There are times when I think there is nothing worse than working right next to Rockefeller Center (i.e. Radio City crowds, tree-lighting madness, etc.), but then there are those special times that make me feel fortunate. I can only be referring to the abundance of food trucks in the area on any given day, but on this particular day, it was a sugary stop at the Street Sweets truck that made my afternoon.
You kind of can't miss that thing, can you? That's how a food truck should look in my opinion: bright, loud and glowing with yummy food. That word was actually what drew me to it in the first place; the display case in front seemed to "glow" and it made everything look like little bites of heaven. Even the chocolate mini-loaf looked irresistible, and normally that does nothing for me, so I had to try something…
Never having been there before, I didn't know what to get, so I did what any newbie would do: ask for their best-selling products and then pick something random. Owner Grant Di Mille told me about the "Macarella," a coconut macaroon with Nutella inside it. Then he started to say something else but my brain stopped working after I heard "Nutella." Sorry Grant. Nutella is my biggest guilty pleasure. SOLD. And for my random choice: a flourless chocolate cookie. Done and done.
Let me try and describe this "Macarella" to you: HEAVEN. With Nutella inside. It's a sweet, chewy, flattened out coconut macaroon with lightly crisped and browned edges, and gooey hazelnut-chocolate-goodness that is Nutella oozing out. I felt guilty just for eating it, let's put it that way. I felt that the people around me who weren't eating it were being cheated, but I was so happy at the same time. Macarella: SO good, it's not even fair.
The chocolate flourless cookie was also pretty amazing. I don't think it can follow an act like that Macarella, but it could hold it's own in a bake sale. Dense, chewy, and chocolatey, this semi-sweet chunky cookie was a hit at the office. Why wasn't the Macarella a hit at the office?? Um, because I ate most of it myself.
I also got a surprise from LS later in the day: their Candied Ginger Shortbread cookies and Pecan Sand Tart cookies. I loved the texture of the pecan cookie, it was so crumbly and nutty with a dusting of raw sugar all around. Maybe I'm weird, but I really loved the spice and kick from the candied ginger cookie, not to mention the shortbread is so buttery. You can't go wrong with either.
I also found out that Street Sweets is taking orders for
pies, just in time for Thanksgiving. They offer Classic Apple, Pecan,
Pumpkin, Pear Apple Caramel Crumb, and a Rustic Apple Cranberry Tart.
Give me the apple, pecan and pear apple caramel crumb and I won't even
eat the damn turkey. Get your orders in before Sunday to have it in time for Wednesday – they are getting a TON of orders from what I gather.
I am so glad I decided to leave my cubicle yesterday and have a little afternoon pick me up on the street. How 80's of me. Street Sweets is my new drug. Find out where they are on Twitter.