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It’s almost Lunar New Year season! In just a few weeks, all Asian cultures can come together to celebrate Lunar New Year, which is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunar calendar. In Chinese culture, this entails giving out hong bao (red envelopes), watching CCTV with family, and lots of eating! Traditional foods include dumplings, spring rolls, and steamed chicken, hot pot, etc. Famous desserts include nian gaotang yuan (sesame rice balls), fa gao, and of course Thai Tea Choux Puffs.

image of thai tea choux puffs

These Bibble and Sip inspired choux aux craquelin, aka choux puffs, are PERFECT for the new year! They’re baked with a cookie layer that ‘cracks’ on the surface when baked, leaving an aesthetic, crunchy exterior. Hence the name choux au craquelin! The crunchy top, the soft airy pastry, and the deliciously rich Thai tea infused filling make for the ultimate dessert.

How to Make Choux Pastry

One of the key things I’ve learned from making choux is to use COLD WATER in the beginning and to cut the butter into cubes so that it melts faster. Next, add sugar and stir so that it dissolves completely BEFORE the water boils. Then, as soon as everything comes to a boil, immediately remove it from the heat and add all the flour at once (preferably sifted). Finally, mix and turn until there are no lumps and the dough is smooth. This is important if you don’t want cracked shells later!

If you followed these directions, then your dough should:

  • pull away cleanly from the sides of the pan
  • leave a thin film on the bottom of the pan
  • have no flour clumps

Important Step: EGGS

After your dough has been successfully made, transfer to another bowl and let cool. You don’t want to add the eggs while the dough is too hot as this can cook the eggs and may even make your choux eggy. While waiting for the dough to cool, I suggest whisking the eggs well in a bowl first before adding them to the dough. Whisking them beforehand ensures that you get an even distribution of egg white and yolks being added to the dough at all times.

When incorporating the eggs, your dough may separate and break into chunks. THIS IS OKAY. KEEP WHISKING!

You’ll know when the choux pastry is fully done when you get that signature ‘V’ shape. As a guide, when the spoon or whisk is lifted out of the dough, a ‘V‘ should be left hanging from the end of the spoon. This suggests that the mixture is just a bit thicker than the dropping consistency. If you have that, then you’ve now got yourself some beautiful choux pastry dough. Just pipe and bake!

image of thai tea choux puffs

  • Taste: ★★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★
  • Ingredients: ★★★
  • Time: 45 min (assembly) + 30 minutes (baking) = ~1.5 hours total

Ingredients (makes ~6-8 cream puffs)

Craquelin Crust:

  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • orange food coloring (optional)

Choux Pastry:

  • 1/2 cup COLD water
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

Thai Tea Filling:

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 tbsp Thai tea mix

How To Make Thai Tea Choux Puffs:

  1. Heat up the cream and Thai tea mix until scalded.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let steep 5 minutes. Strain out and discard the tea mix. Chill until needed.

Making the Craquelin Crust

  1. Mix butter, sugar, flour, and salt together in a large bowl using a spatula. The mixture should resemble slightly crumbly cookie dough.
  2. Place dough between two sheets of waxed paper or inside a zip-loc bag. Press or roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Freeze crust until ready to use.

Making the Choux Pastry

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F (230 C). Line a baking sheet with foil or a silicone mat.
  2. Combine water, butter, and salt in a saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add flour; stir with a wooden spoon until mixture comes together into a smooth dough and pulls away cleanly from the bottom of the pan.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and spread out with a whisk to speed up cooling. Cool until warm, about 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk eggs, one at a time, into the pastry, mixing well after each addition. Scoop pastry into a pastry bag and pipe into 6 to 8 buns on the baking sheet.
  5. Smooth out tops with a wet finger.
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut crust into circles about the diameter of the buns. Lightly push crusts onto the buns.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 400 F (175 C) and bake for another 15 minutes. Transfer buns onto a cooling rack.

Making the Thai Tea Cream Filling

  1. Beat the heavy whipping cream and sugar until fully whipped with soft peaks (‘ribbon stage’).
  2. Cut a small hole in the bottom of each cream puff.
  3. Pour the cream into a pastry bag and pipe the cream into the cooled choux until filled.
  4. Enjoy your Thai Tea Choux Puffs!!

image of hot pot on hibachi burner with raw vegetables on dining table
Written by Heidi Wright a food blogger at www.recipesmadenew.com:

I like hosting hot pot for dinner at home. It’s great for any time you want to gather with others and create a warm, energetic, and communal atmosphere. Chinese Hot Pot is perfect for an intimate date night or a large family gathering-it’s just that flexible! Putting out a hot pot brings everyone together, but it takes the pressure off of you to cook. You just need a heated pot with broth, and then your favorite ingredients to cook inside!

