#SCBDExclusive: Behind The Scenes & Lunch at DBGB Kitchen & Bar

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A saying I’ve learned to live by and well have always lived by is: when a good opportunity comes around, you should take it. Well almost two weeks ago, I was invited to go see the prep kitchen and get a behind the scenes look to the charcuterie and pastry program to Daniel Boulud‘s restaurants in New York City. I was invited to go with a guest so, SCBD team member Kelsey Jelling came with me. We could not put down this once in a lifetime opportunity and it was definitely a day to remember.

When we arrived to the prep kitchen in the East Village we were greeted by Lauren, who does the pr for all of the Daniel Boulud restaurants in the city. We were welcomed to enjoy some complimentary coffee & pastries before our tour began. I made sure I tried a croissant and some coffee and it did not disappoint. I was ready for the tour to begin.

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Our tour began by seeing where all the breads are made and packaged including making our own baguettes (which was the best baguette I ever tasted thus far). We also where the pastries are made and maintained before the charcuterie part of our class began. I was definitely starting to crave all the sweets I was seeing.

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Next, it was time to see the charcuterie department. We started off by seeing where some of the casing was done but then we went into the ‘cold’ room where all the important stuff goes down. We saw a how they make their famous rilette which we also got try and it was a delicious! A rilette is a mix of braised pork shank that was slow cooked for 48 hours, roasted vegetables, oil and seasonings.

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After we finished with the charcuterie part of the class, it was time for my favorite part, our lunch on the house at DBGB Kitchen and Bar. I’ve heard so many great things about Daniel Boulud‘s cooking and after attending the class I knew what I wanted to try. We started off with cocktails, since Kelsey and I both liked fruity cocktails, our waiter recommended The Dicken’s which was fruity with a bit of spice but was delicious and I’d definitely get it again.

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While we were looking over the menu and picking out our appetizers, we also got to meet Daniel Boulud, we were so in awe we didn’t take a picture with him but it was surely an honor. For my appetizer, I  tried the Fried Egg and Wild Mushroom Appetizer which was delicious and creamy, it was a perfect balance of egg and mushrooms. I decided to try the famous DBGD Dog, especially after learning about how all their hot dogs & sausages are made in-house, I was crazy not to! It certainly did not disappoint and was served with some delicious homemade fries. We also got a complimentary sausage de jamon sent from the kitchen, which was great!

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The Chocolate Only Cake

We were getting so full, but could not turn down dessert so I decided to get the ‘Chocolate Only’ Cake which is by far the lightest, most heavenly piece of chocolate cake I’ve ever had. It was a fun-filled, food day that I would never forget and I would love to come back and eat at DBGB Kitchen and Bar again!

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Turkey-Bacon Avocado Sandwich

When I began working full time after I graduated from college, I loved going to Whole Foods for lunch.  It became a very guilty and delicious habit.  The funny thing was that the options I chose for my daily lunch were things I could easily make from home.  My wallet told me this was a good idea and I am so glad I listened.  😉

This sandwich is one of my favorites.  As much as I love the combo of bacon and avocado, I don’t eat pork.  So like most of my restaurant favorites, I recreated the standard Club Sandwich on my own terms.  This one fills me up, is low on processed ingredients, and lends itself to easy modifications.  Oh and it takes less than 10 minutes to throw together.  What more could you ask for?

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Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Oasis Low-Carb Flaxseed bread (use your favorite bread or whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 slices lean turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup of shredded turkey breast
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Handful of spinach

Instructions:

  1. On one slice of bread, layer the turkey and turkey bacon over the tomatoes and spinach.
  2. Smear the avocado on the other slice of bread.  If you want to add mayo, go for it.  But trust me when I say that all of these flavors together are perfect without it too.
  3. Put the halves together and wait for coworker envy.

What is your favorite thing to bring for lunch?

#SCBD Quick & Easy Breakfast Burrito Recipe!

