BonBon brings its Swedish fish to the Upper East Side
Bonbon, the Swedish candy store with hundreds of options, introduced itself to New York’s Lower East Side, then followed with a store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An elaborately decorated shop is now opening on the Upper East Side. Its three partners, all Swedish nationals, offer their own line, the first of its kind, of Swedish gummy fish in tart flavors of wild strawberry, peach, blackberry and elderflower, as well as sweet wild strawberry. There will be tastings in the new store and soon, a batch of licorice candies.
Sour Swedish Fish, $8 for 5.29 ounces, BonBon, 1220 Lexington Avenue (83rd Street), 212-786-0094, bonbonnyc.com.
Competition for macarons? Eugenie appears for the first time.
Can the iconic macaron ambassador dethrone his own icon? Mostly not. But Ladurée, the Paris-based international company that has been baking macaroons since 1862, offers a tempting competitor: Eugenie. On sale starting Thursday, it’s also a filled cookie, but crunchier and more elaborate than a macaron. Each gluten-free cookie is coated with a filling of flavored caramel or cream and dipped in dark, white or colored chocolate, for a confectionery’s expression of crunchy taffeta and soft velvet. Named after Empress Eugenie de Montijo who ruled with Napoleon III during the same period as the birth of the macaron, it deserves a place at teatime and gift-giving.
Eugenie Cookies, $3.20 each, Six for $24, 12 for $45, 18 for $63, Laduree Stores, laduree.us.
Learn about the Etrog of Sukkot
Rosh Hashanah hasn’t yet been celebrated, and the Yom Kippur fast hasn’t begun, but the Bernard Jewish Museum at the Imano-El Synagogue, on the Upper East Side, is already preparing for Sukkot. For the holiday, this year from September 29 to October 6, there will be “Etrog: The Wandering Fruit”, an exhibition about the fruit that is a symbol of the week-long festival. Citrus or citron is a football-shaped citrus, with more rind than pulp, and has a deep holiday meaning – the harvest festival that symbolizes the Jews’ survival in the desert. On display in the museum are artifacts, manuscripts, artifacts, traditional symbols, and others to explain the citron and its importance. Don’t expect any mention of how to enhance your birthday fruitcake.
“Etrog: The Wandering Fruit,” through November 20, Barnard Jewish Museum, Synagogue Emanuel El, One East 65th Street, 212-744-1400, emanuelnyc.org.
Plug in this countertop pizza oven
Outdoor cooking starts to get less demanding after Labor Day, which makes Cuisinart time their new indoor pizza oven ready. The all-new electric oven, which can be connected to the outside if appropriate, is a fairly compact countertop size, at 19 inches wide, 17.5 inches deep, and 11 inches high. It comes equipped with a stone, peel, and deep pie pan, and can heat up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. heating takes about 30 minutes; Pizza prepares in about five minutes, so baking back-to-back pies for a crowd is easy. It can also be used for galettes, focaccia, and other baked specialties. One very attractive factor is the price: $399.95, less than half the cost of most competitors.
Cuisinart Indoor Pizza Oven, $399.95, cuisinart.com.
Momofuku New Spicy Noodles
Momofuku has expanded its lineup of packaged noodles with two new vibrant flavors, sweet and spicy, and soy-based chili. Quick to make and with the sauce in the package, they’re best thought of as savory plates for an array of toppings like chopped scallions, greens, shredded ginger, sautéed mushrooms, tofu, shredded chicken or pork, seafood and condiments like crispy chili. When made according to package directions, don’t strain it so well that some of the starchy water can move the mixture forward.
Momofuku Sweet and Spicy Noodles, Spicy Chili Noodles, $13 for five 3.35-ounce packages, shop.momofuku.com.
French spirit with a yuzu twist
Maison Ferrand, the French spirits company, produces a version of Triple-sec (Dry Curaçao) that’s less fizzy and more sophisticated than most. Now it has improved its orange liqueur, spiced with tart yuzu, the famous citrus fruit most often associated with Japan. The yuzu grown in Morocco are harvested when they are very ripe, then macerated and distilled with a cognac-based liqueur. It’s sure to elevate your margarita, but it’s also excellent chilled, with dessert or for an after-dinner sip. Try it with a quality tonic, hold the limescale.
Ferrand Dry Curaçao Yuzu Late Harvest, $36.96 for 700 milliliters, Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette Street (East Fourth Street), 212-674-7900, astorwines.com.
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