Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

image of Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

ChikaLicious Dessert Club is an offshoot of ChikaLicious Dessert Bar, located across the street from one another. I wanted to go there after people at work mentioned it to me. I also wanted to try the Dough'Ssant, their response to the Cronut from Chef Dominique Ansel. We decided to show up early on a Saturday afternoon, thinking that there would be a large crowd. I admit that our target was the dessert bar and not the club that we did not know exist. So when we arrived and saw the doors closed until 3pm, we were a bit disappointed. Then we turned our back and saw the dessert club, empty! 
image of Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

We rushed inside of this tiny place that was empty. I like when there are not too many people, so we have enough time to make up our mind about the pastries. There are not that many in fact, but enough to make us think...
image of Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

We decided to first try the chocolate chip cookie:
image of chocolate chip cookie at Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

We immediately picked it because of the large quantity of chocolate that it seemed to have and we were not disappointed. Not the best chocolate chip cookie, but a decent one.

Then, we picked the TiMo or Tiramisu Mochi:

image of tiramisu mochi at Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

That was fantastic: inside the mochi shell was a delicious tiramisu. I am not sure how they are making it, but it is surely successful.

Jodi could not resist ordering the coconut lychee marshmallow:
image of coconut lychee marshmallow at Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

If you like coconut, this is definitely for you!

Last, was the Dough'Ssant:
image of creme brûlée Dough'Ssant at Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

As I mentioned, it is the equivalent to the Cronut, but know that it is not fried, but baked, making it, suposedly healthier...Unlike the cronut, besides the demand, they offer different flavors: plain, nutella, Meyer lemon, caramel...We decided to go for crème brûlée.
image of creme brûlée Dough'Ssant at Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village

It was sublime, light, it did not have all the layers of a croissant, but was still airy. Similar to the cronut, there is some custard inside (all Dough'Ssant have a vanilla creme inside) that adds to the decadence of this pastry. I liked it, but would not put it at the same level of the cronut. I just consider it different.

Price wise, it was reasonable as we ended up paying $20 for all of these plus a double espresso and a tea. I liked it and already have my sight on what I will order on my next visit...
image of cupcakes at Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village


Enjoy (I did)!

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Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!

 image of Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Continuing my discovery of Brooklyn, I gladly accepted the invite I received from Fortunato Brothers Bakery in Williamsbug, an all Italian bakery that opened in 1976. Family business for sure, the establishment's name reflecting the association of three brothers from Naples, Michele, Mario and Sal. Today, they transmitted their passion to their sons, Biagio and Biagio, as well as Frank, another member of the family, and another Biagio! I admit that I met with Biagio, but I have no clue which one!!!
image of Fiat 500 in from of Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

So, as we approached the bakery, we could not miss the delicious smell coming from it, as well as the small Fiat cars in front if it. 
image of Fiat 500 in from of Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

The shop is fairly big, with a seating area on the side that is perfect to enjoy an Italian espresso, a homemade gelato (they have twenty different flavors, my favorite being nocciola or hazelnut), or a cake. 
image of seating area at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

But of course, the best part was the display, where we could salivate in front of the large choice of cakes and cookies:

image of display at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

As we were close to Easter, they had plenty of items prepared especially for the occasion, some sweet:
image of cookies at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

and some savory, such as the meat pie that we tasted. 
image of meat pie at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

It was a delicious combination of ham and ricotta wrapped in a crumbly dough. 

So we sat in the seating area, waiting for our tasting, when we noticed a cat sitting (or shall I say sleeping) next to our table.
image of Rocco the cat at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

His name is Rocco: he is the bakery's owners cat and you might see him either sleeping, walking around, or coming to you to get pet or to play. 

Biagio served us a combination of pastries that were mouth watering. Small size though, when possible. I have to say that I love when bakeries offer pastries in a smaller size, as it allows us to try several.
image of pastries at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

The first I tried was the baba au rum.
image of baba au rum at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

It was fantastic: soaked in rum and light. 
image of baba au rum at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

There was also a Napoleon:
image of Napoleon at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Similar to the French mille-feuilles, I was glad to see that it had icing and not sugar on top (the best part) and crème pâtissière inside.
image of Napoleon at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

The only problem: too small: it was so good that I would have eaten several of them!

Next was the Sfogliatelle (Italian for small, thin leaves/layers):
image of Sfogliatelle at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

What is interesting about this pastry is the multiple layers that wrap around a filling made of ricotta, almond flour and candied fruits.
image of Sfogliatelle at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

I liked it, but admit that, with a similar dough, I preferred the lobster tail:
image of lobster tail at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

It is bigger, but lighter.
image of lobster tail at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

In fact, this pastry was invented by Italian-Americans in the 1900s. So, the same dough, but, inside, the filling is made of a cream similar to whipped cream.
image of lobster tail at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Then we got a cream puff that was glazed with a thick layer of dark chocolate.
image of cream puff at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Inside was a vanilla custard that was delicious and had a perfect consistency.
image of cream puff at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Following was a classic: cannoli.
image of cannoli at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

It was very good: the ricotta filling was fantastic, not too sweet, and the shell tasted fresh and was crispy. It was my second favorite after the baba.
image of cannoli at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Last was a cookie called Deliciosa.
image of delicioso at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

It was made with a moca cream. I admit that, although I love coffee, I did not like it.

These pastries could not be eaten without a shot of Italian espresso.
image of espresso at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

You may think that it was it, but it was not: Biagio proposed to bring home whatever we wanted to try. As Jodi put it, it was like bringing a vampire to a blood bank...

So I went in front of the display and simply (?) asked for some Italian cookies.
image of cookies at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

So our visit was followed by a cookie tasting.

