Cute Baby Post

By grace.g.yang · May 9, 2008
Under: My Life

I babysat Faire last week and made this super cute video of her blowing raspberries (in case you don’t remember who she is, Faire’s the youngest fan of gracenotesnyc and the youngest FRO-YOLYMPICS participant)


Untitled from Grace Yang on Vimeo.

Isn’t she the cutest? I carried her around Central Park and people stopped me to tell me that she was a LOT cuter than other babies. True story.

FRO-YOLYMPICS PART II

By grace.g.yang · May 7, 2008
Under: Desserts,FRO-YOLYMPICS

On Tuesday, I went to dinner with a friend from LA and we were discussing the possibility of another FRO-YOLYMPICS. Since he’s from LA, he’s been a big fan of the plain frozen yogurt craze for quite some time (although he says no one in LA cares anymore). Anyway, I’m going to plan another Fro-Yolympics (there’s been a lot of interest, especially since the weather is getting nicer). If you’re interested in participating, either send me an email at gracenotesnyc@gmail.com or leave a message in the comments!

Pinkberry is opening ANOTHER store and they’re offering FREE SHIRTS to the first 200 people – I WISH I WAS GETTING A FREE PINKBERRY SHIRT:

Maybe we’ll make fro-yo shirts for the next tour!!

Le Petit Belge

By grace.g.yang · May 6, 2008
Under: Desserts,East Village



Over the weekend, I was headed to Union Square from the west village on the bus and saw that Le Petit Belge had finally opened. Chris and I immediately got off the bus (it wasn’t moving that fast anyway) and we hopped over to Le Petit Belge to try their waffles. The store had just opened on Friday and seemed really busy (they had brownie samples! But my brownie sample had a gray hair in it!). Le Petit Belge:

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Le Petit Belge serves a couple of items – BerryWild frozen yogurt, handmade chocolates and marizpan, and freshly made waffles:

You can get the waffles with any of the toppings that you can put on your frozen yogurt, so Chris and I decided to go with whipped cream, raspberries, and strawberries (it adds up pretty quickly because each topping is 75 cents). I asked if the strawberries were fresh or if they were in syrup and the guy told me that everything is fresh (even their dough) because they’re European and that’s how they do things in Europe. The guys in the back were preparing waffles before people were ordering, so I was worried that the waffle was going to be cold when we got it:

The dough looked very sticky and gooey, but not like a waffle mix that you spoon into the waffle press – the guy working the waffle press was holding the dough in his hands and putting it into the press. They assembled our raspberry, strawberry, whipped cream waffle after it cooled down for a bit:

We were walking as quickly as possible so we could find a seat or a table (we eventually settled on the Bank of America ATM on 14th) but we immediately dove into our delicious waffle. The dough has a great texture and it slightly chewy (not because it’s undercooked). Chris agreed that it was a lot better than Wafels and Dinges.

Tip: They’re definitely still working out kinks (it took forever for the cashier to take orders because of distractions) so be patient – the waffles are worth the wait!

Le Petit Belge on Urbanspoon

Bouchon Bakery

By grace.g.yang · May 5, 2008
Under: Lunch,Midtown West



To prepare for our Thomas Keller experience at The French Laundry (in a MONTH!), Chris and I went to Keller’s affordable bistro in Manhattan: Bouchon. Located in the Time Warner Center just below Per Se, Bouchon is a small cafe/restaurant that serves bistro goodies. The wait on a Saturday afternoon was about 20 minutes; not bad at all since there are so many stores to distract you while you’re waiting. We were promptly seated and given a bread basket while we contemplated what we wanted to order (we had a general idea of what we wanted, but had to narrow down the choices!).

Our bread basket with butter:

Each piece of bread was connected to the next so you could just break off a perfect-sized piece for yourself. The bread was extremely good, but would’ve been great if it had been hot (it’s asking a lot, I know). Also, the butter was really creamy and was the perfect spreading temperature (I love it when you can stick your knife in the butter and get exactly the amount you want without it being too hard or soft).

Chris and I decided to order a grilled cheese and tomato soup as well as a wagyu beef brisket sandwich (and dessert, of course). I started with the grilled cheese and tomato soup:

Grilled cheesy goodness:

The grilled cheese had two types of cheese (fontina and gruyere) sandwiched between two slices of brioche. The tomato soup tasted like fresh tomato puree and was very simple yet delicious. I read a couple of reviews before going to Bouchon and people usually complained that the food wasn’t hot (the kitchen is pretty small and it’s close to the bakery on the side of the restaurant), but my tomato soup was extremely hot – so hot that I burned my tongue!

Chris ordered the Wagyu Beef Brisket sandwich with side salad:

Initially, we wanted to order the lobster macaroni and cheese (since we both LOVE macaroni and cheese), but they only make a certain amount everyday and they were out by the time we got there. The wagyu beef brisket sandwich was okay, but not something I’d order again. The meat was a little dry, in my opinion. The side salad was overdressed and the dressing actually tasted a little bit like olive juice.

I was really interested in trying their desserts (there are so many to choose from!) and Chris and I decided to go with the Nutter Butter with vanilla ice cream:

Thomas Keller’s take on the nutter butter was soft, chewy, and and the filling inside was a lot better than what Nutter Butter offers. The cookie isn’t that sweet (even though it’s a ton of sugar and butter – I know because I recreated the recipe over the weekend), but the vanilla ice cream balanced the cookie out. It was amazing!

After our lunch at Bouchon, we walked over to the bakery to see what we could for take out:

They have TKO’s (Thomas Keller Oreos), sticky buns, and lots of macaroons. I didn’t order anything, but I’ll be back in a couple weeks for their macaroni and cheese!

What to order: Tartine Of Tuna Nicoise On Pain De Campagna, Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese, Vegetable Jardiniere On Toasted Multigrain, and the Nutter butter cookie for dessert.

Bouchon Bakery on Urbanspoon

Jeff Koons on the Roof

By grace.g.yang · May 1, 2008
Under: Things to do in NYC,UES

Last night, Chris and I were lucky enough to go to the Met to attend a social gathering with Bloomberg and Jeff Koons. If you recognize the name but you’re not sure from where, maybe it’s because you saw his name and artwork on Google; his chrome tulips were on the homepage:

Google launched iGoogle Artist Themes yesterday and had his tulips on display (his tulips weren’t on display at the Met rooftop because they’re too large for the space). Google is also showing some of the artwork from their 70 collaborators this weekend in the meatpacking district – you can find more info here. (I’m not sure if anything by Jeff Koons will be there…but I’m going to check it out anyway!).

The Bloomberg/Met event was fun and we were able to see Koons’ work and listen to him explain his amazing stainless steel sculptures that are currently being shown in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Here are the three sculptures on display:

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Who doesn’t love a balloon dog?!:

The detailed creases made me want to touch it to make sure it wasn’t an actual balloon. :)

Sacred Heart:

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Coloring book:

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Coloring book is supposed to be a sloppily colored-in illustration of Piglet – cute, right?

The exhibit runs through October 26th and is worth checking out – if you don’t want to see the art, at least check out the amazing view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline!


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