Friday, March 06, 2009

Big Balls in Bensonhurst


Headed out to Bensonhurt recently to research an upcoming Serious Eats New York post on the weird but yummy slipper lobster. Once done with that, I set out to explore a neighborhood I hadn't been to in forever.
First stop is a branch of the three decades old local chain, Meats Supreme, whose slogan is "Where Family Tradition Still Matters." Almost didn't go in, as it looked like a standard Brooklyn independent market (and thank god some still exist!) from the outside, and was packed with shoppers doing their Saturday marketing. That would have been a big mistake as, in the back of the store, there was a huge case of prepared foods, lots of it Italian, including two or three kinds of rice ball(I lost track, the sight of all that food before lunch was making me dizzy). I got the large, which might better have been called enormous. (Also scored a package of the elusive Thomas' English Muffin Maple French Toast, which is ethnically confused, but yummy.)
Hopped on the el, got home, and sauced up the balls, which were more packed with meat than any I've ever seen. No snack these, but a full meal.
Meats Supreme
1949 86th Street
Brooklyn

A Very Yogurt Thursday

Stopped by Daydream Frozen Yogurt yesterday. I'm really not caught up in the fro-yo craze, but I was hungry and felt I deserved a treat, because the Trader Joe's around the corner is now consistently too crowded for any sane person to enter, which has put something of a crimp in my food shopping. No thaw-and-eat edamame until the recession recedes, I guess.

Daydream's pomegranate yogurt was tart and refreshing. The best part for me was the wacky fruit dust, which came in blackberry, cranberry, raspberry, and a whole lot of other berriness. The powder is made from organic fruit; it adds an extra hit of flavor--not to mention kicky color--to your bowl. I was also impressed with the silver plastic silverware (as it were).
On a very local yogurt note, the Avenue A Key Food is selling 1 1/2 quart containers of Edy's frozen yogurt on a buy one, get one free basis, which means that each container winds up costing around three bucks. The tart yogurt and honey swirl is delicious over slightly thawed frozen berries, and will be even better come fruit season.
Daydream Frozen Yogurt
110 3rd Ave. @ 13th
NYC

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