Food

The Bagel Nook

I’m not really a bagel person. I like it but it’s just not my go-to breakfast item. To be honest, there are a handful of items on a breakfast menu that I would order first before settling into a bagel (avocado toast, eggs benedict, sausage-egg-and-cheese on a kaiser roll, french toast with a side of extra crispy bacon, THE LIST IS ENDLESS!)

So when I found myself hungry somewhere deep in New Jersey with Brian, I found us The Bagel Nook. I remember putting it in my list of food places to try because of their Flaming Hot Cheeto bagels. (yes, you read that correctly)

Obviously, I had to try it. With Cool Ranch cream cheese. Brian got the Cinnamon Toast Crunch bagel with Crumb Cake cream cheese. Click through for more photos!

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Food

Bourbon Caramel Croissant Pudding

This past weekend, I had a Netflix & Nosh party at my place. I wanted to have a super relaxed, gathering with strong coffee, brunch fare, & pretty desserts. (Isn’t the invite so cute? Thank god for the internet.)

After sending out the invites, everyone offered to bring an assortment of dishes – something that we all typically do for any get-together. Sadly, my girlfriends are all completely nuts about potlucks – so nuts that by the time all the guests were in attendance, THERE WAS AN ABUNDANCE OF FOOD. And I’m talking enough food to last a week! At the end of the party, I packed everyone leftovers, packed some more for a homeless guy that I see on 34th every day, and packed a little bit for Brian to have. After all that packing, my kitchen countertop was again back to its bare, sad, empty existence. Or so I thought. Later that night, I noticed a medium, white paper bag sitting in a corner by the fridge. I opened it and lo and behold – FIVE FLUFFY, FLAKY, BUTTER CROISSANTS GONE ROGUE. How annoying, I thought. I mean, I can’t eat this stuff during the week – these ungodly little pastries are only allowed in my existence on weekends! I can’t have them in the house but I can’t bear to throw them away either. So I decided to make something out of them & bring it to work. HA!

That’s where Nigella Lawson’s croissant bread pudding came in. It made perfect sense. Pudding came about BECAUSE of leftover bread! And what’s an easier baked good than bread pudding? So I doubled the recipe, added an extra egg for extra custard-ness (?), & splashed it with more bourbon than I care to admit. The result is this delicious, flaky, creamy, BOOZY goodness. Scroll down for the full recipe!

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