Sweet and Savory

The small town of Hartsdale has become a favorite of ours for quick walks through town. Why, do you ask? For the food, of course! On a recent rainy day, we decided to indulge ourselves with a quick lunch at Masala Kraft and cronuts at Enrico’s Pastry shop.

Don’t let the size of Masala Craft fool you. It has a large selection of dosas and falafel to delicious sandwiches and signature dishes on their menu. We shared the Paapdi Chaat, Masala Dosa and Masala Craft sandwich. Like most Indian food we eat, we enjoyed the mix of spice and tasty flavors of our meal.

For dessert, we went down the block to Enrico’s Pastry Shop to treat ourselves to a cronut. Yes, a cronut! The best part is we didn’t have to wait on line to purchase one. Besides cronuts, you’ll find everything your sweet tooth desires from cookies, cakes and other baked goods.

It’s our second time eating at Masala Kraft and then going to Enrico’s for a cronut. We think it will become a recurring theme next time we visit Hartsdale.

Masala Kraft 
206 E. Hartsdale Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530
 
Enrico’s 
200 E. Hartsdale Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530

Going Green

Once the weather starts to get warm, we can’t help but get cravings for frozen yogurt. Over the weekend, we visited Go Greenly on Central Avenue in Scarsdale to satisfy our taste buds for froyo.

When we walked in, we were greeted immediately by the friendly store associate as well as the great selection of flavors and toppings. One flavor that caught our attention was almond milk, which Kristina found surprisingly delicious. Besides frozen yogurt, Go Greenly also serves up different flavors of bubble tea, another favorite of ours.

Now that it’s finally warming up (and hopefully here to stay!), it’s good to know we have a great spot for froyo and bubble tea right in the neighborhood! If you haven’t been to Go Greenly, what are you waiting for? Go treat yourself!

Go Greenly
1088 Central Ave
Scarsdale, NY 10583 

Connecting in Connecticut

In addition to eating fantastic food and meeting interesting chefs, one of our favorite things about the foodie community is meeting fellow bloggers. Thanks to our blog, Twitter and Instagram, we feel like we have friends near and far. Recently, we had the chance to meet a few when we were invited to an event at the City Limits Diner in Stamford, CT hosted by Katie Schlientz. As you learned in our interview,  she is the founder of IntoxiKate, where she writes and shows you how to live life deliciously. Having only interacted with her via social media like most bloggers do, it was great to finally meet Katie (Twitter @katieschlientz) and others at the event.

City Limits Diner, Stamford, CT

City Limits Diner, Stamford, CT

Besides great conversation, delicious food is a trademark of an IntoxiKate event. The friendly staff at City Limits served us spare ribs, chicken quesadillas, mac n cheese and a veggie platter. We definitely ‘IntoxiKated” ourselves with multiple plates. The chicken quesadillas just kept calling our names! :)

We enjoyed visiting with Katie and fellow foodies Nicole (@NikkiEdmonds) and Malinda over apps and drinks, and definitely shared many laughs throughout the evening. We’ll definitely make it out to future IntoxiKate events and encourage you to do the same!

 

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Allen & Kristina with Katie. Photo courtesy of IntoxiKate.

 

 

 

 

Get IntoxiKated

A few things we enjoy almost as much as eating include reading tweets on Twitter, looking at pics on Instagram and reading the blogs of fellow food writers. One of our favorite blogs is Katie Schlientz’s IntoxiKate, where readers learn about places to eat and “live life deliciously.” Before attending Katie’s IntoxiKate Happy Hour at City Limits Diner in Stamford tonight, we reached out to Katie to learn more about her.

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FP: We love your blog and its concept! Tell us about IntoxiKate. How did the idea come about?

KS: Thank you very much! I appreciate that, and I’m completely humbled by the support I’ve received so far. I started IntoxiKate about a year ago—I love food, and wanted to encourage people to live life deliciously, to take an active role in interesting food events and try new, innovative dishes.

FP: Do you cook at home? If so what are some of your favorite meals to prepare for yourself and/or friends?