I love it especially for big gathering days (like Christmas or New Year’s type holidays). On big holidays I tend to spend the morning cooking and baking, and by lunchtime I am hungry, but it’s not time for dinner yet! Below is my recipe for the most basic hot pot base, and you can add whatever ingredients you like to make it your own!

Sometimes I will use a divided hot pot so that one side can be spicy broth that I like.

My favorite base broth is beef, however, my friend swears that pork makes the best broth. Thinly sliced beef, shrimp, bok choy, mushrooms, and rice noodles is my preferred combination of ingredients. The kids like shrimp, broccoli, baby potatoes, and steak. Others in my family like each pot to be themed and separated- seafood, meat, vegetarian, or spicy.

The great thing about hot pot is it gets more flavorful the longer you stay at the table adding and cooking and fishing your favorite ingredients out. It’s definitely a warming, fun activity to do together for a special dinner night or holiday. If you’re looking for an idea for dinner party or a date night in – try hot pot!

The Basics of Chinese Hot Pot:

  1. The pot and heat source: You’ll need a pot that can be set on the table and kept hot. In the past, I have used any of the following with success: a portable butane burner, a hot plate burner, an electric pot by Cuisinart with a heat setting dial, a fondue pot, and a portable stove (while we were outside camping-remember only to use safe indoor heat sources when you are inside). I really like the divided pots (look up Shabu Shabu or Hot Pot while searching and you’ll find them). If we have more than five people we usually do two pots-one for each end of the table.
  2. Utensils: We have used wood skewers, metal skewers, fondue skewers, spoons, mini tongs, small strainers, chopsticks… whatever we had on hand to make our hot pot dreams come true. Keep in mind it’s a communal pot, so color coding your wooden skewers or using the color coded fondue sticks can help you find your shrimp when it is cooked – or you can use the “dump it in” strategy and fish out your desired ingredients with tongs or a filter basket. Just keep an eye on your treasured ingredients so you know where to get them out later when they are cooked.
  3. Bowls: Shallow serving bowls for your cooked food and broth, and smaller bowls for sauces and dips to add in.
image of spicy hot pot broth with basil and peppercorn

Ingredients For Chinese Hot Pot:

  1. The Broth: A basic hot pot will have a flavorful, delicious broth as its base. If I am using beef or chicken as my main protein, I will make a rich beef, pork or chicken broth. I prefer homemade broth, but you can use store bought stock in the container! If I have a lot of seafood ingredients, I will use seafood broth. If I am going vegan/vegetarian, I will make a vegetable stock. You can also use hot pot bases (they come in a packet) that are pre-made. You can find these at most Asian food stores or online. For the second pot, I usually make a spicy broth with peppers or curry and a little coconut milk. Most hot pots need at least 8 cups of broth to fill them up. I also keep more hot broth or hot water on the table to refill the pot throughout the evening. 
  2. Ingredients to Cook: I use at least one protein item, vegetable item, and starch item for a two-person hot pot. For four or more people, I like to have three protein options minimum, four veggies, and at least two starches available.

Here are some of my favorite ingredients to get your ideas flowing:

Proteins:

  • Thinly sliced beef
  • Steak pieces
  • Thinly sliced pork
  • Thinly sliced lamb
  • Pork belly
  • Chicken breast
  • Shrimp
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Fish balls
  • Scallops
  • Oysters
  • Fish (halibut, salmon, trout, bass)
  • Squid
  • Tofu
image of thinly sliced lamb shoulder for hot pot cooking

Vegetables:

  • Mushrooms (shiitake, button, portobello, enoki)
  • Hard winter squash
  • Hearty greens (bok choy, cabbage, kale)
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Baby corn
  • Scallions
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chili Peppers

Starches:

  • Noodles (rice, ramen, vermicelli, yam)
  • Dumplings
  • Potatoes
  • Rice

Dipping Sauces:

  • Soy
  • Sesame
  • Chili
  • Chili oil
  • Garlic
  • Teriyaki
  • Egg yolk
  • Sriracha
  • Fish
  • Ginger-scallion
  • Hot pepper

Chinese Hot Pot Etiquette:

  • Remember it is a shared, communal pot! Don’t put your utensil that you’re using to cook your food into your mouth or let it touch your fork, spoon or chopstick you’ve put your spit on. Keep it clean for others!
  • Don’t steal your friend’s shrimp they have been cooking and waiting on. 😉
  • If you have a double broth pot, don’t cross the broths and mix them up. Keep them separate – someone at the table might not want spicy broth in the plain beef broth side.

Hosting Advice:

If you are the hot pot dinner host, here are some ideas to keep the setup accessible for all:

  • Ask your guests if they have any allergies to make sure you do not include those ingredients, since it is a communal pot. 
  • Make sure the pot is accessible to everyone around the table. Also, if you have more than 4-5 guests, you may want to set up two pots at each side of the table.
  • Place each ingredient on separate plates/bowls. Do not cross-contaminate uncooked ingredients – keep it safe and clean for your guests.
  • Save yourself on prep time – It’s okay to use frozen ingredients straight from the freezer, because they will cook in the hot pot!
  • Lastly, set up the rules for hot pot participation for your guests ahead of time so they know – do you care about chopstick washing in between dips? You would rather they use skewers in the pot or baskets to fish out their food? Just set clear expectations so people can relax and enjoy the time. 

