Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Prospect Heights Dunkin Donuts Seized

Via Brownstoner.

The Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins at the corner of St. Marks & Flatbush has been seized, emptied, and locked up, the reason is unclear.

Bomboloni Opens in Upper West Side

Original photo can be found here.

Via Fork in the Road.

187 Columbus Avenue (68th Street)
(212) 877-3080

Bomboloni are Italian filled donuts, and this shop offers a dozen different fillings for $1 each or six for $5. They also have gelato, coffee, tea, panini, and soup.

20% off at Hot Blondies Bakery

Enter HBBeggs at checkout to receive 20% off now through April 5th at Hot Blondies Bakery.

Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures

Via Plant Talk: Inside the New York Botanical Garden

What: Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures

When: March 30 - April 6, 2010, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Where: New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817-8700

Cost: Adults-$20, students/seniors- $18, children up to age 12- $8, children under 2- free, members- free.

From the site: The whole family can learn where vanilla and chocolate come from (the seedpod of the vanilla orchid, Vanilla planifolia, and the seeds of the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao), and explore them both through hands-on activities. Examine vanilla beans with hand lenses and microscopes, and observe live vanilla orchids. Enjoy the heavenly scent of fresh vanilla, and taste vanilla-flavored products. Tickle your taste buds with hot chocolate made from an ancient Mayan recipe, which is quite different from the hot chocolate of today. Grind, examine, and taste real chocolate seeds, and add spices such as chili powder, cinnamon, and vanilla to make this special drink. Then, record all your findings in a field notebook to take home.

Free Cookie Sandwich at ‘Wichcraft

Original photo can be found here.

Via Midtown Lunch.

From now until April 4th ‘Wichcraft will be offering half priced tea and FREE cookie sandwiches between 3-6PM at all of their locations.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

CNN Declares Cupcakes are More than a Trend

I like this small superficial article that comes to the defense of cupcakes being referred to as a "trend" or "craze". The CNN Living article argues that they've been with us long enough to have become mainstream- an entire decade (2000 was apparently when the Sex in the City episodes aired that featured the characters eating Magnolia's cupcakes, at least that's what Google tells me).
And lets face it, before Sex in the City, most of us were fans of cupcakes that came from our parents ovens.

Austrian Desserts Class

What: Austrian Desserts with Alex Grunert of Blue Hill at Stone Barns

When: Tuesday Apr 6th, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: The Study
399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.)
NY, NY 10003
(212) 674-7501

Cost: $75

Join Pastry Chef Alex Grunert of Blue Hill at Stone Barns for a lesson in making seasonal Austrian desserts like Apple Strudel and Sacher Torte, and Golden Beet Cake with Honey and Wasabi. Then Thomas Carter, Wine Director of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, will teach you how to choose the right wine, beer, or spirits to go with your dessert.

Easter Sunday Chocolate Tour

What: Easter Sunday Chocolate Tour

When: April 4th, 11AM

Where: LA Burdick
5 East 20th St. bet. 5th & Bway
New York, NY 10010

Cost: $5 suggested donation to attend, you buy your chocolate as you go

After LA Burdick the tour will be hitting Max Brenner (creator of the chocolate pizza), Black Hound, and. Bespoke.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In the Blogs

Check out The City Sweet Tooth's coverage of all the sugary goodies at The Village Voice's Choice Eats.

Cherry dumplings? That sounds crazy and awesome.

An Evening of Wine & Chocolate

Via Pulse JFK.

What: An Evening of Wine & Chocolate: Enjoy Italian & Argentine Wine, chocolate & network with 300+ professionals

When: March 26th, 6PM-10PM

Where: Hudson Terrace
621 W 46th St.
New York, NY 10036

Cost: FREE (no cover, free chocolate samples while supplies last, cash bar)

RSVP here. The event was organized by ManhattanWineGroup.com

Free Pastry Day at Starbucks

Original photo can be found here.

Via Pulse JFK.

Free pastry at Starbucks with purchase of one beverage

When: Today! March 23rd, between the hours of 6AM-10:30AM

Where: All participating Starbucks locations

Cost: Free with purchase of one beverage

You need this coupon. Print it out or show it on your mobile device at the Starbucks.

