A Morning Rush to Work

I know I haven’t written in ages, but it’s just the fact that I haven’t really found anything tasty around the Upper East Side that is new to me. Sure, there’s Alice’s Tea Cup and a few Le Pain Quotidiens around my area but seriously, why should I write repeats of myself? Yeah, I do admit I went overboard with Bouchon Bakery for a while, back in the days that I was at college in the Upper West Side, but now I learned my lesson from sounding so redundant (and obsessive).

Anyways, last Thursday I managed to get my butt out of bed early for the sake of getting myself a decent or good cup of cappuccino. I do have my standby at Sicaffe but I want a change so I’m willing to schlep my half-sleepy self over to Gimme! Coffee in Nolita.

My cup of Cappuccino
Finally, a tasty capp.

After paying and waiting less than a minute for my cup of cappuccino, I finally took my first sip of milk-froth, laced espresso. I loved every drop that I consumed – it’s perfectly balanced: not too milky, not too bitter; with subtle fruity, acidic notes lingering on my palate.

Happy and caffeinated, I thought to myself as I’m walking down Spring Street, “Why not go to Balthazar Bakery for breakfast?” I remember viewing Robyn’s photo about their pastries recently, I craved their donut. I entered the small, packed bakery and got myself a pistachio donut to go since it’s take-out only and I have to go to work in the Upper East Side in 15 minutes!

Pistachio Donut

Getting in at work on time and settled down at my desk, I took out my breakfast and savored every morsel of this delicious pistachio donut. It’s a cake donut, a light texture but has substance, topped with a sweet icing, topped with crunchy, chopped, roasted pistachios. Mmmm…if breakfast was like this every morning, I don’t mind getting out of bed early for this breakfast run.

Gimme! Coffee

Mott Street
New York, NY 10012

Balthazar Bakery
80 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012


I shoot, eat, and drink. My full time job is a hospital administrator. Moonlighting as a freelance photographer and food and travel writer.

  1. Tea says:

    Hehe, o Tina, Stacey and I love your baking related adventures. Maybe some of us will try to get a job at Balthazar after graduation….
    So Sicaffe or Gimme Coffee? :)

    I had a strrrrrong cappuccino yesterday at school, it was made with Illy coffee (yea, I know, it suck but I needed it+I told them to make it short and strong), and it shook me REAL bad, I am not even kidding. I felt sick and not good at all for the rest of the day, very akward, I never had symptoms that strong before.

  2. thewanderingeater says:

    Tea: Haha…thanks! :) If I have to pick a stronger brew, that would be Sicaffe. I would say Gimme! is a pleasant wake up call rather than an intense caffeinated drink.

    Jex: It’s tasty indeed.

  3. thewanderingeater says:

    Jessica: It’s pretty close to the perfect cake donut, I must say. Could you try to swing in around the weekend mornings? They might have some…

    dbdtron: I LOVE their donuts. I haven’t tried their chocolate cake donut yet.

  4. thewanderingeater says:

    Jess: Congratulations! :D I was wondering for a while when are you going to start. I’m lovin’ your site so far.

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