CHEESY: Easy Broccoli Quiche

CHEESY: Easy Broccoli Quiche

This past weekend we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. This holiday commemorates when G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai. For more on Shavuot click HERE.

It is customary to eat all dairy over the holiday. It was a cheese fest for sure!  I made my famous Mac and Cheese, my Mama’s Mascarpone Cheesecake and Easy Broccoli Quiche. Over the course of the weekend we hosted three couples for dinner. It was so nice to celebrate together, and to share these dishes with our close friends.

Recipes for Mac and Cheese and Mama’s Mascarpone Cheesecake coming soon!

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Ingredients:

Mrs. Smith’s Frozen Pie Crust, 1 crust

Frozen Broccoli Cuts, 1 bag, 16 ounces

Onion, ½ diced

Eggs, 2

Heavy Cream, 6 ounces

Sea Salt, to taste

Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“EVOO”), 1 tablespoon

Margarine, 2 tablespoons

Garlic, 1 clove, minced OR Garlic Powder, 1 teaspoon

Mozzarella Cheese, shredded, 8 ounces

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, crack the 2 eggs and whisk them.
  3. Slowly add the heavy cream and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  4. In your Le Creuset Skillet, sauté the onion in EVOO.
  5. Add the margarine to the skillet and allow to melt with the onion.
  6. Add the broccoli to the skillet and sauté until warmed through.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and mix for approximately 5-7 minutes.
  8. While the broccoli mixture is warming, bake the pie crust for 8 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and add broccoli mixture.
  10. Pour egg mixture over the broccoli mixture.  Then add the shredded cheese on top.
  11. Bake for 25 -30 minutes or until set. Broil for an additional 5 minutes on high to brown the cheese (optional).
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on your Baker’s Secret Wire Cooling Rack for 20 minutes.
  13. Enjoy! Serve with your favorite salad!

TRAVEL: Back in Boston aka Beantown

TRAVEL: Back in Beantown

Two weekends ago E and I ventured back up to Boston aka Beantown to celebrate our “engagement-aversary.” Yes…we like to celebrate all of our milestones. What inspired the trip up to Boston was the Beer Advocate Microbrew Invitational. As you know, E is REALLY into beer. When I found out about the Invitational and specific the breweries attending, I decided to surprise E with tickets! We took the opportunity to visit some of our old favorites as well as try a new place or two! The weather was perfect – not too hot, not too humid. We couldn’t have asked for a better engagement-aversary weekend!

Trillium Brewing Company

Because it is totally normal to be third in line at a brewery at 9:30AM…

Trillium has quickly become one of our favorite breweries in the Boston area. E truly enjoys their IPAs. Unfortunately they do not distribute outside of Boston so it is very hard for us to get our hands on their beer. We stayed by a friend in the Seaport district which is not very far from Trillium. We woke up early and walked over. We were so surprised by how short the line was! After only 30 minutes of waiting, we entered the brewery and placed our order. We selected six different bottles and then we were on our merry way! Off to get some food in our bellies pre-Invitational.

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Bon Me

One of my FAVORITE food trucks in Boston is Bon Me. Bon Me serves Vietnamese inspired food and drink. After the success of their food truck they were able to open several brick and mortar locations, one of which is located right in Fort Point. It is a short walk from the Seaport and down the block from Trillium. While we waited for Bon Me to open we sat by the Children’s Museum and the famous Hood Milk Bottle statue. It was so beautiful out, it was a pleasure to be outside.

Once inside, we ordered our favorites. For me that is the Roasted Soy and Paprika Tofu Brown Rice Bowl and for E that is the Chinese BBQ Pork Brown Rice Bowl.  We inhaled our food as it is always so tasty! Perfectly stuffed and ready to drink some beer!

