Last time I wrote, I was headed to NYC to pick up my equipment to start the business. Boy was it an exciting adventure. Ryan (my husband) wasn’t able to get time off work, and it had to be picked up this particular weekend, so I went alone. Obviously I set aside some time to eat all the instagram famous foods I’ve been watching for months. Starting off the trip, the flight into Newark was delayed about 4 hours due to thunderstorms, so they put me on another flight into Laguardia. During this switch, somehow my luggage got lost. Not a great start, since I only had one day, now half a day, in NYC to explore and eat all my things. Many people who know me, know I keep lists for each city of things I want to do. Below is my list for NYC. Insanity:
Fronuts from Donut Project
Frozen Smores from Dominique Ansel
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar
Soft Swerve Ice Cream
The Doughnut Plant
Russ & Daughters
375 Thrice Cooked Fries
Union Fare Gastrohall
Gotham West Market
Ample Hills Creamery
Yes, I ate at every.single.place in half a day. My top picks are Ample Hills Snap Mallow Pop, Milk & Cream soft serve, DunWell, Gotham West Market, and not listed above, the Bagel Train in Mahwah! On a previous trip I also visited Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, which was a top contender also. I am a big fan of the food halls, as you can hit multiple vendors without walking for hours. You can check out all my photos of the foods on the Mag_Dough instagram page.
Now onto the more relevant stuff. After this food filled day, I finally received my luggage at 2am, just in time to leave at 6am to catch a bus up to Suffern to meet the guys selling me the equipment. They picked me up from the bus station, took me to get a U-Haul and then we went back to their place, where they taught me how to assemble, clean and use all the equipment I was buying. Not to mention tons of other trade secret business tips they were kind enough to share. This was an opportunity I could not pass up. We even started from scratch, making the dough and the ice cream base. I learned so much in one day, it probably would have taken weeks or months to figure all of this out on our own. I even improved my Kurtos making skills in just a couple hours under their watchful eye! Check out the first batch vs the second batch in the photos below. They even took me to the amazing bagel place in town (mentioned above) and for real NY pizza after we baked and loaded the U-Haul. Not that I needed to be eating more food after my previous night on the town. I stayed the night up there and then drove the 8 hours, which turned into 11 with DC traffic (ON A SUNDAY), in the morning, all the way to NC.
I had SUCH a fun time learning, I can’t wait to get even more creative with the recipes and ideas and bring this deliciousness to the southeast! Now I just have to teach my husband and family how to bake so they can help with the hard labor!!
On another note, my health inspection is coming up tomorrow afternoon, so things are moving in the right direction. If you made it this far, thanks for reading my novel!!