There are many ways to build a delicious hot pot together with friends and family. Enjoy the time hosting this fun way to connect with others and build relationships over food!

Pastries in American Culture

Pastries are deeply rooted in American Culture. For instance, take the classic American pastries like Boston Cream Pie, Baked Alaska, or New York Cheesecake.

After all, this country has made its mark on the pastry world we love and know. However, Modern pastry chefs and bakers continue to rethink the possibilities by mixing classics to make new ones.

For example, they will take a classic pastry like a donut, and mix it with a flaky croissant. After all, they do this to create something new – in this case the Cronut.

In addition, pastry chefs are mixing, topping, or filling these pastries with different ingredients, flavors, textures, and baking styles. As a result, they are bringing to life new delicious creations.

A Cultural Trend

However, the mixing of classic pastries is not new. After all, it is at the heart of what American food culture is all about. For instance, we’ve seen this mixing of classics. In other words, it is resulting in new modern pastry classics – like the Cronut or Cragel or Donut Ice Cream.

As a result of this change, restaurants and pastry chefs have become overnight celebrities. Even media companies have caught on to the cultural trend.

For instance, streaming services like Netflix have signed on shows like Zumbo’s Just Desserts, Sugar Rush, Nailed it! and The Great British Baking Show because of this change. In other words, they’re taking advantage of the growing success of this cultural pastry trend.

Consequently, this trend in pastry making has Americans obsessed with trying the hottest pastries. That is why it’s no surprise there had been more and more pastry businesses popping up around America (pre-COVID).

Famous Pastries

Similarly, pastries have become famous, just like the restaurants and pastry chefs that create them. As a result of their fame, these pastries are drawing long line ups and wait times, looking like fans waiting for concerts or shows.

For instance, I recall my first time visiting Levain Bakery in the Upper West Side of New York City with my husband. We were there to try their famous Chocolate Walnut Cookie.

As a result, I recall the experience of waiting over an hour in the lineup and the hot New York summer heat beating down on us – which was hard. The cookie blew me away. As a result, the experience had me thinking about this important cultural trend for the first time.

14 Pastries that Foodies are obsessed with

Because of this change, it’s no surprise that pastry desserts are one of the most popular foods to blog about on social media.

As a result, this led us to ask the question, which ones are foodies obsessed with? To help answer this question, we asked our food blogger community to weigh in.

In addition, we thought we would share our favorite pastry mixes in each category. We hope you enjoy!

14. Cronut

13. Cannoli

12. Tarts

11. Churros

10. Cake

9. Danish

8. Eclair

7. Muffin

6. Brownies

5. Cupcake

4. Croissant

3. Cinnamon Roll / Morning Buns

2. Cookies

1. Doughnut

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Every wonder which fast food chain offers the best fried chicken sandwich? We did too, so we asked our foodie community of food bloggers and influencers to rank their favorite. Check out what they ranked.

Fried chicken sandwiches have exploded in popularity. With the rise and expansion of Chick-Fil-A, Shake Shack Popeyes over the past several years – the chicken sandwich is now at the forefront of the fast food scene – driving crowds of fast food goers all across America but also driving steep competition. The competition is so intense, experts are calling it the ‘Fried Chicken Wars’.

So which fast food restaurant has the best chicken sandwich? With so many varieties, innovations, interpretations, price points, and calories, the answer can really depend on your preference.

Do you like your chicken juicy? What level of crispy crunch do you prefer? Do you like sauce, pickles, and other toppings? Does it have to be a hot or spicy chicken sandwich? How important is the bun? Do you prefer cheese or bacon?

While chicken sandwich innovation continues in 2020 with new varieties are being pumped out by fast food chains regularly, the chicken sandwich continues to be at the forefront with no signs of slowing down.

While the question of ‘which is best’ is nearly an impossible question for one person to answer. With that in mind, we decided to ask the question to foodies in our CRAVVE app community to see which they prefer. Here is how they ranked them. In addition, we’ve added the nutritional info from each fast food chains website, along with our narrative and review of each chicken sandwich.


Note: Nutrition facts are sourced from company websites as of December 20, 2020.

10. KFC – The Zinger

Nutritional Facts: 260 Calories, 37 (g) Carbs, 25 (g) Fat and 1170 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot

Our Review:

KFC is well known for its crispy chicken and its fried chicken sandwich represents it well. Above all, the huge slap of chicken breast deep-fried to perfection with a secret blend of spices and topped with lettuce, pickles, and a smear of mayonnaise is close to perfect – the sandwich is a heavy hitter.