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Beer Advocate Microbrew Invitational

BEER IS HERE. The Microbrew Invitational took place instead of the American Craft Beer Festival this year. The purpose of the Invitational was to showcase smaller breweries and their crafts. We were able to drink some of our favorites from Vermont as well as try a bunch of new smaller breweries from all over the country. Those that stood out include Fiddlehead Brewing from Shelburne, Vermont, J. Wakefield Brewing from Miami, Florida, Other Half Brewing from Brooklyn, New York, Hardywood Park from Richmond, Virginia and Earth Eagle Brewings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

My FAVORITE beer from the invitational was Haterade by J. Wakefield. It really tasted like Gatorade. It was strange yet delicious. E’s favorite was Hardywood Park’s Bourbon Gingerbread Stout. The bourbon and vanilla notes and overall drinkability really stood out to him.

In sum, the Invitational was well worth the time and money and was even better due to the fact that we were able to share it with friends!

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Dress: Jack Wills, Bag: Chloe, Watch: Freedom to Exist (Similar HERE), Sunglasses: Toms, Shoes: Adidas, Necklace: Helen Ficalora

Panza

We hadn’t been back to Panza since we moved down to New Jersey (almost) two years ago. We thought it would be nice to celebrate our engagement-aversary at our FAVORITE Italian restaurant in the North End. We made a reservation months in advance on Open Table (highly recommended) and were seated within 15 minutes of our arrival (actually pretty quickly for them). They seated us right in front by the windows – a PRIME location!

Of course we ordered all of our favorites. We shared the Burrata appetizer and it was just as creamy and delicious as we remembered it. For my main course I ordered the butternut squash tortelloni. Homemade tortelloni with butternut squash and a brown butter sage sauce. My mouth is watering just typing this! E ordered a chicken, pasta and prosciutto special that he devoured. It was so much food,  I actually had leftovers for lunch on Monday!

TRAVEL: Back in BeantownWe Took This Same Photo 6 Years Ago!

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Union Square Donuts at Boston Public Market

It wouldn’t be a trip to Boston without a stop for a donut. We didn’t have the time to venture over to the South End so we picked up a Union Square Strawberry Donut at the Boston Public Market in Haymarket. We decided to take my #agirlandherdonut photo in front of the “Dental Office” in the North End. We were always amused by the sign, and are even more so now that we have a picture of me eating a donut in front of it!

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Top: Jack Wills, Bag: Chloe, Watch: Freedom to Exist (Similar HERE)

La Sanghita Cafe

We stopped in East Boston on our way home to visit with a friend. She suggested we meet her at La Sanghita Cafe.  La Sanghita Cafe is a vegan restaurant that believes that food is medicine. To be honest, I was a little nervous but upon arrival, my nerves melted away. Everything smelled divine!

We were saving ourselves for lunch at Jack’s Abby Brewing (in Framingham) so we only had smoothies and cookies. Because you should always eat dessert first! I ordered the Revitalizer Smoothie with purified water, carrot, orange and ginger. It had a nice to kick from the ginger. I am going to try to replicate it at home soon!

Our friend said we couldn’t leave without trying one of their vegan chocolate chip cookies. Thank god we listened to her. They were AMAZING! Next time we need to eat lunch there as well!

TRAVEL: Back in BeantownThis Is What A Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Looks Like

Nail Polish: Essie

VEGGIES: Golden Hour in the Garden

VEGGIES: Golden Hour in the Garden

After work on Monday, around 6:15 PM, I wandered over to the garden to check on my plot. The sky was blue, the temperature was warm and the light was perfect!

It has been very warm here in New Jersey and I wanted to make sure my soil hadn’t dried out.  I don’t want any thirsty plants! I spotted a pesky groundhog scoping everything out. Not to worry, I scared him away just by walking by!

When I arrived, I was amazed by how quickly everything had grown! Just yesterday they were just seeds and baby seedlings. I now have more lettuce, kale, cabbage, mesclun, and arugula then I know what to do with. Good thing every gardener in the South Orange Community Garden donates 10% of their harvest to the food pantry!

It is only the beginning of June and I already have tomatoes and peppers blooming! It is so exciting to see my hard work pay off. And it is an even better feeling when we eat what I have grown. This week we have been enjoying salads galore!  I have FINALLY been using my OXO Good Grips Green Salad Spinner! All of this salad eating has forced us to experiment with some new dressings. I cannot wait to share them all with you!

