Bad Dawgs

Posted by on Nov 5, 2011 in New York Eats | 5 comments

Have you ever had a hot dog craving? But not just any hot dog. I’m talking about a hot dog that’s got so many toppings heaped up on it that you can’t even see the sausage anymore.  Bad Dawgs advertises itself as a store serving up “The Baddest Dawgs On The Planet!” with “Gourtmet Hot dogs and More…”, and true to their word they had plenty of different topping choices available.  The Border Collie Dawg (Do you even need to ask why we chose that?) was topped with chili, nacho cheese, raw white onions, real bacon bits, and jalapenos. It looked amazingly tasty and full of potential to clog arteries. The Chow Chow Dawg, topped with chili, lettuce, tomato, real bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce, looked slightly more healthy but still damn appetizing. Both of our bad dawgs came at a shocking $3.75, which is probably where the magic of advertising ‘gourmet’ hot dogs came into play. The hot dogs honestly weren’t all that bad. It was messy eating and finger-lickingly satisfying, but would I go back again? For nearly $4, probably not. Despite all the great toppings, the hot dog itself wasn’t anything special. You could easily purchase a pack at the grocery and then add your choice of toppings. If anything, I’d probably stick to 7-Eleven’s quarter pound hot dogs…and abuse the cheese and chili machines while I’m at it.   Then again, Bad Dawgs may very well find me returning for their loaded fries with a fork at the ready. Topped with chili, melted cheddar, bacon bits, and raw white onions for a grand total of $4.99. Still pretty pricey but mm-mmm good. Again, the fries weren’t anything spectacular and like the hot dogs, it was really the toppings that made it worthwhile. But if you’re in the Huntington area and too lazy to put together your own loaded fries and hot dogs…Bad Dawgs is the place to go. Best of all, you get a “Buy One Bad Dawg and Get One Bad Dawg Free!” card with your purchase. Well, that’s definitely one way to make sure you get people coming back. Find the nearest Bad Dawgs near you with their snazzy website. Bad Dawgs 44 Gerard Street Huntington, NY 11743 (631) 923-1201  ~ AJ ~ Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie...

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Village Creperie

Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 in New York Eats | 0 comments

The Village Creperie is the place to go if you’re hoping for “a unique European taste in Huntington”, or if you’re simply just craving some crepes and are in the Huntington area. This little cafe offers both sweet and savory crepes, as well as breakfast crepes – all with fancy French names such as the Parisien. On the side, they also have one or two soups of the day to choose from if you’re feeling the munchies for something warm. Of course, this means that we needed to get both a sweet and a savory crepe to taste the full selection.  The Picasso is a sweet crepe filled with honey, walnuts, and fresh bananas with a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top. Picasso himself was probably grinning from the grave when we emptied our wallets and shelled out $6.95. I was surprised at how thick the crepe was, having expected a thin and delicate crepe for a dessert. Though I was pretty happy with the choice of filling. Walnuts made for an interesting texture for the rest of the crepe while complimenting the other ingredients as well. It’s no wonder that baked goods like banana nut muffins are so popular. The stuff just tastes good together — ‘nanas an’ nuts that is.  Instead of getting an ‘official’ savory crepe, we made do with a breakfast crepe. A simple scrambled eggs and sausage which tallied up to $5.95. Like the sweet crepe, our breakfast crepe was also thicker than I’d thought it’d be but when compared to the Picasso, the Picasso’s crepe was definitely more on the delicate side…as a sweet crepe should be! I don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with good old egg and sausages, but it reminded me of hot pockets almost.  All in all, the crepes weren’t half bad though the price alone would make me hesitate to think of it as a regular joint to frequent. For an occasional snack to fulfill a craving? Sure. Check out the Village Creperie’s website here. Village Creperie 335 New York Avenue Huntington, NY 11743 (631) 423-3057 ~ AJ ~ Pictures taken and provided by AnnMarie...

