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Let’s Sweet! Fave Bakeries in NYC (latest addition to a blog in progress)

I received a very important tweet request from a few friends “across the pond” who are seeking out ‘the best cake places to visit in NYC’ on a visit planned for this Fall (I better speed up the visiting process!). “Cake places” is specific but I don’t think these friends will mind that my tastes for sweets goes well beyond cake, so I’m going highlight the “sweetest” and “most original” in my opinion- because nobody visits NYC for the same old same old.

As delicious as it would be to hit up all my favorite places in one or two days, my thighs would never forgive me- hence this “blog in progress”…

Dani with Choc chip cookie eye

Let’s sweet, shall we?

My next entry to this blog in progress is kind of a “Duh! no kidding!” but, hey, I didn’t know about Laduree until I was headed to Paris and asked around so…

SDB lets sweet_Bouchon nutter butter

The “Nutterbutter” from Bouchon Bakery

We gleefully discovered Bouchon Bakery years ago while on vacation in Napa. Our hotel was nearby and we visited every day, sometimes twice a day. In preparation for our travels home, we ordered two of their brown bag lunches to go (which were intended for the plane ride back). KF was so excited about his cashew butter sandwich that he ate it on the way out of the bakery! These days Bouchon Bakery can be found in NYC, Vegas, and Beverly Hills (the only location I have not visited).

SDB lets sweet_Bouchon baguette

Classic perfection- the ham & cheese baguette at Bouchon Bakery… enjoyed while looking out the window onto the Today Show Plaza, Rockafeller Center

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The T.K.O.

Everything is amazing and delicious and I always get a cookie- or two or three- to go. The T.K.O. is a beautiful, glorious ode to Oreo, while the nutterbutter reminds me of a huge, even better version of my very favorite Girl Scout cookie. The best part is that the peanut butter filling is more peanut buttery than buttery sweet.

SDB lets sweet_Bouchon squirrel stalking

In fact, the Nutterbutter is so peanutty, that the last time I enjoyed this cookie, I suddenly realized I was not alone…

SDB lets sweet_Bouchon squirrel gets closer

…and even though I moved my cookie to another location on the porch, this squirrel sniffed it out!

SDB lets sweet_Bouchon squirrel

…but when he got this close I got nervous, so I grabbed my nutterbutter and ran!

Bouchon Bakery Visit Summation: A visit for lunch is a great way to “taste test” this amazing “fave” bakery. I order the ham & cheese (cured ham, Emmenthaler cheese and sweet butter) every single time while KF prefers their cashew butter and apricot jam sandwich. For a lighter lunch or snack, Bouchon’s yogurt parfait is also quite glorious thanks to their yum granola. The “seasonal scones”- either savory or sweet- are perfect with a cappuccino. Obviously the cookies mentioned above are glorious as are their perfect French macarons (which you can choose by flavor to fill a sample box- also making them a great way to take Bouchon home with you). The Rockafeller Center location is busy, but a fun way to get involved with the hustle and bustle of NYC (and maybe even spy some juicy goings on at the Today Show). For a more mellow experience, visit the Time Warner Center location.

Read the rest of this “blog post in progress” here

Xo Dani

Let’s Sweet! Fave Bakeries in NYC (latest addition to a blog in progress)

 I received a very important tweet request from a few friends “across the pond” who are seeking out ‘the best cake places to visit in NYC’ on a visit planned for this Fall. “Cake places” is specific but I don’t think these friends will mind that my tastes for sweets goes well beyond cake, so I’m going highlight the “sweetest” and “most original” in my opinion- because nobody visits NYC for the same old same old.

As delicious as it would be to hit up all my favorite places in one or two days, my thighs would never forgive me- hence this “blog in progress”…

Dani with Choc chip cookie eye

Let’s sweet, shall we?

Did you know that donut can be spelled doughnut OR donut? Interesting! I investigated this since my typing of donut comes up as a typo but in fact, both ways are accepted… moving on…

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Bag

Donut Plant, Chelsea, NYC

There were so many people taking photos and even a group taking video of placing a donut order that I worried about “being cliche” including Donut Plant on this list but, it is too amazing not to include… So, somehow, if you haven’t heard, Donut Plant is a glorious, simple (speaking of simple their logo= brilliance), delicious bakery concept built on the baking history of the owner’s family (I dare you not to tear up reading the ‘history’ on their site!)

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Wall

I quickly fell in love with this soft sculpture donut wall- Amazing! I’d like a few of these for our couch!

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Chair

There are even donut holes in the chairs!

Being a bit of a donut expert, I asked my friend Amanda to meet me at Donut Plant. We visited on a very hot day! Very. Hot. (This might explain why all my photos are slightly blurry) After 10 minutes of reading the menu I went to the counter and returned to our table hoping I made the right choices… The man next to us gasped! (Was it the churro that offended him or the amount we were sampling?) We had gone with our instincts and ordered 2 cake donuts: cinnamon sugar & blueberry cake, 2 yeast donuts: vanilla bean glazed & peanut butter banana, 1 churro, and 2 iced lattes. (Ok, maybe I can see why he was staring!)

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Iced Latte

As much as I don’t normally love ice coffee, their iced latte was really good and a great accompaniment to the donuts. I love that they also serve milk!

Amanda surmised that she preferred the yeast donuts to the cake versions, “You get a bigger donut, and I want as much of this donut that I could get” she said while happily eating the vanilla bean. It is a great point but my heart really belongs to the cake donut- cinnamon sugar, blueberry cake, tres leches (I had tried one before this visit)…

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Blueberry Cake smile

Donut Plant Blueberry Cake Smile

I can’t wait to go back and try the blackout cake, pistachio, and carrot…

Donut Plant Visit Summation: If you are visiting, def do a “taste test” between the yeast and cake donuts to compare. (You can always try 1/2 then take the other 1/2 home!) As far as flavors, I’m not sure any could be bad… Their “jelly filled square” has come into its own fame due to shape and jelly distribution and their “blackout” and “tres leche” are trademarked so those are always good places to start if you can not decide. Serious Eats ate their way thru Donut Plant’s menu so if you’d like to pre prep for your visit, check out their flavor by flavor review here.

SDB LetsSweet Donut Plant Spot

“I preferred the Peanut Butter Banana to the Blueberry Cake but both were exceptional!”     -Spot Fiori

Read the rest of this “blog post in progress” here

Xo Dani