Now, I’m sure many of you are familiar with the tasty delight or general foodie-buzz surrounding Momofuku and their various locations in New York. I too, have heard many rave reviews of their food, but I was particularly interested in trying the sweet treats at the Momofuku Milk Bar, which also happens to have its own highly-regarded cookbook.

While on vacation in NYC, I made it a point to mark the Milk Bar on my Google map of “places to eat”. Between me, my sister, and Alex, we were able to try a bevy of talked-about sweets including the cereal milkshake, compost cookie, crack pie, corn cookie, and b-day cake truffles.

Momofuku Milk Bar

Clockwise from top left: Crack Pie, Milk Bar bag, compost and corn cookie, birthday cake truffles

I wasn’t thrilled with all of the treats, but the cookies were definitely the highlight. The compost cookie is the perfect balance of multiple flavors/textures — sweet, salty, crunchy, soft, chewy — while incorporating unique ingredients like potato chips and coffee grounds. I also loved the corn cookie which was like a mildly sweet corn muffin-meets-sugar cookie concoction. The crack pie, on the other hand, was a bit too sugary. The sticky and rich caramel custard with the chewy crust was overpowering after the first few bites. Similarly, the birthday cake truffle was extra sweet, although much more manageable in such a small size. All of the items matched perfectly with a sip or seven (yes, that good) of the cereal milkshake, which tasted exactly like you’d imagine (a frozen version of the milk at the bottom of your favorite breakfast cereal bowl).

All in all, it was a bit of a Goldilocks-type of excursion, but I finally found cookies that were a perfect fit for my sweet tooth. In fact, they were SO delicious, I’ve been contemplating buying the Milk cookbook just so I can steal their softly-baked secrets!

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On my recent visit to DC, I was able to check out the famous (at least in our family) Eastern Market. My mom has been raving about it since the first time my sister took her there a few years back. Since, my expectations have only continued to build as I heard more and more about the fresh eats and great shopping in the area.

Not only was the food amazing, but the little vendors and shops were charming and full of treasures. We were able to sample some delightfully crisp local apples and spicy fresh jams, all while perusing the individual jewelry vendors, craftsmen, and artists along the avenue.

Eastern Market Washington DC Collage

Sights and flavors at the Eastern Market

Lucky for us, the Eastern Flea Market was also on the same day and we had the added pleasure of dragging my boyfriend Alex on an endless vintage shopping spree! (really though, Alex loved the flea market, just not the multiple hours of shopping with us gals)

Eastern Flea Market Washington Dc

Vendors at the Eastern Flea Market

Between the dining, shopping, and beautiful day in the sun, we all had a memorable time at the Eastern Market and Flea. I’m surely planning a visit back (they have lovely cheap vintage jewelry plus a great little Tavern along the street) and would highly recommend the market and flea as a destination for tourists and locals alike.

I’m telling you: the east coast is usually such a deterrent with its impatient attitude and summer humidity, however, I’m forever seduced by the food-ventures that are awaiting me there.

I realize that we are pretty spoiled here in San Francisco, but there is something exciting about the food scene on the east coast. From creative ethnic food to strict traditional fare, the sheer volume of undiscovered hole-in-the-wall joints and world-renowed restaurants always bring me back. I’m no Magellan, but I’m on a constant hunt to find the lesser known spots and revisit some classic favorites when I’m on the east coast. Here are a few of the most memorable bites from my recent foodie-vacay (snapped with Instagram). Enjoy!

Washington DC and New York City Best Food from Instagram

Best bites from my Instagram journeys in DC and NYC

1. Fried Chicken Big Biscuit w/Gravy from The Cardinal - East Village, NYC

2.  Tostones Mochimeros from Caracas Arepa Bar – East Village, NYC

3. Grilled Corn Mexican Style from Habana To-Go – Nolita, NYC

4. Mayan Chipotle Mac from Macbar – Nolita, NYC

5. Boneless Chicken Breast Kabob Plate from Food Corner Kabob House - Dupont Circle, DC

6.  Classic Beef Pho from Saigon Shack - Greenwich Village, NYC

7. Crab Pizza from Artichoke Basille’s Pizza - Chelsea, NYC

8. Mini Hazelnut Dolci from Eataly - Flatiron, NYC

9. Cheeseburger, Fries, and Vanilla Milkshake from Burger Joint (at Le Parker Meridien) – Midtown West, NYC

 

I’ve always been the picky eater in my family. Meat on the bone, like wings and ribs, are not my favorite. Sandwiches and burgers are mostly ordered condiment-free. And messy meals have always been a bit unappealing… that is until I discovered the pure meaty joy of some darn good BBQ.

Famous Dave’s BBQ has become a consistent pit stop for road trips down south. In fact, it’s no longer just a coincidental meal on the road, it’s a strategically planned out event that Alex and I refuse to skip when we’re crossing through Gilroy. The decor is delightfully cheesy, and the food has never disappointed.

Famous Dave's BBQ

Menu and basket of sauces

The key to the goodness is in the sauces. They offer 5 traditional sauces and 1 kick-you-in-the-face hot sauce. As a devilish trick to make your mind explode, I’ve listed out the flavor profiles:

  • Rich & Sassy – A traditional BBQ sauce with great tang and a bit of honey (a fantastic staple)
  • Sweet & Zesty – Molasses based BBQ sauce with lots of sweetness and a flavorful punch (extra sweet but great when mixed)
  • Georgia Mustard – A smoky spin on the traditional honey mustard (not my favorite, but a good change from the rest)
  • Texas Pit – Tons of pepper and spices go into this smoky sauce (great peppery flavor if you love dry rub)
  • Devil’s Spit – A punchy and spicy sauce with a touch of sweetness (my ultimate favorite sauce at Dave’s)
  • Wilbur’s Revenge – KICK IN THE FACE habanero BBQ sauce (they serve this in a tiny tiny cup for a reason, fellas)
Chopped Pork Meal

Chopped pork, corn muffin, side of jalapeno mac and cheese

I can never seem to get past the trifecta of Georgia chopped pork, a sweet corn muffin, and the side of mac and cheese. It’s just the perfect combination of guilt, self-hate, and embarrassment that everyone seeks in BBQ… right? Well either way, it’s delicious. Yes it’s a chain, and yes there probably exists better BBQ in the Bay Area, but for me, this place is a gem and I look forward to road trips as an excuse to get my Q on.