10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

With an overload of summer food trends and a serious addiction to ice cream, I wasn’t sure how I was gonna go into the Fall trying to live a healthy lifestyle. When I’m in the gym, I often think about the food I regret having over the weekend no matter how great they were. How could you not when you’re melting under your trainers orders?

I’m a huge believer in eating the things that you want, when you want them. When I came across this rant about the five things Sanaa wished she ate this summer, I couldn’t help but think of all the things I did eat. There’s still a few things left on my to eat list before Fall is really here but here are the few things I ate with no regrets.

Don’t mind my new obsession of hands shots. All the cool kids are doing it. 

Morgenstern Buttermilk Balsamic Strawberry ice cream

1. Buttermilk Basil Strawberry Ice cream from Morgenstern’s

I was suppose to be at a speak easy but the sun was blaring! I decided to take a stroll down Bowery to cool off at Morgenstern’s. Well known for their coconut ash ice cream, I was overwhelmed by the other delicious sounding options on their menu. Being the strawberry ice cream lover that I am, I couldn’t resist the words buttermilk and the cashier even let me do a taste test. It was better than the bourbon vanilla so I went for it. Little did I know, that the balsamic wasn’t included in the taste I had and I was in for a treat. This was the best ice cream I had all summer. I ordered it on a cake cone, and they dripped the balsamic liquid over it before serving. This made it tart but sweet and also perfect. Morgenstien’s is worth the line and the ice cream there is more than a summer food trend.

Wowfulls

2. Wowfulls at Smorgasburg

If you haven’t had a egg waffle yet, you should. They’re  fun to look at and you can stuff it with anything! Must be why Wowfulls has the one of the longest lines at Smorgasburg because this is what instagram post are made of. I tried the chocolate Wowfull stuffed with vanilla ice cream, topped with Orea cookie crumbs and banana pocky. Pocky doesn’t taste like much but it’s all for show. Powdered sugar is also sprinkled on top but note that this sweet treat is made for two. The best part of it all is that you can customize your Wowfull and then dig in!

Maven Cocktails

3. Maven Cocktails

Now it’s definitely been on trend this summer to have wine in a box – to go style. I’m not talking about the cheap box wine that your friend decided to bring to the housewarming either. Maven Cocktails has a similar to go style because it’s wine, without the wine glass, and instead, inside a frosted single serve glass bottle. Yes, make it classy. The delight about this wine, is that they add vodka and it’s only offered in a few places around NYC currently. Find out where. Don’t be fooled, you probably can’t walk out of those places with this drink but I was at a special event so I did. The bottle is super resusable and just a stylish new way to get your drink

10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

4. Mo’ Money Mo’ Mango from 10 Below Ice cream

Perhaps I only cared about ice cream and it was my personal summer trend but 10 below is also making the list. I had already tried rolled ice cream at Vendy Plaza so I wasn’t too crazy about the experience of seeing them make it but I was here for the flavors. The Mo’ Money, Mo’ Mango also has strawberries in the mix, then I topped it with more strawberries and fruity pebbles. Gluttony at it’s finest for my sweet tooth. The entire thing tasted like breakfast cereal. I tried my friend’s who ordered something completely different, with no cereal toppings and felt the same way about his. It was nostalgic and fun to bite into. They were also generous with the toppings and it didn’t take as long as I heard it would.

Sounds like I want to eat ice cream and cocktails forever and I’m okay with that but at least I have no summer food regrets! What did you eat this summer that you don’t regret? Leave me a comment below!

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CocoRau Food Tasting

Absolutely amazing is the best way to describe CocoRau! It was love at first bite. The bold, authentic flavors, and great ingredients blew me away. These chocolate treats are organic, healthy, and local. It’s a complete win in my book.

