Saturday, January 11, 2014

I'm back!

It feels good to finally post again. Wow, 7 months with no posts=tons of posts to catch up on.  I've been documenting my food journey all along and I'm excited to share all of the tasty meals I've consumed this past year.

First off, last week, I went on a food adventure with one of my closest friends around NYC looking for something noteworthy to blog about.  Let's just say that after many train rides, laughs in the rain, and quality food it was all worth it!!!!! (Right???)

We began the morning with a stop in Queens.  The purpose of the trek was to find the best Burek in town.  I had the Potato Burek Roll (She confirmed it was vegan).  We also sampled one of the desserts, which is called tulumbe.  Tulumbe is a very sweet Balkan type of dessert.  I was a bit skeptical about whether it had any egg or dairy, but the lady confirmed it was vegan friendly.
Potato Burek

Tulumbe to Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  There were two goals here.  A stop at DunWell Doughnuts and Champs Diner and Bakery.  DunWell is owned and operated by Christopher Hollowell and Dan Dunbar.  They are open from 7am-7pm Mon-Fri and 8am-7pm Sat-Sun.  The doughnuts at the shop are ever-changing, but flavors are posted inside.  In addition, updates are usually given on their twitter account.  

Winners of the Food Network Donut Showdown!

Hmmmm, with all of the flavors to choose from (Peanut Butter Jelly, Chocolate Peanut Drizzle, Coconut Cream, Cherry Pie, Black Walnut, Lemonade, Strawberry, Salted Caramel Pecan, Cinnamon Sugar, and Glazed) I finally settled on three flavors.

First up, traditional glazed donut.  I was quite surprised by the simplicity of this sweet donut.  After one bite, I knew I made the right choice.  It was moist and pillowy with just enough glaze to coat.  Well done DunWell!

I also liked the drop doughnut special of the day.  I think it was vanilla raspberry coconut, but I'm not sure.  This was a cake-like doughnut and it had the perfect balance of fruit flavor.

Whereas the glazed doughnut had a lovely texture, I didn't love the Cinnamon Sugar doughnut.  One reason could have been that I waited until the next day.  Even in a day, I think the freshness was lost because the sugar not as well coated.  I wouldn't go out of my way for this doughnut, but I would definitely come back for the glazed!

Cinnamon Sugar

My friend had ordered the Salted Caramel Pecan doughnut.  Pretty good, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
Salted Caramel Pecan

Our final stop on our food adventure was Champs Diner and Bakery.  You would think that we would pass on the desserts and you're right....we did, but I still managed to get a photo of that decadent dessert case.

Take a look at that huge Peanut Butter Cup on the bottom!

The line to get into the diner was very long (over 20 people), but we breezed inside to the counter for takeout.  After looking through the extensive menu, I finally settled on a side of Tofu Scramble, the Vegan Cubano Sandwich, and the Vegan Tofu Benedict, which you can see below.

Tofu Scramble

Cubano served with a side salad

Vegan Tofu Benedict

Close up

Well that wraps up our long filled Saturday from last week.  I just got back from our adventure today and you'll have to wait for the next post to see what we discovered!

1 comment:

  1. I'm horribly ashamed to say that I've never visited Queens, in all my years of living within the tri-state area. Oh, all the delicious adventures I've been missing out on for so many years! Even stops in Brooklyn has been few and far between. I'm dying to try Dun-Well in particular, so I really need to get motivated and start seeing the outer boroughs more often.