We would like to share with you the delicious branch we had today at Pillow Cafe’ in Brooklyn.
We had an AVOCADO & LOX SCRAMBLE a really tasty combo of two scrambled eggs, avocado, lox & cheese. served with a side salad &toast, and their superb BLT sandwich made with bacon, lettuce & tomatoes on ciabatta bread with chipotle mayo.
“Located in the heart of Clinton hill, Brooklyn, Pillow Cafe-Lounge serves fresh, delicious sandwiches, salads and an amazing brunch. Come and relax in our cozy dining room or enjoy a frozen margarita in our beautiful herb garden. Happy hour daily from 4pm-8pm. We serve breakfast everyday!”
When you’re in the most culturally diverse part of Brooklyn, and to be precise on Flatbush Ave, you will not be able to miss, even if you want to, the variety of take away food available. Most of the joints are representing on this always busy street in Leffert Gardens what the cuisine of the West Indies have to offer. We love Jamaican cuisine, so on our way home we stopped at Peppa’s you can read more on this lovely spot on this article featured on the New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/peppas-jerk-chicken
Our afternoon was on a sweet note with a stop in probably one of the best doughnuts shop in New York City : Dough on LaFayette Ave in BedStuy.
A little and cozy shop with a handmade feel, Dough makes some yeast doughnuts, with some interesting and new glazes: dulce de leche with toasted almonds, chocolate with cacao nibs, a bright red hibiscus with hibiscus flowers and a sticky salted caramel.
Today’s lunch was a stop by another classic, the old-school fast food chain White Castle, famously known for the “Sliders” those tiny sandwiches small just in size as are they are in fact delicious. Is still a fast food chain but if you ask as they’re good!
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We were in the mood for a burger today! We wanted something quick, but we did not want to settle for something already on the menu, so we decided to try Smashburger at their Gateway Mall location in Brooklyn.
The shop is really cozy and there are few interesting option especially if you decide to go with the “Create your own” option, were you can choose your meat, your bun, sauces, cheeses and so forth.
We had a beef large burger, in a pretzel bun with pepperjack cheese, mayo and guacamole and a chicken burger served in a chipotle bun with fresh avocado, cheese and the house sauce called Smashsauce. Both burgers served with fries, one of the two were seasoned with herbs and olive oil, quite interesting. A good and yet quick dining experience, we reccomend you’ll give them a try if you happen to be in that area of BK.
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These two dishes are other two more must have for us, two more home made dishes that we can’t pass on while we’re staying in Brooklyn, two simple, flavor boasting dishes that have that West Indies touch that we love.
Roasted Beef with gravy cooked down with spices, potatoes and fresh thyme, until the meat is moist and tender, we enjoy ours served with a fresh tomato slice on two warm slices of Jamaican “end-bread”. Will not give it enough credit if I’ll say I’ve made me a beef sandwich but you got the idea : amazingly good.
The other one is usually served as breakfast but we often enjoy it as brunch or an early afternoon meal if we’re on the go. Super-hot smoked sausages cooked with onions, tomato and ketchup ( yes ketchup!), this dish has so many shades of flavor is unbelievable, the heat and the spices from the sausages, the velvety and fresh flavor of the onions and the tomatoes and the unbeatable sweetness coming from the ketchup making this dish almost sweet and sour but also hot and spicy at the same time. This goodness served along with some fried plantains that are a staple in the Jamaican cooking.
Good morning friends! It’s morning, it’s brakfast time. It would not be proper start of our day here in Brooklyn without a flavors boasting Jamaican style home cooked breakfast.
Please do not get mad at me, I do not like Saltfish, which is commonly cooked with this amazing vegetable that It’s really hard to come by in Europe: Ackee. The fruit was imported to Jamaica from West Africa in the early 16th century. Since then it has become a major feature of various Caribbean cuisines, and is also cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas elsewhere around the world.
Although native to West Africa, the use of Ackee in food is especially prominent in Jamaican cuisine. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica, and ackee and saltfish is the national dish ( hence I had to clarify that I am not a big fan of Saltfish) that said we love to cook this amazing ingredient with bacon, onions, and some freshly grounded spices and herbs, without missing on some fresh thyme.
We served the Ackee and bacon with some cooked down spinach and some fried dumplings. The perfect combo to start our day.
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