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CELEBRATE: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

CELEBRATE: Father's Day Gift Ideas

CELEBRATE: Father's Day Gift IdeasOn the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park with Pops

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching (Sunday, June 19th)! There are only eleven days left to find that special gift for your Dad, Daddy, Pops, or Abba!  I always have a hard time finding something for my Father. I have been brainstorming over the last few days and these are the ideas I have come up with!

Cuff Links – I find that cuff links are a nice functional gift that can also be personal and thoughtful. They are no longer just another accessory. Cuff links come in a variety of different colors, designs, patterns and with many different logos. The ones currently on my list for my Father are these Custom Map Cuff Links, Scrabble Cuff Links from Etsy, and MLB Cuff Links or Star Wars Cuff Links from Cufflinks.com. Use the code DAPPERDAD for 15% off on Cufflinks.com!

Watch – I have recently fallen in love with Freedom to Exist watches. They successfully launched and funded a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for their new 40 Edition watch. It has a larger face than the 30 Edition and comes in a variety of colors. I want the Gun Metal and Black one for myself! What’s For Dinner Esq. readers get 30% off with the code WHATSFORDINNER30!

Sunglasses – Everyone needs a great pair of sunglasses for summer. We don’t want those harmful rays causing damage to our eyes.  Why not a buy a pair for your father? They have a great selection of Men’s Sunglasses at Warby Parker right now.  My personal favorites are the Madison, Haskell and Downing.

Wine Club Membership – Ever since visiting Napa last month (See: HERE and HERE) I have been OBSESSED with California and Napa wines.  The California Wine Club gives you the opportunity to try wines from all over California right at your own home! Start your California wine adventure and save 50% off your first 3 months!

Sock Panda – A monthly sock subscription is the gift that keeps on giving!  Sock Panda’s designs are so funky and fresh!  Sock Panda also has a charitable component.  For every new sock subscription (and renewal), Sock Panda donates a pair of socks to those in need! A way to make Dad feel special and help those less fortunate. I call that a win-win. Use the code DAD for 10% off!

A Good Book – There is nothing better then relaxing in bed on a Saturday afternoon with a good book. My Father and I are avid readers and big fans of John Grisham.  Mr. Grisham just came out the a new book called the Rogue Lawyer. If my he hasn’t read it already, this would be the perfect gift!

Volleyball – My Father plays volleyball every Sunday at Venice beach with his friends. It might be nice to buy him a new Wilson Volleyball!

Vinyl – Growing up my Father had an extensive collection of vinyl records. We grew up listening to them. Some of his favorites included Tea for the Tillerman, The Beatles Abbey Road, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. The list goes on and on. As a result, I am a vinyl aficionado! It would be nice to buy my Father a record of a newer band or one of his all time favorites that he just hasn’t been able to track down.

Framebridge – Framed photos always make the perfect gift. I love using Framebridge because they have a variety of frames to choose from, free shipping on all orders, the customer service is fantastic and they are very reasonably priced. And right now they are even more affordable! Use the code DAD10 for $10 off (valid through June 12, 2016). In order to guarantee delivery in time for Father’s Day you MUST place your order before midnight on June 12, 2016.

Coasters – Watching sports on TV and drinking a beer.  But where does that beer go? Not directly onto the coffee table… Your Father definitely needs a coaster for that beer! I love these NFL Football Coasters. They are made from NFL football leather. How cool is that??

I  hope my research has been helpful. Good luck finding the perfect gift for your Father!

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part I – Bangkok

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

E and I are coming up on our 4 year wedding anniversary in August, which means the 4 year anniversary of our honeymoon is fast approaching! We visited Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui) and Cambodia (Siem Reap). I researched the trip for MONTHS. Our itinerary was 16 pages!

Now, almost 4 years later, we still have friends who ask for the itinerary. I thought it would be easier (and more fun) to blog about the trip. There will a total of four posts; one for each city we stayed in!

And away we go!

Getting There

We flew a combination of ANA and United to Thailand. There was no direct flight available from JFK to Bangkok so we flew ANA to Narita and then United to Bangkok. It was a LONG flight. 14 hours to Narita and then another 7 hours to Bangkok. We stayed overnight in Narita and even managed to squeeze in a little touring!

