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Levon's Obsessions

A gal whose obsessions lie within fat, sugar, carbs, caffeine, and beverages that could strengthen the heart or seal up a womb.

Archive for the tag “Brooklyn”

Nas has an itch for a “Sweet Chick”? Why didn’t he call me??..

What can’t Mr. Nasir Jones do??… A man of my heart.. Gorgeous, smart, and interested in food..

Sweet Chicks Chicken & Waffle Joint, Brooklyn

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Sweet Chick in New York City.
Photo from – LEVI FELDER, Billboard Magazine

 

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The Best Mexican Food in Brooklyn.. Tepango

Brooklyn is full of surprises, and Tepango Taqueira is no exception. I didn’t know this little Clinton Hill corner diamond on Myrtle and Classon had this kind of remarkable cuisine tucked inside. ‘Never judge a book by its cover’ in this instance certainly still holds true. Stopping in for some quick mexican food before Brooklyn Tap House and running out on the sandwich I ordered at the gas station was by far the best, trifling decision I ever made. The previous gas station shenanigans across the street is for another entry..

That’s neither here nor there. The focus should be on the Tepango treasures I devoured before Tap House….
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The Tacos Bistec and the Quesadillas Con Carne were insane.  Flavorful, with unquestionably fresh ingredients, I couldn’t have asked for better results to an impulsive, last minute decision. It was perfect and divine.  In my previous travels, I have had some really incredible mexican food.  Mainly in LA and Dallas.  I have to say, never would I have expected Texas and California style authentic Mexican food to be attainable in ‘err uh Brooklyn.  Well it is, and it most certainly gets my Obsessionista stamp of approval.  So next time you’re in Clinton Hill, be sure to stop by.  Thank me later.. oh and, stay away from the gas station across the street.  Buen provecho!!

 

The Mac and Cheese Trophy

Even though baked macaroni and cheese has been popular over the last several decades, it has slowly reemerged as one of the most popular dishes in 2012. Almost like how sweet potatoes have been around for who knows how long, red velvet cake, etc but for some reason they are all the “new rave”. Well the same goes for mac n cheese. It is personally one of my favorite dishes and has been since my childhood days of standing against the counter with my little arm propped up, in total amazement over my mom effortlessly combining the perfect ingredients for a soul food/more traditional version of baked macaroni and cheese. I loved it then and I still to this day can appreciate a well cooked baked mac n cheese. I’ve tried just about every kind there is from the traditional soul food kind with cheddar cheese, egg, mustard powder, and heavy cream or milk, to the various gourmet versions consisting of Gouda, Brie, Fontina, Gruyere, Mozzarella, Swiss, you name it. To keep it short, I put together a list of some of my favorite mac n cheese dishes in the US. Truthfully, they are all equally amazing.  They really are.  However at the end of the day, someone has to take home the trophy. These are all dishes from various restaurants in Culver City, NYC (Harlem, Lower East Side, Brooklyn, and Chelsea) and Portland. Below in no particular order, are some of my favorite and most memorable macaroni and cheese experiences…

Rush Street in Culver City CA – Baked Mac and Cheese

Red Rooster in Harlem NY – Gouda, NY Cheddar and Comte Mac and Cheese

Sarita’s (S’MAC) in LES NY – Custom Mac and Cheese w. sausage, tomatoes, green onions, mushrooms and cheddar

Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NY – Bread Crumb Mac & Cheese with Smoked Chicken and Peas (Photo from Newyork.seriouseats.com)

The Cafeteria in Chelsea NY – Macaroni And Cheese Sampler w. Cheddar And Fontina, Smoked Gouda And Bacon, Buffalo Chicken, Blue Cheese and Truffle Oil (Photo by Wendy, Urbanspoon)

Stanford’s in Portland OR – Mac N’ Cheese – Gruyère, Swiss, Fontina, Cheddar, bacon (Photo from pechluck1.typepad.com)

So with all the delightful experiences with these wonderful mac and cheese dishes, varying in cheese and consistency, my mind still seems to gravitate towards one restaurant in particular when it comes to this popular dish.  The Cafeteria NYC is notorious for their mac n cheese, and rightfully so.  They offer one of the most innovative trios of macs.   However…… I would honestly have to say….  Brooklyn Bowl takes home the trophy.  They have always managed to put me in a state of jubilation whenever I eat their bread crumb mac n cheese with smoked chicken and peas.  They also give you the option of adding artichoke and black olives.  It is consistently good whenever I go, and it just puts me in a more pleasant state when the bill comes out.  The consistency is excellent, it is firm but not traditionally over firm, the cheeses are amazing and perfectly blended.  On top of that, the meat and vegetable options are a bonus and not overpowering.  When I order the mac n cheese from Brooklyn Bowl, I’m always happy to know my money was well spent on execution and not just presentation.  At the end of the day, this is the most important factor.  So the trophy goes to Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl for best baked macaroni and cheese.  I think my mom would like it.

Brooklyn Bowl Mac – The Winner (Photo from Mightysweet.com)

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