Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Culinary Journey in NYC

We were fortunate to visit many fine restaurants during our trip to NYC this time. Talinn got a good taste of eating in formal places and did really well overall.Our first stop was high tea at the Russian Tea Room. I love tea parties with their itsy bitsy finger bites. Talinn was lucky enough to receive his own children's menu. He ordered hot chocolate (that mom finished) and his favorite savory item was the mini pig-in-a-blanket. The adults had a delectable spread as well and some of us toasted this special occasion with Champagne. Apparently champagne and tea make a good combination.
Our next stop is also a smart and successful business story. A girl called Melissa started baking these teeny-tiny single-bite sized cupcakes filled with delectable flavors topped with perfectly yummy icing in complimentary flavors. There are 12 hard-to-choose flavors, each cupcake is $1, and she operates out of tiny little shacks. This one was in SoHo. I didn't think twice about paying $3 for 3 cupcakes and neither will you. And we polished off the confection in less than 3 seconds. So good!
No visit to NYC can be complete without a stop and go at Kati Rolls. We love the traditional anda-parantha as much as their paneer and chicken wraps. Even Talinn enjoyed an anda-parantha for lunch one day.The peris took us to a hole-in-the-wall joint for dimsums in Chinatown for lunch one afternoon. I was excited to hear that they had a huge vegetarian selection, which is usually non-existent in dimsum restaurants in the bay area. Talinn tried his hand at eating with chopsticks and quite enjoyed his chopsuey noodles.Despite being stuffed with mounds of dimsum, we couldn't help stopping to taste the famous ice cream at the Chinese Ice Cream factory. This Zagat rated creamery has the yummiest ice creams. We tried coconut and other tropical fruit flavors. We also picked up some super attractive passion fruit from the Chinatown produce markets for later.No visit to NYC would be complete without tasting some famous New York thin crust pizza. We went to Keste in the Village to taste some fire roasted pizzas with the freshest ingredients. Although Talinn didn't care for the pizza, he was happy to receive a demonstration from the chefs on how to place the pizzas in a fire roasted oven.NYC is also famous for its candy stores. Talinn was thrilled to visit the M&M store in Times Square which is a treasure trove of every color M&M imaginable. The fun lies in filling your own bag with all your special favorite colors - not available elsewhere. What more can a kid ask for?Talinn had more candy fun at Dylan's Candy Bar on Upper East side where he got to fill yet another jar with all sorts of candy. What a treat!After our visit to Dylan's, Talinn and I had a mommy-son date at Serendipity III. The cafe is very popular with celebrities and also famous for its frozen hot chocolate dessert. We were very lucky to get a spot right away, apparently it's not so easy. The cafe is so charmingly decorated. Talinn behaved really well, ordered a pasta for his entree, and shared a little bit of the frozen hot choc with me.We wrapped up our food adventures with dinner at the not-so-hip Jersey City. The downtown makes you feel right at home in India with rows of Indian restaurants specializing in different varieties of Indian food. We gorged on chaats and traditional thaalis here and Talinn enjoyed his pooris.

1 comment:

pg said...

Loved reading your Culinary Journey :)