Two Little Red Hens
1652 2nd Ave
(between 85th St & 86th St)
New York, NY 10028
I’m on a roll with favorites. My last two blog posts have all been favorites. One was about my favorite pizza place, and the other about my favorite burger. Let me know if you agree or disagree!
This post will be about my favorite cupcake place in NYC. This, I imagine, will be somewhat controversial like my burger post… it’ll hopefully bring out some cupcake loyalties and will reveal who all of Two Little Red Hen’s legitimate competitors are. The only qualm I have about the bakery is that it is so damn far away. I’ve only been a few times, mostly as a side-stop after a visit to the MET or in this case, a visit to my friend B.G.’s gym. He does a full afternoon workout + double-zumba session every Saturday and I thought I’d join. Not going to lie, a big reason for why I went was that I would have an excuse to travel all the way uptown for some cupcakes…
While ordering, I was really wishing I had a sweeter tooth and/or cupcakes didn’t rely on freshness but neither of those are the case so I left the bakery with just these little gems. The large cupcake is their Banana Cupcake, which is my absolute favorite. I get it every time I come. They actually had a fresh batch just as I got in, a sign from the gods that we were meant for each other. The two small ones are the Brooklyn Blackout and the Peanut Butter.
Continue reading Two Little Red Hens – my favorite cupcakes in the city
Parker and Otis
112 S Duke St
Durham, NC 27701
In Durham for the long weekend and on a mission to hit up all the must-eats. Parker and Otis is a cute sandwich and coffee place that also sells gourmet chocolates, beers, candles, southern biscuit recipe books and such. The architecture is reminiscent of old tobacco warehouses that were all over this historic part of Durham. Wood and brick intersecting everywhere. Very rustic.
We got a variety of sandwiches, including a turkey one with red pepper jam which was really good. The sandwich photographed is Elvis’s favorite peanut butter and bacon sandwich. Sweetly and saltily delicious.
What to do when a hurricane “rips through” town? Bake cookies. I had a serious lack of ingredients (see previous post) so had to find something I could bake that did not require eggs or butter. I kept trying to look for a vegan strawberry bread recipe but could not find any that did not require applesauce (something I obviously didn’t have). It took me a good fifteen minutes for me to remember I had peanut butter. How could I forget? Peanut butter is the ultimate emergency food. It does not require a refrigerator, is jam packed with nutrients and calories, and is amazingly delicious.
I ended up baking these chewy cookies (based off of 101cookbooks.com) with brown sugar, olive oil, sea salt, and natural super crunchy peanut butter (the recipe had asked for maple syrup but, again, I did not have any). I added a bit of water to the original recipe hoping to make a more moist cookie (not a fan of crispy/crumbly shortbread types). I think they came out pretty well. Crisp on the outside, very soft on the inside, slight sea salt aftertaste, a good number of diced peanuts to add a bit of crunch, and very peanut buttery. I even did the little fork mark thing people always do. Not sure why it’s needed but I felt like I needed to for my first batch of peanut butter cookies.