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Hot Chocolate Festival 2016

February is here and it’s the annual Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery! Check out the calendar and indulge in a rotating menu of delicious liquid chocolate.

2016 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival Calendar


Donut Fest

Get ready, New York City. This Saturday is the inaugural Donut Fest. Some of New York City’s best restaurants and bakeries will compete to take the title of the best donut in the city. Participating establishments include, Dun-Well Doughnuts, Erin McKenna’s Bakery, Du Jour Bakery, Mike’s Donuts, The Doughnut Project, Clementine Bakery, Glaze Donuts, Carpe Donuts, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Cafe Grumpy, Brooklyn Roasting Company and D’Amico Coffee Roasters.

The event will take place at Verboten in Brooklyn. General admission tickets are $35 and include entry plus three coffee tickets.


Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

If you’re craving some key lime pie and don’t feel like hopping on a three hour flight down to Key West, jet over to Red Hook, Brooklyn, follow the signs and end up at Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie.

This Brooklyn outpost is mainly a commercial bakery but they’ve opened their doors to serve visitors craving some lime goodness.

The shop is modest and eccentric. Scattered among tons of knick-knacks and a lovable shop dog, there are a few signs detailing your order options. There are only a handful of choices, and they’re all mainly variations of one thing – key lime pie – you’re not getting anything else here so don’t try to ask. Be prepared to grab your pie and take a walk too. There aren’t any tables or chairs, but there is a scenic pier nearby that is the perfect eating spot.

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie Brooklyn, Red Hook, NY

In general, key lime pie doesn’t rank high on my list of favorite types of pie (hello apple and pecan). Steve’s may have me changing my tune though. It had just the right amount of tartness and sweetness, with a buttery graham cracker crust. These key lime pies are made from real limes and they’re the real deal.


The Best and Worst of 2015

2015 was another food-filled year. Below are three of the best and worst of 2015. If you’re looking for that place to try in 2016 or more importantly, that place to avoid, this is a good starting point to help point you in the right direction.

The Best

The Worst

  • Marleey’s – OK food, terrible lighting, incorrect spelling on their menu and waiters that didn’t understand what they were serving.
  • Treat House – Innovative Rice Crispies treats, but lacking flavor and leaving a bland taste in your mouth.
  • Joe’s Bar – Nothing overly wrong with Joe’s except they tried to outdo themselves at their grand opening. Think step and repeat and inviting D-List celebrities.

What’s Your Favorite Bakery?

For all the sweet tooth’s out there, here’s a great list for you: America’s Most Scrumptious Bakeries. Our friend’s at Foursquare have provided a list of the top bakeries across the country based on user reviews. Check out a list of the best bakery in every state, or see the top 10 below. For us NYC folk, Levain Bakery was found to be New York’s best bakery.

  1. B. Patisserie San Francisco, CA
  2. Baked & Wired Washington D.C.
  3. Weber’s Bakery Chicago, IL
  4. Flour Bakery + Cafe Boston, MA
  5. Little t American Baker Portland, OR
  6. Jean Philippe Patisserie Las Vegas, NV
  7. Levain Bakery New York, NY
  8. Bakery Nouveau Seattle, WA
  9. Round Rock Donuts Round Rock, TX
  10. Se7en Bites Orlando, FL

Levain Bakery

What’s the #1 Halloween Candy?

What’s your favorite Halloween candy? released the results of a poll to find out what Halloween candy reigns supreme. The #1 candy is no surprise (at least to me)! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups came in at #1 according to more than 29,000 votes across 52 types of candy. The results of top 10 are below:

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  2. Twix
  3. Kit Kat
  4. Snickers
  5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins
  6. Hershey’s Miniatures
  7. Starburst
  8. Butterfinger
  9. Skittles
  10. Gummy Bears
TimeOut New York Gelato
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

The weekend is just about here and it’s not going to be cooling down. Just in time for the weekend, check out Time Out New York’s list of the best gelato shops in New York City.

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

It’s National Cheesecake Day and what better way to celebrate than chow down on a dessert New York City is famous for. Instead of going to Junior’s or The Cheesecake Factory (note: those two are definitely not on the same playing field), why not check out a cheesecake establishment that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary – Eileen’s Special Cheesecake. (If nothing else, visit their website and turn the volume on your computer up, it’s well worth it.)

Today from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., visit Eileen’s Special Cheesecake to meet Eileen and her family, try the delicious cheesecakes, see how they’re created and enjoy 50% of all cheesecakes. Flavors include Salted Caramel, Oreo Cookie, Strawberry, Bourbon… and more than 30 others!

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Happy National Doughnut Day! Where Can You Score Some Freebies?

It’s National Doughnut Day and that means you can score some free doughnuts. Here’s where to go:

  • Dunkin Donuts – free doughnut with purchase of a beverage
  • Entemann’s – enter via their Facebook page to win a year’s worth of free doughnuts
  • Krispy Kreme – stop by for a free doughnut
  • Doughnut Plant – if you live in New York City, you can get a free Carnival Sprinkles mini-cake doughnut with a regular purchase

National Doughnut Day

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