Here is what we tried:

Rainbow cookies:
image of rainbow cookies at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Pignoli:
image of pignoli at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

With the equivalent made with pistachio:
image of pistachio at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

Biscotti:
image of biscotti at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

And various cookies.
image of cookies at Fortunato Brothers, Italian Bakery in Williamburg, Brooklyn, NY

My favorite were the rainbow cookies and pignoli, maybe because I love any cookie or pastry made with almonds.

So, Fortunato Brothers was definitely a nice discovery of an Italian bakery that seems to stay true to itself, serving customers with traditional Italian specialties, all homemade. Not to mention not too sweet, allowing me to try all of these without falling into a sugar coma!

Enjoy (I did)!

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* Restaurant Name
Fortunato Brothers Cafe
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Williamsburg / Italian
* Street Address
289 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
* Phone
(718) 387-2281

Doughnuts from Dough in Brooklyn


One of my colleagues, Jason, brought some doughnuts one day for breakfast. They were from Dough, a doughnuttery located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. With all the doughnut places in New York, I was curious to see what would set Dough apart. On top of that, I am a huge fan of the Doughnut Plant, so my expectation was very high. 

At first, you cannot miss the size of these doughnut that are fairly big, the size of a bagel. They are yeast doughnuts, as opposed to cake doughnuts. 

Although large, they were soft, chewy, airy and fluffy, not too heavy. And yes, I tried all of them...

Here is what we had:

Hibiscus doughnut:

Coconut doughnuts:


Glazed doughnuts:

Chocolate doughnuts:

Cafe au lait doughnuts:

I was curious what the hibiscus doughnut would taste like, not that I never tried hibiscus before (I had a hibiscus lemonade once at Angelica Kitchen). Do not imagine a flowery taste: it had a nice sweetness and I would not have known it was hibiscus, I would probably think it was food coloring...

The chocolate doughnut was delicious too and would satisfy any chocolate lover, the icing being very chocolate-y. But my favorite was the cafe au lair one that had some crumble as well as nuts, adding some nice texture to it.

I liked the doughnuts at Dough, not only because they taste good, but also because of their originality. However, they would had some filling, it would make them seriously compete with the doughnut plant.

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* Restaurant Name
Dough
* Overall
★★☆☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Bedford-Stuyvesant / American Traditional / Desserts
* Street Address
305 Franklin Ave. (At Lafayette Ave.), Brooklyn, NY 11205
* Phone
(347) 533-7544

Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!

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Last Sunday, I got invited for a review of Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery that opened two and a half weeks ago. It is always exciting to go to a place that just opened, although you never know if you will have a good experience, the kitchen or staff needing sometimes some adjustments at the beginning.

Located in Soho, this place is the sister restaurant of Hogar Dulce Hogar in San Sebastian, Spain, an area thriving with fantastic food and a culinary culture that made it the city with the most Michelin stars per square meter in the world! 
image of Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

So, we arrived at the restaurant a little after noon. Of course, we could not miss the sign outside, that did not get fully register to me, probably because I was too busy taking photos. I opened the door and the second thing I saw were...blankets!
image of blankets at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

And behind them, a little space with a couch that was like a living room, minus the TV.
image of living room at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

Looking up was a screen where movies were playing and an incredible suspended garden all along the wall, going to the ceiling. At that point, you wonder in which world you just entered, but know that this is going to be different.
image of suspended garden at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

We met with the manager Gonzalo who introduced us to Miguel Blanco, who came with the concept and took care of us, explaining to us not only the food, but also the kind of experience he wanted to give to his customers. So, we were wondering about the couch area? They wanted to make it like an extension of a living room. The blankets? It is just in case you get cold. How thoughtful. The general idea is to make you feel cozy and at home. Normal, considering that Hogar Dulce Hogar means Home Sweet Home in Spanish. 
image of books and ipad at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

So you can just go there and, besides eating and drinking, read or surf the internet with the iPads they provide (they also have a free wifi). You can also go in the back in a little space covered with a chalk board and draw:
image of chalk board at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

Or use some of the chalk and small chalk board signs located on each tables.
image of chalk board at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

There are plenty of little details all over the restaurant that surely make this place unique, such as the mint plant on the coffee table:
image of mint plant at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

or the plants on each table:
image of tables at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

The screen is also interesting: in the morning, they project videos showing what is happening in the kitchen that is located upstairs. Later, the video will change based on various criteria. For instance, in the winter, you may see a video of beaches or dogs with their head outside the window of a car. In the Summer, when it is hot, mountains.
image of kitchen at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

Every detail is there to make you think about happy things, why not vacations when seeing the surf boards hanged against one of the walls or reading some positive saying such as the one at the entrance (today is good day to smile).

Food wise, they make everything on site, but know that it is not a pure bakery: they also serve lunch, brunch or dinner. We got sweets, but definitely, their savory dishes look yummy, like the toast with Iberico ham or one of their best sellers: the apple and bacon burger. They also serve a 50-second fresh squeezed orange juice. The idea behind it is that the vitamins in the juice will start to fade after the first 50 seconds because of the contact with the oxygen, so they commit to bring it to you...in 50 seconds.
image of espresso and bombon at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

So, we started off with beverages. Being a coffee drinker, I was curious about their choices. Miguel explained that their coffee is a blend of 6 different beans from countries like Indonesia or Ethiopia that they roast for 12 minutes, instead of 14 minutes, in order to obtain a sweeter and less bitter taste. They then ship it from San Sebastian, close to 4,000 miles away. You can get an espresso or a latte, but they also propose some interesting creations, such as the bombon that is made with dulce de leche, or the café Magdalena aka Muff’nJoe, made with a muffin!
image of café Magdalena aka Muff’nJoe at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