The service on ANA was MUCH better then on United. When the ANA flight attendants found out we were on our honeymoon, they brought over a bottle of wine and bag of special snacks. It was so sweet! No such luck on United.

When we finally arrived, we deliriously sleepy so we hopped in a cab to our hotel, the Sukhothai Bangkok.

Where to Stay: Bangkok

Sukhothai Bangkok

We stayed at the Sukhothai Bangkok at the suggestion of friends who had stayed there on their honeymoon. It is gorgeous! Upon arrival, they offered us the opportunity to upgrade our room. It being our first hotel on our honeymoon, we said why not?! We were so happy we did! Our room was HUGE!

They have a pillow menu and they put a little silk elephant on your bed. Our package came with breakfast which was pretty extensive. They had everything you could have wanted and more! There was a selection of Japanese, Thai, American and British cuisines. I started each morning with an omelet, a pretzel roll and a salad. They also had a variety of fresh squeezed fruit juice. After breakfast, I was full for HOURS!

The service at the hotel was excellent as well. Upon our arrival in our room, we had a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a bottle of champagne and a handwritten personalized note welcoming us to the hotel and congratulating us on our marriage waiting for us. It is personalized touches like this that really made our stay so enjoyable. The staff were very knowledgeable and were able to help us navigate Bangkok quite successfully. We would definitely stay here again!

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

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TRAVEL: Thailand, Part I - Bangkok

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TRAVEL: Thailand, Part I - Bangkok

Le Bua at State Tower

We flew in and out of Bangkok so on both ends of the trip we stayed overnight. At the back end we stayed at the Le Bua at State Tower, aka the hotel from The Hangover Part II. As big fans of the Hangover movies, we were really excited. Unfortunately, the service was not what we were expecting. While all other hotels made an effort to acknowledge our honeymoon, the Le Bua did very little. On the bright side, the Le Bua has a delicious breakfast (including fresh sushi flown in from Japan and some of the best pretzel rolls I have EVER eaten), amazing views and is conveniently located near the water.

On New Year’s Eve, we had a SPECTACULAR view of the fireworks display over the Chao Phraya River. If I was able to find an affordable room at the Le Bua, I would stay again but I wouldn’t pay a premium to do so.

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What to See/Do: Bangkok

Ride a Tuk Tuk

Riding in a Tuk Tuk is the easiest and cheapest way to get around Thailand. We had never been in one before, so our first ride, the evening we arrived in Bangkok, was a bit of an experience. The drivers drive RIDICULOUSLY fast! It is like riding in a New York City taxi without any windows and doors! I wish I could find the video we filmed of our first experience.

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

The Grand Palace

On our first day in Bangkok, we set out to see all of the sites! Our first stop was the Grand Palace. Even though the temperatures were in the 90’s we made sure to dress appropriately for our visit. Both men and women must wear long pants and have their shoulders covered. Don’t worry if you forget. For a small fee, you can rent a pair of long pants or a shawl at the front entrance. When you make it inside the gates, you will enter one of two lines. One for locals and one for foreigners. We found the signs amusing so of course E posed near one.

The opulence and grandeur of the Grand Palace was second to none. Everything was plated in gold and gemstones. The floral offerings left for the many buddhas were plenty and beautiful. We brought Phu along for the ride and photographed him all around the Palace.

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TRAVEL: Thailand, Part I - Bangkok

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Wat Po (The Reclining Buddha)

After the Grand Palace, we wandered over to Wat Po. We could’t wait to see the Reclining Buddha in all of its glory.  It was even more impressive in person! It spans an ENTIRE building and is covered in gold. Stunning!

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

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TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

Wat Indra Viharn (Big Buddha)

At the suggestion of our hotel concierge, we visited the Big Buddha. You have to take a tuk tuk to get there. We could see it on our approach from miles away! It clocks in at 32 meters high. It is HUGE!

TRAVEL: Thailand - Part I, Bangkok

Ride a Boat Up the River

First, we accidentally ended up on a pirate ship! And when I say a pirate ship, I mean not a government boat. While we spent more then we wanted to, it ended up being a lot of fun. It transported us to our desired location, and all the while we enjoyed the amazing views!