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Yogurt Crazy

Posted by on Oct 8, 2011 in New York Eats | 3 comments

Like I said in last week’s post on Rita’s Italian Ice, frozen yogurt has become my thing lately and Yogurt Crazy’s crazy yogurts are a slightly healthier option than Rita’s Italian Ices…well, depending on your choice of toppings anyway. This cute little shop offers a plethora of different flavors that thoughtfully include choices that are nonfat, low-fat, or no sugar to suit their customer’s wide range of demands. With unique flavors such as Butter Brickle and Snickerdoodle, this is a place where you’ll be coming back again and again in order to try your hand at the endless combinations. Upon entering, the first thing you’ll notice are the yogurt bowls stacked right in front of the entrance. This is your cue to grab one and head for the yogurt machines to start filling them up. For those who are more health conscious, Yogurt Crazy makes sure to list all the nutritional information of each flavor for your convenience. You can literally be filling up your cup and feeling guilty at the same time, all while noting the amount of calories you’re about to ingest. Not to worry though, your tastebuds will soon be too happy to care.  After you’ve gotten your pick of flavors, turn around to be greeted by their toppings bar. The selection is almost intimidating at first sight. With fresh nuts and fruits, to an insane amount of different sweets and candy toppings, saying that it’s hard to choose what to arm your yogurt battalion with is an understatement. Finish it off with your choice of sauces, like the good old fashioned hot fudge or whipped cream. (Does whipped cream count as ‘sauce’?) So far, my favorite flavor is definitely the Peach Mango Tart. It’s light and pleasantly fruity, plus there’s mangoes in there and you just can’t go wrong with mango. You can’t really see it in the picture, but we also got Raspberry layered underneath the Peach Mango Tart. It was a bit on the tangier side with a bit more texture due to what I’m guessing to be teeny tiny ground up raspberry seeds, but I’d definitely get it again. Topped with some strawberries, mangoes, blueberries and mochi, our other yogurt wasn’t nearly as healthy with its sprinkling of Oreos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Though we still had some strawberries and mochi, that’s gotta count for something right? Yogurt Crazy’s selection of flavors are changed every few days, so it is quite possible to try out all of their flavors by visiting often. For me, they’ll most likely be staying on my ‘To-do’ list for quite a while due to the sheer amount of different flavors available. But someday, someday I will conquer Yogurt Crazy and their full course menu. I suppose the only downside to this place is that they charge by weight. Meaning the more you pile on, the more you’ll be shelling out of your wallet. Well worth the few extra bucks in my opinion. In fact, this place may very well have topped Red Mango in my book. What’s more, you get a little stamp card. “Purchase nine cups of frozen yogurt valued over $3.00 and receive $3.00 off the tenth yogurt purchase.” My advice? Bring friends and share the same stamp card. You’ll get to your tenth yogurt in no time. Check out your nearest Yogurt Crazy location here. ~ AJ ~ Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie...

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Rita’s Italian Ice

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in New York Eats | 3 comments

The last signs of warm summer are starting to fade away into cloudy and rainy days as fall approaches. Soon enough, we’ll be sipping from mugs of hot cocoa while snow falls outside and the holidays will be on us in no time. But before then, why not relish the last bits of summer while we can? How? What better way than enjoying something cold and fruity –  like a cup of delectable Italian ice! Italian ice has become my thing lately, along with frozen yogurt as healthier alternatives to ice cream (not that I could ever turn down ice cream…) and Rita’s Italian Ice has stolen the spotlight as my favorite go-to place. Not only is their Italian ice deliciously smooth and their flavors tantalizingly tasty, but what really makes Rita’s different is their custard. Rita’s serves their Italian ice with the option of adding custard to the top and bottom of the cup, nicely sandwiching the tangy (mango for me) ice in between creamy goodness. The custard is deliciously thick, almost like frozen cream without the oily aftertaste you get from devouring a mouthful of whipped cream. Yet it’s surprisingly not cloyingly sweet at all. I know that some people feel that sweets aren’t truly sweets unless they’re overwhelming sweet (Okay guys, let’s start counting how many times I can use the word ‘sweet’ in one sentence!), but I prefer lighter foods in general. After tasting Rita’s, no other Italian ice joint has been able to compare. Ralph’s Italian Ice across the street? They don’t stand a chance, both in flavor and service as well. Did I mention that the employees at Rita’s are always more than happy to help you? It’s no wonder that there’s always a line of customers outside their tiny little shack while Ralph’s sitting area is forever empty! Rita’s closes for the winter sometime in mid-October, so if you plan on trying them out there’s only a few more weeks left! They open again in the middle of March but just the thought of months without Rita’s…I think I better go and sate the craving before then! To find your nearest Rita’s, check out their website here. ~ AJ~ Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie...

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Shaved Ice in New York? Oh yea!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in New York Eats | 9 comments

Heyo all! Many of you who have experienced the magnificence of eating shaved ice or snow ice in Taiwan probably know what I’m talking about when I say it is almost impossible to find any good comparison in the States. For those confused out there, shaved ice is a common street dessert in Taiwan where you take finely shaved ice and put all sorts of crazy toppings on it. Snow ice is actually shaved frozen ice cream, and melts on your tongue like snowflakes. Yummmmm. Anyways, this is where Flushing, New York comes in. With such a large Asian population, you’re bound to find some good shaved ice right? No. Until now that is!! Recently, the New World Mall in Flushing opened up a new shop Snopo that sells snow ice. Woot! I must say, it’s pretty darn good if you’re craving some Taiwan flavor in your diet. Here’s the Golden Mango that my friend Yoonsun and I shared. I recommend bringing a friend, because this is HUGE! The generous lady kept heaping it on the plate, and when some fell off, she just added another scoop. I was a very happy girl. The Golden Mango comes with shaved mango snow ice, mango jelly, caramelized popcorn, peaches, and almond jelly. The snow ice itself was pretty good and smooth, unlike the rough crunchy ice that the other store (Ponju) in New World Mall had. My other friends shared a lychee one, which also looked delicious. Upon tasting however, I have to say I still personally prefer mango. Mango and I share a deep bond… =] That’s it for today! Hope you guys enjoyed this short post, definitely visit New World Mall if you guys are ever in Flushing. Please leave some feedback, and I love comments and subscribers! -Jas Photographs taken by Jasmine...

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