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Sweets Week: Day 4: Little Pie Company

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Little Pie Company has been in NYC since 1985.  I’ve been to it a few times through the years.  Their namesake, the little pie, takes center stage at this cute pie shop just off the Broadway beaten path.  I recently visited and got a pie of the month, the strawberry rhubarb, and a banana coconut cream pie.  It seems like a lot of bakeries are getting summery with their ingredients.  I guess it reflects the attitude I’m also feeling, bring on the warm weather!

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The pies at Little Pie Company are classic American pies, from Southern pecan to key lime to old-fashioned apple to Mississippi mud.  If you’re looking for crazy hipster flavors, you won’t find that here, where tradition reigns supreme.  In addition to little pies, there are cakes, muffins, cookies and brownies.

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Verdict:  The banana coconut cream pie has a perfectly flaky crust and creamy filling with plenty of chunks of real banana and real banana flavor with a generous heaping of cream topped with toasted coconut.  The strawberry rhubarb is equally good, with a sweet berry flavor and flaky crust.  Both pies are very good.

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Sweets Week: Day 2: Babycakes NYC

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For those of you who follow a vegan lifestyle, Babycakes NYC is a godsend. The vegan bakery also caters to those with food allergies and dietary restrictions with baked goods that are refined-sugar–free, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free or kosher.  I don’t have any particular dietary restriction, but I visited Babycakes NYC with a friend of mine who is vegan.  We tried a bunch of doughnuts and a red velvet cupcake.

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Verdict:  My friend who is vegan loved these, especially the salted caramel doughnut.  I really love cream cheese frosting on my red velvet cupcake, so it didn’t appeal to me.  But I’m not the target customer.  I thought these were very good alternatives if you have a dietary restriction.

Sweets Week: Day 1: L.A. Burdick

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First up, L.A. Burdick in Flatiron.  L.A. Burdick is a chocolate shop known for its fresh, European-style chocolates, especially cute chocolate mice and penguins.  L.A. Burdick also has a cafe where you can try a number of pastries and cakes along with a hot chocolate.  I got a chocolate coconut cake, mostly because I’m feeling coconut these days.

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Verdict:  This cake is a coconut lover’s paradise.  From the large flakes of toasted coconut on top to the coconut cream to the chocolate cake with coconut in it, this cake is chock full of coconut–a cake version of a coconut macaroon.

Review & Giveaway of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights

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New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel, published by Rizzoli on April 2, 2013, is a comprehensive listing of all the places to get your sugar fix in NYC.  Whether you are an ice cream person, a bakery person or a candy person, there is something in this book for you.  Personally, I tend to lean toward ice cream and bakeries.  The book includes some of my faves:  Doughnut Plant, Jacques Torres, Payard, Villabate, L’arte Del Gelato, Sockerbit, Tea & Sympathy, Vosges, Ferrara and Van Leeuwen. This is one of those books I wish I had written!  The book is divided into neighborhoods, so you can do a sweets tour in each NYC ‘hood!  I want to try Puddin’ on St. Mark’s Place–a shop with puddings and toppings.  There’s plenty of eye candy in the hardcover book with color photos of goodies from all the shops listed and recipes for you to try at home.

If you are in New York and have never been, the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street is worth a trip.  I love this store.  Rizzoli has wonderful art and photography books and a great international magazine section.

You can win a copy of this fun book by entering the giveaway.  If you win, Rizzoli will ship you a free copy of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel.

To enter the giveaway:

Leave a comment below, answering this question:

What is your favorite sweet shop or bakery?  (It doesn’t have to be in New York).

For additional entries, become a fan on Facebook or sign up for my Tweets on Twitter and let me know you signed up in a separate comment.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, April 12.  Contest closes on Thursday, April 11 at 12 PM EST.  (Rizzoli will ship the book to the winner.  U.S. residents only.)  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).  Good luck!

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Sweets Week: Day 5: Perilla

Perilla is my favorite brunch spot.  The name, perilla, comes from an herb in the mint family that tastes like anise, more commonly known by its Japanese name, shiso.  Perilla’s chef is Harold Dieterle, the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef.  As I said, brunch here is unique and flavorful.  This time, I decided to get dessert, a great decision on my part.  I ordered the Blueberry Financier with roasted apricot, vanilla anglaise, lovage and Greek yogurt ice cream.

Verdict:  The sweetness of the roasted apricot, the light Greek yogurt ice cream and the freshness of the blueberry financier make for a perfect summer dessert.

Blueberry Financier