KS: I love to cook! The first dinner I ever cooked was a box of mac and cheese—no joke! I was in sixth grade, and my mom was working late. I thought it would be a good idea to make dinner for the whole family so she wouldn’t have to when she got home. I set the table, and had everything laid out when she walked in. I can still remember the look on her face—she was so incredibly surprised and grateful. I loved her reaction so much, I made dinner for my family almost every night from that point on.

These days, I’m not using too much out of a box (I cringe when I think about that dinner now!). I have a torrid affair with my crock pot and a real fear of baking. I love to experiment with dishes I haven’t cooked, but I have a few standard go to options when friends come over: roasted chicken with lemon and fresh basil, sinigang (a Filipino soup with a tamarind base), and a cheesy crab dip (recipe from my dad).

FP: Sounds like a kind gesture led to a lifetime love of food! 

When you go out to eat, name some of your favorite places in Westchester County.

KS: With IntoxiKate, I’m trying so many new restaurants all of the time. I do have a few places I frequent—you can find me enjoying lunch Chutney Masala in Irvington, or having a cocktail at the top of the Ritz Carlton at 42. I have a total food crush on Chef Christian at Fortina, and have a small obsession with the fried pickles at The Bayou.

FP: We went to Fortina recently and know exactly what you mean when you say you have food crush on Chef Christian! 

What are some of your guilty pleasures? We like to call them foodie pleasures, hence the name.

KS: See, now you’re asking some dangerous questions, because we could be here all day! I happen to love food. I really enjoy it. Things that don’t last long in my refrigerator: anything pickled, tomatoes (I eat them like a normal person eats apples!), and cheese. I’ve raised more than a few eyebrows while indulging in my biggest foodie pleasure—I eat cold leftovers for breakfast (yeah, I choose cold chicken parmesan over eggs).

FP: Half of FP (Kristina) agrees with you on cheese while the other half (Allen) agrees about leftovers for breakfast.

Take your pick…beer, wine or cocktails? Sweet or savory? Classic fare or innovative dishes?

KS: Yes, please to beer, wine and cocktails. I generally go for the cocktail, but I’ll go for whatever is handy. I am not much of a sweets person—I’ll grab a bag of pretzels over cupcakes any day. While I love a classically made dish executed well, I can’t help but dive into a dish that has an innovative twist.

FP: What are your non-foodie hobbies or interests?

KS: I love to travel. I like to immerse myself in other cultures, and try new things. Last year, I skied—for the second time in my life—in Park City, Utah. A few months ago, I hiked a glacier in Iceland.

I have a few loves of my life, and one if them is a small, snaggletoothed papillon named Linus who pops up quite often in my Instagram feed. I grew up with large dogs my entire life, but this little guy stole my heart.

FP: We’re looking forward to your event tonight and will make sure to live life deliciously through your blog!

Are you attending Katie’s IntoxiKate Happy Hour at City Limits Diner in Stamford tonight? If not what are you waiting for?! RSVP here

Books and More

In case you think all we do is eat, fear not: we do have a few other hobbies. For Kristina, one of those hobbies is being part of a book club with a number of friends. Read on for a recent adventure which included books… and you guessed it, food.

I’ve always been a big reader (in fact, one of my first jobs was as a page at my local library!), so, as an adult, being part of a book club is important to me. In addition to forcing (er… encouraging…) me to pick up books I may not otherwise read, it’s a great excuse to see a friends– and let’s be honest, most book clubs include food and drink, so that’s a draw as well! Sometimes my book club goes from apartment to apartment to meet, but we often rely on Moustache in East Harlem as our gathering spot. Moustache is centrally located for us, has delicious food, and perhaps most importantly for our purposes, never makes us feel rushed or like we have to raise our voices to hear one another.

Last time we met, the book selection wasn’t much of a hit, but the food sure was! We weren’t particularly hungry so we ordered a bunch of apps for the table, including zatar bread, baba ganoush, hummus and pita bread. Everything was delicious! I make certain to order the zatar, a thin pizza-like bread topped with sesame seeds, olive oil and herbs, each time I go to Moustache. Additionally, I’m not always a fan of baba ghanoush, but at Moustache it has a slightly smoky flavor which makes it incredible!

