BESFREN

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Pastries. I love em. Like, a lot. I’ve tried them from lots of different countries and cultures. However, when it comes to Korean pastries, I really can’t say that I’ve had any. Korean savory food, of course, yes, and, I love it, but was unfamiliar with the Korean world of pastry. So, I needed to check out BESFREN in K-Town, NYC

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Along with their own in-house made classic Korean pastries, with a modern twist, you’ll find some classic pastry items like chocolate chip cookies, and items from local vendors.

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Now, these guys have been getting a lot of Insta-love for their Triple Chocolate Cookie, so, I had to see what all the hype was about. First off, it’s large and in charge, pretty much the only way I like my cookies. There are three variations of chocolate chunks, hence, the triple part. Now, the cookie is super delicious, but, I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s anything ground breaking, it tastes like a good chocolate chip cookie. What they got really right is the great consistency, the edges are slightly crisp, the center is soft and chewy, and the chocolate chunks are rich and melty. So, while it’s not the most unique thing there, for it’s size, at only $2.50, it’s certainly worth getting. 

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Then, I went with something more unique to the shop, I got their Jasmine Green Tea Roll Cake. Visually, it’s really pretty and definitely photogenic (because, in this age, if you didn’t take a picture of it, it never happened). The cake is super moist (terrible word) and somewhat spongy, with a light green tea flavor. The center is where you’ll get a much more rich and strong green tea flavor, with the consistency of a buttercream. All together, it’s lovely and delicious, and has a feeling of decadence, yet still light enough so that you can scarf down that mega cookie. 

The Shorts:
Name: BESFREN
Location: 315 5th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. It’s a great little spot to grab a coffee and pastry, with a hand full of cafe tables along floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Sweet treats and a view.
Would I recommend it? Yes. The items and flavors are unique, yet still very accessible, so it’s definitely worth a try. 

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Briarpatch

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I was down in Florida visiting for Mother’s Day (yup, I’m a nice daughter), and while my time was limited, my parents are always ok to tag along with me for some food stops. I also need to mention that it was in the mid 90’s, so it was 100% ice cream weather. So, I stopped by one of my childhood favorites, Briarpatch in Winter Park. 

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They’ve been operating for over 30 years, serving contemporary American fare and homemade ice creams with local, fresh ingredients. I’ve dined for brunch before, and the food is very good, but most times, I’m there for the ice cream.

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I ordered Bourbon Corn Flake. Their ice cream is really creamy and rich, but not very thick, more of a silky texture. It has a very light bourbon flavor, but just enough to give you the idea. There are also tiny little pieces of the corn flakes mixed in, but more of an added light flavor to the ice cream, almost like cereal milk. There were chunks of, what I think were, cookie pieces, potentially Snickerdoodle? I can’t be for certain, and probably should have asked, but was too excited to just eat my ice cream. Either way, it was delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: Briarpatch
Location: 252 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, I’ve been going for many years now, so, I think the answer is yes.
Would I recommend it? For sure. They have some very classic flavors, and then some more out of the box to choose from. Some are rotating, so, I can’t guarantee you can get them in the future, but there was also a Churro flavor ice cream that was a top contender for my choice.