Thursday, January 28, 2016

Back to Work

2015 was a year that NYC Foodie Girl had to re-boot, per se.

It's not that we didn't dine out, it's merely a barrage of circumstances that precluded my ability to post and write for my blog on a regular basis.

I'm aiming for 2016 to be much better. Focusing on foodie events, restaurants, product reviews and of course, travel.

If you have any suggestions, I'm always ready and willing to listen! I have to check my inbox for some invites that have come my way, too. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your emails, invitations and suggestions for this website! Keep them coming! And, remember: Life is too short to eat bad food.

Friday, October 23, 2015

New Restaurant Coming to Disney Springs

Chef Rick Bayless, a six-time James Beard Foundation award winner, is the latest chef to sign on to open a new restaurant at Disney Springs™ at Walt Disney World® Resort*. Known for his authentic Mexican cuisine, Bayless is opening Frontera Fresco, featuring specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all crafted with his time-honored recipes. And, of course, margaritas (plus cocktails, beers and wine).

Bayless is probably best known for winning the title of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters,” and his highly rated National Public Television Series, “Mexico–One Plate at a Time,” is in its 10th season. His popular Chicago restaurants include Frontera Grill (which received a Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant in 2007); Topolobampo; Xoco, and several locations for Frontera Fresco.

His six James Beard Foundation Awards are for two cookbooks; Midwest Chef of the Year; National Chef of the Year; Humanitarian of the Year, and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. 

*Disney Springs was formerly known as Downtown Disney

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Yummy Taste of Home: Delivered

There's something to be said about the taste of home.

While living in New York City, I can get practically anything at any hour of the day delivered to my home. However, I found a gem of a bakery that brought the taste of my Midwestern roots to my doorstep in midtown Manhattan in just a few short clicks. (Isn't the Internet GREAT?!)

One of my biggest vices are sweets - and boy! Do I ever love anything from a bakery!
And, well, especially cinnamon rolls.
(For the record: I've tried numerous times in the past to bake my own homemade version,  and fail miserably.)

That's why Cinnamon Sweet Rolls from Historic Grounds Bakery and Coffee Shop had my name written all over them!  One of my all time favorite items!

I ordered them with great anticipation and in just a couple of days, they arrived in a very nice gift box tied up with gingham ribbon. The frosting was packaged separately from the rolls -which made better sense; I was able to place a singular cinnamon bun into the toaster oven for a few minutes just to warm it up.

Each time you can have a fresh-from-the-oven warm cinnamon roll ---of course, with the frosting just melting down the sides and getting a beautiful icing look to them.

Historic Grounds tout that they are made from a passed down family recipe and "twisted into wonderful cinnamon & brown sugar goodness". NYCFG agrees: yummy!!

I'd recommend giving Historic Grounds a try -they make some really delicious home baked pastries - and they make great gifts, too. 

And as a special offer, you can get a free cookie when you mention NYCFG (or NYC Foodie Girl) with your order (just place in the comment section). 
NYCFG and "Jack approved" Cinnamon Sweet Rolls

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top 3 BEST Places to Get Ice Cream in NYC

Big Gay Ice Cream (photo: Yelp)
This is my 2015 Top Three Best Places to Grab Ice Cream* in NYC - and believe me, there's a whole lotta' places to go in the Big Apple, but these are the top three I'd recommend to anyone - whether you're a local or a tourist, any day of the week:

1. Big Gay Ice Cream
I just can't pass up on a Salty Pimp. Don't judge the names or the guy who serves ice cream with blue lipstick - the place is delicious as are the people that work there. Oh, and I really like the boozy Rue McClanahan! I have yet to grab a Chai Shake, but oh, dear foodies, this is for my next visit....!

2. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (photo: NYCgo)

They have some delicious  flavors to sample here - I love the black sesame combined with a scoop of the purple taro - there's something about the two of those flavors together that just work. If you're going to go, please try the caramel bacon swirl and let me know what you think!

Van Leeuwen (photo: Eater)

3. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
The name is annoying but the flavors are fresh and clean. Find one of their on-the-go mobile ice cream trucks or their store front locations and prepare to have a summer that says, "ahhhhh!" Currants and cream get my attention right away, as does their approach to making their products. On their website, they write "We celebrate ingredients perfected by nature, not science." With six trucks and three stores around Brooklyn and Manhattan serving homemade ice creams, fresh pastries and Toby's Estate Coffee, you'll want to check them out.

*Just for clarification: This blog post highlights ICE CREAM, not gelato, which is a completely different category of its own.

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