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May 23, 2014
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NEW YORK- PART 1

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Last week we went to New York city for four days and since we left Seattle we were wondering how we could do everything we wanted to do in the city in such a short period of time. We knew that it would be impossible to accomplish  So, we had to prioritize things to do in this amazing and unstoppable city and I can tell you that we did a lot. We had an awesome time to begin with when we arrived at our hotel CitizenM. It’s a brand new  boutique hotel with well-designed compact rooms, friendly staff, and a great location (more tourists than business people since it’s at the top of Times Square).Oh the staff!! Every question, every need was answered, figured out, handled…and always with a smile and a genuine effort. We got there at 9:00am and they let us check-in immediately even though our check-in was at 2:00pm. We have videos and photos on Instagram (here)

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We basically ate, drank and walked our way through that whole city. Our first stop was at Bouchon where we had passion fruit and  caramel macaroons along with an amazing peanut butter & jelly cake. While we were eating we were “watching” the Today Show from across the street! We love Kathie Lee and Hoda!!

After that we kept strolling  thru the city and stopped by at Center Bar. We had a Foie Gras parfait with port jelly and  brioche that was perfect.The view was amazing, looking over Columbus Circle and Central Park from the 4th floor! The cocktail selection wasn’t great… I would order a glass of wine.

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At night we went to Red Rooster Harlem owned by Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Marilyn adores him!  Between service, menu options, food, and ambiance, it was no doubt for me to give this place 5 stars.The prices are very reasonable for a nice restaurant.They had a very interesting and tasteful combination of  ingredients like: oysters & wings,chicken & waffles with chicken liver butter and bourbon maple syrup. The chicken liver butter… OMG!!

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We started with an order of cornbread ($4), which comes with two thick slices of cornbread and sides of honey butter and tomato jam. newyork54

We left the restaurant and headed to our hotel in Times Square. Walking there we saw this little place with tiny cupcake bites. Baked by Melissa  specializes in bite-sized cupcakes so you can try more flavors without the dessert guilt. With locations all over NYC, Melissa serves up over 12 unique bite-size cupcake flavors. Some of the flavors include: Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Pancake,Cookie Dough, Tie_Dye,Peanut Butter & Jelly, Red Velvet  and of course the flavor of the month. Prices are not cheap, but they are flavorful and moist.

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The next day we woke up very early to go to to Dominique Ansel bakery . I couldn’t wait to try his famous Cronut. Dominique Ansel Bakery is a bakery in Soho. However, the cronut is only one item baked there.  This little bakery also makes some great baked items, breakfast, & lunch. Marilyn is not a fan of sweets, but she didn’t have the choice to not go :). We decided to walk from Times Square to Soho (almost one hour) to get to know the neighborhood and also burn some calories.  We got there at 7am (the store opens at 8am) and a big line was already there. Per person you can order only 2 cronuts and he usually bakes only 200 a day. Yes, it’s very good!  Rolled in sugar, & filled with cream.  

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This month Cronut flavor: Blueberry Lemon Verbena with Greek Yogurt Ganache and lemon. It was amazing!!

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We also had his new creation, the Waffogato – a vanilla ice cream waffle with Belgium waffle bits,salt and maple-syrup espresso on top. It was delicious too! Will I return? -Yes but not for the Cronut.   I would come back because Dominique Ansel Bakery serves up other baked goods that stand on their own. It’s only for the Cronut (and his chocolate chip cookie shot) that you need to be in line.

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After the sugar overdose we almost had, it was time to walk around Little Italy and Chinatown.

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They share a few streets and it feels like they are soon to be one. We didn’t stop at any restaurant in Little Italy  because Marilyn wanted to try dim sum in Chinatown.

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We went to Jing Fong restaurant and we had Hong Kong dim sum style. This place is huge. However, the food is nothing different than we would get here in Seattle (we have a large Asian population with  amazing restaurants), but if you are looking for this type of food it would be a good option.

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For now, that’s all!!

Beijos e Tchau!

Ludmilla

Ludmilla Ramos and Marilyn Chudda
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Brazi Bites Jalapeño Popovers
Ingredients:

1 bag Brazi Bites, defrosted

4 ea. Jalapeños

2 oz. shredded mozzarella

1 oz. cream cheese

1 T. Green onions, diced

Directions:

Cut the ends off of the jalapeños and slice down the middle.

Clean out seeds and place flat side down onto a sheet pan.

Brush lightly with oil and broil in oven until skin blisters. 
Peel the skin off of the jalapeños and small dice.

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Place 1/2 tsp. Of the jalapeño mix in the indentation.

Place in a 400F oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Serve warm.
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