The Latest Insanity: Sugar Tax

Yes, you read it right. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, a Bronx democrat, wants to tax all products that contain sugar in an effort to fight obesity and raise money. You can read all about it here.

In a letter sent to Governor Patterson, Dinowitz proposes that Patterson alter his current tax proposal (the one that taxes sugary drinks), to include all products with sugar. His reasoning has something to do with not being clear about the stance the city government is taking on fighting obesity (and he wants to raise more money, obviously). He seems to think the fat, stupid public won't get the message that being obese is bad for you if they don't tax all sugar. That we will think one only gets obese from sugary beverages. He's out to save us all from ourselves, donchaknow.

Here's a direct quote from the linked article: "The limited scope of the Governor’s proposal has allowed its intent of encouraging people to live healthier while generating revenue for the state to become muddled. By expanding the number of products that would be covered under the sugar tax we would generate more revenue and provide a greater disincentive to engage in unhealthy behavior.”

Assemblyman Dinowitz, your not my father. Adults are responsible for what they put into their bodies. You don't get to penalize me for my dietary choices. Please stop contributing to the stupidity of the human race as a whole. Same goes for you Felix Ortiz (the guy who wants to ban salt).

Bake Sale Ban Petition

Help overturn the ban on bake sales: sign the petition, and let Bloomberg and the DOE know that you want your cookies, cakes, and pie back.

The Purple Cupcake Project

Via Cupcakes Take the Cake.

This week bakeries across the United States will be selling purple cupcakes to help raise epilepsy awareness. Proceeds benefit epilepsy awareness. The cupcakes will be available through March 27th.

The following NY bakeries are participating:
Corner Café & Bakery
Cupcake Gourmet
Cupcakes in Heels
Get 'Em Girls Cupcake Suite
Magnolia Bakery
Reinwald's Bakery
Silver Moon Bakery
Tate's Bake Shop
Two Little Red Hens

Friday, March 19, 2010

Caveman Diet Inspires Caveman Bakery

Via Fork in the Road.

A former lawyer has decided to jump onto the Caveman Diet bandwagon, and has created an online cookie company called Caveman Cookies. You can buy the goods online or at Westerly’s Natural Market (911 8th Avenue, New York, New York) and Westside Markets (77 7th Avenue).

Flea Market and Polish Bake Sale

Via Eating in Translation.

What: Polish Bake Sale

When: Sunday, March 21, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.

Where: St. Josaphat Roman Catholic Church
34-32 210th St., Bayside, Queens

Cost: Free admission, baked goods cost extra

Shamrock Shake Alternatives

Via Blondie & Brownie.

While McDonald's Shamrock Shake is now available in NYC, at least theoretically, finding it may prove difficult, especially now that St. Patrick's Day is over. Not to worry! Blondie & Brownie have compiled a small list of alternatives for you green minty shake lovers out there.

The list includes Peppermint Patty Custard from Shake Shack; Mint Chocolate Cookie Shake from Ben & Jerry's; Mint Chocolate Chip Shake from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory; Matcha Shake from Jamba Juice; & make your own at home (recipe included on B&B's blog post).

Vegans Protest Dunkin Donuts

Via A Fine Blog.

The protesters were handing out free vegan donuts at the East 14th Street Dunkin Donuts (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue) a couple of days ago. They want Dunkin Donuts to carry vegan donuts, but aren't interested in asking DD to switch from factory farmed eggs to a free supplier who treated the chickens humanley, because "that would never happen for such a large chain".

Free Rita's Italian Ice!

Original photo can be found here.

Via The City Sweet Tooth, via Broke Ass Stuart.

Rita's Italian Ice
2486 Broadway (Between W. 92nd & 93rd streets)

Tomorrow, March 20th, celebrate Spring by getting a FREE 10oz ice from Rita's Italian Ice between noon and 10PM!

I'm not sure what the actual name of this place is. I thought it was "Rita's Water Ice", and when I Google that phrase, the first result is the same website that comes up when I Google "Rita's Italian Ice". I've seen it referred to as both, so who knows, who cares, its FREE tomorrow!

