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Archive for December, 2010

(Cold!) Snowpocalypse Desserts: Now appearing at Elsewhere

Posted by Niko on December 28th, 2010

"Rose Snow" Dessert from Elsewhere restaurant. Photo by Sandra Johnson

I don’t usually feature desserts that I haven’t tasted but I always liked Casellula (and their cheeses) and Elsewhere is from the same team.  Also, I like the idea of someone suggesting we eat a cold dessert in response to twenty-one inches of snow instead of drinking gallons of hot chocolate.

Created by pastry chef Leigh Friend, the Rose Snow ($8) is a frozen meringue on a pool of lime custard and pomegranate seeds then topped with curls of lime zest.

Elsewhere’s website is here.

Jacques Torres Upper West was open and served us Hot Chocolate with a smile today!

Kudos to the staff at Jacques Torres on the Upper West Side today.  After some play in Central Park they were open and served us hot chocolate and warm chocolate chip cookies with a smile despite what must have been a marathon and hellacious commute! Thanks guys  - you rock!

A warm Jacques Torres Cookie - perfect after a morning in the snow

By noon Lucy had gone sledding in Central Park and fetched about a dozen snowballs

Jacques Torres has 3  locations in the New York City and will soon open a fourth in Rockerfeller Center.

Go here for the DessertBuzz interview with Jacques Torres: “Chocolate, the M.O.F., sex and fishing”.

Mad Mac Macarons at the Jacques Torres 10th anniversary party

These were some of the delights on hand for the Jacques Torres 10th anniversary party – Mad Mac macarons and bananas and pineapple dipped in dark chocolate.  It seemed like the whole NYC food community came out to wish Jacques Torres well… (more…)

Macaroon Parlour at The Big Social Holiday Market

Posted by Niko on December 19th, 2010

Macaron Parlour lemon macaron from the Hester Street Fair

The Macaron Parlour is back outside for the next four days at the Big Social Holiday Market selling their excellent macarons.  DessertBuzz recommends the Nutella, peanut butter cup and lemon macarons (though I haven’t had a bad one yet).  If you can’t get down to the fair you can also buy their macarons from their website: $14 for a box of six and $20 for a box of nine. (more…)

Cookie Monster Hosting Saturday Night Live

Cookie Monster Finally gets Saturday Night Live gig

Cookie Monster seems to have fallen short in his bid to host Saturday Night Live (SNL) but did participate in the opening monologue with Jeff Bridges.  They sang a duet of “Silver Bells”, then Bridges gave Cookie Monster two halves of a big chocolate Chip Cookie.  I couldn’t identify where the cookie was from.  It didn’t look like a Levain or a City Bakery. (more…)

This is cool - even if you don't celebrate the holiday with the Pine Tree

In defense of the War on Christmas, Dessert Truck Works has  cool Christmas tree shaped macarons for $2.50 each.  That’s roughly twice the macaron for the fairly standard NYC price.  Only available from the store on Clinton St. right now.  Go here for recent recommendations from Dessert Truck Works.  Next year I’d like to see a Menorah Macaron (that has a nice ring to it!) (more…)

Perfect weather for one of these and a hot chocolate

On Sunday I stopped by Francois Chocolate Bar in the Plaza Hotel.  I was surprised by how nice the space was.  Not that I expected anything less from the Plaza–it’s not the Red Roof Inn, but I was struck by the amount of square footage.  This outpost of the ever-expanding Payard empire is a nice departure from most NYC pastry shops.  There’s plenty of seating and the tables aren’t so close together that you feel like a sardine in a can.  The seats along the fountain make for a nice place to sip a hot chocolate or eat a one-of-a-kind pastry.

Francois Payard Opera Cake

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