Sunday, 8 September 2013

Eat Bake Love goes to America Part 2

My experience with American breakfasts was pretty much the same as all of my other culinary experiences in the US- amazing!

I guess the typical American Breakfast would be the diner breakfast which you can find on pretty much any street corner of a major US city. Our first american diner breakfast was at a place called Tad's steak house in San Francisco. I got the french toast with a side of scrambled eggs and sausage (seemed a little weird to this kiwi girl but it worked) and James got eggs, bacon, toast and breakfast potatoes. We had heard from locals that depending on the diner you go to it can mean a fantastic meal or a terrible one. Luckily ours was a good diner experience! What I loved about the diners was that you got to have as many coffee top ups as you liked and the meals were real value for money. Plus your table always had lots of condiments on it like syrup, jelly, peanut butter etc so you could put whatever you liked on your breakfast for no extra charge which is cool.

The next breakfast experience I had was in Philadelphia where I got to try huckleberry jam on my french toast and wow! What a treat! They were from a really cool cafe/restaurant inside our hotel called Red Owl Tavern. I'm now looking into huckleberries and the possibility of growing them in NZ after this breakfast, yep it was just that good!


Cupcakes

Cupcakes in America weren't everything I'd hoped :-( They sell them everywhere which is the first thing I noticed but while they had a lot and most were very pretty not every cupcake was created equal. In fact the first one I tried was from a cupcake store at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and I was pretty disappointed. I think my own ones were actually a lot better! But then I tried one from whole foods in NY and that one was pretty good and then I tried the best of the best which I bought from a place called Georgetown Cupcake in D.C.

Georgetown Cupcake is my totally my new favourite bakery and cupcake place! They had such incredible flavours and all of them were just as beautiful as you see in cupcake recipe books. We had caught a bus out to Georgetown especially to go to this cupcake store so I'm pretty glad they lived up to the hype.


A close up of their banana split cupcake I bought

Burgers

We had some really, really good burgers too. One of the best I tried was this one below from Five Guys in Washington D.C. The Burger bun was the highlight (which sounds weird because I don't know that much about bread) It's just so good, really light and fluffy bread but a little sweet too plus their cheese is really different to ours I don't know how they do it I just know it was one of the best cheeseburgers I've tasted.  They also had every type of Coke, Fanta and Mello Yellow you could think of there and to be perfectly honest they had so many flavours I hadn't heard of most of them.


Coffee

As most of you know my husband is a HUGE coffee enthusiast (I guess that's what you'd call him anyway?) He really know's his coffee and we were a bit worried that we would struggle to find a good coffee in the US but rest assured we had no problems at all. I think on the whole we had really good coffee, even the filter coffee you get at most diners was pretty reasonable. We discovered Blue bottle which is a really big deal in San Fran and both my friend from California and James's friend had told us to try it out. Verdict? Really, really good coffee!



I really liked their marketing too- so cute! Plus they do awesome waffles there too so of course I tried one of those as well!

In New York we went to a really cool coffee place with our friends called Joe coffee. The closet thing you can get to a flat white is something they call a cortado. Which is basically a small coffee with warmed milk. It too was really, really good!

Other incredible food moments we had included this key lime pie from Wholefoods, incredible BBQ from Percy Street BBQ in Philadelphia, this chocolate below (also from Whole foods), ice cream sandwiches, and pepperoni pizza to name a few!





Sunday, 1 September 2013

Eat Bake Love goes to America! Part 1

As many of you know America is the motherland of pretty much all my favourite baked goods. We're talking brownies, pies, cupcakes and basically all the high fat aka high delicious factor foods that exist!

I just recently went to the USA for a holiday and got to experience some of the most incredible food EVER, this is a post dedicated to just a small sample of those treats I got to try....


Frozen yoghurt


More commonly known as "FroYo" in the states is basically a self serve yoghurt machine with different flavors but the real treat lies in the toppings....




The place we went to with our friends had EVERYTHING! Cherries, sprinkles, broken up chocolate bars, nuts in fact theres so many I've just decided to paste a picture of some of them off their website...



Just wow! You can choose as many as you like and then you pay by how much it weighs. I couldn't choose so just decided to go with as many as I could! Result? a seriously amazing frozen treat like no other I've tried. Plus it was soy! :-)

Brownies


Every brownie I tried in America was about ten times better than any brownie I've tried in NZ. Crazy right? How is it that they can be so much better? I guess because they did invent them so they should be the experts right? My absolute favourite was from a little deli in New York called Pax Wholesome Deli It was just a plain chocolate brownie with chocolate icing and it was amazing!


Here are two others I tried and also loved!


Caramel, pecan and white chocolate brownie purchased from Magnolia Bakery in New York.



and a Salted Caramel brownie purchased from Wholefoods




Sandwiches


O.M.G! I don't even know where to start. Sandwiches in the USA are so good they are almost a religious experience. I had more amazing sandwiches in 2 weeks than I've had in my whole life. 


One of my favourites was this sandwich below that we purchased from a place called Lenny's in NY.


Corned beef, Hot pastrami, American cheese and homemade coleslaw. Om nom nom nom!



I also had my fair share of incredible turkey, cranberry and cheese sandwiches. Americans really love their turkey! as well as trying this beast which we purchased from a street fair in New York. Hot pastrami, homemade dill pickles and mustard.




and of course I had to try this...


A Philly Cheesesteak from Carmen's in Philadelphia  aka where Obama likes to get his Cheesesteak!




Next post I'll tell you about the breakfasts, cupcakes, burgers and coffee :-)


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