Recipe Review: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Recipe: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Source: Smitten Kitten

Rating out of 5:

I like drinking whiskey, but I don't usually like alcohol flavored foods. I didn't dislike the cupcakes. The cake itself was delicious, with a very subtle hint of beer. But as a whole these really weren't my thing. The high rating is mostly for the quality of the end product, everything worked together to make what I felt was a complex, rich taste. I made these for the local pub, and everyone liked them (even though I know people will eat anything when their drunk, I'd like to think they genuinely enjoyed em!).

The recipe states that it should make 20-24 cupcakes. I got 30, with two or three coming out especially tiny. I followed the recipe exactly and found I only needed 3 cups of confectioners sugar for the frosting. Before I added the Baily's to the buttercream I was worried because the frosting was no longer creamy, but was clumping together and didn't resemble frosting at all. Once I added the 3 tablespoons of Baily's though the consistency was perfect. As is, the recipe makes just enough frosting to cover the cupcakes, which in my opinion works for the flavors involved. If you want more you should double the frosting recipe, and if your not a fan of Baily's you can substitute it with milk (as Smitten Kitchen suggests if your making these for folks who don't drink often). The whiskey I used for the ganache was Tullamore Dew.

I've reprinted the recipe here, and changed some of the wording in the directions.

Do ahead: You can bake the cupcakes a week or two in advance and store them well wrapped in the freezer. You can also fill them before you freeze them. They also keep filled, or filled and frosted, in the fridge for a day. (Longer, they will start to get stale.)

Makes 20 to 30 cupcakes

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

The Cupcakes:
1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

Ganache Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 to 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey (optional)

Baileys Frosting:
3 to 4 cups confections sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperatue
3 to 4 tablespoons Baileys (or milk, or heavy cream, or a combination thereof)

Special equipment: 1-inch round cookie cutter or an apple corer and a piping bag (though a plastic bag with the corner snipped off will also work)

Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in large bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way. Bake cake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, rotating them once front to back if your oven bakes unevenly, about 17 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely.

Make the filling: Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If this has not sufficiently melted the chocolate, you can return it to a double-boiler to gently melt what remains. 20 seconds in the microwave, watching carefully, will also work.) Add the butter and whiskey (if you’re using it) and stir until combined.

Fill the cupcakes: Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped (the fridge will speed this along but you must stir it every 10 minutes- I did ended up stirring every 10 minutes for 30 minutes). Meanwhile, using your 1-inch round cookie cutter or an apple corer, cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes. You want to go most of the way down the cupcake but not cut through the bottom — aim for 2/3 of the way. A slim spoon or grapefruit knife will help you get the center out. Those are your “tasters”. Put the ganache into a piping bag with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.

Make the frosting: Whip the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, for several minutes. You want to get it very light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time (this wonderful technique means less of a chance of getting grainy frosting, and also requires less sugar).

When the frosting looks thick enough to spread, drizzle in the Baileys (or milk) and whip it until combined. If this has made the frosting too thin (it shouldn’t, but just in case) beat in another spoonful or two of powdered sugar.

Ice and decorate the cupcakes. I dyed them green but, obviously, didn't concern myself too much with their appearence. Smitten Kitchen made little "poofs" with a tip, which you can do as well, though I'm not such a fan of that either.

Not bad, considering this was my first time making cupcakes with a filling!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Shamrock Shake Sighting in Union Square

Via Serious Eats NY, via Gothamist.

The elusive minty green treat has been spotted at a Union Square McDonald's, located at 39 Union Square West. They should have the shake for the next week or two, or until supplies run out, however they may be cleaning the machine at certain times, or run out during a given day (as reports seem to indicate), so it may take multiple attempts to get the goods.

Deep Fried Cupcakes Today

What: Deep fried Robicellis Car Bomb cupcakes

When: Today, St. Patrick's Day! 6PM till the cupcakes run out

Where: The Double Windsor
210 Prospect Park W
(between Bartel Pritchard Sq & 16th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 725-3479

Cost: Free to attend, you pay for your cupcakes

Happy St. Pats folks!

50% off at Little Pie Company

Original photo can be found here.

To celebrate the end of Winter, Little Pie Co. is offering a 50% discount on their Winter pies when you order online.

