FIKA is a Swedish coffee shop that makes its own pastries in house. While I don’t drink coffee, I do eat pastries. And the pastries here are delicious. They are Swedish-inspired like almond marzipan pastry and Swedish cinnamon buns. I got the almond marzipan pastry, the graham cracker chocolate with hazelnut cream filling and a chocolate spice biscotti. They also have chocolate truffles in flavors like lingonberry. In addition to the selection of Swedish pastries, they also have chocolate chip cookies, brownies and croissants, and they serve food. While you can sit in FIKA, it is small and has the feel of a takeout coffee shop rather than a place to sit and linger. All of these treats were delicious, but my favorite was the firm yet chewy biscotti.
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There’s a sweet bready smell in the air at Orwasher’s Bakery. It’s as inviting as the friendly service. Yes, it’s true, I rarely make it up to Yorkville and the Upper East Side, but Orwasher’s alone is worth a trip. Especially for a jelly doughnut fanatic such as myself. Orwasher’s has large pillowy doughnuts that are filled to order with your choice of strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry, blueberry or other fillings.
Wow, I’ve never seen filled-to-order jelly doughnuts before. And the fillings are like preserves, not the standard blood-red goo in most commercial jelly doughnuts.
The bread looks amazing here, and I opted for a the seasonal pumpkin loaf, which was out of this world good with a little butter and sprinkle of cinnamon.
I’m watching actress Jennifer Esposito on Good Day NY. She opened a new bakery on E. 10th Street in the East Village, Jennifer’s Way. She has celiac disease and created baked goods that are healthy. She uses quinoa and teff flour in her breads, cookies and muffins so that there is nutritional value to them. She also says she works in her bakery doing the baking and cleaning. Pretty cool! I don’t have celiac disease, but I’d like to try her baked goods.
Today’s ice cream dessert is shaved ice from Korean bakery Paris Baguette in Koreatown. Shaved ice is different from the ice in a snow cone because it’s shaved rather than crushed. Korean shaved ice, or patbingsu, includes sweetened azuki beans; tteok (like mochi); fruits like grapes, strawberries, blueberries, melons and pineapple; syrups; condensed milk and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cronut on my blog. The cronut is a new pastry creation by Dominique Ansel. It’s a hybrid of a doughnut and croissant. The trademarked cronut is selling out like crazy. I’ve heard that they sell out within 45 minutes. Dominique Ansel says he has a small kitchen and can’t produce more and also prefers quality over quantity. Long lines have formed outside the bakery on Spring Street, and I know I will be on that line soon.