I Scream, You Scream

We all scream for ice cream! This week, I’m taking you to Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co. There’s nothing better than homemade ice cream and that’s exactly what Odd Fellows delivers.

All of their incredible rotating ice cream flavors are made at their flagship store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Don’t worry Manhattan-ites, there’s another location on East 4th street too. If you venture to Williamsburg you can indulge in one (or more) of their twelve rotating flavors of ice cream and sorbet. If you need an extra dose of sweet, you can turn those flavors into a banana split, sundae, or even an ice cream float with Virgil’s gourmet soda. And don’t forget to add the classic toppings like hot fudge or caramel sauce.

In addition to being homemade right at the Williamsburg flagship, Odd Fellows makes their ice cream from scratch by using locally sourced, hormone-free and additive-free dairy. Also, they make their waffles cones fresh every day.

What’s better than a business that gives back? Odd Fellows gives five cents to the Food Bank for New York City with every serving of ice cream sold.

Psst, don’t shoot the messenger, but they also deliver in Brooklyn and Manhattan! I foresee this becoming a habit of mine.

Not only is their ice cream delicious, but it’s complimented by the old school and unique décor. Take a look at the sign sitting outside of their Manhattan location. How’s that for a plot twist, Edvard Munch?

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Napkins Required

Let’s take a field trip to Connecticut, otherwise known as my home state. While I was visiting my family in Connecticut for the weekend, my brother informed me of this new place called Donut Crazy. With a name like that who isn’t going to be intrigued? My brother Steven said I absolutely “had to go there” before I went back to New York. After looking at their Instagram page (@donutcrazyct) for a total of 2 seconds, we were in his truck on our way to a serious sugar rush.

Photo Source: Instagram @donutcrazyct

Photo Source: Instagram @donutcrazyct

I’m going to sum up my Donut Crazy experience in a few short points (because let’s be serious, that’s all you’ll need to convince you to take a trip to CT for these sweet treats) This is not your average donut shop or local Dunkin Donuts folks so grab a napkin because your mouth is about to water.

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  1. Campfire – Now this is my idea of camping. Just close your eyes and pretend like you’re “roughing it” out in the forest while taking a bite out of a marshmallow crème-filled and adorned w/chocolate, graham cracker dust and toasted marshmallows

2. Fat Elvis – This rockin’ donut is peanut butter crème filled with chocolate ganache, salted pretzel crumble and banana slices. I have to meet the person who invented that gem.

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3. Tutti Fruity – Talk about a flashback into your childhood. Or in some cases, yesterday’s breakfast. Who wouldn’t want a donut topped with fruity pebbles? I’ll take that side of milk now, please.

4. Lemonade Stand – In case you wanted to feel like you’re having breakfast at Tiffany’s you can indulge yourself in this donut with a lemon center topped with bruleed marshmallow and lemon sugar crystals. Yes, you heard that right. Crystals.

5. Birthday Cake – Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too? You can pretend it’s your birthday (let’s be honest, we’ve all done it) and treat yourself to a cake donut dipped in glaze with rainbow sprinkles, buttercream frosting and gummy bears.

If you’re not already looking for your car keys, congratulations, you have incredible self-control. If you’re ever in the Connecticut area, you know where to stop for breakfast (or dessert). You’re welcome.

Photo Source: @donutcrazyct

Photo Source: @donutcrazyct

Stay sweet, folks.

Oh, How Merveilleux!

For my next sweet adventure, I visited O’Merveilleux. I chose this patisserie because of the rich family history. On their website, you are taken back through the history of a Belgian family enjoying pastries as well as each others company. Their NYC bakery is meant to make you a part of the rich family history by presenting their specialty, the Merveilleux.

What is a Merveilleux? Good question. The process of creating this delicacy was described on the bakery’s website. “We start with a light and fluffy meringue as a base, coated with fresh whipped cream; another meringue is then placed delicately on top, then again a little bit of whipped cream is added and then everything is coated with shavings of high quality white or dark chocolate or speculos, a traditional Belgium cinnamon shortcrust biscuit”. Sounds delicious, right? I promise, it is.

