The Scoop with Max Falkowitz, Editor of Serious Eats: New York

By Debra Liu

What is the one thing we crave more at this time of year than any other? Yup, ice cream. And who better to talk to about our favorite cold creamy dessert (and food in general) than Max Falkowitz, Editor and Ice Cream Maker-in-Residence of Serious Eats: New York.

Max Falkowitz | Photo Credit: Robyn Lee
Max Falkowitz | Photo Credit: Robyn Lee

Over the years, he has provided us with infinite ice cream wisdoms making our existence that much sweeter, from showing us the easiest way to make vanilla ice cream at home, bringing peanut butter honey ice cream into our lives, to more recently, introducing us to ice cream’s best friend – really decadent double chocolate cake from Park Slope’s L’Albero Dei Gelati.

Max grew up in Forest Hills, Queens in a food-loving family. “We’re all a big family of emotional eaters so it was celebratory and stress relieving,” says Max. But it was in college that his interest in cooking and technology began. He stumbled into his career at Serious Eats a few years ago after a friend dared him to reach out to the now incredibly popular food blog. Shortly after, Max became a columnist writing about ices and ice cream recipes. “I owe it all to luck and being at the right place at the right time,” he told me.

Max's Chai Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Max Falkowitz
Max’s Chai Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Max Falkowitz

For almost 4 years now, he’s been developing and writing ice cream recipes. One of his long outstanding interests is how egg yolk quality affects ice cream.  His favorite flavor is “a really good vanilla” and when asked what the craziest ice cream he ever concocted was, he replied, “I’ve done one with duck fat, caramel and soy sauce. It was good, but very intense.”

And of course, we had to have a lengthy discussion about donuts. He enjoys going to Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop in Brooklyn for their chocolate cake doughnuts. A little tip from Max: if you get there around 10am, you can pretty much get them super fresh. He’s also a big fan of Dough; specifically their blood orange and lemon poppy seed yeast doughnuts, which are more fluffy.

Max's Black Sesame & Orange Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Max Falkowitz
Max’s Black Sesame & Orange Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Max Falkowitz

As for more savory foods, he loves lentils and sandwiches. Sorriso Italian Pork Store in Astoria is one of his favorites; the friendliest Italian deli he’s ever been to.

According to Max, there’s always food in the Serious Eats office, samples ranging from Cheez-Its to ice cream. “On days we can write about salad, we are thrilled, we love salad,” he said with a laugh.

If you want to learn more about Max, and/or ice cream, check out his articles here. And here are some Max’s favorite ice cream recipes: Black Sesame & Orange Ice Cream, Horchata Ice Cream, Chai Ice Cream, and Ginger Green Tea Ice Cream.

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Cronuts…Still?

By Maria Laposata

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Maybe before he concocted his scheme to give all New Yorkers one enormous sugar high, Dominique Ansel took an economics course. Why? Well, making between 200 and 250 cronuts a day almost guarantees a shortage. Of course, Ansel only makes a limited quantity because it takes three whole days to make a cronut. But still, I wonder, if Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme decided they were only going to sell 200 donuts a day, wouldn’t New Yorkers have an equally rabic reaction?

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Hmm…that can’t be his real mouth…

Wouldn’t sadistic bosses send their employees to wait in line at 6AM for the donut they’d been eating every morning for years thinking nothing of it then beyond “This is bad for me?” Wouldn’t a lucky 200 sheeples pay upwards of $20 for what was once a dollar?

Probably.

Despite the wait, a couple hundred crazed individuals line up every day at the crack of dawn–well before the bakery opens–to tempt fate with a diabetic coma, to say sorry, to give a friend the ultimate birthday treat, or to resell the cronuts for an 800% mark up.

Between the scalpers, the craiglist ads (this had to be our favorite: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/for/3919799084.html), and the new cronut delivery service charging $100 per cronut, $1,500 for 10 cronuts, or $5,000 for 20 (New Yorkers can’t do multiplication…), New York should be gaining 10 pounds per capita within the next week or so.

ImageThis next paragraph was supposed to tell you exactly how bad a cronut is for you. Unfortunately, Dominique Ansel hasn’t released the nutrition information for his creation…very smartly. Especially considering that the usual fads sweeping this city usually involve the words “organic” and “juicing.” Also, “cupcakes,” but that’s not helping my point.

Someone needs to stage an intervention for the sake of society, so I’d like to personally ask Mayor Bloomberg to organize a viewing of The Biggest Loser in Central Park this weekend to put a stop to this nonsense. Really, it’s right up your alley Mr. Mayor. We’ll make sure we’ve only got tiny cups of soda for the audience to wash down their cronuts.

Bibliography:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324853704578587714138544052.html

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/07/03/cronut-craze-has-reached-new-heights/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/whos-buying-cronuts_n_3389694.html

http://jezebel.com/sweet-baby-jesus-dont-let-the-cronut-become-the-new-c-508463351

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When You Really Can’t Beat That Donut Craving…

The theft of a Krispy Kreme donut truck ended in a 15 mile police chase in Dacula, GA on February 7, 2013.

James Freddy Major stole the truck while it was at a gas station dropping off deliveries. Major appeared to be under the influence. Police quickly located the truck and proceeded to chase Major at 70 miles an hour, for 15 miles until he exited the highway, drove the truck into a cul-de-sac, crashed into a mailbox and attempted to flee on foot.

Police K9s soon caught up with Major and placed him under arrest. The donut thief was charged with 3 felonies, 3 misdemeanors, and 7 traffic violations. This was Major’s 11th arrest since 1999.

This is not the first time a Krispy Kreme truck was taken for a joy ride. In 2007, Warren Whitelightning stole a Krispy Kreme truck. Whitelightning had previously had his license revoked after 4 DUIs. Whitelightning had stolen the truck to escape from a convenience store where he stole 8 red-hot pickled sausages. He proceeded to spew donuts all over the road throughout the chase.

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