In addition, the flavor options are a standout, with 3 different sauce varieties including Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot. For instance, you can customize your chicken flavor just the way you want – and not sacrifice that crispy chicken crunch you know and expect from KFC.

9. Jack in the Box – Cluck Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 490 Calories, 54 (g) Carbs, 22 (g) Fat and 1260 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 6 flavors (Cluck Sandwich, Cluck Deluxe, Jack’s Spicy Chicken, Jack’s Spicy Chicken with Cheese, Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club, and Sourdough Grilled Chicken Club.

Our Review:

While Jack in the Box is more known for their burgers, they recently launched 2 New Chicken Sandwiches, including the Cluck Sandwich and the Cluck Deluxe Sandwich. Because of these two new chicken sandwiches, they’ve elevated their fried chicken game replacing what was a relatively plain chicken sandwich.

As a result of offering six different varieties of chicken sandwiches, they’ve got options that will appeal to a broader array of chicken sandwich lovers. While they’re known for their inexpensive meals, the Jack in the Box chicken sandwich is a low-cost option for budget-conscious chicken sandwich lovers.

8. Burger King – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 670 Calories, 54 (g) Carbs, 41 (g) Fat and 1080 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 5 Flavors (Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Burger King has joined in on the chicken sandwich wars with 5 varieties of its chicken sandwich including Spicy, Bacon, Bacon & Cheese, BBQ Bacon, and of course regular. Because of the thin white chicken filet, seasoned and breaded patty, it is perfectly combined with other toppings for a chicken sandwich experience that will want you exploring more.

The regular Crispy Sandwich is made with white meat chicken filet and layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, and creamy mayonnaise on a potato bun. However, you’re going to want to explore one of the flavored options to elevate your BK Chicken Sandwich experience.

7. Arby’s – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 510 Calories, 55 (g) Carbs, 25 (g) Fat and 1230 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 5 Flavors (Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Arby’s Chicken Sandwich is surprisingly delicious. Despite having only one flavor of crispy chicken sandwich. The chicken sandwich experience swings above its weight, with a juicy thick-cut tomato and a perfect smear of mayo. In addition, with its star top bun, the meat to bun ratio is well proportioned so every bite feels consistently delicious and satisfying.

6. Jollibee – Fried Chicken Classic or Deluxe

Nutritional Facts: 550 Calories, 55 (g) Carbs, 23 (g) Fat and 970 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors ( Chicken Sandwich Classic, Chicken Sandwich Deluxe)

Our Review:

A relatively new player to the US Fast Food Scene, Jollibee is catching on quickly and it’s fried chicken and Fried Chicken Sandwich is at the forefront. This Fried Chicken sandwich deserves the hype and praise. With its soft bun, fresh lettuce, layered mayo, and a generous portion of chicken – it’s no wonder flocks of people are venturing into Jollibee for the first time to check out the hype. If you’ve got a Jollibee nearby – it’s worth dropping in and trying a Fried Chicken Sandwich. You’ll be delighted.

5. Wendy’s – Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 490 Calories, 49 (g) Carbs, 21 (g) Fat and 1450 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 15 Flavors ( Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Spicy Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Grilled Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Spicy Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Classic, Classic Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Classic Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Asiago Ranch Classic Chicken Club, Spicy Asiago Ranch Club, Grilled Asiago Ranch Club, Crispy Chicken BLT, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Before the Fried Chicken Sandwich Wars began, the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s was the gold standard. Consequently, it was one of the first of the popular fast food chains to offer and introduce a Spicy Fried Chicken sandwich. In addition, it delivers a high-quality crunch on a consistent basis. It’s no wonder the Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s is still among the top sandwiches among Foodies.

Things have evolved since the original Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Now Wendy offers 15 varieties of Chicken Sandwiches to choose from and gives you more options to explore each time you visit.

4. McDonald’s – McChicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 600 Calories, 57 (g) Carbs, 29 (g) Fat and 980 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors ( Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich and McChicken)

Our Review:

Is it any surprise that the McChicken is a favorite among foodies? Because of the giant slab of fried chicken that overwhelms the bun it sits on, a pickle and signature sauce – it’s the perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich combination. In addition, the signature Sauce has a Mac Sauce flavor with a touch of spiciness.

As a result, it’s no surprise that with the Fried Chicken Sandwich wars, McDonald’s has been experimenting with different variations including the Hot n’ Spicy McChicken Sandwich, which was available at select locations across the US.

3. Shake Shack – Chik’n Shack

Nutritional Facts: 590 Calories, 34 (g) Carbs, 36 (g) Fat and 1170 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors (Chick’n Shack, Hot Chick’N)

Our Review:

Shake Shack is one of the fastest-growing fast food chains in America and for good reasons, its innovative restaurant experience, delicious menu, and excellent service are pushing the fast food industry forward.

