Friday, February 6, 2015

Quickie: The Cinnamon Snail

TL;DR:

Cinnamon snail ($3), food truck spotted at Union Square


Overrated. Not really worth $3. I've had better cinnamon rolls before.

I'm not really understanding the hype for these cinnamon rolls, which is what I believe the famous food truck is known for. The roll was kind of tough and not as chewy and doughy, something that I look for in a good, indulgent cinnamon roll. The glaze was also nothing special, and the cinnamon filling was just alright. All in all, this tasted no different than a generic, store-bought cinnamon roll, so I felt a little duped.

I've read that their sandwiches, doughnuts and coffee are supposed to be good as well, so I'll probably give one of those a shot in the future. As for the ever-popular cinnamon snails, I'll pass.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lazy Latte Log: Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

TL;DR: ★★★

Taking a break from my rundown series, here's another Lazy Latte Log for the first time in months (I haven't forgotten!) — featuring Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.

Two lattes ($4.50 each), raspberry banana loaf (~$4), pain au chocolat ($3.95)

This hidden gem in Gramercy/Union Square (among other locations) is definitely worth a visit, especially for the pastries and lattes. Though a little pricey, I really enjoyed my smooth, luxurious cup of latte, and the raspberry banana loaf was so moist, delicious and apparently low-fat. The pain au chocolat was great too — very flaky and buttery — but I really appreciated the sort-of-unconventional combination of flavors in the loaf.

The ambiance was nice and cozy, perfect for a catch-up session with friends or a coffee date. But it can get a little noisy for those looking for a space to read and/or do work.

I'll definitely come back here, probably for lunch someday. Their salads and sandwiches looked so good!