Grace Street

Merry Christmas everyone! It’s cold outside, perfect weather to curl up with warm blankets and…some piping hot Korean desserts?

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Grace Street is a coffee shop in Koreatown that has a beautiful interior of luxurious couches and wooden tables. Plenty of natural light streams in from the glass enclosing in the front. Lots of people were here catching up with friends or studying. Their specialty is Korean doughnuts (ho-dduk) which they explained to me were filled with brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.

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I almost burned my mouth not realizing that the doughnut comes out really hot. It’s crispy on the outside with a ooey melty center. Yums! This was quite sweet, which was unexpected for an Asian dessert. You can also order it with ice cream, which sounds like an amazing combination.

Grace Street
17 W 32nd St (btw 5th and Broadway) New York, NY 10001

Momofuku Milk Bar

After swearing that I would not participate in SantaCon this year after the miserable time we had last year, I eventually gave into temptation and still ventured out to the land of drunken Santas. I had a lot of fun with friends both new and old, but I think I will always prefer dessert over alcohol. Here are some cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar. Enjoy!

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Blueberry & cream cookie

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I actually really like the corn cookie. The name sounds weird, but it’s like cornbread’s cousin, and cornbread is delicious.

Momofuku Milk Bar
Multiple locations

Chicago: Sugar Bliss

No time to write today! Have some cupcakes instead! These were from Sugar Bliss in Chicago.

Sugar Bliss

Chocolate with peanut butter on the left and cinnamon on the right.

Sugar Bliss
115 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60602

Afternoon treats

Yesterday, I wrote about feeling sorry for myself about my sprained ankle. What I neglected to write about was all the blessings that this experience opened my eyes to. Fortunately, it’s not a fracture, just a really bad sprain. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who have been so kind and lovely to me these past few days. Thank you for being my first responder and getting me bandages. Thank you and you for stopping by with ice packs and socks and a much needed hug. Thank you for keeping me company and bringing me sweet treats, ice packs, and DVDs. Thank you and you for cheering me up with laughter and stories and even more cookies. Thank you for letting me work from home. Thank you for being my water girl. Thank you to friends who have endured looking at gruesome pictures of my foot (It looks like a purple and green watercolor hehe). Thank you to everyone who have sent me texts, emails, and chats of well wishes and prayers. It’s been a blessed weekend.

With all the sweet treats that I now have stashed in my apartment, I thought I’d do a post on afternoon treats that have become more or less a daily habit during the workweek. Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, my office is located right above a number of decent eateries and quite a few bakeries.

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Joe’s has the hands down best coffee in walking distance of my office. Plus, they carry baked goods from the Doughnut Plant and Ovenly. Ovenly’s salted chocolate chip cookie is my favorite out of the pastry case, and yes, I have tried nearly everything they have in there. See how bad this is for me?

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Financier has some hits and misses. I’m not a fan of their macarons, madeleines, or financiers. I am a fan or their croissants, scones (nutty and almondy), and their little cakes and tarts. I just took a bit out of this yummy lemon crumble tart.

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Ok, so this one wasn’t purchased during work, but it was still an afternoon treat. Macarons from FP Patisserie with a cup of black tea to help rejuvenate my energy for the rest of the workday.

Joe’s
Various locations in NYC and Philly

Ovenly
31 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Financier
Various Locations

Francois Payard Patisserie
1293 3rd Ave (btw 74th and 75th) New York, NY 10021

Paris Baguette

Happy New Year!

Here is something sweet to wish everyone a sweet sweet 2014, filled with love and laughter.

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Paris Baguette’s strawberry shortcake is super light and fluffy. Layers of cake and whipped cream with slices of strawberries in between make a lovely dessert that hits just the right amount of sweetness. Not too cloying, and it satisfies that dessert craving.

Paris Baguette
6 W. 32nd St (btw 5th & Broadway) New York, NY 10001

Ice Cream in the Winter

When I was a kid, we only had ice cream in the summer. It never occurred to 10 year old me to question that because summer = ice cream, so not-summer = no ice cream. Looking back, that’s probably a good thing, and my parents making sure that I had a healthy diet is why I am not obese today because goodness knows that if I were left to my own devices, I would’ve had ice cream all the time.

Unfortunately, being a grown adult (although I mostly still feel like a kid), I am now left to my own devices, which means I’M EATING ICE CREAM IN THE WINTER.

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Spot Dessert Bar has a number of really yummy dessert small plates. Sometimes, when you’re not in the mood for something so elaborate and just want plain ice cream, Spot is a good place for that as well.

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Condensed milk ice cream is my favorite, and I’ve paired it with some crunchy chocolate pearls.

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Green tea ice cream is crowd pleaser too, and here we have it with nata de coco, which is a jelly made from coconut water.

Yummy! Anyone else a fan of ice cream in the winter?

Spot Dessert Bar

13 St Marks Pl (btw 3rd Ave & Astor Pl) New York, NY 10003

Bryant Park Holiday Market

Merry merry Christmas! Wishing everyone many days full of cozy blankets and Christmas cheer!

In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d share some snapshots and eats from the Bryant Park Holiday Market.

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Even though everyone’s Christmas shopping is done, the market is open till Jan 5, so you can still pick up some goodies to pamper yourself or perhaps for some post-Christmas gifting. The gorgeous skating rink is open till March.

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The park is lined with at least 100 different vendors, selling anything from handmade jewelry to earmuffs and gloves.

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Just wandering around and window shopping is a lot of fun.

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See? Pretty displays of pretty necklaces.

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Next, you can check out that skating rink…

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…which can get crowded, so be prepared for that.

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And after you’re all tired out from the walking and skating, check out some of the many food vendors. Hong Kong Street Cart has a simple menu of 6 items: 2 noodles, 2 buns, fried oysters, and tempura shrimp.

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The pork belly noodles is their version of Chinese zha jiang mian, with minced pork belly, five spice dried tofu, and cucumbers. I like this interpretation. The noodles are springy, and the sauce is lighter without compromising on flavor.

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But don’t forget dessert!

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Head to Max Brenner for some chocolate therapy. They sell chocolate syringes, hot chocolate, and…

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…their O.M.G. chocolate chip cookie. Super warm with melty chocolate chips! These are huge and good for sharing, although it’s fine if you want the whole thing to yourself too. That’s what I would do.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Hong Kong Street Cart

Max Brenner