I decided to try the café donut or DoughJoe, that is coffee and a donut put in a blender. Don't worry: it does not taste like baby food, but like a very creamy coffee, not too sweet and with a slight coffee taste.
image of hot chocolate at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

Jodi went for the hot chocolate. Ok, this is not your regular hot chocolate. Let's zoom a bit so you can understand:
image of hot chocolate at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

A little more detail:
image of hot chocolate at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

As you can see, it is a very thick hot chocolate, closer to a pot de crème rather than a regular hot chocolate. Miguel warned us and said that it was so thick that a spoon would stand on its own. So we did the test...
image of hot chocolate at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

And it stood on its own, right like Miguel said. It was very chocolate-y and a bit sweet, but still addictive. 

Then, the first pastry we tried was torrija, a Spanish specialty close to a French toast (another best seller).
image of torrija or Spanish French toast at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

Instead of using some old bread, they use a brioche that they dip in milk and orange, then dip in eggs and fry. It is then put in powdered sugar and cinnamon, the sugar melting as the bread is hot. 
image of torrija or Spanish French toast at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

It was delicious and definitely reminded me of the pain perdu we use to make at home when I was a kid.

We then tried the amonna cake (grandma's cake):
image of Grandma's cake at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

Think about it as a sweet version of a quiche.
image of Grandma's cake at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

This was sublime and my favorite: I could not stop eating it! The inside, simply made with cream, eggs and sugar, was sweet, but not too much. The crust was crumbly, adding a bit of texture to a pastry that I surely recommend.

We then tried the Santiago Almond Cake:
image of Santiago Almond cake at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

I thought it was like the almond cakes you find in any other bakeries, but I was mistaken. 
image of Santiago Almond cake at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

There was no crust. It was pure almond, like a concentrated version of marzipan. Not too sweet and definitely a great pastry if you love marzipan.

image of glass of water at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho image of bottle of water at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

After that, we tried their gelato that are also homemade and made with high quality ingredients.
image of gelato at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

We tried the following:

  • Quark (dairy product) with honey and walnuts. It tasted like a frozen yogurt gelato.
  • Dark chocolate (definitely for the chocolate lovers).
  • Green apple.
  • Hazelnut.
  • Super lemon.
My favorite was the hazelnut one as this is one of my favorite flavors with praline for ice cream, but I admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the green apple and lemon one, fruity flavors being more associated for me to sherbet rather than gelato.
image of Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

I really liked what we ate at Hogar Dulce Hogar and had a good time talking to Miguel who was definitely passionate about his business, placing quality and hospitality above everything, so people feel like home, in a place that has some character. I cannot wait to go back there to try their savory dishes and get some more pastries.

image of dog treats at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a Basque Bakery in Soho

And do not feel bad leaving your dog outside while you enjoy your meal or treat inside: they have a spot created specifically for them, where they can enjoy some fresh water and dog treats. If these are as good as what we got, maybe I should bring some home for a snack!

Enjoy (I did)!

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* Restaurant Name
Hogar Dulce Hogar
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
SoHo / Spanish
* Street Address
341 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
* Phone
(917) 510-7351

Little Pie Company in NYC, New York

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The Little Pie Company was on my radar for a while and I confess that I lured Jodi to that place, making sure we would pass in front of it when going to the Gotham West Market. 
image of kitchen at Little Pie Company in NYC, New York

Little Pie Company is small, but don't be fooled by its name: the kitchen next to it is of a good size.
image of cookies at Little Pie Company in NYC, New York

I was looking around to see what to get, not realizing that they had a banana and coconut cream pie. But trust me, Jodi immediately saw it and ordered it right away as it was the last one and she did not want to see it go to somebody else, leaving me with just couple of minutes to take a decision. 
image of banana coconut cream pie at Little Pie Company in NYC, New York

I was surely not going for one of the cookies that looked a little sad compared to what you can get at City Bakery or Macchiato. I desperately looked for a cherry pie and then saw a cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. That was my choice.
image of cheesecake with graham cracker crust at Little Pie Company in NYC, New York

It was pretty good, creamy with the same density as the cheesecake at Junior's. I loved the crust that added another layer of deliciousness and a slight sweetness.
image of banana coconut cream pie at Little Pie Company in NYC, New York

Of course I could not let Jodi eat alone the banana and coconut cream pie. Originally, I thought it was only a coconut cream pie and Jodi kept telling me it was with banana, I was so desperate to find something that I did not hear. When she told me, I was so happy: I love banana cream pie! 
image of banana coconut cream pie at Little Pie Company in NYC, New York

And this one is a little piece of heaven! I loved it, even with the toasted coconut on top, although I would have preferred without. Not only did I finish the cheesecake, but had a nice piece of pie.

So, do not be surprised to see me going back soon!

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Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

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Few weeks ago, Jodi wanted to attend the open house at The New York Academy of Art in Tribeca. As it was at 12pm, we needed to find a place close that opened early enough so we would have time to have a meal. I proposed to go to Le Pain Quotidien as it is one of my favorite places and I know that it is open early. That is how we ended up at Le Pain Quotidien on Chambers Street.
image of dining room at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

The decor there is no surprise as all the restaurants of this franchise are the same: artisanal look with wood all other, from the floor to the tables and shelves, as well as the large communal table in the middle.
image of furniture at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC image of dining room at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC
image of salt and pepper at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC image of jam at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

We decided to share few items. First was the Belgian waffle:
image of Belgian waffle at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

It was served with some jam and fresh cream. It was good, but not the best waffle I ever had, being more like a cake, on the heavier side and with no need for the jam that was a bit too sweet.

