My crush on Brooklyn deepens. My awe and envy of girls who
have made their sweet dreams reality make me nearly weep. It happened a couple
months ago at Sugar Shop, the bright, poppy, delicious candy shop just off
Court Street opened by Jen Bischoff and Sara Houchins. And it happened this
weekend at One Girl Cookies.
Just look at this place. Opened a couple years ago by Dawn
Casale and Dave Crofton, it’s the essence of a neighborhood gem.
…with café seating with a view of the tree-lined street. Sigh.
And simple, beautiful homemade baked goods.
Trays and trays of cookies, many named after special people
in Dawn’s life.
Dangerously spiked cupcakes.
A rotating roster of moist coffee and layer cakes.
And… whoopie pies.
Old-fashioned yet modern. Comfortable,
authentic, original, heartfelt. This girl wants her own One Girl Cookies!
All those rows and rows of pretty, petite gateaux.
I was thrilled to hear Eric Kayser arrived in New York last week. I have les souvenirs heureux of his bread, chocolate chip cookies, viennoiserie and cakes.
I don't if all these people do too, but it sure seems the rest of New York is excited for the boulangerie's arrival.
The selection is smaller here than in Paris. They do have cookies, financiers, croissants, pain au chocolat and pain aux raisins. Plus a whole restaurant.
But for now they seem to be focusing on les gateaux individuels.
So, in addition to a pistachio brioche with an airy center...
... we tried a Paris-Brest.
The créme praliné was plentiful, oozing from the pastry ring.
Some golden almond slivers and a wee tile of dark chocolate stamped with his initials.
It could be that my memories are better than reality will ever live up to. Or that things taste different 3600 miles away. All I know is that I'm going to have to return to see if I can experience that over-the-moon feeling I used to have in Paris because I didn't taste yet here in New York.
You’d think that I’ve
given up sugar. Lost my appetite for cake. Am shying away from all things
fudgy, crunchy, creamy, chocolaty, gooey and otherwise so sublimely satisfying.
Trust me. Nothing is
further from the truth.
While I haven’t had
any good hauls at new bakeries, I have been stuffing my maw with morning
....and, especially, ice
More important, I am
planning on getting out in the field more these upcoming weeks to give my sweet
tooth some proper exercise.
From top to bottom: pastries at The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO; almond croissant from Ceci-Cela; walnut chocolate chip cookie from Levain; salted chocolate chip cookie from Ovenly, BK; wedding cake from Lot 2, BK; homemade three-layer strawberry cake; french toast from Homemade, BK; peach ice cream from Old Lyme Ice Cream Shop, Old Lyme, CT; Dairy Queen goodness from Old Saybrook, CT; homemade gelato sampler from Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.