Eating Fest w. E*

Brace yourself. This is the mother of all food blogs. I have a lot of photos and we hit up a lot of places. I swear, I do nothing but eat everytime my love, Estar, visits! I think that’s her favorite hobby in NYC though… or in life in general, besides planning her upcoming wedding.

1st Stop: Doughnut Plant

This place is TINY! Absolute hole in the wall (har har, pun). Apparently this was on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown show (what hasn’t been, I begin to wonder) and unfortunately the owner lost. 😦 Still, good publicity and they’re very popular.

Go ahead. ADMIRE and DROOL. I know Homer is.

Lavendar. Valrhona. Tres de Leches.

I liked the Lavendar but it was so… pure lavendar, a bit strong. The chocolate was DELICIOUS and the tres de leches was very good. By the way, we each got 2 donuts and an iced coffee. Total pigs, and enjoyed every morsel, thanks very much.

Details of the tres de leches and the peanut butter/jelly Esther got. The pbj donut is actually square so that EVERY corner is filled up with the combo. It’s like a sweeter version of pbj sandwich. The tres de leches was just so soft and chewy and flavorful. Loved it. The donuts were all pricey though… $2-4 each! Well, that’s how much gourmet donuts are going for these days….

2nd Stop: Chelsea Market

I’m going to miss this place.

FRIEDMANS LUNCH: Shrimp & Grits (mills grits, blackened shrimp, cheddar, over easy eggs) and Fried Green Tomatoes

The shrimp/grits were comparable to the ones I’ve had at Elmo’s Diner in Durham, North Carolina. I loved the over easy eggs mixed in with the grits and cheddar. The shrimps were cooked just right. The fried green tomatoes could’ve been better. Esther said it was rather bland and I thought there was too much batter. The best green tomatoes I’ve had were in Old Salem, NC. They were cooked perfectly with just the right amount of batter, not so much that it was competing with the taste of the tomatoes when I went to Sweet Potato in Old Salem. Le sigh, still, eating our lunch on the high line, even on a cloudy/rainy day, was relaxing and filling.

3rd/4th Stops: Billy’s Bakery & Magnolia Bakery

Two dessert in a row? Well, at least we shared. And there was SOME time lapse. 😛

Only comment from Estar: “Mine is better.” We still finished it. I’m not a big fan of key lime pie, but in cheesecake form this was very good. Billy’s Bakery is in Chelsea, an avenue and 2-3 blocks away from me. I pass it often to/from work.

In my opinion, Magnolia Bakery NYC is comparable to DC’s Georgetown Cupcake. So, you would think we would get the cupcakes here. Nope. The banana bread pudding is well known in addition to their cupcakes. This was really good. I still love the BBP my ol’ coworker, Linda P., makes. Magnolia’s didn’t have enough of the bread I think… or manila cookies? It was super sweet, and though we got the smallest size, definitely for two and not one.

5th Stop: Maison in Theater District

So if you’ve seen my pics and crazy status updates on FB, you know by now that Estar won the lottery tix for WICKED! After we stopped shaking from the excitement and surprise, we picked out a local spot for lunch, just before the show.

Maison is a simple French restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. It was way too hot for outdoor. The indoor wasn’t that soothing anyway, but still we were protected from the sun’s rays. We shared the salmon version of eggs benedict.

Home fries, salmon, english muffin, over easy eggs, and hollindaise sauce. The sea salt in this dish was a bit much, but we both enjoyed the meal. It was filling and just enough before the show. I think we both really liked the home fries too, they had herbs and were so soft.

6th Stop: THE Halal Cart on 53rd and 6th Ave

AMAZING! Out of all my visits to NYC, this was my first time trying the Halal Cart. It’s right around the corner from MoMA too! How could I not notice this before?! Estar kindly introduced me to the original with their yellow shirts and yellow bags proudly stating they are the original despite competing carts surrounding them on other corners.

The Combo: Chicken and Gyro with Rice. Includes gyro, shredded chicken, REALLY soft pita (even i can bite), shredded lettuce, and yellow rice. Esther grabbed THREE containers of the ‘white sauce’ and 1 mini container of the hot sauce (which is really hot hot hot)

I think 3 white sauces was a bit much… but other than that, the chicken and rice with gyro was heavenly. Probably the best cart food I’ve ever had. They give you a lot for $7 too. It took the two of us to finish that whole thing. SO. FULL.

And so comes the end of my lengthy and ginormous food adventure blog entry with E*. Hope you enjoyed my gorge fest as much as I did!

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