Favorite things: Custard

One of my favorite things is Chinese egg custard. Today is the first day of the Chinese new years celebration.  I suggests everyone get to chinatown and get one right now! I especially  love the ones they have at dim sum at the golden unicorn.

happy new year!



February 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . PIE!, The Custard Files. Leave a comment.

Booze Infused: Rococo Cocoa

rococo cocoa

rococo cocoa, illustrated by julianna

For our holiday dinner/gift exchange Vanessa and I had dinner at Peels. Although the restaurant is famous for its fried chicken, Vanessa and I really went for the ROCOCO COCOA!

We are both of the belief that most things can be improved by booze so we jumped at the opportunity to try  hot cocoa and green chartreuse with a honey-vanilla marshmallow. I was delighted by the name. Not only is it alliterative, but green chartreuse was first developed by Carthusian Monks in the 1740s, the height of the Rococo era!

Having never had chartreuse I didn’t know much about it, other than that it is green and made by monks. Wikipedia tells me it’s  liqueur flavored with extracts from 132 plants, and its natural green color comes from chlorophyll.  Turns out those 132 plant extracts make it taste a wee bit medicinal. Maybe not the best addition to hot chocolate, but interesting, nonetheless.

Rating: 3.5

February 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Booze Infused. Leave a comment.