!, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:30 p.m., BLDG 92 , Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, 63 Flushing Ave (at Carlton), Brooklyn:  Gotham Center Director Suzanne Wasserman’s new film, a documentary about meat and the rise and fall and rise again of butchers and butchering in and around New York.  $8/$5 members.

Sweets Week: Day 3: Amy’s Bread

Enter my giveaway to win a copy of Susan Meisel’s new book, New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights.

Amy’s Bread is a popular bake shop with breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and muffins and scones with locations on Bleecker Street and in Chelsea Market and Hell’s Kitchen.  As soon as I walked into the bustling bakery, I saw the yellow cake with pink frosting and knew I had to have it.  I also love red velvet cake, so I ordered a slice of that too.

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I love the pink and red together.  So pretty!

Verdict:  The cake layers are fresh, and the red velvet cake actually had a cocoa flavor, a nice surprise since so many red velvet cakes don’t have a cocoa taste.  The pink frosting on the yellow cake was a sweet buttercream.  For red velvet cake, I have to have cream cheese frosting.  When I tasted this red velvet cake, I knew it was a shortening-buttercream frosting, which is not a favorite of mine.  I later found out that it’s a Swiss meringue buttercream frosting.

5 Green Goodies for St. Patrick’s Day

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Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day, and you can find it at many NYC bakeries and restaurants.  Check out one of these 5 green goodies for a sweet St. Patty’s Day surprise!

1.  Luck O’ The Irish cupcake from Crumbs–Chocolate and vanilla (tinted green) cake filled and frosted with vanilla cream cheese frosting tinted green and topped with a sugar shamrock

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2.  St. Patrick’s Day dozen from Georgetown Cupcake–Try a lucky lava fudge with green-tinted frosting.

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3.  Green tea mille crepe cake from Lady M–Powdered green tea atop the signature mille crepe cake also infused with green tea powder.

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4.  Caramel apple cupcake from Baked by Melissa–Green apple cake, caramel icing, green sugar crystal topping

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5 .  Green and white cookies from William Greenberg Desserts–The classic NY black and white cookie green and white for St. Patty’s Day

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