Ovenly

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I love sweets, and that certainly includes pastries. I’m no stranger to the name Ovenly, but I hadn’t yet tried their goods, until now. I visited their flagship store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

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Their shop is bright, airy and welcoming, where you can take your things to go, or have a seat at their cafe tables to enjoy your treats. They’ve been on lots of “best of” lists for their cookies, so, I knew I definitely had to try some. They also offer an array of items from scones, to cupcakes, and brownies. 

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I tried two of their cookies, the first was one of their staple, most popular items, their Salted Chocolate Chip. First off, vegans, this one’s for you. Yes, it’s vegan. Now, I’ve had some amazing vegan baked goods, where you’d never know the difference, and some, well, you could tell the difference. These cookies, you would never know they were vegan, and they’re delicious. They’re soft, buttery (even though it’s not animal butter), with large, gooey, chocolate chips. Its almost tastes like you’re eating cookie dough, focusing on a soft baked cookie rather than a crisp one. Then, you have large, coarse granules of salt on the top for that salty/sweet combination to bring out the flavors. 

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Next, I had their Salted Peanut Butter, which is gluten free. Again, you’d never know the difference. This cookie is also soft baked, and it’s rich in peanut butter taste, with real peanut flavor and none of that artificial taste. You even get some of that peanut texture in the cookie, and the rest melts in your mouth.

The Shorts:
Name: Ovenly
Location: 31 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, they have a few other items I’d love to try, but just didn’t have enough room in my stomach at the time.
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s a really quaint, homey shop, and there’s a park just steps away with a view of the river and Manhattan. So, grab a cookie and a view, and you’re all set. 

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Jack’s Wife Freda

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When restaurants are first come first serve, I usually don’t have the patience to wait very long when there’s a massive line. However, after a few years of this mentality, and meaning to try Jack’s Wife Freda, I finally took the plunge, and waited for brunch at their SoHo location. Seating is limited, as it’s a smaller, cozy restaurant, but they recently opened a second location, so, I figured that might take away a bit of the wait. Nope. This American-Mediterranean restaurant must be doing something right.

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To drink, I ordered their Cantaloupe Mimosa. I dislike traditional mimosas, since, I’m not a big orange juice fan. But, when someone can offer a good alternative, I’m on board. Why hasn’t anyone been offering a cantaloupe mimosa anywhere else? I really loved it, and it tasted just how you’d imagine, like champagne and cantaloupe, which, is delicious. 

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For my meal, I had the Mediterranean Breakfast (2 eggs any style, chopped salad, labne, avocado and pita bread). I love a Mediterranean Breakfast, and really enjoyed this one. It’s a pretty simple dish, but everything was prepared really nicely, and I especially liked the chopped salad, which had a really nice, clean flavor with a hint of citrus to add a little zing. 

The Shorts:
Name: Jack’s Wife Freda
Location: 224 Lafayette Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, but since I’ve already experienced the great wait, that is brunch, I’d love to go back to check out their dinner. 
Would I recommend it? If you’re going for brunch, like most places, unless you’re willing to wait 40mins-an hour, I’d show up on the earlier side or later side to avoid some of that waiting time. But, the vibe is really cozy, the service is great, and the food is really tasty.