Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Out-of-State Thin Crust Pizza

August 11, 2009

I had to go to Stamford, Connecticut for business meetings so I pulled out my copy of 500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late to see if there was anything interesting to eat nearby. Sure enough the travel guide recommended the Colony Grill for it’s Super Thin Pizza. Authors Jane & Michael liked the pizza at the Colony Grill so much that they ranked them No. 9 on their list of the Top 24 Essential Pizzerias across the USA. So I had to go.

Colony Grill PizzaIt was worth the trip.  The Pizza was the Best Thin Crust Pizza I have ever had. Even Donna, who has eaten only two slices of pizza in the 27 years I have known her, ate 3 slices that night. What was different for Donna was the Tomato Sauce, it had a different texture than other pizzas she tried. Real pieces of tomato in the sauce. We both loved the Sausage, which the Colony Grill sources across the street at the local meat packer. The sausage was nicely spiced with some heat and a whole lot of flavour. Other reviewers suggested the Cherry Peppers, so we went for them despite both of us aren’t big chili-heads. In the photo they are the small red and green specs. They were hot but flavourful.  The Onions, recommended by the waiter, were very thinly slices and caramelized by the pizza oven.  Other reviewers suggested the Hot Oil.  I remembered that late but the waiter brought some on the side but he didn’t recommend it since he thought the oil made the pizza too greasy. I did try the hot oil on one slice and the waiter was correct.

Net-net it was one Extraordinary Pizza. One that even Donna liked. A couple of things you should know, the only food they serve is pizza, many topping choices including the Hot Oil and the Stinger peppers (too hot for Donna and I) but only pizza.  They do have a full bar with 8 different martini choices but only pizza.

Read other reviews about the Colony Grill here, here and here.

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Colony Grill 172 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, CT 06902-5128        203-359-2184

Jewish Apple Cake

July 28, 2009

I saw the book 500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late in the Gourmet magazine last month and tried to get a copy at our local Borders store but it was sold out.  I went back Wednesday and they had one copy which I bought. I figured there had to have Bucks County places in there for me to write about and sure enough there were a couple.

 The closest to me was the Jewish Apple Cake served at the Town Crier Bakery just down the road in Lahaska.  The authors Jane and Michael Stern report (page 91 -where was stuff like this when I had to do book reviews – LOL) that the cake is not make with butter despite being very moist and that make the cake a perfect dessert to go with a Kosher dairy of meat meal.  I have learned recently that a Kosher meal can not have dairy and meat in the same meal so this cake give the meal planners more options.  Apparently the Jewish folks just call it Apple Cake.

Jewish Apple Cake

 I stopped by the Town Crier Bakery on the way back from Dublin and Luburto’s to pick up a Jewish Apple Cake.  It was a good looking cake with frosting and pieces of apple decorating the top of the cake. The cake was heavy but inexpensive at $7.50.


Jewish Apple Cake

The shape of the cake results in relatively small slices.  Small but very dense. Donna and I found the cake to be quite dry but the apple flavour went thru the cake.  The moist Apple slices on the topping were sweet with a mild apple flavour. The Icing was quite sweet and a nice contrast to the dry insides of the cake. You will need milk or some other beverage with this cake but it is a nice change for regular cake. 

The book also said that Night Kitchen in Doylestown makes a better cake than the Town Crier so we will find out soon about that. Stay tuned.

BTW Town Crier Bakery offers a big selection of Gluten Free products including, scones, muffins, brownies and cookies.

Read other review of the Town Crier Bakery here, here and here.

Town Crier Bakery– Store #29 Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA 18931       215-794-9910