Doughnut Plant | New York City

Last summer, my boyfriend and I spent a day in the city with two of our best friends; a day of pure gluttony. We made sure that one of our stops was at The Doughnut Plant. Famous for their variety of doughnuts served fresh every day, The Doughnut Plant did not disappoint.
 

Naturally we had to try every doughnut that was being served that day… 8 doughnuts later, I think we were pretty satisfied.

There are three options to choose from:

1) Yeast doughnuts: which are super light and fluffy

2) Cake doughnuts: literally what it sounds like, a doughnut cake or pound cake

and

3) Filled doughnuts: we had strawberry jam, custard and creams inside some of the ones we tried

Every day there are new flavours and classics being sold. The line is usually out the door and you have to be on the ball if you want the Tres Leches because not only is it the best seller, but it’s practically sold out every time they decide to sell it. Unfortunately we were part of that majority who missed out that particular day.

All the yeast doughnuts were amazing - airy and tasty. For me, the cakey ones were not my cup of tea. Unless you’re looking for a meal in itself, then I'd make sure you take a bite out of a cake one. However, the filled doughnuts were to die for! Anything that is jam filled to begin with is a winner with me! (Yes, the key to my heart is jam filled anything, no joke.) I think what also made our experience was being able to walk a few blocks to Madison Square Park and enjoy them in front of the Flatiron building, where there is free seating along the streets.

All the ingredients are of the highest quality and are all natural, and apparently sometimes organic too! They make ALL of their jam fillings (no wonder they’re so darn delicious), and they only use ingredients when they’re in season.  You can read more about their menu here.

Mark, who basically took it on his own to continue his father’s legacy in baking, has made a huge success of his family. And it all started with Mark’s grandfather when he was baking at 16. Three generations in a family, working to create one dream; what an incredible story.  Staying true to family recipes, the Doughnut Plant is doing extremely well. Now there are four locations alone in New York City and 9 bakeries in Tokyo! Be sure to check their homepage on their website for specials.  Treat yourself to a doughnut. After all, it’s Friday!

Location: The Doughnut Plant at Hotel Chelsea in NYC
Food: Doughnuts
Made by: The Doughnut Plant

Enoteca Sociale

An absolute favourite. Italian, family styled dining is one of my favourites. I of course have to blog about Enoteca Sociale because a) it's definitely a number one of mine in Toronto and b) it's just so good! IMG_8637

Opened not long ago, this Enoteca has so many things working for them. They are welcoming, the service is superb and they know what they're talking about! Moreover, if you want to taste the best of italian food (or as close as you're going to get to it) with local produce, Sociale has it all. The menu has changed every time that I've been and has not failed me once. From antipastis like their house-cured meats, to their home-made pastas (which is a huge seller for me), everything is delicious.

The last time I went I got to enjoy bone marrow - decadent and so worth it - as well as various pasta dishes from spaghetti to ravioli... Pork chop was another entrée that I got to taste (simple dish but juicy nonetheless).IMG_8638

That evening, a sticky toffee pudding (the best in Toronto might I add), a lemon pudding, and a butter tart with a chocolate filling was offered on the menu.

I highly recommend Enetoca Sociale, but make sure you make reservations WELL in advanced (I usually book at least two weeks in advanced!) Enjoy!

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Truckeroo!

Well, who would have thought that I'd be lucky enough to experience a Truckeroo in DC. The first day of the festival, May 17th, was one of four days of the festival (the rest happen once in June, July, and August). The festival is comprised of many food trucks from the area and offer special menus or their signature dishes. The event took place at the Fairgrounds in Washington, DC. Being my first time visiting the capital of America, it was super cool to be a part of something that has been fairly new in the food world. Food trucks were never really a novelty, but now with social media and more fancy looking and appealing trucks, the food truck industry has rocketed sky-high. It's amazing how much dedication chefs put into making food in their trucks, prepping in a kitchen the day before or morning of. Serving many customers throughout the day and making them happy. The festival ran from 11am to 11pm - talk about a lot of prep to serve myself and many others! Now, the food trucks that I got to try were super tasty and a lot of fun to try. DC Empanadas was a delightful find (after doing some twitter research and reading reviews). They had a chili filled empanada and a specialty the WMD empanada. So good. The second truck was the Tapas truck -  spanish dishes that included corn fritters, and crispy calamari sticks over garlic fries. Lastly, Takorean was a very tasty twist on tacos. Kimchi and korean styled brisket were just a couple of the simple but delicious ways to make a Korean taco.

Overall, Truckeroo was a fun experience. Lots of people came out to have favourites or to try something new. It's a fun family event and the venue sold drinks separately (non-alcoholic and alcoholic). The next date for Truckeroo is June 14th! If you're in DC, be sure to go check it out! You can take a look at the website here where they will tell you everything you need to know and which trucks will be at each event.