Among the many standouts on the menu is the Fried Chicken Sandwich, with its hulking mass of a Fried Chicken breast and the bun struggles to keep in and cover all of the crispy goodness. It’s no surprise why our foodie community rated it so highly. We can’t get enough.

2. Popeye’s – Classic Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 699 Calories, 50 (g) Carbs, 42 (g) Fat and 1443 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors (Classic Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

The rise of the Fried Chicken Sandwich wars sent Popeyes and it’s Fried Chicken Sandwich into a viral spin upward. Leading to explosive growth and of course, it’s Chicken Sandwich was at the heartbeat of the growth.

Its double battered breast delivers on the crunch factor in a big way but also it doesn’t brine its chicken giving it an extra delicious taste. So if you love a Fried Chicken with an extra crunch – Popeye’s is the place for you. It’s no surprise that it sits in the top 2 among our foodie community.

1. Chick-Fil-A – Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 440 Calories, 41 (g) Carbs, 17 (g) Fat and 1400 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 6 Flavors (Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich Deluxe, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich)

Our Review:

Is it any surprise that Chick-Fil-A is our foodie community’s Favorite Fast Food Chicken Sandwich? Probably not. It’s fresh, reliable, convenient, and delicious. The crazy thing about this Fried Chicken Sandwich is that it’s such a simple Sandwich with a large chicken breast, bun, and a hidden pickle. That’s it! No crazy sauces, or extra meats, or a gimmicky name.

The Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich is really the new gold standard of chicken sandwiches and honestly not much has changed since it was first introduced. It is a beautiful reminder, that sometimes simple is better! In the case of Chick-Fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich, this couldn’t be more true.

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With new Brooklyn restaurants popping up regularly, Brooklyn is a haven for foodies and food bloggers. It is the ultimate place to be to find trendy new food. In addition, Brooklyn Restaurants arguably have some of the best food in New York City and you don’t want to miss out.  From lavish meals at a classic steakhouse to legendary pizza to delicious bagel destinations to instagrammable brunch spots – Brooklyn Restaurants are known for amazing food. In addition, it has a long history of trend setting food including being home to the original Smorgasborg that has since spread to LA and other Michelin Star restaurants. 

Here is our shortlist of 5 must-try foods in Brooklyn in 2020 – so jump in and take a big bite of what’s new and trendy. 

#5 The New Main House Bacon Cheeseburger 

Main House kosher bar & restaurant, 6001 Strickland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234

Are you a cheeseburger lover? Well, we are and this burger stands up to some of the best we’ve had.  With options to combine different meats, you’ll want to load up your favorite combination. Consequently, you’ll have to figure out how you’re going to wrap your mouth around this cheeseburger or at least do it without making a big mess. In other words, this hidden gem is worth the trip to Brooklyn and will keep you coming back for more. It did for us. 

#4 Malted Pancakes

Sunday in Brooklyn, 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

We’ve eaten our share of great pancakes, and so it takes an exceptional flapjack to get us excited. However, the malted pancakes at a new brunch hot spot called Sunday in Brooklyn have got us excited. These sweet and indulgent short stacks are everything you could ever want in a pancake and the praline syrup with hazelnut butter whisked with maple syrup takes the experience to the next level. The pancakes are so light and fluffy. As a result, you will want a second round.

#3 Pepperoni Pizza

Lucali’s, 575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Made famous in Netflix ugly delicious, Mark Lacono’s celebrated pizza, is a wonder of the Brooklyn food scene. With three hour or more waits. Foodies and food bloggers flock to this scene – just to chop down on a slide of some of the best pizza they’ve ever had. What’s the excitement about? The hand-stretched dough pizza, is a thin crust, with a simple sauce with clear tomato flavor with an array of deliciously complex cheese. In addition, the mozzarella is incredibly fresh and topped with parmesan after baking. As a result, these wood-fired oven pies are true pizza artistry.  It’s worth the wait.

#2 Savory French Toast

Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Did we say Savory French Toast? Yes, sweet and savory combinations do pair well. If you need proof there is no better option than the Savory Pancakes at Sisters Brooklyn. With French Toast topped with Pulled pork and a sunnyside up egg. Your tastebuds are going to thank you for taking them through this culinary journey.

#1 S’mores Soft Serve

Sunday in Brooklyn, 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Yes, we are obsessed with Sundays in Brooklyn but can you blame us. Look at this mountain of S’mores Soft Serve, which is a seasonal treat. If you have a sweet tooth like us, you’ll be obsessed with this show stopping dessert, especially in the New York summer heat. Although, you’d probably gobble this up quick, even without the summer heat.

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Oven mitts are the perfect kitchen accessory to protect your hands 

Are you reaching in the scorching hot oven with a folded up kitchen towel to handle your hot food? It’s time to upgrade your cooking experience and make it safer and easier. It’s time to gear up and protect yourself with an oven mitt.

Oven mittens are great when handling that sizzling hot cast iron skillet or that scolding hot pizza stone. It’s also great protection when handling a pot of boiling hot water or that creamy mac n cheese in the dutch oven.

