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Fairway Upper West Side Does Food Demos Saturday

Fairway Upper West Side. Photo: Courtesy of Fairway.

If you’re shopping at Fairway Saturday, you can get free samples and watch some demos by the supermarket’s chefs and other food experts. No, there’s no demo of how to avoid mixing it up with the market’s famously aggressive shoppers.

The program takes place from 11am to 3 pm at the Upper West Side store  (2127 Broadway at 74th Street).

Here’s what’s on tap:

Michael Lewin—cookies.

Hannah Howard—cheeses

Benny Lanfranco—international coffees

Ray Venezia—Hereford shell steaks

Vinnie Olivieri—asparagus pasta

Produce—Uncle Vinnie’s green salads

Lori Levy—pancakes with maple syrup

Will Sneddon—shrimp salad

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Best Birthday Cake in NY Area? Greenport’s Butta’ Cakes Delivers Again

Birthday Cake from Butta' Cakes. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

I loathe birthday cake—too sweet, to sticky-icky. But Butta’ Cake’s birthday cake is a thing of joy—no matter what age you’re turning.

(See my review of Butta’ Cakes luscious cupcakes)

For my hubby’s birthday, I ordered a chocolate cake with mocha icing. We’re big fans of the cupcakes from this small East End bakery located in Greenport, LI, but I wasn’t sure their baker could pull off a standard size cake.

What made this birthday cake so outstanding?

The icing: Not too sweet, but sinfully rich. And they must apply it with a fire hose. If you’re an icing freak, this is the birthday cake for you.

The cake: Usually, the cake layers in your run of the mill birthday cake are too dry and/or cloyingly sweet. Butta Cakes’ devil’s food layers are deeply chocolaty and moist.

They’ll do just about any frosting/cake combo you want. These birthday cakes are worth the trip. In fact, why not order one, then stop at on of the North Fork’s wineries for a little vino to top off your celebration?

What are your favorite bakeries for purchasing birthday cakes?

Butta’ Cakes
119 Main St.
Greenport, NY
631 477-6666
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Chelsea: Gluten-free Yucca-Cheese Roll from Big Booty Bread Company Satisfies

Finding something savory, satisfying and gluten-free for a breakfast on the run isn’t always easy. But at the Big Booty Bread Co. on 23rd St, you can get your needs met for a mere $1.75 with the bakery’s crunchy, rich—and gluten-free—cheese-yucca roll.

Pan de Yucca.  Photo: by rhiannondavid via flickr.

Pan de Yucca. Photo: by rhiannondavid via flickr.

Dubbed the “Cheese Rock” by owner Jose Rojas, the treat is is actually pan de yucca, a traditional Colombia bread. It’s made with yucca flour; the white cheese, queso blanco; eggs and butter, Rojas explained.

The roll derives from “a family” recipe, he said. His parents who have owned Don Ricky Colombian Bakery in Elizabeth, New Jersey for over 30 years, have long produced the savory treat.

Big Booty also displays in its simple shop croissants, muffins, cakes and its signature red velvet cup cake.

Big Booty Bread Co.
261 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
212 414 3056

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