Use the code WINTER2010 to receive the discount on the following pies:
-Southern Pecan Pie
-Fall Sampler (5 inch pies: Mississippi Mud, Sour Cream Apple Walnut, Pumpkin and Southern Pecan)
-Pear Apple Crumb Pie
-Mississippi Mud Pie
-Pumpkin Pie

Today's Deal: 50% off at ChikaLicious

Original photo can be found here.

Get $16 worth of cupcakes at ChikaLicious for only $8 with this BuyWithMe coupon!

Valid only at the Dessert Club, not the Dessert Bar. Valid for cupcakes only. Limit of two vouchers per visit. Full value of voucher must be used at once. Voucher is not valid until the day after purchase. Voucher expires 09/15/10.

Brownie Crawl

Original photo can be found here.

The March Brownie Crawl

When: Sunday, March 28. 3PM sharp

Where: North corner of Jackson Square (Greenwich Ave. & 8th Ave)

Cost: Free to attend, you pay for your own brownies as you go along the route

Brownie route, map, and team assignments will be provided at starting point, so please show up on time! Go at your own pace, pay as you go.

RSVP and get more information on the Facebook event page.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Sweetness: Links and Recipes

Original photo can be found here.

The Feisty Foodie: St. Patrick’s Day Goodies at Grand Central Terminal Market

Via The City Sweet Tooth: Pick up a Guinness shake at Mark

Via Serious Eats: Devil's Food cake with Irish Cream buttercream at Bouley Bakery

Cake Wrecks: "I'm Looking Over My Wrecked Up Clover" & Patty Cakes

Smitten Kitchen: Classic Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Find Your Craving: Guinness chocolate cake at Vinegar Hill House

Via The City Sweet Tooth: Whiskey Truffles from L.A. Burdick

Via The City Sweet Tooth: Bailey’s Irish Cream truffles from Fika

Sprinkle Bakes: Recipe for Guinness Chocolate Pudding

NYC Food Guy: Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Candy Blog: Godiva Shamrock Truffles

This Saturday is Macaron Day in NYC

Original photo can be found here.

Via Fork in the Road.

Francois Payard has created the first annual Macaron Day NYC as a counterpart to Paris's Jour du Macaron. Get 1 FREE macaron from 12 participating bakeries (only 1 per person from each location).

The bakeries participating are: Almondine Bakery, Bouchon Bakery, Burdick Chocolate, Butterfield Market, Cannelle Patisserie, DessertTruck Works, FC Chocolate Bar, La Maison du Chocolat, Macaron Café, Madeleine Patisserie, Mad-Mac “The Authentic French Macarons” and Silver Moon Bakery. Visit this page to see all their addresses.

Teach Your Kids to make Challah Bread

Original photo can be found here.

Via Always Hungry NY.

What: Learn how to make your own challah

When: Friday, Mar 19, 2010. 10:15AM
Other dates include: April 9th, 23rd, May 7th, and May 21st.

Where: 92Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St.

Cost: $10 for children, FREE for adults

Buy tickets here.

Girl Scout Cookies Now Available

Via Blondie & Brownie.

Beginning today March 16th and going on till May 6th, you can get your Girl Scout cookie fix whether or not you know any actual girl scouts! Just stop by your boroughs Cookie Cupboard.

I've always been a Thin Mints girl myself.

Here is the location info reprinted from Blondie & Brownie, at the time of that posting the Bronx hadn't decided on its location yet:

Manhattan Office Cupboard
Girl Scout Council of Greater New York
43 West 23rd Street 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Tuesdays: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Wednesdays: 2:30pm-6:30pm
Thursdays: 12:30pm-4:30pm

Brooklyn Office Cupboard
St. George Episcopal Church CDC Building
452 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Tuesdays: 3:30pm-7:30pm
Wednesdays: 3:30pm-7:30pm
Thursdays: 3:30pm-7:30pm

Queens Office Cupboard
Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
246-55 87th Avenue
Bellerose, NY 11426
(entrance on 86th Rd. at Commonwealth at rear of building)

Mondays: 10:00am-2:00pm
Tuesdays: 2:30pm-8:00pm
Thursdays: 2:30pm-8:00pm

Staten Island Office Cupboard
613 Midland Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306

Tuesdays: 10:00am-7:00pm
Wednesdays: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Thursdays: 10:00am-2:00pm

Free Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry's

Original photo can be found here.

What: FREE Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!

