The Big Apple Part Deux

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As you can see, I spent a lot of time at Chelsea Market while I was in New York.  My hotel was right across the street, so I ended up killing a lot of time there by shopping and eating.  Usually I would’ve tried to get out and see the city more, but unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time, and I was alone.  I played it safe and stayed in Chelsea.

Except when I first arrived.  I had my driver immediately drop me off at Momofuku Milk Bar (in the East Village) instead of my hotel.  Except it wasn’t the original Momofuku Milk Bar; it was some kind of smaller outlet store.  Their menu was the same as the larger Momofuku, though.  Maybe the larger Momofuku doesn’t exist anymore?

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I had a few things on my list to try: all of the cookies, crack pie, candy bar pie, and cereal milk soft serve.

I ordered two of each kind of cookie.  I’ve been reading Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and had to know what the texture was like with her cookies.  She uses glucose and milk powder in her cookies to make them chewy, crispy and soft in the middle.

Cornflake-Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie.  I liked this one.  First off, I should probably tell you that I liked all of the cookies.  Some more than others.  The corny flavor and crispy texture makes this cookie unique.  I wouldn’t say I was blown away by it though.

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Peanut Butter Cookie.  These are soft, chewy, salty and have a strong brown sugar flavor.  I think she must use molasses.  Once again, good, but I wasn’t wowed. 


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Corn Cookie.  This was probably my favorite cookie, and it was Eric’s, too (I brought him some samples).  This cookie isn’t crazy-different in texture – it’s like a soft sugar cookie – but I liked it because it was so simple, and the corn flavor was great.  She uses corn flour and corn powder in these.  It makes them taste like Cap’n Crunch.  

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This is the Blueberry & Cream Cookie.  These are just cool; they taste like a chewy blueberry muffin.  They’re softer than the other cookies, and they have dried blueberries and white chocolate in them. 

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The famous Compost Cookie.  Made with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, oats, potato chips, pretzels, and coffee.  It was okay.  I preferred the compost cookie my mom and I had a few years back.  This one was a little sad compared to that one.  Seriously, compare the picture in that post to this one. 

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This is the Candy Bar Pie.  It has a chocolate cookie crust topped with a thick caramel, a peanut butter nougat (I think), chocolate ganache, and a pretzel.  Overall, pretty delicious.  This pie is rich, though – wow!  It was a little salty for me, and the caramel texture was more gelatinous than I thought it would be.. but I’m being nitpicky.  I guess I’m just partial to the next pie.

Crack Pie!  This was my favorite Momofuku dessert.  It tastes like a cross between gooey butter cake and chess pie.  Buttery-brown sugar-oat crust topped with buttery sweet goo and powdered sugar.  Mmm.  I will be making this pie from the cookbook very soon!

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All of those cookies and pie were a good appetizer, but I was more than ready for dinner.  Wink.

New York Pizza!

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I heard about Motorino from Lorie’s blog, and a few other blogs I read.  I ordered the brussel sprout & smoked pancetta pizza with fior di latte, garlic and pecorino.  I’m not a huge fan of brussel sprouts, but I was intrigued if they would work well on a pizza. 

They did.  Especially with the smoky pancetta.  I like how they used more of the outer layers of the sprouts instead of putting whole or halved brussel sprouts on top.

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The pecorino was good, too.  The crust was the best pizza crust I think I’ve ever had.  So light and bubbly.  The pancetta was kind or raw, though… not crispy at all, and I didn’t like that.  The bottom of the middle of the crust was a little soggy, too.  If they had baked it a few more minutes, I think it would have been perfect.  Am I too picky?  Yes?  Should I lie to you and tell you the pizza was absolutely perfect?  I had a commenter tell me a while back that I was too negative when I blog about trips.  I think she had a point – it’s something I’m going to work on – however, I try to be honest and tell you exactly how I feel about things.  Sometimes I think I’m negative because it allow me to make more jokes.  I like joking around.  Anyway. 

More Chelsea Market beauty.

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Valentine cupcakes and cookies!

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese and cider from Friedman’s Lunch.

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The Jacque Torres chocolate chip cookie was amazing.  I have more appreciation for it since the last time I had one.  They’re buttery and crisp… and the chocolate, oh my, the chocolate.  The cookie is loaded with dark chocolate. 

The other cookie I had was from Sarabeth’s Bakery.  It was called a chocolate chubby. The outer shell was crispy, the inside was soft and gooey like a brownie, and loaded with pecans.  I really liked it.  I found the recipe online, so I know what I’m baking next!