Well, it turned out to be a good thing that we didn’t order too much food because my thoughtful book club friends had a little surprise planned for me– a delicious birthday cake from Savoy Bakery! It was such a delicious treat– and I was SO touched by their thoughtfulness. Now, it’s my turn to choose the book, and I selected The Reason I Jump.

Are you part of any book clubs? If so, what are you reading and eating?!

 

 

Stephanie Takes the Cake

Our blog readers know that we appreciate how C-CAP supports young chefs in accomplishing their dreams. Recently, we reached out to C-CAP alum Stephanie Grajales. Grajales is a Pastry Chef at The Ritz Carlton Central Park South in New York City where she creates pastries, wedding cakes and specialty items for Auden Bistro & Bar and the Star Lounge, as well as banquets and room service.

FP: How did you get your start as a pastry chef?  

I was afforded this amazing opportunity by former Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Bonnet at The Ritz Carlton. I was a cook for many years and the time came for a change. I must say that this was the best decision ever. I have found something that just makes hard work and effort worthwhile. It’s very rewarding knowing that you can bring a smile to someone’s face with just one bite of cake.

FP: Cake and dessert lovers are glad you made the decision!

We truly admire the work of C-CAP. Share with us your experience and work with the organization.  

SG: C-CAP has been my guiding light and never ending source of support and praise through my career. The work they do is truly amazing; they have changed many lives and continue to do so. I am always willing to give back in any way. I have participated in events such as the Junior Benefit at Red Rooster, the Annual Benefit at Pier 60, and soon, as a judge at the final scholarship competition at ICE.

FP: When you go out to eat, name some of your favorite places in NYC?

SG: I must say Jean-Georges is at the top of my list. “Food coma” is all I can say about that. Tuk Tuk in Long Island City is another place I go for good Thai food. L&B Spumoni Gardens is my go-to place that is very relaxed and always satisfies my craving for Italian food. I mostly enjoy eating locally here in my native neighborhood of Bushwick — but I’ll travel almost anywhere for good food.

FP: Yes, we’ve heard that Bushwick has a great variety of great places to eat! 

What are some of your guilty pleasures? We like to call them foodie pleasures, hence the name :)

SG: Guilty pleasures. That’s a tough one being that I’m on a health kick now. My guilty pleasures would be: eating a whole sfogliatelle (a.k.a. lobster tail pastry) from my neighborhood bakery; indulging in slice of fresh baked cake while its still hot; freshly made empanadas with lots of spicy chimichurri sauce. And how could I forget: really good Pizza from L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn.

FP: Cake and pizza! How could we live without?!

If you weren’t a pastry chef, what would you be doing? What are your non-cooking hobbies?

SG: I honestly don’t know what else I would have the passion for or pleasure doing as a profession. Pastry is my life. I do find it very rewarding to teach young children. I’ve always admired the dedication and patience it takes to engage and enlighten young minds. As for my hobbies, I have a newfound love for running and fitness. I also have a soft spot for video games. I play with my 8 year old son, Larz. Someone has to be the cool mom around my house.

FP: We bet you’re a cool mom indeed! Thank you, Stephanie, for your time. We look forward to seeing (and tasting!) your delicious pastries at future C-CAP events!

 

 

Do you Fondue?

After coming across The Melting Pot and seeing its chocolate fountains featured at multiple food events, we finally made our way to the White Plains location one day.

At The Melting Pot, you get the choice of different fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads and desserts.  For our visit, we went with the four-course dining experience including cheese fondue, salad, entree and dessert.

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While all the food was tasty, the real treat was dessert. We were so excited for chocolate covered strawberries, bananas and marshmallows that we forgot to take pictures! Besides this minor mishap, eating at The Melting Pot was a fun experience. While it probably won’t be a “must revisit” place for us, we’re glad to knock it off our ever growing list of places to try.

One note: make sure you put enough money in you parking meter for at least two hours. One of the best parts of eating at The Melting Pot is that it’s a time consuming experience, which means there’s plenty of time to enjoy your company while cooking your food. Unlike some places that sometimes seem to rush guests, this spot provides time for conversation and eating- a win in our book!

The Melting Pot
30 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10601