Petra Haden Thinks You Feel Right: ChikaLicious

If By Yes is the latest project from the multi-talented Petra Haden. The band’s debut, Salt On Sea Glass (Chimera), took almost a decade to make and features Haden collaborating with Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto) and Hirotaka “Shimmy” Shimizu and Yuko Araki (Cornelius), as well as guests such as David Byrne and Nels Cline (Wilco). Haden is the daughter of jazz legend Charlie Haden and the sibling of musicians Rachel, Tanya (the sisters are triplets) and Josh Haden. Though she has played with a who’s-who of alt-rock and jazz artists over the past 20 years, Haden is perhaps best known for her fantastic 2005 a cappella interpretation of The Who Sell Out. Haden will be guest editing all week. Check out the mix tape she made us in 2008, and read our brand new Q&A with her.

Haden: ChikaLicious, in NYC’s East Village, is delicious. The shaved ice is really fine, like snowballs. The flavors are great: green watermelon, green tea with red beans, kiwi strawberry. And they all have a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk on top. The cupcakes are light and fluffy but rich at the same time. I tried the smore cupcake. The icing was lightly toasted marshmallow! So goooood.