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Lunch and Dessert at the "Bakeries" of Famous Chefs

[Translate] The “bakeries” I’m referring to are Bouley Bakery (owned by David Bouley; located in TriBeca) and Bouchon Bakery (owned by Thomas Keller, in Columbus Circle). I don’t know why I happen to go to these famous chefs’ moderately priced establishments, but I did. Lunch was at Bouley Bakery. I ordered a slice of their Tomato & Mushroom Quiche ($4.50), an Eclipse ($5.25), and a Chocolate Cupcake ($1.95). I know what you’re thinking; possibly you might be wondering why the heck did I order two desserts? It’s just that I want to and since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I might..

The Versatility of the Ganache

[Translate] I know the advent of Valentine’s Day is the next few days. Not that I care about the romantic affiliations with Valentine’s Day; I just use this holiday to eat a lot of chocolate. That’s my kind of holiday! (Except for Chinese New Year, which is coming next Sunday…) Since I have no classes today, I managed to spend my afternoon making all confections dealing with chocolate. I know…I have issues but I’m not the only one who is ingesting all of these goods: the gianduja hot chocolate, gianduja chocolate stuffed figs, and the traditional truffle. No, no! I’m..

Oh Screw It…

[Translate] I’m referring to my “diet.” It seems that I fall into the trap of eating bad every Tuesday or Thursday, just because I have time before classes that I just wander around and end up finding something to eat that isn’t good for me. Oh…whatever. I’m not going to try that hard for the sake of beauty or vanity. It’s just not worth it. As long as I’m not gaining anything, that’s fine with me. For mid-morning snack, I went down to TriBeca to Tribeca Treats for their cupcakes since I heard about them recently from the press and..

A Day of (Sinful) Comfort Food

[Translate] For the past two days in New York City, it felt like the Arctic. Not like it’s unusual of New York to be this cold but I just don’t like to walk or get out of bed in this type of weather. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way for me since I have classes. Pooh. At least classes start late for me today so I indulge myself into a bit of sinful, comfort foods. I should note that I’m not supposed to eat these items just because I have to go “on a diet.” I put those words in..

Café J'Adore & Otto

[Translate] I went to Café J’Adore for their croissants. I know it’s been months since I’ve actually eaten a croissant but I think I’m mentally prepared to eat another croissant. For those of you who read my two croissant posts, you know what I mean. Interior shots/menu boards inside I’ve read from a plethora of posts from Chowhound pertaining to the topic of the “best croissants” and I saw this place mentioned quite a few times. So, I thought of coming here one day, and today’s the day. First of all, I don’t like this location. It’s teeming with businessmen..

Café J’Adore & Otto

[Translate] I went to Café J’Adore for their croissants. I know it’s been months since I’ve actually eaten a croissant but I think I’m mentally prepared to eat another croissant. For those of you who read my two croissant posts, you know what I mean. Interior shots/menu boards inside I’ve read from a plethora of posts from Chowhound pertaining to the topic of the “best croissants” and I saw this place mentioned quite a few times. So, I thought of coming here one day, and today’s the day. First of all, I don’t like this location. It’s teeming with businessmen..