Then, we shared the assiette de fromages:
image of cheese plate at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

It was composed of:

Aged Gruyère:
image of aged gruyere at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

Local Camembert and Fourme d’Ambert (left):
image of camembert and fourme d'Ambert at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

image of fourme d'Ambert at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

Aged Vermont goat cheese:
image of goat cheese at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

There was also a fig compote and some of their artisanal breads made with raisins:
image of fig compote and cheese at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

If you like cheese, this is a perfect spot for it: good price and good quality cheese, served with an assortment of organic breads:
image of organic bread at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

We also ate the bread with some butter or better, some hazelnut chocolate spread that is similar to Nutella, but even better: you taste more the hazelnut and it is much less sweet.
image of hazelnut and chocolate spread at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

With the meal, I got my double espresso (nice quantity):
image of espresso at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

And Jodi some tea:
image of tea at Le Pain Quotidien in Tribeca, NYC

Le Pain Quotidien is a great spot for breakfast or brunch, serving some delicious food in a rustic atmosphere. Their menu proposes a wide variety of dishes that would satisfy any palate, not just focussing on breakfast items. It is definitely a good franchise to remember.

Enjoy (I did)!

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Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

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Tu-Lu's is the first Gluten free bakery I set foot in, finding it unexpectedly next to Veniero's, one of the oldest pastry shops in America. Yes, next to Veniero's, as if it was done as a sign of defiance! Gluten free, vegan...To the regular foodie, it does not sound good and probably does not taste good. But I heard so many people with gluten-intolerance, Celiac disease or just willing to cut on gluten saying that there are great places throughout the city where eating gluten free is not synonymous with eating cardboard. That is how we decided to go back to Tu-Lu's. 
image of Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

This place opened in 2010 by Tully Phillips, after she was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, joined by Jennifer Goodhue in 2011, who was diagnosed in 2009 with Celiac disease. Since then they opened locations in Dallas Texas, catering to the gluten free (GF) and vegan fans. 
image of Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

It is a tiny place with only few seats inside. They offer desserts and cookies such as cupcakes, brownies, donuts..., where the wheat flour has been replaced with rice or tapioca flour.
image of cookies at Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

For the cupcakes, they propose regular and small size, so we decided to try few of their specialties.

First was the cinnamon sugar donut:

image of cinnamon sugar donut at Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

It was a pretty good donut, even if not the best I ever tried, with a consistency cake like rather than yeast like if I were to compare with the two kinds the Doughnut Plant proposes. I would not have known it was GF, I would not have noticed. 

A vanilla cupcake:
image of vanilla cupcake at Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

I liked it: the cake itself was moist and the frosting light, well proportioned with the amount of cake.

The red velvet cupcake:
image of red velvet cupcake at Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

I did not like it, whether it was the cake or the frosting. 

A chocolate and hazelnut cake bite:
image of chocolate and hazelnut cake bite at Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

I liked it: it was very chocolaty, moist, but did not really taste the hazelnut. Despite that, I would re-order it!

Last was the vegan chocolate chip cookie:
image of vegan chocolate chip cookie at Tu-Lu's gluten free bakery in the East Village - NYC, New York

They propose it vegan or simply GF. In a bold move, we decided to go for vegan. I liked it: it is not at the same level than City Bakery, but let me tell you that it is a pretty decent one!

As you can imagine, I was quite surprised by what we got at Tu-Lu's: it definitely changed my mind about GF desserts and I am really amused that such bakery is right next to one of the most popular bakeries in New York. Tu-Lu's is the living proof that eating GF does not mean that you cannot satisfy these cravings that we all have! This is a good address whether you or your friends are vegan, need or want to eat GF...or not!

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Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery
* Overall
☆☆☆☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / American New
* Street Address
338 East 11th St., New York, NY 10003
* Phone
(212) 777-2227

Insomnia cookies on the Upper West Side, NYC, New York

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Insomnia Cookies: what an interesting name! It definitely makes you want to try these cookies, thinking that they are so good, you will not be able to sleep! So we went there after our friends Gary and Jen mentioned this place during a brunch couple of weeks ago.
image of Insomnia cookies on the Upper West Side, NYC, New York

It is a small store and when you enter, your nose cannot miss the fantastic smell of the cookies! They really have a bunch, each with a description that is mouth watering! So we decided to try few of them. 
Know that, after your order, they will take the cookies from under the counter, where they keep them warm.

So, first was the s'mores cookie:
image of s'mores cookie at Insomnia cookies on the Upper West Side, NYC, New York

It was very good and my favorite: chewy and gooey with the delicious chocolate oozing from the cookie!
image of s'mores cookie at Insomnia cookies on the Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Then we tried the double chocolate chunk:
image of double chocolate chunk cookie at Insomnia cookies on the Upper West Side, NYC, New York

And the chocolate chunk cookie:
image of chocolate chunk cookie at Insomnia cookies on the Upper West Side, NYC, New York

The last two were just ok for me: although chewy and gooey, they were a bit too sweet. I think that the chocolate chip cookie at City Bakery or the cookies at Levain Bakery, although more expensive, are better. But if you really want to try Insomnia Bakery, try the S'mores!!!

