“Small” isn’t necessarily my thing, at least not when it comes to food, but it seems to have been a trend lately in my wanderings. Macarons aren’t usually my thing either, but I stopped by the Share Our Strength bake sale in front of Kiehl’s in New York City, put together by my buddy Maggy of Three Many Cooks. Of course I bought a few treats to support the cause. I didn’t try these macarons made by Lillian of Sweets by Sillianah until I got home. As gorgeous as these look, they taste even better. Way better. In fact, I didn’t know macarons could be this good.
Another treat from the bake sale, these ridiculously cute “burger” cupcakes, with fries on the side. Don’t ask me how Andrea from High/Low Food/Drink made them, just be amazed by how cool they are.
Before I visited the bake sale, I tried some vegetarian sliders from Mighty Balls at the Hester Street Fair. This was the African onion topping, which is so good you’ll be mopping up the extra bits of sauce in the paper plate as you eat.
And I think this is their cranberry horseradish sauce, another treat. I posted one of these photos on Twitter and got a few comments back that they look way too big to be sliders. I swear they were mini-size, although just two of them really filled me up. And for the meat eaters, they’ve got pork and beef meatballs too.
Sometimes NYC seems like a huge and daunting city, and then I walk past Momofuku Ssam Bar late one night and spot my friend Brad Thomas Parsons eating inside at the bar, and suddenly the city seems more like a small village. Brad and I shared some food and beers, and then he insisted on buying me some desserts to go at Milk Bar. I opted for the banana-chocolate cake truffles above — a little bit of heaven.
Brad bought me a few of the lemon-strawberry cake truffles too. Oh my god. If you live in the city or are visiting soon, please try these and let me know what you think. But if you don’t love them, we can’t be friends.
Next up, soup dumplings. Melissa from The Spatula Queen recently led a food crawl to Pacificana in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It was my first time to the neighborhood, which is basically a third Chinatown in New York City and a great place for a large group, as long as you don’t mind a bit of travel time. Seventeen of us packed around a large (well, not that large) table including Marc, Ken, Jackie, Emily, and Nichelle.
You probably knows how the dim sum thing goes with a large group — order a little bit of everything you see from the nice ladies with the carts. Then eat… a lot.
These little custard tarts are a favorite of mine at any dim sum meal. You’d think I would have figured out how to make them myself by now. Sorry I don’t have group photos to show off from this event, but all of my snapshots caught somebody in mid-bite, and I’m afraid my fellow dim sum guests wouldn’t forgive me if I posted any of them.
Finally, something not so small — the dim sum bill. Actually, $180 plus tip isn’t so bad when you split it seventeen ways, but I couldn’t help but be amused by all of the marks on this card before we gave it in for totaling up.