When: March 23, 12PM - 8PM

Where: All Ben & Jerry's locations

Cost: FREE

Monday, March 15, 2010

50% off at Stuffed Artisan Cannolis

Pay $9 for one dozen cannolis at Stuffed Artisan Cannolis! Get the Living Social coupon here. There is no limit to the number of deals you can purchase, and the coupon expires in 1 year. Also keep in mind Stuffed is closed on Mondays.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Free Events this Saturday

Via Dessert Buzz.

What: Free pink cupcakes from The Cupcake Stop

When: Saturday, March 13th. 9AM-2:30PM

Where: New Victoria’s Secret Pink store
565 Broadway

Cost: FREE

They also have special St. Patrick's Day flavors including: Irish Soda Bread, Stout, Drunken Raisin, Bailey's Cheesecake and Irish Coffee. If you mention Gothamist while ordering a dozen before St. Patrick's Day, you get a baker's dozen instead, with a free alcoholic cupcake of your choice. A dozen of the minis costs $15 & a dozen of the full sized cupcakkes costs $40.


What: Custom Chocolate Wine & Spirit Tasting at Bottle Rocket Wine and Spirit

When: Saturday, March 13th. 3-6 PM

Where: Bottle Rocket Wine and Spirit
5 W. 19Th Street, New York, NY 10011

Cost: FREE

Try 5 custom chocolate bars from Chocri paired with wines & spirits.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Free Pinkberry Today

Via Fork in the Road.

From 5PM-9PM, go to any Pinkberry location and get a free 3-ounce serving of their new flavor, mango. There will be music, games, and giveaways too.

Kallari Chocolate Coupon

Original photo can be found here.

Buy one 75% cocoa Kallari chocolate bar and get another one free with this coupon from Tasting Table NY. You can find Kallari chocolates at Whole Foods locations everywhere, so check the Whole Foods site to find the one nearest you.

Mexican Bakery Juquilita Opens in Woodside

Via Under The 7.

Juquilita Bakery & Deli
50-18 Roosevelt Ave
Woodside, Queens

The best time to come in for these Mexican baked goods is early in the morning, around 8AM. I know nothing about Mexican baked goods, not even a little. It always throws me off that many Hispanic bakeries carry real food as well (as this place will soon be doing), so I tend to avoid them because I don't trust a place that splits its efforts. But that concha looks pretty good.

Free Cupcake Alert!

Original photo can be found here.

Via Eater NY.

Today (Friday) and tomorrow, Cupcake Stop will be giving away FREE Victoria's Secret pink mini cupcakes. According to Eater, today they will be in Midtown, tomorrow Soho. But for exact locations visit their Twitter page.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bee Desserts Opens in West Village

Bee Desserts
94 Greenwich Ave.

They serve lunch, dinner and of course, desserts.

Technically they've been open for a couple of weeks, but things were a little crazy around here, hence the sporadic blogging.

Chocolate Fest: A Walk Around Tasting

What: Chocolate Fest: A Walk Around Tasting

When: Sun, Mar 14, 2010, 7:30pm

Where: Buttenwieser Hall
1395 Lexington Avenue

Cost: $37

Eat and talk about chocolate with some of New York's chocolatiers including: Guittard Chocolate, Tumbador Chocolates, Grom Gelateria, Chocolat Moderne, Mast Brothers Chocolate, Madècasse Chocolate, Divalicious Chocolate and Costas Mouzouras of Gotham Wines.

Manna House Bakery Closes

Via Grub Street NY.

The 212 Grand Street location of Manna House Bakery has closed. Not to worry though, there's another location around the corner at 125 Mott St, as well as their locations at 87 East Broadway, and 27 Catherine Street.

Parents Protest Bake Sale Ban- with a Bake-In!

Outraged parents are holding a Bake-In at City Hall Thursday, March 18th from 4-6PM.


If your upset about the DOE's decision, your encouraged to join the protest (bring your kids too!)

Related Posts: The Latest Insanity: New York Bans Bake Sales

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pink Princess Cupcakes Demo

What: Children's cook author Barbara Beery gives tasty demonstrations from her book Pink Princess Cupcakes.

When: Sunday, March 14th. 2PM-3PM

Where: Barnes & Noble
267 7th Avenue,

Cost: FREE

Check out the event website here.

