Il Bastardo Brunch

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Il Bastardo Brunch is coming to Bocca Di Bacco! 

We are happy to announce the merging of Il Bastardo and Bocca Di Bacco. Starting April 1st Bocca Di Bacco will be opening at 191 7th Ave and will be featuring the acclaimed Il Bastardo Brunch! This socially packed, infamously popular weekend spot has received kudos from locals, foodies and bloggers alike. As Ny Loves Brunch says, “If you’re looking for a fun place to throw a large brunch party, look no further than Il Bastardo in Chelsea”. With bottomless mimosas, screwdrivers and other favorites mixed with our Tuscan style cuisine, brunch becomes much more than a calm weekend dining experience. Dancers, shots and an ambiance to greet the tables by your side exude a light hearted atmosphere that will leave you with an insatiable feeling of wanting more. 

Classics like our Eggs Benedict, Frittatas and Steak & Eggs will tantalize your palate and of course, don’t forget a cappuccino on the side 😉 

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Bocca Di Bacco is looking forward to continuing this neighborhood staple and will be opening our doors soon!

-Bocca Di Bacco

Morning Kick Starter!

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Spring is on its way! We’ve all gotten cozy and bundled behind our coats, but it seems as though now is probably a good time to start planning for that lighter, healthier, body.
Here’s a great low-sugar, cold-pressed juice I do every morning to start my day off right. It’s energizing, great for your skin and overall total body. What could be better than that? Just a quick, fresh juice in the morning will give you loads of nutrients, fill you up, and give you the energy to start your day off right. Plus, you’ll curb all those pastries and sugary delights first thing in the morning! Don’t worry, one for dessert later won’t hurt 😉
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Morning Kick Starter 
1 Green Apple
1 Bunch Kale
2 Handful Spinach
4 Celery Stalks
1/2 Lemon
1 slice Watermelon
Hope this morning juice becomes a part of your routine as it is mine! Don’t forget to experiment with other fresh vegetables and fruits that you like. Your local farmer’s market is a great place to see what’s in season and how you can add a little spin to your favorite morning juice or smoothie. Enjoy!
-Chef K

Valentine’s Day Fondue

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Valentine’s Day is all about showering your significant other with love and one of the best ways to show you care is to make them a sweet treat! One of the most versatile and satisfying desserts is chocolate fondue. It’s also perfect for Valentine’s Day because it’s effortlessly romantic. Here’s a simple, foolproof recipe:

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 stick unsalted butter

1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels

1 (12-ounce) package milk chocolate morsels

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine cream and butter. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Add semisweet and milk chocolate morsels. Stir until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Transfer to a fondue pot, chafing dish, or ceramic bowl. Serve immediately with sliced apples, sliced bananas, strawberries, cookies, pretzels, and pound cake.

Don’t forget the wine! I recommend a rich Shiraz, it will really complement the sweet flavors of the chocolate.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Chef K

Homemade Whipped Cream

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One of the best things about dessert is that it is universal — everyone loves it! And what can make or break a great dessert from an average one is the whipped cream. Homemade is always best, and it’s much easier to make than you’d think. Here’s how:

1 cup cold heavy cream (the colder the better!)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (you can also use a hand mixer). When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks are formed. Be sure not to overbeat!

The small amount of extra effort really goes a long way! What are some of your favorite dessert toppings?

 -Chef K