Sunday, November 13, 2011


Coppelia is great for brunch; for dinner I could eat there all the time for dishes like their mac and cheese. It's spicy and has crispy pork belly and chicharron mixed in.

The fish tacos are also really nice with soft tortilla, crispy flounder, spicy chipotle slaw and guacamole.

As good as the savory part of the menu is, it's the desserts that really shine. The chocolate cake is rich, dense and is layered with dulce de leche frosting, covered in caramel, topped with chocolate spheres and served with chocolate sauce and powdered sugar.

Even better is the torrejas de oliva, a bread pudding served with blackberries, fresh cream, a couple dabs of olive oil and a crunchy/salty bread crumb mix.

My favorite was the angel food cake in a margarita glaze - toasted meringue with hints of lime and salt and an effervescent texture, served with blueberries - amazing.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bouchon Bakery Cafe

The Bouchon Bakery Cafe in the Time Warner Center is a great place for a glass of wine and a bite to eat on a chilly night. The butternut squash soup was accented with cinnamon creme fraiche and cranberries.

The squash sandwich was topped with pickled cabbage and a creamy cheese. For dessert, a chunk of ice cream smothered in chocolate on a cookie base, served with ice cream and fresh cream was a rich way to end.

Dominique Ansel Bakery

 The newly opened Dominique Ansel Bakery is dangerously close to my office - dangerous because the pastries and desserts are amazing and I want to go there every single day. There are beautiful slices of Torta de Santiago, a Spanish almond cake; glossy espresso tarts; lemon poundcakes; rich flourless chocolate cookies...the list goes on and on!