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Perla vs. Rosemary's - birthday "hooky" lunch

Kathryn - I had considered Babbo, but he's actually been there before. I am hoping to take him somewhere he hasn't experienced yet.

Thanks for the tips, Barcelonian.

Sep 11, 2012
e2nyc in Manhattan

Perla vs. Rosemary's - birthday "hooky" lunch

Hello all!

My SO and I are playing hooky on his b-day and I am planning on taking him out for a nice celebratory lunch. I currently have a lunch reservation at Del Posto for 9/21, but in all honesty, it's not my #1 choice. I have been waiting for Salumeria Rosi to open up in the UES and it just feels as if this is never going to happen!

So far, Perla and Rosemary's seem to be the closest to what I am looking for... A more laid back setting, but still presenting an impressive meal. Only problem is, I haven't been to either, so my decision is that much tougher.

Has anyone been to either or both of these restaurants that can provide me with pros/cons for each? or if you have any other suggestions, please feel free to point out!

Thank you in advance!

Sep 11, 2012
e2nyc in Manhattan

HELP! - Ice cream base is too sweet...

Great advice re. the cayenne & the extra liquor.

Even if I don't use now, I will def. try both suggestions in the future. Thank you.

Oct 10, 2011
e2nyc in Home Cooking

HELP! - Ice cream base is too sweet...

Thank you, both!

acgold7 - I couldn't find 72% cacao and ended up using 70%, which i don't think would make much of a difference in terms of it being much sweeter .

Also, yes. I first simmered the milk/heavy cream/sugar/salt mix until it coated the wooden spoon. I had previously processed the chocolate in my food processor; once the dairy ingredients had simmered I added a cup to the chocolate until it was fully incorporated, then I finished off by pouring the rest of the milk base and mixed all thoroughly.

I was also considering adding chopped walnuts to the ice cream once it's in the machine to give it a bit of crunch and balance the flavors.

Oct 10, 2011
e2nyc in Home Cooking

HELP! - Ice cream base is too sweet...

Hello all,

I would appreciate your help in fixing an ice cream base that has turned out way too sweet for my liking!

I am in the process of making a bittersweet chocolate ice cream; the ingredients I used are as follows:

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

8 ounces dark chocolate (preferably 72 percent cacao), roughly chopped

1 tablespoon rye, bourbon or rum.

I definitely added more chocolate than the 8oz. it called for. I was thinking of adding half and half or 2% milk to the mix in order to thin it out a bit, but I am not too sure as to how I should proceed with this since the base is already chilling in the fridge and it's pretty much ready to be poured into the machine.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Oct 10, 2011
e2nyc in Home Cooking

HELP! - Ice cream base is too sweet...

Hello all,

I would appreciate your help in fixing an ice cream base that has turned out way too sweet for my liking!

I am in the process of making a bittersweet chocolate ice cream; the ingredients I used are as follows:

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

8 ounces dark chocolate (preferably 72 percent cacao), roughly chopped

1 tablespoon rye, bourbon or rum.

I definitely added more chocolate than the 8oz. it called for. I was thinking of adding half and half or 2% milk to the mix in order to thin it out a bit, but I am not too sure as to how I should proceed with this since the base is already chilling in the fridge and it's pretty much ready to be poured into the machine.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Oct 10, 2011
e2nyc in Home Cooking

Picnic Basket recs. near Central Park?

In the continuing search for a great picnic basket, I've come across this recent recommendation from NYmag:

http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/06...

Link to the place itself:
http://www.perfectpicnicnyc.com/index...

For the time being, they are only delivering to Battery Park, but hope to deliver to Central Park and Prospect Park in the near future.

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Perfect Picnic
9 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Jun 13, 2011
e2nyc in Manhattan

Picnic Basket recs. near Central Park?

Thank you all for the suggestions!

Good call on Agatha & Valentina, hadn't crossed my mind.
Peter I had thought of Untitled but wasn't sure if they allowed "take out;" i will definitely make a stop, if not for takeout, at least to try the salted caramel apple pie!

May 25, 2011
e2nyc in Manhattan

Picnic Basket recs. near Central Park?

Hello all,

I would like to celebrate the fact that I'm taking off of work this Friday by going on a picnic to central park with the dog.

I am hoping someone could recommend a great, local place that makes picnic baskets. I live in the E. 80's and would prefer restaurants/places to be on that side of the park (not necessarily near the 80's), but if all else fails, I am willing to travel for good food.

Anything other than Dean & Deluca would be appreciated. Also, does anyone have any experience with Landmarc's boxes?

Thanks in advance!

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Landmarc
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

May 25, 2011
e2nyc in Manhattan