So that’s basically it.  When I wasn’t filming for the show, I was eating cookies and daydreaming about starting a bakery of my own.  Maybe someday! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your day and have a lovely President’s Day weekend.  If you’re looking for a dessert idea for this weekend, check out my chocolate chip cookie dough truffle recipe!

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20 comments:

  1. That macaroni and cheese looks soooo good!

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  2. I'm officially drooling and craving pizza, cookies, and pie...and it's not even 9:30 am. Uh oh. I am so jealous of your New York trip! Someday I will get to go!

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  3. Wherever you open your bakery, I will be there! You make cookies that can compete with all of these!

    Don't worry about being negative in your blogs on the places you eat. You're just being honest. Honesty is important in a blog. If the pancetta was too raw on your pizza, you have a right to say so. Maybe the chef will see your blog post and do something about it for the next person.

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  4. Love all your postings, but your NYC ones in particular (probably since we enjoy so many of the same things). Thanks for sharing your adventures so generously. And multi-congrats on the REASON for the NYC trip - can't wait to see it.

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  5. Whatever you do, Emily, do not change a single thing about your posts. I HOWLED @ your posts when you and your sister visited France. You are a delight...honest. refreshing, and often hilarious. Who wants to read only "positive" comments about something? I want the down and dirty, and you are my girl!

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  6. I don't think you're negative at all. You are just being honest and I think that's a vital quality when you're reviewing something as important as food. And you're totally not picky because I'm the same way, lol. When food is such a big part of your life your tastes and perceptions of it are just heightened. I think you would be an excellent food critic :D

    P.S. In pastry school, we put the pancetta on the pizza after it came out of the oven, at least that what we were told to do, so thats probably why it wasn't really cooked. Its just supposed to be warmed from the pizza. Although, I didn't listen and put it on my pizza anyway before it went in the oven and it was delicious!

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  7. Cookies! Wow that is a big difference in cookie size from your last Momofuku post! Mmm I personally can't wait to try the corn cookies :)

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  8. Love hearing about your trips and I am glad you are honest. I am going to Sara Beth's in a few weeks.

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  9. So you went to New York and got crack? Crack pie, I mean!!

    That looks like an amazing trip - even if you had done nothing else but buy cookies, pie and pizza! I love the name of the cider too.

    Please don't change your commenting style. I would rather hear it straight than go someplace based on a "happy-happy, everything's wonderful" revview and then be disappointed. I trust your reviews BECAUSE you tell it like it is. Some people just need to learn that everythin in this world isn't pretty and there isn't icing on every cake or a chicken in every pot. Didn't they learn about telling the truth when they were kids?

    Besides which, you're just a hoot!!!

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  10. I wish I had known you were going to be here...I would have eaten my way through lower manhattan with you! sounds like you hit up some truly delicious spots though.

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  11. I don't think you're too picky at all! You're just a baker/cook and it shows - I'm the same way whenever I'm at restaurants. :) ... so maybe, I'm just justifying my behavior as well. ;)

    The Jacques Torres cookie looks AMAZING! I've had his chocolate before, I can only imagine them in a cookie.

    I will start a bakery with you!

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  12. I don't think your comments are negative at all. I love that you are honest when things aren't quite right. I hope you don't change your commenting style.

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  13. You are making me long for NY. Can't wait to go back in a few months!

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  14. Milk Bar moved from its original location across the street, but I highly recommend you checking out the duck bar (attached to ssam) next time you're in the city! There are multiple Milk Bar locations around the city now -- one in Midtown, one on the west side -- and they all have different flavors of AMAZING soft serve daily. Have you not tried the cereal milk/cereal milk ice cream yet? You're missing out!

    And if you haven't been to any of David Chang's other restaurants, momofuku in name or not, you need to! Although for ramen, I prefer Ippudo on 4th Ave.

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  15. I don't think you are negative - you are honest. If I ever get to New York, I'd rather go try the foods that an honest blogger loved than something that was just ok but got rave reviews because of its name. Your blog is a favorite of mine - thanks for all of your recipes, ideas & reviews!

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  16. I think because you seem to have a very positive personality (I say seem because we don't really know you, even though we think we might from reading the blog) when you say you don't like something it sticks out. I like that you say why you don't like something because that particular issue might not matter to others, or they may feel differently.

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  17. I'm so depressed. I live here and I haven't gone to these places-and I have wanted to! I have such a long list of places I want to go, but I can never justify spending the money! Agh!

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