Just got back from a whirlwind two-day trip to your fair city! The trip was not as food-centered as usual, but we had some good and interesting eats:
Little Amsterdam in Saratoga for lunch has the ambience of an old-time diner. Everyone in there (except us, of course) seemed to be regulars. It was charming, and the grilled cheese sandwiches and soups were tasty. Not fancy and not gourmet but very satisfying!
Hotei for dinner. Yummy ramen.
Polly Ann's for ice cream! I had never heard of this place until I read about it on chowhounds. Not only do they have interesting flavors, but the place is wacky and interesting.
DROVE PAST Citizen Cake and tried to find parking, but we were late so we had to move on. At least I know where it is, though. So close, and yet so far!
Okay, so the main food thing that was exciting was discovering an excellent selection of Yoku Moku cookies at Neiman Marcus. For those who have not heard of Yoku Moku, they are a Japanese cookie that is very buttery and delicate and melts in your mouth. I have been wanting to try the cigares du the (tea-flavored cookies), so I got some, and I have to say that they are the MOST AMAZING COOKIES I HAVE EVER TASTED. I love tea, and these just hit the mark. They are fragrant and provide a smooth tea taste with a hint of floral. I was thinking maybe they use Darjeeling? Anyway, they are fabulous, and you should all go run down to Neiman Marcus to buy some!
Also at Neiman Marcus I got some of the La Maison du Chocolat caramels as a gift for my husband. After feeling like a complete moron for spending $32 on a box of caramels, I get them home and my husband eats one and says they taste old. They were crumbly and devoid of flavor! I called Neiman's, though, and they are returning my money. Good service.
Sorry for babbling on like an idiot as usual, but I just get excited about food,