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NYC (BROOKLYN): THE BEST (CHOCOLATE) GRANOLA

By Nora Zelevansky / April 29th, 2010

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I'm like Dionne Warwick (or at least her Psychic Friends).  I bet I can guess what you're thinking right now:

"Really?  Another damn post about GRANOLA?  How much granola can one person eat, no matter how deranged?"

I hear you (along with the other voices in my head).  But seriously.  This time is different.  Because this time I'm writing about Early Bird organic granola's newest flavor, Choc-a-doodle-doo.

This may not be the lowest calorie version you've ever had, but it's definitely the BEST granola you've ever eaten.  Seriously.  It's made with dark chocolate, coconut, olive oil, real maple syrup and a couple of other delicious treats, which combine to create this sweet and salty crunchy masterpiece of granola heaven.  You'll get a sweet bite and then a salty one and then you'll literally never be able to stop the cycle: I was like, wait I just ate sweet.  Now I need salty.  Wait, I just had salty.  Now I need just ONE more handful of sweetness.

The company was created in Brooklyn by former franny's manager and Texan baker, Nekisia Davis.  When it comes to flavor, everything really is bigger in Texas.

xo – N.

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LA (BEVERLY): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / March 19th, 2009

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Last winter (as in 2007), Andrew and I road-tripped up through Northern Cali all the way to Portland and back.  That trip was one of the best I've ever taken in my life and, one of these days, I promise I'll blog about all the great spots we discovered along the way. Some day soon.  Promise.  Every time I think about that trip, I wish I was on it again. looking out the window at snowy Mount Shasta.  If you've never taken a winter road trip, I really recommend.

Anyway, Andrew grew up traveling all over the globe with his sister and documentarian parents (whose latest PBS segment "Journey To Planet Earth: The State of the Planet's Oceans" with narrator Matt Damon debuted yesterday).  And my parents took C. & I from Europe to Mexico City, but neither Andre nor I had ever been to wine country.  We ended up staying at the lovely The Lodge at Sonoma and exploring vineyards in the general vicinity before driving up through Napa en route to our next destination.

And, as much as I enjoyed the wine tasting, I loved the olive oil tasting at The Olive Press most.  I guess that's not surprising, since I'm an olive and olive oil fanatic, but I hadn't really known about the nuances of different varieties: some are more bitter, sweeter, lighter, saltier, tangier, thicker, thinner, infused with jalapeno or garlic.

They're almost all amazing.

Today, Daily Candy LA's Weekend Guide included an olive oil tasting this Saturday at GRACE (in association with the California Olive Oil Council).  GRACE is truly one of LA's best restaurants.  In fact, after that road trip, I wrote a store for The LA Times about high-end restaurants and resorts joining the locavore movement and GRACE was the first spot I mentioned.  This eatery has a few great "special" nights, including their donut bonanza, which is truly not to be missed.  Beignet, anyone?  I know it's not technically a donut, but c'mon.

Anyway: donuts and olive oil.  Seriously, does life get better than that?

xo – N.

P.S.  Sadly, I never get to Boston, but Tasting Table Everywhere's post today is about restos in Beantown, so: Here's a shout out to all you Boston lovers and livers (M., V.,you know who you are).