Friday, February 6, 2015

Quickie: The Cinnamon Snail


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!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rundown: What I Ate in October 2014

Ooooh, I ate a lot in October, thanks to my mom visiting! Here are the noteworthy eateries...

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Brooklyn Bridge Park

THE CREAMIEST ICE CREAM EVER. One scoop (more like 2-3 scoops) is $4, and you get the best view right in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. Just like their website says, the menu is simple with relatively few options, out of which my mom and I chose vanilla chocolate chunk — divine.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rundown: What I Ate in September 2014

As I said in my previous entry, I'll be posting super quick summaries of what I ate/drank that was noteworthy for every month I've been MIA on the blog. Here's September 2014.

Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Chinatown

This was technically in August, but I'll squeeze it in here. Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has very creamy, smooth ice cream and interesting flavors with Asian flair. I got green tea and black sesame, and while they were both quite good, the black sesame taste was a little too strong for me. Definitely would come back, but it's slightly pricey for ice cream ($5 for two scoops).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Update: Blog Revival

My, oh my, it's been way, way too long. I've sufficiently neglected my blog for about four months now, and I'm ready to get back on the blogging wagon for the new year (happy 2015!).

But just because I stopped writing about restaurants, it doesn't mean I stopped going to them. So for the next few posts, I'll be doing a quick rundown of places I want to highlight for every month that I was absent. September 2014 will be up next, so stay tuned!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lazy Latte Log: The Roost

TL;DR: ★★★★☆

Judging just by the iced coffee, The Roost has great brew. With just the right amount of sweetness and earthy notes, this cup of iced joe was incredibly satisfying and refreshing. 

Iced coffee ($3) — don't mind the shadow of me snapping a pic...
(13th St. & Ave. B)

Plus, the place is pretty cool. By day, it's a coffee shop, but by night, in the back, the venue turns into a bar/lounge. I've definitely never heard of a coffee shop-turned bar by night, so I thought this was interesting. 

The staff was also quite kind, though the cafe doesn't seem like the best place to bring your laptop and work. There aren't many seats, and most of them are stools right by the windows. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quickie: Sunny and Annie's

Here's another no-brainer (and therefore super short post): Sunny and Annie's deli sandwiches. Oh. My. God. This "pho" sandwich is seriously the

Why, you ask? Well, here are the ingredients: roast beef, onions, bean sprouts, avocado, tomato, Sriracha-chili sauce on a roll. If that doesn't get you salivating already, maybe this will: 

Pho sandwich ($6.99)
(7th St. & Ave. B)

Perfection. Thats the only word I can think of for such fresh ingredients, flavors and spices that mesh amazingly well together. 

Definitely don't judge this place by the ordinary bodega appearance. Though it may look shabby on the outside, Sunny and Annie's has, hands down, one of the best sandwiches I've had.