Taste Taste: Ice-Cream Sandwiches. I would get all excited about New York Magazine's round-up of the city's eight best ice cream sandwiches except that a) the one from Otto doesn't count because it involves brioche instead of a cookie (and yes, I know this is traditional in Italy), and b) I'm already in love with the one the deli on the next block sells for 35 cents. I'm sure I'll enjoy the listed treats once I get around to trying them but I doubt they'll ever be the remedy I think of when I feel an ice cream sandwich-shaped hole in my heart! Sometimes cheap and simple is all you really want.
Dash Dogs on Rivington (between Norfolk and Essex) is one of my favorite cheap eats in the city, $5 for two hotdogs with your choice of toppings and a drink, plus the guys who run it are really nice. They recently added sliders to their menu, so I asked the proprietors why and they said it was basically because, after a year in business, none of them could eat hotdogs anymore. Ha!
$6 buys you three little hamburgers with any toppings (the same fancy things that go on their hotdogs; try the cilantro salsa and garlic aoili or the avocado salsa, cheese and bacon) and a drink. Pretty good deal, and the sliders are fairly tasty, although my current favorites are still the ones at Burke in the Box. Read about those and more in A Hamburger Today's tiny hamburgers archives.
Algonquin Hotel bartender Hoy Wong turns 90 today. He's been bartending for 58 years, never misses a day of work—shows up early when the weather's bad—and has made drinks for celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland ("Very sad. She always had a cocktail glass in her hand.") and Dean Martin. Many happy returns of the day, Mr Wong!
Why does the milk seem to get better (ie, sweeter), when you steam it? Is it a change in the chemistry? The incorporation of air? Both? What is wrong (or right) with me that I care this much about coffee and creating the perfect milk to marry with it?
Hello, Milk! is a chemistry lesson and how-to guide in choosing the right milk for steaming and frothing in your espresso drinks.
Just about the last thing I need in my apartment is another tiny tchotke, but it's taking all my willpower to resist buying one of these lovely handmade one-of-a-kind wool potsticker girls: "Speically designed and carefully handsewn by Momo, each of these
Potsticker Girls is one of a kind with her own characters and
expression!! They even have different color blushes!" I want the one in this photo!
Each girl is $9 + $5 shipping from Hong Kong, but if you're getting more than one just email the seller to get a special rate. Buy me one, while you're at it. [via del.icio.us/yi]
Bacon ice cream -- it exists! "Bacon and butterfat, what could be better? The stuff should come with CPR instructions." This story is from last summer, but worth linking to again because well, bacon and ice cream!