Enjoy (I did)!
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Cupcakes at Butter Lane in the East Village, NYC, New York

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After we went to Molly's cupcakes and did not like it, we decided to find a cupcake place in the East Village. Thanks to the internet, we found Butter Lane Cupcakes. The place is quaint and its configuration can change whether or not they give a class or not (the second time we went, they were giving an icing course.
image of Cupcakes at Butter Lane in the East Village, NYC, New York

There, similar to lots of places, they offer to build your own. I love that because that way, although the choice is limited, you eat what you like and do not feel too limited by the choices they propose.
image of Cupcakes at Butter Lane in the East Village, NYC, New York

The first time we went, we built our own. The ritual is always the same: you pick the cake, then the frosting.

I went for a banana cake with sea salt chocolate.
image of banana cake with sea salt chocolate Cupcake at Butter Lane in the East Village, NYC, New York

Jodi went for a vanilla cake with coconut icing.
image of vanilla cake with coconut icing Cupcake at Butter Lane in the East Village, NYC, New York

Both cakes were very good, airy and moist. The icing was perfect: not too sweet, on the one I ordered, the combination of chocolate, caramel and sea salt was succulent. Not to mention that banana and chocolate are the perfect pairing too!

Then, the second time we went, Jodi got the chocolate cake with coconut icing and I got the vanilla cake with lemon icing.
image of chocolate cake with coconut icing and vanilla cake with lemon icing Cupcake at Butter Lane in the East Village, NYC, New York

There again, it was good, although the cake was dryer than the previous time and the icing a bit sweeter, but with a nice ratio cake/icing. However, they should put a bit more coconut on top.

I think Butter Lane Cupcakes is a great place for cupcakes, but overshadowed by the more trendy Big Gay Ice Cream Guy. We definitely have to go another time to try some other creations and why not attend a class!

Enjoy (I did)!

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Mini Doughnuts at The Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market - NYC, New York

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Chelsea Market is definitely the perfect place for food lovers: there, you can eat all sort of delicious food that will make you want to come back or even stay there...One of my last discovery there is the Doughnuttery, that replaced People's Pop weeks ago (see my review of People's Pop). After the success of doughnut joints like The Doughnut Plant, one may wonder what makes the Doughnuttery different. First of all, they make fresh mini doughnuts using a small doughnut machine, where you can see these small delicate cakes form.
Image of Mini doughnuts at Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market - NYC, New York

The machine will drop some dough in the hot oil and the doughnut will cook, navigating from right to left, until being dropped in a plate. Then, the doughnuts are either dipped or filled with the flavor you pick. They either propose elaborate doughnuts such as:
  • The cacaoboy (Cacao nibs, sea salt, black),
  • The Urban Monkey (Green coffee, banana, coconut) or
  • The PBCP (Peanut Butter, cayenne, pretzel).

Otherwise, you can simply get a cinnamon sugar, a powdered sugar or a sprinkles one. We decided to go for 6 doughnuts for $6. Originally, we thought we would be able to try 6 different flavors, but the not so nice person serving us, said that it was not possible.

Image of Mini doughnuts at Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market - NYC, New York

So we went with two cinnamon sugar, two powdered sugar and two sprinkles doughnuts. They came hot and fresh. They were pretty good, but were a but doughy. They were decent, but I prefer The Doughnut Plant; in fact for $6, you can have much better doughnuts there! Even for $6, you can get bigger and better doughnuts at Dunkin Donuts!!!

I think I will pass next time!

Enjoy (the post)!

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Lulu's Bakery in Queens, NYC, New York

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David, one of my coworkers, brought some pastries from Lulu's, a bakery located in Queens. It was a box full of fresh mini size pastries. So, as I am fully dedicated to this blog, I had no other choice than trying few of them...

The first one was the Lulu's, a cream puff that is the specialty of the place.
Image of The Lulu from Lulu's bakery  - Queens, New York

The shell was very fresh and well cooked (when slightly overcooked, it can overpower the entire pastry), and the vanilla bean cream inside was very light.
Image of The Lulu from Lulu's bakery  - Queens, New York

Then, I got an eclair:
Image of the Chocolate Eclair from Lulu's bakery  - Queens, New York

The top was made of some delicious dark chocolate and the inside was a vanilla cream. The shell was similar to the Lulu's. I really liked it, because of the combination of the chocolate glaze and the vanilla cream that complemented well.

The last was definitely for chocolate lovers. I call it the Dark chocolate cream puff!
Image of Dark Chocolate Cream Puff from Lulu's bakery  - Queens, New York
It was smothered in a dark chocolate and had a very dark and dense chocolate cream inside.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the three pastries from Lulu's bakery that I tried: they tasted fresh, made with quality ingredients and, most importantly, were not too sweet, allowing people to eat several (plenty?) of them. A good address for sure!

Enjoy (I did)!

And remember: I Just Want To Eat!

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A Taste of The Cake Boss Cafe at The Port Authority of NYC, New York

Image of the Inside of the Cake Boss Cafe at Port Authority in NYC, New York
I am not going to lie: I am not a big fan of the Cake Boss. I think he is very talented in making these elaborate and artsy cakes, built mainly with rice crispy treats and fondant, but except for a tiramisu, I have always been disappointed when I tried something there (see the review of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ).  So it appears that now he is going mainstream by opening cafes in NYC! I saw a first one next to Guy Fieri's restaurant on 44th and then, he got the genius idea of opening a place on the corner of 42nd and 8th (Port Authority). At the beginning, similar to his shop in Hoboken, you could see staff at the door to regulate the traffic of customers, but it does not seem to be the case anymore...

For sure, they designed the place around his TV personality.
Image of the Inside of the Cake Boss Cafe at Port Authority in NYC, New York

The place offers a large choice of pastries that look pretty good but are a bit overpriced ($2.50 for a mini cannoli for instance). I wanted to surprise Jodi so I asked them if they had anything with coconut as it is her favorite flavor. Unfortunately, they had nothing! Interesting as coconut is pretty common nowadays!

