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Visiting the Good Batch in Clinton Hill

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Heard about a place in Brooklyn that made stroopwafels; beyond that, heard they made stroopwafel ice cream sandwiches. Stroopwafels, the incredible waffle cookies made in Holland, super thin cookies with a heaping pile of caramel to glue the entire thing together. Pre-packed and bought at Schiphol airport they’re delicious, imagine them fresh and made in-house.

Arrived in the early afternoon and stepped inside. A clean interior with a wide display case, started with baked goods like scones and breads, moving down to the ice cream section. Not noticing the stroopwafel anywhere, asked if they had them available. On this day, they did not have them ready, was simply told, “later.” Buzzkill.

Had been thinking about a stroopwafel ice cream sandwich for, just about, the previous 24 hours, just to arrive too early. Took a gaze back at the ice cream sandwiches for a replacement, and honed in on the toffee vanilla ice cream sandwich. It was delicious. The cookie was soft and sweet from the toffee – even left a bit of stickiness on the fingertips, and the ice cream was great.

The Toffee Vanilla Ice Cream sandwich.

The Toffee Vanilla Ice Cream sandwich.

Mid-treat, a few other customers walked in and took coffee orders to go, while biting through the ice cream sandwich, overheard somebody ordering a hot chocolate – along with a discussion of peppermint hot chocolate; it became a necessary follow-up. Having, pretty much, made myself at home at the bench next to the window, got a peppermint hot chocolate once the ice cream was full enjoyed and it was a fantastic chaser.

A Peppermint Hot Chocolate for a misty NYC afternoon.

A Peppermint Hot Chocolate for a misty NYC afternoon.

While the visit to The Good Batch started as disappointment, there are heaps of treats the place offers to satisfy any craving one might have.

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On a walk back through Park Slope after enjoying lunch, felt the need for some dessert, but wasn’t sure where to go. Was pretty sure there was a bakery down one of the streets along the way back, it was just a matter of picking the right one. Crisscrossed a couple blocks and found myself along 8th Avenue, the correct street and found Ladybird Bakery – have visited a few times before, just wasn’t 100% sure of the location.

Step inside and there is a small seating area, next to an expansive display case, that greets you. Cookies, cakes, and cupcakes bombard your vision and it usually takes a couple views before deciding what would suit you for the day – there have been visits where a cake looked like a viable option. After a few walks back-and-forth before the glass display, saw these large carrot cake bars – thick-cut slabs of carrot cake, with a healthy layer of icing topping it off.

Brought it home and took a bite, the cake is moist with nuts that add a much-needed crunchy texture, then that icing – the icing melds everything together – one of those icings you could eat with a spoon.

A picture of the Carrot Cake Bar was added to Instagram (@pau_loreto) and, yes, it earned a “Like” from Zagat.

A picture of the Carrot Cake Bar was added to Instagram (@pau_loreto) and, yes, it earned a “Like” from Zagat.

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 17, 2015 at 6:11 AM

Shrimp Burger

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The Monday after Thanksgiving, got back to Park Slope, Brooklyn from Toms River, New Jersey with giant suitcase in tow and some twist ankle ligaments. After getting everything tucked away, needed to grab lunch and with limited mobility, close proximity was a necessity. Hobbled over to Krupa Grocery, a fairly new establishment, with a healthy beer selection and a menu featuring all-day breakfast and various lunch offerings from sandwiches to salads – it was pretty easy making a selection.

My eyes were immediately drawn to the Panko Crusted Shrimp Burger. The menu lists the ingredients as black tiger shrimp, seaweed salad, Korean pickles, and kewpie mayonnaise – it was a lovely setup for what arrived – a delicious treat.

Shrimp Burger

The sandwich was big. The ingredients were stacked high and the shrimp patty was massive and that first bite was an amazing mix of flavors from the crunchy shrimp and pickles to the uniquely-flavored seaweed salad. Paired with fried fingerlings – definitely a welcome change to the typical French fries or onion rings – from beginning to end the meal was fantastic.

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 11, 2015 at 6:03 AM

Chocolate Pistachio Cake

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As the cycle goes, enjoy a drink or two, fill up after a couple courses at dinner, and get ready to go, then, the dessert menu arrives. Actually, the server asks if the dessert menu is of any interest, claim to just “take a look,” and, then, end up ordering something despite being completely stuffed.

This time around, at Hugo & Sons, in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, it was the flourless chocolate pistachio cake that raised eyebrows. Paired with an orange mascarpone cream, it was an amazing – and perfect – selection to end the evening. Given that it’s a flourless cake, it was very rich, but the mascarpone and pistachio served as a good contrast and balanced the overall taste and texture.

While the rest of meal was just as fantastic, a visit would still be worth it just for the cake.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 4, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Boathouse

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The Boathouse in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park was originally built in 1876. In 1905, it was replaced by the current building that stands in its place. Throughout the 20th Century, the Boathouse grew in popularity. Public adoration for the landmark was tested in 1960, when New York City planned to demolish the building. The community protested and was able to sway the City’s decision.

In 1968, New York City granted the Boathouse a landmark status.

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Brooklyn Beauty

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In season, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden serves as an escape from the madness of New York City. The sight of all the colors make for an incredible visual; moreso than that of Central Park. The beauty of Central Park is that juxtaposition of skyscrapers next to trees and greenery, the BBG showcases a diverse beauty (in a close enough distance) that may not be available in other parts of the metropolis.

From Holland to Brooklyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tulips , in particular, when all the flowers are in bloom, are an amazing sight.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 19, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Amuse-Bouche

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An evening out for dinner brought along a surprise at Soigne Restaurant & Wine Bar (486 6th Ave, between 11th St & 7th Ave / Park Slope, Brooklyn).

Split Pea Simplicity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautifully simple Split Pea Amuse-Bouche, served chilled, was a refreshing start to a delicious evening.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM