Portuguese Desserts

Once you get away from Pastel de Nata you get some other cool things.  When I think French I think chocolate.  When I think Portuguese I am thinking egg, and this thing called a Brigadeiro.  Oh the sweetness will make you nuts.


The brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian dessert created in 1940. It is made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles covering the outside layer. The information regarding when and where the brigadeiro was invented is uncertain. Wikipedia

Main ingredients: Condensed milk, Chocolate, Butter, Cocoa solids
Serving temperature: Cold, Warm, Chilled, Hot
Alternative ingredients: Strawberry, Coconut, Cheese, Pistachio
Variations: Beijinho, Spoon Brigadeiro


Then you have all of this. Albeit is is much more expensive than the Pastel de Nata but sometimes you have to live a little.

Fish Cheeks–New York, NY

So I am writing way after the fact.  We went to this Thai place not far from NYU housing on the East Side.  It was in a narrow place with bright colors and a somewhat open kitchen.  (aside–I saw an open kitchen concept in Lisbon and it actually was nice up against wooden planks.  The back wall opened so you could view all the kitchen staff working.  It was a sleek aluminum wall and I could not remember if the opening was used as a pass through though.  It was a nice touch.)

We ordered a few dishes, (a large fish included) though I was almost nervous when they said small dishes.  In the end it was enough and it kept room for dessert.  There was a lot of coconut milk, spice, curry, and fish.  It was a good time.  So it was 7 of us and it was a family meal.

We will need to visit again.  Since our other find Pok Pok is Brooklyn is now closed we only have one Thai on the roster.


Until then, have a spicy time filled with coconut milk dreams!!


Comments on VIP Club New Rochelle NY

In the summer we attended a wedding at the VIP Club in New Rochelle.  It is a club with varied spaces, sun deck, downstairs outdoor area close to a fountain and large ballroom as well as parlor in the downstairs which has a high rollers club-ish feel.

The club is not super refined on the outside but in terms of the space for events it is nice.

The bathrooms can use an upgrade since the doors are like walking into an elementary school bathroom and small stalls

For some reason the valet did not offer to park out car–weird but okay

There was a hallway used as a cocktail area where everyone is herded together–a little intimidating if you do not know anyone  (don’t pass gas–yeah that would be hilarious).

Also here is a thought–shake things up  little. What about if they just make the cocktail hour food–the main food. I was totally full and would have rather then split it up into two sets.

Of course this was in no way reflective of the bride and groom.  It is totally a function of the facility an we have to pay for what we can afford and look at the overall feeling.


Me there–probably not but there are many options, just book early.


Until next time, party on!




Twirl Crepe -White Plains, NY

I recently visited Twirl Crepe with an old colleague of mine.

It seems like it could be fun and I think that they can make it something really good.   It is on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, NY.  It is reminiscent of Japanese food stores which have the plastic mock up of the offerings in the window.  So they managed to show 15 molds.

My friend had the Chicken Teriyaki.  I had the Thai Chicken w/ wasabi on the side.  They also had an orange sauce which in the end, I did not like as well as my daughter who refused to eat.  I also bought a banana and strawberry crepe for my daughter.  She ended up eating half and my husband ate the balance later.

So my Thai crepe was crunchy, had lettuce and was somewhat tasty but was not my favorite.  The Strawberry/banana crepe was great.  I think I will do that again or try anther one.  I accidentally ordered the regular instead of the mini.  So my total cost was 16 bucks.  I am a low budget person so I was hurting on the inside.



Look of place–

dark maroon interior (what is it with these dark colors for everything-dark wall, ceiling and tables (kind of old school))


There is seating for about 20 or so and there is an extremely small counter which they serve, take money and try to sell POS items.  It is an open kitchen and there are about 5 or 6 people working there-small space as well.  I mean it could be great hang out place and the food can be taken with you.  Walk while you eat! I dare not say drive while you eat, but it can be eaten by passengers in the car like a sandwich.  The bags are fun and make sense for food transport.  I will have to take my hubby there next time.

It is fun for a group of people, not too old, but people looking for something light on the run.  Lets see how long its lasts!!


I like it even though it felt dark and was not crowded.