danny macaroons

I met Dan Cohen at last year’s Vendy Awards in New York City and he was nice enough to let me try one of his macaroons. Since that day, I’ve been meaning to get more but never got around to it.

It took me long enough, but I finally ordered some last weekend. I went with a mixed dozen macaroons of the chocolate dipped, salted caramel, and red velvet variety. They were light, airy, and absolutely delicious. My favorite was the salted caramel! Dan makes other varieties such as Bailey’s and roasted almond. I’m going to have to get more next time for sure.

Dan’s macaroons can be found at several NYC cafes throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you don’t live in the area, he can ship em to you!

Danny Macaroons

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verrazano-narrows bridge

Every time I pass over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, nostalgic memories pop into my head…heading into Brooklyn to visit grandma, constantly looking up at the towers through the windows of the car in awe at the massive blue towers, looking north during clear skies to see the Statue of Liberty or the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and looking south at the neverending blue of the bay/Atlantic Ocean.

The Brooklyn Bridge is my favorite, but I hold the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge closer to my heart. Too many memories and it’s very much so one of the inspiring reasons that I’m a bridge engineer. I don’t know if I’m just bluffing, but I think I want to climb suspension cables at some point…

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was opened in November 21, 1964 (happy belated 46th birthday!) and carries I-278 over the Narrows, connecting the NYC boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. It was designed by engineer Othmar Omman, the same engineer responsible for the George Washington Bridge, and several other NYC/NJ bridges. The bridge is named after Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. When it opened in 1964, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, surpassing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

On a slightly random but recent note, the New York City Marathon starts at the Staten Island end of the bridge. I don’t feel like I could ever run that much, but running over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is pretty damn enticing!

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blt burger

A friend and I had a burger craving on Labor Day and we decided to go to BLT Burger, Chef Laurent Tourondel’s global burger chain which is part of his BLT family of restaurants.

There were some burgers on the menu which almost had me, ex: lamb merguez – colorado lamb, cilantro yogurt sauce, cucumber, olives, red onion, and tomato; blt – angus beef, double smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, blt burger sauce. My eyes locked on to the Great Hills Blue (see image above), a burger with angus beef, Great Hills blue cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, and mushrooms. Since I’m a sucker for blue cheese on a burger, this decision was a no brainer. My friend decided to go the classic route with an angus burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion.

the classic

Both burgers were served on a tasty seeded bun with slaw and a pickle (friend opted to hold the pickle). The Great Hills Blue burger was pretty delicious. The meat was also cooked to a perfect medium. My friend also enjoyed her classic burger very much.

Leaving for Vegas soon and there’s a location there, but I’ll probably go to In-N-Out to satisfy my burger cravings!

BLT Burger
470 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

There are other locations in Las Vegas and Hong Kong!

ps. I want to order and enjoy the whole burger, shake, and fries meal (at any place) someday, but I can never seem to be that hungry… anyone else feel that way?

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brooklyn brewery

Finally! I made it out here. If you’re not aware, I love a lot of the Brooklyn Brewery brews, especially Local 2, their Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

The brewery is located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Just northwest of the Bedford stop on the L. They offer tours hourly from 1pm – 5pm Saturday and Sunday and a happy hour on Fridays starting at 6pm. Me and a couple friends went to the brewery for a tour and to hang out. They clear out a large room during the weekends and place chairs and tables as well as a bar.

The tour was interesting, though not quite what I expected. For the tour, they bring you to a room with a bunch of the machinery and tanks they use for brewing the beer. I was expecting more of a walking tour of the facility, but it’s no big deal, it was still interesting. The guide spoke about the history of the brewery, the current location, the different beers, and so forth.

beer tokens

Afterwards we hung out in the large room with the bar. You have to buy tokens in order to get beer. Each token is good for one beer, unless stated (Locals 1 & 2 were 3 tokens each). Tokens were $4 individually (I think) and $20 for 6.

beer menu

meg enjoying a brooklyn blast

I got to try out a bunch of different kinds of beer that day. I started off with Blast, a double IPA. It was pretty fantastic. Probably my favorite of the day (aside from Local 2).

brooklyn local 2, i know you’re not surprised

Aside from Blast and Local 2, I had some Summer Ale and a Weisse. They had some beer for sale behind the bar too. I was eying up a bottle of Sorachi Ace, but passed. Dammit, why didn’t I buy it. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while now…

chris & chris

Currently their Oktoberfest and Post Road Pumpkin Ales are out! I’ve gotta try em soon. Also, Local 1 & Local 2 have hit shelves in the Philly area, or at least by me. Go get your hands on a bottle of Local 2, sit back, and enjoy!

Brooklyn Brewery
79 N 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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central park brunch picnic w/ h&h bagels & zabar’s cream cheese

It was a gorgeous Saturday morning in NYC and we were hungry. Meg has constantly raved about H&H Bagels and I’ve always wanted to try em. I’ve also read a lot about H&H and they definitely have a following – they were mentioned by Dwight Schrute in The Office! So we decided to take a run (literally) to H&H then stopped by nearby Zabar’s to pick up some scallion cream cheese (since H&H’s cream cheese selection didn’t look too appealing).

We took our food to the northern section of Central Park to bum out and have brunch in the beautiful weather. I slathered some scallion cream cheese over my H&H everything bagel. It was yummy, but I feel that it did not live up to the hype. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was missing though. Sorry Meg and other H&H faithfuls, but Murray’s Bagels is still my go to place for bagels in the city.

H&H Bagels
2239 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

2245 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

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