Foodie Friday: June 2023

Hi friends, welcome back to another edition of my monthly series showcasing all my delicious eats during the month. As you know, one of my favorite parts of living in NYC is the abundance of incredible food, and I’ve been on a mission to try all the best places and share my finds along the way. Disclaimer: these posts will cause hunger 🙂 If you want to stay up to date on all my foodie finds, you can follow my food Instagram here.

As usual, I went to Dominique Ansel to grab the monthly Cronut flavor of Peach & Cornbread Ganache. The peach was a nice light taste but I didn’t taste much cornbread, more of a creamy aftertaste. I immediately loved this cronut and knew it would be in my top five. This one also seemed flakier and the filling was perfectly spread out compared to the many others I’ve tried. It was a perfect cronut experience!

My ordering so far of most to least favorite: Salted Caramel Pretzel, Cherry Jam & Cappuccino Ganache, Peach & Cornbread Ganache, Lychee Ganache & Mascarpone Ganache, Pumpkin Pie & Brown Sugar Ganache, Blueberry & Sweet Corn, Ube Ganache & Thai Coconut Ganache, Strawberry & Olive Oil, Lemon Curd & Graham Cracker Ganache , Blackberry Jam & Coconut Ganache, Early Grey & Okinawa black Sugar, Mango Jam & Milk Chocolate Ganache, Strawberry Poppyseed & Buttermilk, Raspberry & Pistachio, Honey Peach Jam & Graham Cracker Ganache, Almond and Fig, Passionfruit & Vanilla, Peanut Butter & Banana, Caramel Flan & Orange Marmalade, Green Apple Butterscotch, and Black Truffle & Caramel Popcorn Cronut.

Mezcali is our go-to spot for brunch in our neighborhood. We’ve been here twice with friends and always have a great time. They have a bottomless brunch you can mix and match drinks, but my favorite is their version of a Moscow Mule. I’m a creature of habit and always order the CA Skillet. Jon enjoyed the CA Skillet and B’Fast Burrito.

Mister Dips cone of the month is Pride N’ True with a cake batter ice cream and white chocolate coating. The white chocolate isn’t my favorite, but I do love cake batter ice cream. Jon got the Buttermint Crunch with a tin-mint custard.

Places I was invited to:

Our first meal back from Italy was at Knock Knock, a delicious Japanese restaurant in Long Island City. Jon and I were looking forward to different flavors and we were not let down. We shared the Braised Short Rib and it just melted off the bone with a perfect teriyaki flavor. The entrée is meant to be shared by two and comes with slaw and bao buns to make your own little sandwiches. We also loved how fresh the tuna takati pizza was and you can never go wrong with dumplings.

The Elgin is an American bar in Midtown with delicious food. It’s a popular spot for happy hours, but the food is surprisingly high quality for a bar. We started with the tuna tartare tacos and it seemed like this is the most ordered appetizer. It was full of flavor with a nice crunch from the shell. For entrees we shared the lamb burger and vodka pizza. We saved a little room for the cookie skillet, it was the perfect way to end the meal.

I went to a foodie event at Brooklyn Delicatessen and they brought out a bunch of food for us all to try. They brought out the Roman style pizza first and it was so tasty. Next came out some Reubens and my favorite was the roast beef, it was so flavorful! The roasted turkey and corned beef were also great. The event finished with chocolate cake shakes and some deliciously light cheesecake. If you’re ever near Times Square and get hangry, this would be my recommendation. The food is great and the prices are very reasonable, the Ruebens are $12 and will leave you full the rest of the day.

Coletta is a newer vegan restaurant and it was delicious! I’m obviously not vegan, but I love trying  out vegan spots and comparing them to their carnivorous counterparts. I dined with my friend and we started with the Crispy Calamari made of mushroom rings and the Coletta Chick’n Caesar. I was very impressed how close the calamari and chicken tasted and felt like the real deal. For entrees we shared the Margharita Pizza and Lumache alla Vodka. Both tasted delicious but the “cheese” on the pizza did have a different texture than regular cheese, it doesn’t melt the same way. This is a cool spot and definitely worth checking out even if you aren’t a vegan.

What caught your eye this month?

36 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: June 2023

  1. Once again, after reading your Foodie Friday, I am full. That cronut sounds delicious. When we were in Vancouver, we discovered the Cruffin at a nearby bakery and kept going back for more. The Roman pizza looks so good with all the different toppings. Thanks for sharing Lyssy. Allan

    1. I’d love a Cruffin, especially a chocolatey one! The Roman style pizza was delicious and worth going to Times Square for.

  2. Hey, Lyssy. Hope all is well with you guys! Delicious and hunger-inducing as always. While all the food looks amazing, I lingered the longest on that wonderful Japanese feast you had. Some serious cravings here!

    1. That Japanese restaurant was so good!! I wish I could eat that short rib every day, it was so delicious.

    1. I usually only see cake batter ice cream in a hard serve, but it always calls my name!

  3. All these foods look so delicious and amazing. I’m a little jealous you live in the city and have access to all these foods. I had to google what a cronut is because I never heard of them. They sound delicious.

    1. I am very lucky to have all this amazing food right at my doorstep! We can get anything 24/7 or delivered. I have a slight cronut addiction 🙂

    1. A cronut will have to be at the top of your list when you visit NYC one day!

  4. I just want to know how you can eat some of these dishes without looking like a two year old. They seem so fully and messy. And do you always finish the dinner or take some home.

    1. It’s very hard, I just hope nobody is watching. We usually don’t finish it all if it’s a dinner. When we go out to brunch we will workout before so we are hungry and then usually we will just have a small dinner.

  5. It’s incredible you go regularly to Dominique Ansel to try the monthly cronut flavor; that’s some serious dedication! I’ve only had cronuts once or twice in my life, but they’re without a doubt a seriously-sweet indulgence…I’m greatly enjoying your “Foodie Friday” posts, and as a foodie myself (Yelp is my best friend, haha), I just might be inspired to put out some of my favorite eats on this side of the Coast (Los Angeles)– you’re the inspiration!

    1. Dominique Ansel is right by my Trader Joe’s, so it’s become a monthly routine haha. They are so good! That would be so cool if you did a LA version of Foodie Friday. Yelp is our best friend too 🙂

    1. Very true, the pizza is so good! True vegan cheese just can’t create that greasy goodness haha

  6. What caught my eye? Your wedding ring, peeking out from under the cronut 🙂 I didn’t expect the peach/cornmeal to earn a top-three ranking. I’m not really a peach fan (except in hot pie or cobbler with vanilla ice cream – delicious!) I’m also wondering how you managed to eat a) the Mister Dips cones and b) the chocolate shake with the cake impaled on the straw… without making a complete mess of yourself!

    1. My ring is very photogenic 🙂 I do love cornbread so I figured I’d like it, but I didn’t think I’d like it so much. Mister Dips is usually a mess in the summer because you have to bite the outside shell while the ice cream melts inside. It’s usually all over my hands and legs and I don’t like that. With the milkshake I usually just take off the cake and eat it separately. It would probably be good to cut up and mix in with the shake though!

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