Chefs in the City

In the last month, I’ve taken a bunch of day trips to New York City. Food related day trips 🙂

My friend‘s mother is just starting culinary school, so one of these trips was to get all of the various chef items she needed. We went to a chef outfit store filled with lots of those lovely checkered pants and heavy duty clogs.

While driving to our next destination, we found an Ess-A-Bagel. Of course we stopped, and my friend, her sister and I ran in to grab a dozen to take home. I’d never had a bagel from there before, but they were completely amazing, especially with the apple cinnamon cream cheese. Yum.

Our other stop was a chef warehouse: JB Prince. The walls were plastered with the business cards of all the restaurants and other food destinations that they service. Whoa.

They had pretty much every chef appliance that one could ever want. I picked out a few new pastry tips from their massive selection (one can NEVER have too many) and a doughnut pan! How is this not the coolest thing ever?

On our second trip, we visited Eataly, the Highline, and Chelsea Market with some family friends of ours. Eataly is one of my favorite food places to visit. If you like Italian food, you will adore this store. It’s stocked to the brim with all sorts of fresh made breads, home made pastas, fresh fruits, a gelateria (try the chocolate and the hazelnut together-its like eating Nutella), and so much more. It is well worth the visit!

We also visited the Highline, an old train track in Manhattan that has been renovated into a pedestrian walkway. It’s elevated above the city’s streets, and if you were driving past, you would never guess that there were grass and flowers growing above your head. Pretty cool.

Our last stop was at Chelsea Market, a really cool little food shopping center in Manhattan. There are lots of restaurants and bakeries, but it’s also the home of Food Network studios! We got dinner at a really yummy restaurant called Friedman’s Lunch (although they serve breakfast and dinner too). It’s all very local and organic, and the food was delicious. We also stopped at a little stand for some gelato on our way out.

New York is definitely foodie paradise, but after a visit, it’s always nice to step back to your own kitchen and whip up something tasty. These Blackberry-Lime Muffins are super fluffy, very easy, and the classic combination of blackberries and lime is always a hit.

Blackberry-Lime Muffins

Adapted from Simply Recipes

2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 eggs

1 cup of sour cream

1 teaspoon of milk

3 tablespoons of lime juice

1 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 1/2 cups of fresh blackberries

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners or spray the pan with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whist together the eggs, sour cream, milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, and lime juice.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together slightly, just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the blackberries, mixing slowly. The batter should be lumpy-just don’t overmix!

Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool slightly, then enjoy!



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