Monthly Archives: September 2014

Macaron Parlour Patisserie @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300Let’s talk about dessert! I kept skipping over these guys with my 30 minute lunch breaks spent mostly on perusing MAD EATS for my daily nosh. I decided to look a little closer after my friend NEEDED to go back for a “treat” post meal. While I try to avoid “treats” at lunch because they normally lead to “treats” after-work too, I could not turn down macarons! Back in the hizzay when I studied in Paris, I learnt what a macaron was for the very first time. Before having one myself, I often confused our sophisticated little treats for our less than posh piles of coconut (macaroons). In my mind the pronunciation was way too similar to get the idea of coconut out of my head.

PeanutPimpMama and a macaron 2007

Since then macarons have blown up just like their predecessor THE CUPCAKE. We will finally know when macarons have met their demise… They will trickle down from cool and end up mass produced in every grocery store of suburbia. I can see it now, “macarons by le Stop n’ Shop”.

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Until then we’ve got the likes of Macaron Parlour serving up macarons of all fun-sorts, including savory bites! This NYC based bakery located in the East Village and the UWS prides themselves on unconventional flavors and are smart enough to serve other baked goods such as various cookies and pastries. While I sense the wave of the macaron to be a bit short lived, their flavors really are wicked-cool and totally make me want to hit them up for the S’mores, Honey & Cognac as well as the Elvis. After all, I can’t turn down anything with peanut butter or an infusion of booze.

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I ordered the Cheetos flavor at MAD EATS. It was sweet with a cheesy finish…Not offensive at all. I look forward to trying the others.

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 Definitely not the same kind of experience as macarons on the Champs-Élysées.

For More Info.:

www.macaronparlour.com

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Red Hook Lobster Pound @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

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A couple stalls down from Calexico is the marvelous Red Hook Lobster Pound. Funny name isn’t it? It makes me envision little lobsters caged up in a hall with passersby gawking as they look for one special little creature to take home as their new family addition. It caught my eye because I am familiar with their food truck and remember having their Lobster Roll back in 2012. I was cursed with an awful temp. job in a location that required me to walk through Time Square on the daily. Can you imagine seeing the Naked Cowboy 10 times a week? That’s just way too much Cowboy for me. Thankfully that assignment came to a close, and I am grateful that I had an enticing food truck selection and fun lunch buddies to get me through those tough times.

 So check out this sexy Lobster Mac N’Cheese … #NOFILTER

imageCooking this dish was a surprisingly quick effort for the Red Hook Peeps.They totally wanted me to chill out and come back when my name was called, but PPM had to know how they were going to pull this off. They had it down to a science as they lightly boiled the noodles, threw them into a plastic container with freshly grated cheeses (four of them to be exact) and a generous amount of lobster meat and shook the heck out of it! Last, the cheesy top was torched for that crispy layer of chees-it YUM we all love so much. I put my hot sauce on, asked for some salt and away I went. I totally killed that crispy layer first.

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For my second trip back to this stand I ordered the Downeast Bisque with some Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips, Yum. I also decided to test drive one of their ginger-lemonades. (No Regrets)

Mixed Seafood Bisque- Red Hook Lobster PoundThe Downeast Bisque was $7.00 for a serving, but it was loaded up with lobster, clams, haddock and shrimp. While it was not very spicy as claimed, it worked. While I neglected to have the lobster rolls (their claim to fame) it was nice to venture off and try their other dishes. I just couldn’t bring myself to throw down a whole $16.00 at lunch. (PeanutPimpMama budgets sometimes.) Besides, aren’t these lobster-creatures suddenly grossly overpopulated? Why are they so expensive then?

imageFor a whole dollar less and a lot more flava, the New England Clam Chowder is the way to go! I could have done away with those sandy bits that always come along with eating clams. They love to get you right in the back molar. It’s like nails on a chalk board. (Spinechilling*)

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 7 days left and counting! Be There or Be Square.

~PPM

For More Info.: www.redhooklobster.com

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Two Tablespoons @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

EviPeanutPimpMamadently as I’m typing this, Liv Tyler just decided to chow down at Two Tablespoons’s booth @ MAD SQ. EATS. I found this out as soon as I decided to hit “like” on TT’s Facebook page. (I totes tweeted it too!) So what does it take to get Liv Tyler to your food stand? Well, evidently she’s into snacks that are vegetarian, gluten free and organic. (So is PeanutPimpMama!) I decided to do a little research after discovering these chock little barrels last week. As it turns out it’s run by a couple of chefs that concentrate on spreading their “granola” love at street fairs, and catering private events without a traditional brick and mortar location. Good for them not letting Manhattan eat up their profits with ridiculous rents!

 

 Ze Summer Menu:

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While their stand cannot do them justice, a visit to their minimalist website or peeping over the counter at Mad Eats to see the colorful array of veggies (and they are that colorful) instantly makes your soul feel cleansed. I had this sudden urge to put all of that health inside me. While I count down the last days of Mad Eats, I’ve only just started to discover the magical dishes. This is certainly one of them!

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The Stand @ MAD SQUARE EATS…What I walked away with: The Corn Coconut & Curry Sauce (Liv has great taste.) along with The Lentils, Beets & Goat Cheese (Cheese- because I have to be a fatty).

