Yesterday, I ate my way through my neighborhood. I met my friend at Cheryl’s which is right around the corner from my apartment, for brunch. The meal was delish, I had the buttermilk pancakes with berries and a tasty whipped cream, my friend had a mushroom sandwich and we shared a side of bacon. Another great part is that you get coffee and a mimosa or bloody mary included with brunch. We then stopped by the farmers market, where I picked up apples, mushrooms and tulips. My friend got a cup of hot apple cider which we spiked with some rum. So good! After that we went on a shopping trip in Park Slope. We came back to my neighborhood, to one of my favorite restaurants, The Vanderbilt. We just wanted to have a drink or 2 but ended up staying for 3 hours! I sipped on the Vanderbilt Pimms, a lovely cocktail of gin, pimms, basil and lemon. To eat we had blistered shishito peppers, you can find a recipe here, pork belly and multiple orders of the Serano ham croquettes. A great day of eating and drinking.
I ate a lot of crumb cake growing up. I saw this recipe in Martha Stewart Living a couple of month ago and it keeps popping into my head so I decided to give it a try this weekend for Easter breakfast. My sister made it and confirmed that is was great. There is an optional jam layer between the crumb and the cake. I used blackberry because that’s what I had. The recipe uses a whole pound of butter and 6 cups of flour but it is totally worth it. The cake is nice and fluffy to go with the crunchy topping. I had it for breakfast this morning with homemade bacon and coffee. Yum. My coworkers are going to love me tomorrow!