Konstanze greeted me at the shop and I was offered a cup of tea. The shop was lively, warm, and full of laughter. I gulped down the tea and headed to the table of chocolates. There were four different flavors and each was named after a mantra. First, I grabbed the Samadhi Orange Bliss flavor because orange and chocolate sounds amazingly interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by the delicate hint of orange. Each flavor was unique and wonderful. Once I was done stuffing my face sampling the chocolate I decided that Turiya Espresso is my favorite flavor. It was so good that I had to take a power bite home. I definitely enjoyed the CocoRau Valentine’s Event and if my future lover is out there two bags of CocoRau Espresso Power Bites for Valentine’s Day will make me the happiest girl in the world.

Delicious treats, wholesome ingredients, and a great team had made me a lover of CocoRau!

 

CocoRau Display

 

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Served by Stadium donut

Last week I had the pleasure of being Served by Stadium. They’re a new take out service that allows you to select menu items from multiple locations. So yes, you can have sushi and chicken wings for lunch now.  The kicker though, is that they only have a limited menu but as the company expands, I suspect that their menu will expand as well. The great part is that they have a pretty good variety of items already that will keep you full and intrigued. There’s nothing like a Mix and Match menu for an eater like me who just can’t decide and wants it all; Served by Stadium makes that possible

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The runners that greeted me were so kind and warm. They made me extremely anxious to peek into my tightly sealed served by stadium bag. I started with the Fig toast, topped with arm goat cheese, figs, and rosemary honey. To my surprise, the toast was really still warm and the cheese didn’t overpower the fresh bread it was served on. Harding’s did a great job of adding figs to balance the flavors and leave the honey, literally as a sweet finish.Toast

I planned to save some of my toast for later as I dug into the summer roll from Rhong Tiams. The crunchy veggies in the delicate rice paper were very light in flavor but heightened with the hoisin peanut sauce that it came with. It was comforting to have as the sauce reminded me of Massaman curry.Summer roll

My entree, was a dry pepper style chicken by Han Dynasty that came with white rice. The rice was necessary as this dish is spicy! The nuggets were nice and crisp and hot. I really enjoyed how juicy they were on the inside despite the dryness on the outer layer.Dry Pepper Chicken

Still in disbelief that someone went to all these places to make my lunch amazing, I had to get onto the dessert. Bosie Tea Parlor makes this Paris-Brest, which is like puff pastry filled with praline creme that is truly delightful. The pastry itself had caramelized hazelnuts engulfed within that makes you close your eyes once you bite into it. That’s the kind of dessert I always want to enjoy.

Dessert

So how about you? Do you plan to get Served by Stadium?Utensils

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lady lexi sweets cupcakes

I had the lovely opportunity to attend Lady Lexis’ Sweets food tasting. The experience was great and the desserts were awesome. Just check out some of the desserts I sampled.

APPLE TART

These were hands down the best apple tarts I’ve ever tasted. The touch of sweetness with cinnamon and a perfectly flaky crust made for an exceptional apple tart. I took about four of this home and finished them all in one day. That’s how good they were.

 Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Muffin

I loved the light texture of this muffin. The flavors blended well together, although I wished more of the cappuccino flavor came through. Overall, I enjoyed this beautiful breakfast muffin. The next day I had this muffin with a cup of vanilla almond milk and it was heaven.

carrot cake

Lady Lexis manages to nail the perfect texture on all of her desserts and the carrot cake is no exception. The frosting was a fluffy consistency, which paired well with the fluffy cake. As a carrot cake lover, I would have loved for a bolder flavor with this cake.

I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of the ginger snaps but they were also delicious! These ginger snap cookies weren’t the traditional tough ginger snaps. Much to my pleasant surprise they were slightly chewy. The flavor and texture of these cookies were amazing.

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After a break and two glasses of water I prepped myself for the beloved red velvet cupcakes. These cupcakes were again, just amazing. The frosting was piled high, the texture was light, and the flavors balanced perfectly.

Overall, the tasting went well. The apple tart and cappuccino chocolate chip muffins were my favorites. I would definitely visit Lady Lexis Sweets again.