50% off at Little Pie Company

Little Pie Co.
295 Greenwich Street
(corner of Chambers St.)
New York, NY 10007

Now through March 28th get 50% off any one item at Little Pie Co's Tribeca location (listed above) when you print out the coupon.

The coupon is the email they sent out, so email me at sweetfixnyc@gmail.com and I will forward it to you. Little Pie Co. sends deals via email (don't worry, forwarding is encouraged!), so you might wanna sign up for the mailing list on their website.

Deal at Krispy Kreme

Get 12 Krispy Kreme donuts for just $5 (that's half off!) with this KGB Deal coupon. Redeemable at their Penn Station location and their Baldwin, NY location. Expires June 12, 2010.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First National Food Bloggers' Bake Sale

Via Serious Eats.

What: National Food Bloggers' Bake Sale

When: April 17, 10AM-5PM (rain or shine)

Where: The Brooklyn Flea
176 Lafayette Avenue
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Cost: Free to attend, baked goods cost extra

Across the country food bloggers will be holding bake sales, the proceeds of which go to Share Our Strength. Many food bloggers have already signed up, and if you'd like to participate you should email Jacquie @jacquie.hembrey@gmail.com

Tully's Gluten Free Bakery gets a Name Change

Via Eater NY.

Due to copyright issues, Tully's has changed its name to Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery.

I'm far from an expert on copyright issues, but I'm kinda surprised that they had to change their name. The original Tully's is called Tully's Coffee. I'm not sure how there could have been much confusion with "gluten free bakery" tacked onto Tu-Lu's name, and I can't imagine the name Tully is completely off limits to those in the food industry.

Anyway, pay Tu-Lu's a visit!
338 East 11th Street
(between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tony Hawk Cupcake at Crumbs

Via Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Crumbs has a new cupcake. The "Tony Hawk SkateCake" is a chocolate cupcake with sprinkles baked inside of it, with vanilla cream cheese frosting, sprinkles and a skateboard made of sugar (which Tony Hawk designed himself). $1 of every Tony Hawk SkateCake purchase will go to the Tony Hawk Foundation (which helps build skate parks in low income neighborhoods), and the cupcake is available till the end of this year.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Walking Tours Cupcake Crawl

What: Cupcake Crawl New York

When: Sunday March 14, 11:00 AM

Where: The Cupcake Cafe
18 W 18th St

Cost: $5 goes to fight hunger, purchase of cupcakes additional

Sign up not required. The tour will be hitting Cupcake Cafe, Aunt Butchie’s, Billies, & Chelsea Market for Amy’s Bread.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Music & Pie

What: Pitom and Pie Tasting

When: Wednesday, March 10th, 7:30pm

Where: Dixon Place
161A Chrystie St.
New York, NY

Cost: $10

Pies and "punk ass Jew jazz", sounds pretty sweet. Check out the bands Myspace page to hear some of their music. Food writer Leah Koenig will also be there.

16 Handles Now has Red Velvet Frogurt

16 Handles
153 2nd Ave (Between Ninth and Tenth Street)
New York, NY 10003

They have two new flavors: red velvet cake and dulce de leche!

Mention "sweet tweet" from now till March 12th and get one free topping.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Agnes and Eva Closed

Via EV Grieve.

Agnes and Eva, the cafe located at 243 E 13th ST, has closed. One anonymous commenter reports that a note on the door says their hoping to find a new location in the neighborhood.

Cupcakes Take the Cake Cupcake Meetup Group

What: Cupcakes In Brooklyn: A Visit To Baked

When: March 28th, 2PM

Where: Baked
359 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 222-0345

Cost: Free to attend, you pay for your own cupcakes

At the moment there are no spots left open, but you can get on a waiting list, spots often open up as the date of the event approaches so try your luck!

One lucky cupcake fan will also win a copy of Baked's cookbook!

Pain d’Avignon Opens Retail Location

Via The New York Times.

Pain d’Avignon
Essex Street Market,
Essex and Delancey Streets
(212) 673-4950

Their breads have been served in many NY restaurants over the past decade, but now they finally have their own retail location.

Corkscrew Chocolate Cake

Original photo can found here.

