NYC | Hi-Collar

Lunch for two with Greg on Wednesday afternoon. We met at the newly opened Hi-Collar (in the old Rai Rai Ken space on 10th Street). Super cute inside…all counter/bar seating with an extensive coffee menu. 

But first, lunch! Greg had the omurice, which was even better than the version at Hiroko’s Kitchen (though they don’t do Anpanman omurice ;).

I went with the pork katsu sandwich which came with a side of egg salad for “dipping.” I just smothered it over the top half of the sandwich, perfectly satisfying. Both entrees came with a little dish of potato salad

Now onto coffee!

Here’s the menu…

…we got the siphon with Tokyo-blend.

Ahhhhh. A good finish. Though I wish the tea menu was more extensive ^_^

Till next time!

NYC | Summer Sweets at Dominique Ansel Bakery

You remember the Spring Sweets at Dominique Ansel BakeryNow it’s time for the summer ones ^_^

Meet the Raspberry Cherry Beer Religieuse, complete with raspberry compote and Kriek Lambic (aka cherry beer) cream. I wish I could line-up every single religieuse created at the bakery (coconut-mango! blueberry! pistachio! uncle sam!) and devour them one by one.

Sherry Yard’s Strawberry Popover is part of Dominique’s third collaboration in their Pastry Chef Series. The first collaboration was a Raspberry Mint Passion Fruit Pavlova from Johnny Iuzzini and the second was a “Couronne” from Michael Laiskonis.

White Peach Blanc Manger alters layers of vanilla bean-milk pudding with sake-poached peaches. Don’t skip the almond sablé cookies. Super light, an excellent hot weather dessert. 

The Sunflower Tart is my favorite from the collection. Ripe and sweet apricots with lilikoi/passion fruit curd and a finish of Lior’s MishMish spice (which I like to sprinkle over yogurt for breakfast). 

Salted Lemon Tart features lemon curd and lime mousse. A sprinkle of fleur de sel and candied lemon confit to finish.

And look at this!! So cheerful. It’s the Will Cotton x Dominique Ansel Fraisier. Think classic strawberry cake with pistachio bavarois cream. Strawberries on top and little Mini Me meringues all around.