I “heart” NY

Let’s Sweet! Fave Bakeries in NYC (latest addition to a blog in progress)

 I received a very important tweet request from a few friends “across the pond” who are seeking out ‘the best cake places to visit in NYC’ on a visit planned for this Fall. “Cake places” is specific but I don’t think these friends will mind that my tastes for sweets goes well beyond cake, so I’m going highlight the “sweetest” and “most original” in my opinion- because nobody visits NYC for the same old same old.

As delicious as it would be to hit up all my favorite places in one or two days, my thighs would never forgive me- hence this “blog in progress”…

Dani with Choc chip cookie eye

Let’s sweet, shall we?

Did you know that donut can be spelled doughnut OR donut? Interesting! I investigated this since my typing of donut comes up as a typo but in fact, both ways are accepted… moving on…

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Bag

Donut Plant, Chelsea, NYC

There were so many people taking photos and even a group taking video of placing a donut order that I worried about “being cliche” including Donut Plant on this list but, it is too amazing not to include… So, somehow, if you haven’t heard, Donut Plant is a glorious, simple (speaking of simple their logo= brilliance), delicious bakery concept built on the baking history of the owner’s family (I dare you not to tear up reading the ‘history’ on their site!)

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Wall

I quickly fell in love with this soft sculpture donut wall- Amazing! I’d like a few of these for our couch!

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Chair

There are even donut holes in the chairs!

Being a bit of a donut expert, I asked my friend Amanda to meet me at Donut Plant. We visited on a very hot day! Very. Hot. (This might explain why all my photos are slightly blurry) After 10 minutes of reading the menu I went to the counter and returned to our table hoping I made the right choices… The man next to us gasped! (Was it the churro that offended him or the amount we were sampling?) We had gone with our instincts and ordered 2 cake donuts: cinnamon sugar & blueberry cake, 2 yeast donuts: vanilla bean glazed & peanut butter banana, 1 churro, and 2 iced lattes. (Ok, maybe I can see why he was staring!)

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Iced Latte

As much as I don’t normally love ice coffee, their iced latte was really good and a great accompaniment to the donuts. I love that they also serve milk!

Amanda surmised that she preferred the yeast donuts to the cake versions, “You get a bigger donut, and I want as much of this donut that I could get” she said while happily eating the vanilla bean. It is a great point but my heart really belongs to the cake donut- cinnamon sugar, blueberry cake, tres leches (I had tried one before this visit)…

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Blueberry Cake smile

Donut Plant Blueberry Cake Smile

I can’t wait to go back and try the blackout cake, pistachio, and carrot…

Donut Plant Visit Summation: If you are visiting, def do a “taste test” between the yeast and cake donuts to compare. (You can always try 1/2 then take the other 1/2 home!) As far as flavors, I’m not sure any could be bad… Their “jelly filled square” has come into its own fame due to shape and jelly distribution and their “blackout” and “tres leche” are trademarked so those are always good places to start if you can not decide. Serious Eats ate their way thru Donut Plant’s menu so if you’d like to pre prep for your visit, check out their flavor by flavor review here.

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Spot

“I preferred the Peanut Butter Banana to the Blueberry Cake but both were exceptional!”     -Spot Fiori

Read the rest of this “blog post in progress” here

Xo Dani


A “Breaking Bad” Dinner

If you are a fan of the show and have been watching all season, this still from Breaking Bad must still be stuck in your mind. It was in a word- amazing!

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Breaking Bad “Awkward dinner”

If you are hosting or attending a Season Finale dinner tonight, I hope some “blue brittle brulee” is on the menu and that your party is a lot less awkward than this scene. Here’s my original post on the fun and fabulous Underground Eats Breaking Bad dinner we attended earlier this summer at New York Vintners! So fun! Happy viewing… I’m already on the edge of my seat! Xo Dani

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Its kind of ironic how much I enjoy the show “Breaking Bad”… it is the complete opposite of sweet or sunny or positive. It is most definitely the show that has most left my mouth hanging open in shock (literally).  Who knew watching a character become so bad could be so good!

When the invitation to a “Breaking Bad Dinner” popped into my inbox I was intrigued. The extendor of this invite was a foodie website called Underground Eats. Their tagline: “Your Key to the Most Exclusive Alternative Dining Experiences” is a great summation of what they do. Currently their offerings are in NYC and surrounding areas but their website promises more cities “coming soon”. I had been wanting to attend one of their events to see what it was all about and the “Breaking Bad Dinner” sounded like a fun concept featuring a menu inspired by the show- “Tex Mex” gourmet with wine pairings at New York Vintners in NYC… We were in!

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner NY Vintners

I had a moment of panic on the way in that it might be too “weird- Breaking- Bad” but the minute we walked into NY Vintners I relaxed… it’s super cool space filled with amazing artwork and wine!

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner menu pizza

We were greeted with a square of the most delicious pizza, an ice cold, crisp glass of white wine, and a fabulous menu highlighting the entrees and their relation to the show… I loved the baggie of blue rock (candy) at each place setting (if you watch the show…)

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner centerpiece

If you are hosting a Breaking Bad viewing party, this centerpiece really sums up the show with a bit of humor and would super be easy to re-create!

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner dining room

The dining and/ or tasting room at NY Vintners with open kitchen for viewing in the back

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner Pollo

Chef Ryan Smith preparing possibly the best chicken I have ever tasted… his Los Pollos Hermanos: Sous vide fried organic chicken breast, jicama and red cabbage slaw= Heaven!

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner Kobe Beef Burrito

… and for dinner, the most over the top, Kobe Beef Burrito with smoked blue cheese and rice and beans (!)

And just when we thought we could not take another bite… dessert!

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner brulee detail

Blue Brittle Brulee

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner Creme Brulee assist

Hand me that torch! (I was more than happy to help Chef Ryan caramelize the brulee!)

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner finale

Chef Ryan Smith and Jason Oliva: A final toast with props inspired by Breaking Bad

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner Jason Oliva and Dani Fiori

I could not stop gushing about NY Vintner and dinner host, Jason Oliva’s artwork (His Gorilla painting was KF’s fave)! After dinner he invited us to take a peek at his studio and their wine cellar….

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner door to cellar

Jason painted the door leading down to the cellar too and the trim leading down… Love it! His style is whimsical & super cool at the same time.

The wine cellar at NY Vintners

KF checking out the impressive wine cellar at NY Vintners

SDB Breaking Bad Dinner Jason Oliva vintage

Jason has teamed up with a winemaker to produce his own limited edition bottles of wine- amazing! For more info, check out his blog at http://jasonoliva.me/

Thanks to Underground Eats for an inspiring and delicious evening! Here’s to another juicy season of Breaking Bad, and many, many more foodie adventures… Happy Friday! Xo Dani

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