Make sure you feel comfortable handling those hot items – keeps them free from burns. Here are the best ones according to our foodie community.

Top Picks According to foodies in the CRAVVE App Community

 

1. Cusinart Oven Mitt with Non-Slip Silicone Grip 

 
Cuisinart Oven Mitt With Non-Slip Silicone Grip

Overview:

This set of 2 glove-shaped silicone over mitts candle the heat – resistant to up to 500 degrees F. Plus, the extra-long design will protect your fingers to your forearms. Great for your kitchen or as a housewarming gift. These mitts are well priced, good quality, and easy to clean. Now you can keep your hands safe by keeping the heat out. They come in a variety of colors with grips to keep a stronghold on heavy items. They also have hooks for easy hanging access.  In addition, you can easily hand wash these gloves clean and lay them flat to dry. 

 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Heatproof oven mitts
  • Designed for both home cooks and bakers  
  • Extended design to protect hands and arms 
  • Non-slip ribbed grip for control 
  • Convenient to store with metal loop
  • Easy to hand wash clean  
 
 

2. OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt with Magnet

 
OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt With Magnet

Overview:

This durable, single well-made glove has extra length for a variety of size hands. With these oven mittens you can handle heat and be safe up to 600 degrees F. It also is resistant to flame, stain, and steam.  It keeps your hands cool under the heat. The silicone grips very well no matter how hot the pan and pot are. It holds up well in the washing machine and dryer. In addition, it is convenient to store with a hanging loop or with an embedded magnet. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Heat Safe – 500°F 
  • Flame, stain & steam resistant silicone grip
  • Soft, fabric liner for added insulation and comfort
  • Non-slip silicone ribs for improved dexterity and grip
  • Convenient storage with embedded Magnet and silicone hanging loop
  • Easy to clean with a damp cloth
  • Machine washable
  • 13” length for extra protection
 

3. Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts And Potholders

Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts And Potholders
 

Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts And Potholders – $24.97 on Amazon

Quick Overview:

This Mitt and Potholder combo is crafted with flexible and durable silicone. It’s ideal for moving or holding hot pans, plates, utensils, or dishware. The long design provides added protection to spare tender forearms from burns that can occur when your outdoor grill experiences a flare-up. Both the gloves and the trivet have textured surfaces to give added grip strength for improved control and stability over hot, heavy, or slick items. Unlike cotton potholders and oven mitts, these silicone oven mitts won’t absorb liquids. The silicone part of the glove is entirely waterproof which prevents steam scalds while cooking on the stovetop or draining boiled pasta. You can even use the glove to retrieve items from hot water.  In addition, these gloves and potholders are comfortable, flexible, and offer long-lasting, food-grade safe versatility.

Quick Snapshot:

  • Superior Hand, Wrist, and Counter Protection 
  • Heat-Resistant and Flame Retardant Silicone 
  • Textured, Non-Slip Grip 
  • Steam Resistant
  • Heavy-Duty Durability 
 

4. Grill Armor Gloves Oven Mitts

 
Grill Armor Gloves Oven Mitts
 

Overview:

These all in one barbecue, oven mitt, and pot holder gloves are versatile for the  professional chef, avid home cook, or amateur home cook. With the highest heat resistance available at up to 932°F these mitts are perfect for the home cook or grill master. These heavy-duty gloves are high quality and made to last. They’re easy to clean and machine washable. In addition they are lightweight and flexible with five fingers flex design with silicone super grip, which gives you more control to grab cast irons or dutch oven hot handles. As a result, they are perfect for handling hot stuff from the microwave and instant pot. Because these gloves are insulated they will not catch fire or melt when exposed to an open flame. However, these gloves are not waterproof and shouldn’t be put in hot water. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Highest heat resistant available up to 932°F
  • Easy to clean, Machine washable with a handy hook for hanging
  • Plus get a FREE E-Book gift with grilling tips and techniques
  • All in one barbecue gloves, oven mitts, or pot holders
  • Thick but lightweight and flexible with five fingers flex design and silicone super-grip 
  • Insulated by M-ARAMID & P-ARAMID fabrics(same as Nomex and Kevlar), Will not catch fire or melt when exposed to an open flame
 

5. Homwe Professional Extra Long Silicone Oven Mitt

Homwe Professional Extra Long Silicone Oven Mitt
 
 
 

Overview:

With protection up to 450°F, these oven gloves from Homwe can handle the heat. Plus, with quilted cotton lining, they also offer comfort while cooking. They are also extra long to protect forearms from burns that occur from outdoor grill flare-ups. They will not catch fire or melt when used near a flame. These gloves are also steam resistant and waterproof which makes them great for handling hot liquids but also can handle hot plates and dishware that may need to be removed from a microwave.  The gloves also offer silicone textured non-slip grip, which provides the flexibility, control, and stability needed to have confidence in the kitchen. In addition, these gloves are easy to clean and machine washable. As a result, you won’t have to worry about them tearing, thinning, or fraying. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Heat-Resistant  
  • Extra Long – At 14.7” inches long
  • Steam Resistant and Waterproof  
  • Textured, Non-Slip Grip  
  • Easy to Clean and Machine Washable  

