Posts Tagged ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate


Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Reinvented Classics

This episode is noteworthy because (correct me if I’m wrong) it features the only DC restaurant so far, Founding Farmers. I was super psyched when they opened in my former hood–Foggy Bottom desperately needed more restaurants to fill the void between Johnny Rockets (student-friendly burger joint) and Marcel’s (fancy French place that I’ve never seen anyone under the age of 40 enter, unless they were an escort).

Food critic Tom Sietsema skewered this place in a 2009 review, and having been there 5 times, I tend to agree with his opinion of the food. That shouldn’t stop you from going there to try the Devilish-Eggs that were called out by Robert Irvine, though. And to Founding Farmers’ credit, they’re green, it’s a fun atmosphere, and they offer a new vegan menu (the chocolate stout waffles were tasty enough that you won’t miss their non-vegan cousins). Judging from the Yelpers and crowds constantly spilling out onto the sidewalk, people are going to continue mobbing this place, reviews be damned.

Anyway, back to the reason we’re here: where to get the 2 desserts featured on the show.

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Cheesecake Lollipop Tree – DavidBurke Townhouse

133 E 61st St.

New York, NY 10065


Churros Con Cajeta – La Casita Mexicana

4030 East Gage Ave.

Bell, CA 90201


food network’s “the best thing i ever ate”: totally fried episode

loladonutsHere are the donuts highly recommended by Giada “Bobblehead” De Laurentiis from this episode. I don’t have issues with people sensualizing food, but Giada comes off as over-the-top to me. Nigella does it so much more naturally. Speaking of Nigella, why are all her shows airing only at 7:30 AM lately? Did she piss off someone at Food Network?

Watch the Giada clip here and silently judge:

Back to the donuts–they come with two dipping sauces. I believe one is a mascarpone-based sauce and the other is cranberry.

Made To Order Doughnuts-Lola

2000 4th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121



food network’s “the best thing i ever ate”: bacon episode

Here are the two desserts that got shout outs on this episode. Both of these looked pretty amazing. They incorporated apples and bacon into the donut dough before frying. And the bacon chocolate crunch bar had so many different forms of chocolate and textures going on, Duff was practically serenading the thing.

Right when I think the bacon-in-dessert fad is bottoming out, we get a bacon-apple-maple donuts. Any guesses for which dessert will be bacon-ized next? My money’s on chocolate mousse!


Bacon Apple Maple Donuts – Dynamo Donut & Coffee

2760 24th St

San Francisco, CA 94110


Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar – Animal

435 N. Fairfax Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90036



Food Network’s “The best thing i ever ate”: obsessions episode


This triple coconut cream pie was the only dessert featured on this episode. When they showed how it was made, even I, the avowed cake lover, was swooning.

They manage to incorporate coconut into every part of the pie, including the crust. In other words, it’s a coconut-lover’s dream, coconut-hater’s nightmare.

Look at those coconut shavings. I dare you to be amibivalent.

Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Ritz Seafood (You can phone in an order.)

910 Rte. 561

Voorhees, NJ 08043

(856) 566-6650

More on this episode’s other obsessions here.

***Update, 10/6/10*** We have finally tried the coconut cream pie. Verdict here.


Food Network’s “The best thing i ever ate”: wake-up call episode

Here’s where to get the sweet breakfast treats from this episode:



Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes – BLD

7450 Beverly Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 930-9744

Peanut Butter & Banana Stuffed French Toast – Café 222

222 Island Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 236-9902

Cinnamon Rolls – Ann Sather

909 W. Belomont

Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 348-2378

Wicked Spicy Hot Chocolate – Jacques Torres

350 Hudson

New York, NY 10014

(212) 414-2462




Food Network’s “The best thing I ever ate”: With my hands episode


There were two desserts featured on this episode. Here’s where to get ’em. BTW, the Dip Sum Donuts segment had me foaming at the mouth.

