Ladurée opened its second U.S. location and finally, it has their legendary dining-in café and tea room beyond their takeout baked goods section. The entire venue is gorgeous and definitely reminded me of their Parisian location I visited and ate at. There are two themed salons, one inspired by Madame de Pompadour (the pastel green room with the gorgeous vintage chandelier, fireplace, custom marble floors and opens to an outdoor garden), the other by Madeleine Castaing, can also be reserved for private events. Ladurée SoHo’s salon inspired by French antique dealer and interior designer, Madeleine Castaing contains a plush leopard..
Financier Patisserie will be offering limited edition savory croissants starting on National Croissant Day, Friday, January 30th. This makes it an apt time for Chef Eric Bedoucha to launch savory croissants to the bakery’s already excellent line-up of delectable French pastries. This Florentine wheel, Chicken, Mushroom bechamel triangle – and glazed pecan croissants This past weekend, I had the opportunity to have a preview of Financier Patisserie‘s upcoming release of their three limited edition, so to speak, croissants in the honor of National Croissant Day, Thursday, January 30, 2014. The three croissant creations that Chef Eric Bedoucha and his team..
Exterior of Maison Kayser at 921 Broadway; Bread display at the to-go section and interior of the café Maison KayserMaison Kayser opened its second New York City location in the Flatiron District. Hearing from a few friends and many people (who are NYC based) who follow me on Instagram said to me, “Finally!” when I started to IG food photos of their new location when I ate there on Wednesday evening (the bakery’s first day). Even though I do like Maison Kayser’s first location, having a location in the Flatiron District, on 921 Broadway at 21st Street, is very convenient..
Exterior Breads Bakery, retail area, and co-owner Gadi Peleg Yesterday was an unusually gorgeous Saturday, especially with the recent onslaught of snow a few days ago. Walking around Manhattan was both a joy yet distressing from the tourists and New Yorkers alike crowding on the streets, as I did not anticipate Union Square to be that crowded until late spring or summer. Beyond my typical weekly walk through the farmers’ market, I recalled reading about Breads Bakery and curious to drop by since it’s steps away from Union Square. This place is a spacious bakery that has a take-out section..
Exterior & Macaron towers by the window To those of you who are native New Yorkers like myself or lived here for almost a decade, you would be aware of Payard Patisserie & Bistro, an Upper East Side institution that closed on June 2009 because his landlord raised the rent by a ridiculous rate. We were shocked about the loss and disheartened that Chef Payard would return back to the neighborhood over the years as the many rumors were false that he’s opening there. But within a couple of weeks ago, he did do a opening preview of this flagship..
Exterior of Tartine; Waiting on line inside and fresh pile of Morning buns Tartine Bakery is one of the most well known bakeries in San Francisco. This bakery focuses on using local, organic (if possible) ingredients, and made with love and care for great pastries. The co-owners of Tartine, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson won the James Beard Award back in 2008 for Best National Pastry Chef. They also printed two excellent books (my personal favorite is Tartine Bread). Pastries seen… When I visited this bakery during my visit to San Francisco on a Tuesday morning, the place was bustling..
Exterior and Interior of Pie Face; Savory and Sweet Pies I’m a big fan of pies. I don’t care if it’s sweet or savory. I’ll eat them all. This lead me to the Australian-based bakery Pie Face in Midtown West, about a block from the Sullivan Theater. Inside this corner bakery, you’ll be seeing a lot of adorable smiley faces (or cute semi-frowns), as it’s the company’s way of deciphering the seven different flavors of pies. The flavors are globally influenced but some are familiar. There were sandwiches, wraps, and soups but I was there mostly for the pies.
Épicerie Boulud (exterior) and Interior: at the bar Épicerie Boulud is one of the latest ventures of super chef Daniel Boulud, found right across the street from Lincoln Center. This world-class, French deli and market is filled with ingredients, pastries, and some light fare (e.g. various salads and charcuterie) that has the same high standards that you would expect from any Boulud-owned venue. Glass cases filled with beautiful cakes and pastries I was visiting here for an afternoon tea with a friend. We perused the gleaming pastry cases, pretty much almost wanted to order one of everything! But knowing we..
I read about a week ago from Grub Street about Payard re-opening and ogled at their dessert menu. I am a sucker for desserts and Payard’s is no exception. I was shocked when they did have to close their Lexington Avenue restaurant/café the past June or so and it’s about time for us Payard fans to rejoice and have his desserts and chocolates. On the day of opening (yesterday, November 4th), I went there with Helen after work. I was curious and dying to have a good cup of hot chocolate since it was cold and I craved for a..