Review: Pounds & Ounces

I’ve been chanting the following three phrases like a poem for the past few weeks: red velvet pancakes, peanut butter waffles, nuttella french toast. red velvet pancakes, peanut butter waffles, nuttella french toast. 

What do these absolutely magical sounding words have to do with each other? They’re all served for brunch at Pounds & Ounces in Chelsea. I had a friend visiting for the weekend and instead of going for a place I knew, I couldn’t resist- we made our way to 8th ave last Saturday. They open at noon, and we were one of the first ones in the (very art deco looking) place.

We ordered the Red Velvet Pancakes and Peanut Butter Waffles to split in half, with a side of bacon for  her and a coffee for me. Even the coffee was great. The pancakes weren’t overwhelmingly sweet- but I also didn’t try to eat a whole order- and the waffle was crispy, just the way I like them.

Just try to stop thinking about Pounds & Ounces now.  red velvet pancakes, peanut butter waffles, nuttella french toast….

Coney Island

This post isn’t about breakfast or watercolor, but just a few photos from my weekend. I finally made it out to Coney Island, which has been on my city to-do list for over a year (since I moved here, really). It was slightly overcast but kind of perfect. We had lunch on the boardwalk from Nathan’s and walked in the surprisingly warm water. Its fun to think about what Coney Island used to be like and so hard to imagine that a shore like this is so close to the city.

 

 

 

I’m hoping to paint something from the day – which is the exact reason why I started this blog and want to get better- so there is that I suppose. Have you ever been to Coney Island?

Sugar & Spice

The heat in NY has been unreal the past two days. This humidity is cutting my patience like never before, which is then making me a bit too frustrated about little things I should never be angry about. So this is a reminder to me and anyone else who may need it this week: be sweet.

Breakfast Rules

 

 

I was reading the editor’s note for the July issue of Travel + Leisure, and they were discussing the differences between restaurants in Slovenia and NYC (stick with me on this). She said Slovenia was a “place where you will not find cell phones arrayed on restaurant table ‘like interactive bread plates’- a reality of dining in New York. ” Such a nice turn of phrase to describe a constant problem.

 

One of my friends told me the other day that he and his roommate do “phone free breakfast.” They turn off both of their phones for about 2 hours, or however long breakfast takes. This sounds wonderful to me- I’m tired of everyone checking their phones every couple of seconds, not enjoying what they’re doing as they text/tweet/instagram/etc. I’m guilty of it too- but I’m ready to stop documenting the moment and just be in the moment. Can you imagine ever turning your phone off for a meal, or asking your friends to?

Would you do it?

 Image found on bkfst, originally from Hungry Ghost Food + Travel.

Review: Five Points

I’m not the biggest girl for celebrity recommendations, but when Aziz Ansari recs his favorite brunch place in NYC, that’s just a place you have to try. As such, my friends and I found ourselves at Five Points last week for a big Fourth of July brunch before other festivities.

The service was slow but in that lazy, leisurely way- the lets just sit and talk and drink and laugh kind of morning (case in point, our brunch lasted about 2.5 hours). To caveat, a lot of this may have had to do with the holiday, as the bar was definitely backed up with too many drink orders.

I had heard amazing things about the lemon ricotta pancakes but they sadly weren’t serving them. I ordered the chocolate french toast instead and it wasn’t my favorite- I may be too used to thick brioche french toast, and this was a thinner bread that got a bit too soggy. Aside from a few bites packed with cocoa, there wasn’t much chocolate taste either. I tried my friend’s huevo rancheros, however, and wow- absolutely delicious. As were the fries. Which means this place is definitely worth a second visit and soon.

Pinterest Picks: Red, White and Blue Breakfast

Fourth of July falls on such an odd day this year- I’m not sure anyone really knows what to do (at least, those of us with only Wednesday off). Luckily there’s a bright side; will July 4th celebrations spill out until the weekend? I hope so. If they do, I’ve rounded up some great red, white and blue breakfast options from Pinterest to last you through the week.

1.  Blueberry Muffin Bread   2.  Baked Raspberry Pancake 3. Blueberry Muffin Cookies 4. Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast 5.  Lemon Pancakes with Yogurt + Berries

Recipe: Butterscotch Bread

butterscotch chips

A few years ago, I spent a long weekend in Belgium while I was living in Germany.  Like most people visiting Belgium, I averaged about two waffles a day (which might not actually be like most people).  Piled with strawberries and pears, dripping with chocolate, dusted with powdered sugar, all on top of crispy waffles-  amazing.

On my last day in Bruges, we had enough time to eat one more waffle before catching our train back home. I randomly choose a butterscotch-drenched waffle… and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Butterscotch is highly underestimated, and I’ve been craving a way to use it.

Enter butterscotch bread. I adapted the recipe from a traditional quick bread recipe (original here). It’s sweet without being overpowering.  Even after the finished loaves were wrapped up, they still had the softest, butterscotch syrupy smell.

freshly baked view from above

fresh cut bread

Butterscotch Bread

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups miniature butterscotch chips
  • .5 cups butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Melt 1 cup butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl, let cool. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and cooled butterscotch; mix well. Add applesauce and vanilla; set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the remaining butterscotch chips.

Spoon into four greased 5 and 3/4 inch x 3 inch x 2 in loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Review: Jack’s Wife Freda

I’ve been seeing a lot of praise for Jack’s Wife Freda lately and couldn’t wait try it this past weekend.

The owners met while working at Balthazar so they say the inside has a similar vibe; I never actually made it indoors (too nice out!) We ate at the little tables outside, just enough sun and a great breeze.  I ordered the rosewater waffle with Lebanese yogurt and honey syrup. I didn’t really  know what to expect flavorwise- the honey syrup was thin but delicious, the yogurt tangy but not as thick as Greek yogurt- but everything just fit together.

The food is cheap, but one thing I saw on Yelp reviews and in real life is that the service is a bit slow. Make sure you’re not in a hurry for your check and clear your morning before you go.

Watermelon

There are things that I wanted to post this week but just haven’t had a chance. Work has been a bit hectic, and combined with the crazy NY heatwave,  my body has had enough of computer screens. There’s always next week — and a watermelon slice instead.

I’m thinking of hitting the beach this weekend (ie. mission stay cool at all costs). Happy weekend.