Archive for July, 2010

Dessert: Zucker’s Black and White Cookies

July 29, 2010 By: Serena Category: Eating Out


I recently conducted a highly scientific taste test comparing the Zucker’s regular black and white to the Zucker’s mini black and white.  The control? The regular – purported by an eating buddy to be the best black and white in NYC (which is quite a tall claim in NYC, the land of black and whites).  The test? The mini. The hypothesis to prove:  The mini is equal in taste and texture to the regular.  (Yes, I was raised by scientists, what of it)

Let me back it up a bit.


Korean: So Kong Dong Restaurant

July 27, 2010 By: Serena Category: Eating Out



Although So Kong Dong isn’t in NYC, I make a visit to my hometown at least once a month to devour its unparalleled tofu.  Its phone number is programmed into my phone.  I’ve brought carry-out back to NYC at the request of desperate friends.  Hey, if Anthony Bourdain visited this place on his No Reservations: New Jersey episode, it’s gotta be pretty good, right?


Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

July 26, 2010 By: Serena Category: Cooking / Eating In

I recently made these chocolate covered strawberries for a friend’s bridal shower.  I received a lot of positive feedback and recipe requests.  There was some disbelief when I claimed that these were really easy to make, but I’m here to show you just how simple it can be.

You will need:

Recipe: Shrimp Etouffee

July 23, 2010 By: Serena Category: Cooking / Eating In

Here’s a little secret – I don’t have the faintest clue how to cook.  I can bake up a storm, but cooking?  Geez, it’s like watching a dog try to type on your laptop – maybe his paws can occasionally eke out a word or two, but it’s mostly by chance, and for the rest of the time you watch with a mix of amusement and horror.  But I’ve got to start somewhere, right?

I read a novel that featured crawfish etouffee and decided I needed to make it.  So, relying heavily upon this recipe by Emeril, I attempted an etouffee.  You will need:

Dessert: Levain Bakery

July 21, 2010 By: Serena Category: Eating Out



I’m just going to go ahead and say it – Levain Bakery’s chocolate chip cookies are the best I’ve had. Ever. I mean, look at the ratio of gooey chocolate to dough in that picture.  Is there really any debate?

“Chocolate chip cookie” is a loose term often used to describe anything from bland dough with a morsel wedged in…somewhere, to the work of art that is the Levain cookie.  Weighty, dense yet airy, and chock-full of walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or raisins, a Levain cookie can be a meal, a late night binge, a hearty breakfast if you will.  I sampled the oatmeal raisin:


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