Alice’s Tea Cup (NYC)

My lovely sister introduced me to this quaint and absolutely adorable little cafe on the corner of Lexington and 64th Street. Alice’s Tea Cup serves entrees but is well known for their scones and tea.

A pot of tea is perfect to share between two people, there was enough for us each to have two cups. I recommend the High Noon tea, which has subtle fruit flavors. The selection of tea expansive… and every option looks good so you won’t go wrong.

The scones are TO DIE FOR. They are big, fluffy and subtly sweet. Oh, and they’re served with jam and clotted cream. The buttermilk scone and pumpkin scone were delicious and, when split between two people, are the perfect size for a filling afternoon snack.

If you’re looking for a nice, quiet place to have a girldate, go here!
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Doughnut Plant (NYC)

I set out to find a unique donut shop in New York City. Requirements? Cool flavors, fluffy inside, lightly crisp outside, not too sweet.

My friend Steven joined me in the donut journey and the first thing we liked about Doughnut Plant was the quirky store design. Donuts on the walls! Donuts on the seats! It’s adorable.

Doughnut Plant has an impressive selection of unique donuts. I tried two donuts – chocolate and tres leches. The chocolate donut was the perfect sweetness level, but was not as fluffy as I had hoped. The tres leches doesn’t quite measure up to the tres leches donut at UMAMIcatessen in Los Angeles, but it was quite good! The only issue with the Doughnut Plant version of tres leches is that it is not moist throughout, only in patches. Steven tried a peanut + butter and jelly donut along with a churro, which were both tasty!

Tres Leches Donut

Chocolate Donut

I recommend Doughnut Plant, but next time I visit the big city I’ll try the other donut competitors!

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I heart New York coffee

I recently returned from my U.S. tour through New York, Chicago and Austin. Of course visiting great places means searching for cool food (especially beyond the chains and famous tourist destinations).

I’ll write about my favorite thing first, coffee. And I’ll start my reviews of the restaurants and cafes in my favorite city, New York.

Hillstone on Park Avenue not only has delicious food, but an excellent cappuccino. It’s smooth and bold and accomplishes exactly what it should – a jolt of energy and intense flavor.

Hillstone cappuccino

As I walked through SoHo on a smoldering hot day, nothing sounded better than an iced latte. I used my yelp app and stumbled upon La Colombe Torrefaction. Located on a corner with big windows, high ceilings and a loud but easy-going atmosphere, this place has a certain charm. Also, there is no menu! Some call the no-menu concept pretentious or hipster, but I think it’s pretty cool. The cafe steps up to the challenge of perfecting the basics. Also, there are no flavorings. The iced latte required no sugar because the flavor did all the work itself. The flavor was full and creamy, a delicious version of such a basic coffee drink. Oh and did I mention they have complimentary cold, room temperature and sparkling water?
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La Colombe Torrefaction iced latte

I met up with a long lost friend attending NYU, so I asked him to choose his favorite coffee spot. He introduced me to Cafe Reggio in the West Village, which is home of the “Original Cappuccino.” As the story goes, the owner of Cafe Reggio introduced the cappuccino to America… pretty neat! Naturally, I ordered the cappuccino, which was smooth and topped with cinnamon. The ambiance of the cafe was calm and classy, various paintings from the Italian Renaissance on the walls and a dark, hole in the wall feel. It’s a great place to meet a friend or read/work quietly. I unfortunately do not have a picture, so go check the cafe out yourself!
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