So I ordered a linzer tart and a chocolate brownie.
Image of Linzer tart and brownie at the Cake Boss Cafe at Port Authority in NYC, New York

I chose the raspberry linzer tart instead of the nutella one as I wanted to try the more traditional one, although I think it is a great idea to propose a nutella version of it. The cookie itself was good, but the raspberry jelly was a bit too sweet.

The chocolate brownie was disappointing: it was not as fudgy as it should be and I think I can make a better one with a Betty Crocker mix!!!

This was a disappointing experience and you could really taste the fact that the product they offer is manufactured and not made anymore by the hands of a passionate pastry Chef. Sorry Cake Boss, but I am still not convinced!

Enjoy (the post)!

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Kouign Amman at Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC, New York

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Jodi and I went to Dominique Ansel Bakery after watching a segment on their Kouign Amman on the TV show Unique Sweets. The bakery, located in Soho, is heaven for anybody with a sweet tooth! Anyway, if you do not have a sweet tooth, they also have a lunch menu...
Image of the Inside of Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, NYC, New York
We went in the afternoon and we could clearly see that a lot of the cakes they made were already sold out! I was a bit disappointed because I was not only coming for the Kouign Amman, but also for the Paris-New York, a pastry that is a spin on a Paris-Brest (puff pastry with a hazelnut cream that I love - Dominique Ansel made it with peanut butter!).

Anyway, we came for their specialty: the Kouign Amman. So you probably wonder what this is! This is a cake from Bretagne, a region on the west coast of France, made with a croissant dough and layered with butter and sugar. If you eat it, do not tell your cardiologist because there is a lot of butter!

On the show, we got the impression that the Kouign Amman was small so we decided to order two of them...and a cake.
Image of Kouign Amman at Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, NYC, New York
The Kouign Amman was divine! Buttery, flaky, airy with a bit of crunch from the sugar on the outer shell, sugar that caramelized for the most part. We literally inhaled it. I just wish they warm it up a bit as it seems it is the way to eat it. When I think that I had to come to New York to try it for the first time! It was expansive though: close to $6 a piece.

The cake we chose as the Paris-New York was sold out, was the religieuse. 
Image of Rose flower religieuse at Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, NYC, New York
A religieuse is a traditional pasty made of two cream puff stuffed either with chocolate or vanilla custard, topped by a chocolate frosting. Dominique Ansel made it differently: no chocolate but rose flower cream. Although I enjoyed the part with the frosting, I did not really liked the rose flower cream. So it was not the best choice.

With that, we got a hot chocolate to drink, but I found it too bitter...

I will definitely have to go back to that place to try their other pastries and have another Kouign Amman. I bet that going in the morning, for breakfast, would be the best time to eat them warm! Sacrebleu!

Enjoy (I did)!

And remember: I just want to eat!

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Bouchon Bakery in New York City!

Image of Entrance of Bouchon Bakery at Columbus Circle Time Warner Building in NYC, New York
Several people I know told me that I should go to Bouchon Bakery, located on the third floor of the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. I went a first time to try their brioche and decided to go back! The place is pure madness, overcrowded by people trying to indulge on those delicate pastries and sandwiches that they sell.

So we went there on a Sunday, after a visit to the Moma. I decided to order again the brioche!
Image of Brioche at Bouchon Bakery at Columbus Circle Time Warner Building in NYC, New York
For sure, it is small. But so good! It is buttery, airy and has a hint of orange flower that balances the flavor. I loved it!

Jodi went for the chocolate chunk cookie.
Image of chocolate chunk cookie at Bouchon Bakery at Columbus Circle Time Warner Building in NYC, New York
Yes, I wrote chunk and not chip and clearly, at the first bite, you understand that they are very generous with the chocolate! This cookie is decadent ! Although there is tons of chocolate, it is not too sweet. The cookie itself was chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Pure heaven! I would put it second after City Bakery!

I heard that their almond croissant is fantastic! Another reason to go back!

Enjoy (I did)!

And remember: I just want to eat!

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Cookies at City Bakery and Rocco's in NYC, New York

I guess this past week end was a cookie discovery, in the sense that we got to try some cookies for snacks. The first joint we went to is City Bakery; not that we went there for their cookies, but more for their hot chocolate. The second one, is Rocco's on Bleecker street.
Image of the Entrance of City Bakery in NYC, New York

City Bakery is supposedly known for their hot chocolate and I read recently an article ranking it best hot chocolate in the US. It said: "Made from pure melted chocolate bars and topped with homemade marshmallows, this thick hot chocolate is F&W editor in chief Dana Cowin's favorite version in the country". 
So, here we are at City Bakery: the place is packed! We can see lots of people with a cup of hot chocolate, food and cookies. As we ordered, we could not miss the chocolate room behind us...Promising!
Image of Chocolate room of City Bakery in NYC, New York

As well as the rack full of freshly made cookies in front of us!
Image of Tray of cookies at City Bakery in NYC, New York

That was so tempting that we decided to get a chocolate chip cookie!
Image of Chocolate chip cookie at City Bakery in NYC, New York

It was a nice size and you could definitely see that there was a lot of chocolate! Not the type of cookies where you are looking for chocolate chips! This cookie was one of the best I ever tried! It was not too sweet, was chewy and heavenly buttery. The photo below will show you that they do not cheat their customers when it comes to chocolate:
Image of Chocolate chip cookie at City Bakery in NYC, New York

The hot chocolate however was a bit disappointing...

