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Amuse Bouche: One Tough Cookie’s TOP 5 Cookies in NYC

Blog PostsBy Liza de Guia on Jun 7, 2013
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“I eat a lot of cookies. I KNOW cookies.” -Gail Dosik

For a little treat today, I thought it might be nice to hear from THE Tough Cookie about her favorite cookies in New York City. Enjoy hunting these down:

1: Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookie. Hands down, my favorite make myself feel better, reward myself, hey, I’m just walking past Jacques Torres’ place kind of cookie. It’s the right ratio of crisp/chewy, dough/chocolate chunks, sweet/salty.  And, it’s more than just 3 bites.  It’s practically a meal, if cookies were a meal, of course.  I vote this THE best chocolate chip cookie in NYC.

2. Beurre & Sel’s Classic Jammers.  I count myself among the legions of Dorie Greenspan fans, so I’m THRILLED that she and her son Josh now have a place where I can run and pick up a sleeve of her delightful jammers. A jammer is more than a cookie, it’s more like an individual fruit tart of sorts, with a crispy bottom cookie covered with delicious fruit jam and topped with a buttery streusel.

3. Bien Cuit’s Almond cookie. One of the most delicate, buttery, almondy, delicious tea cookies I’ve ever had. It reminds me of cookies that a family friend would bring us…Windmill cookies, but only 10x better. This sophisticated little gem deserves to be served alongside a lovely cup of freshly brewed tea, with each bite slowly savored.

4. Sarabeth’s Chocolate Chubbies. Chocolatey and nutty, not really a brownie, not really a cookie. And that suits me just fine.

5. Momofuku Milk Bar’s Corn Cookie. I know you thought I’d say Compost Cookie, but for me, the Corn Cookie is so different that I adore it. Sweet, but salty (best cookies are always sweet and a little salty), with a fantastic chewy texture.  It’s as though a really good corn muffin was turned into a cookie. Sheer perfection.

A Decorated Cookie You Won’t Want to Spit Out: One Tough Cookie

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Jun 3, 2013
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“My cookies are better than ordinary. It’s a decorated cookie an adult wants to eat.”

Meet Gail Dosik, the founder and cookie aficionado behind One Tough Cookie, a specialty, decorated cookie baking business based in New York City. Gail is a walking talking cookie library of sorts. Ask her anything about cookies, and she could talk to you for hours. She’s one of those people who has to know anything and everything about cookies. No cookies go unturned with her, if you ask me, and I think that’s why her cookies are so great. She does the research.

So, over 8 years ago, when she decided to launch her own decorated cookie company, after spending over 25 years in the fashion industry, you can bet she started with really high standards…for herself most of all. Gail explained to me that there really are only a handful of people in the city who do decorated cookies right, 5-6 well-known cookie makers of her pedigree. When I asked, then, what makes hers extra unique, she was quick to say that of all the decorated cookies out there, she knows her recipe “is the best” in flavor and texture. It’s a pretty cookie, you won’t spit out. In fact, you’ll eat the cookie and kinda nudge Gail for another, like me.

I had a hoot of a time filming with Gail, mostly because, I liked that she called me: Toots. You’ll love her not only because she’s got a healthy serving of New York sass, but also because she’s got a ton of heart. So enjoy the video! Have fun getting lost in cookie world.

To work with Gail to design your own personal cookie or “cookies on cake” for a loved one, for your kids, for an event or holiday, please visit her website One Tough Cookie.

Thanks so much for watching and supporting food. curated.! Happy cookie eating!

The Best Summer Treats: Joseph Leonard’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on May 16, 2013
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“A good fried chicken comes down to being seasoned all the way through the meat. Ours is more than an 11 herbs and spices recipe.”

Come see a behind-the-scenes peek into the prep work and concepts behind some of the unique foods offered at The Great GoogaMooga food and music festival this weekend in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Meet the cast at Joseph Leonard, a West Village neighborhood restaurant claiming to have perfected the fried chicken sandwich. This one’s got quite the crunch too. I hope you’re hungry… Enjoy! I’ll see you at the festival.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy eating!

The Best Summer Treats: Northern Spy Food’s Egg Begley, Jr

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on May 15, 2013
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“We’re planning on selling close to 3500 egg sandwiches in 3 days.”

Come see a behind-the-scenes peek into the prep work and concepts behind some of the unique foods offered at The Great GoogaMooga food and music festival this weekend in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Meet the cast at Northern Spy Food, a farm to table restaurant in the East Village, serving up a soft yolk packed, eggy chimichurri sandwich bomb for those looking for a delicious, meatless option. I hope you’re hungry… Enjoy!

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy eating!

The Best Summer Treats: Landhaus’ Bacon Sticks

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on May 14, 2013
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“I like to make food worth lining up for. It’s too much work to make food that’s just average.”

Come see a behind-the-scenes peek into the prep work and concepts behind some of the unique foods offered at The Great GoogaMooga food and music festival this weekend in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Meet the cast at Landhaus, a farm to sandwich operation in Brooklyn, serving up high-quality, herb infused, melt-in-your mouth, thick cut bacon on a stick. Enjoy! I hope you’re hungry…

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy eating!