Food Event: Nutella Pancake Cone Giveaway!

To celebrate International Pancake Tuesday, chef Dominique Ansel (that’s right, the creator of the Cronut) and Nutella are teaming up to give away free Nutella pancake cones.

From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. today, visit Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central to get yours! I recommend you get there early because these are sure to go very fast.

Nutella Pancake Tuesday

Travel the World Without Leaving Your Kitchen

I have to give a shout out to Try The World, a food subscription box service that delivers a curated box of authentic gourmet foods from a different country every two months. With boxes from Paris, Tokyo, Rio and Venice, to name a few, you can now sample food from across the country without ever leaving your kitchen. Prices range from $33 – $39/box depending on how many you order.

This sounds exactly like Blue Apron and similar services, but more culturally-focused. Not only do you get food, but many of the boxes also contain culture guides with music, movies and more.

Check them out and if you do order, let me know what you think!

Try The World Logo


February is Pancake Month!

February is pancake month at Clinton Street Baking Company, which means they feature a different special pancake flavor every Monday through Friday. Check out the menu below for the daily featured pancake. Be sure to get there early because the wait can be very long (they even have a section of the website dedicated to it).

  • 2, 3 Swedish Apple Pancakes with caramelized apples, cinnamon cider glaze, and Bavarian cream
  • 4, 5, 6 Crunchy Bananas with cinnamon-chili-chocolate sauce
  • 9, 10 Blueberry Crumb Streusel with fresh blueberry sauce, vanilla bean whipped cream and warm maple butter
  • 11, 12 Japanese Pumpkin pancakes with pumpkin seed streusel and warm maple butter
  • 13, 16, 17 Chocolate Chunks, fresh raspberries, raspberry-caramel sauce
  • 18, 19 Fresh Coconut Pancakes with caramelized pineapple, bruleed bananas, roasted macadamia nuts, and warm maple butter
  • 20 German Chocolate Pancakes: roasted organic pecans, caramel, fresh coconut, bittersweet chocolate sauce
  • 23, 24 Pistachio frangipane with burgundy cherries and roasted, crushed pistachios
  • 25, 26 Fresh Blackberries with meyer lemon curd and blackberry syrup
  • 27 Raspberry Pancakes: our signature raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, toasted almond butter, vanilla bean whipped cream

Clinton Street Baking Company Pancake Month

2015 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival

Yesterday, City Bakery kicked off its annual Hot Chocolate Festival. From February 1st through February 28th, City Bakery will be offering a variety of unique hot chocolate flavors. This is one of my favorite annual events so I highly recommend you go check it out. With options such as Banana Peel Hot Chocolate, Chili Pepper Hot Chocolate and On A Peanut Butter Barge, you can’t go wrong.

2015 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival

Food Event: Valentine’s Day NYC Dessert Tour

Guys, it’s time to get a little more creative on Valentine’s Day. Gone are the days of boxed chocolate and flowers. It’s time to step up your game with a full-on dessert tour.

Sugartooth Tours

For an amazing Valentine’s Day that she’ll talk about for years to come, check out Sugartooth Tours’ Valentine’s Day dessert tour. This year’’s Sweeter than Sugar Tour will take place in Chelsea and tour-goers will indulge in delicious treats, including half-pound cookies, artisan hot chocolate, and more. In addition, guests will feed their minds with the tasty and colorful culinary past of Chelsea and brush up on their Valentine’s Day history and trivia as they cuddle close with their sweethearts and mosey down the High Line.

Available tour dates include February 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th at 5:30 p.m. Additional time slots include February 14th and 15th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $50/person and include six tastings along the way. For more information, and to purchase tickets, check them out at

HENRI on Fifth

HENRI on Fifth – 279 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

I recently was invited to check out HENRI on Fifth, a new restaurant and bar in Park Slope. Located in the space formally occupied by Aperitivo, HENRI On Fifth is serving Brooklyn with an eclectic fusion of small bites, shared fare, locally sourced staples and bespoke cocktails.

HENRI on Fifth in Park Slope Brooklyn

HENRI on Fifth in Park Slope Brooklyn

HENRI on Fifth has a fun selection of retro board games to play. We immediately jumped on Operation (remember how awesome this game used to be?) and Jenga.

HENRI on Fifth Jenga in Park Slope Brooklyn

The space is casual, yet very energetic, and I can see the board games as a perfect way to spend a night.

HENRI on Fifth Menu in Park Slope Brooklyn

The restaurant has innovative dishes that reflect the owner’s, Binh Douglas, heritage – Vietnamese, Native American, African American, German and French. Seasonally-changing and comprised entirely of small plates intended for sharing, the menu ranges from Banh ‘Mini’ Tacos to Sriracha Deviled Eggs, with a creative Grilled Cheese Soldier selection, plus salads, soups and sliders.

HENRI on Fifth Grilled Cheese in Park Slope BrooklynThe classic grilled cheese is made of cheddar and fontina cheeses on buttered Pullman bread. In one word, delicious. Sriracha deviled eggs join the party with a devilish kick.

HENRI on Fifth Grilled Cheese in Park Slope BrooklynOne of the hits of the night was the Die Klassische, an incredibly cheesy grilled cheese served on pretzel bread.

The Verdict

Live near Park Slope? HENRI on Fifth is a great new bar/restaurant. Bringing international fare, craft cocktails and retro board games to Fifth Avenue, HENRI on Fifth joins a casual atmosphere, great service and upscale food for a perfect combination. 

Food Event: The Big Cheesy

Looking for a way to make this weekend delicious? Check out the The Big Cheesy, hosted by Time Out New York and Openhouse NYC, and vote for New York City’s best grilled cheese!

The Big Cheesy will be held on January 24th and 25th from noon to 7 p.m. at Openhouse Gallery (201 Mulberry Street). Buy your tickets fast because it’s sure to sell out quickly.

The Big Cheesy