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I kept hoping it wasn’t true, but it now looks like Rickshaw Dumpling Bar is gone for good. I especially loved their chocolate dessert dumplings. And I was also a big fan of Rickshaw’s unique edamame dumplings, their tasty Thai chicken and spicy kimchee dumplings. Not only have the stores closed, the trucks seem to be permanently gone too. If anyone from Rickshaw is reading this, please let me know if you still are willing to cater private events….you can’t just shut us off completely!
I came across the most amazing bakery in Nanuet, New York, called Rockland Bakery. Apparently, it supplies tons of restaurants with baked goods. When you go there, you actually get to put on plastic gloves and choose your freshly baked bread right from the factory floor. The piping hot bialys were incredible, to say the least. They also have plenty of cakes, cookies and pastries to choose from and even a deli. You can smell this place from what seemed like miles away.
I got to be a guest on Good Day New York this morning to talk about the Halloween candy reviews I did for DuJour. If you would like to see a recording of the segment you can find it on the Good Day New York website at this link: Good Day New York. Once you are there, look for “Kid Candy Critic” and click it to watch.
I was recently asked by DuJour.com to participate in a review of high-end candies for Halloween. I was glad they wanted to get a kid’s perspective and was happy to participate. They sent me several candies to try and write reviews for. There were some winners but also some losers. Here’s a link to the article in today’s edition of DuJour for the full review: Taste-Testing Haute Halloween Treats
100 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10020
I have always liked Brasserie’s French onion soup, but recently I tried it again, and I have to say that it is better than ever. Brasserie’s version of French onion soup comes in a huge bowl, covered with beautifully-browned and bubbly melted cheese, just the right texture—not too thick and not too thin to hold up to your happily digging spoon. Underneath the baked cheese cover, is a tasty, hot onion broth, that contains a piece or two of soft French bread, lots of sweet onions, and some more gooey melted cheese. The onion soup seems to be on Brasserie’s brunch, lunch and dinner menus at so you can get it almost any time of day.
232 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
Primehouse, my old Caesar salad winner, with its fun, table-side service, unfortunately closed down. So I tried many more Caesar salad places. For the first time, I got to try the Caesar salad at Pietro’s. It was delicious. The salad has a little bit of tang from the anchovies that were cut up in the salad. There are also tiny croutons on the salad. I normally don’t love croutons, but the ones on the Caesar salad at Pietro’s are especially tasty and not too bready. There is also a lot of Parmesan cheese in the salad that adds a nice texture to the crunchy, fresh romaine lettuce. Unlike some of the other Caesar salads that I tried, the Pietro’s Caesar did not have a watery dressing. Overall, Pietro’s mixes a ton of ingredients to make an excellent Caesar salad.
400 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
My friend told me to try the bagels at Bagel Hole in Brooklyn. I went there and the bagels were great. Even if you wait a few hours to eat their bagels, they are still super chewy, soft and delicious. The outside layer of the bagel gives itl a little crunch; then you get to the doughy inside. The bagels have a nice flavor. Overall, Bagel Hole makes an impeccable bagel.
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
1 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111
Normally, even a great soufflé needs a liquid topping to make it super moist. But, the chocolate soufflé at Bouchon Bakery is so rich, chocolaty, and flavorful that I was easily able to finish the whole thing without even adding the crème anglaise. Topped off with powder sugar, this dessert is unbelievable. It is crisp on the outside, but once you break through the delicate shell, the inside is gooey and soft.—an amazing dessert any soufflé lover will enjoy.