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Hester Street Fair and Brooklyn Taco Company

The best part about these flea markets and fairs are the food stands. Finally got to try the Brooklyn Taco Company after watching the owner participate on an episode of the Food Network show Chopped. I tried the Avocado Taco and the Cola Braised Pork taco both which were really flavorful and delicious. 

You can find the Brooklyn Taco Company every Saturday at the Hester Street Fair or visit their tiny shop located within the Essex Street Market. 

Brooklyn Taco Company, Essex Street Market - 120 Essex Street, Lower East Side, NYC

Hester Street Fair, open every Saturday from 10AM-6PM

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Sketching a scene of the Lower East Side; a view of Essex Street. When the weather get’s warmer, I hope to sketch all around NYC. 

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I went to the Doughnut Plant to say hello to Mr. Blackout Doughnut, but he was unfortunately sold out! No worries, I met Ms. Fresh Peach Cake Doughnut and Mrs. Carrot Cake Doughnut instead; and it was a very very happy and satisfying encounter.

P.S. the Doughnut Plant now offers Blackout Chocolate Homemade Ice Cream with bits of Blackout Cake Doughnut mixed in for $4.25.  If I wasn’t all scared about my lactose intolerance, I would have been all over that.  

Doughnut Plant, 379 Grand Street, Lower East Side, NYC 

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French Macaroon Workshop at DessertTruck Works

This past Saturday, I attended a french macaroon workshop at DessertTruck Work’s pastry shop/cafe located in the Lower East Side.  I like macaroons and thought it would be a fun experience to learn how to make these delicate french cookies.  

There were around 12 people in the class and space was tight in their small shop so we worked in groups of 3, with each of us taking turns whisking and such.  Good thing we were partnered up, because after whisking the meringue for just a minute, my arm got tired…haha! And there was a lot of whisking.  First, you whisk egg whites and sugar, and then whisk some more over a double boiler and you keep on doing it until you’ve reached a marshmallowy consistency. Each group got to choose their own color and we took turns piping them onto a sheet pan. Due to timing, (we need to let the macaroons dry for ate least 30 minutes before baking) the instructors already had some pre-made tops and bottoms.  We all got to choose our own filling and piped our own cookies.  Whatever we piped we could eat or take home. I ate 3 in class and took a bunch home.  

It was definitely fun, and a good experience.  Will I ever make these at home? Maybe. It really wasn’t that hard and it will be a lot easier for me since I have a Kitchen Aid to help me do all the whisking.  =)

DessertTruck Works, 6 Clinton Street (btw Ave B and Houston St) Lower East Side, NYC

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Ooo…Strawberry Glazed Cake Doughnut from Doughnut Plant…nom nom nom…

Ooo…Strawberry Glazed Cake Doughnut from Doughnut Plant…nom nom nom…

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Katz’s Delicatessen is a rooted establishment located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1888.  The deli is famous for their smoked meats (pastrami and corned beef sandwiches) and hot dogs. They are also famous for a particular scene in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.
You are handed an orange ticket when you walk in.  Don’t lose this ticket as this is how your tab is tallied.  If you lose the ticket, you’ll be charged $50 for a “lost ticket fee”. Hand in your blank ticket even if you don’t eat. 
Tables along the walls are for waiter service; though it is much more fun to stand on line behind one of the counters and watch your carver build your sandwich.  They will usually give you a small sample of the meat.  Also be sure to tip your carver! He might give you a few extra pieces. 
Other favorites are liver and onions and a hot bowl of matzo ball soup. Want breakfast at midnight?  Try their tongue sandwich with fried egg. 
Open until 2:45AM on weekends, we found that it’s a great place to stop by after a night of bar hopping in the LES.
Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street, New York (Lower East Side)

Katz’s Delicatessen is a rooted establishment located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1888.  The deli is famous for their smoked meats (pastrami and corned beef sandwiches) and hot dogs. They are also famous for a particular scene in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.

You are handed an orange ticket when you walk in.  Don’t lose this ticket as this is how your tab is tallied.  If you lose the ticket, you’ll be charged $50 for a “lost ticket fee”. Hand in your blank ticket even if you don’t eat. 

Tables along the walls are for waiter service; though it is much more fun to stand on line behind one of the counters and watch your carver build your sandwich.  They will usually give you a small sample of the meat.  Also be sure to tip your carver! He might give you a few extra pieces. 

Other favorites are liver and onions and a hot bowl of matzo ball soup. Want breakfast at midnight?  Try their tongue sandwich with fried egg. 

Open until 2:45AM on weekends, we found that it’s a great place to stop by after a night of bar hopping in the LES.

Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street, New York (Lower East Side)

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Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant
At 10:30AM, there was already a 1.5 hour wait. I should have taken a photo of the line outside the door.  The people waiting to get a table took up most of the sidewalk. And yes, I think the wait was totally worth it.  The food was great and the portions were generous.  They are known to have the best pancakes in New York. I think that’s why people flock here in droves to come try them.  Also, it’s “Pancake Month" but these special pancakes are only served on weekdays.  Anyways, I think weekend brunch is usually this crazy for them. Clinton Street Baking Co. has made it to one of my top brunch places in NYC.
Photos from top left corner: Tomato Fennel Bisque with Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich (special), Japanese Pumpkin Waffle (special), Blueberry Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter, Crab Cake Sandwich, Southern Breakfast-(2 eggs, cheese grits, sugar-cured bacon, fried green tomato), Country Breakfast (not really pictured- 3 eggs, grilled ‘cured 81’ ham steak, hashbrowns, and buttermilk buscuit)
Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant, 4 Clinton Street (btw E. Houston & Stanton St.) Lower East Side

Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant

At 10:30AM, there was already a 1.5 hour wait. I should have taken a photo of the line outside the door.  The people waiting to get a table took up most of the sidewalk. And yes, I think the wait was totally worth it.  The food was great and the portions were generous.  They are known to have the best pancakes in New York. I think that’s why people flock here in droves to come try them.  Also, it’s “Pancake Month" but these special pancakes are only served on weekdays.  Anyways, I think weekend brunch is usually this crazy for them. Clinton Street Baking Co. has made it to one of my top brunch places in NYC.

Photos from top left corner: Tomato Fennel Bisque with Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich (special), Japanese Pumpkin Waffle (special), Blueberry Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter, Crab Cake Sandwich, Southern Breakfast-(2 eggs, cheese grits, sugar-cured bacon, fried green tomato), Country Breakfast (not really pictured- 3 eggs, grilled ‘cured 81’ ham steak, hashbrowns, and buttermilk buscuit)

Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant, 4 Clinton Street (btw E. Houston & Stanton St.) Lower East Side

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On Saturday, I bought friends to one of my most favorite places in NYC; the Doughnut Plant! I’ve been a fan of their “Blackout” doughnut which I’ve already posted before. You can review that post here.  But this time, I think I found another favorite. It’s their Pumpkin Cake doughnut.  It had spiced pumpkin seeds on it, which gave it a nice toasted crunch.  It was love at first bite! I actually went back the next afternoon and bought another one just for me. Haha!

Doughnut Plant, 379 Grand Street (between Essex & Norfolk St.) New York, NY 10002 www.doughnutplant.com 

P.S. Thanks Matt for the wonderful photos!

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Mmm…Bao Bing @ the Hester Street Fair
Shaved ice with Mangos, Strawberry, Kiwi, Mango Sorbet and topped with Condensed Milk

Mmm…Bao Bing @ the Hester Street Fair

Shaved ice with Mangos, Strawberry, Kiwi, Mango Sorbet and topped with Condensed Milk

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Doughnut Plant = MIND BLOWING AMAZING!

I don’t know why it took me so long to try a doughnut from the Doughnut Plant located in the Lower East Side.  I pass by this place every single weekend when I’m there and I’ve been hearing amazing reviews of this place from everyone.  Finally, today I made my way there. I got there super early to beat the mob scene that usually forms in the tiny store every weekend.

I ordered the Mango, Creme Brulee, and Blackout doughnut.  The mango doughnut was super sticky, sweet, and mango-y good.  The creme brulee doughnut, although small was packed with a rich vanilla custard and had a nice crunchy glaze on the outside.  My absolute favorite was the Blackout doughnut.  This is their cake doughnut which is super chocolatey, rich, and moist; just like a really good piece of chocolate cake. I need to get my hands on another Blackout doughnut ASAP!  

Doughnut Plant, 379 Grand Street (between Essex & Norfolk St.) New York, NY 10002 www.doughnutplant.com 

P.S. They’re also the most expensive doughnuts I’ve ever ate. But worth every penny! $2-3 

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If you know me well, you would know that I absolutely LOVE pork belly.   
I was particularly excited when I heard about BaoHaus located in the Lower East Side which serves Taiwanese style pork buns called “gua baos” or stewed pork belly wrapped in steamed mantou buns.  
I ordered two of the “Chairman Baos”- the name of their pork belly option. They also have a tofu vegetarian option and a skirt steak bao. Oh boy was it good! The meat was so tender, soft and tasty with the addition of their pickle mustard relish, cilantro, red sugar, and crushed peanut garnishes.  All the flavors were so familiar to me; it tasted like slow home cooking. But because of this, all I could think of was that this could be so easily replicable.  Who am I kidding? I’m probably not going to be making pork belly anytime soon.  I can’t wait to go back to BaoHaus!  
BaoHaus, 137 Rivington Street (near Norfolk), NY, NY 10002 www.baohausnyc.com 

If you know me well, you would know that I absolutely LOVE pork belly.   

I was particularly excited when I heard about BaoHaus located in the Lower East Side which serves Taiwanese style pork buns called “gua baos” or stewed pork belly wrapped in steamed mantou buns.  

I ordered two of the “Chairman Baos”- the name of their pork belly option. They also have a tofu vegetarian option and a skirt steak bao. Oh boy was it good! The meat was so tender, soft and tasty with the addition of their pickle mustard relish, cilantro, red sugar, and crushed peanut garnishes.  All the flavors were so familiar to me; it tasted like slow home cooking. But because of this, all I could think of was that this could be so easily replicable.  Who am I kidding? I’m probably not going to be making pork belly anytime soon.  I can’t wait to go back to BaoHaus!  

BaoHaus, 137 Rivington Street (near Norfolk), NY, NY 10002 www.baohausnyc.com