Ever since 2013 began my latest breakfast obsession has been breakfast burritos. They are great to eat for breakfast or brunch and can make a breakfast lover out of anyone. Breakfast has always been a meal I eat daily because I know I work better with a little or in this case a lot in my stomach. Also, if you are on the run this a great portable breakfast that will make your stomach and taste buds a bit happier. There are a few different techniques to making them, in fact the first time I made them was with my boyfriend and our friend’s New Year’s Day but here is my most effective recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-4 large eggs (depends on how many you plan on serving)
  • Salsa of choice
  • A pack of flour tortillas
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper, for taste
  • Bag of shredded cheese (I prefer the Mexican Blend)

Instructions:

  1. If you plan on including bacon in your burrito prepare that first in a frying pan to your liking and put pieces on a plate with a paper towel so they aren’t as greasy.
  2. If you don’t plan on using bacon start by cracking eggs in a mixing bowl. Note: I use 2 eggs per burrito per person so if you are making for more than two people you may  need to use between 6-8 eggs but its up to you.
  3. Get out frying pan and spray with butter or olive oil spray, let it heat up for a minute or two.
  4. Whip eggs in mixing bowls, add salt & pepper and about a tablespoon or two of salsa.
  5. Pour egg mix into frying pan and scramble eggs to your liking.
  6. Once eggs are scrambled put them into a separate bowl.
  7. Spray pan with oil or butter spray again and heat tortillas over low heat to your liking.
  8. Put more salsa (if you want) and shredded cheese into separate bowls.
  9. Take your tortilla top with bacon, scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese to your liking.
  10. Fold into a burrito and enjoy!

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Next time you don’t know what to eat for breakfast or brunch think outside the box and try this breakfast burrito recipe, it’s delicious!

Happy Eating! 😀

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Midtown East oh how you’ve fed me…

Hey foodies! Its been awhile, but I’m back! This past semester I interned at a television show that taped in Midtown East! I fell in love with that part of NYC and the food there never failed to please. So here are some places I highly recommend, well my favorites for breakfast, lunch, and well dinner:

Breakfast:

1) 696 deli (696 3rd ave, ny, ny 10017)

Not only does 696 have affordable breakfast which includes a bacon egg and cheese for about 3.50 to an omelette for $5 tops but there food is great and fresh! I’ve never had a bad experience there and would go there for a hearty breakfast to start my day! FYI they also serve lunch I believe after 11 am!

Lunch/Dinner:

2) Potbelly Sandwich Shop (150 E 44th st, ny, ny 10017)

Potbelly is a chain but its definitely carries some of the best sandwiches I’ve had in my life. They have everything from a meatball sub to the best roast beef sandwiches for just $6! You can also add extra meat for less than a dollar extra! They also have great cookies and chips you can get with it!

3) Blarney Stone Pub (710 3rd Ave #1, ny, ny 10017)

Want something filling for 5 bucks and under? Well my favorite at Blarney was there rotisserie chicken with two sides. It is enough for two days and is super affordable. They have everything from burgers to chicken fingers and anything you can imagine would be at a bar. Blarney has always given me great service on my lunch break!

4) Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine (369 Lexington Ave. ny, ny, 10017)

Want amazing Cuban food in the city? Want some Ropa Vieja to keep warm on these cold days, go to Sophies! For $9 you can get lunch for two days there too. Its only the best Cuban cuisine, you get a choice of an entree and two sides. I highly recommend getting some empanadas if you can as well! I love this place!!! Order ahead if you can and it’ll be ready when you get there!

5) Pizza Rustica (817 2nd ave, ny, ny, 10017)

Pizza Rustica has amazing pizza for one and they also have an affordable lunch special! For $6-7 you can get an entree and a pasta and veggie side. They fill the container so you have plenty of food! I love there pizza and dishes and want to try there dinner dishes eventually!

Those are top 5! If you go to any of the places I mentioned let me know and what you thought!

More blogs to come!

Keep eating!! 😀

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