A Sugar Laden Morning

I don’t know what exactly drove me to eat this much sugar, butter and flour in one morning…as I’m writing this, I getting worried that I’m going to get diabetes and suffer a heart attack eating that many pastries in one day. This is not a good sign. This morning, I went to Georgia’s Bake Shop just because I wanted to scope out the potential macarons that Robyn and I are planning to do for our macaron hunt on April Fool’s Day (that’s Sunday, April 1; anyone who can and will be in NYC, is welcome to join!).

Georgia's Bake Shop

The strange thing is that I passed this place several times whenever I walk from Silver Moon Bakery (trying to burn off a couple of calories) down to my campus (on 58th Street) and I never realized that this was a bakery. Hmmm… Strange.

Anyways, this bakery is quite small but their pastries, cakes, and breads look gorgeous! Take a look…

Cakes! Oooh…pretty

Individual Sized Cakes

Brioches
I’ll get them next time…


Bread!

That’s just a few things they sell. Too bad the macarons were not available yet. Just to note, this is 8 AM so it is within reason that the macarons aren’t ready, even though I wanted one. Since the macarons aren’t there, I opted for their pan au chocolat (chocolate croissant; $2) and a chocolate cupcake ($2.50). Yeah, I know…strange breakfast.

Pan au chocolat

Innards Bitten

The croissant was actually pretty good. It’s golden brown, flaky, deceptively light, buttery, and not greasy. The chocolate is still in the gooey, melted stage so it’s a good indication that the croissant is fresh. It would’ve been better if it had that shatter that I always wanted. If I rated it like I’m writing my “best croissants” post again (I hope not or I’ll die from clogged arteries = heart attack), I would give it a 3.2. It’s not flaky and crisp enough to be a 3.5. But it’s worth eating.

Innards of cupcake

Innards!

The cupcake was fine. Not mind blowing greatness but it was okay. The cupcake was moist with a hint of chocolate flavor in the cake, topped with chocolate ganache and a pink buttercream flower. My issues are that it’s too one-dimensional in flavor that it tastes a bit boring and it’s not sweet enough.

After I finished eating, I got up and took more photos of the place and waddled myself down to campus. For some reason, I just wanted to go to Bouchon Bakery and get more pastries. I think I’m suffering some kind of psychological disorder that makes me want to eat a lot of sugar and fat today… I ended up ordering a Sticky Bun ($2.75), a Chocolate Bouchon ($1.75) and a small coffee ($1.80; I needed the caffeine).

Chocolate Bouchon

Bitten Bouchon Bitten

The Chocolate Bouchon was delicious! (Bouchon in French means cork, hence the name of this cork-shaped pastry). To describe this bouchon correctly, think of it as a super dense, just moist, brownie. It’s not too sweet and it’s rich in (tasting Valhrona?) chocolate. I want need their recipe so I could make some myself!

The Sticky bun…

Sticky Bun!

Cross Section of Sticky Bun Cross Section view of Sticky Bun

I don’t know why I haven’t eaten this before?! What the hell was I thinking of not liking this gooey, sticky, nutty bun of love? Well, actually I had a couple of bad ones in previous experiences (not from Bouchon though)…but this wipes out all the bad! The bun is made of a rich brioche dough, swirled in with brown sugar and cinnamon, topped with a lot of pecans that could actually make a personal size pecan tart. Yup, this is one rich, gooey, filling, delicious bun… Don’t believe me? Just look at another view of this bun after I cut it.

 

 

Split Sticky BunSee the gooey stains on the napkin?

I went into a sugar/butter coma for a while that I had to sit back on my chair and slowly sip my coffee to let it settle. As I came back to reality, it’s about 20 minutes before classes are starting; I got up, grabbed my stuff and walked out in a sloth-like pace to my building. I kept thinking to myself, “What the heck was I thinking of eating all of that crap?!” And even when I’m typing this out for you to read, I still don’t know yet…but what I do know is that if I keep up with this rate of eating from Bouchon, I probably eat at least every single baked good produced by them and maybe half of their savory foods (that’s if I ever wanted to) before my semester’s over. Tasty but not good for me.

Addresses:

Georgia’s Bake Shop
2418 Broadway
New York, NY

Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
New York, NY



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  1. Robyn

    OOOH I’ve been to Georgia’s before! It was about a year ago when I was wandering around that area with a friend. I remembered the pastries looked great, but I totally forgot the name. Ooooaah…now i’m more excited to go.

    No reason not to try everything at Bouchon Bakery! :D That’s what I tried to do with a friend. On our first visit we split 8 items. Hehe. Hehehehe. It’s much easier with friends. :] The sticky bun is awesome! I really liked their muffins and scones. Muuffffiiinnsmmmmmrahrah…

  2. thewanderingeater

    So you do know this place…(Georgia’s) Oh, well at least we’re anticipating the greatness of their maccies. I hope.

    I’m living off of Bouchon Bakery whenever I’m too lazy to get out of the vicinity of my campus to get FOOD. So, I’m slowly eating my way through their menu… In ways, it’s good that I’m progressively getting through EVERYTHING but at the same time I feel bad eating that much stuff.

  3. Adam K.

    That sticky bun looks great.

    Everything I’ve had from Bouchon has been great. Except the buche de Noel. But you can’t really expect that to be good.

    BTW: Did you redesign your blog? It looks different — really good.

  4. thewanderingeater

    That sticky bun was awesome!

    I did redesign my blog. Thanks for noticing and the compliment. :)
    I had issues with Blogger (or Blogspot) so I left them and now I’m currently at WordPress.

  5. Kathy

    so many varieties of brioche at Georgia’s – I would have fallen head over heels over the pastry case just drooling at them all!
    Bouchon’s sticky bun is the best in the city…you make me miss it so much! and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with eating your way through Bouchon – not the most healthy, but at least you’ll be eating high quality food! ;))

  6. thewanderingeater

    Jessica: Ooh…Thanks for the link to the recipe! (and Ed Levine for publishing it.)

    Kathy: I do concur that Bouchon has the damn best sticky bun in the city. Hahaha…I know it’s not the healthiest food option but it’s tastier than Whole Foods’ buffet.

  7. Giulia

    ohhhh that looks good, I should make a trip later. You always find such great places, and the Chocolate Bouchon is deff something I need to try!

    ToT Im still so sad about last time. But your such a great person ^.^

  8. thewanderingeater

    Giulia, you don’t have to feel so bad about that! It’s over and done with already…

    Anyways, you got to try the chocolate bouchon. It’s really good.


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