I’m doing this

November 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

Get ready! On December 12th there will be multiple cookie reviews coming your way courtesy of a cookie swap (In this case the adjective "great" is ambiguous: are we all great bloggers? Or is the event itself a massive ordeal? Only time will tell). This could end up being quite the endeavor what with 3-dozen baked goods that will be arriving via air mail; hit me up if you're interested in helping. (Here helping = eating cookies, in case it wasn't clear...)

 

The Shop

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

This fall has brought several new additions to my midtown coffee/bakery arsenal (which once was comprised solely of Joe), what with Culture and Steve’s breaking onto the scene. And just today (after reading some pleasant reviews) I finally made it to The Shop, located across the street from the NYPL in the lobby of the Andaz hotel.

I felt it was my duty to sample both dessert and breakfast items and I can now say with authority that the chocolate-chip cookie (house baked!) and carrot-walnut muffin are divine*. The cookie was moist and studded with a plethora of tiny, tiny chocolate chips which, despite my general preference for huge chocolate chunks, added to the softness and general character of the cookie.

The muffin was potentially groundbreaking even despite spending a few too many seconds in the oven (as indicated by char marks on the muffin’s outer lip). Hints of cardamom played between finely chopped carrot and walnut, the inside moist against the firm and walnut-dusted edges. I might have to find a way to stop by 5th avenue more often; this could easily become a part of my morning menu.

*So divine, and my office break so peaceful as to involve no cell phones/cameras, that I did not get a chance to snap either item. Use your imagination!

New Monster

November 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

There’s nothing like the Thanksgiving long weekend to really put life back into perspective. Generally it involves some travel (for me, a whopping 15 minute drive “south”), rest, and time with old friends and/or family, the combination of which generally heads to self-reflection. You can’t help but notice what has changed since the last holiday, those people and things that have impacted you in the most enduring and profound ways.

This year, I came to terms with one of my lost loves whose presence has sadly been missing from my life since the summer. It’s name, as you might recall, is Monster:

That’s right, I miss my favorite cookie. And yes, it exists in two different bakeries within a 20 minute bike ride (or G train trip!) of my new apartment, making this melancholy all the more ridiculous. But I am stubborn, and perhaps lazy, and for whatever reason I just haven’t gotten around to returning to the old haunts. The city is large and worth exploring! Therefore imagine my immense pleasure upon discovering a new Monster at one of my favorite delis in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Standard.

Although they share the same name these baked items seem much more like cousins as opposed to identical (or even fraternal) twins. Where Tazza’s version is hefty, good for a full meal if not several, the Greenpoint variety is lighter with much less butter. This new Monster seems more like a trail bar or GORP’M bound by oats than a cookie and for this reason I considered it to be excellent post-breakfast fodder. While perhaps no match for the original Monster, my new friend definitely satisfies the craving. And apparently there is another relative at El Beit? Let the adventures continue.

RBC

November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

‘Tis the season:

Pumpkin muffin at RBC.

I entered in a contest to guess the meaning of the coffee shop’s mnemonic. Located on a street near several financial institutions, my “Royal Bank of Coffee” didn’t seem so far off…

 

Mai’s Pie

November 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Apple, walnut and cheddar with hand-cut leaf design: a truly magical surprise pulled fresh from the oven amidst a Halloween party. Delicious beyond words.

Momofuku Trio

November 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Down at Momofuku Milk Bar on Metropolitan they have a very tempting deal of 3 cookies for $5. I have sampled from their selection several times now and last week fortunately remembered to take a photo.

From left to right: Confetti, corn, and cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate chip (I guess I was feeling alliterative at the time).

Momofuku cookies are not my favorite since they tend to veer on the “too-buttery” side of the spectrum, but they are definitely original and sometimes hit the spot. The cornflake-marshmallow is quite lovely in terms of texture and saltiness while the confetti is probably the epitome of a child’s sugar-cookie dream. I went out on the limb at the recommendation of a friend with the corn option and found it to be quite strange but not altogether unpleasing. Think cornbread doused in sugar syrup and underbaked.

Not pictured: the compost cookie featuring coffee grounds, potato chips, chocolate and whatever else is in the kitchen that day. Pretty good although sometimes a little too funky.

None of these hold a candle to Tazza’s monster, but then again that is of a different breed entirely.

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