Dip Sum Donuts – Buddakan

325 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 574-9440


Chocolate Coconut Cupcake – Joan’s on Third

8350 W. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

(323) 655-2285

And here’s more on the entire episode:,1000011,FOOD_32078_63436,00.html


Best thing I ever ate, DC edition

Not like Food Network asked. But here it is anyway.

Cake: Caramelita at Les Halles DC (RIP). If anyone knows where the Les Halles pastry chef is now, I’d like to hunt her/him down just for this cake.

Runner-up: White chocolate mousse cake, Watergate Pastry, Foggy Bottom

Chocolate mousse: Patisserie Poupon, Georgetown. Comes in a crunchy chocolate shell.

Cookie: Lemon drop cookie, Praline Bakery, Bethesda, MD. Buttery cookie with tangy icing.

Cupcake:  Gianduja, Hello Cupcake, Dupont Circle. At room temperature, the ganache icing eats like a rich pudding. Refrigerated, like a chocolate truffle.

Croissant: Pain au chocolat, Patisserie Poupon, Georgetown. Authentic and baked fresh. No weird aftertaste from the butter/oil from the pastry, as with lesser versions.


Egg tart: Portuguese natas at Nando’s Chicken, Gallery Place/Dupont/etc. The bruleed egg custard is so good. 

Frozen yogurt: Green tea, Tangysweet, Dupont Circle/Gallery Place. Hints of honey and lemon set this flavor apart.

Ice cream: Coconut gelato, Boccato Gelato, Arlington, VA. With toasted coconut bits.

Macaroon: Praline Bakery, Bethesda, MD. Generously sized, great selection of flavors.

Mango sticky rice: Kanlaya, Gallery Place. Your fork cuts through the mango like buttah.

Milkshake: Toasted marshmallow, Good Stuff Eatery. The toasted marshmallow flavor permeates the whole shake. Order one more than you think you want. People will become reluctant to share.

Peach cobbler: Teaism (seasonal), Penn Quarter. A flaky, buttery shortbread sits on top of perfectly spiced peaches for just $3.

Pie: Key lime, Ray’s the Steaks, Arlington, VA. Best key lime pie I’ve come across so far.

Runner-up: Chocolate silk, Wildfire (seasonal), McLean, VA. A chocolatey filling in a chocolate cookie crust.


food network’s “the best thing i ever ate”: sugar rush episode

My favorite new series on the Food Network interviews chefs, food critics, et. al. about their faves. Each episode is themed (pizza, BBQ, etc.). The “Sugar Rush” episode highlighted a bunch of desserts that I’d like to try, especially the chocolate hazelnut purse that makes Giada even more effusive than usual. Here’s the list of desserts they talked about and where to find them.,1000011,FOOD_32078_63431,00.html

Chocolate hazelnut purse, Riva Restaurant. Photo courtesty Gary M.

Chocolate hazelnut purse, Riva Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Mad Mojo.

   CMP (Chocolate Marshmallow & Peanuts) – Woodberry Kitchen

  • 2010 Clipper Park Road, No. 126

    Baltimore, MD 21211

    (410) 464-8000

  • Sam’s Sundae – Bi-Rite Creamery

    3692 18th St

    San Francisco, CA 94110

    (415) 626-5600

  • Toasted Marshmallow Shake – Stand

    24 E 12th St

    NYC, NY 10003

    (212) 488-5900

  • Chocolate Bar Dessert – Tru

    686 N Saint Clair St # 1

    Chicago, IL

    (312) 202-0001

  • Golden Delicious Apple Tart – Al Forno

    577 South Main Street

    Providence, RI 02903

    (401) 273–9760

  • S’Mores – Luna Park

    672 S La Brea Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    (323) 934-2110

  • Pecan Pie – Brightsen’s Restaurant

    723 Dante Street

    New Orleans, LA

    (504) 861-7610

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Purse: – Riva Restaurant

    312 Wilshire Blvd.

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

    (310) 451 -7482