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The Lowdown:

First off, I took down the Corn Coconut Curry roll loaded with Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, corn, quinoa (a super-food), pickled onions,  and shredded coconut-almond-curry sauce. (Crunch*) This crunchy fiesta made me so full it felt like Thanksgiving minus the turkey, plus a whole lot of fibrous raw veggies. While I love a good decadent curry sauce, I’m ashamed to admit that my inner obese-child was crying for some saturated fats and salt! (Wah*) The rice noodle paper shell (I find to be genius) made me feel like I should be dunking this in some soy. In all of its fabulous-ness, it was just missing that little something. We all know I have some issues with sodium-intake but it is also a challenge to eat raw food when you’re used to being a glutton.

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The second roll I selected (as they are forced on you in pairs) was the Lentils, Beets & Goat cheese pictured above. Accompanying those three ingredients are Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots and a citrus vinaigrette. The see-through skin is visually appealing and takes on the colors of the goodies inside but doesn’t perform as the best sealant. The moment I picked it up, the beet juice bled all over my life as the ingredients imploded in my palm. It was like a beet-root massacre, a tasty one at that. I really appreciated the body and I suppose it served as a good contrast to my prior selection. It was protein packed with chewy little French lentils, a creamy goat cheese and citrusy zing! Those are always a bangin’ combo with beets.-Truth

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9 more days to get your Two Tablespoons in! Next time I want the noodles.

For More Info.: www.twotbsp.wordpress.com

Be There or Be Square.

~PPM

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ASIADOG @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

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I ran into ASIADOG one cold Autumnal evening last year during my never ending apartment search. Anyone who lives in NYC knows that you do the-move once every two years on average and the process is absolutely daunting. I was walking around Little Italy waiting on a friend after seeing possibly the 100th apartment since August, when I  saw this curious little venue with a wooden sign and glowing interior. Was it Asian? Was it a hotdog resto? They certainly weren’t selling dogs in Asia… Now I can’t lead you on because as much as I wanted to stop and check out this mind-blowing concept, I never did get my ASIADOG that night. Instead we ended up in the West Village for way more expensive and pretentious snacks. That said, I was ready to give ASIADOGS a go.

ASIADOGI give mad props to whomever did their branding. It somehow sums it all up- South East Asia, Nolita and just a touch of LES grime edge. Fo real though, it’s like they brought their entire front door to Madison Sq. Park. That had to be heavy.

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So here is what went down: I ordered the “Mel & Steve” and substituted my dog for a veggie-weiner. I was tempted by this dog specifically because it said “Asian Sesame Slaw”. Now call me a gringa, but any time I have seen “Asian Slaw” on a menu it often included a light mayonnaise base with black sesame seeds and maybe even a touch of sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce and pepper. (Delightful) I’m open minded… I requested that they include some spicy mayo along with my selection and I am happy I did. (Now shame on me for personalizing.) The infused ketchup and purple cabbage bit caught me off guard, but props to them for providing sautéed kale! Serving up sautéed leafy greens in a plastic take-away container is pretty daring for a pop-up-stand. It’s nice to have an alternative to fries and they’re obviously sensitive to the vegetarians and their wallets. The whole thing cost me $8.00. Chouette!

The un-weiner hot dog

It did the job. Seriously though, who needs real meat in their wiener anymore?

Did I mention I had to stand while eating this? Be There or Be Square.

~PPM

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For More Information: www.asiadognyc.com 

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Calexico @ MAD SQUARE EATS – Flatiron District, NYC

Every FPeanutPimpMamaall we see the big flowery umbrellas pop up and a horseshoe of “deliciousry” surrounds them. Whether stalking gourmet food trucks or enjoying a night of Michelin rated celebrity chef cuisine, or scurrying through upscale take-away eateries, (Yes,even Maison Kayser made it to Flatiron) it’s all right here and Mad Eats plants itself in the middle of this fabulousness seasonally. So far on my second attempt I have been slightly underwhelmed. If you can make a banging snack on wheels these days, there’s no excuse for a stand. I learned that lesson the hard way at age 9 when I made my first entrepreneurial effort through PeanutPimpMama’s very first business, “Lemonade & Snax”. I was the only 4th grader that made $300.00 that Summer.

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MAD SQUARE EATS is conveniently located right next to Madison Square Park. It gets really crowded at lunch time and if you’re unlucky you get stuck with a standing table. Don’t let that happen to you. If you get there in a timely fashion, you can snag some of the cafeteria tables or round ones with your very own umbrella!

Calexico

It’s really hard not to enter this circle of foodie-mayhem without gravitating towards CALEXICO. I’ll never forget the first time I saw a Calexico truck zipping around SOHO in 2009. This was before “food trucks” were really even respectable. You could tell by their cult following and lines wrapping around the block that they were legit and on to something really special. The Calexico peeps were the pioneers of the food-truck craze and now they have over four locations!

Fish TacoTheir tacos were priced at a friendly $5.00 a pop and I just happened to have a fiver in me wallet! I opted for the Baja fish taco served on two soft shells with chipotle aioli, mango salsa and cabbage slaw and fresh lime. I doused it with Cholulah, squeezed my lime and finito! The fried fish was freshly battered and fried until crispy (filet moistness unaffected). I haven’t had a lunch that good for five dollars which covered all bases in the flavor and texture department in ages. PeanutPimpMama asks: What exactly I’m supposed to do with that second tortilla? If I eat two at the same time it would drown out the taste. Who needs the unnecessary carbs?

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 While actually a legitimate location, it could be a great name for a band…

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For More Info.: www.calexico.net

Be There or Be Square.

~PPM

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