This past weekend I got to go to one of my favorite spots for Argentine pastries. No words can describe the love that I have for this place. Every Argentine knows or has heard of Rio De La Plata Bakery. It is this little hole in the wall shop run by a mother a daughter. That makes the best vigilantes that I have tasted. And I have been a loyal customer ever since I was little.
A vigilante is a soft lightly sugared pastry dough that is flakey almost like a croissant but in the middle it has this delicious cream of not too sweet custard. And I am not a sweets person but when it comes to these i can eat 4 in a row and still crave more.
The bakery is like a one stop shop you pick up what you want for an inexpensive price and go on your way home. Unless you want to stay to catch whatever soccer game might be on; if thats the case then pull up a chair to join the action. I hope you take the time to fill your blogetite on this little bakery.
Last weekend I found myself at the Momofuku Milk Bar. Yes its such a weird yet fun word to say. The creator of this inventive chain came up with the name of his brand as an homage to Momofuku Ando who is the creator of instant ramen. Ramen itself is what got him into the food industry because he was so inspired by the ramen he had in London during a study abroad trip he switched gears from the 9 to 5 job had and into culinary school. Now we have this chain from Noodle Bars in Toronto to Milk Bars in Brooklyn.
The Milk Bar on Metropolitan avenue was a quaint little place. Had such a cute little vibe that almost made you forget that it was a chain of restaurants; more like a mom and pop ice cream place mixed with a bakery. The Milk Bar itself is known for their soft serve cereal milk and crack pie ice cream flavors. I got to taste both and sadly I was very underwhelmed. In New York this is a very trendy huge place to go to. Especially in the food world. David Chang is very well respected so I expected one of the best ice cream flavors. Like just listen to the names “Cereal Milk” and “Crack Pie”! One, who doesn’t love drinking the milk at the bottom your cereal bowl? Two, crack and pie I mean just come on that name speaks for itself.
The cereal milk tasted like the bottom of a corn flakes bowl that has been sitting out for a little too long. It wasn’t really sweet at all and maybe thats my fault for expecting the ice cream to be sweet. I know that Chang clearly does things unorthodoxly so why would this be different. Then besides that there was a sour taste, almost like the milk was spoiled but it wasn’t. Just had a very very raw milk flavor. It was then topped off with a cornflake crunch which was not sweet as well. It was purely salty. Literally had huge grains of sea salt mixed with crushed cornflakes. Over all this dessert was more savory then sweet. As for the crack pie I only got to taste it but, that was more then enough. It was like eating pure whipped butter and meted caramel. Which wasn’t a bad thing. I just felt like if I bought a whole cup of it I would have gotten tired after the taste after 5 licks. So I was very content with my little taste test. I ended up liking that taste more then my whole cup of cereal milk. But since my mom bought the cereal milk cup for me I had to “enjoy” it more than I actually did. Or else I would have heard the whole speech of how I wasted her money. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t hate the ice cream I just wasn’t fond of it. It was just something for me to say I tried and now that I did I had my fill.
As for the cookie I got to taste because that is what my mom decided to get, was really yummy. I definitely enjoyed that more then anything and that was only one bite. The compost cookie has expresso, potato chips, chocolate chips, and pretzels. That is just 4 components of this compost that was evidently in the cookie. Now this was the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I just loved the whole bite as a whole. It was like you didn’t need the coffee that you typically drink with your dessert; it was already in the cookie itself.
In total everything was only $6.50. That is not bad at all. If you wanna be apart of the crowd that says “I got to try Momofuku’s” then its isn’t pricey price to pay at all. I would say to come and check it out because maybe you’ll be a fan of ice cream more than I was. But, either way you need to come to spend $2.00 on a cookie, it’s so worth it. So just go and fill your blogetite even if it’s just for a cookie, you’ll thank me.
Today is the day that I made an hour long trip from Queens to Amsterdam avenue just for some halal food. Some might think I am crazy but all is well for the love of food. Once you take a bite of this saucy savory goodness you’ll be hopping on a bus plane or train to get just a taste.
The menu consists of the halal food staples lamb or chicken gyros or platters. Which is lamb and/or chicken over rice with an optional side of salad. They also have a vegetarian option for all of the veggy people out there. Or you could get all 3 (chicken, lamb, and vegetables) if you’re channeling your inner foodie. And I absolutely love french fries so I had to try these. So my meal was a combo over rice (chicken and lamb) and french fries. It was topped off with their special white sauce which is liquid gold and there spicy red sauce. The food was so fresh it didn’t taste like cart food even though that is how they started out. Every bite was crafted perfectly to get enough seasoning from the lamb, the subtleness of the chicken, the texture of the rice, the refreshing taste of the salad and finally that pop between the sauces that just tie the bite together. In between bites I would pop a piping hot salty crinkle cut fry in my mouth and it just added to the experience. In total for two combo platters, a side of fries and a fountain drink was $25.00 not bad for your better choices of halal food.
Overall the Amsterdam avenue location was nice. I did not get to experience the crazy lines that The halal guys are known for. Which was such a plus. It was a clean and calm atmosphere. The only compliant I would have is the bottles for the sauce were a little greasy (probably from many people eating the saucy gyro) which required me to go to the bathroom to wash my hands after eating. But not to worry the bathroom was clean.
The hour long trip to get there and then getting lost with my love to get back home, was well worth it because I even got to come home with leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I hope you go check out one of their locations all over New York to fill your blogetite.
You come across thousands of blogs a day. And if you came across mine you might be thinking what makes it so special and why should I even give it the time of day? But I’ll be the one to fill your aching blogetite. From movies that you have to watch all the way to food you have to taste and much more of the simple pleasures of life. I’ll be the one telling you where and why you need to go there. Along the way you’ll get a hint of my experiences and hopefully that will just entice you to want to try it out for yourself.
For now enough about my blog you will get more of bite as my blogging goes on. I hope you’ll give me a chance to fill your blogetite.