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Pork Nachos

Swine was hella fine when I was picked up to check it out on my birthday. Lately, I love everything on a chip. Even at the Power Couple Brunch in a few weeks, we’ll be having breakfast nachos; I may be slightly obsessed. So yes, I was going to indulge in pork chunks, cheese and jalapeno nachos at Swine as my starter. I felt the chips were a bit overdone but that didn’t stop me from stuffing my face with this combo. When I couldn’t stand the over baked chips, I searched for all the pork pieces and smiled. Gluttony is a sin.

Pork Nachos

It sure didn’t stop me from ordering the pulled pork sandwich that came with “pickles”. Tasted more like cucumbers (blech) to me but I’ll let them tell it. The sandwich was super sweet, could have been the mango chipotle sauce they slab on it but I was looking for something a little drier. The short ribs, his choice, were phenomenal though and this place IS FOR PORK LOVERS. You won’t be able to get enough; I can’t wait to go back myself.

Pulled pork sandwich Ribs

Shoot, I’d go back for dessert alone. Mainly because I was served what’s apparently the best bread pudding in town, no argument there. The kicker though, was the maple bourbon whipped cream they pair with it. The whipped cream can be eaten with everything. So kudos to them on that and blessed is your belly when you go.

Bread pudding

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Chocolat Calamari Salad

I’ve been catching a lot of our Instagram followers getting a Taste of Harlem at Chocolat lately.  Just in time for me to take my second peak here, I had the honor of being invited to a tasting of their new menu, along with a few other great bloggers and I’m excited to share.

Chocolat is on restaurant row and the ambiance is pretty sexy and exclusive. The music here is great and despite them having a bigger crowd than my last visit, I really appreciated the service this time around.

This was a 9-course tasting and I took dessert home, how could I avoid to? We started with 4 appetizers, went onto 3 entrees and ended with 2 dessert dishes. The Blackened Mahi Mahi Satay was very light and seasoned evenly, which my taste buds do not take for granted. The mango salsa was really a hit and added a kick to the lightness of the mahi mahi. The Shrimp & Watermelon salad is great if you’re looking for something refreshing and the two blended well with one another.

Blackened Mahi Mahi Satay with Mango Salsa Watermelon Shrimp Salad

The calamari salad here is actually a signature dish and very popular amongst the guests. I felt that the salad needed more dressing but I could see why it’s a local favorite. The short rib empanada reminded me of a puff pastry because it wasn’t deeply fried which is a good thing. The salsa that came with it really pulled the rib flavors together, so always dip this bad boy if it’s kept on the menu.

Calamari Salad Short Rib Empanada

I wasn’t a huge fan on the jerk chicken and rice but I’m sure since the tasting, this dish has likely been taken to the next level. The chicken was just lacking that jerk kick to it but it was cooked through and still had great flavors going. The yard bird came with another amazing sauce that really did it. But I did feel as though the bird had an awkward set up with only watermelon and corn on the cob to accompany it.

Jerk Chicken and Rice Southern Crispy Yard Bird

Closest to the best thing I had all night was the grilled salmon fillet that was served with sautéed kale, leeks and a mango coulis. We really had to ask the chef, Joseph Guittierez, what was in the sauce. The salmon was just made to perfection and the heat radiating of off it paired with the coolness of the coulis and the fresh mango flavor was just doing wonders. I would go back time after time again for this specific dish and it’s highly recommended. It really stole the night.

Grilled Scottish Salmon Fillet

Nothing ever ends if it doesn’t end with dessert so of course I was indulging in the black cake a la mode, which was really good. Nothing made my heart melt more than the pastelles of guava and queso. I am somewhat biased because this is a childhood favorite of mine but i really admire Chocolat for pulling this off perfectly. I even took a few of it home.

Jamaican Black cake a la Mode Pastelles of Guava & Queso

With restaurant row really becoming a staple “go to” in Harlem, it’s safe to say the owner of Chocolat, Leon Ellis, is ahead of the race. With some fine tuning to the menu, it has some great potential and more than few great dishes on the list already.

Chef and Owner of Chocolat

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