April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
While I was traveling last month in a land far removed from such refined, confectionery goodness, my dear friend was able to sample a treat for her breakfast stateside.
Here is the donut that Rose so enjoyed, purchased at Culture:
Out of jealousy I demanded further details, but, true to form, she stated only that it was, “really, really good.”
Judging by the photo I describe this specimen (most likely made by Dough) to be light and airy as a cloud which is tethered oh-so-delicately to earth by the subtle crunch of its sugar coating.
Simple, satisfying, and demanding to be tried; Rose and I will be back to split this soon.
February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
I really cannot believe I had yet to try the breakfasts at Eli’s Bread before this week. This babka “muffin” just made my life so much sweeter:
The bread could not have been more fresh, its interior impeccably airy and light while the outer edges held a necessary crunch. Like the best, most indulgent cinnamon toast rolled up and dusted with powdered sugar, each bite revealed tiny layers of babka held together by a pervasive cinnamon-raisin swirl.
There’s a reason (and in this case, a perfectly plump and flavorful raisin) for Zabar’s impeccable reputation. Eli, please make me breakfast anytime.
February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
So I finally purchased something from the new(ish) Eli’s Bread in Grand Central Market:
Banana chocolate chip muffin.
When something has “chocolate chip” in it’s title I tend to assume the chocolate exists throughout instead of simply resting on top of the item in five (yes, I had already eaten one before taking a photo) solitary chunks.
Alas, this really was a banana muffin wearing dainty chocolate accessories. While I never quite got over my initial disappointment at this chocolate-chip letdown, the light, airy, and extremely banana-y muffin still won me over. What a nice change from my usual suspects and perhaps one of the more virtuous breakfast choices that still contains chocolate.
October 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
One of the problems with eating a decent amount of baked goods is that sometimes you forget to properly record which is which. From what I can remember about my breakfast last week this should be a rosemary-currant scone:
Regardless of the flavor, I can definitely attest to its overall deliciousness. Another new addition at Joe, this scone was moist, light and flaky; soft currants contrasted nicely against the firm and sugar-speckled crust while a hint of herb (that I believe was rosemary) added a nice earthiness to cut the sweet. I will do some research and determine the bakery responsible since I definitely want to find more like it!
October 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
In sync with the changing seasons, Joe in Grand Central has brought out several new baked goods to add to their traditional arsenal.
A few weeks ago (and at the recommendation of one of the friendlier baristas) I had the pleasure of trying this muffin:
The “berry cardamom” option was true to its name. Cardamom never fails to remind me of the chai made by my host family in India and as if on cue, after one bite I was transported back several years to the kitchen table at which I first learned of this wonderful spice.
The blueberries and raspberries played well with the cardamom, no one flavor overpowering the other. The texture was on the softer side but I honestly wouldn’t have had it any differently. All in all an excellent muffin and a wonderful addition to the pastry case.