Big Booty Bread Co.


If you’re in the mood for fresh baked goods, made from local ingredients, with a Latin flare, head to Big Booty Bread Co. in Chelsea. 


This former Wall Street trader comes from baking roots and decided to follow his passion and open up a bakery. Serving items from cupcakes and cookies, to empanadas, many of the items have a Latin influence to set them apart. 


Now, I’ve had their cupcakes before and really enjoy those, so, I went for something different. First, I got their Booty Bun (which, is just fun to say anyway). They have a few varieties to choose from (filled with chocolate, guava, or strawberry/cream cheese), but I went for the dulce de leche. The bun is eggy in flavor and pillowy soft.


Inside you have the dulce de leche, sweet and creamy. My only wish is that there was more inside.


Then, because who doesn’t love a brownie, I got their Cheesecake Brownie. Rich and chocolatey, and almost fudge-like. 

The Shorts:
Name: Big Booty Bread Co. 
Location: 261 West 23rd Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, an empanada is calling my name.
Would I recommend it? Yes, get your hands on their buns without anyone complaining. 



image (5)

While I was in Montreal, the best meal I had was, hands down, at Mezcla in The Village. This Nuevo Latino restaurant hit every mark. Upon entering, the restaurant had a warm and inviting ambiance, long, wooden tables and dim lighting. Not to mention, the service was impeccable the entire time.  

image (6)

Don’t expect fancy cocktails at this spot. Instead, take a look at the wine list, with plenty of wonderful Spanish wine options. For my meal, I chose two dishes. First, I went with the Ceviche Mixto, which is altered daily depending on the fresh catches of the day. I was served halibut, octopus and salmon. This dish was incredible. The pieces of fish were generous in size, plump, with perfect texture. It was served in a broth, loaded with flavorful hints of lime and a really nice spicy kick. I also loved the fact that the bowl was completely chilled. 

image (7)

To accompany the dish, there was a presentation of fried yuca chips, crunchy flash fried corn kernels and crispy sweet potato shreds. The idea is to add to the dish to create texture, but I chose to each the fish first and add all the crisp sides into the broth afterward to eat like a soup. I was pretty pleased with my decision. 

image (8)

Next, I had Cazuelita de Pulpo, an octopus dish. This was one of the most unique and delicious variations of octopus I’ve ever had. Served in a skillet, the octopus was generously glazed in a panca and maple sauce. The texture was tender, and took on almost a thick cut bacon or ham like quality (and taste too, actually). Incorporated in the dish were little dollops of, what I would describe as pesto and cashew puree, which were delicious. This was perfect to dip with the garnish of yuca chips on the top of the dish.

The Shorts:
Name: Mezcla
Location: 1251 Rue de Champlain, Montreal
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. In fact, I wish this restaurant existed where I live so I could go back sooner!
Would I recommend it? You shouldn’t even need to ask.