Sundaes & Cones | New York City

Sundaes & Cones | New York City

this was our friend lauren’s favorite ice cream place in manhattan…and now it’s our favorite too!

we got a single scoop of the lychee and the thai tea ice cream.  best lychee ice cream we have ever had!! the thai tea was so a great, great choice! go us!

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we enjoyed our ice cream while flipping through old magazines they had lying around.  note that this place is pretty spacious.  however, there are only a few seats at the window and a few outside.  cute part is that there were a lot of people just hanging around and enjoying an ice cream cone.  a nice pause from the hectic.

lychee ice cream, we will meet again.

95 E 10th St
(at 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

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By |June 13th, 2013|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, New York, Travel|2 Comments

Tea & Dessert @ Cha-An | New York City

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we came here because kyle’s cousin had it on her list (due to schedule conflicts she didn’t even end up going with us). this place is very cute. the tea house is located in east village (note that it is on the second floor). decor is traditional japanese. dim lighting with barely any natural night.

we came here for the tea ceremony. it was our fault that we didn’t look into it more. this ceremony is only available on sundays. we put our name and cellphone down (this is the second place in nyc that offered to call us when the table was ready! i love it! los angeles needs to step it up). it took us 25 minutes to get a table.

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they have a set of rules listed on the first page of their menu. the main one to know is that each person in the party has to order one item. we decided to get some tea and the dessert everyone raves about: black sesame creme brule.

the menu here is pretty extensive…a little overwhelming actually. if you love tea, you should come here… so many different kinds of tea. we are in no way tea experts so i don’t think we appreciated it as much as others.

the tea comes in individual small pots. additional hot water is complementary. i thought the hostess was going to describe the tea or recommend a pairing. she just politely poured our tea and barely talked. good thing there are pretty good descriptions of the teas.

black sesame creme brule… eh. to be honest it just tasted like peanut brittle. i think i was expecting more. a plus: it wasn’t too sweet. i give this 3/5 stars.

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  • atmosphere: i give this 4.5/5 stars. very cute. loved just sitting in our small corner enjoying cups of tea…a perfect place to unwind.
  • service: things came out quick. no complaints.
  • overall: next time i come here, i want to try their food. good place quiet place to get away in the city.

ps. there is a high tech bidet in the women’s bathroom. this will distract you for a good 5 minutes.

230 E 9th St
2nd Fl
(between Stuyvesant St & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

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By |June 13th, 2013|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, New York, Travel|0 Comments

Junior’s Cheesecake | New York City

Junior's Cheesecake | New York

i don’t have to say much about this place because it is famous (it has been around forever, it was on bobby flay’s throwdown, it was featured in one of p.diddy’s mtv shows, etc).  whenever i go to nyc, i always have to get a slice of the plain cheesecake ($6.50).

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i cant speak to the food they serve in their restaurant since i only go to the little bakery on the left side.  since i’m usually in nyc for business i need to grab and go.  cheesecake here is on the dense side but i wouldn’t say as dense as the cheesecake factory but definitely not as fluffy as zanze’s in san francisco (still my number one).  my favorite thing about this cheesecake is that it is not a graham cracker crust.  it’s different and i appreciate that.

anyway, if you’re in nyc (specifically in times square and staying at the marriott marque), hop on over and get a slice.  you have a few options: sit right outside (weather permitting) of the bakery or grab a small table in times square and just people watch. enjoy!

Junior’s Cheesecake
1515 Broadway
(between 44th St & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10036
Neighborhoods: Midtown West, Theater District

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By |June 12th, 2013|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, New York, Travel|0 Comments

Japanese Dessert @ Mitsuru Cafe | Downtown Los Angeles, CA

i’ve been going to mitsuru cafe in little tokyo since i was a kid.  what do we get here?  imagawayakis!  think hybrid pancake/waffle filled with sweet red beans.  have i ever told you that i love red beans? love.

Mitsuru Cafe | Downtown Los Angeles

it is best when you get it fresh / hot.  if i am ever in little tokyo, i cannot (i repeat) cannot walk by this place without buying at least three.  usually i buy a 10 and eat it all day.  a tip:  keep it warm or warm it up if you eat it later.  it is better that way.

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it is one of my favorite desserts in la.  i do understand that it is not for everyone but if you want to try a little japanese treasure and what i consider a staple in little tokyo, come here and eat this.  it’s fabulous.

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Mitsuru Cafe
117 Japanese Village Plz Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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By |May 20th, 2013|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, Restaurants|1 Comment

Salju Dessert | Alhambra, CA

our newest discovery: shaved snow!  we are huge fans of shaved ice…but this concept of shaved snow blew our minds!

so one main big difference is that shaved snow is shaved…(wait for it)… frozen milk!  think ice cream meets shaved ice… the milk makes it creamy/fluffy and just a nice place to call heaven when its a tad sweaty outside.

don’t be fooled by how it looks (not the greatest presentation). after a few minutes of research and a 40 minute drive later (on a slightly hot day), we fell in love. how do you go back to a life before this?  we are still trying to figure that out.

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at salju dessert, you can get it any way you want (like yogurtland, menchies, etc and put coco pebbles and then some gummy bears lol) but I like it with just fruit. what you need to decide:

  • size:  we share a medium.
  • snow flavor:  our favorite is lychee
  • syrup:  condense milk is a must. (it is drizzled on top)
  • toppings:  we get coconut jelly, mango, strawberry and red beans.

that’s all ya need!

cost of a medium $5.  cheap price of a piece of heaven, agreed?  we also like the strawberry milk tea!

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find us here during the summer. fo sho.

Salju Dessert
35 W Valley Blvd Ste B
Alhambra, CA 91801
Neighborhood: Alhambra

Category:  Dessert, Shaved Snow, Shaved Ice

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By |May 2nd, 2013|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food|0 Comments