Image of Hot Chocolate at City Bakery in NYC, New York

It started well though! Imagine a cup full of melted chocolate with a homemade marshmallow in it. I was so expecting something scrumptious...It was not the case. I am not sure what chocolate bar they use or if it is because I ate some cookie before, but I found it just ok. It is not like the hot chocolate at Max Brenner where I drink a bit and then will finish it in few minutes. In fact, I left some of it, that is very rare with me. 

The second bakery is Rocco's.
Image of the Entrance of Rocco's in NYC, New York

We were just walking in the street when we saw all these big cookies at the window!
Image of Pastries linzer tarts and cookies at Rocco's in NYC, New York

Look at the size of the cookies next to the Linzer tarts! They had plenty of them: s'mores, twix, chocolate chip, dark chocolate chocolate chip, chocolate peppermint... And inside, it was as if we found heaven for sweets!

Image of Pastries and cookies at Rocco's in NYC, New York

I ordered a twix cookie and Jodi a chocolate chip one. I took a photo of each of them next to a lemon, so you can see the size of it!
Image of Chocolate chip cookie at Rocco's in NYC, New York
Chocolate Chip Cookie

Image of Twix cookie at Rocco's in NYC, New York
Twix Cookie
I love twix and was pretty excited to try a twix cookie! Unfortunately, you could barely taste the twix. The cookie was not soft and not chewy, too sweet and lacking butter. The chocolate chip one was not better and tasted more like a crumbled vanilla cookie than anything else. They were disappointing. 

I think the mistake with Rocco's is that it is an Italian Bakery, so we should have tried some Italian specialties such as cannoli or Napoleons. As for City Bakery, I would go back to try their other cookies or just get again their chocolate chip cookie!
City Bakery - 1
Rocco's - 0

Enjoy (I did)!

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Cupcakes from Billy's Bakery in NYC, New York

If you live in New York, there is a big chance that you heard about Billy's Bakery. Located in Chelsea, this bakery is an institution for the sugar lovers. I discovered there an amazing banana cream pie and pineapple upside down cake (see Billy's bakery review here). What I love when I go to Billy's is the butter smell when you enter in the store: it makes me hungry (one would say that I am always hungry though).

So this time, we went for cupcakes. Jodi decided to go for a chocolate cake and vanilla frosting that is a pretty standard one.
Image of Chocolate cake and vanilla frosting cupcake at Billy's bakery in NYC, New York
You cannot not notice the nice ratio cake / frosting that is important: the best part in a cupcake is the frosting!!!
The cake was good and moist. However, the vanilla frosting was very sweet. Too sweet!

On my side, I ordered a banana-nutella cupcake.
Image of Banana nutella cupcake at Billy's bakery in NYC, New York

It was clearly missing some frosting. Anyway, I could barely taste the nutella! I was so disappointed as I love this scrumptious hazelnut spread! The cake was good, moist, with a nice banana taste coming through.

So I was a bit disappointed. I should probably stick with the banana cream pie....

Enjoy (I did not this time)!

And remember: I Just Want To Eat!


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Blue Sky Bakery in Brooklyn, New York

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Blue Sky Bakery is a bakery located in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I did not go there, but one of my colleagues brought some muffins from there! Considering the smell that invaded our workspace, they were just made and in fact they were still warm. 

He brought us few different kinds:
  • Raspberry and peach,
  • Pumpkin, apple and walnuts,
  • Blueberry and mango,
  • zucchini, cranberry and cream cheese.
I have to say that just reading the labels on the box, you could see that they were made with quite a lot of creativity: they were not your regular chocolate chip or corn muffins! It reminded me of Cupcake wars on the Food Network where 4 bakeries compete to win $10,000; most of the time, the ingredients they have to compose with are unusual and the competitors come up, most of the time, with great ideas!

So I decided to try two of them and cut them in half.

I first went for the zucchini, cranberry and cream cheese.
Image of Zucchini, cranberry and cream cheese muffin at Blue Sky Bakery in Brooklyn, New York
 It was very intriguing: would it have the taste of zucchini? In fact it did not! But I guess the zucchini gave this nice dense texture as well as kept the muffin very moist. The surprise was at the bottom with the cream cheese. Of course, as I cut the muffin into two, there was no surprise...
This muffin is probably one of the best I ever had! 

The next one was the peach and raspberry.
Image of Peach and Raspberry muffin at Blue Sky Bakery in Brooklyn, New York
Very good too, but not as good as the first one. The cake itself had a lighter texture, closer to what a regular muffin would taste. However, the fruit made the difference! You could really taste a natural flavor: these fruits were not coming from a can!

So, I have to say that I really enjoyed these muffins! Eating regular muffins is going to be tough now that I know that there are some incredible creations out there!!!

Enjoy (I did)!


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Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ - Is the Cake Boss overrated???

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Who does not know the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro? His show on TV is very popular and there is always a very long line in front of his bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. But know that if you live in Hoboken, you can skip the line: just show an ID that proves you are living there. My first experience with Carlo's Bakery was so so: couple of years ago, I bought a cannoli and did not like it. I thought at that time that it might have been because I did not eat it right away and put it in the refrigerator for few hours. Then, one of my colleagues brought a tiramisu and a chocolate cake at work: I loved the tiramisu but the chocolate cake was way too sweet. So we decided to try again.
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The Cake Boss is known for his insane cakes that he is building on his show. For sure they look spectacular, but I am not sure they taste that good considering the amount of fondant and rice crispy treat he puts in it. 

