Sunday, September 30, 2012

Georgetown Cupcakes

Ahh, cupcakes.
Get a little closer.
Ten years into the mad trend, and it's still not old. Not to me.
Chocolate and vanilla. Vanilla and chocolate. Plus Georgetown's decadent flavors like honey banana, cinnamon and chocolate mint.

Mom and I got red velvet and toffee crunch.

One better than the other.

Georgetown Cupcakes
111 Mercer Street

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ode to One Girl Cookies

A little spot of magic in Cobble Hill.

Don't you just want to be there now?

One Girl Cookies
68 Dean Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Big and Dough-y

There was plenty of eatin’ at Smorgasburg this Saturday.
Walnut chicken bruschetta.
The “Bamberg”: a parsley and panko breadcrumbed chicken sandwich with pickled cucumbers and daikon and spicy dijon mustard on a pretzel roll. Delicious.

Even some sweets like Brown Butter Salty and Oat Chocolate Chunk cookies from The Good Batch.

But it was all about the doughnuts.
I’ve long heard about Dough (“We fry in Bed-Stuy”) and wanted to try their doughnuts.
 Saturday was my chance. I had two eating partners.

From all the amazing flavors (Blood orange! Dulce de leche!), we chose café au lait...
... and hibiscus.
Giant. Dense and doughy. Sweet and perfectly pitched.

Smorgasburg was dreamy. But the doughnuts were to die for.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sugar (& Sugar) & Plumm

New York just keeps giving. Candy. Chocolate. Pastries. Ice cream masterpieces. What do you want? What are you waiting for? Whatever it is, get yourself to Sugar & Plumm and dig in!

Pick up some baked goods (those cupcakes have pastry chef Pichet Ong’s signature all over them—yum!)…

… or take some divine desserts to go (have you ever seen such a seductive carrot cake?).

 Or you can opt for chocolates, from French chocolatier Thierry Atlan…

… and packaged bits and candy by the ounce (c’est dangeroux!).

The boutique-restaurant has a fun vibe. The David Rockwell interior is peppy and informal, and moms can walk around with wine while the rugrats annihilate gummies and sundaes.

It’s the kind of place you have to revisit again and again to sample all the delicious chocolaty, creamy, sugary offerings.

Sugar & Plumm 
377 Amsterdam Avenue 

Saturday, September 08, 2012

All American at Du Jour Bakery

Husband and wife pastry chefs Vera and TJ Obias have earned their baking chops at acclaimed restaurants such as The Russian Tea Room and Dovetail (her) and Cafe Gray and Gordan Ramsay (him). This past spring, they opened their own bakery in Park Slope called Du Jour.

Despite the French name, they make plenty of American treats including Monkey bread and cupcakes (no bakery can afford not to have cupcakes, no?)...

... and beautiful muffins, including banana walnut, carrot zucchini and blueberry pecan.
It was a blueberry muffin kind of morning, and it was a knock-out specimen. 

Moist, not crumbly. Generously sized, but not obscene.
And sweet-tart from plenty of berries. 
Lovely. Just lovely.

Du Jour Bakery
365 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn