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My Fair Lady M.

22 May

If heaven lost a baker, then I have found it. Lady M Cake Boutique, located on the upper east side, is a piece of heaven. Literally, heaven in your mouth.

I have never experienced such a beautiful creation that is light, delicate, and tragic. The Green tea Mille Crêpe is a french inspired dessert made of 20 thin layers of crepes with Lady M’s seasonal flavored green tea mousse smothered in between each layer and dusted off with green tea powder.

The crafty creation was piled almost 4 inches high and was overall a solid  light green color. It lacked decoration, but not taste.  Once you dig your fork into it, the crepe and the green tea mousse automatically fuse together, almost like a soft buttery pound cake. The instant it hits your tongue, the cool, refreshing, creaminess of the mousse slowly melts in your mouth. It required no necessary chewing.

It’s hard to taste the crepe or the green tea mousse by itself, but then again why would you. Both, the crepe and mousse went well together that created a harmony in your mouth. If it wasn’t for the cost, I would have definitely brought another 6″ ($40) to share with my co-workers.

For a single slice, it cost $7.50 plus tax, this was one of the most tragic events that has ever happened to my wallet. But it was well worth it. I really wanted to try their other desserts which included seasonal flavored cakes, pies, and cheesecakes but butterflies came out of my wallet. Oh, what a tease.

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Red bean: Is it Dessert or is it Breakfast?

21 May

East village is one of my favorite places to go when I’m craving Japanese food.  My favorite spot is Otafuku. This small shop, located on 236 E 9th St, offers some of Japan’s most authentic snacks and food.

I ordered the Taiyaki, in translation means “baked sea bream.” Don’t be fooled by the name. It tasted nothing like fish. It’s actually a hot cake batter cooked on a waffle-like maker and filled with your choice of red bean, custard, or black sesame paste. I got the red bean. It was hot and fresh off of their waffle maker and right into my hand, all in less than 3 minutes.

Red bean is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine. It is typically used as a dessert paste, or filling. I personally grew up eating it hot out of the bowl, or freezing cold as a drink or ice cream pop, but never as a filling.

The fish-fossil looking delicacy was the first meal of my day. It had an exterior crisp at the edges and when you bite into it, you instantly get the  light vanilla flavor  from the soft waffle. Then the best part comes, the warm red bean melts in your mouth. It wasn’t too sweet but there was just enough sugar to accentuate the flavor of the red beans.

Ah! What a great way to start breakfast.