When we were there, it was packed! The problem is that we could not go around and look at the cakes and cookies. So we had to blindly ask for a cannoli and a red velvet cupcake. Maybe they should let less people enter in the shop to allow their customers to look around!
Image of Red Velvet cupcake and cannoli at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ - The Cake Boss
Let start with the cannoli: the shell was a bit stale and the filling was a bit tasteless despite the chocolate chips. I clearly prefer the cannoli at Giorgio's in Hoboken (see the review of Giorgio's here).
The Red Velvet Cupcake was also very disappointing! First, there was not enough frosting: you need to keep a certain ratio cake / frosting. Anyway, the frosting had a very weird taste. The cake was also not good and dry. Clearly not to recommend! For cupcakes, Sweet Bakery in Hoboken is far better with a delicious and moist Red Velvet Cupcake that I would not stop eating (see the review of Sweet Bakery here)!

So, I guess all the buzz around Carlo's Bakery is because of the TV personality rather than the cakes...This was a forgettable experience!

Update: Here is the review of the Cake Boss Cafe at Port Authority NYC!

Enjoy (the photos)!

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Pie Face Bakery Cafe in NYC, New York

I have discovered Pie Face Bakery Cafe thanks to a co worker whose wife, Jane, is Australian. We were talking about Australia that we would like to visit one day and, at some point, we inquired about the food. It all started when talking about dessert. Jane mentioned the Lamington, a cake made of sponge cake with strawberry jam and coated with chocolate and coconut. I then learnt that there is a bakery on the corner of Broadway and 53rd called Pie Face. As you can imagine, it was my next mission possible to go there. 

To give you some background: Pie Face is a true Australian chain that opened its first location in NYC in January 2012. They are in fact opening a new location soon. It is in 2003 that Wayne Homschek and Betty Fong opened the fist Pie Face in Sydney, Australia and since, they have more than 70 shops, serving more than 18,000 pies a day! They are planning on opening 50 bakeries in Manhattan: pretty ambitious! So, what do they serve: the main specialty there is meat pie or potpie as some are vegetarian. The pie itself is a delicious puff pastry. What is smart is that they serve the pies in two sizes: regular and small. So you can try several small as I did. They were even proposing a menu for $8: three small pies (any choice) and a bottle of water. For somebody with a regular appetite like me (!), three small pies and a dessert is sufficient.


They also serve quiches and sandwiches; they mention baguettes, but it did not really look like baguettes! 
So I tried the small pies.
Each of them have a different face so you can differentiate them. I had:
  • The tandoori vegetables one (with a V as a mouth): it was very tasty and had a delicious Indian flavor. The veggies were like a puree, at the exception of chick pies. It was not too spicy.
  • The Mexican (with a X as a mouth): it was composed of ground beef, black beans and jalapenos. It was good but did not really remind me of Mexican flavors. The Jalapeno taste was even inexistent.
  • The Chicken and Mushrooms: this was my least favorite. It was like eating a cream of mushrooms in a pie. I really did not like the texture.
From the three pies, the vegetarian one was the best!

Then, of course, I needed to try the desserts! I ordered few of them:
The cherry pie (bottom right) is one of their best sellers: it was very good! In fact all their desserts were perfect: good and not too sweet! The lemon pie was also delicious with its thick lemon layer. The other best seller I tried is the Pear and Ricotta pie.
It was, in a puff pastry, a layer of poached pears, a layer of ricotta that was caramelized on top. The three layers gave a nice balanced flavor.

Last, was the Lamington: I had to try it! And remember: I am not a huge fan of coconut!
It was delicious! The sponge cake was extremely light and moist. I was conquered!

At the end of this experience, I liked Pie Face, but mainly for the desserts. It seems that their chocolate mousse cake is very popular. I guess I will have to try it...Just for the blog...


Enjoy (I did)!

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Baked by Melissa Cupcakes in NYC, New York

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Baked by Melissa has been a cupcake sensation for the past few years. The particularity of these cupcakes is that they are bite size and paperless.  Each of them costs $1 (time of this post). They also offer the possibility of creating your own, but for this, you will need to order 300 of them!


The place was opened by Melissa Bushell and her partners, after she lost her job in advertising. Since it opened in 2009, several stores were added and Baked by Melissa has become a reference for cupcakes.






So we decided to try some of them. We picked 12 cupcakes (6 different varieties) for $10. Smartly, they put them in a box with holes to hold the cupcakes. That way, they do not dance in the box while you are walking!
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We picked:
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 The cinnamon cupcake: this is my favorite. Great cinnamon taste! It is made with yellow cake, cinnamon stuffing, vanilla icing and cinnamon sugar topping.
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 The cookies and cream: pretty good too with a nice chocolate cookie on top. The rest of the cupcake is chocolate cake, chocolate cookie stuffing and vanilla icing.
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 The chocolate chip pancake was one of my least favorites. It is made with yellow pancake, maple syrup icing and chocolate chips on top. The cake was quite dry!
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 The red velvet cupcake (red velvet cake, cream cheese icing and red sugar crystal on top). It was an ok cupcake. At least the cake was moist, but there was not enough icing on top.
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 The S'mores: made with chocolate cake, and stuffed with Graham cracker and fluff. The top was made of the same Graham cracker and fluff with also chocolate icing. It was pretty good.
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The Tie dye, made of vanilla Tie Dye cake, vanilla icing and topped with rainbow sugar crystals. It was just ok.

So, at the end of the day, it was an ok experience: out of 6 cupcakes, I like 3 (the cookies & cream, the cinnamon and the S'mores). The cake was pretty inconsistent, sometimes moist, sometimes dry and there was clearly not enough icing. They were also quite sugary. These cupcakes are nice to try and cute to look at, but they are definitely not the best (Sweet in Hoboken is definitely the best!).

Enjoy (I half did)!

And remember: I Just Want To Eat!

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