Cookshop

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This past weekend, I had brunch at Cookshop in Chelsea. With summer weather here, whether you sit outside at their outdoor patio, or inside in the airy, open, modern dining room, your experience will all pretty much be the same. Amazing. Their American cuisine is focused on humanely raised animals, support of local farmers and artisans, and seasonal availability of foods. 

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To start, I had their Grapefruit Brûlée (ruby red grapefruit, brown sugar, creme fraiche, mint). So, yeah, you gotta get this if you’re there for brunch. It’s the perfect, light starter, or, makes for a great, healthier dessert. The tartness of the grapefruit is cut from the crisp brown sugar and the whipped, creaminess of the slightly sweet creme fraiche. Everything goes so well together, and leaves you wanting some more. 

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For my entree, I ordered the  Frittata (roasted oyster mushrooms, stracciatella, basil-walnut pesto). This was another amazing dish. Served with a little bed of perfectly dressed mixed greens atop the eggs, this frittata was a slam dunk. The roasted oyster mushrooms were the star of the dish for me, tender and flavorful, and, when combined with the other components, each flavor and texture enhances the next. The stracciatella cheese marries the mushroom and the herby and nutty pesto so nicely, it’s a bit of a sad moment when it’s all gone. 

The Shorts: 
Name: Cookshop
Location: 156 Tenth Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. The food was incredible and the service was outstanding. 
Would I recommend it? I recommend it like dentists recommend brushing your teeth. And, the location is great too, right across the street from the High Line. So, have a fantastic meal, then take a walk along the High Line and enjoy what the view of the west side has to offer. 

Gourdough’s

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This week I’m in Austin, TX for SXSW. Sure, there are events, parties, music, but I’m most excited about the food. And one place that I’ve been looking forward to visiting was Gourdough’s. Their tagline, “Big. Fat. Doughnuts.”, is absolutely spot on. All of their doughnuts are made to order, frying up each doughnut fresh in their vintage Airstream Trailer. But their doughnuts aren’t just big and fat, they’re gratuitously loaded with unique and deliciously decadent toppings.

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I ordered the Funky Monkey (Grilled Bananas, Cream Cheese Icing with Brown Sugar). Sweet. Baby. Jesus. This was, without a doubt, one of the best doughnuts I’ve ever had before. For starters, this thing is huge, weighing in at probably about a pound. The dough is warm and pillowy and melts in your mouth. The cream cheese icing is rich, very sweet and completely amazing, becoming almost gooey when atop the warmness of the dough. Then, you have the bananas on top which are caramelized, sweet and creamy with a sprinkling of brown sugar, adding a little crunch. 

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The famous Gourdough and myself. Excited! 

The Shorts:
Name: Gourdough’s 
Location: 1503 South 1st Street, Austin, TX
The Long and Short: Would I go back? The next time I’m in Austin, you can bet everything you’ve got I’ll be going back!
Would I recommend it? I recommend showering on a regular basis, getting enough sleep, and going to eat one of these doughnuts.