“3 ingredients: fruit, water, and a touch of organic cane sugar. Dairy, fat, and gluten free. ”
This is the Chloe’s Soft Serve promise. Sounds too good to be true, right?
For the past few weeks, Chloe’s has been my go-to dessert spot in NYC. Located in Union Square (and the Hampton’s), Chloe’s Soft Serve is the perfect snack. Definitely a MUST-TRY this summer season.
My Order: Mango with chocolate chips.
This is such a simple recipe, it hurts!
Just gather up fresh (ha!) Double Stuffed Oreos from your local supermarket, pour oil into a hot pan, and dip each Oreo in pancake mix… then fry! So easy, so tasty, and super fattening. Worth it.
Check out my fried Oreos below.
Sprinkles Cupcakes has been in a long-time competition with other hot NYC cupcake spots: Buttercup, Magnolia, Baked By Melissa. Recently, Sprinkles opened up there ice-cream stand inside their 62nd street store, and since then, they have skyrocketed.
Open til the wee hours of the night, you can stumble in to Sprinkles Ice Cream and create your very own concoction complete with cookies and cupcakes.
My favorite is the Ice Cream Sundae: 2 scoops of ice cream sandwiched between a Sprinkles cupcake of your choice.
Here’s what I ordered:
Marshmallow cupcake with cookie dough and salted caramel ice cream:
S’mores cupcake with cookie dough ice cream:
Coachella was everything I had imagined it would be and more: The giant astronaut, the overalls, the flower crowns, and the watermelons. It was unlike any festival I had ever been to. The people were far less grimy and the crowd was way more into the music. The food was amazing. I had everything from mac & cheese grilled cheese to salted caramel ice cream. There was a giant ferris wheel, over 8 stages, and 5 huge art installations. On top of all this, the music was freaking incredible. Lorde and Lana del Rey floated across the stage like angels, while the 1975, Arcade Fire, and Bastille killed it. Words can’t even begin to sum up the weekend I had, so I will try and let photos do some of the talking.
Frozen yogurt is one of my favorite sweet treats. Check out three of my favorite spots to get it in NYC below.
1. Forty Carrots: Located inside Bloomingdale’s on 59th street.
Conveniently located, Forty Carrots serves rich, creamy piles of fro-yo on the 7th floor of Bloomingdale’s. You can sit down with you’re frozen treat, or take it to go, as they smoosh the toppings in between two globs of frozen yogurt. Serving up 4-6 flavors daily, like coffee, chocolate, and, of course, original, the fro-yo is so decadent on its own you might not even need toppings!
2. Culture: An American Yogurt Company. Located on 60th West 8th Street.
I saw a photo from Culture on Instagram a few weeks ago of salted caramel popcorn on top of their frozen yogurt and I knew that I had to go try it out for myself. Since then, Culture has been my favorite yogurt place. They make fresh and frozen yogurt by combining yogurt cultures with milk. All the ingredients are local, and the yogurt is made in-house! Each time I have been there, the flavors have ranged anywhere from banana to cookies and cream. My favorite is their original. They also have a boatload of toppings to choose from; The mochi is AMAZING! Culture is definitely my favorite yogurt spot in NYC!
3. Yogurtland. Located all throughout NYC.
I have never been a fan of 16 Handles, and I find that Pinkberry never gives enough Fro-yo… and then I found Yogurtland! It has 3 locations in NYC and is all self-serve. It is run like a 16 Handles, but has the quality fro-yo of a Pinkberry. They have so many flavors and toppings to choose from that the possibilities really are endless!
A few weeks ago I stumbled across a plate of “red velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting” on Instagram and was intrigued as to how I could get my hands on them. I found out that the photo was posted from a place called Green Eggs Cafe in Philadelphia and that the restaurant has 3 locations. A few weeks later, I found myself in Philly and knew that I had to check this place out.
My family and I woke up one Friday morning at 10:00am and went over to their “Midtown Village” location. There was already a line out the door, so I knew that the restaurant had to be good. It was only a 15 minute wait until the 4 of us were seated.
On our wooden table, there was a small plant and 4 menus awaiting us. They had local eggs, breakfast burritos, and Benedicts, but then I caught eye of the “sweet section” and (in Drake’s words) “nothing was the same.” Tiramisu, apple pie, & birthday cake french toast/ red velvet pancakes galore… I was in heaven.
After a solid half hour of flip flopping between what to get, I ended up ordering the Créme Brulee french toast and it was sooo tasty!
Green Eggs Café is a must-try when in Philadelphia!
The Mac + Cheese at The Smith is the best mac I have ever had. It is one of my favorite dishes in the whole world. I could eat it in the morning for breakfast, or as a late afternoon snack; I have done both these things before. It is served in a burning hot skillet and comes straight from the oven to the table. Made from fontina, parmigiano, gruyere, and chedder, these cheeses bubble and sizzle to perfection. No words can describe how good this dish is, so I guess you’ll have to go to The Smith and try it out for yourself!;)
The Smith’s Mac + Cheese at home recipe- click here.