Above: A partially-bit Shroom Burger
Behold the Shroom Burger; Shake Shack's decadent vegetarian creation. The magnificent Shroom Burger might as well represent the homo-sapiens in the long evolutionary line of vegetarian fare; its thoroughly-breaded and deep fried portobello mushroom crust, an interior that is literally exploding with cheese (a combination of muenster and cheddar), and a soft potato roll are a far cry from poorly-cooked tofu or dry vegetable sandwiches. Rather, the Shroom Burger is arguably the best item on Shake Shack's menu, and is a must-eat this summer. Pair it with the regular fries (the cheese fries might be a bit too rich in combination with the already-super-cheesy burger) and enjoy!
Shake Shack, four locations, New York, NY
Above: The pops in question.
Before I begin, I should qualify this blog post by saying that it is a borderline “obsession” as opposed to an absolute one; I’m still formulating my concrete opinions about Starbucks’ Birthday Cake Pops, an item from their new “Petites” line.
According to an interview with Starbucks’ product developer on the company’s website,
A Cake Pop solves the ever lasting question of how to make cake portable – it’s whimsical, fun and delicious cake on a stick. What’s not to like? This has been an emerging trend popping up in specialty bake shops, on blogs like Bakerella and even touted by Martha Stewart. Because cake pops require a very gentle, handmade process to roll, dip and decorate, they prove very difficult to make on a large scale. I have to credit Lisa B., our food R&D manger, for championing this idea. Between our bakery partner, Lisa, and myself, we were able to create a high-quality experience. Everyone can now eat cake on the go!
Don’t get me wrong-the cake pops are delicious. The candy coating is sweet and the cake insides are gooey and moist enough that it doesn’t crumble the way real cake does (it’s almost more like cake batter as opposed to fully-cooked cake). What bothers me about the cake pops is that they represent just one bite for the customer; everyone raves about how “they’re under 200 calories!” but what good is that if you’re only getting one big, 200-calorie bite? I’d personally rather go with the Old Fashioned Donuts. Yes, each of these glazed delicacies contain a whopping 420 calories, but at least they provide a more enjoyable eating experience and cut hunger for more than half a second.
Today I had a truly delicious Mushroom, Gruyere, Tomato Sauce & Basil crepe at Viva La Crepe in Soho. At first I was skeptical about tomato sauce in a crepe, but it was light and didn’t soak the delicate pastry. The inclusion of basil really heightened the flavor. Viva La Crepe wraps their takeaway crepes in delicate paper that folds into a neat little square—perfect for sliding into your bag on-the-go!
Viva La Crepe!
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