Monday, February 8, 2010

So Many Bakeries...

These baked goodies are from Madeleine Patisserie, 132 West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenue, an adorable, little bakery with a cozy seating area in the back.  The selection of macaroons is stunning: on their website they list 56 flavors including Red Wine Black Pepper, Banana Guava Orange, Pink Champagne, Lavender Nougat, Caramel Fleur de Sel.....
I'm thinking about bakeries today and how I used to love to bake and decorate all the time: I made a rubber ducky cake for my friend Sarah's baby shower, a pink "hardcover" book for my boss's birthday when I worked at a publishing company, an egg with a bow for Easter, muffins every weekend...  And even though I haven't turned my attention to baking in quite a while, I still love sampling and visiting pretty, little shops.  Speaking of which...
Today is opening day at my friend Tully Lewis's Tully's Gluten-Free Bakery at 338 East 11th Street betwen 1st and 2nd Avenue.  Now people who cannot eat gluten have beautiful and tasty options for cookies, brownies, paninis, rotating daily cupcake flavors! and more in this lovely, pink space.
I also had the privilege today of attending the launch party for the new cookbook from the folks behind Amy's Bakery with locations in Chelsea Market, the Village and Hell's Kitchen.  The new book is: Amy's Bread, Revised and Updated: Artisan-style breads, sandwiches, pizzas, and more from New York City's favorite bakery and has already been named one of 2010's Most Exciting Food Books by Publisher's Weekly.
I couldn't take any pics at the party because my hands were full of the fantastic carb-y treats like chocolate cherry rolls, rosemary foccacia, black olive twists and many more shown with their "starter" doughs so you could see the beginning and finished products.  There were also many sweets from Amy's first book: The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread: cakes, cookies, bars and pastries and more from New York City's favorite bakery, yummm...
They even gave out breakfast goody bags for tomorrow and lots of free bread to take home.  And then to end the night we came home and watched Cake Boss on TLC, the show about Carlo's Bakeshop in Hoboken, New Jersey.  The first time I went there about 6 years ago I wanted to learn how to make his stacked suitcase and purse cake and it's funny seeing it become so popular that there's a line around the block on the weekends.

16 comments:

sarah said...

I loved my ducky cake! You also made ducky pops if I remember correctly. If I had a scanner I'd scan a picture in.

Jen Kim said...

oh right, the ducky lollipops! maybe i can dig up some pictures....i think u brought the ducky head home with u at the end of the party, kinda like the top of a wedding cake, heehee...

Fashion Meets Food said...

Hello! Just came across your blog and I love all the pink and knitting!!!

Jen Kim said...

thanks, fashion meets food, there seem to be a lot of pink lovers out there. i'm making it my theme for the month of february, or, well, often anyways...

J+S said...

Good morning and thanks for the comments on my blog! I can't wait to check out more from your blog, and I'm so completely jealous at your amazing selection of macarons!

~Jenifer

cookies and cups said...

I will have to try your friend's gluten free bakery! It looks like such a cute little place. And Madeleine's! WOW! All thos macarons, so little time ;)

Jen Kim said...

thanks, jenifer! ahhh, we share a name and a love of sweets i see. i was going to blog about macaroons since there seems to be a lot of interest in them, but i couldn't do better than this extensively researched article: it's from a few years ago, but i know a lot of these places are still around. maybe some of them ship to Utah?!

http://www.roboppy.net/food/2007/04/the_great_macaron_hunt_of_2007.html

i also ALWAYS love amy atlas's blog:

http://amyatlas.blogspot.com/2010/01/macarons.html

Jen Kim said...

hi cookies and cups, thanks for stopping by! yes, definitely try tully's, she's got a great selection and the space is adorable, very soothing.

Creative Coquette said...

I'm glad I just had a muffin before reading this post or I would have been going way too crazy with all your lovely descriptions :P

Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that cupcake tree with the blue owl!!!!!

Meredith said...

Looking at all those amazing macarons! It's like a little rainbow of happiness. I'll be keeping that book on my radar, too. I'm always on the lookout for fantastic cookbooks - looks like a keeper.

Jen Kim said...

thanks, creative coquette! that's funny b/c i just had TWO muffins this morning: banana with crumb topping, yummy while being snowed in...that lovely cupcake tree was designed by tully herself, if you're ever visiting new york you should definitely stop by her bakery!

Jen Kim said...

hi meredith, thanks for visiting and commenting! definitely check out both cookbooks, they're pretty AND delicious. and another plug for nyc bakeries: please stop by any of the amy's locations if you're in the area: very worthwhile!

trishie said...

Me again! just letting you know i gave you an award! http://trishiekoh.blogspot.com/2010/02/awards-time.html

Jen Kim said...

thank u so much, trishie! i left a comment on your blog too, this is very cool of you :-)

A Wedding Story said...

Those meringues look so scrumptious!

Jen Kim said...

thanks, a wedding story! your blog is really pretty, i started following you :-)

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