Its not a quirky dessert name- its what I got at a Queens diner. The Village Voice's Fork in the Road asked their readers to share their worst restaurant experiences, and mine made #5 of the best reader responses!

I'd like to think its one good thing that came out of an incident that could have landed me in a hospital ;)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Treats Truck Contest Deadline Extended

Original photo can be found here.

The deadline for the Treats Truck Coconut Contest has been extended till this Saturday, March 3rd.

They are asking their fans to come up with the next treat to feature coconut as the main ingredient. Drop off your suggestions to the truck in person and your idea could be sold to customers. The winner will also get a $25 gift certificate and 1/2 dozen of the new coconut special.

Related Posts: Treats Truck Contest

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

10 Downing has a New Pastry Chef

Via Tasting Table NYC.

10 Downing
10 Downing St. (at Sixth Ave.)

The article calls her a genius. I can't comment on that one way or another, but I personally like her because she uses honey from Queens County Farm.

Free Cupcakes at Grand Central

Original photo can be found here.

Via Grub Street.

What: FREE Buttercup Bake Shop cupcakes!

When: Wednesday, March 3rd. From 9AM-10AM

Where: The corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street

Cost: FREE

Pies N' Thighs Reopens

Original photo can be found here.

Via The Gothamist, Eater NY, & Fork in the Road.

Pies N' Thighs
166 South 4th St,

Along with BBQ comfort food, Pies N Thighs offers house made baked goods, including breads, cookies, and of course pies!

Hours of operation differ depending on which blog post your reading, so call ahead if your planning on a later visit.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Deep Fried Cupcakes (Again!)

Original photo can be found here.

Via Facebook, Fucked in Park Slope, and Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Maybe you remember that whole deep fried cupcake fiasco in January. Well Robicelli's is going to try this again, and they say its "for real this time".

CupcakeGate 2K10: The Resolution

When: Friday, March 5th. 5PM-9PM.

Where: Union Hall (upstairs)
702 Union Street, Brooklyn

Cost: Free to enter, $3 for regular cupcakes, $4 for fried cupcakes

Here's the menu:
The Elvis (Banana cake with peanut butter buttercream and brown sugar candied bacon)
The Car Bomb (Chocolate Guinness Stout cake with Jameson Whiskey ganache and Bailey's Irish Cream buttercream)
The L'Amour (Chocolate Chambord cake with Chambord buttercream & chocoalte raspberry ganache);
The Tres Leches (3-milk soaked brown butter cake with dulce de leche buttercream).

Ivy Bakery Lockdown V Coverage

Ivy Bakery
278 87th St. (Between 3rd & Ridge Blvd)
Brooklyn, NY 11209

So I showed up about an hour late, there really is no "quick" way to get to Brooklyn from some deep parts of Queens. No big, everyone was super friendly and I was soon munching away on some delicious baked goods.

The first thing I tried (recommended to me by founder and baker Daniellan Louie) was my favorite: the apple bar. Holy. Fuck. Eating it is an experience. The sqaure piece of cake is so moist that each bite practically melts in your mouth. You put apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon together and you'll usually get something yummy, but this is a perfectly executed piece of extascy. I was too busy enjoying it to take a photo, sorry!

I also had one and half blueberry muffins, and I probably could have taken home a dozen. Delicious! Their not huge or heavy, and have these slightly crispy tops with pockets of cinnamon. They were super fresh (as was everything).

I asked Daniellan what kind of frosting she put on her red velvet cupcakes, and I was pleased to find that she offers a choice between vanilla and cream cheese! I don't think I've ever been to a bakery that does that, and I was very greateful, because I hate being the red velvet snob that refuses a cream cheese topped cupcake.

As good as the pastries were, the company was just as awesome. I got to play one of the most engaging and suspenseful games of Jenga ever. Unfortunately I managed to forget everyone's name by the time I got home! If any of you guys are reading this I had a blast.

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Here's some food porn:

I'm pretty sure these were called buckeye's. Peanut butter half dipped in a thin layer of chocolate.

A terrible shot of an oreo cupcake.

Strawberry muffins.

I'm pretty sure these were smore's cookies.

I'm not sure what kind of cookies these are but they look delicious!

Pumpkin cookie (a new item!).

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