Taiyaki Ice Cream

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Any Instagram food enthusiast has probably seen the soft serve ice cream inside of a cone that resembles a fish called Taiyaki. Traditionally, Taiyaki is a Japanese cookie filled with red bean. At Taiyaki NYC located in SoHo, they have taken the cookie and created a lovely ice cream treat.

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(Please ignore my lovely chipped nail polish.)

This is probably some of the best ice cream I have ever tried. I ordered the Straight Outta Japan which is matcha and black sesame swirl with a red bean filling in the cone, and mochi and wafer as toppings. The soft serve itself is so creamy and flavorful while the cone and red bean filling truly make the dessert. The mochi and wafer and a beautiful touch that add to the essence of the whole treat. They also have a variety of other flavors and an option to make your own Taiyaki.

I rarely ever go back to ice cream or any sort of restaurant simply because I love trying new things but, Taiyaki is just so good that I have gone back time and time again while also having incredibly random cravings for it. Taiyaki NYC has officially become one of my “spots” and filled a void in my black heart.

Thank you so much for reading!

Much Love,

Asma Elgouz

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Starbucks Ombré Pink Drink

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Like the rest of America, I love Starbucks. Every time a new cool-looking drink is added to their menu, I make plans with my sister (my SB fanatic partner in crime) to try it. Last summer, the pink drink was all rage and since it was on the secret menu, everyone and their mother was ordering it. This year the drink was added onto the actual menu and Starbucks created an ombré version.

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This drink for me was a bit disappointing. I was expecting a fruity explosion but ended up with the familiar taste of the toothpaste my dentist uses to clean my teeth. While it was not the worst thing I have ever tried on the planet, I would still probably never order it again. However, other people seem to be really enjoying it so maybe it is not for everyone. I would love to know what everyone else thought of it as well!

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Much Love,

Asma Elgouz

STUFFED COOKIES

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I came across these glorious cookies on Instagram and realized that my life would not be fulfilled without trying them. They are made in THE CUTEST little bakeshop in New City, New York called Caked Up. The bakery is known for its cupcakes and recently came out with their stuffed cookies. I also just need to say that the service was amazing, everyone there was so nice and probably the sweetest people I have ever come across.

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I got the one all the way in the back with the chocolate on the sides while my two sisters got the others. Mine was filled with cookie dough, which was an actual out of body experience for me because this cookie was just too good. The one with the sprinkles was filled with with buttercream and the one with the Oreo crumbs had an Oreo filling. I would recommend these cookies to anyone with a sweet tooth who loves cookies. Caked Up also offers a variety of treats including cupcakes and beautifully decorated cakes. These cookies were absolutely amazing and anyone who loves chocolate chip cookies needs to try these

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Much Love,

Asma Elgouz

Two Very Different Ice Cream Experiences

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Living right outside New York has always been a blessing. I get to try all the new, cool, and trendy restaurants that pop up all over the city. Basically, I get to eat a lot of food. With my new summery mood I have been craving ice cream (the best dessert in my personal opinion).

The first trendy ice cream shop I wanted to try was Momofuku Milk Bar, which is all over Instagram. They have different locations all over the city and a variety of different cookies, cakes, and sweets to sell. At this specific Upper West Side location they had soft serve flavors available, Crack Pie and Cereal Milk. I decided to get a swirl of both flavors with a crunch topping.

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While the ice cream looks delectable in pictures. On my first bite I realized that getting the crunch was a mistake. This crunch topping simply looks like regular corn flakes but for some odd reason, these crunch pieces taste like straight up salt. Aside from the salty toppings, the ice cream itself also had a hint of salt to it too. For me, ice cream is dessert and ice cream is supposed to be sweet. I do not mind mixing two flavors like sweet and salty but one cannot overpower the other especially in the case of ice cream. I can’t speak for any of Momofuku Milk Bar’s other treats though and would love to hear back from anyone who has tried them before.

My second ice cream experience was at Emack & Bolio’s which also happens to be on the Upper West Side. Walking into this small and quaint shop, my body filled with excitement because I new this had to be good. At Emack & Bolio’s I had a choice of these amazing cones with flavors ranging from Foot Loops to Oreos and they also offered a wide variety of ice cream. I got the Cosmic Crunch flavor which is basically vanilla with caramel, chocolate chips, nuts, toffee, and cookie pieces in a Fruity Pebbles cone.

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This ice cream was simply put to die for. It was a heavenly experience and I need to go back to Emack & Bolio’s to try their other flavors because this was too good. I cannot put into words how amazing this ice cream was. If you ever find yourself on the Upper West Side you must try it. I LOVED THIS FREAKING ICE CREAM!