The pastries are made fresh on-site, every day. The Merveilleux is presented in various ways as a way of showcasing the country of Belgium. You can even watch the finishing touches being added right in the shop! The baker wanted to add to the typical Belgian delicacies like Belgian chocolate and Belgian waffles and decided the Merveilleux is the perfect addition and I completely agree! According to their website, the name “Merveilleux”, means “marvelous” in English. If I had to describe my experience at O’Merveilleux in one word, it would definitely be marvelous. Every time I discover a new bakery, I discover a fun fact about each. This pastry shop names each flavor of a Merveilleux after a Belgian queen.

Aside from the famous Merveilleux, O’Merveilleux also bakes up cookies and breakfast pastries. The atmosphere of this store embodies the rich family history, you feel right at home. Warning: After a few pastries, you might not want to leave! If you dare to test your sweet tooth, be sure to visit O’Merveilleux on 1509 2nd Avenue to see just how marvelous it is!

Let Them Eat Cake

Marie Antoinette may not have been talking about actual cake but I sure am. In 2005, Erin McKenna’s Bakery was opened in NYC. This fabulous bakery is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, wheat-free, egg-free, and kosher. Anyone who’s anyone can enjoy a delicious treat at this lower east side gem. Erin McKenna’s mission is to focus on the underserved, thus the specific menu. The adorable uniforms are an added bonus!

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Photo Source: Instagram @erinmckennasbakery

Erin McKenna’s bakery serves cupcakes, cakes, brownies, and everything else delicious. Upon my stop to Erin McKenna’s I had to try a little bit of everything of course! The cupcakes vary from classics like vanilla with lemon frosting to chocolate mocha. I tried one of each and they sure lived up to the hype. Next time I visit (and there will be a next time), I have to try one of the many baked breads. Some of the breads made my Erin McKenna include, cornbread, pumpkin spice and carrot spice. I’m even thinking about getting a cake and some cookies for a birthday party.

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Photo Source: Instagram @erinmckennasbakery

Erin McKenna decided to share the sweetness with others and opened locations in Los Angeles and Orlando. This delicious bakery also has an app and a few cookbooks, just in case you can’t get enough! Also, check out the video below of Erin McKenna on Martha Stewart.

I will definitely be making another stop at Erin McKenna’s Bakery very soon! It’s the perfect spot to snack on a delicious treat and have a chat with a good friend. Even though it may take you a while to choose from the variety of treats, I promise the end result is full of deliciousness. If you’d like to visit and see for yourself, visit the bakery at 248 Broome Street. Dig in and enjoy!

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Photo Source: Instagram @erinmckennasbakery

Sweet & the City kicked off at Schmackary’s Cookies on West 45th Street – just a hop, skip, and a jump from Times Square. Schmackary’s lives up to its tagline, “Lip Schmackin’ good cookies” with its wide assortment of cookie creations. This is truly a cookie-lovers heaven! Every day Schmackary’s features different cookie creations, so be sure to check out their menu online to see what you’re in for.

Even the Schmackary's team wanted to get in on the first blog post!

Even the Schmackary’s team wanted to get in on the fun!

So what’s the story behind this cookie heaven? According to their website, Zachary “Schmackary” Schmahl moved from Nebraska to New York City in 2008. Because of his cookie obsession, Zackary started with a cookie delivery service out of his apartment then opened up his own storefront. Talk about a tasty career path!

Guests can indulge in classics, like chocolate chip, or take a walk on the wild side with recipes like Fluffer Nutter. I have to admit; it took me a while to choose which tasty option I wanted to try. But after careful consideration, I chose to taste-test classic chocolate chip, sch’mores, and red velvet, which were everything I hoped they would be – incredible! FUN FACT: Schmackary’s also has gluten-free options! My partner-in-crime for the day, Laurel, gave her stamp of approval on the green tea and yogi bare flavors.

My picks - Sch'mores, Red Velvet, and Classic Chocolate Chip

My picks – Sch’mores, Red Velvet, and Classic Chocolate Chip

While I sat enjoying all three of my lip schmackin’ good cookies, locals and tourists alike came through to enjoy a sweet bite. It’s a given that all bakery’s smell delicious, but Schmackary’s intimate atmosphere made me feel at home.

Next time you’re craving something sweet, head over to Schmackary’s at 362 West 45th Street! Although it won’t be an easy choice, you won’t regret a single bite. Without a doubt, you’ll be schmackin’ your lips after discovering this cookie oasis.