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Sweets Week: Day 3: FIKA

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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Sweets Week: Day 1: Orwasher’s Bakery

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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.

sour cherry jelly doughnut

sour cherry jelly doughnut

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.

strawberry jelly doughnut

strawberry jelly doughnut

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.

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Sweets Week: Day 4: Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery should be serving consent forms along with their cookies.  Dieters beware–there’s a live webcam in the store that broadcasts on the bakery’s website.  I just checked out the pictures on the site.  I’m sure it’s a way of utilizing social media and technology, but it comes across as more disturbing than fun.

I have heard so many great things about Levain, but I hadn’t tried it because I’m rarely in the neighborhood.  I checked out the website beforehand and wanted to try one of those chocolate breads pictured on the homepage.  So on a recent trip to the Upper West Side, I stopped in.  It’s a small shop that does a takeout business.  It quickly got crowded as I was placing my order on a Friday afternoon.  I wanted to try one of the big fat cookies that are so popular.  I also got a cinnamon brioche, pictured below, as they didn’t have the chocolate one.  The brioche tasted good, but the dough had this soft/chewy feel to it that I wasn’t too crazy about.
 
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I got a chocolate peanut butter cookie, and it was good, but again, not great. I shared both of these with a friend of mine who loved them.  I guess they just aren’t my taste.

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Sweets Week: Day 3: Jennifer’s Way

So for this week’s Sweets Week, I explored Italian bakeries and ice cream.  Today, I’m going to do something a little different–Jennifer’s Way.  I reported that actress Jennifer Esposito opened a gluten-free bakery in the East Village.  The bakery is a small spot with a limited menu of gluten-free baked goods.

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All the items in the bakery are also gluten, dairy, peanut, refined sugar and soy free (except for the red velvet cupcake which has soy in the red dye).  There are breads, cookies, muffins, cupcakes and more.  I opted for the jam thumbprint and the devil’s food cupcake.  Um, these things tasted great, like not gluten-free great.  I don’t have food allergies, but I have tried gluten-free baked goods at various bakeries.  (Hey, I’ll never pass up a bakery.)  I usually don’t like them very much.  But these–these taste like the real thing.  And I’m trying to limit the soy in my diet (fat chance of doing that–it’s in every product in the grocery store, including a can of tuna!), so I was happy the baked goods are soy free here.  I only wish the bakery was closer to my apartment!
 
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Jennifer’s Way

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.

Ice Cream Monday

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.

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Wow.  I love this.  It’s so refreshing.  The ice gets kind of creamy, and it’s sweet–but not overly sweet–from the syrup.  The combination of all the flavors make for a great summer treat!

Cronut

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.