6. Frux Home And Yard Silicone Oven Mitts

 
Frux Home And Yard Silicone Oven Mitts
 

 

Frux Home And Yard Silicone Oven Mitts – $14.95 on Amazon

Overview:

These mitts are heavy-duty with an outer layer made with 100% BPA free waterproof silicone. Despite being heavy duty they’re soft and comfortable on the inside with a  liner that’s 50% cotton and 50% polyester. These gloves are safe and reliable. Plus, they have a patterned grip which will give you the confidence to hold on to heavy and hot pots, baking trays, or dutch ovens in the kitchen. They’re also easy to clean with water and soap. In addition, the inner liner can be pulled out to clean separately. As a result, this is a great gift for any cook or a housewarming. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Heat resistant
  • Safe And Easy To Use 
  • Super Grip  
  • Designed To Be Very Easy To Clean 
  • Perfect Gift For Any Cook

7. San Jamar Cool Touch Flame Oven Mitts

 
San Jamar Cool Touch Flame Oven Mitts
 
 

Overview:

This single reinforced WebGuard fabric mitt can protect from flames up to 900° F.  As a result, they provide extra heat and steam protection up to 535° F for 30 seconds. The kevlar stitch on these gloves will ensure maximum protection against flame, heat, and steam. They’re machine washable for a quick clean up. In addition, this single glove is designed for both left and right-hand use. As a result, it is convenient to store with both hanging loop and magnet. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Intermittent Flame Protection up to 900° F  
  • Kevlar Stitching  
  • Integrated Storage
  • Easy to Clean – Machine washable for quick cleanup
  • Ambidextrous Design – Accommodates both left and right-hand use

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Are you looking for cool keychains as a gift for a foodie? These food-inspired keychains can be the perfect way to enjoy the gift of fun and admiration. Whether it’s family, friends, or coworkers a cool keychain can be a great gift on its own or a nice compliment to another gift.

A Gift that’s Relevant and Personal

Everyone carries a key ring, so you know a cool keychain is a gift that will be relevant to almost anyone. It’s also low cost and can feel personal (especially if it matches the person’s interests).

While cool keychains may seem like a small gift to some, it often can hold sentimental value or a keepsake for others. The best part about a keychain as a gift is that keys are part of our daily lives and it can remind them of the special moment you share.

A Cool Keychain that Looks Good

Keys are the first thing we reach for when we look for our keys.

We all carry keys with us, whether it’s a house key or car key. Plus, a keychain will make them look more appealing.  In addition, when they’re eye-catching, the easier they are to find.

Everyone carries a key ring, so you know it’s a gift that will be relevant to almost anyone. It’s also low cost and can feel personal (especially if it matches the person’s interests).

Functional or Fashionable?

The best part about a cool food inspired keychain is that it can also be functional – whether it’s helping you fish for your keys deep in your purse or pocket but also if it’s filled with your favorite hot sauce (yes, that’s an option) or it there to help you crack open a beer at your next party.

Here is a curated list of cool keychains for a foodie and ranked by our foodie community. One of these deserves a place on your key ring.

Pizza Keychain
 
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Pom Pom & Watermelon Charm Keychain
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8. Cup of Noodle Air Pod Keychain – Amazon $11.99

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10. Peanut Butter and Jelly Keychain – Amazon $19.00

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Looking for kitchen wall decor ideas?

If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen or are frequently hosting guests, then you know how important it is to decorate your kitchen. One of the best ways to decorate is with kitchen wall decor.

The style of your kitchen space is just as important as the function of getting things done. In addition, it feels good to be in a kitchen that feels personal, warm, meaningful, bright, textured, organized, and spacious.

To deliver on this experience, you can use kitchen decor options that check each box and give you the kitchen style you want.

The possibilities of kitchen wall decor are limitless

Shopping for kitchen wall decor can send you in a tailspin with all the varieties. To help keep you on track and narrow your focus, here are the elements to consider. In addition, have a look at how our food blogger community-ranked a curated list of wall decor options that may be helpful for you.

Keep it Personal

If you host family and friends, having framed photographs on the wall can be a great way to add that personal touch, and that can be great conversation starters.

Express yourself

Decorating walls can be a way to communicate your personality or the type of cook you are. Think about buying iron cast letters or a framed quote that delivers on what matters to you most.

Brighten Things Up

Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? If yes, then wall lights can be a terrific solution. Choosing the right light and bulb can set the perfect mood. So take your time exploring options. In addition, I’d recommend dimmers that allow you to change the brightness depending on the context and setting.

