Brunching in Brooklyn

The Chocolate Room

The Chocolate Room

I hope everyone had a delicious Memorial day weekend! This little image of a perfect ice cream sandwich consists of a peanut butter chocolate sea salt cookie sandwiched together by the artisan chocolate ice cream at The Chocolate Room.

I ate my way through Brooklyn via brunch and pastries. I should add that brunch is my favorite meal because when else can you insist on both savory and sweet dishes? Benedict and donuts? Yes! Hash and chocolate brioche? Why not!  I thought I would share a few highlights from my favorite brunch spots in Brooklyn.

First off I had eggs Florentine and donuts at Dumont.Image I made the mistake of having my Hollandaise sauce on the side in anticipation of homemade donuts. The poached eggs were perfect and sat on two pieces of toasted brioche. And the donut holes did not disappoint.

Image The next day we brunched at the Farm on Adderly where I had the best beets, potatoes and beef hash with eggs.Image And this was followed by chocolate brioche with sea salt.

The Farm at Adderly

The Farm at Adderly

This brunch was nearly perfect, and I believe this is the best beef hash in Brooklyn. 

And since Monday was a holiday, we lucked out  in having Monday brunch at the Buttermilk Channel which is also quite the decadent meal.

Buttermilk Channel

Buttermilk Channel

We started with a side of biscuits and jam.

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Travis had the corned beef hash with the greens. And I had  salmon Benedict also served on a biscuit. The Hollandaise sauce was really perfect, light and lemony and topped with fresh dill.Image

And this brunch concluded with one of the most delicious berry jam donuts I have ever had (even compared to Manhattan’s Doughnut Plant).

the jam donut at Buttermilk

the jam donut at Buttermilk

Can you see that delicious berry jam?

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You must go to Buttermilk just to enjoy these sweet treats.

As if three brunches weren’t enough for one week? I also decided to order brunch for lunch Tuesday at the General Greene. The General Greene is one of my favorite spaces in Brooklyn. It has the ambiance of a general store but it’s also in the lovely neighborhood of Fort Greene. They make their own ice creams, jams and I have always loved lunch here as well.

General Greene

General Greene

The steak and eggs were great and I chose the spicy kale and breakfast potatoes for my sides.  But the biscuit and blueberry jam really made the meal.

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But one should not leave Brooklyn without a Brooklyn Blackout cupcake from Ladybird Bakery. This is the best cupcake you can get in New York City. Yes, I’ve been to Magnolia’s, Crumbs, Bouchon Bakery, and Billy’s.Image But if you really love dark chocolate and wouldn’t mind an ooey gooey almost pudding like chocolate filling, don’t waste your time with those other over-hyped cupcake boutiques. Can you see that chocolate filling?

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All this brunching? Remember, it’s research!

http://brooklynexposed.com/food-drink/entry/brooklyn-cheap-eats-dishes-under-10

Please check back Monday after I check out the Funky Flea in Syracuse!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

downtown turnaround ice cream

downtown turnaround ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Or in my case I wait patiently until the temperature gets up to 75 degrees and then, and only then, I make a careful  choice between gelato, ice cream or an ice cream sandwich. The truth is I am a liker of ice cream, not a lover of ice cream. I have always treated ice cream like a sweet cold condiment.

 

icecream..mmmm

To get to the business at hand, Gannon’s ice cream (a local and independent business) is now open in downtown Syracuse, and this opening has been much anticipated. I finally made it to the new location right next to Kabul coffee on Jefferson St at Salina. And I was told that the flavor introduced for this opening “downtown turnaround” was one I couldn’t resist. “Downtown turnaround” is a coffee ice cream with Oreos. Of course I had to try that because I love coffee, and Oreos are my favorite cookie so I had high expectations.

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almost gone

Well what did I think? “Downtown turnaround” is a hard (not soft serve) ice cream. It tastes creamy and fresh. What I loved was that the Oreo chunks were large and generous and seemed to be heavily distributed throughout the ice cream. What disappointed me was that the ice cream was more like latte ice cream rather than a dark bold coffee flavor. But maybe this is just a matter of opinion because I prefer dark strong coffee (or even espresso) flavor. That being said, I’ll be back to Gannon’s try to their  crazy coffee, cappuccino crunch, chocolate bavarian torte, espresso chip and chocolate walnut!

Check out their other locally made flavors! http://www.gannonsicecream.com

Gannon's on Jefferson

Gannon’s on Jefferson