August 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Most likely as a reaction to my weekly cubicle confinement, this summer I have absolutely maximized my weekend endeavors to the extent that I often spend a greater proportion of those blissful two days in sunlight or water than I do in bed. While I could not be happier, generally come Monday morning (especially after a raucous Sunday night kickball game, or two) I need some serious sugar and caffeine to keep me moving.
I am once again frequenting Tazza pretty much daily, and come Monday I knew I would need more than a muffin to make it through the morning. This chocolate-chip banana bread from Baked (down in Red Hook) was sitting right next to the cash register, and good thing indeed. My eyes were not in the mood to scourge the pastry case as per usual– they wanted to find something sweet and sturdy that I might easily whisk into my bag without having to expend any more precious energy.
This loaf was good: well proportioned, a nice grain, amply moist from banana. What was missing was some real chocolate; its like the bakers actually wanted this to be a suitable breakfast option. Alas, I savored the few cocoa morsels and let the loaf’s more healthful ingredients tide me over until lunch. Perhaps this was a good thing since I surprisingly did not have a sugar crash and was more productive on Mondays than I otherwise should be. Oh Baked, I really should trust your judgment more often…
August 1, 2011 § 1 Comment
The other day I stopped by Tazza to pick up a refreshing iced coffee and pastry on my way to work. Since the scones looked way more enticing than the muffins (and lately I have had no interest in croissants), I had no problem narrowing my scope of choice. I wavered briefly between the all-berry and “apple cranberry”, and, since I had never tried the latter, I went with it.
It had all of the markings of a wonderful scone: crisp, crunchy exterior, nicely browned, light in the hand (no hockey pucks here), and a few hints of red indicating the fruit within.
Er, the fruit… within? Upon opening this scone I found a total of 3 cranberries, all which had been visible from the outside. There were absolutely no apples, leading me to believe this scone was not, in fact, an “apple cranberry” variety but was simply “plain scone with three cranberries”. Once I overcame my shock I realized it was in fact quite good– moist, fluffy, simple in tastes with a hint of tart from the berries. The crust was indeed crunchy (especially with a dusting of demarara sugar) and the flavors blended well; in fact, I think having apples in here would have been a mistake. Thank you, Tazza, for knowing your stuff– even though your attention to labeling details might need some work.