Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Flights to Berlin, Prague, and Krakow

Berlin

Berlin

Blu, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Berlin Wall sections, Berlin

Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

Stasi Museum, Berlin

Reichstag, Berlin

East Side Gallery (Berlin Wall), Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

Alias, Scheunenviertel, Berlin

Purse camera, Stasi Museum, Berlin

Stumbling stone, Scheunenviertel, Berlin

JR, Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Pergamon Altar, Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

Roasted goose, Blue Duckling, Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague

Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague

Prague

Dancing House (Nationale-Nederlanden building), Prague

St. Vitus's Cathedral, Prague

Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague

Old Town Square, Prague

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Eros Bendato (Eros Bound), Rynek Główny, Krakow

Cloth Hall, Rynek Główny, Krakow

Blu, Krakow

Kazimierz, Krakow

Remu'h Synagogue, Kazimierz, Krakow

Burger, Love Krove, Kazimierz, Krakow

Kazimierz, Krakow

Schindler's Factory / Historical Museum of the City of Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Chocolate cake, E. Wedel, Krakow
  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Milk & Cookies

Peanut butter cream-filled peanut cookies, Milk & Cookies

Ah, yes, our blog. We knew we were forgetting something as we huddled beneath blankets, venturing outside only to get necessary supplies, including several treats from Milk & Cookies Bakery in the West Village. Extreme weather of all kinds is so gosh-darn assertive, like a chatty four-year-old; in the presence of either, you can't do anything but give them your full attention.

While the self-selected melange of cookies (bottom photo) and peanut butter cream-filled peanut butter cookies (top photo) were all good, and provided much-needed calorie boosts during the most recent cold spell, the chocolate whoopie pie (second photo) was by far the best. Moist and cakey, with a layer of almost whipped cream cheese, with a refreshing hint of citrus zest, a whisper of nicer weather to come. Definitely worth seeking out, freezing temperatures or not. And there we go again. 

Chocolate whoopie pie, Milk & Cookies

Smores, chocolate chip, milk chocolate caramel, dark chocolate toffee, chocolate mint, and peanut butter chocolate cookies, Milk & Cookies
  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fargo at Nitehawk



Is there a better snowy weather movie than Fargo? The Shining is close, admittedly, and everyone loves tauntauns, but for our money the Coen brothers' Minnesotan masterpiece wins frame by frosty frame. We caught it again last weekend as part of Nitehawk's Coen Brothers series and were reminded of just how much humanism underlies the film's humor and horror, from the matter-of-fact treatment of Marge's pregnancy to Norm's gentle humility. Above all, though, is Marge's constant goodness, her unflagging effort to think of the best of the people around her, to protect their feelings and keep them warm against the surrounding cold.  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jinya

Spicy miso tonkotsu ramen, Jinya

As the city preps for another trip through the polar vortex, this time with upwards of a foot of snow, we find ourselves looking longingly at photos from a recent lunch at Jinya. A Tokyo-by-way-of-LA import with aspirations of franchising around the world, this ramen bar specializes in tonkotsu ramen, a porky broth that wants to "establish a record for most umami per milligram." 

The spicy miso tonkotsu (above) succeeded, especially after the ground pork was swirled with the hefty tablespoon of chili paste. And the chicken wonton ramen ate like chicken noodle soup or matzoh ball soup, not a surprise given its version of chicken dumplings and chicken broth. Speaking of broth, both were incredibly rich, incredibly creamy, and incredibly silky. If the city's terrible chill has you trapped in the Village, this restaurant is a good option for thawing. Otherwise, wait to visit until you can leave the house without your face freezing.   

Chicken wonton ramen, Jinya

Friday, January 17, 2014

Bee's Knees Baking Co.

Chai orange and raspberry white chocolate cake cups, Bee's Knees
 
These wee treats pack quite a bit of flavor into their diminutive packaging --- in our case,  moist, slightly spicy chai cake with orange and cream cheese frosting (at left) and sweet vanilla cake with raspberry jam and white chocolate frosting (at right). They're called "cake cups," and they're found at Bee's Knees Baking Co. in the Village, which seeks to bridge the gap between decadent desserts and portability. Go ahead, then, and have two. You'll probably burn off the calories just carrying them around.     

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