Add Kitchen Wall Texture

Does your Kitchen look bland or simple? Adding textured wall hangings can be a great way to elevate the stye of your kitchen space – adding color, standout style, and personality. Plants, Painting, Pots, and Iron Art can be a great way to add texture.

Balance Function and Fashion

Your wall doesn’t have to fashionable, it can also be functional. Wall shelves, hooks, and wall organizers can be a great way to balance fashion with function. For instance, this is most helpful with small kitchen spaces, where there isn’t a lot of cupboard space. 

Open up the Space

Decor can be a great way to make your kitchen feel more spacious. Mirrored wall decor is a great way to make your kitchen feel more spacious by adding depth. In addition, using wallpaper with patterns or horizontal stripes can give your room more depth. 

Are you looking for inspiration on Kitchen Decor options? Here is a curated list of kitchen decor ranked by our food blogger community.

10. Small Space Kitchen Herb Garden

9. Hanging Produce Baskets With Sign

8. Coffee and Tea Bar

7. Wood Cutting Board “Eat” Art

6. Weekly Menu Recipe Card Board

5. Rolling Pin and Recipe Card Display

Weekly Menu Recipe Card Board
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Reusable water bottles have exploded in popularity – they both look good and are functional. They also are better for the environment, more cost-effective, and are more socially acceptable than a single-use plastic water bottle. Water bottles are essential for the modern, hydration-obsessed world we now live in.

Whether you are at a workout class, working from home, or at your office – staying hydrated is critical to your well being. The benefits include keeping you regular, keeping your temperature normal, lubricating and cushioning joints, and protecting sensitive tissue.

The golden rule is to drink eight glasses of water. Having a water bottle with you make it easier to get to your hydration goals and a reminder to stay on top of it.

What is the best water bottle for you? There are a few key factors that are important for you to consider.

Quality

If you are prone to breaking your water bottle, you will want to stay away from fragile water bottles made of glass, single-walled plastic, or metal bottles. Also, you should consider whether you are likely to change styles or replace them often? If your goal is to be more sustainable, then it is best to choose a dependable bottle that you can reuse again and again.

Temperature Control

What type of hydration do you do? Do you hydrate with hot liquids or cold? And do you want the temperature to hold for a certain amount of time? If you are looking for a bottle to keep the contents hot or cold, you will want to look for an insulated water bottle.

Style: Look and Feel

The style factor is arguably the most critical. It is the element that typically separates people from loving their water bottle to ignoring it. So you will want to take a minute to reflect on your water bottle need and style.
Do you want a sleek water bottle that matches your style and fashion? Or do you want a bottle that is high-tech and loaded with features? or do you want something simple, accessible, and versatile? Or do you want a bottle that is durable and can withstand the elements of the outdoors?

Ease of use

How well does the water bottle need to fit into your day to day life? Do you need a water bottle that can fit in your bag or backpack? Do you want one that is light and can be carried by hand throughout the day? Do you need an extra-large container for long durations? Do you need a handle or a hook?

Ongoing Maintenance

You will also want to understand the effort needed to maintain your bottle. For example, how easy is it to clean? Can it be machine washed?

If Plastic bottles are put in a heated dishwasher, they can pose a safety risk. Also, vacuum insulated bottles need to be hand washed. These are factors you should think about before deciding which bottle to use

Now that you have thought about the ideal qualities of your future bottle, you should know what qualities you’re looking for. Keep your preferences in mind as you explore the different water bottle options. And since they’re apart of our day-to-day life, finding the right one to match your own needs is critical.

To help with options, we put together a curated list of the top-ranked water bottles in the market and then had our foodie community weigh in on, which was the best one, and gave them the option to add to the list. Here is what they ranked:

Colors:  11
Size options:  20 oz (displayed), 32 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz
Temperature: Cold and Hot
BPA & Toxin Free: yes
Dishwasher safe: yes

2. Takeya Actives Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Spout Lid [$32.99 – Amazon]

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Water Bottle [$28.99]
Colors:  27
Size options: 18 oz, 22 oz, 24 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz
Temperature: Cold and Hot
BPA & Toxin Free: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Not recommended
Simple Modern Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double-Walled Wave Bottle [$14.99]
Colors:  10+
Size options: 9 oz, 17 oz (displayed), 25 oz, 34 oz
Temperature: Cold and Hot
BPA & Toxin Free: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Not recommended
Colors: 42
Size options: 32 oz
Temperature: Cold and Warm (not hot)
BPA & Toxin Free: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes, on the top rack

5. purifyou 12 oz Premium Glass Water Bottle with Time Marker and Thick Silicone Sleeve [$17.97 – Amazon]

purifyou 12 oz Premium Glass Water Bottle with Time Marker and Thick Silicone Sleeve [$35.97]
Colors: 4
Size options: 12 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz
Temperature: Cold and Warm (not hot)
BPA & Toxin Free: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes, on the top rack
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