We learned our lesson the second time around and hopped on a government boat. The government boats are more like ferrys.  It was inexpensive and functional but not as much of an experience.

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

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TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) at Sunset

May Kaidee Vegetarian Cooking Class

E and I LOVE Thai food. When I first started researching for the honeymoon I learned that there were cooking classes available. I found May Kaidee’s Vegetarian Cooking Class and immediately signed us up! What better place to learn how to cook Thai food than in Thailand?!   One important note: DO NOT EAT BEFORE YOU ATTEND THE CLASS. You will be eating while cooking and you will need lots of stomach room!

When we arrived, we were greeted by May Kaidee herself! She handed us our aprons and bandanas and off we went! Don’t you love our spiffy outfits? We learned how to cook the following dishes: Tom Yum Soup, Tom Kha Soup, Issan Vegetables, Fried Vegetables with Ginger and Cashew Nuts, Pad Thai, Peanut Sauce, Masaman Curry and Green Curry. Each dish was more flavorful than the next.

We truly learned how to cook each and every dish from start to finish. We learned about each of the ingredients and how they all worked together to create cohesive flavors. We had such a great time! We have made the Pad Thai at home a couple of times with delicious results.

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1

Where to Eat: Bangkok

Street Food

We ate street food EVERYWHERE in Bangkok. We ate some of the best pad thai we have EVER had at street stalls. The ingredients were fresh and the flavors were authentic. Other street food items we throughly enjoyed were sticky rice with mango, street curry, fried rice, chicken balls, and other food made fresh to order. The list goes on and on.  We had been warned ahead of time to bring Imodium, which we did, but we didn’t use it once! We didn’t eat any durian though. You could smell it from a mile away! We only took photographs next to it.

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Where to Shop: Bangkok

Jim Thompson Silk

We had planned to stop at the  Jim Thompson House but didn’t have enough time in the end. We did, however, make a stop into their store at the Paragon Mall (Siam Paragon). Jim Thompson was an American businessman who helped revitalise the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s.  While I don’t have any photos of the store, it is MUST SHOP! The colors and patterns of the silks are GORGEOUS. I walked out with two beautiful scarves. I couldn’t resist!

Universal Tailors

Before we left for Thailand, many of E’s friends had suggested we visit a Thai tailor to have him fitted for a custom suit. After a lot of research, we settled on Universal Tailors. Universal Tailors is owned and operated by Ronnie Singh. I reached out to him before we left for our trip and arranged an appointment. The shop was conveniently located a short tuk tuk ride away from the Sukhothai Hotel. Ronnie had several suit and shirt patterns and colors for E to choose from, and was very knowledgeable about what would look best together. He even made two custom fitted dresses for me!  We met again with Ronnie in New York City last year and ordered even more shirts for E, as he tours around several major US cities once each year to meet with clients.

TRAVEL: Thailand, Part 1E Looking Spiffy

NEXT TIME: Siem Reap, Cambodia

VEGGIES: Cauliflower Fried Rice

VEGGIES: Cauliflower Fried Rice

I love carbs. All of the carbs. But they aren’t very good for me. Except for the donut ones of course…

We have been trying to cut carbs out of our diet where we can. An easy way to do that is to completely eliminate rice. I have been able to do so since we found Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower. I now understand the CRAZE!

We had been craving Asian cuisine so I made Cauliflower Fried Rice! It is chock full of vegetables and so easy to make.

VEGGIES: Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ingredients:

Trader Joe’s Frozen Riced Cauliflower, 1 bag

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“EVOO”), 3 tablespoons

Zucchini, 1, cubed

Baby Carrots, 6, diced

Onion, 1 small, diced

Garlic, 1 large clove, minced

Egg, 1, whisked

Soy Sauce, 1/2 cup

Trader Joe’s Sesame Oil, 1 tablespoon

Garlic Powder, 1 teaspoon

Directions:

  1. Prep all of the vegetables.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic powder. Whisk together and set aside.
  3. Heat Le Creuset Skillet on the stovetop at medium heat. Add the EVOO.
  4. Once the EVOO is shimmering, add the onion and garlic. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  5. Add the carrots and zucchini. Sauté until slightly softened.
  6. Slowly add the riced cauliflower to the skillet. Once all of the larger pieces have broken apart, add the sauce to the skillet.
  7. Mix until fully combined.
  8. Push everything to one side of the skillet. Pour the egg on the empty side.
  9. Allow the egg to cook through. Once cooked, mix everything together until everything is evenly distributed.
  10. Serve immediately!

CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016

CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016

Happy National Donut Day!

My FAVORITE day of the year (after my birthday of course)! I have chosen to celebrate by sharing two new New York City donut establishments with you! And by sharing some special #agirlandherdonut blooper photos. E always gets a few horrible photos of me mid-bite!

Let the donut celebrations begin!

The Doughnut Project – New York, NY

Over the weekend E and I made our way downtown to The Doughnut Project. Ever since their big win at Donut Fest NYC, I have been DYING to try them. They did not disappoint!

The Doughnut Project does not shy away from new and different flavor combinations. In fact, they are famous for their Beet and Ricotta donut (aka Those Beetz Are Dope). Sounds delicious! Unfortunately, E hates beets (probably more than he hates mushrooms). Since we were sharing the donut we decided on something we both could enjoy, an Olive Oil and Black Pepper Donut (aka The Bronx).  We both are HUGE fans of Olive Oil Cake.  The olive oil used for the donut is locally sourced from Oliviers & Co.  The donut was perfectly fried.  Light and fluffy, just the way I like it. The pepper was subtle. It was unexpectedly delicious!

We were speaking with the owner and she mentioned that they had a special collaboration with Angry Orchard Cider planned for National Donut Day. I wish we could be in NYC to try it! We will definitely be visiting again soon!

CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016

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Underwest Donuts – New York, NY

THIS DONUT SHOP IS IN A CAR WASH, PEOPLE. Need I say more? Well, even if I don’t, I will.

I somehow convinced my father in law to stop at Underwest Donuts on our way out of New York City this weekend. I MUST remember how I did that for the future…

Underwest is right on the Westside Highway inside of a car wash. Definitely an interesting place for a donut shop! It is also directly across the highway from the Intrepid Museum. Because it was Memorial Day there was nowhere to park, so I quickly ran in to grab a few donuts. Underwest makes artisanal cake donuts. I was overwhelmed by how many different flavors they had.

I settled on the Car Wash (vanilla lavender), Matcha Green Tea and Blueberry Thyme donuts. Three donuts for four people. That seemed like enough.

When we arrived back in New Jersey, it was time for a taste test! I started with the Car Wash donut and it was AMAZING. The vanilla and lavender both come through without overwhelming my palette. Next we tried the Blueberry Thyme donut. It had a piece of candied lemon on top which we all thought was unnecessary. The donut itself was delicious. The blueberry was present and the thyme was subtly there as well. I was NOT a fan of the Matcha Green Tea donut. It had a chalky taste to me.  E loved it! To each their own.

I can’t wait to see what other interesting flavor combinations Underwest Donuts comes up with! I am sure they have something brilliant up there sleeves!

CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016Peace Out NYC. ‘Tis Time for Underwest Donuts!

Dress: Madewell (similar HERE)

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CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016

CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016Donut Glamour ShotsCELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016

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CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016

CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016How To Eat A Donut, By: #agirlandherdonut

And now for the donut bloopers… Because you can never take yourself too seriously!

CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016I Whip My Hair Back and Forth (Blackbird Doughnuts)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016Caught in the Act (Astro Doughnuts)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016Wait…You Are Still Taking Pictures?! (Underwest Donuts)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016Looking Like A Floridian Retiree (Blackbird Doughnuts)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016How To Eat A Duffun (Brownie Points Bakery)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016Stop It! Let Me Eat My Duffin in Peace (Brownie Points Bakery)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016That Is Just Unattractive (Purple Glaze)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016I Didn’t Say Go Yet! (Montclair Bread Company)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016My “I Am Trying To Act Cool While Eating A Donut” Face (Montclair Bread Company)CELEBRATE: National Donut Day 2016These Crunch Balls Are Interesting (Palmer’s Sweetery and Cafe)