Monday, September 8, 2008

Cookies & Cupcakes

I'm a big baked-items fan. Cookies, croissants, cake, cupcakes, scones. I'm always on the search for the best of the best. Cookies are my favorite though, and I'm always looking for a place where I can get a reliable, satisfying cookie.

This first cookie was purchased at the Carroll Gardens branch of Naidre's (502 Henry St. at Sackett St., 718-596-3400, They get their baked goods from a number of spots around town, some of which are great, some, not so great. This cookie, the Oatmeal, Dried Cherry & Pecan, was great. It was chewy, packed with plump, tart dried cherries and nutty pieces of pecan. Sweet, but not too, and the oatmeal made me feel like I was also eating healthy.

This second cookie was purchased at the newest incarnation of the space at 264 Clinton St. at Verandah Pl. It's called Ted & Honey (718-852-2212) and is located where the big, red Delicatessen used to be. I actually worked there for a brief time in the early months of 1998 and loved it so I'm happy to see it up and running again as an eatery. This Macadamia Chocolate Chip cookie was so crisp and full of melty chocolate chips and pieces of Macadamia. YUM, so good. I took it home and ate it with a big glass of cold milk.

Then there's this cupcake I tried from S'Nice (315 5th Ave. at 3rd St., 718-788-2121). Woah, what a cupcake. It's the Carrot Cake Cupcake and was SO dense and the frosting SO rich, I had to eat it in two sittings. S'Nice is a vegan & vegetarian restaurant, with really surprisingly good food. It's great, despite that lame-o name.


Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Congrats on the new blog. S'nice is a lame name! I've gotta get out to Brooklyn more often!

Eat It Brooklyn said...

Thanks FoodMayhem! Yeah, Brooklyn's got a lot of great food. Come visit sometime!

Anonymous said...

What with all the fuss over coffee in the Slope these days, we’d like to take this opportunity to re-introduce the neighborhood to Naidre’s CafĂ©. For 9 years in Park Slope, and 5 years in Carroll Gardens, Naidre’s has been mostly known for it’s delicious, homemade food (salads, sandwiches, soups, sweets & treats and smoothies), and enjoys a loyal following that is legend. Under new ownership the past 2 years, Naidre’s has quietly grown into a world-class coffee/espresso bar as well. We have hired only highly trained baristas, gathering information and techniques from all corners of the US (Starbucks-trained, NY-trained, Seattle-trained), and developed that into our own unique style.

Naidre’s uses only the finest coffees, roasted daily by Porto Rico Importing (since 1907, they are the oldest and most masterful coffee roasters in NYC.) While all of our coffees are fair trade certified, our house blend is organic, along with over 20 loose-leaf organic/ft teas (including rooibos, yerba mate and chai). Our house-brewed iced teas and coffee are also organic/ft. Coming soon… Naidre’s has been working closely with the roasters at Porto Rico developing our own organic espresso blend. We have even perfected making foam from rice milk! We believe our coffee, teas and espresso to be the finest in the neighborhood, and the line out the door daily confirms our beliefs!

We like being part of the community. We’re committed to healthy food for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike! We’re funny, we play good music, we love chatting with you, we love coffee and we love our customers. Naidre's is the place you meet the gal you've been seeing around the neighborhood for a few weeks now. It's the place with that cute guy who makes a killer latte. We want you to see Naidre's for what it is – more than just another cafe – it's a healthy start in the morning, an iced latte layered to perfection, or some homemade comfort food on a rainy night. We like knowing your name. We want to be a part of the private little movie in your head about living in New York. We want to meet your parents.

At Naidre’s… You should Eat. You should Drink. You should Smile!

Eat It Brooklyn said...

So, I deliberated whether or not to post this "comment", since it's more of an promo than personal. But in the interest of sharing information I decided to go for it.

Unknown said...

I would refer any of my clients and students to all three of these cupcake shops, because they are clean healthy and they serve vegan food. My home office is close by so every now and then I go eat at one of the three restaurants, but mostlu Ted & Honey. I like their Redneck with ham and their ice tea. Delicious and healthy is just the way I like it.