A.B. Biagi

 Pain gelato at A.B. Biagi

Pain gelato at A.B. Biagi

There's a new ice cream sandwich in town and it's held together by much more than just two cookies. Meet A.B. Biagi's pain gelato, a magnificent new creation that smushes ice cream between a brioche bun by Brooklyn's Bien Cuit bakery. The entire thing is quickly warmed in a waffle iron-like press, which toasts up the bread and seals in the ice cream (in my case, an orange blossom bun with amaretti gelato). At $8 a pop, it's a little pricey, but definitely worth a splurge this summer.

A.B. Biagi, 235 Elizabeth St. between Prince St. and E. Houston (212-219-8094)

Weekend Reading: Ice Cream + Donuts Edition

 Vanilla + Thai iced tea in a waffle cone at Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.

Vanilla + Thai iced tea in a waffle cone at Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.

Reviving Friday links because I've spotted a ton of coverage on two of my favorite things: ice cream + doughnuts. I've been making my rounds to the many scoops shops that have popped up over the last year (see here and above) and still have plenty more on my summer bucket list, including Davey's in the East Village and A.B. Biagi for what sounds to be the most amazing ice cream sandwich known to man. Here's to a season of happy, sugar-fueled ice cream hunting!

Tasting Table's 13 favorite scoops include the funky (but delicious) concoctions at Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. and Bklyn Larder's dreamy fior di latte gelato.

There's a similar round-up over at Refinery 29 — they're also loving the newly-opened Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream (try the lemon-vanilla and red-raspberry sorbet together, trust me) and the always-satisfying Salty Pimp at Big Gay Ice Cream.

If you're looking for more than just a cone, Brooklyn Mag looks at five over-the-top sundaes that will satisfy all your sugar cravings.

It's National Doughnut Day, so amNY had staff choose their favorite fried and glazed treats. My picks: the honey-glazed at Donut Pub and café au lait at Dough.

Finally, Parade's got 13 pieces of little-known facts about the confection from yes, a doughnut book.

Say Hello to 6sqft!

I've fallen behind on the blogging front the last few weeks and part of the reason is a lovely new site called 6sqft. Back in April, my cousin Kevin — who covers all sorts of tech stuff for all sorts of tech publications — connected me with the editor there and I've been working with Diane and her team on launching the blog, which covers real estate, architecture and design in New York City. I'll be writing about beautiful homes and nifty products and also heading up a weekly interview column — check out some stories below and stay tuned for my first chat with a very cool Harlem chef.

Brooklyn Designer Katy Skelton Crafts Storage-Friendly Furniture for City Dwellers

Gorgeous Gramercy Park Townhouse Fuses History with Modern Design

Uhuru Design Turned Coney Island Boardwalk Plans Into a Rollercoaster Chair

An 80-Foot Slide Winds Through This Whimsical FiDi Penthouse

Photographers James and Karla Murray Capture New York City's Rapidly Gentrifying Storefronts

P.S. We're teaming up with Dwell to give away this ultra-sleek LED desk lamp. Enter here!

(End of) Weekend Reading

Carrots Wellington at Narcissa

Hope you had a great weekend! A few great reads for your Monday morning commute:

The NY Times had a spectacular bread issue out last week, with Pete Wells calling for the return of bread baskets and Jeff Gordinier speaking to some of the top bakers in the nation about their obsessive craft.

Are you also dreaming of summer? BuzzFeed rounds up 44 frozen treats you need to try when it finally rolls around.

This insider's guide to Ho Chi Minh City is why Vietnam is on the very top of my travel list.

My latest for Zagat: 10 amazing vegetable dishes in New York City. Believe me, you won't be missing the meat.

Finally, we're just a week away from the NYC Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. Check out what the bakers are making and don't forget to swing by on Saturday!